- 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.
19 Apr 14: Around the Grounds
Apart from National 1 & 2, the regular league season is now concluded for most clubs, with just a couple of outstanding fixtures postponed from earlier in the season to be played, plus also the National Semi-Finals of the RFU Knockout competitions played this weekend.
National 3(SE): Only a single fixture played here in what was realistically a ‘dead rubber’ with the result not affecting the standings of either side as already relegated Thurrock went down 7-31 at home to eighth placed Hertford.
London 1(S): Top were due to face bottom as Gravesend were scheduled to travel to Haywards Heath but received an AWO with the resultant 5-points confirming G’s as champions, leaving Chichester to host Eton manor in next week’s promotion play off. In the only other outstanding fixture Sidcup’s 25-19 win against Dover moves them up to fourth place in the league standings.
RFU Knockout Competitions (National Semi-Finals)
Intermediate Cup: In the semi-final affecting the Ldn & SE division champions Guildford, home advantage wasn’t enough as they narrowly lost out to a Trowbridge side that finished runner-up to Wells in Southern Counties (S), with the final result 17-19 to the visitors. They now go on to face Staffordshire club Leek who beat Aspatria (a famous name from the amateur era) 27-15.
Senior Vase: NW Ldn club Harrow lost out 20-27 to last years Junior Vase champions Newent, as the Forest of Dean club booked their second consecutive Twickenham appearance with a 20-27 result. Their opposition will be Yorkshire based Yarnbury who beat Corby club Stewarts & Lloyd 21-11.
Junior Vase: Home advantage was again no use for the Ldn & SE clubs, as Batterseas Ironsides lost out 24-35 to Gloucestershire club Longlevens. They go forward to Twickenham and will face Rugby Lions, who in their first season back in the leagues since last season’s well publicised financial demise, beat Yorkshire club Goole 21-17.
19 Apr 14: Maidstone Rugby Annual Awards Dinner
Despite the small matter of next week’s promotion playoff, the club brought the curtain down on the regular season with the traditional awards dinner. Held at Rianos for the third successive season, just over 100 of the club’s players and members attended to recognise the achievements made by both the players and those behind the scenes for what has been another successful season for the club.
Amongst the awards a number of RFU recognition awards were made, with RFU VIP ties presented to Dave Eastwood, Shaun Neaves, Mike Laurenson, Dave Smith, Dave Price and Tony Murphy for the considerable and often unseen work they do on behalf of the club behind the scenes. In addition the contribution of several club stalwarts was recognised with the award of Vice Presidencies, with Hon Treasurer Ben Court contribution recognised along with that of the Mote CC’s immediate past president Mickey Back; a third award was also announced for Richard Parker and will be formally presented at a later date.
On pitch efforts were also recognised with Mike McIvor receiving the Mike Shaples Plate for the Veterans XV and Colin Frost the recipient of this year’s Captain’s Shield for the Barbarian XV. The 3rd XV player of the season was Callum Smith with Mustangs XV skipper Nick East being recognised for his efforts leading the team; the 1st XV’s player of the season was vice captain Jack Davidson who also collected the Centenary Cup on behalf of the 1st XV after another good season for the club’s flagship team.
The major awards of the evening saw Brad Ford take the David Arnold Young Player Award after a successful first season with the club; Diane Hughes received the Bernard Hinks Award for non-playing contribution to the club, with Will Fox picking up the equivalent award for players in the Other XVs. The Bernard Hinks Award for the 1st XV player went to Ben Brill after what has been an outstanding season, and brother Sam was on hand to make the presentation. The last of the presentations saw the Harry Green Award presented for the fourth successive season, with former Chairman Andy Golding’s significant contribution to the club over a number of years being recognised.
Amongst the other presentations, Sam Brill and Caleb Van De Westerlo were presented with club shirts and plaques whilst the departing Willie Brown presented a framed shirt from his home club in New Zealand.
A full selection of photos are now available on the club gallery
14 Apr 14: The Family Brill say Thank You to Maidstone Rugby
Recent weeks have seen something of a family reunion for the Brill family, with Ben and Sam both appearing for the 1st XV, Dad Brendon has also been in the UK with the family on holiday and they have all been on hand to watch the last four 1st XV fixtures (all wins) whilst using Maidstone as a base for wider travels during their stay. Prior to Brendon’s imminent return to the “land of the long white cloud”, he took time out to present club President, Jim Tinsley with a plaque from the family’s home club United Matamata. In addition to the plaque both the boys also presented the club with a United Matamata club shirt to add to the club’s growing collection.
13 Apr 14: New Sponsor on hand for 1st XV league win
Spencer Nicholl from the town’s newest ‘Real Ale’ pub and new Official Sponsor for the 2014-15 season, Ye Olde Thirsty Pig was on hand for the 1st XV’s 38-16 league win over Warlinham in their last run out at The Mote for this season. Spencer has been a regular at the club in recent weeks for the 1st XV home fixtures and was keen to become involved in supporting the club’s ambitions. In fact the pub’s van used for deliveries etc also carries the club badge as part of Ye Olde Thirsty Pig’s support for the club. In addition to the obvious financial support that the sponsorship provides for the club, it is hoped that the collaboration will also lead to some additional benefits for both parties in terms of promoting the pub and also some of the area's real ale microbreweries.
Ye Olde Thirsty Pig is a free house situated on Knightrider Street serving the best local drinks with a wide range of Kentish Ale and Cider. The pub is housed in a wonderful historic building dating back to c1540 and has many original features (click here for more details).
13 Apr 14: Maidstone Rugby Shirt Presentation (Better Late than Never)
It has become recent tradition for overseas players that playing for Maidstone Rugby to present one of their club shirts from their home country on completion of their time with the club. This week saw a shirt presented on behalf of Ivan Walkiling who was and ever present member of last season’s unbeaten league championship winning side. Having concluded his time with the club and with no shirt to hand, this delayed presentation has come about by a somewhat circuitous route, with then club President Bob Beney collecting the shirt from Ivan in Australia during his recent visit for the Ashes cricket series. Bob presented the shirt to the club on behalf of Ivan and it was fitting that Carol McKenzie received the shirt for the club, being as son Josh is currently being hosted in Australia for their rugby season by Ivan and his club Hamilton Hawks.
07 Apr 14: **IMPORTANT - Promotion Playoff Coach Travel - IMPORTANT**
The London 2 (South) promotion palyoff is against Gosport & Fareham on Saturday 26th April and is an away fixture. The team and support staff will be travelling by coach and there will be a limited number of spare seats available. Should there be sufficient response the club will look at booking additional transport.
If you are interested in travelling to the playoff fixture by coach to support the 1st XV can you please register your name and payment on the list that will be available behind the bar from Tuesday (22nd Apr), Don't leave things to the last minute, it makes it difficult for people to plan and it can't be done by means of telepathy.
Cost will be £10 per head (which is significantly cheaper than what it would be to drive, plus you can have a few beers).
SSE English Clubs Championship
London & South East Division 2 (SE)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 26th April 2014
London 2 South Promotion Playoff
Away, KO 3:00pm
Other Senior Fixtures - Monday 21st April 2014 (Easter Monday)
Evergreen XV v East Grinstead RFC Veterans XV (Evergreen Cup - Plate), Cancelled - HWO (Next fixture Plate Semi-Final v Medway, Home, 4th May tbc)
Other Senior Fixtures - Saturday 26th April 2014
Mustangs XV - O Alleynians RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 3:00pm (Kent RFU Invicta League)
Veterans XV - Tour - Koln, Germany
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
*** IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MEMBERSHIPS SECRETARY****
posted: April 04 2014
QBE Autumn International: England v Samoa ticket offer - Buy 1 get 1 Free
posted: April 02 2014
Both the club and its members have the opportunity to benefit from an offer from the RFU in respect of tickets for the England v Samoa fixture on Sat 22nd November, in this year's QBE Autumn Internationals. (Please note this match is a 7:00pm KO)
Not only will the club get cash back from the RFU, the tickets are economically priced at £50 or £25 for adults and £10 for juniors (U15). In addition, all adult tickets are available on a buy one get one free basis.
The club needs to confirm numbers to the RFU by 30th May. If you would like to order tickets for this fixture then applications should be made to Steve Vincent by May 23rd at the latest. (Note: This offer is available to the club, but subject to a minimum order of purchased 10 adult tickets).
**IMPORTANT**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
Update 24 Mar: The club will receive a limited number of tickets for all Twickenham games and 300-350 tickets spread across the other venues. The club need's to upload the details of our nominated persons by May 6th. The nominated persons can then access the RWC ticket website and purchase tickets (limited to 4 per person). Remember this is a priority access scheme for the rugby community and failure to take advantage of the scheme will result in you having to take 'pot luck' in a public ballot when tickets go on general release at a later date.
**IMPORTANT**Be Part of Rugby World Cup 2015! **IMPORTANT**
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.
The volunteering website is now open for applications and Steve has the relevant access codes for those wishing to register for volunteering. The club is allocated 2 primary places and 1 reserve place. The closing date for receipt of applications to the volunteer website is 17th April but this should be done via Steve as stated above.
Please click here for full information on the criteria to become a RWC 2015 Volunteer.
Old Maidstonians Rugby - Shirt Sponsorship
posted: July 29 2013
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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.