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29 Oct 14: Great Night at Maidstone Rugby with Will Greenwood

Tuesday night (28th) saw RWC 2003 winner with England and former British Lion Will Greenwood at The Mote working alongside the club’s coaching team conducting a coaching session with the senior squad.  since his retirement from playing in 2006 Will has very much been the TV face of rugby as an analyst for Sky Sports rugby coverage and also co-presenter of the “School of Hard Knocks” alongside  Scott Quinnell.

A more grassroots orientated  rugby person you could not wish to meet, and very conscious of his roots Will was very much looking to be involved with the players;  the evening therefore followed the club’s usual training pattern and saw the former Harlequin player step in to assist the club’s coaching team at various points where he felt that he could add most value to the session.  This was followed by an informal session in the bar where Will was more than willing to sign autographs and pose for photographs before holding an informal Q&A session with club members.  All in all, a great night at Maidstone Rugby spent with one of the most ‘down to earth ‘ rugby legends you could wish to meet.

The visit also provided the opportunity for a brief Harlequins reunion with the club’s Backs Coach Stuart Thresher; Stuart was coming to the end of his elite level rugby career with Quins’ at the time that a young Will Greenwood was embarking on his with the Twickenham based club.

26 Oct 14: Around the Grounds

National 1:  In the country’s oldest fixture, home advantage told with Richmond 36-27 winners against Blackheath.  Ealing continue to lead the table after a 5-22 win at Esher, with Rosslyn Pk in second place after they narrowly beat struggling Cinderford 17-19.  Fylde sit third after they drew 29-29 with Darlington MP.  At the foot of the table Macclesfield remains bottom and without a point after they lost 13-21 at home to Coventry, with O Albanians just above them following a 32-19 loss at Blaydon.  In mid-table Hartpury were convincing 53-12 victors over Tynedale, with Wharfedale 38-20 winners against Loughborough St.

National 2(S):  it was honours even for the city club as they shared the points with bottom club Dings in a high scoring 36-36 draw at the Bristol club.  O Elthamians went down 48-19 at leaders Henley but remain in fourth place; whilst Dorking and Taunton remain locked together on points in second and third places after wins against Clifton (49-34) and Shelford (19-28) respectively.  Sixth placed Bishops Stortford lost out 28-24 at Redruth, whilst at the bottom end of the table Cambridge went down 23-29 at Chinnor and Launceston lost out 20-19 at Lydney.  In the mid-table battle, Southend got the better of higher placed Worthing 23-14.

National 3(SE):  Combe still sit at the head of the table despite a 26-27 home defeat at the hands of visiting mid-table club Hertford, the result compounded by a five point deduction this week  now sees BSE level on points after they defeated Guernsey 26-30.  Ldn Irish (Am) remain in third place after they overcame bottom side Tring 20-52 with east Grinstead’s G0Force in fourth following their rather tighter 27-24 result against visiting Gravesend.  TJs look to have got their mojo back and move up to sixth following a 50-14 win over A&C.  After their strong start to the campaign, Chichester appear to be faltering as they lost out again, this time at home to Barnes 25-28, whilst in the basement battle, CS Rugby move out of the bottom three to be replaced by Guernsey following their narrow 26-24 result over Westcliff.

London 1 (S):  Solid wins for the top two, as leaders Sidcup were 32-5 winners against Dover, whilst Wimbledon hammered Chobham 51-14, a result that sees the losers drop to fourth spot.  They are replaced in third place by Guildford, who beat Brighton 10-18, with S&E now fifth following an 18-39 win at Hove.  Cobham’s 29-20 defeat at G&F sees them propping up the table but a good 47-15 win for Charlton Pk now sees them in a solid mid-table position as one of four sides on 18 points.  Two of the others did battle today with Havant resounding 42-15 winners against Twickenham.

London 2 (SE):  With leaders Tunbridge Wells having way too much firepower for bottom club Aylesford as they racked up 50 unanswered points in their encounter; the key battle saw second placed Maidstone travel to face third placed Sevenoaks for an encounter that if last season was anything to go by, would be a close affair.  Only one point separated the sides in this match last year, and it was the same again but with Maidstone taking the points this time around in the 31-32 scoreline.  Fourth placed Beckenham hosted D&B with the visitors stuttering season continuing as they went down to a narrow 18-15 defeat to the SE Ldn club.  Colfes against Crowborough looked like being an interesting encounter, with neither side having really got going this season but the ‘Crows’ look to be in improving form as they were 13-22 winners.   The last of the matches saw the two sides promoted into the division this season as Ashford hosted Thanet; Ashford have proved an awkward opponent for most sides this season. Still waiting for their first win, it arrived in style as they despatched the East Kent club 48-25 in an entertaining encounter to move above D&B in the table.

London 3 (SE):  Bromley and Horsham remain tied at the top of the division, with the SE London club beating next door neighbours Park Hse 21-6, Horsham’s result was much more clear cut as they hammered H&W 5-56 in the Sussex derby.  Bottom club Lewes’ woes continue, as they shipped 92 pints for only 7 in response in their defeat at the hands of third placed Dartfordians.  A 22-15 win for fourth paced Dunstonians against Uckfield made it a poor day all round for the majority of the Sussex clubs, with newly promoted Pulborough also losing out 45-14 at the hands of Folkestone and Anchorians posting their first win of the campaign with a 37-7 result against H&B.

Kent 1:  Beccehamians and Cranbrook remain the top two clubs, with leaders Beccs posting a 51-0 win over Sittingbourne and Cranbrook 12-29 winners at winless Bexley.  Sheppey sit third after they were 24-20 winners in a tight contest against Southwark; with Vigo in fourth after they defeated HSBC 35-22.  At the bottom, OGs are having a torrid time and another defeat, this time 32-3 at the hands of Kings Coll sees them and Bexley now 11 points adrift of Lordswood who also lost out heavily at home to O Wills, 19-50

Kent 2:  NAG maintained their 100% record as they despatched Edenbridge 7-32, Brockleians sit in second place after they were winners by a similar score line (10-38) against bottom club Orpington.  Foots Cray’s  15-35 win at Greenwich keeps them level on points with ‘Brocks’ with a six point cushion to fourth placed Askean who were 7-44 winners at Dartford Valley.  In the local derby, Faversham lost out 7-29 at home to near neighbour Whitstable.

PS:  Glad to see the weekly roundup of results appears to have reappeared on Southwark’s radar again!!

24 Oct 14: Club Social - Sat 15th November

There is a club social on Saturday the 15th of November with live music featuring  Gary Griffiths'  (Barabrians XV) excellent band, Beats Workin' 

Tickets are £10 which include entry, your first drink free at the bar and food.

This is a whole club event and a night you will not want to miss. Tickets can be purchased from Carol at the bar in the club house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 Oct 14: Club End of Season Tour

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.

Outline Itinerary

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.

Rough itinerary
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

 

23 Oct 14: 2014-15 Members Fixtures Handbook

Apologies for the delay which was created by a number of issues which we won't go into.  Needless to say these are now availble at the bar, so next time you are in the club please ask Carol for  your Members Handbook (if you're fully paid up)!

Youth Age Group Lead Coaches are asked to collect a batch to distribute to their respective age groups.

 

 

21 Oct 14: Bar Staff Required

The club has need of two additional bar/kitchen staff to work on an occasional basis covering some Saturdays in addition to parties and large events.

If you are interested in helping out at the club, please contact Carol McKenzie via email for full details (click here)

 

 

News archive

 

SSE English Clubs Championship

London & South East Division 2 (SE)

 Next 1st XV Fixture

Saturday 1st November 2014

Maidstone FC 1st XV v Old Colfeians RFC, Home, KO 2:30pm

 


Other Senior Fixtures

Saturday 1st November

Mustangs XV v Dover RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 2:30pm

3rd XV v Folkestone RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 2:30pm

Development XV  v Vigo RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 2:30pm

Barbarians XV v  Lordswood RFC 2nd XV , Away, 2:30pm

Veterans XV v  Vigo RFC 3rd XV, Away, KO 2:30pm

(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)

Notices

Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities (updated 14 Oct)
posted: July 29 2014

Matchball sponsorship opportunities for next season are still available; these are inexpensive options that small companies and individuals can afford.  If any other club members wish to support the club, or feels that their company might be interested then please contact Bob Hayton.

The following home league fixtures remain available  (the immediate priority is the early season fixtures up to Christmas):

28 Nov v Harrow (RFU Intermediate Cup)

13 Dec v Deal & Betteshanger,

20 Dec v Ashford

17 Jan v Thanet Wdrs

07 Feb v Sevenoaks

11 Apr v Crowborough

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Perimeter Advertising - Pitchside Boards: Limited vacancies remaining.
posted: September 12 2014

There are still a few places available for pitchside boards, could your company be interested? Have you asked them? The worst they can say is No!! So why not find out.

If your company are or may be interested the please pass details to Bob Hayton and the club will take it from there.



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.



**IMPORTANT** MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS **IMPORTANT**
posted: September 04 2014

Stipulations to Membership from 01 September 2014:
 
•  Members owing subs from 2014/15 have until 30th September to sign up for DD or pay for the coming season in full – if not they will  owe for the previous season + the coming season before they can play again.

 • Existing players must have a DD in place or paid in full before taking part in any pre-season training.

 • New players joining can attend pre-season training but must have signed up to the DD or paid in full prior to first match.

 • New players joining during the season must sign up before their second match.

 • We acknowledge that particularly in the lower sides that on occasion non-member players may to be drafted in at late notice on an ad hoc basis. In doing so, they will be subject to a match tax of £10. Those fitting this category will be allowed to play on 3 occasions by which point, full membership will be required to be considered for further selection.

 • Failure to meet any of the requirements will render a player unavailable for selection until any accrued debts are paid.

 • If you are not a member, then you will forfeit all membership rights including Club representation, use of club house facilities, access to physiotherapy services provided and entitlement to apply for international tickets.

In addition you should also be aware that your entitlement to vote at any Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is dependent on your eligibility as a paid up member of the club.  The bottom line is that, to have a say in the way in which the club is run you have to actually be a current member.



Club Promotional Video - Spread the Word.
posted: July 04 2014

The 14/15 season is already shaping up to be exciting, both on and off the playing surface and as part of that process the club has produced a promotional video, so take a look and pass the word to yor friends and associates via your electronic and social media contacts.

Click here to view: PROMOVID



1st XV Kit Order Forms
posted: August 24 2014

1st XV kit order forms for non playing kit can now be downloaded from here for submission either direct to Kevin Bailey or via the 1st XV Coaching & Management Staff (according to the instructions issued).  Click here to download the form for completion and submission as appropriate.



SHOP NEWS
posted: July 04 2014

 

Training smock tops:  Black with Grey trim (note this is a change in colour from last season)


They are available in all sizes from Extra Small Boys (30") to 3XL (50") - see shop page for full details of sizes

The tops will come complete with Maidstone Rugby Crest to the front, Maidstone Rugby ball logo to the back with players name in white below.

These tops are £30 each (complete with all embroidery name etc) and delivery is anticipated to be two weeks from the order being placed by the Club - we anticipate that the order will be placed (subject to demand) so that the tops will be available from the start of the season

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £15 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS IS END OF 4th AUGUST 2014

Club Hoodies:  The price remains for this season @ £40 including embroidered name / nickname for Adult sizes with Junior hoodies up to LB's ( 36" chest) @ £33.50.


Please note that there is a limited number and sizes of plain hoodies in stock which are available now, which for a small additional charge can be returned to Samurai to have a name/nickname added if required

The order will be placed by Mid-September for delivery in November, subject to the minimum order number required by Samurai being achieved

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £20 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS END OF AUGUST 2014

AND finally.................

If anybody requires a new kit bag {£30} or back pack {£27.50} for the new season - prices inclusive of name / initials please contact Kevin Bailey for further details (deposit required)





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Man of the Match

Man of the Match - 25 Oct 14:

For a good all round performance, capped off with two tries, today's Biddenden Vineyards  MoM award goes to hooker Josh Pankhurst.

2014-15
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1 Tunbridge Wells 6 28
2 Maidstone 5 25
3 Beckenham 6 20
4 Sevenoaks 6 20
5 Medway 5 15
6 O Colfeians 6 11

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