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01 Mar 15: Around the Grounds
National 1: Only two fixtures here with leaders Ealing 7-45 winners over bottom club Macclesfield, whilst elsewhere Wharfedale were 8-6 winners over visiting Esher.
National 2(S): Again, few outstanding fixtures here, although Dorking effectively lost ground on leaders Henley after they lost out 19-25 at home to struggling Southend, a result that moves them out of the bottom three and above Canterbury on points difference, but still close to the drop zone. Also at the bottom, Lydney were solid 39-14 winners against Clifton and whilst the result doesn’t move them out of the bottom three it closes the gap to Canterbury. In the last of the results, Bishops Stortford beat Worthing 29-10 to close the gap on Dorking.
National 3(SE): At the top of the table it is very much looking like BSE’s title to lose, although they were made to work hard for the win at TJs, just shagging the encounter 17-20, Ldn Irish WG and Barnes remain locked together in second and third place respectively, with Irish 220-30 winners over CS Rugby whilst Barnes keep up the pressure with a tight 23-26 win. East Grinstead move above Hertford into fourth spot after the two met with the Sussex club resounding 29-3 winners. At the bottom end with CS Rugby’s defeat dropping them back to the foot of the table and Tring’s defeat keeping them in the relegation zone, the only side to post a win was Guernsey who posted a 33-22 win against a Westcliff side still flirting with the relegation zone. A&C also remain close to the drop zone after they lost out 29-17 at Westcombe Pk, whilst in the last of the fixtures Gravesend went down 14-8 at Chichester.
London 1 (S): Wimbledon stay 5 points clear after a convincing 40-7 win over a struggling Twickenham side stuck in the relegation zone. Second placed Chobham were 12-17 winners at G&F with Sidcup still third after they despatched Guikdford 31-7. S&E remain level on points with Sidcup following a 12-19 win at Havant. In the relegation zone Hove convincingly beat bottom club Basingstoke 46-5 whilst a 30-25 defeat for Dover at Charlton Pk sees them only a point clear of safety.
London 2 (SE): Maidstone’s lead was reduced by a point as a much changed county town club fought out a 15-10 win in the mud against Beckenham, Medway stay second following a 31-17 win against Ashford with Sevenoaks third after a 7-24 win at Thanet whilst the surprise result was a 17-0 defeat for Tunbridge Wells at Crowborough. At the bottom Aylesford still look for their first point this season although it is now largely academic with today’s 20-3 defeat at D&B confirms their relegation to Ldn 3(SE).
London 3 (SE): Horsham stay top and secured promotion after they beat Folkestone 10-0 but Dartfordians tripped up in the league title battle against a resurgent H&W, going down 15-3 to the hosts. Bromley enjoyed another tight battle, this time coming out on top of the 0-5 scoreline against bottom club Lewes. H&B remain key candidates for relegation after an 8-13 loss against Uckfield, whilst Park Hse just got the upper hand in a hard fought 12-11 contest against visiting Anchorians to keep their survival hopes alive. In mid table Dunstonians were solid 6-24 winners over a Pulborough side that should have enough points in the bank to ensure survival.
Kent 1: A 9-17 win for Cranbrook over O Wills keeps them at the top of the table with Sheppey still in second spot despite their fixture against Kings Coll being postponed. Beccs stay third but have played a game more following a 19-17 defeat at OGs, with fourth placed Vigo also losing out 13-7 at Southwark. Bexley’s relegation fate looks sealed after they lost out 46-0 to HSBC with Siitingbourne posting a useful 9-5 win against Lordswood to counter OG’s win and stay out of the drop zone.
Kent 2: In the battle for top spot the momentum looks to have swung towards Foots Cray as they beat NAG 13-10 to move 4 points clear, although NAG have a game in hand. Brockleians sit third following a 46-16 victory against Edenbridge. In the other fixtures Shooters went down 12-17 at home to Faversham with near neighbours Whitstable winning with the same scoreline over Greenwich.
21 Feb 15: Around the Grounds
National 1: The Ealing march to the title looks to be on the home straight, as a 29-17 win at home against Darlington MP keeps them 4 points clear at the top. A 35-12 win for Rosslyn Pk over bottom club Macclesfield combined with a 20-22 defeat for Coventry at the hands of Hartpury sees them and Park change places in second and third spot. Blackheath stay fourth after they beat Esher 27-23 with Fylde in fifth place following a 33-26 victory over struggling Tynedale who now look favourites to join Macclesfield for the drop. The matchup between O Albanians and Cinderford would probably go a long way to deciding the survival of both clubs, and a 20-7 win for OAs looks to have secured their Div 1 status whilst probably condemning Cinderford to the drop. Elsewhere, Blaydon were 34-27 winners over Wharfedale with Loughborough St beating Richmond 29-13.
National 2(S): Leaders Henley were narrow 28-34 winners against Taunton whilst Dorking are now thirteen points adrift after a 15-15 draw with Canterbury, a result that helps keep the city club at edge of the relegation fringes. For the bottom clubs, Dings 50-0 thrashing at the hands of Bishop’s Stortford sees them still anchored to the foot of the table with only two fixtures remaining before mathematical survival is gone. Shelford look likely to join them after a 41-5 loss at Redruth, whilst Lydney’s 10-19 win at Clifton sees them still occupying the last relegation place but certainly not down yet. A 26-19 defeat for Southend at Cambridge means they aren’t yet out of the woods in terms of survival. In the mid-table battles Elthamians lost out narrowly in the 24-26 scoreline at home to Chinnor, whilst Worthing were 25-23 winners over visiting Launceston.
National 3(SE): In what has been possibly the least predictable of the tables, certainly at the top end, some of the issues look like they are beginning to be settled. BSE now look like the favourites to take top spot as they sit 7 points clear after a 23-14 win over Guernsey who drop back to the foot of the table. In second place Ldn Irish WG unexpectedly lost ground as they lost out 8-26 at home to struggling Tring who could yet still avoid the drop. A 22-8 win over Chichester for Barnes in third place sees them only separated from Ldn Irish on points difference with Hertford in fourth following a solid 28-7 win against Westcombe Pk. Combe remain the highest placed of the Kent clubs after Gravesend lost out 12-15 to East Grinstead and could still get drawn into the relegation scrap, whilst TJs lost to struggling A&C 27-22. In the last of the fixtures Westcliff are still not clear of the drop zone, losing out to CS Rugby 17-21 as like Tring, they try and haul themselves out of the relegation zone
London 1 (S): Wimbledon still sit four points clear at the top despite going down 28-23 to nearest challengers Chobham, with Sidcup maintaining the pressure after they beat Dover 10-28 at The Crabble, a result that now sees the coastal club far too close for comfort to the drop zone. S&E’s 55-29 win against bottom club Hove keeps them level on points with Sidcup, with Hove now looking certain to go down. Of the other relegation candidates, Basingstoke lost out 22-53 at home to Charlton Pk, whilst Twickenham did their survival chances a power of good with a 24-12 win over Havant. Cobham are still flirting with the danger area after they gave G&F their first away win of the season with a tight 24-26 result. Guildford,, who had been one of the early season front runners saw any faint hopes the may have harboured of staying in touch with the top four disappear with an 18-20 loss at the hands of Brighton.
London 2 (SE): At the top of the table Maidstone remain 10-points clear despite their match against Colfes falling foul of the weather, and if the county town club continue their winning ways in the cup competitions, it may now not get played until late April. With Sevenoaks having no fixture Medway moved back into second place after a solid 41-0 win against visiting Thanet Wdrs. Fourth placed Tunbridge Wells closed the gap on third placed Sevenoaks with a 22-12 win over visiting D&B, whilst at the bottom of the table a 31-7 win for Ashford over basement club Aylesford could potentially see the Bulls relegation confirmed as early as next week. The last of the fixtures saw Crowborough fail to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last week’s cup loss, with a 20-16 defeat at Beckenham.
London 3 (SE): A single penalty was all that separated Bromley from leaders Horsham with the table toppers ending up 0-3 winners against the regional Senior Vase finalists. A 14-5 win for Dartfordians over visiting Uckfield keeps them in second place. Whilst first and second in the table already looks decided, third placed Bromley have competition from three other clubs for the best of the rest. H&W sit in fourth and a 28-12 win over bottom club Lewes sees them only a point adrift of Bromley. Dunstonians and Folkestone are the other two clubs, with both posting wins against struggling H&B (25-14) and Park Hse (51-12) respectively. Anchorians now look to have lifted themselves clear of relegation danger with another positive result as they convincingly beat Pulborough 48-13. A result that sees Lewes now only one more defeat from confirmed relegation and last season’s promoted clubs H&B and Park Hse looking the most likely to join them.
Kent 1: Cranbrook’s lead at the top was reduced following their fixture with Kings Coll being postponed and Sheppey posting a 27-8 win against OGs to stay in second spot with Beccs third after a 0-0 draw against visiting Southwark. OGs loss keeps them in the relegation zone, just above Bexley who pulled off a surprise 20-17 win at home to fourth placed O Wills, whilst Sittingbourne’s 27-0 defeat at Vigo sees them still just above the drop zone.
Kent 2: Leaders NAG had no fixture this week and an 8-27 win at Edenbridge for Foots Cray saw them take over top spot in the division with Brockleians narrowing the gap after they beat Greenwich 0-17, although NAG have a match in hand over both clubs. In the remaining fixtures Faversham beat Askean 39-19 whilst bottom club Dartford Valley lost out 10-27 at the hands of Shooters Hill.
19 Feb 15: January 500 Club Winner
The winner of the £50 in January's 500 Club draw was Glyn Richards.
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17 Feb 15: Maidstone get a HOME Draw for Regional Cup Final
Maidstone Rugby reach a London & SE Regional Final for third time in four seasons
After last season’s disappointing performance in the RFU Intermediate Cup where they fell at the first hurdle with a weakened side against a Guildford outfit that went on to take the regional title, Maidstone have put together an impressive cup run this time around.
Although they received an AWO in the opening round against Warlingham in this season’s RFU Intermediate Cup, there have been no easy ties for the county town club, as they despatched runaway London 2(NW) leaders Harrow 31-15 followed by a win against their nearest league rivals Medway 14-0 in the following round.
The team recorded a hard fought 7-33 away victory against a Norfolk based Diss side that head the London 2(NE) table and were defending an unbeaten home record this season until Maidstone’s visit.
Maidstone have had a good record in the RFU cup competitions in recent seasons, taking the London & SE regional title in the 2012 and 2013 Senior Vase competition and only exiting the tournament at the National Semi-Final stage following narrow defeats.
The side are looking to go one better this season, but first they host a Chiswick side that are going well in London 2(NW) and beat Crowborough 17-10 in the semi-final.
17 Feb 15: Saracens Rugby Camp a Great Success
Maidstone Rugby is the latest Kent club to team up with Saracens as one of its partner clubs. Given the county’s affiliation with Saracens it was the logical choice for the club after having conducted an in depth study of the benefits offered by the other regional Premiership clubs.
One of the first ventures for Jo Ellesmere who has taken on the role as Maidstone Rugby’s Premiership Club Liaison Officer, was the organisation of a one-day rugby camp at the club in conjunction with the Saracens community team. This event held on Monday was a resounding success and saw over 120 young players between the ages of 7 and 16 attending for the day.
13 Feb 15: Maidstone Players selected for Kent Squads
The club is pleased to announce, and offers its congratulations to 1st XV skipper Ben Williams and winger Alex Eastwood on their selection for the Kent Senior and U20 squads respectively, to compete in this season's inter county competitions.
Ben will be part of the county's senior squad to compete in the Bill Beaumont Division1 Cup, with pool fixtures against Hertfordshire, Cornwall and Gloucestershire. Alex is part of the squad for the National U20 competition and is included in the matchday squad for the fixture v Cornwall at Charlton Park this coming Sunday (15th Feb).
Well done guys. #oneclub
09 Feb 15: Ladies Night - Sat 28th February
OK Ladies, why should the guys have all the fun? So now's your chance to have a great evening out with the girls, whilst they chase after you.
Plus you get to support a good cause with a proprtion of the proceeds going towards Breast Cancer Research.
London & South East Division
London Division 2(SE)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 7th March 2015
Maidstone FC 1st XV
Tunbridge Wells RFC
Away, KO 2:30pm
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 7th March
Mustangs (2nd) XV v Medway RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 2:30pm
3rd XV v Canterbury RFC 4th XV, Away, KO 2:30pm
Development XV v Tunbridge Wells RFC 3rd XV, Home, KO 2:30pm
Barbarians XV v Canterbury RFC 5th XV, Home, KO 2:30pm
Veterans XV v O Gravesendian RFC 4th XV, Away, KO 2:30pm
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
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.
Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities (updated 19th Feb)
posted: July 29 2014
The home league fixture remaining available for matchball sponsorship is the last fixture of the season v Crowborough. perhaps much closer on the horizon is the opportunity as matchball sponsor for the RFU Intermediate Cup, Ldn & SE Regional Final v Chiswick on Sat 14th March. If any club members wish to support the club, or feels that their company might be interested then please contact Bob Hayton.
14 Mar v Chiswick (RFU Intermediate Cup, Ldn & SE Regional Final)
11 Apr v Crowborough (Ldn Div 2(SE))
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.
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.
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