- New Players: Maidstone Rugby welcomes new players of all ages and abilities, see New Players page for contact information. Free membership for members of HM Forces.
- Matchball Sponsorship opportunities for home fixtures v Sevenoaks and Warlingham this season still available, Contact Bob Hayton
- RWC 2015: Are you interested in becoming a RWC 2015 Volunteer? See notices below.
05 Mar 14: Barbarians XV Tour - It always pays to have a Plan B!!!
Thanks to the contacts of former Barbarians XV skipper Trevor Bradley, with a little help from President of Uckfield RFC Peter Reeves, following the demise of the teams “tour" plans to Llanishen in Wales, an invite was extended to salvage the situation. The result is that the Barbarians will be travelling over the Sussex border to face a President’s Veterans XV as Uckfield look to entice their reforming old boys back onto the field of play. The match will precede the RBS 6 Nations England v Wales clash at Twickenham and victory or defeat in either will be soothed by copious amounts of local brew Harveys. Buoyed by their recent win over Sevenoaks Acorns the team travels with a squad of 24 ambassadors of the club, departing post breakfast from the Malta Inn
05 Mar 14: If you want something doing; do it yourself!!!
After many years in operation, the club’s machine for marking the pitches was flagged up earlier in the season by Grounds chairman Martin Maytum as being ‘on its last legs’ so to speak. Realising a replacement would be required; investigation into the cost of a more modern was something of an eye opener and a bit of a surprise. Still that’s the penalty for equipment in what is a niche market. In order to cushion the blow of what was an unbudgeted expense, Martin organised last week’s highly successful quiz night which was attended by over 100 members from across the club, with many still at the club until the small hours of the morning. The results of the quiz are covered in the ‘Weekly Round Up’, but needless to say, it was a very enjoyable and successful evening, as well as an excellent “one club” event, to the benefit of all elements of the club.
01 Mar 14: Around the Grounds
National 1: Doncaster still lead the table by eight points following a 24-19 win over Blaydon, but Rosslyn Pk lost ground, going down by the odd point in the 17-18 scoreline at Loughborough St. The battle between third and fourth went the way of Coventry 15-35, with hosts Fylde slipping to fourth spot. In the battles for potential relegation candidates, Blackheath look more comfortable after 32-24 win against Cinderford, a result that puts the Gloucestershire club six points from safety. A 19-10 loss for Henley at O Albanians sees them slip to second from bottom, with a 27-5 win for Tynedale over Esher seeing them move out of the bottom four. A 28-34 win for Richmond at Wharfedale should see them safe, but Worthing’s expected 34-17 win against basement side Hull Ionians combined with other results, fails to ease the Sussex club’s relegation worries
National 2(S): For Canterbury, a 29-13 win over Shelford keeps the ‘city’ club in the playoff spot in the table, with Hartpury still leading following a 29-22 win at Dings. Ampthill remain in contention in third place after they overcame bottom club Exmouth 43-10. At the bottom end of the table, despite a useful 28-33 win for Bournemouth over Bishop’s Stortford, they still sit one place above Exmouth, with Chinnor now third from bottom after they lost out 29-13 at Cambridge. A 26-20 win for Ldn Irish (Am) against Redruth sees them move up the table but a 17-32 defeat for Launceston against Southend keeps them in relegation danger. In the last of the fixtures Clifton were 28-22 victors over Taunton and sit fourth in the division, six points adrift of Ampthill in third and a further seven points behind Canterbury.
National 3(SE): Barnes’ shock 24-17 win against leaders Dorking still sees them in the third relegation spot; although at the top things are now very tight, with only a point between the leaders and Elthamians, who won 20-29 at Tring. East Grinstead stay third after a tight 12-14 win at TJs, who sit fourth, with victory snatched by the G-Force with the last kick of the match.. Fifth placed BSE slipped up, as they went down by the odd point in the 30-29 scoreline at Westcombe Pk, a result that sees the Orpington club now sitting more comfortably in mid-table. At the bottom, the battle of the basement clubs went the way of the visitors, as Thurrock were narrow 24-26 winners at Barking. Barnes surprise win combined with a 29-14 loss at Hertford for Basingstoke, sees the Hampshire club drawn back into relegation danger. In the last of the fixtures, CS Rugby fell to their second heavy defeat in as many weeks, going down 13-50 to Guernsey.
London 1(S): In the battle between the bottom two sides, Haywards Heath’s heavy 49-17 defeat at Staines keeps the hosts survival mathematically possible as Heath slip to the bottom spot. Beckenham’s 14-33 loss to S&E sees them 12 points from safety; despite fourth from bottom Hove’s 26-5 loss at Havant. At the top Gravesend are four points clear after a convincing 16-56 win at Cobham, whilst Sidcup ran second placed Chichester close, with the Sussex club just taking the win 17-20. In mid-table Chobham were 19-12 winners over Brighton, with Wimbledon 38-23 winners over Dover.
London 2 (SE): With things being quite tight at both top and bottom of the table, there seem to be key fixtures every week; Charlton Pk faced a D&B side still in with a shout of the playoffs but a 25-11 win for the league leaders, combined with other results sees D&B drop out of the top five in the table. An in form Tunbridge Wells that had won their last seven matches hosted second placed Maidstone, knowing another win would really put them back in the playoff hunt; chances spurned by the county town club in the opening encounters then saw them slump to a 34 point deficit with only 30 mins left on the clock, Despite still losing out 37-33 to the relieved hosts, Maidstone’s comeback demonstrated why they sit high in the table, as they have not failed in any game this season to come away with points, and the two bonus points garnered today may well prove crucial.
At the bottom, whilst a 52-0 defeat at Crowborough very much means that H&W’s relegation looks a certainty; Lewes were looking to bounce back from last week’s mauling by Aylesford as they faced a Medway side that they narrowly lost to last month. In the end they couldn’t repeat January’s heroics and fell to a 36-19 defeat that still sees them in pole position for the second relegation place Aylesford continued their form from last week with a 33-12 win at home to Warlingham, a result that still leaves the Surrey side on the edge of relegation danger. In the last of the fixtures, Sevenoaks recovered from last week’s cup disappointment with a 16-22 win at Colfes and move up to fourth spot, just above Wells.
London 3 (SE): After Ashford ran up a cricket score last week, struggling Beccehamians would not have been particularly enthusiastic about their visit this week and rightly so as the mid-Kent club ran in another convincing win (19-44) to keep up the pressure on leaders Thanet. Bromley have blown ‘hot & cold’ this season and were no match for the league leaders as Thanet stay 6 points clear at the top after a 25-34 result. After two consecutive defeats, a convincing 36-9 for Anchorians against Dartfordians sees them remain in third, although effectively out of the promotion race unless something really unexpected takes place. A resurgent Folkestone move up to fourth spot following a 20-41 win against a Horsham side that appear to have lost focus since mid-season. At the bottom end of the table a 36-27 defeat for Burgess Hill would appear to have sealed their fate along with Sheppey, who lost heavily (59-30 to Uckfield, a result that would appear to have created the breathing space the Sussex club was looking for.
Kent 1: Whilst the Park Hse title juggernaut appears to roll on, following a 37-17 win at OGs, both the two main playoff contenders lost, with second placed Cranbrook losing out 18-19 at home to Vigo, and H&B going down 22-10 at O Wills; results that certainly bring Vigo back into playoff contention in fourth spot. At the foot of the division both of the bottom two clubs lost out narrowly in tight battles, with Footscray losing out 3-6 to fellow strugglers Sittingbourne; and Shooters losing out 19-20 to visiting HSBC. In the last of the fixtures Southwark went down 10-17 at home to Kings Coll
Kent 2: It looked like Lordswood were going to take the title at a canter, but the last couple of fixtures have opened up the title race with a second defeat in as many weeks seeing them drop to third spot after a 19-8 reversal at mid-table Brockleians. Bexley’s 64-20 thrashing of Edenbridge now sees them sit at the top of the table, with Askean in second spot following a solid 41-17 over Whitstable. In the last of the matches, Dartford Valley are still weeking their first win after a 5-15 loss to NAG.
25 Feb 14: Paul Hathaway to replace Andy Foley for next season
I am pleased to confirm the appointment of former Gravesend and Tunbridge Wells Lead Coach Paul Hathaway as Head Coach to replace Andy Foley, who will be leaving his role as Director of Rugby at the end of this season. Paul, who most recently coached National 3 South side Gravesend, returns to the club where he spent 6 years as a player, and will take over control of the 1st team squad on 1st June, ready for the 2014/15 season.
A tenacious backrow forward in his playing days, where he played in the National Leagues for Maidstone before moving to Tunbridge Wells, Paul’s coaching career began at Sevenoaks, whom he led to promotion to London 2 South and also the Kent Cup in the late 90’s. Following twelve years as Lead Coach at Tunbridge Wells, Paul moved to National 3 South Gravesend in 2010 where he spent three seasons and led them to the Kent Cup in 2011.
Following on from the recent announcement that Sean Charlton has taken up a strategic role as Maidstone’s ‘Head of Playing’, I believe that Paul’s appointment is a great coup for the club. With both his experience of coaching at a National League level and extensive knowledge of the Kent club scene, I have no doubt that he is the right man to further develop the squad and get the best out of our existing playing and coaching talent.
Sean and I felt it was key that we found a new Head Coach who shares our belief that the focus should be on raising the playing skills of individuals and their understanding of how to control a game of rugby, so we are looking forward to Paul bringing a fresh approach and new ideas to the set-up for the beginning of next season.
Jon Sargent (Chairman)
25 Feb 14: Ollie brings up the ton!!!
The ‘catch & drive for the side’s second try against Crowborough might only have been Ollie Smith’s second touchdown of the season, but for the 1st XV it marked the milestone of 100 tries for the second consecutive campaign. Whilst given the lack of an extended cup run this season and with only 6 fixtures remaining, matching last season’s tally of 213 tries is probably just a bit ambitious, but 100 tries in a campaign for two consecutive seasons is still an impressive statement of the sides style of play and the ambition of both the players and coaching team.
22 Feb 14: Around the Grounds
National 1: No fixture for ‘Club’ this week and they would have been looking with interest at results elsewhere in the table; wins for Tynedale and Cinderford against Loughborough (10-19) and Blaydon (32-13) respectively will certainly do nothing ease any relegation worries they have. Although Richmond’s 20-17 loss at Coventry will be the one positive they can take from the day given the SW London club’s similar predicament.
National 2(S): Interest at both top and bottom of the table in these rearranged fixtures, with Canterbury keeping up the pressure on leaders Hartpury with a narrow 30-32 win at Bournemouth; and with a 20 point gap between them and safety, the south coast side look destined to go down after one season in the division. Ampthill stay hot on the city club’s heels after their equally tight 23-28 win at Launceston. Elsewhere, bottom club Exmouth lost out 20-36 to Taunton, whilst Ldn Irish(Am) did their survival chances a power of good with an excellent 59-24 win against Shelford, Chinnor’s 22-28 home defeat to Clifton sees them still in the danger zone; whilst in mid-table home advantage counted for nothing as Bishop’s Stortford were 13-39 winners at Southend.
National 3(SE): Dorking moved back to the top of the table with a 0-59 thumping of CS Rugby, with Barking’s relegation having been confirmed last week in their defeat to Elthamians, Thurrocks fate is also looking similar after they went down 27-60 to visiting fifth placed BSE. In the match postponed from before Christmas, the tide has now receded enough at The Slade for the local derby in the division between TJ and Westcombe Pk went the way of TJs with a 33-13 scoreline.
London 1(S): The two fixtures programmed had more bearing on the relegation battle than anything else, and Haywards Heath’s heavy 64-7 defeat at the hands of S&E will have pretty much consigned them to relegation, although we are not yet at the point in the season for the mathematical purists to say that salvation is not yet possible. Dover’s 48-29 win against struggling Beckenham will have eased any slight fears they may have had, and whilst they still have 6 matches remaining, Beckenham’s fate as the third side to go down is beginning to look unavoidable. Combined with Beckenham’s defeat, Hove’s relegation fears will be somewhat relieved after their 27-13 win against Wimbledon.
London 2 (SE): Key fixtures at both the top and bottom end of the table, although leaders Charlton Pk had the weekend off having been able to ride out the weather and play all their carded fixtures. Beneath them Medway hosted a D&B side with both still in contention for the playoff position, but an 18-18 draw will have done nothing to promote either sides challenge. Likewise, Maidstone hosted mid-table Crowborough at The Mote and in what was a tough encounter, a bonus point 27-10 victory sees the county town back in second spot in the table. A Tunbridge Wells side that still harbour playoff aspirations travelled to Horn Pk to face Colfes and came away 9-23 winners to maintain their challenge. Finally, at the other end of the table Lewes were looking to close the gap on hosts Aylesford in their bid to move out of the relegation zone but a 62-21 hmmering leaves them in a precarious position, at the same time as moving the bulls into mid table and leaving Warlingham and Crowborough looking over their shoulders.
London 3 (SE): At the top end of the division, a win for Ashford at Burgess Hill which saw the mid-Kent side run in a 0-123 cricket score sees them remain in second spot. Anchorians 3-14 defaet at the hands of Folkestone probably ends their challenge for promotion. With Horsham’s promotion aspirations having ended their match against Dunstonians was something of a dead rubber, with only club pride now at stake and the honours going to Horsham 12-10 in a tight battle.
Kent 1: Cranbrook’s 24-45 win at Shooter Hill sees them move back into second spot in the table and whilst Park Hse look well out in front, both the Cranes and H&B have games in hand and could close the gap. Whilst Footscray still sit at the foot of the table, despite benefiting from a surprising AWO against O Wills, the relegation places are still very tight, in the remaining fixtures Southwark ran out 13-7 winners against HSBC, whilst Vigo posted a resounding 31-0 win against visiting OGs.
Kent 2: The battle between Lordswood and Bexley, who look like the main promotion favourites, went the way of Bexley 10-23, although Lordswood still head the division. Guys Hosp challenge faltered with a 19-5 defeat at Faversham. NAG received an HWO against Orpington with Whitstable losing out 11-25 at home to Brockleians.
RFU Knockout Competitions
Intermediate Cup: Kent interest in the competition ended with Sevenoaks 25-27 defeat against a Guildford side that had removed both Maidstone and Aylesford from the competition and has been the nemesis of the county’s clubs in the competition this season. The other semi-final saw Ldn 2(NW) challengers O Priorians host Essex based Rochford Hundred with Priorians advancing to the regional final with a 28-12 result.
Senior Vase: After Kent clubs have made the regional final of this competition for the past three seasons, the county’s challenge ended at the semi-final stage this time around, with both sides going down to Ldn 3 (NW) opposition. In the battle between league leaders, Thanet travelled to face Harrow, losing out 15-12 in what was a tight contest. The other semi-final saw Dartfordians travel to Old Merchant Taylors (OMT) , going down 22-12 in an equally combative encounter.
Junior Vase: No remaining interest for the county in this competition after OGs exit to Billericay last weekend, as it happens Seaford fared better, as they beat the two times previous finalists 22-19. In the other semi-final Battersea Ironsides were 10-7 winners over Suffolk based Newmarket.
SSE English Clubs Championship
London & South East Division 2 (SE)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 8th March 2014
Away, KO 3:00pm
RBS 6 Nations: As you would expect, the club will be showing Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash between Ireland and Italy (2:30pm) and also the Scotland v France encounter (5:00pm). The club is also open on Sunday for the big match of the weekend, when England face Wales at Twickenham (KO 3:00pm). So get yourselves down to the club and cheer the boys on, you know the best place to watch rugby is in a club, with your mates and a beer.
Other Senior Fixtures - Saturday 8th March 2014
Mustangs XV - tba (Kent RFU Invicta League)*
3rd XV v Gravesend RFC 3rd XV, Away, KO 3:00pm (Shepherd Neame RK & ES Premier 2 (East))
Barbarians XV v Uckfield RFC Veterans XV, Away Sunday 9th March 12:30pm (Friendly)
Veterans XV - No Fixture. (Too many away ski-ing)
* Please note there are postponed Invicta League and RK & ES League fixtures that could fill vacant slots - please keep an eye on the websites for updates from the Fixtures Secretary.
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Old Maidstonians Rugby - Shirt Sponsorship
posted: July 29 2013
Rugby World Cup 2015 - Rugby Community Priority Access Sale Update
posted: February 16 2014
November 2013 saw the announcement of Rugby World Cup 2015 ticket prices (click here for details) and the RFU intention is to make tickets available to the most loyal supporters of the game (i.e.club members), through the clubs by means of a priority sale process.
This process will differ from the process normally used by the RFU for international matches at Twickenham with tickets being sold and delivered directly to the individual Club member rather than to the Club itself.
The sales process will launch in May and take place online via the official Rugby World Cup ticketing website. A summary of how the priority sale will operate is as follows:
- In March 2014 the club will be given a ticket allocation for every match along with a guide outlining the how tickets may be distributed.
- From early-May 2014 the RFU will open a simple process that enables the club to register successful members via the official Rugby World Cup ticketing website.
- From mid-May 2014 those successful members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from the official Rugby World Cup website.
- Tickets will be sold directly to members and delivered to their home address.
There will be support will be available to all clubs and invited members from the official England 2015 Ticketing Customer Service Centre.
Participation in this priority sale does not exclude members from future Rugby World Cup ticket sales phases.
Be aware that ticket sales will only be conducted online via the official Rugby World Cup ticketing website.
The allocation of the tickets awarded to the club will be done by a ballot system and members wishing to be included in the ballot should contact Steve Vincent the club’s International Ticket Coordinator prior to 19th April, providing details of the fixture of interest and number of tickets required.
There are half a million tickets available for all 48 matches through the RFU priority sale system so members should take advantage of this opportunity to be involved in Rugby World Cup 2015
Be Part of Rugby World Cup 2015!
posted: February 12 2014
The Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteer programme is coming and will be officially launched by the RFU on Wednesday the 12th February. The Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2015 takes place in 10 host cities in England plus Cardiff from September 18 to October 31, 2015. As such it will need approximately 6000 exceptional volunteers to make this the best tournament ever being the face of the RWC 2015, welcoming the world to England and to Rugby. Three quarters of these volunteers will come from clubs, the remainder from the general public to bring in people new to rugby.
The Volunteer Programme is designed to reward the abundance of hard work at Rugby grassroots level, each club in Kent will have the opportunity to be involved. In this spirit, every Rugby club in Kent will be offered volunteer places at RWC 2015, voting clubs have 2 places and non-voting clubs 1 place. Each club can also nominate a reserve.
Volunteering at RWC 2015 will be different to what many rugby volunteers are used to. RWC 2015 are looking for volunteers who are ready to roll their sleeves up, get stuck in and potentially get wet! It won’t be the same as the role they might currently perform at your club, but it will be the experience of a lifetime.
Any members wishing to be considered as the Club's nomination (2 members only + reserve) should contact to Steve Vincent (via email through the Contacts page) by 10th March to allow volunteer nominations to be considered by the committee at their next Committee meeting on 11th March.
Please click here for full information on the criteria to become a RWC 2015 Volunteer.
Are you interested in being a Rugby World Cup 2015 Volunteer?
posted: October 13 2013
Club Trades Directory
posted: February 15 2014
A reminder to members about the club’s Trade Directory service on the website. We think you may feel you would prefer to use other members of your club rather than suppliers you know nothing about at all. Members listed within this register are there because they have asked to be included.
The aim here is twofold:
To keep business within the club family.
To provide good service/value to our members.
At the very least we would expect Maidstone Rugby members on the directory to offer good service and value for money to their fellow members. Inclusion on the directory is free to members, for non-members who wish to be included there is a nominal annual fee.
If you would like to be added to the directory then please contact Bob Hayton.
Note: Access to the directory is through the navigation button located at the bottom left of the website homepage.
Club Officers and Officials
posted: December 11 2013
Club Officers and Officials
Members should be aware that there have been a number of changes of appointments across the club since the publication of this season’s Members Handbook, members should refer to the Contacts page of the website for up to date contact details for club officers.
posted: September 07 2013
Membership Subscriptions are now due. If you pay by Direct Debit then you need take no further action as the payments will continue for the new season. If you don't pay by Direct Debit, then you should take action to do so or make payment in full.
Full details can be found on the Membership page of the website (click here)
Please note that “only players who have paid their membership” are covered by the RFU insurance and eligible to play. In some cases it might be prudent to take up additional insurance cover for your own personal use.
Membership subscriptions include the usual benefits of use of the clubhouse facilities, access to the draw for international tickets, voting rights, ability to stand for office etc, all apply and perhaps key for playing members is free physiotherapy and injury management. There are no match fees charged by the club, these are all incorporated into the membership subscription
In addition you should also be aware that your entitlement to vote at any Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Extraordiary General Meeting (EGM) is dependant on your eligibilty 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 member; that means paying a membership subscription.
IF YOU AREN'T PAYING YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION THEN YOU ARE:
1. DEPRIVING THE CLUB OF FUNDS.
2. NOT ENTITLED TO CLUB BENEFITS.
“AND SOMEONE ELSE IS SUBSIDISING YOUR RUGBY”!!
(Is your mate at the bar paying for more than your pint?)
Finally, non payment is not a 'badge of honour', it demonstrates a lack of personal integrity.