- 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 3 opportunities stilll available for the home league fixtures, plus the Kent Cup fixture v Blackheath in November. 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.
19 Feb 17: Piers aiming for a shot at the Lions - Times Article
The Times Alex Lowe writes: There are probably 20 English rugby players with realistic ambitions of playing for the British & Irish Lions this summer but only one whose target is to line up against them. The date of June 7 and the second match of the Lions’ tour to New Zealand has long been inked into the diary of Piers Francis, the Auckland Blues fly half.
To read the full article in saturday's Times click here
19 Feb 17: Around the Grounds
National 1: A 45-36 result for leaders Hartpury over Cambridge keeps them 29 points clear at the top and they could potentially clinch the title on 4th Mar in the next full round of fixtures, second placed Plymouth Albion were tight 18-20 winners at Loughborough St although it really is honours only for the rest of the leading clubs in what has really been a one-horse promotion race since very early in the season. Ampthill sit third after a 15-46 win at Esher with Moseley slipping to fourth after a 19-21 defeat to DMP. Rosslyn Pk move into the top five at the expense of Blackheath, who they defeated 15-36. At the foot of the division, bottom side Macclesfield lost 19-50 to O Albanians with Hull Ionians also losing out 50-38 at Coventry. Blaydon stay third from bottom after a 26-17 loss at Fylde and are 10-points adrift of Esher and safety.
National 2(S): Chinnor and Bishops Stortford remain locked together at the top with both picking up useful wins against Cinderford (42-17) and Taunton (10-39) respectively; Elthamians sit third and keep up the pressure after they fought out a tight 17-20 win at fifth placed Redruth. Canterbury lost out 33-22 at Henley but sit comfortably in mid-table, as do their opposition. The foot of the division is still anchored by Exmouth despite a 32-25 win against Barnes who sit third from bottom; between them lies Worthing, who also posted a useful 32-28 win against fellow strugglers Barnstaple, whilst Ldn Irish WG and BSE are both also mired in the relegation battle after defeats at the hands of Clifton (12-34) and Redingensians (25-21) respectively.
Nationals 3(SE): At the top TJs stay 5-points clear after a 17-47 win at Chichester which also keeps the host club on the edge of the relegation zone. Wimbledon stay second after third placed Westcombe Pk were unable to narrow the gap, losing out narrowly 15-18 at home and now 16-points adrift of the promotion battle. At the foot of the table, basement club A&C lost 36-20 at Guildford whilst Colchester suffered a heavy 5-48 loss to Essex rival Westcliff. Another Essex club completes the bottom three as Southend occupy then third relegation spot after a heavy 60-14 loss at Guernsey. In the mid-table battles Dorking were edged out 20-23 by S&E whilst Shelford beat visiting Hertford 26-22.
London 1(S): Sidcup now look comfortable at the top, with a 37-24 win against struggling Brighton keeping them 12-points clear of Havant who recovered from last week’s loss with an 18-33 win at Dover whilst Tunbridge Wells maintain station in third with a 22-35 win at Cobham. At the bottom end of the table Chobham ran in 52 points for just 5 in return against basement club G&F, whilst Chiswick drop into the bottom three after they lost 25-36 to Sevenoaks thanks to Brighton picking up a bonus point in their match at leaders Sidcup. The remaining fixtures saw Gravesend lose out 29-32 to Tottonians, whilst CS Rugby came from behind in the closing minutes to beat Maidstone 33-29.
London 2 (SE): The top two did battle with leaders Medway doing the double on Colfes with a 25-10 result to extend their lead to 21-points. A 53-17 win for Dartfordians over Horsham moves them into third after Charlton Pk tripped up 19-13 at struggling H&W, with Beckenham in fifth after a 12-22 win at Hove. At the bottom Crowborough are not dead yet after a good 41-19 win against Alleynians, whilst the two sides above them clashed with D&B taking the points with a 38-5 win over Bromley
London 3 (SE): A 21-34 win for Pulborough at struggling Dunstonians sees them go top after Thanet Wdrs slipped up 19-22 to visiting Aylesford, who move out of the bottom three. Haywards Heath sit third after they beat Folkestone 7-31 with Lewes fourth following a 20-36 scoreline at Park Hse. Bottom club Ashford lost 12-29 to Anchorians with Sheppey on the receiving ends of a 50-3 hammering at Eastbourne. The top of the table in this division now looks a three-horse race for the promotion battle whilst with three going down, any of the bottom 7 clubs are still very much part of the relegation battle.
Kent 1: The top of the table now looks decided as leaders H&B were 13-38 winners against Southwark and second placed O Wills 3-46 winners at Vigo. Third placed Cranbrook were 14-48 winners at struggling NAG but look to be too far off the pace to trouble the top two. At the bottom Snowdown lost 15-34 to mid-table HSBC whilst Sittingbourne occupy the other relegation slot just below NAG, following their 10-28 defeat by Beccehamians. The remaining fixture saw Brockleians nilled by 45-points by visitors, Kings Coll.
Kent 2: OGs sit 9-points clear at the top following a W/O against Shooters Hill, with Whitstable moving into second after they beat Askean 5-33 and Foots Cray losing out to fourth placed RBS 23-19. Erith stay bottom after defeat by 7-53 at the hands of Faversham and Dartford Valley beat Bexley 21-0, the last of the fixtures saw Lordswood with a W/O, whilst Orpington had no fixture this week.
16 Feb 17: Matt Iles achievement recognised
The club marked Lucien Morosan’s 100th 1st XV appearance at the fixture with Gravesend and we acknowledged another milestone against Chiswick last week for a player who has been a great servant to the club over many years. Unofficially, Matt Iles has well over a century of 1st XV appearances but since we have been keeping more accurate records his run out against Chiswick marks what we called the Official Milestone and recognition of that achievement, with skipper Ben Williams asking him to lead the side onto the pitch before kick-off.
Without wanting to over inflate his ego, Matt is one of those players who seems blessed with a talent for ball sports given he is also a talented cricketer. Those who have watched the side over a number of years will know of Matt’s utility and that he has represented the 1st XV in every position between 1-15, with the exception of the front row. Of course there are some who might say he has also been a victim of that all-round talent, often sacrificing playing in his preferred position to help the team.
12 Feb 17: Around the Grounds
National 1: First played second as Ampthill entertained leaders Hartpury and the 25-51 win for the league emphasised the difference in stature of the league leaders and the rest. Plymouth Albion took advantage to go second with a 33-24 win against Coventry, whilst Moseley stay fourth after they were 7-33 winners at O Albanians. Blackheath slip to sixth following a 23-23 draw at Cambridge with Rosslyn Pk moving into the top five after they were 59-28 winners against bottom club Macclesfield. Elsewhere at the bottom end of the table Hull Ionians were narrowly pipped 29-31 by visiting Fylde whilst Blaydon narrowed the gap on the side above them with a 17-7 win against Esher. The remaining result saw DMP 27-13 winners over Loughborough St.
National 2(S): A 20-50 win for Chinnor at BSE keeps them at the head of the division, level with Bishops Stortford who were 52-14 winners against struggling Worthing. Elthamians remain third, beating Henley 39-20 with Taunton just a point behind following their 5-25 victory at Clifton. At the foot of the table, bottom club Exmouth lost out 13-6 at Barnstaple who also have relegation worries, and Barnes also fell to defeat, losing out 22-36 at home to Redingensians. Canterbury were 21-17 winners against Ldn Irish WG, who are also on the edge of the drop zone, whilst in mid-table Cinderford were 23-21 winners in a tight contest against Redruth.
Nationals 3(SE): It remains ‘nip & tuck’ at the top of the table with leaders TJs picking up the BP win with a 32-14 win against relegation candidates Colchester, Wimbledon in second spot had a more comfortable ride as they crushed bottom club A&C 0-58. Westcombe Pk sit some way off the pace in third after they were 10-36 winners at Dorking, with Hertford in fourth after they beat Guernsey 28-24. At the bottom A&C and Colchester look favourites for the drop, with Southend currently occupying the third relegation place despite a 21-12 win against Chichester, who could yet be dragged back into the relegation dogfight. Westcliff and Guildford are by no means clear of danger and the 25-11 win for Westcliff in the battle between the two will have eased some of their worries. The remaining fixture saw S&E runout 42-19 winners against Shelford.
London 1(S): A 35-12 win for Sidcup over struggling Dover keeps them top, but a defeat 34-29 defeat for second placed Havant at Tottonians now means they are 12-points off the pace with Tunbridge Wells closing the gap behind them after a solid 34-12 defeat of CS Rugby. At the foot of the table, bottom side G&F lost out 18-39 to visiting Cobham, Dover’s defeat sees them also looking like the drop is more certain, but Brighton’s return to winning ways as they followed up last week’s useful result with a 22-17 win over Chobham which combined with Chiswick’s 43-26 defeat at Maidstone sees the last of the relegation places being fought out between the two of them. in mid-table Sevenoaks were 31-24 winners against visiting Gravesend.
London 2 (SE): At the top Medway thrashed Alleynians 17-70, whilst Colfes stay second following their 46-7 win against Hove. Charlton Pk and Dartfordians swap places in third & fourth after Park were 18-12 winners in a tight contest. Beckenham beat D&B 15-8 to stay on the edge of the promotion battle, whilst the result also keeps D&B involved in the relegation struggle. Bottom side Crowborough were beaten 10-3 at Sussex rival s Horsham, but Bromley gave their survival hopes a boost with a 31-18 win over H&W, with the result drawing them in to a 3-way battle to avoid relegation alongside Crowborough who now look certain for the drop.
London 2 (SE): At the top leaders Thanet Wdrs lost 23-17 at Haywards Heath who move up to third after Lewes conceded their home fixture against Folkestone. Pulborough are now joint top after they were 34-0 winners against Eastbourne, a result that puts Eastbourne in the drop zone with Dunstonians moving out of the bottom three after they beat Anchorians 12-29. Ashford’s 25-0 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Aylesford sees them 14-points adrift at the foot of the table whilst that last of the results saw Sheppey beat Park Hse 28-10. The battle at the top in this division is a tight contest, but equally interesting is the battle to avoid the drop with any two of five sides that could go down with Ashford who now look almost certain to return to Kent 1.
Kent 1: Another win for leaders H&B who were convincing 26-0 winners against Brockleians, with O Wills now looking like they’ll take the playoff spot after they had a HWO against bottom side Snowdown. Cranbrook’s 46-14 win against Southwark keeps them on the edge of the playoff battle, but realistically too far off the pace. At the bottom Snowdown look certain to go down and Brockleians are in the survival battle along with Sittingbourne who lost 29-12 at HSBC, and NAG who were beaten 17-6 by Beccehamians. The last of the fixtures saw kings Coll and Vigo battle out a 20-20 draw.
Kent 2: A 39-5 result for OGs at Dartford Valley keeps them top of the table whilst second placed Whitstable received a WO against Lordswood; third club Foots Cray also had the afternoon off after their opposition Erith conceded the fixture and fourth club RBS had no scheduled match. Elsewhere Greenwich hammered Shooters Hill 70-3 and Bexley turned over Orpington with a 25-25 result. The last of the fixtures saw Faversham 14-3 winners against visiting Askean.
10 Feb 17: Quiz Night - Saturday 4th March
CALLING ALL AGE GROUPS – SENIORS – LADIES – PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF THE CLUB!
Fancy testing your knowledge against other members of the club?
Think that your team can out match others?
Want to have the title of 125 Trophy holders & win some prizes?
Here’s what you need to do!
- Get some teammates/friends together..
- Think of a team name
- £6 per person to enter, maximum of 6 per team
- £10 deposit per team to be paid at the bar
- By all means bring your own food (drinks only from the bar)
To book your team, contact:
Kate Wright M: 07713 811051 or Carol McKenzie via email (click here)
Come and support your club and flex your mighty brain!!!
We’d love to see representation from across the whole club
05 Feb 17: Around the Grounds
National 1: Nine games left and Hartpury remain 28-points clear at the top after an 80-19 win over struggling Blaydon. Of the chasing pack, second placed Ampthill were 17-24 winners at fifth placed Blackheath and had a similar result with a 17-20 win at DMP. Moseley stay fourth after they beat Rosslyn Pk 36-20. At the bottom it is beginning to look like Macclesfield , Blaydon and Hull Ionians are the prime candidates after Macclesfield lost 24-36 to Cambridge and Hull were beaten 47-19 by Esher; leaving the trio now at least 12-points from safety. In the remaining fixtures Coventry lost 33-24 at Fylde and Loughborough St were beaten 39-46 by O Albanians.
National 2(S): still tight at the top of the table with leaders Chinnor 24-17 winners over Barnes and second placed Bishops Stortford 35-12 victors against Barnstaple. Elthamians and Taunton are locked together in third and fourth after wins against Ldn Irish WG (14-43) and Canterbury (30-5) respectively, and Redruth just a point behind following their 10-3 win against BSE. The foot of the table Exmouth lost 43-21 to Redingensians whilst Worthing lost out 11-15 to visiting Clifton. The remaining fixture saw Cinderford 17-20 winners at Henley.
Nationals 3(SE): A full schedule of matches postponed from January and without doubt the big fixture was the clash between the top two, with TJs taking the points after a tight 19-17 win against Wimbledon to go four points clear. Westcombe Pk are third after they beat Westcliff 59-12 whilst fourth placed Hertford were 27-18 winners against strugglers Colchester. Elsewhere at the bottom end of the division, Southend are still in danger despite a 24-20 win against Guildford, and a 30-36 result at S&E in favour of visiting Chichester looks to have lifted them out of danger for the time being. The only other fixture saw Dorking 30-25 winners over Guernsey
London 1(S): Five fixtures outstanding from the 21st Jan with Sidcup 31-22 winners over Cobham to stay top of the table and second placed Havant winning 29-13 at Maidstone. In third place Tunbridge Wells beat Gravesend 27-10 whilst at the bottom end of the table only Brighton were in action and gave their survival chances a boost with a resounding 35-7 win over sixth placed CS Rugby to close the gap on Chiswick.
London 2 (SE): two fixtures here and both affected the bottom two clubs. Crowborough a useful 43-10 win over Hove whilst fellow strugglers Bromley lost out 26-44 at home to Charlton Pk who remain in contention for the promotion playoffs in fourth spot.
Kent 1: just one fixture here which saw Southwark 24-25 winners against Beccehamians.
Kent 2: OGs go back to the top of the table after receiving a WO in their outstanding fixture against Bexley, in the other fixture Lordswood fought out a 14-14 draw with RBS who move up to third in the standings.
In the AtG on 21st Jan the author neglected to cover the RFU Cup competitions, although several were postpone anyway, so this summary will cover results for the respective competitions for both 21st Jan and today.
RFU Intermediate Cup: Of the fixtures played in January the results saw two of the county’s clubs lose out as Colfes narrowly lost 36-33 at Portsmouth, whilst Charlton Pk were 17-27 winners at Beckenham. H&F were beaten 20-37 by Ldn Cornish whilst in the outstanding match played today Harrow were convincing 50-7 winners against Welwyn.
RFU Senior Vase: Hitchin had beaten Lowestoft & Yarmouth 14-53 back in January with then outstanding matches played today. Unfortunately Thanet’s run came to an end with a 35-12 loss at O Cranleighians, Farnham received a WO against Harlow and Battersea Ironsides were 25-5 winners against Teddington.
RFU Junior Vase: O Whitgiftians were 37-13 victors over New Milton in January and are joined in the semi-finals by H&B who beat Burgess Hill 29-23 in a tight Sussex derby. Royston were 17-5 winners against Thetford and Maldon received a WO against Ldn Welsh Druids.
29 Jan 17: Lucian clocks up a Ton
Whilst the 1st XV could not quite manage a win at kent rivals Gravesend, the event did mark a significant milestone for scrum-half Lucian Morosan who joined the ‘100 Club’ as he ran out for his 100th 1st XV appearance today in what is his fifth season with the club. Since his arrival at Maidstone he has pretty much been an ever present in the team, with his contributions on the wing or in his preferred scrum-half position always being of a high standard. To mark the milestone Lucian was presented with a bottle of champagne after the game by Head Coach Mike Hebden; Well done Lucian.
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Shepherd Neame Kent Cup (Plate Competition)
Saturday 25th February v Folkestone RFC, Away, KO: 2:00pm
NB: Please note change of KO time to 2:00pm for Kent Cup fixture
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 25th February
Mustangs XV v tba
Barbarians XV v Gravesend RFC Moles XV, Away, KO 2:30pm (Friendly)
Veterans XV v Crawley RFC Veterans XV, Home, KO 2:30pm (Friendly)
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
RBS 6 Nations Tickets: England v Italy, 26 Feb 17
posted: January 23 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances the club still has available 3 pairs of tickets for the England v italy RBS 6 Nations fixture on Sun 26th Feb, KO: 3:00pm.
Ticket values are as follows: 2x £70, 2x £63 and 2x £37 .
If any member is interested in obtaining tickets please contact Steve Vincent via the Intl Tickets or Contacts pages of the website.
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