- 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.
26 Mar 17: Around the Grounds
National 1: The title was decided a couple of weeks ago but the Hartpury juggernaut rolls on, this time with a 26-34 win at DMP, second placed Plymouth Albion were 45-0 winners against struggling Blaydon. Ampthill and Moseley stay in third and fourth places after wins against Hull Ionians (31-11) and Macclesfield (28-24) respectively. In fact it was very much a week of top v bottom and Macclesfield, Hull Ionians and Blaydon looking almost certain to go down with the minimum of a 12-point gap to safety now appearing. In the remaining fixtures Rosslyn Pk are now fifth after a 36-19 win over Fylde, with Coventry sixth following their 27-36 win at Cambridge. Blackheath lost out narrowly, going down 35-32 at Loughborough St whilst Esher were convincing 19-65 winners at O Albanians.
National 2(S): Leaders Bishops Stortford were 32-7 winners over Redruth and now look favourites for the title with a 9-point buffer to Chinnor in second who lost 33-17 at Clifton. Elthamians are only a single point behind following a 97-7 annihilation of bottom side Exmouth and have a 10-point gap to fourth placed Taunton who were 39-20 winners against Ldn Irish WG who stay in the bottom three. The third of the relegation places is occupied by Barnes who fell to a 24-14 defeat at Cinderford. Worthing and Barnstaple are by no means out of the relegation battle with the Sussex club losing 24-47 at home to Henley, whilst Barnstaple were beaten 3-29 at home by BSE. The final fixture saw Canterbury beaten 0-15 by visiting Redingensians.
Nationals 3(SE): No change at the top as the leading two continue to post BP wins with TJs beating Dorking 28-7 and Wimbledon 45-25 winners against a Chichester side now in danger of the drop. Below the leading two Westcombe Pk and Hertford clashed and are now locked together on points after a 45-13 win for Hertford. At the foot of the table A&C are already down and lost 12-51 to travelling Guernsey; above them sit Colchester who fell to a 33-20 loss at Guildford, a result that confirms the Essex clubs relegation. Chichester sit just above them as Southend move out of the bottom three thanks to a convincing 45-12 result against S&E with the result meaning that there are now five clubs battling to avoid the last relegation spot , although the tussle looks to be really between Chichester and Southend. In the other result went down 12-50 at home to visiting Shelford.
London 1(S): After near misses in the previous couple of seasons Sidcup clinched the league title and promotion with a 19-31 win at Maidstone in match that was by no means secured until the last 10 minutes; Havant’s tight 31-30 win against CS Rugby keeps them in second spot as third placed Tunbridge Wells slipped to a 12-17 home defeat to a Brighton outfit still looking to avoid the drop. At the foot of the table the already relegated bottom two did battle with G&F comfortable 33-17 winners against Dover; Chiswick now look favourites to join them after a 31-12 defeat at Gravesend which now sees them 9-points adrift of safety. In the remaining mid-table contests Sevenoaks were 33-22 winners against Chobham whilst Tottonians ran out 41-31 victors over Cobham.
London 2 (SE): Medway have already secured the title but a 23-40 win at Charlton Pk dented their hosts playoff hopes in a battle between four clubs for the place. Colfes remain the leading challengers after a 24-50 win at Horsham but Dartfordians stay level on points following their convincing 64-7 defeat of Hove. Beckenham are still very much in the hunt after they beat Alleynians 27-3. At the foot of the table Bromley narrowly beat relegated Crowborough 27-25 to keep their survival hops alive, with avoiding the other relegation place still being contested by four clubs who are separated by just 2 points. Alleynians now sit just above the drop zone as do D&B who narrowly beat H&W 13-15 who are the fourth club involved in the battle. Given the fixture list for the final weekend, next week’s penultimate fixtures could prove decisive in deciding the issue.
London 3 (SE): Pulborough’s convincing 54-26 win against Folkestone keeps them at the head of a division that looks like both the promotion and relegation issues won’t be decided until the final weekend. Haywards Heath stay second with a 12-41 win at Sheppey with Thanet still third after they were narrow 19-21 winners at struggling Eastbourne who remain one off the bottom. At the bottom Ashford are already down and suffered a 62-19 defeat to Dunstonians, which moved them into the top half of the table. The third of the relegation places is occupied by Park Hse who went down 24-3 at Anchorians who are still not by any means safe, with Aylesford’s comfortable 36-0 win against Lewes moving them out of the bottom three.
Kent 1: With the top two clashing the outcome has pretty much decided who will end up champions as H&B were narrow 20-17 winners against O Wills, although the Sussex club will need a single point from next week’s fixture before they can crack open the champagne. Similarly their opposition will have to wait until next week to secure the playoff spot after third placed Cranbrook beat Vigo 36-22. At the bottom of the table relegated Snowdown lost 36-14 at Southwark whilst Sittingbourne occupy the other relegation place after they fought out a 15-15 draw at NAG who are just a single point above them. Brockleians are also still in danger and a 38-0 defeat at Beccehamians did nothing to help their survival hopes. The remaining fixture saw another draw as HSBC and Kings Coll battled out a 29-29 result.
Kent 2: The battle between the top two went the way of RBS with a much needed 22-10 win against OGs, Whitstable’s 17-20 win at local rivals Faversham keeps them in third and level on points, with Foots Cray in fourth after they beat Greenwich 42-10. At the bottom Erith were hammered 17-73 by Bexley and Shooters hill had no fixture. The remaining matches saw Askean 24-10 winners against Orpington with Lordswood 22-0 winners against Dartford Valley.
20 Mar 17: Spitfire Gold Veterans Trophy Finals
Spitfire Gold Veterans Trophy finals day
The finals were brought forward by a month for this year’s tournament, and what a feast of rugby the eight teams in the respective finals served up. Kicking off the day were the Bowl and Shield finals with Sittingbourne and Sheppey contesting a Swaleside derby in the Shield final. It was Sittingourne who prevailed after having stretched to a half-time lead they were able to withstand a second half comeback from their local rivals to take the trophy 17-10.
Meanwhile Aylesford Bulls were taking on holders and three time finalists New Ash Green in the Bowl final and despite being first on the scoreboard it was the holders that demonstrated why they have won the trophy before as they ran out 31-5 winners to retain the trophy.
The plate final was a combative affair contested by Ashford and Metropolitan Kent’s Westcombe Park both making their first appearance in the tournament this season. In what was a great advert for veterans rugby Ashford appeared the dominant side, but it was resolute Westcombe Park defence combined with clinical execution of the chances they created that was the difference as they took the trophy with a 17-12 win that did not necessarily reflect the amount of pressure that the opposition had exerted on their line.
The Cup final was a cracking match worthy of a cup final between the holders Sevenoaks and previous finalists Thanet Wanderers. In what was a full blooded contest the game swung back and forth. Thanet were first on the scoreboard establishing an early lead but appeared to be dead and buried when Sevenoaks came back to lead 24-12 going into the final quarter. Remarkably, Thanet then posted 19 points from 3 tries to establish a 7 point margin, with a minute to play. Sevenoaks were by no means beaten and having won the title last year with a dramatic finish created yet another as they broke out of their own half rom the re-start to score under the posts, the conversion bringing the final scores level at 31-31.
Thanet took the trophy under competition rules by virtue of their scoring five tries to Sevenoaks four.
With this being the third year of the tournament its popularity grows as it continues to expand, with the Metropolitan Kent clubs joining the tournament this year and it looks likely to expand to 32 clubs for the 2017-18 season.
Finally, congratulations to all the finalists for a great day of rugby and thanks to all the volunteers at the club for making the day such a success and not least to the tournament sponsors Shepherd Neame who do so much to support grassroots rugby across the county.
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).
20 Mar 17: Piers Signs for Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints has today announced the signing of Piers Francis into the club’s squad ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Over the past year the 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting talents to be playing in Super Rugby. After following in the footsteps of the likes of Martin Johnson and the Saints’ own Tom Wood in heading to New Zealand eight years ago to develop his game, Francis caught the eye of the Auckland Academy while playing club rugby and was quickly gaining experience in the National Provincial Championship for Auckland and Waikato.
After a short stint in Edinburgh Francis was back in New Zealand and impressing for Tana Umaga at Counties Manukau, so much so that he was drafted into The Blues’ squad for 2016.
Francis’s play-making abilities in his 11 appearances earned him the Rookie of the Year honours for the Super Rugby outfit, and later in the year he was at fly half guiding Counties Manukau to a first win over Auckland at Eden Park in 39 years, en route to the Mitre 10 Cup semi-finals.
It is likely that Piers final appearance for the Blues may well be this summer's fixture against the British & Irish Lions.
For more information click here
18 Mar 17: Around the Grounds
Given that this weekend is primarily dedicated to the RFU Cup competitions, this week’s blog will start with the three regional finals before covering results in the league and other competitions.
RFU Intermediate Cup: Congratulations to Charlton Pk who travelled to Ldn 2(SW) leaders and previously unbeaten this season Ldn Cornish to contest the Intermediate Cup regional final. The Se London club maintained what has been Kent dominance in this competition over the past three seasons as they emulated Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells achievements coming from behind at half-time to post a solid 17-32 win. They now go on to face the SW regional winners Truro who beat Swanage & Wareham with a home tie in the national semi-finals.
RFU Senior Vase: The regional final was an all Ldn 3(SW) affair as league leaders Farnham travelled to face an O Cranleighians making their first foray into this tournament following promotion from Surrey 1 last season. In the end the result went with form in what was a tight contest with the visitors just edging it by the narrowest of margins 29-30. Farnham now host Cornish club Saltash who beat SCOB in the national semi-final.
RFU Junior Vase: Surrey 1 league leaders O Whitgiftians proved too strong for their hosts Royston as they ran out comfortable winners. Roaring to a 0-26 half-time lead playing with the elements, they demonstrated too much resilience for a comeback by their hosts to secure a 10-31 win and now go on to face Calne or Spartans (there is some doubt here as the RFU results show a 7-50 win for Spartans, but the Ldn RFU website shows the opposition as Calne), whoever the opposition they have drawn an away fixture so it will mean a trip to either Gloucester or Wiltshire.
Kent 1: The only fixture in the division was a postponed fixture between Southwark and NAG, in the end NAG conceded the fixture to remain just a point above the drop zone and in a three fight to avoid the drop.
Kent 2: Tow fixture played here with league leaders OGs giving host Orpington a 10-76 thrashing to go 18-points clear at the top of the table and they can clinch the title next week if they overcome their nearest rivals RBS. Whitstable beat Lordswood 40-15 to very much stay part of the promotion battle in third place, but level on points with second placed RBS, so very much still all to play for.
Shepherd Neame Kent Cups
Shield: Still no news on the Shield semi-finals between Ashford v Medway and Charlton Pk v Thanet Wdrs, although given Charlton Pk’s success in the Intermediate Cup and the upcoming national semi-final, it will be difficult to see how they can now fit all their commitment into the remaining weekends.
Plate: In the remaining quarter finals Dover put out a development side for their trip to Aylesford and suffered a heavy 41-0 defeat for the troubles, Aylesford will now face Beckenham after their midweek floodlight clash with Tunbridge Wells was conceded with wells withdrawing from the Plate competition. The confirmed semi-finals are Maidstone v Canterbury and Aylesford v Beckenham.
Vase: No updated information since 25 Feb
Salver: Semi-finals to be played on 22nd Apr are Snowdown v Sittingbourne and Orpington v Greenwich
12 Mar 17: Maidstone U16s beat Elthamians to win Kent Cup
Congratulations to the Under 16s and their coaches as they win the Kent Cup, defeating defending champions Old Elthamians 22-18 in an exciting final at Ashford RFC.
Match Report below
12 March 2017, Kent Cup Final: Maidstone 22 v O Elthamians 18
After the rain, hail and mud of their semi final the previous week, Maidstone U16s were greeted by spring sunshine for their Kent Cup Final against holders Old Elthamians in Ashford.
Both teams started well and set out their tactical stalls. OEs were dominating territory with clever kicking, forcing the Stones to kick back in to the hands of a talented back three. The Stones meanwhile were looking for opportunities to draw their opposition in to a close quarters battle. One searching OEs kick went slightly too long, in to the arms of Stones full back Gabe Roberts who out sprinted the defence over three quarters of the pitch for an unconverted try after 6 minutes.
OEs continued to dominate territory but could not breakdown the steadfast Stones defence. The OEs’ pressure presented them with the platform for a drop goal on 20 minutes to pull the score back to 5-3. With scant reward at the line out, OEs kicked for goal from a series of penalties and the Stones were fortunate to see several sail wide before one was converted to end the half with OEs leading 6-5.
The Stones had been tighter spots this season and the spirit from a group of lads, many of whom had been playing together for nine years, was tremendous. Stones looked sharper at the start of the second half, electing to keep the ball in hand to draw in the OEs defence and create space for the backs. Quick hands from the Stones saw wing James Hoyte storm through from deep and take a perfectly timed pass to wrong foot his opposite number, touching down in the corner for an unconverted try, 10-6 to the Stones.
The OEs backline continued to be inventive as they constantly moved their strike runner but were met time and again by crunching tackle from the centres and a backrow eager for turnovers. Buoyed by their defensive efforts the Stones ventured deep in to OE territory with a series of hard hitting rucks and driving mauls. With the OE’s backs spread wide keeping a wary eye on the Stones’ nippy Wingers, Centre Louis Skinner cutback towards his forwards, powering through flailing tackles to score the Stones third try which Oli Leyland converted to leave the Stones 17-6 up with 10 minutes to go.
Stung in to action and needing tries OEs launching another aerial assault with some towering kicks and used the driving maul to good effect before they finally breeched the Stones’ defence and the conversion put OEs back in touch at 17-13 with 6 minutes to go.
The Stones were by no means done in attack either. The forwards were in the ascendance, with Jack Royden and Tom Haywood’s rampaging runs fully occupying OEs’ defence and creating space for the backs. The Stones’ ball carriers made significant gains at every contact, resulting in OEs running out of defenders and wing Charlie Booker crossing the line for the Stones 4th try of the day. The conversion was missed but the Stones were still two scores ahead at 22-13 a minute to go.
Booker’s try was to prove vital as OEs turned the ball over at the restart and an outstretched OEs hand touched down a ball that the Stones wing seemed to have covered in the dying seconds of the game, leaving the Stones running out 22-18 winners.
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Saturday 1st April
Maidstone vs Brighton, Away,KO 3:00pm
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 1st April
Mustangs XV v Sidcup RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 3:00pm (League)
Barbarians XV v New Ash Green RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 3:00pm (League)
Veterans XV v Ashford Barbarians RFC, Home, KO 3:00pm (League)
(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