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18 May 18: 2018 Autumn Internationals

2018 sees there being four Autumn Internationals  in November, as England take on the big three from southern hemisphere rugby as well as Japan.  Fixture dates are as follows:

03 Nov v South Africa

10 Nov v New Zealand

17 Nov v Japan

24 Nov v Australia

Ticketing details will be available after the 30th May so keep an eye on the website for further details although as was the case with one of the fixtures last year, the match versus Japan is where we will have “unlimited” allocation and Junior (u15) tickets are available at £15 and the ticketing window for this fixture runs from 30th May until 30th August

If you are interested, could you please contact Steve Vincent with your ticket requirements (and in what price categories) so the club can submit bids accordingly.  Whilst he closing date for bids is in 30th August, for the Japan fixture, it is the holiday period and it is requested that your bids are submitted to Steve by the end of July at the latest.

12 May 18: Pitch Reparations

All members and coaches are to be aware that we have had the contractors in over the last week conducting the pitch maintenance and repairs.  In all 120 tonnes of topdressing and rootzone has been spread across the pitches with the bulk of the work having been on the Top and Training pitches.  In addition to aeration  to revitalise heavy wear areas by relieve soil compaction, improving aeration and aid the removal of surface water.  Finally, all the pitches have been reseeded.  Please be aware the the lower, more worn section of the Tag pitch has also been seeded.

Coaches and players are requested to stay of the playing surfaces until at least mid June to give the seed the best chance to germinate, even then there are obvious worn areas that will need more time to recover. coaches are requested when planning your preseason training programmes to please speak to Bob Hayton for the best areas to use according to the amount of space you require.

Your cooperation is appreciated

 

 

 

 

 

 

09 May 18: GDPR: Or are you receiving the club's email newsletter?

Data laws are changing. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and represents a reshaping of the data protection landscape.

In simple terms, GDPR will help protect the personal data of those involved in rugby by requiring better governance and transparency. Organisations like ourselves who are holding personal data need to provide more information to people about what they do with those people’s data, why, and for how long.

From a club perspective what does this mean?  Well, you may have noticed that your inbox has been bombarded lately with a series of emails from various organisations that you have subscrbed to at some point or other, asking if you wish to continue receiving email communications. We are not quite as sophisticated as that, but as a club, our Chairman does send out a monthly newsletter via email and we are also looking at distributing information pertaining to the AGM and possibly other periodic missives via email.

If you are a member and not getting the newsletter, then you won't receive the other information, so if you want to be kept up to date on what's happening then please contact Chairman Craig Tuffrey via email (click here) to 'opt in' to receiving email communications.

07 May 18: Ups & Downs (A Season's Summary) - Update (Ldn 2 & 3 and Kent 1)

National 1: Last season Hartpury took the title by a 30-point margin and this time around it was Coventry that proved equally impressive as they secured the league title and promotion in early March. The county’s two representatives in the division finished in the leading group with Blackheath never quite having enough to challenge for the title and ending up in fifth spot.  For newcomers O Elthamians, their upward trend continues as after losses on the opening weekends they climbed to sit in seventh place at the season’s mid-point, and then improved on that to finish in sixth place just 7 points adrift of Blackheath.

At the bottom of the table Fylde struggled all season and finished bottom of the table, their relegation confirmed in early March. O Albanians once they slipped into the drop zone always looked destined to stay there, but in reality the other two relegation places were contested between three clubs, with Hull Ionians and Loughborough Students the other two strugglers although Rosslyn Pk flirted with danger near the end.  O Albanians relegation was confirmed on the final weekend and with Hull facing the champions as the season’s finale their survival chances also disappeared.

Promoted: Coventry.

Relegated: Fylde, O Albanians and Hull Ionians.

National 2(South): By the season’s mid-point the promotion battle looked to have narrowed down to a battle between Chinnor and Cinderford although it wasn’t until mid-April that Cinderford were confirmed champions with Chinnor taking the playoff position that had been secured by the end of March and going on to defeat Sedgley Pk (Nat 2(N)) in the end of the season playoff.  Canterbury never really challenged and after hitting the campaign mid-point in seventh spot they tailed off in the latter half of the season to finish in lower mid-table (10th).  New boys Tonbridge Juddians did the reverse and having found their feet by the halfway point climbed to a season ending position of 6th which when analysing their results is probably a reasonable reflection on their season.  At the bottom newcomers Broadstreet and Wimbledon struggled and always looked favourites for the drop, but as seems the case in this division there were a host of clubs that could have joined them although this gradually thinned out to just two sides going into the final month of the campaign. In the end it was the mid-April clash between the two that resolved the issue with Barnstaple, having been reprieved last season, consigning O Redcliffians to the drop and meaning that three of the four clubs promoted into the division at the end of last season drop back down after just one campaign.

Promoted: Cinderford and Chinnor (Playoff v Sedgley Park (Nat 2N))

Relegated: Broadstreet, Wimbledon and O Redcliffians.

London & SE Premier: It been quite a while since Kent had three representatives at Level 5, and in a retitled division this season the mid-point sees mixed fortunes for the county’s clubs.  Of the three it was Tunbridge Wells that had the best season as they improved on the mid-table positioning at the halfway stage to finish fifth, although some 20+points shy of the top four clubs.  The league title wasn’t decided until the final weekend and Guernsey, who had set the pace for much of the latter half of the campaign slipped up in early April to be overhauled by Barnes for the automatic promotion spot, with the Channel islanders going into the playoffs to face Bournemouth.  Westcombe Pk who might have been expected to be one of the main challengers struggled all season and were always mired in the relegation battle which they were never able to recover from and were consigned to relegation on the final day. Sidcup hit the halfway point having looked to have found their feet in the division, but a poor second half to the season saw them flirting with the drop zone, only easing their worries on the penultimate weekend.

Promoted: Barnes and Guernsey (Playoff v Bournemouth (SW Prem))

Relegated: Towcestrians, Southend and Westcombe Park.

London 1 (South):  After having set the pace since early season a wobble at the end of February saw Medway cede pole position to CS Rugby who needed no further invitation and holding their form until the last day took the league title and the automatic promotion place. With Medway’s stutter being against their promotion rivals it made for an interesting run in right up to the last day of the season but they held their nerve to hold off Havant and take the runners up spot, only to narrowly lose out in the promotion playoff to a Chingford side that had themselves been similarly disappointed the year before.  For the other Kent clubs it was a disappointing season with Sevenoaks being the only side not to be embroiled in the relegation battle, although a string of seven consecutive narrow losses in the third quarter of the campaign had them looking over their shoulders.  In the end the relegation battle involved only four clubs but it was away from the pitch that the last relegation place was decided when confirmation of a 5-point deduction for O Colfeians in the final week snatched away any hopes of last day reprieve and saw them accompany Gravesend and Maidstone in the drop down to Level 7 next season.

Promoted: CS Rugby,

Runners Up: Medway (Playoff v Chingford Ldn 1(N)) 

Relegated: Gravesend, Maidstone and O Colfeians

London 2(South East): After a third placed finish last season Dartfordians were obvious candidates to progress this time around and they had already secured the league title before their only loss in a late season defeat by Haywards Heath.  The runner up spot was fought out between a number of sides going into the last quarter, with Charlton Pk and Beckenham in the mix.  The closing weeks saw the order constantly shuffle as first Beckenham fell away and then Charlton Pk and it was Hove who had created a big enough cushion to be able to hold position and then secure promotion via the playoffs against O Reigatians.  A good late season run by Dover saw them finish in the top half of the table whilst Deal & Betteshanger as they did last season, flirted with the relegation zone along with Heathfield & Waldron but in the end had sufficient of a points margin that they were safe by mid-March as the two sides below them endured torrid campaigns and Pulborough’s relegation was confirmed, with Barking’s denouement having come in mid-February and will see them return north of the Thames for their fixtures next season in the restructured NW quadrant at L8 that consists of and Essex division and also an Eastern Counties division.

Promoted: Dartfordians and Hove (Playoff v O Reigatians (Ldn 2(SE))

Relegated: Barking and Pulborough.

London 3(South East): In a division dominated by Kent clubs, who provided eight of the twelve competitors it was the county’s clubs that dominated the upper half of the table with only Crowborough of the Sussex clubs managing a top half finish.  Mid-March saw Aylesford and Thanet Wdrs secure promotion and the run in to the season finale was only to sort out the final positions, with Aylesford eventually securing the league title in early April.  Bromley and O Williamsonians completed the top four with O Wills enjoying a very satisfying first season at the level.  In the bottom half of the table Crawley anchored the table along with Sheppey as both struggled from the first weekend.  The battle for the third relegation place was something of an ever moving feast in the latter half of the campaign.  Park House had looked favourites for the drop at the mid-season point but managed to pull clear, Folkestone’s inconsistency saw them drop into the danger zone as did Hastings & Bexhill’s, as they slumped  down the table and into the relegation battle. In a contest that went to the last weekend it was Folkestone that filled the last relegation place, although they have gained a reprieve as a result of Barking’s relegation and return to playing their fixtures north of the Thames.

Promoted: Aylesford and Thanet Wdrs.

Relegated: Crawley and Sheppey.

Shepherd Neame Kent 1:  Having been one of the leading promotion contenders in the last campaign, Beccehamians have continued the momentum and secured the league title and promotion in the run up to the Easter break. The battle for the playoff spot ran into April with a constant reshuffling of the chasing pack, in the end it was Vigo that held there nerve as challenges from Ashford, Anchorians, Cranbrook and Kings College Hospital all faltered.  Vigo then went on to defeat Sussex club Uckfield in the promotion playoff to secure their return to Ldn 3 for next season.  In a division that was clearly divided into two halves, at the bottom Sittingbourne always struggled but it took some time for the  relegation picture to clear gradually narrowing down to a battle between Southwark, New Ash Green (NAG) and RBS as to who would also go down. In the end it was a final weekend shootout between Southwark and NAG that saw NAG join Sittingbourne in the drop. However, the knock on effect of Barking’s relegation and level transfer north of the Thames which saw Folkestone reprieved, in combination with Vigo’s playoff success, has also meant that NAG will now also avoid the drop

Promoted:  Beccehamians and Vigo (Playoff v Uckfield (Sussex 1))

Relegated: Sittingbourne.

Shepherd Neame Kent 2:  Having set the pace for much of the season, in the end it was disappointment for Brockleians who just missed out on promotion in what for most of the season was a three way battle; Whitstable took the league title with a couple of weeks to spare, whilst Foots Cray secured the runner up place despite having to sit out the final weekend of the season.  At the bottom of the table Greenwich anchored the table from Askean, with Dartford Valley and Faversham the other clubs in what was a clearly delineated lower half of the table.

Promoted: Whitstable and Foots Cray

Intermediate Cup:  The competition saw only three of the county’s five eligible clubs enter and by the turn of the year last season’s runner up in Charlton Park were the county’s only remaining representatives.  Their attempt to go one better than last season’s Twickenham appearance unfortunately ended in the regional final where they went down by the narrowest of margins (12-13) to Camberley who went on to beat Coney Hill 17-20 in another tight encounter to reach a Twickenham final where they ran in 60 points and rather overpowered Midlands club Droitwich.

Senior Vase:  Both Aylesford and Bromley made the latter stages of the regional element of this competition, before Aylesford fell to Hampshire club Trojans.  Bromley who have a good record in this completion in recent years continued that good form but fell to a heavy 3-36 defeat in the regional final at the hands of Surrey club O Cranleighians who lost out to Cornwall based Saltash in the national semi-finals although it was Yorkshire based Wath upon Dearne who narrowly edged the final.

Junior Vase:  Traditionally the county’s clubs have not fared well in this competition but this time around there were two clubs carrying Kent’s aspirations coming into 2018.  Both Ashford and Gillingham Anchorians, were going well and a kind draw had kept the two sides apart; however it was not to be, as both fell to defeats in the regional semi-finals with Ashford losing out to Chipstead who went on to take the regional trophy and Anchorians falling to O Wimbledonians; Chipstead went out in the national semi-final to Devon club South Molton, with the eventual winners being Yorkshire club Old Otliensians.

06 May 18: Maidstone Rugby: Annual General Meeting, Thurs 19th July

The Annual General Meeting for Maidstone Rugby will take place at The Mote on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 8:00pm.

Minutes of the 2017 AGM and details of the agenda for this year’s meeting will be posted here in due course.

If any members have any points, topics or questions to be raised for discussion they should be submitted to the Hon Secretary in writing by Saturday 30th June 2017.

Please make every effort to attend and have a say in the running of your club.

 

03 May 18: Maidstone Rugby are Recruiting

Ambitious London 2 (SE) club Maidstone Rugby are recruiting for the 2018-19 season and welcome all aspiring senior players to the county town, ambitious local players, or players moving to the area. Current players and coaches. Please pass this on to any of your mates/contacts who may be interested in playing at Maidstone next season, regardless of level/ability.The club is looking to strengthen the senior squad for the upcoming 1st XV league and cup campaigns as well as the Kent League competitions.

If you are interested in joining a club that has a professional attitude on the pitch but is very sociable off it, then please contact Head Coach, Mike Hebden (click here)

Maidstone Rugby is a traditional club with a friendly atmosphere. Located at “The Mote” on the edge of Mote Park close to Maidstone town-centre and its vibrant nightlife. The club runs 4 senior sides every weekend, with the 1st XV playing their rugby in London Division 2 (SE) within the English Clubs Championship. 

In addition they have been the London & SE Division, RFU Senior Vase and Intermediate Cup Champions in three of the last four seasons in which they were eligible to enter, reaching the National semi-finals of the Senior Vase competition in 2012 & 2013 and winning the national final of the Intermediate Cup at Twickenham in 2015.

The club has a well-established coaching structure, as well as full physiotherapy and sports science support. Additionally the club has access to broad range of 'state of the art' fitness training facilities through one of the sponsors (Welcome Gym).

The club's 1st XV currently play in London Division 2 (SE).

Currently the club runs 4 Senior sides and caters for players of all standards.  If you are a player looking to test yourself at a higher level in competitive rugby, or even just interested in club rugby in a more social and corinthian environment, then you are just the player we are looking for and we will have a team in which you can flourish.

28 Apr 18: Annual Awards Dinner

The evening of Friday the 27th April saw Maidstone Rugby bring the curtain down on what has been a mixed season for the club. With 80 in attendance the club recognised the efforts of the members both on and off the pitch across the year.

Of the Players Awards, Rory Beech picked up the Head Coach’s award, whilst Karim Neseyif (Veterans), Jason Hudson (Barbarians), Sam Weston (Mustangs) and Lewis Stimpson (1st XV) were rewarded with the respective team awards.

The evening saw four members recognised with Vice Presidencies: Neil Cole, Richard Gray, Eugene Moore and Martin Maytum.

 

The David Arnold Memorial Trophy was awarded to young hooker, Ryan Murphy; just reward for his hard work in recovery from serious knee injury and his performances with both the Mustangs and 1st XVs this season.

Of the Club Awards; the Bernard Hinks Awards went to Mickey Back (Non Player), Richard Gray (Other XVs) and Matt Iles (1st XV), with the Millennium Trophy for the team of the season being the reward for the league winning Mustangs XV.

 

The Harry Green Memorial Cup, which is not an annual presentation and awarded to a member for their commitment to the club over a sustained period, was presented to Sean Charlton in recognition of his long term contribution in several areas.

05 Apr 18: Maidstone Rugby Club Summer Ball: 16th June 2018

We are hosting our annual Maidstone Rugby Club Summer Ball on the 16th June at The Village Hotel
Tickets are £50 and  include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, live music whilst we are eating and dancing to the brilliant band "The Choos"

We would love as many of you to join us for a great evening , whether you play for Maidstone , support Maidstone or just fancy a wonderful night out with friends .

Please contact Neil Cole or Maidstone Rugby Club .
Last year's Ball was a great night. See the montage (right)

 

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Notices

Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: April 08 2018

 

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 and in many respects the sale of perimeter boards is 'treading water' as opposed to increasing sales. 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 upcoming closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly; this is also 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.



Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: April 07 2018

Have you considered becoming a member of Kent RFU?  The county’s constituent body is looking to strengthen its membership.  For only £10 per year  you get the following benefits:

Your own copy of the Annual County Handbook.

2 issues of the Kent RFU ‘In Touch’ Newsletter.

The entitlement to apply for international tickets through the county.

Free entry to RFU County Championship home fixtures.

Free entry to the Shepherd Neame Kent Cup finals day.

For further information or if you have any queries contact Kent RFU Membership Secretary Steve Homewood (click here) and to download a Kent RFU membership form (click here) which should in turn be forwarded to Steve.



Situations Vacant: Hon Treasurer
posted: March 21 2018

The club is looking for a volunteer to take over the role as Hon Treasurer, Steve Quinn the current incumbent is standing down at the end of the season after 4 years in the role.

During his tenure Steve along with Rob Lindsay during his period reviewing the clubs governance, has been instrumental in pulling both the club’s finances and also its financial administration onto a more level and practical footing which means that the job is no longer the onerous task it had been in the past.

Whilst the role is still key to the effective running of the club the club has a book keeper who deals with the day-to-day administration and relevant responsible parties to administer their budget lines within the overall club budget. 

However the role still requires the incumbent look after & oversee the finances of the rugby club and be fully aware of the financial position of the club at all times in order to keep the committee informed of financial trends and areas of concern, as well as authorizing expenditure.

If you are interested in helping the club in this important role please contact the club Chairman, Craig Tuffrey via the Contacts page of the websitte

For a full outline of the role please click here



Inter Club Cricket: The Mote v Maidstone Rugby, Sun 8th July
posted: March 13 2018

Inter Club Cricket Match

Plans are afoot for a cricket match between The Mote and Maidstone Rugby.

It is hoped it will be a fun day for everyone, the whole family can come along and you can even bring the dog.

It doesn't matter about your ability you will get on the field.

Date: Sunday July 8th

Lunch: 12 noon

Start 2:00pm.      40 overs a-side

Cost £10 includes lunch and tea.

Please put the date in your diary, it promises to be a pleasant way to spend a summers afternoon 

Interested parties please contact Bob Beney via email (click here)

 



Club Trade Directory
posted: June 06 2017

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.



Club Blazers
posted: July 21 2017

The last batch of club blazers was ordered and delivered over 2 years ago (2013) and there have been expressions of interest in obtaining a blazer from various quarters throughout the past season.  The club is prepared to assemble another order but you should be informed that the minimum order quantity is 20 and the last order took c2 years to assemble.  Therefor if you put your name forward please be aware that this will not be a rapid process.

Members interested in ordering a blazer should forward their names to Bob Hayton and include what size they require; sizing is based on the standard M&S blazer sizes (i.e. 42R, 42L etc) although minor adjustments can be made such as extra or shorter sleeve length

Please note that given that it took c2-years to assemble the order for last batch of blazers this batch is therefore expected to be the last order for the foreseeable future, so if you don't order one, you may well miss the boat!!

 





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4 Chichester 25 83
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