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21 Dec 14: Around the Grounds

National 1: Changes at the top end of the table as the leaders  posted a winning 45-19 result against O Albanians whilst Rosslyn Pk slipped up at Blackheath  going down 37-21 whilst Coventry took the opportunity to move into second spot after they beat Loughborough St 48-22.  Likewise, for the positions at the foot of the table as basement club Macclesfield went down to a heavy 57-5 defeat at the hands of Fylde, with Cinderford losing out 20-8 at fellow Gloucester club Hartpury.  The last of the relegation places was filled by Darlington MP but they move out of the bottom three despite narrowly losing out 26-27 to visiting Wharfedale.  In the other NE derby, struggling Tynedale were beaten 17-27 by Blaydon and replace Darlington in the drop zone; In the remaining mid-table fixture, Esher were beaten 27-37 in their battle against Richmond.

National 2(S):  Canterbury’s away form continues to haunt them as they went down 18-8 in the Kent derby at O Elthamians, a result that sees them mired in the relegation battle at the mid-point in the season.  At the top Henley lost out 28-21 at Chinnor, whilst second placed Dorking also lost as they went down 32-27 at Worthing.  At the bottom end of the division struggling Lydney hosted basement club Dings with the spoils going to the home side after a convincing 21-0 win. Relegation candidates Shelford travelled to face a Southend side that are also embroiled in the battle to avoid the drop and came away with a useful 14-32 win, although they remain in the drop zone.   In other results Cambridge were narrow 33-32 winners against Bishop’s Stortford, Clifton hosted Taunton on the Friday for a floodlit fixture, with the visitors running out 16-21 winners and Launceston hosted Redruth in the Cornish derby in the last of the fixtures, with the honours ending even in a 15-15 draw.

National 3(SE):  Despite a surprise 30-8 defeat for Ldn Irish(Am) at Barnes they remain at the top of the division, with a resurgent Chichester now in second spot after they beat CS Rugby 30-17, a result that drop the Civil Service club into  the bottom three..   In the local Kent derby, Westcombe Pk lost out to TJs with a 17-24 result and slip to sixth place, whilst East Grinstead move up to third after they got back to winning way with a 23-16 win over bottom club Guernsey with BSE slipping to fourth place after they narrowly lost 31-30 at in form Hertford, who now move up the table to fifth place.  Struggling Westcliff went down 40-14 at Gravesend, whilst Tring’s relegation worries continue after they lost out 24-15 at Buckinghamshire club A&C. 

London 1 (S):  Wimbledon stay top after a 5-32 win at Dover, with Guildford moving into second spot on points difference from S&E, after they were 14-42 winners at Basingstoke.  S&E remain in the hunt in third place following their 35-19 win at struggling Surrey rival Cobham.  At the bottom, Hove prop up the table after a 7-47 defeat at the hands of Brighton, with Basingstoke just above them and Twickenham rounding out the relegation places following their 8-29 loss at home to Chobham.  G&F move out of the relegation zone despite going down 22-15 at near neighbours Havant, whilst Charlton Park’s 29-16 win over Sidcup would appear to have punctured any promotion aspirations for the SE London club for this season.

London 2 (SE):  Without doubt the big match of the day was between third placed Tunbridge Wells and fourth club Sevenoaks in an encounter that would put a dent in one of the club’s promotion challenge.  Wells had taken the early season honours at Knole Paddock and denied Oaks a bonus point in the process  but Oaks gained revenge with a tight 26-27 win at St Marks. Second placed Medway travelled to Aylesford and picked up a predictable 5-53 bonus point win whilst leaders Maidstone hosted  Ashford , a side that have troubled several of the so called big clubs in the division.  In the end the county town club  ran in ten tries to post a solid 62-5 result to maintain their 9-point gap at the top.  In mid table D&B hosted Thanet Wdrs, the early season encounter was a close fought battle that followed the same trend of the early season encounter and went with home advantage in a 25-20 result.  In the last of the fixtures Colfes posted a useful 20-21 win over hosts Beckenham, a result that drops the SE London club into sixth place below the now fifth D&B.

London 3 (SE):  Horsham maintain top spot after they beat Pulborough 20-40 in the local Sussex derby, Dartfordians sit just a point behind after they thrashed struggling Park Hse 5-43 with Dunstonians now in third place following their 29-26 win against a Bromley side that is beginning to fall off the pace in fourth place.  A 0-27 win for Folkestone at Anchorians keeps them in fifth place, as well as leaving Anchorians just above the drop zone.  At the foot of the division, a first win of the season for Lewes, who beat H&B 19-26 was not enough to move them off the foot of the table but narrowed the gap to the Hastings club, with Park Hse occupying the last of the relagation places. The last of the fixtures saw another Sussex derby, with Uckfield falling to a heavy 20-40 defeat at the hands of an in form H&W.

Kent 1:  It’s tight at the top of the table as Cranbrook remain in top spot following a hard fought 10-8 win over visiting Sheppey, a result that drops Sheppey to fifth place.  Beccs remain in second place after a 5-20 win at bottom club Bexley with Vigo in third despite a narrow 19-17 reversal at Lordswood.  O Wills look like the side ‘coming up on the rails’, to use a horse racing parlance, as they move into fourth place after a 22-7 win at home to struggling OGs.  In the remaining fixtures HSBC narrowly lost 19-21 at home to Southwark whilst Sittingbourne also suffered a home defeat, going down 10-15 at the hands of Kings Coll.

Kent 2:  A 67-5 win for NAG at home to Dartford Valley keeps then clear at the top of the table with Brockleians still in second after they beat Askean 46-22.  The battle between third and fourth went convincingly the way of the third placed club as Foots Cray beat Shooters 53-12.  Orpington remains at the foot of the table after they lost out 21-7 at Greenwich with Faversham beating Edenbridge 0-13 in the last of the fixtures.

 

 

18 Dec 14: Club Sign Replaced

Renovations to the main club sign at the junction next to the Leisure Centre, which features all of the sports clubs at The Mote, has finally been completed.  Whilst a new face for the sign, thanks to funding through Andrew Haynes of local vehicle dealership Haynes, was in place for the start of the season, the whole sign has now been renovated.

Through the efforts of a number of Rugby club members, notably Dave Eastwood and Graham Bishop, the sign has received a new framework and been elevated to a higher and much more visible position, with some of the overhanging dead tree branches that obscured its view being removed.

14 Dec 14: **IMPORTANT- Senior Squad Training Information, Tuesdays & Thurdays - IMPORTANT**

The training schedule for the remainder of December and into the New Year is as shown below:

All Tuesday training will be at the club as follows

7:10pm  match debrief
7:30pm training all senior squad (1st & 2nd XV) players

NO TRAINING ON TUES 23RD DECEMBER

Training for Tues 30th Dec (prior to the cup fixture v Medway) will take place between 7:30-9:00pm on 3G at the YMCA, Melrose Close, Maidstone, ME15 6BD.

Senior squad (1st/2nd XV) training on Thursdays for the following dates (below) will take place at Swadelands School, Lenham (ME17 2LL)  on 3G. Physio will also be available at the venue.

Thurs 18th Dec - 8:30-9:30pm

Thurs 8th Jan - 8:30-9:30pm

Thurs 15th Jan - 8:30-9:30pm

Thurs 22nd Jan - 8:30-9:30pm

Thurs 29th Jan - 8:30-9:30pm

Thurs 5th Feb - 8:30-9:30pm

All players are reminded that clean footwear is required and they should take trainers or moulded soles as a back up to normal rugby boots.

The upper tier training area under the new floodlights remains available on Thursday evenings for Veterans/5th XV training.

09 Dec 14: Club Runs Concussion Course as part of RFU Initiative

In an initiative driven by the club's youth section, the end of November saw the club welcome Katy Hornby from Rosslyn Park RFC and Cranfield School who delivered an introduction to concussion course as part of the club's implementation of the RFU's Headcase concussion awareness initiative.  The course was attended by coaches from all youth and mini age groups, our first aiders and volunteers, plus the the senior squad physiotherapy team. (and Mayhem who was very confused by it all by the end!). The content has already proved very useful in identifying and managing incidents, and the senior squad physios have already started to implement a player baseline assessment programme.
 
 

15 Nov 14: Situations Vacant - Hon Treasurer

A change in work circumstances has meant that current Hon Treasurer Ben Court will have to stand down from his role as Hon Treasurer at Maidstone Rugby.

This is a critical role to ensure the sound running of the club; currently Ben is investigating how to break the role down into a series of clearly defined areas in order to best meet the club’s needs as it continues to progress.  However, a copy of the role description for the Hon Treasurer as it is currently defined can be found on the club’s policy page (click here).

If any member of the club is interested in taking on this critical role, either in full, or in part, please contact either Ben or a member of the committee in the first instance.

 

News archive

 

SSE English Clubs Championship

London & South East Division 2 (SE)

 Next 1st XV Fixture

London & SE Division

RFU Intermediate Cup Round 3

Saturday 3rd January 2015

Maidstone FC 1st XV v Medway RFC, Home, KO 2:00pm

 

 


 

(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)

Notices

Club End of Season Tour
posted: October 24 2014

Club Captain Ben Williams is organising a toyr to Gloucester at the end of the current season, the tour is open to all senior players (Over 18) and non players alike.  Ben currently has a rough idea of outline costs and times but with a better idea of the numbers interested a more precise cost can be worked out.  If you want to tour, there is a list behind the bar to put your name on. This is you committing to coming and a £30 deposit will be required by 15th November.

Outline Itinerary

Venue - Gloucester...
Dates - Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th May 2015
Opposition - Gordon League RFC
Cost - depending on numbers £80-£150 for coach travel, accommodation and breakfast.

Rough itinerary
Friday: 9:00 am depart Maidstone (from club)
Arrive in Gloucester approx 12-1pm
Activity, open to suggestions but I can organise Bubble Football (google it!)
Out in Cheltenham Friday night


Saturday:  Arrive at club for an early KO about 2pm
Enjoy the hospitality of the club and head into Gloucester


Sunday:  Depart Gloucester about 10-12
Arrive back in Maidstone 2-4pm

 



Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities (updated 13th Dec)
posted: July 29 2014

Matchball sponsorship opportunities for next season are still available; these are inexpensive options that small companies and individuals can afford.  If any other club members wish to support the club, or feels that their company might be interested then please contact Bob Hayton.

The following home league fixtures remain available  (the immediate priority is the early season fixtures up to Christmas):

28 Nov v Harrow (RFU Intermediate Cup) - Taken by Gordon Diment

13 Dec v Deal & Betteshanger - Taken by Gordon Diment

20 Dec v Ashford

03 Jan v Medway (RFU Intermediate Cup)

17 Jan v Thanet Wdrs

07 Feb v Sevenoaks - Taken by Jim & Charlotte Walker

11 Apr v Crowborough

#oneclub



Perimeter Advertising - Pitchside Boards: Limited vacancies remaining.
posted: September 12 2014

There are still a few places available for pitchside boards, could your company be interested? Have you asked them? The worst they can say is No!! So why not find out.

If your company are or may be interested the please pass details to Bob Hayton and the club will take it from there.



Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
posted: May 24 2014

 

This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise pitchside advertising sales. The success of the club in being able to generate board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Officers role has become greater than can be fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for pitchside board sales as a standalone role.

The role could be fulfilled by either a single person, or ideally a small team of volunteers. Whilst the period of the closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly. However; this is a year round role with no defined deadline for achieving sales. Those interested in what is an extremely rewarding role should be proactive in generating leads and display a degree of dynamism and tenacity in pursuing potential leads.

Volunteers are requested to contact Bob Hayton via the Contacts page of the website

For a full description of the role click here.



**IMPORTANT** MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS **IMPORTANT**
posted: September 04 2014

Stipulations to Membership from 01 September 2014:
 
•  Members owing subs from 2014/15 have until 30th September to sign up for DD or pay for the coming season in full – if not they will  owe for the previous season + the coming season before they can play again.

 • Existing players must have a DD in place or paid in full before taking part in any pre-season training.

 • New players joining can attend pre-season training but must have signed up to the DD or paid in full prior to first match.

 • New players joining during the season must sign up before their second match.

 • We acknowledge that particularly in the lower sides that on occasion non-member players may to be drafted in at late notice on an ad hoc basis. In doing so, they will be subject to a match tax of £10. Those fitting this category will be allowed to play on 3 occasions by which point, full membership will be required to be considered for further selection.

 • Failure to meet any of the requirements will render a player unavailable for selection until any accrued debts are paid.

 • If you are not a member, then you will forfeit all membership rights including Club representation, use of club house facilities, access to physiotherapy services provided and entitlement to apply for international tickets.

In addition you should also be aware that your entitlement to vote at any Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is dependent on your eligibility as a paid up member of the club.  The bottom line is that, to have a say in the way in which the club is run you have to actually be a current member.



Club Promotional Video - Spread the Word.
posted: July 04 2014

The 14/15 season is already shaping up to be exciting, both on and off the playing surface and as part of that process the club has produced a promotional video, so take a look and pass the word to yor friends and associates via your electronic and social media contacts.

Click here to view: PROMOVID



1st XV Kit Order Forms
posted: August 24 2014

1st XV kit order forms for non playing kit can now be downloaded from here for submission either direct to Kevin Bailey or via the 1st XV Coaching & Management Staff (according to the instructions issued).  Click here to download the form for completion and submission as appropriate.



SHOP NEWS
posted: July 04 2014

 

Training smock tops:  Black with Grey trim (note this is a change in colour from last season)


They are available in all sizes from Extra Small Boys (30") to 3XL (50") - see shop page for full details of sizes

The tops will come complete with Maidstone Rugby Crest to the front, Maidstone Rugby ball logo to the back with players name in white below.

These tops are £30 each (complete with all embroidery name etc) and delivery is anticipated to be two weeks from the order being placed by the Club - we anticipate that the order will be placed (subject to demand) so that the tops will be available from the start of the season

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £15 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS IS END OF 4th AUGUST 2014

Club Hoodies:  The price remains for this season @ £40 including embroidered name / nickname for Adult sizes with Junior hoodies up to LB's ( 36" chest) @ £33.50.


Please note that there is a limited number and sizes of plain hoodies in stock which are available now, which for a small additional charge can be returned to Samurai to have a name/nickname added if required

The order will be placed by Mid-September for delivery in November, subject to the minimum order number required by Samurai being achieved

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £20 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS END OF AUGUST 2014

AND finally.................

If anybody requires a new kit bag {£30} or back pack {£27.50} for the new season - prices inclusive of name / initials please contact Kevin Bailey for further details (deposit required)





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Man of the Match

Man of the Match - 20 Dec14:

In what was a typical skippers 'lead from the front' performance;  today's Biddenden Vineyards  MoM award goes to Ben Williams.

2014-15
London Division 2 South East  (top 6)

  Team Pl Pts
1 Maidstone 11 54
2 Medway 11 45
3 Tunbridge Wells 11 37
4 Sevenoaks 10 35
5 Deal & Betteshanger 11 27
6 Beckenham 11 25

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