26 Oct 16: Former Maidstone player Eddie Cranston selected for NZ Heartland XV
For those of you who like to follow the progress of former Maidstone players, Eddie Cranston who was part of the club’s RFU Intermediate Cup winning team in 2015 is now playing his rugby along with former team mate Jamie Perigo with Wairapa Bush Rugby in the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship, a nominally amateur domestic competition below the fully professional Mitre 10 Cup (formerly ITM Cup).
After a successful 2016 campaign Eddie has been selected for the NZ Heartland XV on their tour to Fiji next month. The tour will see the team play New Zealand Marist for the annual Ian McCrae Cup before then travelling on to Fiji to play Nadi and Nadroga in Fiji.
The Heartland XV is one of several New Zealand national representative rugby teams, and it is drawn exclusively from players in provincial unions that compete in the Heartland Championship.
15 Oct 16: THE 500 CLUB
Have you joined the 500 Club?
What is the 500 Club? The 500 Club is a cash draw that takes place at regular intervals during the season.
How does the 500 Club work? The 500 Club works on the basis of members entering the 500 Club Fund, the cost is £60 per year (although you can put in more) and members are allocated a number for each £10 contribution. Half of the fund goes towards the prizes and the other half to the club. the size of the fund dictates the size of the prizes, so the more people pay in, the more money is available in prizes. The winning numbers for each prize draw are drawn utilising an electronic random number generator.
How do you join? Collect a form in the clubhouse bar or contact the 500 Club coordinator Bob Beney, either via email (click here) or Mob: 07973 118043.
How do you pay? Payment can be monthly by either standing order or direct debit (available shortly) or annually by cheque or bank transfer.
Can other members of your familly join the 500 Club? YES
What does the money earned by the club get utilised for? Of the total money generated 50% goes into the prize draws for cash prizes, with the remaining 50% into club funds. This season the club has decided to create some additional focus to the use of the 500 Club funds by supporting a specific project within the club. Discussion has identified that there is a real need for additional equipment and machinery to assist the ground chairman in pitch reparations during both the playing and closed season, the money generated by this season’s 500 Club will assist in funding those ground and machinery requirements.
25 Oct 16: Sport Medicine and Injury Clinic every Monday at KIMS
Calling all sport and physical activity enthusiasts!
Whilst our own physiotherapist team under Gemma do a superb job for the club, Gemma (who is a Senior Physiotherapist with KIMS) would like to make you aware that KIMS Hospital now holds a Sport Medicine and Injury Clinic every Monday.
Whether you are a professional athlete or an amateur sportsman with an injury or in need of performance advice, Dr Laurence Gant, the Sport Medicine Consultant with KIMS, can help you.
Dr Gant has worked with a broad range of patients including Olympians and Premier League Footballers, so you will know you are in good hands.
Find out more at https://www.kims.org.uk/specialism/sport-medicine/
NB: Please mention Maidstone Rugby if you choose to use their services.
24 Oct 16: Pre Match Lunches - places still available
Pre Match Lunch 29th Oct v CS Rugby - Fully Booked
Bob Beney and Dave Arnold are organising the pre-match luncheons this season. They are planning to limit the number of lunches to 4 and the dates selected are;
Saturday 29th October v CS Rugby - Fully Booked
Saturday 3rd December v Brighton.
Saturday 11th February v Chiswick.
Saturday 25th March v Sidcup.
The lunch for the match v CS Rugby is now fully booked, but places re available for the other dates, although the lunch on 3rd Dec v Brighton is filling up fast. Please let either Bob or Dave know if you are going to attend - preferably by e-mail. To avoid disappointment and to help with the catering we would appreciate an early reply.
Why not organise a table of 6 and sit with your own friends.
Look forward to seeing you at the lunches.
22 Oct 16: Around the Grounds
National 1: No change in the top three as leaders Hartpury were 49-14 winners over Ampthill who slip to sixth, Moseley beat O Albanians 56-33 whilst Club were 34-24 winners against Cambridge. Plymouth Albion lost out by the odd point in the 34-33 scoreline at Coventry but stay fourth, with Loughborough St 29-14 win against DMP seeing them move to fifth. At the foot of the table, bottom club Blaydon went down heavily 71-24 at Esher, whilst Macclesfield lost 18-36 against Rosslyn Pk who sit just above them. A 58-17 defeat for Hull Ionians at Fylde sees them occupy the last of the bottom four places.
National 2(S): Just a single point continues to separate the top two, with Chinnor 45-14 wieners at home to BSE and Elthamians 20-30 winners at Henley. Redruth and Taunton are now locked together in third and fourth spots after Redruth hammered Cinderford 54-11 and Taunton fell to a narrow 30-32 defeat at home to Clifton. Bishops Stortford completes a top five that are 12 points clear of sixth place after they beat Worthing 30-36. At the foot of the table the bottom two clubs did battle with Exmouth moving off the bottom after they beat Barnstaple 38-20, whilst a 33-12 defaet for Barnes at Redingensians see them occupy the last of the early season relegation spots. Canterbury sit just above them in 13th place after losing out 34-29 at Ldn Irish WG, although just 3 points separates 6th and 13th places, so a single weekend’s results can see a significant reshuffling of the mid-table pack in this division.
Nationals 3(SE): The top two in Hertford and Wimbledon are only separated by points difference with both posting solid results against Guernsey (17-31)and bottom club A&C (34-17) respectively. TJs and Westcombe Pk are also locked together 2 points behind with TJs beating strugglers Colchester 16-47 and Combe 59-12 victors over Dorking. At the bottom end of the table, even at this early stage it looks like Westcliff and Chichester alongside A&C and Colchester will form the group fighting to avoid the drop. Westcliff lost out 38-18 at Guildford whilst Chichester went down 12-20 at home to Southend. In the remaining fixture S&E lost narrowly, 13-8 at Shelford.
London 1(S): After a long unbeaten run going back to September last year, as if often the case, following one defeat along comes another and after narrowly falling to TJs in the Kent Cup last week Tunbridge Wells slipped two places from top spot after what was another narrow loss at CS Rugby by 20-17, a result that moves CS Rugby up to second place. Sidcup go top after they hammered struggling Dover 5-49, with Tottonians still in fourth, despite losing out 46-31 at Havant. At the bottom end of the division, G&F are still looking for their first point after being nulled by 40 points at Cobham. Brighton also sit in the drop zone alongside G&F and Dover following a 28-15 defeat at Chobham. In the mid-table fixtures, Maidstone got back to winning ways with a 21-37 win at Chiswick, whilst Sevenoaks posted a good win with a 27-32 result at Gravesend
London 2 (SE): League leaders Medway’s perfect record remains intact following a 73-14 hammering of mid-table Alleynians; a 24-32 win for Colfes at Hove keeps them in second spot, with Dartfordians a point behind following their 34-25 victory against fifth placed Charlton Pk. Beckenham sit fourth following a tight 22-25 win at a D&B outfit surprisingly near the wrong end of the table. At the foot of the table both Crowborough and Bromley are still looking for their first wins after they both lost out, Bromley 12-6 at H&W, and Crowborough 15-28 at home to Sussex rivals Horsham.
London 3 (SE): Unbeaten Pulborough continue to head the table after a 17-45 win at Eastbourne, Thanet remain second despite falling to a second consecutive defeat, losing out 9-13 at home to Haywards Heath, who now sit fourth. Folkestone are third after they beat Lewes 36-10. The bottom half of the table is dominated by Kent clubs, with Ashford still propping up the table despite a good 41-10 win against fellow strugglers Aylesford, a result that now sees them out of negative points. Likewise for Dunstonians who’s 45-31 win against Anchorians sees their points tally back in the black. A 25-21 win for Park Hse sees them put some daylight between themselves and the bottom three, at the same time closing the gap on their opponents for the day in Sheppey
Kent 1: A 5-34 win for H&B at Brockleians sees them continue to set the pace, with O Wills moving into second spot after they beat Snowdown 12-51. Cranbrook sit third after surprisingly falling to a narrow 37-33 defeat away at Southwark, with King Coll in fourth after they also lost, going down 30-19 at Vigo. A 32-24 defeat for Beccs at NAG sees them sitting fourth from bottom, whilst the last of the fixtures saw Sittingbourne lose out 21-29 at home to HSBC.
Kent 2: Big wins for OGs at Dartford Valley (12-63) and Foots Cray at Erith (8-55) see them take over the top two spots, as RBS sit out this week and drop to third. The trio are 5 points clear of Lordswood who move to fourth after they fought out a tight battle against Whitstable for an 8-7 result. The bottom end of the table sees Dartford Valley and Erith propping up the table below Shooters Hill who went down 14-54 to visiting Greenwich and Bexley who were beaten 38-6 by Orpington. in the last of the results, Askean moved out of the bottom three with a 31-19 win over visiting Faversham.
NB: Due to a social engagement, nextvweek's Around the Grounds will not be published until sometime on the Sunday
25 Sep 16: Volunteers Required
As soon as the infrastructure is in place entry to all 1st XV matches will be by programme at a charge of £3 ea. A structure is due to be contructed at the metal gate that allows access up to the pitch area and the club is looking for a team of volunteers to man the entrance to conduct programme sales during then period prior to KO; it is anticipated that this will be for no longer than 1-1.5hrs. Obviously this is much less of an onerous task if shared between a group of people doing half an hour each.
If you are prepared to give some time on match days to help share the burden then please contact a member of the committee.