- Maidstone Rugby: Are you looking for a new club? We run 4 senior sides so can cater for whatever level you play at. So why not join us at the county town's senior rugby club.
- Matchball Sponsorship: Only 1 opportunity stilll available for the home league fixtures,who wants the last one v Gosport & Fareham on 8th Apr? Contact Bob Hayton
- 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.
- Situations Vacant: Please see the new Club Volunteers page of the website for roles in which the club is looking for volunteers to step forward.
22 Apr 17: Around the Grounds
National 1: Top faced bottom with a predictable outcome as champions Hartpury narrowly missed hitting triple figure in a 92-7 hammering of relegated Macclesfield. Second placed Plymouth Albion beat Blackheath 7-48 whilst third placed Ampthill were 35-12 winners against a Cambridge side still not mathematically safe from relegation. At the bottom end of the table Blaydon are relegated despite a 40-24 win over Rosslyn Pk and Hull Ionians still occupy the relegation places despite their 46-33 win against O Albanians. The mid-table encounters saw Coventry 36-16 winners over DMP, whilst Esher beat Moseley 35-24 and in the last of the matches Fylde beat Loughborough St 32-21.
Promoted: Hartpury College
Relegated: Macclesfield, Blaydon and Hull Ionians or Cambridge
National 2(S): At the top Bishops Stortford are confirmed champions after they posted a 7-60 win at bottom club Exmouth, the battle for second spot remains tight between Chinnor and O Elthamians. In fact following a 38-29 win at Taunton the RFU standings give Chinnor a point advantage over Elthamians who posted a 12-55 win at Cinderford (this differs from the BBC tables and given both sides were level on points last week, it is difficult to see Elthamians not picking up a bonus point given today’s scoreline, interstingly the BBC, Chinnor & OE websites all concur & disagree with the RFU website table). Either way it will remain tight between the two clubs going in to next week’s final round of fixtures. At the bottom Exmouth are already down but the other two relegation places are still not decided. Worthing are second bottom and fell to a 43-27 defeat at Redingensians, whilst Barnes, 47-19 win against Clifton still sees them in the bottom three but with their survival hopes still intact. Still in danger are Ldn Irish WG who won a tight 21-22 battle at Redruth, and Barnstaple who lost 52-27 at Henley. Looking at the last round of fixtures a betting man would probably choose Worthing to escape the drop and Barnes and Ldn Irish WG to take the other two relegation places. In the only other fixture, BSE were just edged out at home 13-14 by Canterbury.
Promoted: Bishops Stortford. Playoff: Chinnor or O Elthamians (v Sale Nat 2N)
Relegated: Exmouth and two from Worthing, Barnes, Ldn Irsh WG or Barnstaple
Nationals 3(SE): Congratulations at the top of the table as a 21-49 result at Southend was just what Tonbridge Juddians needed to clinch both the title and accompanying automatic promotion, with Wimbledon confirmed for the promotion playoff following their 30-40 win at Dorking. The bigger questions were what was happening in the relegation deciders. Bottom club and already relegated A&C lost 45-24 at S&E, with that result was enough to keep the hosts in the division for another season at the expense of Chichester, despite them posting a good 20-12 win against Westcombe Pk who dropped to fourth spot after Hertford moved above them with a 39-10 win over Westcliff. Already relegated Colchester lost out on the road against Guernsey 31-17 and in the remaining dead rubber, Shelford were 36-19 winners against Guildford.
Promoted: Tonbridge Juddians. Playoff: Wimbledon (v Dings Crusaders Nat 3SW)
Relegated: Amersham & Chiltern, Colchester and Chichester
London 1(S): with only the playoff place still to be decided, eyes were on Tunbridge Wells and Havant and their respective fixtures. Havant travelled to champions Sidcup whilst wells hosted local rivals Maidstone. Havant gave it a good go but eventually fell short, going down 43-30 to a late burst by the home side, whilst Tunbridge wells ran out 46-14 winners to claim next week’s playoff against Ldn 1(N) club Chingford who had edged out playoff rivals Brentwood in a ‘head to head’ last day encounter. Elsewhere in the division a resurgent Brighton drew with fourth placed Tottonians 29-29, whilst CS Rugby hammered relegated Dover 82-26., whilst Chiswick fell to a similar 87-14 scoreline at Cobham and bBottom side G&F lost 19-41 to visiting Sevenoaks. In mid table Chobham lost 6-32 to visiting Gravesend.
Promoted: Sidcup. Playoff: Tunbridge Wells (v Chingford Ldn 1N)
Relegated: Gosport & Fareham, Dover and Chiswick
London 2 SE & SW Playoff: In what was a tight battle Colfes will make a return to Ldn 1 rugby after an absence of four seasons following their narrow 17-20 win over Surrey based Camberley.
Promoted: Medway and O Colfeians
Relegated: Crowborough and Bromley
Kent 1/Sussex 1 Playoff: To round off a good day for Kent in the promotion playoffs, O Williamsonians will enter the London leagues for the first time in their history after they beat Sussex based Uckfield 27-20.
Promoted: Hastings & Bexhill and O Williamsonians
Relegated: Snowdown CW and Brockleians
Kent 2: OGs had already been crowned champions but slipped up 17-25 on the final day against Whitstable who were chasing the other promotion spot, but having done all that was within their hands, it proved not to be enough with RBS running out 34-43 winners at Dartford Valley to maintain an eight point advantage in second place and take the promotion place. In the other fixtures fourth club Foots Cray were 12-55 winners at Orpington, whilst fifth placed Lordswood slipped to a 17-22 defeat against Askean. Bexley lost out 12-15 in a tight battle with visiting Faversham whilst in the encounter between the bottom two Erith were 10-34 winners at Shooters Hill.
Promoted: O Gravesendians and Royal Bank of Scotland
20 Apr 17: Piers Francis selected for England's Summer Tour to Argentina
The club is pleased to congratulate former player Piers Francis on his selection as part of Eddie Jones' England squad for the two test summer tour to Argentina. In a year where Northampton bound Piers was looking forward to running out for Super Rugby outfit the Blues against the British Lions as his swansong in New Zealand, plans have drastically changed as he now finds himself heading for the other side of the Pacific to face the Pumas.
The club has been in contact with Piers to offer their congratulations on his achievement and apart from looking forward to representing his country, he is also looking forward to dropping into the club on his return to the UK.
On behalf of the club we wish him all the best, well done and well deserved.
As a footnote, congratulations also to our friends at Cranrook RFC, who see their former player currently with Saracens, Nathan Earle, also selected for the tour. A good day for Kent Rugby.
15 Apr 17: Shepherd Neame Kent Cup Catch Up (Updated 22 Apr)
Kent Cup: TJ had booked their place in the final and will play Sidcup in what will potentially be a battle between respective divisional champions, so this was the only opportunity for them to meet given their respective promotions mean they won’t clash next season. Sidcup booked their place at the second attempt to play the fixture following a floodlight failure at Well Hall on the previous attempt, with an impressive 12-41 result over Blackheath’s Heathens.
Final: Tonbridge Juddians v Sidcup
Kent Shield: The semi-finals proved to be a bit of an anti-climax as both Charlton Pk and Medway received walkovers from their respective oppositions in Thanet Wdrs and Ashford, although a lot will depend on Charlton Park’s priorities as they approach their Intermediate Cup Final at Twickenham the following week.
Final: Charlton Park v Medway
Kent Plate: In what was meant to be a home tie for Maidstone, the inability of both sides to field a team on the only vacant weekend saw the match played at Canterbury as a midweek fixture under lights just prior to the Easter break. Maidstone took what was an extremely competitive tie 22-32, although the gloss was somewhat taken off the result with the match being curtailed 5-minutes of stoppage time due to a serious injury in the 80th minute. Maidstone will face Aylesford who played Beckenham on Easter Saturday, with Aylesford coming back from a 0-21 deficit to take the match 41-39 after Beckenham saw what would have been a match winning penalty drift wide of the posts at the death.
Final: Aylesford v Maidstone
Kent Vase: Kent 2 champions OGs hosted Beccehamians in their semi-final at Easter as they looked to complete a league & cup double but fell to a 37-10 defeat to the side they will lock horns with in Kent 1 next season. Kings Coll faced off against Southwark for a place in next Sunday’s final and whilst the final score hasn’t yet been ascertained, it is known that a 24-7 half-time lead translated into a winning score for the hospital club who will face Beccehamians in the final.
Final: Beccehamians v Kings College Hosp
Kent Salver: With both the Salver semi-finals still outstanding, it transpires that Sittingbourne have conceded to Snowdown and similar in the case of the Orpington v Greenwich contest which will see a salver final next week of Snowdown v Greenwich.
Final: Greenwich v Snowdown CW
Shepherd Neame Kent Cup Finals: Sunday 30th April @ Canterbury RFC
15 Apr 17: Around the Grounds
RFU Intermediate Cup: Congratulations to Charlton Pk who make it a hat-trick for Kent clubs in reaching the final at Twickenham for the third year in succession with a 48-27 victory over Cornish club Truro. Despite falling behind to an early Truro penalty, a dominant all-round first half display with 4 tries at regular intervals saw them romp to a 24-3 lead. Truro thought they had closed the gap on the cusp of half-time with a try of their own, only for Park to hit back straight away with another try in the last play to take a 29-8 lead into the interval. An early second half yellow card for Park allowed Truro to take advantage to reduce the deficit to 29-13 but Park again hit back quickly with a try of their own before a loose Charlton Pk pass saw Truro in again. Truro were then reduced to 14 just as Park were restored to full complement. Two tries in quick succession in the last 10 minutes took Park to a convincing 48-20 scoreline although Truro finished on a high with a try as the final whistle approached for a final score of 48-27.
Charlton Park will face Yorkshire side and last years Senior Vase winners in West Leeds, who beat Midlands club Silhillians 13-24 to book their third consecutive appearance at Twickenham.
RFU Senior Vase: Farnham roared to a three try 17-0 lead before Saltash got on the scoreboard to reduce the deficit to 17-7 with Fareham then quickly replying with a penalty. Two tries in the third quarter took the score out to 32-7 before Saltash mounted a late comeback of sorts with 2 tries of their own in the closing stages to see Farnham run out 32-21 winners.
Farnham will face Midlands club Droitwich in the final, who beat Lancashire based Tarleton 23-11.
RFU Junior Vase: In their clash with Gloucester based Spartans, O Whitgiftians started well putting their hosts under a lot of pressure and held a 14-10 lead as half-time approached, before Spartans took the lead for the first time going into the interval with a 17-14 advantage. Whitgiftians hit back after the break with a try but Spartans responded almost immediately to hold a 24-19 lead. A penalty and a further try kept Whitgiftians at bay to see Spartans book their place at Twickenham by 34-19
Spartans now go on to face Goole in the final who beat Long Eaton 20-23 in what was the tightest result from all of today's semi-finals.
14 Apr 17: Maidstone Rugby - Club Golf Day, Thurs 13th July
Following the successful reappearance last year of a club Golf Day on the calendar, the club is delighted to announce that this year’s event will take place on Thursday 13th July at Bearsted Golf Club.
The day is anticipated to start at 1:00pm with coffee and bacon rolls prior to the golf, with tee off times from 2:00pm. There will be a dinner in the evening at 7:00pm to accompany the prize giving.
The day will be run with teams of 4 on a full handicap ‘Stapleford’ format; best three scores from four.
Dress for the event is normal golfing attire on the course and smart casual in the evening.
The day provides a great opportunity from both a business and social perspective for teams from some of our sponsors along with their clients, as well as club members to mix and enjoy a day’s golf at what is a lovely venue in Bearsted.
The cost for the day is £55 per head (£220 per team of four), If you want to play but don't have a team then the event organiser can find a team for you.
In addition to participants we are also looking for sponsors for the event and whilst there will be some of the usual golfing competitions (longest drive etc) at various points within the round; we are also looking for companies or individuals prepared to sponsor each hole and I will announce more details on that in due course although the cost is not likely to exceed £50+VAT.
In respect of the event organisation and coordination, this is being led by our immediate Past President, Bob Beney and if you wish to be involved in the event, either as an individual or entering a team, communication should be directed towards him. Those of you who are golfers will know that events such as this prove extremely popular and there are likely to be limited places for teams and individuals, so a prompt indication of interest to Bob would be appreciated.
In closing it is quite some time since a club golf day was on the agenda and what could be better than to spend a summer afternoon on the golf course. We look forward to seeing you there.
For details and entry forms click here to contact Bob Beney
12 Apr 17: Club Working Day - Pitch Repair & Eqpt Husbandry: Saturday 29th April
06 Apr 17: Players Dinner and Awards Night Friday 5th May 2017
This year's awards night and players Dinner will be held at a new venue, Cobtree Manor Golf Club.
Ticket price includes a 3 course meal and all of the dazzling repartee that our Team Captains and other speakers can muster.
Payment can be made over the bar until 23rd April or you can pay here by Paypal or credit/debit card until
30th April. Don't delay however, as places are limited to 65 and when the places are gone, they're gone.
20 Mar 17: Annual Awards Dinner, Friday 5th May, Cobtree Manor Golf Club
When: Friday 5th May (7:00pm for a 7:30pm sit down)
Where: Cobtree Manor Golf Course
Cost: £25 (includes 3 course meal and various witty puns throughout the evening....
Dress: Club shirt, tie and chinos
Who will be this seasons award winners?
You can reserve your seat with Carol at the bar (payment at the time of booking). Due to change in location this year we are limited to only 65 places. So don't leave it too late and miss out, first come first served.
20 Mar 17: MFC Summer Ball 2017
Tickets are now available for this years Summer Ball which will be held at the Village Hotel. Last year's ball was a roaring success so if you would like to join us for another great night then please contact either Neil or Sharon Cole on 07709 443245 (Neil) or 07795 491892 (Sharon) or alternativelu by email (click here).
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Sunday 30th April
Shepherd Neame Kent Plate Final
Maidstone FC vs Aylesford Bulls RFC
@ Canterbury RFC, KO tbc
Other Senior Fixtures
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Club Trade Directory
posted: November 30 2016
For a number of season’s the club has operated a Trade Directory page on the website and will continue to do so. The aim of the directory is to provide a useful source for club members of professional and trades people within, or connected to the club. After all, most of the time we all put greater trust in those that we know, rather than complete strangers. In broad terms the directory is primarily a service for small businesses and the self-employed, although larger businesses won’t be excluded should they express an interest.
Entries on the directory are free for club members or a nominal £25 fee for non-members. All you have to do is provide the content in terms of text, any photos and your logo. For further details please go to the Trade Directory page, you can also view current entries which will also provide a helpful template for the type of information to provide.
In addition, could those members who currently have entries in the directory please check as to whether they need updating and provide updated information as required.
The 500 CLUB
posted: November 13 2016
'Fancy winning £800*** for Christmas as well as loads of cash prizes during the season?
Then JOIN THE 500 CLUB now and don't miss out!!
It costs £60 this buys you 6 x £10 shares.
These numbers are entered into a draw which we have throughout the season. Half the total proceeds come back to you in cash prizes, Half help pays for our pitch upkeep.
posted: September 25 2016
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.
Situations Vacant - Ground Chairman
posted: August 13 2016
The club is looking for a violunteer to take on the role of Ground Chairman.
The key responsibility of the role is to manage the maintenance club grounds/facilities throughout the year to ensure that matches can take place. To ensure that the rules and regulations regarding club pitches are respected and observed.
this is not intended to be a groundsman role although the ability to provide hands on assistance is beneficial, the role is primarily seen as recruiting & managing volunteers, and providing direction to the club on the requirements in terms of pitch & facility management and reparations as required.
For a full description of the role click here, members interested in volunteering for the role and making a direct contribution to the success of the club should contact Hon Sec Craig Tuffrey ivia the website Contacts page in the first instance.
Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: August 17 2016
This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise perimeter board sales. The success of the club in being able to generate perimeter board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Manager's role has outgrown what can be achieved and fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for perimeter 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; 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 and exploring opportunities 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.
Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities
posted: July 12 2016
Shirt Number Sponsorship
All now Sold
Matchball Sponsorship opportunities @ £50ea are also available for all home league fixtures; the Kent Cup fixture v Dover or Blackheath is also available but the date for this is yet to be confirmed. If you or your company would be interested in being the matchball sponsor for one of these fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance:
3rd Sept v Tunbridge Wells (Sold)
10th Sept v Dover (Sold)
24th Sept v Tottonians (Sold)
8th Oct v Gravesend (Sold)
29th Oct v CS Rugby (Sold)
19th Nov v Chobham(Sold)
3rd Dec v Brighton (Sold)
7th Jan v Sevenoaks (Sold)
21st Jan v Havant (Sold)
11th Feb v Chiswick
4th Mar v Cobham (Sold)
25thMar v Sidcup
8th Apr v Gosport & Fareham