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23 Mar 19: Around the Grounds

National 1:  At the top a 26-33 win at DMP for Ampthill keeps them top from Elthamians who beat Cambridge 31-3, whilst a 22-17 win for Rosslyn Pk against Plymouth Albion keeps them third.  Blackheath’s 19-53 win against struggling Loughborough St keeps them in touch in fourth spot and well clear of Rotherham who were 29-5 winners against Caldy.  At the foot of the division Eshers 29-27 defeat at Moseley sees them bottom with Loughborough St just above them; those two now look favourites to go down although the last of the relegation places is still in the balance; currently occupied by Caldy, both Cambridge and Moseley are the other realistic candidates.  In the mid-table encounters, Bishops Stortford beat Cinderford 37-17 and Sale were 31-22 winners against Chinnor.

National 2(S):  A 7-53 win at Worthing keeps rams at the top of the table, with Canterbury in second spot and keeping them honest after a 33-26 win against fourth placed Henley.  Tonbridge Juddians move into third after they effectively ended Taunton’s remote promotion hopes with a 10-22 result.  Someone once told me that 54 points should see a club clear of relegation in this division, that would appear to be just about right as with four matches to play a 38-47 loss to visiting Guernsey sees Ldn Irish propping up the table on 32-points with their day’s opponents just above them.  B&S currently occupy the third relegation place despite a 45-32 win against O Albanians, with O Redcliffians above them after they lost 22-17 at Dings.  In mid-table Redruth lost out 20-22 to visiting Barnes whilst Clifton beating BSE with an equally narrow 24-22 scoreline.

London Premier:  Leaders S&E stay top after they were 21-45 winners at struggling Brentwood, whilst Wimbledon stay second despite a narrow 21-20 loss at Sidcup.  Westcliff are the last of the contenders following their 17-13 win against Bedford Athletic.  Tring and Hertford are the nearest of the chasers with both picking up wins against Guildford (7-39) and Dorking (48-17) respectively.  At the foot of the division all of the relegation places are now sorted, with bottom club Shelford losing 26-41 to CS Stags and Brentwood’s defeat by S&E confirmed the end of their brief spell in the division. Their league rivals of last season, Chingford, will also go down with them, after they lost 26-5 at Tunbridge Wells.

London 1(S): No change at the top as just a single point separates the leading four clubs with Medway’s 24-41 win at Tottonians keeping them a point clear of Sevenoaks who beat Havant 29-7 and Camberley and Brighton who won against Westcombe Pk (28-41) and Ldn Cornsih (31-15) respectively. At the bottom end of the table, already relegated Hove lost 10-43 to visiting Chichester, whilst Chobham’s 24-36 home defeat to visiting Thurrock means their relegation is also confirmed whist Tottonians loss means they look the current favourites to fill the third relegation spot, especially with Dartfordians picking up a useful 25-28 win at Cobham.

London 2(SE): Leaders Beckenham were 29-15 winners against Colfeians and could clinch top spot next week with a positive result, Horsham’s 41-17 win over Haywards Heath keeps them in second spot from Charlton Pk who beat bottom club Aylesford 57-11.  The relegation issues were sorted a while ago with H&W being the other side to go down, and a 13-31 defeat by D&B sees the coastal club in eighth place.  In the other battles, Gravesend were made to work hard for their 22-14 win against Maidstone, whilst Thanet Wdrs beat Dover 22-14 in the last of the fixtures.

London 3(SE): Losing BPs were enough to see leaders Crowborough promoted, although probably not in the style in which they would have wished as they went down to a 26-27 home defeat to struggling Park Hse.  The battle for the other promotion place is between three clubs with Beccehamians leading the charge after they beat fellow contenders Vigo 8-12.  Folkestone are the other club in the battle and sit third following a 14-26 win at bottom club Lewes, a result that sees the Sussex club relegated. In the remaining fixtures, Bromley beat Dunstonians 32-30 whilst Pulborough were 5-19 winners against O Wills.

Kent 1:  Having already secured the title, leader Ashford haven’t taken their foot off the pedal as they crushed relegated Sheppey, running in triple figures in a 3-128 scoreline.  In second spot Anchorians look to have secured the playoff place, although a 28-15 loss at Cranbrook in third, means they still need a point from their last two fixtures to make sure. Fourth placed OGs were 29-50 winners at Kings Coll whilst HSBC beat NAG 26-19.  The last of the fixtures saw an encounter between last season’s promoted clubs with Foots Cray coming out on top with a 24-3 result.

Kent 2:  A hefty 5-57 win at Dartford Valley for leaders Cliffe means they are just 3-points from securing the title in their debut season, Faversham sit second after a 34-7 result against Brockleians, with Lordswood in third after they beat fourth placed Sittingbourne 31-20. In the only other fixture Askean went down to a 12-29 defeat to Bexley.

21 Mar 19: Annual Awards Dinner

The 2018/2019 annual awards dinner will take place on Thursday 18th April, the day before Good Friday. This year it emanates from the Cornwallis Suite, which is part of the Maidstone Masonic Center.

The event is open to all members to be part of as we toast the season and then hand out the coveted awards. The doors open at 7pm on the night at a cost of £25ph, payable at the clubhouse bar no later than April 2nd.

We hope you can join us for this very special night in the calendar.

17 Mar 19: Around the Grounds

National 2(N):  I have only included the results from this division because it has a bearing on who the runner-up from the South division will meet in a playoff. The fixture between Wharfedale and Stourbridge is really incidental and again fell foul of the weather. The fixture of interest was that between Tynedale and Huddersfield and was a tight contest finishing with just a point separating them in favour of visiting Huddersfield 14-15 and sees them close the gap on the top three clubs in a title race that could well go down to the wire.

Ldn & SE Regional Finals:

At grassroots level it was a big day with the regional finals in the RFU Cup competitions, with two of the three finals going with home advantage.

Intermediate Cup:  The county’s only interest in the finals came with Colfes, who travelled to face Letchworth, who had beaten Charlton Pk in the seni-final with the last kick of the game.  In blustery conditions Colfes roared into a 0-10 lead with two tries before Letchworth responded to reduce the deficit to 7-10 and thought they had taken the lead on the cusp of half-time but the try was disallowed.  Two quickfire Colfes tries immediately after the interval put them out to a 7-22 lead. That lead stretched further with another try before Letchworth responded with the score 12-29, before a final Colfes try sealed the victory with a 12-34 result.  Colfes will now face Matson who were 28-18 winners against Sherborne on the SW Regional Cup Final

Senior Vase: No county interest here as Portsmouth hosted Essex club Chelmsford; a try for hosts Portsmouth at the end of the first quarter gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish and that was followed by a penalty try before half-time to extend the lead to 14-0.  Chelmsford narrowed the deficit  midway through the third quarter with a try of their own but it was cancelled out as the hosts restored a 14-point advantage on the 60-minute mark.  Chelmsford were on the scoreboard again with ten minutes to go, to make the closing moments interesting, but Portsmouth held on for a 21-14 win and will go on the face Honiton who defeated Chesham 12-24 in their regional final.

Junior Vase:  A rampant Reeds Weybridge side who have already won Surrey 1 had too much for opponents Hitchin as they took the regional title with a comfortable 35-6 win. They go on to face Gloucester based O Cryptians who were 3-22 winners in their regional final against Chipping Norton.

26 Feb 19: U16s Through To Kent Development Cup Final

The Under 16's showed true grit and determination as within the first ten minutes they found themselves two try’s down. What transpired next was nothing short of impressive. The forwards dominated upfront and the visitors Canterbury had no answer.  

The game finished with an emphatic 51 - 10 for the Titans on coach Gary Tynan’s birthday.  What a great present form the lads. News on the final will follow in due course  

 

 

17 Jan 19: Junior Fixtures Coordinator Required For Next Season

After doing such a stellar job of the Junior fixtures, Craig Rixon will need to step down at the end of the season due to work commitments. The club is truly thankful to Craig for his fantastic efforts in coordinating the youth games.

This means that as of next season, the club wil need a new Youth Fixtures Coordinator. In the role, you’ll be responsible for organising rugby fixtures for all age groups within the Maidstone Youth section. Players will rely on you to ensure the fixtures provide the right standard of rugby, reflecting the needs of each age group. As it’s all about playing rugby, it’s safe to say it wouldn’t be a rugby club without you.

Ideally, you’ll need to be:

  • Well-organised & Conscientious
  • Good at communicating
  • Patient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Knowledge of Excel 
  • Familiarity of Maidstone Youth Section volunteers and lead Coaches would be helpful but not necessary

The role is not as daunting as it sounds and we guarantee that you'll receive the gratitude of the players, coaches and supporters alike. You’ll be the source of all knowledge about upcoming matches, keeping the season alive and on schedule. The skills needed to do this role are transferable to any walk of life, so having something like this on your CV is attractive to potential employers.

A full role description can be found here.

16 Jan 19: Bath v Bristol At Twickenham Ticket Offer

Bath Rugby host West Country rivals Bristol Bears in The Clash: a Gallagher Premiership showdown at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 6 April 2019 (KO 2pm).

This is a great opportunity for young, aspiring rugby players to see world-class rugby on the biggest stage and members of Maidstone FC are able to take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer:

• Adult Category 2 tickets: £15 (save 50%)
• Under-16 Category 2 tickets: £10

As well as watching England’s rising stars Joe Cokanasiga, Sam Underhill and Zach Mercer, you'll also be able to see the likes of Taulupe Faletau, Jonathan Joseph and Charles Piutau in action. There will also be a whole host of entertainment on offer before and after the match making this a fantastic day out for the whole family.

Tickets can be purchased individually or collectively by clicking the link HERE or for group sales of 20 or more, please call the ticket office on 0208 831 6666 (option 6).

15 Jan 19: Kent County RFU Volunteer Awards 2019

Recognition for Volunteers, do you have an unsung hero?

The Kent RFU Volunteer awards are in their 5th year. There are 9 categories and a chance to say thank you to those volunteers that go the extra mile to give a great rugby experience.

Do you know of an unsung hero, a person that has made a valued contribution at your club?

Anyone at your club can nominate a volunteer, to show their appreciation of the time and effort and the contribution they make.

Please share with your club members (why not post it on your website or share on your Facebook page), so they can nominate their volunteer of the year

Nominations close Saturday 6th April 2019, to nominate your volunteer, please go to:

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2V83MGL

Awards dinner is Thursday 6th June 2019

NB: If you do nominate someone within the club, out of courtesy and so the committee has a handle on nominations, please inform the Hon Sec, Melanie White of your nomination. Thank you.

23 Nov 18: Sponsorship Role Vacancy

After 14 years long service and an incredible amount of money gained for the club, Bob Hayton will be stepping down as Sponsorship Officer at the end of the season. Over the years Bob has built up a network of relationships that have benefitted the entire club. From shirt sponsors to Mike Tindall & Lawrence Dallaglio visits, his efforts have reaped such reward for the club. With his everyday work load becoming more pressing, coupled with the multiple hats he already wears for the club, he has reluctantly decided to pass one of hits hats on.

The club is obviously looking for a replacement as soon as possible. Bob will be on hand to help transition the existing relationships across to the new incumbents. With the groundwork laid over so many years, maintaining these relationships is key, but should not be to arduous if picked up quickly.

This is not a role that needs to be filled by one person and we do have a couple of volunteers willing to help out. However, the club still desperately needs a lead in which to coordinate the tasks and oversee the role. The club is also looking to offer a commission base for the Sponsorship role as an incentive to any and all volunteers willing to help the club.

If you are interested in coming on board, then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance.

The only thing left to say is to thank Bob wholeheartedly for his efforts and persistence throughout his tenure, which without, the club could be in a far different place.

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Notices

Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: August 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.



Online Physio Appointment Booking
posted: October 03 2018

The club will be launching a new online booking system for the Physio department at the club.

The intention is to help the team plan clinics and also help make sure that everyone can be seen in a timely fashion. The priority on Thursday will go to senior players looking to play games on the Saturday, but the booking system will help make scheduling an appointment easier. The online system will be trialled until Christmas.

A booking link will be added to the club’s website and also to the clubs Facebook players page, for members to book. Please remember that treatments are for paying members and you maybe refused service if you are not paid up.



Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals (Pre RWC 2019)
posted: December 03 2018

Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals

The Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals purchase window opens at midday on Tuesday 4 December. These tickets are not being distributed through the usual RFU allocation system and must be booked directly by the individuals/groups concerned.


England will play two matches at Twickenham and one match at St James Park, Newcastle.

  • England v Wales - Sunday 11 August 2019 (Twickenham) KO: TBC
  • England v Ireland - Saturday 24 August 2019 (Twickenham) KO: TBC
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Price Category

Price

Premium

£90

£80

2*

£60

3*

£45

4*

£25

* A junior concession is available on categories 2, 3 & 4 at £15.

England v Italy - Friday 6 September 2019 (St James Park) KO:TBC

Price Category

Price

Premium

£90

1**

£70

2**

£45

3**

£25

**A junior concession is available on categories 1, 2, 3 & 4 at £15.

Payment for all tickets must be made by credit and debit card. There is a £3.50 service and delivery charge per transaction.

To access the RFU booking portal please click here



Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: August 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.



Potential Club Watch
posted: November 19 2018

The club has been approached by a member with connections to a reputable watchmaking organisation. They would like to produce a stunning sports watch for Maidstone FC, complete with a gift box. The illustrations below are an example of what the watch would look like. Boasting Miyota Quartz movement, a stainless steel strap and water resistance of up to 10ATM, this could be the perfect gift for family and friends.

These watches usually retail around £115, but the club is looking at a bargain price for its members of £75.
Before an order can be placed, the club would like to gain interest in the watches as the outlay for this kind of quality product is obviously considerable.

Please let us know if you would like to reserve one of these watches either on Facebook or by emailing MaidstoneRFC@outlook.com. If there is enough interest, further details will follow in due course.



MFC Centenary Book now available online
posted: June 25 2018

Maidstone has a long and illustrious rugby lineage, having been officially formed in 1880. Over the past 138 years the club has been through many ups and downs, been reported on in various media outlets and remains the county town club.

With such a vast history, the club is now looking at gathering as much as it can, to digitize as much as possible for everyone to have access to. This is of course a huge task and we do have some willing volunteers to help collect information and look to find an exciting and hopefully interactive way to view our history on the website. If you'd like to help, please get in touch with the Admin Team @ MaidstoneRFC@outlook.com.

In the meantime, the book commemorating our first 100 years is now available for you to download for free! It's a fascinating read and can be found on our 'History' tab.

 

 

 

 



50% Off Your Playing Membership
posted: June 29 2018

As part of our recruitment drive, the Club is offering a massive 50% discount off of your senior playing membership. All you need to do is recruit a friend to come and play for Maidstone. Once they are a signed up and a fully fledged playing member, the club will discount the last 6 months of your membership.

This season we are eligible again to take part in the RFU Intermediate Trophy, which has the final played at Twickenham. The last time we entered was 2015, where we saw off stiff competition from Diss and Coney Hill to set up the final at Twickenham against Bridgenorth. The rest as they say, is history.

Memories of that day can be found here, and it is something we hope to experience again.

For more information, please speak to Director of Rugby Andy Golding, or Head Coach Mike Hebden.

 



Club Trade Directory
posted: June 06 2018

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 2018

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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Supporters Man of the Match

In what was a somwhat sluggish team performance for his brace of tries in the closing stages, this weeks supportrs Man of the Match award goes to Josh Smith.

2018-19 London Division 2 (SE) 
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  Team Pl Pts
1 Beckenham 16 72
2 Horsham 16 61
3 Charlton Park 16 60
4 O Colfeians 16 55
5 Haywards Heath 16 49
6 Gravesend 16 43

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