- Maidstone Rugby: Are you looking for a new club? We run 6 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: Opportunity still available for the home league match v Crowborough. 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 Club Volunteer page for information on positions vacant within the club.
29 Mar 15: Rugby World Cup Trophy coming to Maidstone
Thursday 3rd September
RUGBY WORLD CUP COMES TO KENT
After England’s amazing performance against France on the final day of the six Nations, it seems the start of the World Cup on September 18th can’t come soon enough.
Now that there is less than six months to go until the big day the world cup organisers and the RFU are beginning to release more details on how rugby fans and non-fans alike in the South East can be a part of this major global sporting event.
In just a few weeks the Rugby World Cup – the Webb Ellis Trophy – will begin a tour of the UK, taking 100 days to work its way around the country before finishing at Twickenham in time for the first match when England will play Fiji.
The trophy will spend several days travelling through the South East and on Thursday September 3rd it will visit a number of locations in Kent.
It will start the day at the Helen Allinson School, Longfield, moving on to Leeds Castle at midday. In the afternoon Aylesford Bulls RFC will host the cup courtesy of the ladies rugby team and the Webb Ellis trophy will end the day at KCC County Hall in Maidstone.
The aim is for as many people in the county as possible to have their chance to get close to the famous trophy.
I think this will provide a great opportunity for both the Rugby and non-rugby communities who are interested in the tournament to be involved in the build - up to the tournament.
Its arrival in the county will remind those involved in the game and those who are interested in it that the tournament is about to start. In addition the tour helps to celebrate work carried out by the Clubs, counties and the RFU to provide a legacy which will permanently strengthen the game as a result of the tournament coming to England.
As well as revealing the dates of the tour, the tournament organisers have also announced the 15 Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone locations across England and Wales. Our nearest ones will be on Brighton Beach and Trafalgar Square in London.
They will be free to enter, will be open on match days and at varying times across the six week Tournament providing fans, residents and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the build-up to matches and join in with the nationwide celebration of rugby. Over 1 million fans are anticipated in the Fanzones throughout the Tournament.
However, we want as many people in Kent as possible to join in the fun locally which is why we have set up the Festival of Rugby, a chance for every rugby club, business and community in the county to celebrate the tournament.
A website has been set up www.festivalofrugby.com to bring together sporting, arts and musical events that are being planned around the World Cup.
If you are planning an event we want to hear from you so please go to the site and let us know what you are planning. We will then share all of the wonderful opportunities to be part of this historic sporting event.
RFU Rugby world Cup Legacy Committee (South East)
For more information contact:
29 Mar 15: Around the Grounds
National 1: One more win for the top club will see the title secured as Ealing beat third placed Coventry 24-18, Rosslyn Pk sit clear in second place and another win for them after a 12-24 result at Darlington MP will have the runners up place also secured. At the bottom end of the table whilst already relegated Macclesfield lost out narrowly 7-10 to Blaydon, the other strugglers don’t look to be giving up without a fight. Second bottom Tynedale were convincing 40-19 winners over fourth placed Blackheath, and Cinderford were equally impressive 37-14 winners against fifth club Fylde. The results saw them both close the gap on O Albanians who held Esher to a 30-30 draw. In the other matches Hartpury were narrow 20-19 winners over Loughborough St, whilst Richmond won 34-19 against Wharfedale.
National 2(S): At the top Henley look ‘home & hosed’ after a 66-17 win over struggling Shelford, although a single point from their next fixture will put the title beyond doubt. The playoff spot remains between Bishop’s Stortford, Taunton and Dorking, with all posting wins, although Stortford’s tight 45-46 win at Chinnor looks a lot less comfortable that Taunton’s 7-33 win at Lydney and Dorking’s 50-7 win over visiting Redruth. At the bottom end of the table, relegated Dings went down 5-31 to visiting Worthing, whilst Shelford’s defeat effectively sees them relegated as well. The last of the relegation places is still not decided although Lydney remain favourites after their defeat although Southend are not yet safe after they fell to a 21-26 defeat to fellow strugglers Canterbury, who now look all but safe. In the remaining mid-table fixtures, Launceston were 29-5 winners over O Elthamians, and Cambridge beat Clifton 46-7.
National 3(SE): Results in this division have at times been the most unpredictabl across the SE, although leaders BSE’s 72-0 thrashing of Chichester was still a bit of a surprise and they need just one more win to secure the title. Barnes stay second after they beat A&C 9-17, a result that keeps the struggling Buckinghamshire club in the drop zone. Ldn Irish WG were 16-10 winners over Westcombe Pk to stay third, but are now reliant on other results if they are to take the playoff spot. East Grinstead stays fourth despite losing out 23-21 at Westcliff. Tring remain at the foot of the table; despite a hard fought 27-28 win at Guernsey and CS Rugby also stay in the drop zone after they beat TJs 37-30. The relegation battle remains very open and it could be any combination of three from the bottom five clubs. In the remaining fixture Gravesend were 15-18 winners at Hertford.
London 1 (S): Things are a little, but not much clearer at the top of the table; Wimbledon still sit in the box seat with a 17-39 win at Brighton and Chobham’s 31-7 win at Charlton Pk keeps them in second spot, just 2-points behind. A further 3-points behind are S&E who thrashed relegated Basingstoke 12-62. Sidcup aren’t out of the equation (mathematically at least) although their chance are very slim despite an 18-32 win at G&F. At the bottom Hove are also relegated after they lost out 27-3 to Cobham, whilst Twickenham currently occupy the last of the relegation places after they lost out 38-12 at Dover, who are now along with G&F all but safe. In the last of the fixtures, a mid-table battle between Guildford and Havant saw the home side just shade the outcome 13-12.
London 2 (SE): At the top Maidstone overcame a tricky hurdle at Deal & Betteshanger with an 8-20 win that keeps them at the head of the division and drops D&B into the lower half of the table as their season’s league fixtures are concluded. Medway ran out 20-28 winners at Beckenham and with the playoff spot secure are now just looking to maintain form to secure the important home tie for a match that is looking like it will be against Ldn 2(SW) club Ldn Cornish. Elsewhere the matches pretty much ran to the form book with Crowborough’s narrow 15-17 win at Ashford lifting them into the top half of the table for the first time this season. Third placed Sevenoaks were 11-31 winners at Colfes with Tunbridge Wells 21-17 winners at home to Thanet.
London 3 (SE): Both champions Horsham and promoted Dartfordians posted solid results with Horsham 21-31 winners over Sussex rivals Uckfield, whilst Dartfordians thrashed Pulborough 49-0. A resurgent H&W’s good form continued as they take over third spot with a 14-27 win at strugglers Anchorians. Relegated H&B and Lewes both lost out, with Lewes going down 30-17 at Dunstonians whilst Hastings lost out narrowly to fellow strugglers Park Hse, a result that will see the fight between Park Hse and Anchorians to avoid the last relegation spot go to the last weekend. Elsewhere, Folkestone were narrow 10-7 winners over a Bromley side that have probably got their minds on other things at the moment.
Kent 1: Cranbrook celebrated their title win with a 37-5 win over visiting Southwark, whilst the battle for second place still rages. The current advantage lies with Beccs who were 0-19 winners at Vigo. Sheppey did what they needed to do with a 7-24 win at Lordswood and with their match in hand, the deciding of the playoff spot could well go beyond the last weekend of the regular season. At the bottom of the table a 15-0 defeat for Sittingbourne at O Wills effectively sees them relegated, whilst a 7-47 win for OG’s at bottom club Bexley, lifted them away from the drop zone. The last of the fixtures saw an HSBC side that have had an excellent second half to their season, overcome Kings Coll with a 7-36 victory to move above Vigo into fourth place.
Kent 2: A massive 88-6 win for NAG against Askean keeps them at the top of the table with Foots Cray second after they beat Whitstable 22-13, although the title now won’t be decided until the last day of the season, but Brockleians, who had no fixture today are now out of the equation. The other fixtures saw Edenbridge 38-5 winners over Shooters hill and Greenwich beat bottom side Dartford Valley 34-21.
28 Mar 15: Sad News - Barry Joel
It is with great sadness that the club has been informed of the passing of Barry Joel on Tuesday 24th March. Barry was a long standing member of the club and also a Vice President. Two of Barry's great passions were football and rugby; football through his support of Fulham FC, and rugby through his association with Maidstone Rugby since joining in 1995. Barry had supported the club through its highs & lows. In the earlier days of his time with the club Barry assisted with the match programme as well as with the laundering of the 1st XV strip. Alway seen with his black shirt and a club tie, in recent years Barry had in conjunction with his long term 'partner in crime' Francis Talbot assisted in the generation of sponsorship & adverising from local pubs as well as running the scoreboard for 1st XV matches, although poor health had meant his attendance at the club had become less frequent in recent months.
As funeral details become known they will be posted as an update to this notice.
23 Mar 15: Club springs a surprise
The club sprung a surprise on Brian Hooper at last Saturday’s lunch, prior to the match against Aylesford Bulls. Back in November Bob Beney received a signed shirt for the club from Australia captain Michael Hooper.
The Hooper connection to the club goes back to the early 1980s when Michaels father David played for Maidstone before eventually emigrating to Australia. The presentation was timed for the lunch prior to the Aylesford fixture, as there is an association with both clubs with David also having played for Linton RFC (now Aylesford Bulls) and his brother Dick remains Fixtures Secretary for the club.
Brian Hooper is Michael’s grandfather and was attending the lunch as a guest of longstanding club member and Vice President Philip Charlton but had no knowledge of the presentation.
22 Mar 15: Maidstone entertain local MPs at Local Derby Lunch
Saturday’s local league derby between Maidstone and nearest rivals Aylesford Bulls saw the club entertain the local MPs for each of the team’s constituencies. Minister for Sport and Maidstone MP Helen Grant was on hand to support the home team, whilst Tracey Crouch, the MP for Chatham & Aylesford lent her support to the opposition. At what was an enjoyable pre match lunch, Club President Jim Tinsley also presented both guests with a Maidstone VP tie and both Helen and Tracey promised to come along and support the club at Twickenham, if they get over the next hurdle on Easter Saturday.
21 Mar 15: Around the Grounds
National 3(SE): BSE stay top and look to have at least a playff place secured after they beat fourth club East Grinstead 7-17. Barnes remain second, five points adrift following their 43-14 victory over Hertford, with third placed Ldn Irish WG narrow 20-22 winners over TJs. At the bottom end of the table defeats for CS Rugby and Tring against Guernsey (61-6) and Gravesend (22-33) respectively, look to have all but sealed their relegation. Westcliff look favourites to take the last relegation place and occupy the last spot following a 32-8 loss at Westcombe Pk, whilst A&C posted a useful 22-25 win at Chichester, but are not safe yet.
London 1 (S): Wimbledon stay top despite a narrow 12-13 defeat at the hands of S&E, a result that keeps them on the coat tails of the main challengers. In the battle between second and third, Sidcup just lost out 12-14 to visiting Chobham. The foot of the table saw Twickenham concede their fixture with fellow strugglers Basingstoke, whilst a 21-48 home defeat for Hove against Guildford sees them as the third club looking at relegation, elsewhere Brighton were 68-12 winners against G&F, with Havant just overcoming Dover 26-23. Cobham remain flirting with relegation as they lost out 29-14 at Charlton Pk
London 2 (SE): No change at the top as both leaders Maidstone and second placed Medway posted big wins. Maidstone totally overwhelmed Aylesford to run in a score in triple figures (106-3) whilst Medway were 41-5 winner against Colfes as they look to capitalise on any slip by the county town club as well as securing a home tie in the playoff. Those results mean that the top two are either promoted or in the playoff; despite Sevenoaks thrashing Ashford 75-5. The remaining fixtures saw Crowborough 17-14 winners over D&B whilst Beckenham were 13-25 winners on their travels to Thanet Wdrs
London 3 (SE): Horsham’s 49-12 win over Dunstonians effectively hands them the title, with second placed Dartfordians also securing promotion after a 7-51 win against Bromley who slip to mid-table but probably have other priorities now. H&W sit in third place despite losing out 25-32 at home to fifth placed Folkestone and the battle for third place is still between four clubs. At the bottom already relegated Lewes were 42-25 winners over Anchorians and moved off the foot of the table. They were replaced by H&B who went down 27-11 at Pulbororough to confirm their relegation. Park Hse picked up a valuable win with a 25-24 win at home to Uckfield in their battle for survival although they are running out of fixtures if they are going to stay up.
Kent 1: A 10-55 win for leaders Cranbrook sees them clinch the Kent 1 title and behind them the battle still rages for the other promotion place. Beccs did what they needed to do with a 54-15 win over Kings Coll and Sheppey also posted a 36-10 win over Vigo that would have ended any hopes the villagers still harboured. At the foot of the table Bexley’s 69-0 mauling by Southwark means they are down, but the other of the relegation places is still between Sittingbourne and OG’s who were 42-12 winners against Lordswood. In the mid-table encounter HSBC were convincing 54-3 winners against visiting O Wills.
Kent 2: There were two conceded fixtures here as Askean received a WO from Edenbridge and Greenwich didn’t have to travel to take on Shooters Hill. In the matches that did take place NAG went back to the top of the table with a 22-36 win at Whitstable. Foots Cray drop to second, but with a reduced margin after they lost out 18-13 to third placed Brockleians who remain in the promotion hunt.
11 Mar 15: Maidstone Rugby: 2014-15 Annual Awards Dinner - Fri 24th April
This year's Annual Awards Dinner sees the club return to Rianos on Friday 24th April, commencing at 7:00pm. We have endeavoured to keep the cost down and it will be £25 per head.
This is normally a good night out, and after a successful season both on and off the pitch provides a great opportunity to celebrate that success and recognise the efforts of both players and volunteers alike.
You can book your place at the bar in the clubhouse, payment should be made at the time of booking. If you book and have failed to pay by Saturday 18th April you will be deemed to bot be attending and will not be catered for.
After what continues to be a great season for the club, there is the real possibility that high demand will create a limitation on the c100 places available. To avoid disappointment, book early.
London & South East Division
London Division 2(SE)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 4th April
Maidstone FC v Coney Hill RFC
Home, KO 2:30pm
Other Senior Fixtures
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
QBE England Internationals (Pre- World Cup fixtures)
posted: March 13 2015
England will be playing two fixtures at Twickenham in the build up to the RWC 2015 as follows:
- England v France, Saturday 15th August, KO 8:00pm
- England v Ireland, Saturday 5th September, KO 2:30pm
Ticket can be ordered for these matches that are not necessarily constrained by the normal allocation system.
Prices are £85, £72 and £62 per ticket and children’s tickets can also be ordered at 50% of those prices.
The club must place its bid for tickets at the end of April, if any members would like tickets for these fixtures they are to contact Steve Vincent with details of quantity of tickets and prices.
Payment will be required at the time of ordering.
Please note that England is playing France in an away fixture on Sat 22nd August in Paris. Tickets may be available for this fixture and further details will be published as they become known.
The closing date for applications for tickets is Saturday 18th April.
Situations Vacant - Hon Treasurer
posted: November 15 2014
A change in work circumstances has meant that current Hon Treasurer Ben Court will have to stand down from his role as Hon Treasurer at Maidstone Rugby.
This is a critical role to ensure the sound running of the club; currently Ben is investigating how to break the role down into a series of clearly defined areas in order to best meet the club’s needs as it continues to progress. However, a copy of the role description for the Hon Treasurer as it is currently defined can be found on the club’s policy page (click here).
If any member of the club is interested in taking on this critical role, either in full, or in part, please contact either Ben or a member of the committee in the first instance.
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