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weekly round up for 21st,28th October and 4th November
posted: November 10 2017

 

Results 21st  October 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Gravesend

H

 Lost 12-20

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Cliffe

A

Won 17-47

Premier 2 East

B XV

Aylesford III

H

Home Walk Over

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Ashford III

H

Lost 12-22

Friendly

 

Results 28th  October 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Thurrock

A

Lost 26-17

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Medway III

H

Won 32-34

Premier 2 East

B XV

Sheppey II

A

Lost 43-27

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

 

 

 

Friendly

 

Results 4th November 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Chobham

H

Lost 17-27

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

East Peckham

H

Won 60-8

Premier 2 East

B XV

Sevenoaks IV

 

Forfeit

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Old Wills II

A

Lost 7-31

Friendly

 

OK, I’ve been away – hence no WRU for the last 3 weeks , but I’ve posted the results above.

 

Not too many wins, you will notice.  Thank goodness the Mustangs keep winning to redress the balance a little.

 

I myself returned to playing on Saturday. Its not often one gets to grip the Club Chairman by the B*ll*cks but that’s how my Saturday panned out when he packed down as loose-head in front of me in the scrum at Old Wills. Its lucky I was feeling magnanimous or I’d have given him (them) a good squeeze – but fortunately he’s in my good books and no retribution was required.

The game was notable for the senior debut of a well known Maidstone name ie Tugwell, and already it looks like young Ben could prove to be a chip off the old block – occupying the number 9 jersey with distinction – although lets hope that the similarity ends there.  Sport Billy has provided a match-report:

 

Old Wills 30(ish), Vets 5.
Yet again the Vets, with a number of Barbarians in attendance including Club Chairman and newfound prop forward Craig Tuffrey, along with the returning Adrian Clark and Richard Cutbill following their 'development' at the hands of Mick Walker last week, faced a youthful looking team with an average age of about half ours. After an encouraging first few minutes our predicament was not helped when the man in the middle evidently forgot Law 12 of the game's Law Book. (For the benefit of those who aren't Simon Wright this states that a 'knock on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward...and the ball touches the ground'). This led directly to their first try. Despite this we kept at it and actually played some good stuff at times with scrum-half Ben Tugwell firing out some good accurate passes. (Incidently does this trait sound similar to someone with the same surname? Nope. Thought not.). Anyway, with us still in the game, El Capitan decided that with Dan Wiles having now played a total of an hour and a half of Vets' rugby it was clearly time for him to experience the delights of A&E on a Saturday afternoon. Poor Dan was left with blood pumping from his temple having been accosted by the skipper's bonce. Around the same time (it may even have been the same incident) Del was also forced to leave the field with a head injury. These knocks, which kept our guest physios (Caroline & Emily) busy, were compounded by the oppo scoring two quick breakaway tries. In the second half we continued to more than match OWs in terms of territory and possession but were again undone by their younger legs. Our consolation, pushover, try came via a selfish belly flop by No 8 Tom Clarke (not for the first time). Also not for the first time hooker Mark Ingram showed his footballing skills... are still sadly lacking.
MotM: Ben Tugwell; TotM: Mark Ingram.
*For legal reasons it should be pointed out that no U18 was harmed in this production, on or off the pitch. As Nigel Maddaford pointed out forfeitures in lieu for the number of grudges held against our debutant's father would have severely curtailed our Saturday evenings (and Mrs Sharon Cole 's date night with Mr Bump).

 

Anyway, that’s enough for one week. 

 

The Mustangs are at home tomorrow.  Should be a good game.   Good luck to First team as they visit London Cornish for the first time ever.  The Babas have a full complement for the home game vs New Ash Green II whilst the Vets go to Gravesend Moles short-handed but not down-hearted.

 

See below for some 10 year old WRUs for the 3 corresponding weeks above.

 

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Fixtures 11/11/ 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

London Cornish

A

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Deal & Betts II

H

 

Premier 2 East

B XV

New Ash Green II

H

 

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Gravesend Moles

A

 

Friendly

 

Weekly News Round Up 23rd Oct 2007

 

 

RESULTS

 

Maidstone beat Guildford (away)  24-31                           London 2 South

 

Mustangs beat Thanet II (Home)    22-13                           Invicta League

 

3rds lost to T Wells III (Away)       14-22                           Mid Kent A

 

4ths beat Edenbridge (home)           36-5                           Mid Kent B

 

5ths(Vets) lost to Leigh (Home)       50-5                           Mid Kent C

 

England lost to S Africa                   6-15                            RWC Final

 

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Some excellent results at the weekend.

 

The 1st team game was remarkable In a smuch as that all Maidstone’s points were scored in the first 15 minutes. It must have been a remarkable finish.  This result gives Maidstone 8 League points, along with 3 other sides all vying for 2nd place behind unbeaten leaders Jersey, who have 12 points.

 

The Mustangs did well to see off the challenge of a visit from last year’s Invicta winners Thanet II. Thanet looked big and well organized when they showed up but their challenge faded as the game wore on, leaving the Mustangs still unbeaten.

 

The 3rds suffered from World Cup fever and lost lots of their regulars to Paris, meaning that they eventually went off to T Wells with 11 players, where they managed to recruit a friend of Jez Major, who had never played rugby before. However, with 12 against 15 and everyone playing out of position, they were not far off winning the match       and picked up 2 League points for their efforts. Well worth the trip.

 

The 4ths had to play uncontested against Edenbridge, but with a 1st class back-line they cut through Edenbridge with some ease and posted their 1st win of the season.

 

The Vets meanwhile, stood in for the 5ths in their league game against Leigh and suffered from “quick young legs” syndrome.  When the opposition have 2 or 3 very quick backs, its very hard for old legs to catch them and consequently a big score was posted, especially as Leigh went uncontested at half time, depriving the Vets of their advantage in the scrums.  The game marked the debut of Gary Hickie, who had never played rugby before but who took to it like a duck to water and acquitted himself well, before being rewarded in the club-house by a 2 ½ pint glass of bitter bought for him by his “mates”  I’m pleased to report that he acquitted himself well there also before feeling the need to re-acquaint himself with the contents of his stomach (outside). Still, he must have enjoyed himself, because he was still there at 1 in the morning, when the club-house eventually closed.

On that point, I think that some words of thanks are due to Tracey for staying open so late, especially in view of the fact that she had been there since 11 am and  needed to be back to open up for the Minis at 9 the following morning. Thanks also to Trevor and Noel and all the bar-staff, who would I am sure have preferred to be watching the rugby but who laboured to make it a great evening for everyone else.

 

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Next week (27th)

 

Firsts are at home to Sidcup                   London 2 South

 

Mustangs are away to Beckenham.        Invicta League

(in what could prove to be a title decider)

 

3rds are away to Gravesend III               Mid Kent A

 

4ths are away to Gravesend IV                Mid Kent B

 

5ths are at home to Gravesend V             Mid Kent C

 

Vets are at home to Cranbrook Vets         Friendly

 

Evergreens are away to Westcombe Park Vets on Sunday in the 1st round of the evergreen Cup, 2:00 KO, Supporters welcome.

 

This means that we are aiming to field 7 complete sides this weekend, which had not been the intention, but with the number of players available, had we only fielded 6, there would have been 10 or 11 players with no chance of getting any rugby.  Please avoid late cry-offs wherever possible.

 

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Weekly News Round Up 29th October 2007

 

RESULTS

 

Maidstone v Sidcup  (Home)  Won 

 

Mustangs v Beckenham    31-29

 

3rds V Gravesnd         5-10

 

4ths v Gravesend IV   0-50

 

5ths v Gravesnd V    15-14

 

Vets v Cranbrook   15-24

 

Maidstone (over 35) v Westcombe Park  (over 35)   Won 22-13

 

 

 

Weekly Roundup

 

Weekly Senior News Round-Up 3rd Nov

 

This week’s results

Team

Opposition

H/A

Result

Competition

1st

 Sevenoaks

A

Won 38-12

London 2 South

2nd

(Mustangs)

Sidcup II

H

Won 10-7

Invicta League

3rd

Sevenoaks III

A

Lost 5-43

Mid Kent A

4th

East Peckham I

H

Lost 0-27

Friendly

5th

Sevenoaks V

H

Lost 7-24

Mid Kent C

Vets

Footscray II

H

Drew 10-10

Friendly

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

Sevenoaks got 2 good results against Maidstone this week, (and inflicted the biggest ever league defeat on Maidstone 3rds) but one suspects that they would have traded both of these results for a League win at First Team level. This valuable away win keeps Maidstone in touch with the promotion positions at the top of London 2 and keeps Sevenoaks in the bottom slot for another week, although it is unthinkable that they will still be there at the end of the season.

It is interesting to reflect that Maidstone took the rubbers 4-1 and 3-2 in last year’s block fixture against Sevenoaks: Would it be churlish to speculate on whether our 3rds and 5ths would have fared better on Saturday if Sevenoaks II had had their hands full entertaining our Mustangs instead of a week off? 

Talking of the Mustangs, they made hard work of disposing of a powerful Sidcup 2nds but most importantly, they kept up their winning habit and maintained their lead at the top of the Invicta League.

The 4ths picked up a home fixture against East Peckham, who proved to have some very good players amongst their ranks and who were just too powerful for a side that had lost 3 key players since selection on Tuesday. In truth, playing single-side clubs like E Peckham, Weavering, Rye, Old Williamsonians etc is a very tall order for a 4th team and is a level of fixture that is probably best delegated to our 3rds.

The 5ths suffered a number of injuries in losing to Sevenoaks V, which didn’t help their cause as the side became increasingly shapeless as a result, with key players having to leave the field of play. We wish those injured a speedy recovery.

The Vets meanwhile had picked up a fixture on the exchange this week in the shape of Footscray II, more by way of a change than anything as the two sides had never met before. It seems to have been a good game (despite Vets skipper Glyn being hospitalised with a dislocated shoulder) and all agreed that a draw was a fair result. It was particularly pleasing to hear Footscray raising a song in the club-house before they left, a rugby tradition that seems to have all but died out in Kent except where touring sides are concerned.

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It was highly exciting to receive an email last week to say that owing to North Walsham’s dis-qualification, Maidstone had regained their place in the National trophy and had secured a home draw for 17th Nov, against Oxford Harlequins or Paignton, depending on the outcome of an enquiry and appeal.  The outcome, which was announced this week, is that Paignton have also been re-instated into the cup and will be our visitors on 17th November. We look forward to welcoming them to Maidstone and anticipate a thrilling Cup Match in front of a large crowd, for a place in Round 3 of the National Trophy. Mark the date in your diaries and miss it at your peril.

RE

Next week’s games (10th Nov)

Team

Opposition

H/A

 

Competition

1st

Dorking

H

 

London 2 South

2nd

(Mustangs)

Tunbridge Wells II

A

 

Invicta League

3rd

Weavering

H

 

Mid Kent A

4th

Anchorians III

A

 

Friendly

5th

Gravesend Moles

A

 

Mid Kent C

Vets

Canterbury IV

H

 

Friendly

 

 

 



weekly Round-up 14th October 2017
posted: October 20 2017

 

Results 14th & 15th October 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

No fixture

 

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Sevenoaks III

A

Lost 22-10

Premier 2 East

B XV

Anchs III

A

Forfeit

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Thanet Vets

H

Lost 21-26

Spitfire Gold

 

Not very much to report on for last weekend.

 

It was disappointing for the Mustangs to lose a very winnable game at Sevenoaks, despite having the lions share of possession and territory.

 

It was even more disappointing that the Babas forfeited their game vs Anchs II.

 

However, on a brighter note, Its great to see that we have 4 decent looking sides out again for Saturday 21st, with three matches at home and a big pre-match lunch to boot.

 

Back to last weekend. 

 

Sunday saw a pretty powerful looking Vets Team take on current Kent Spitfire Gold Champs, Thanet.    At first, it looked like it was going to be a stroll with two fairly quick tries ensuing after some bludgeoning runs from Richard Parker and with a gazelle-like Chris Leggat roaming the wide-open spaces.   Thanet however, are the come-back-kings (viz their Final vs Sevenoaks back in March) and they turned around 7-14 behind, only to soon establish a 21-14 lead (following a comical mix-up between Neil Cole and Dave Charlton who both ended up on their backs after trying to catch the same ball).   Maidstone came back to level 21-21 but Thanet scored another to post a 5 point lead and unbeknown to the spectators, it had been agreed to play just 30 minutes each way so the final whistle went when the script said that Maidstone were bound to over-turn that slender lead.  Very frustrating – but all played in a good spirit.  We now need Canterbury or Ashford to beat Thanet if we are to have any chance of winning the cup this year.

 

PS I have just watched the last 10 minutes of the 1st Team match vs Cobham 2 weeks ago and I can report that I shared the Skipper’s frustration, as a winning platform was eroded and lost in added time, courtesy of repeated penalties awarded against Maidstone players.  Let’s just say that I think many a saint would have had their patience tested.

 

Court and Social

 

Our Chairman, Craig has organised a Halloween event at the club for Saturday 31st, featuring a superb live-band and some Halloween High Jinx.   A free ticket has been sent to all of the club’s under 12s (provided they are accompanied by an adult), so it should be a great family night.   Where else could you get such a fun night out for so little ?   Make sure you get your tickets this weekend as there is a limit to numbers, so don’t miss out.

 

See below for the round-up from this week 10 years ago.

 

 

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Fixtures 14th & 15th October 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Gravesend

H

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Cliffe

A

 

Premier 2 East

B XV

Aylesford III

H

 

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Ashford III

H

 

Friendly

 

 

Weekly News Round-up 15th Oct 2007

 

RESULTS

 

1sts lost away at North Walsham     13-17                 National Trophy 1st Round

 

Mustangs beat TJ II at home 26 – 7                Friendly

 

3rds Beat TJ III away   20-17                                     Mid Kent A

 

4ths (Vets) lost at home to TJ IV  17-26                     Mid Kent B

 

5ths lost away at TJ V     5 –38                                    Mid Kent C

 

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On a day when England went on to pull off an unexpected victory, the Firsts  unfortunately failed to do the same – but not for want of trying.  Having led 13-7 in the 2nd half, the game was there for the taking but unlike England, Maidstone were unable to cling on for victory. Never out-classed by a side that plays its League rugby 2 divisions above Maidstone, it was a shame that the result slipped away – but certainly not a disaster, especially in view of what kind of fixture the next round could have thrown up. 

Well done to the players and supporters who made the journey. Its pleasing to say that they managed to get back to a packed club-house in time for the last half-hour of the England game – at which point their own result was quickly forgotten.

 

The Mustangs put up a good display at home to beat TJ II for a 2nd time this season, albeit only in a friendly this time, after Darts 1sts remembered that they had a cup match to play and cried off mid-week. Ian Howson was man of the Match for the Mustangs – although the incredible “Lurch” was a popular try scorer by all accounts, as he grounded a ball from a maul that had crossed the TJ line, for his first try of the season.

 

The 3rds took a couple of new players away with them to Tonbridge and narrowly survived a close encounter.  Francis Hatega made a big impact following his switch from Centre last week to Back-row this week and put in a lot of big hits, whilst Frenchman Matthias Ibar slotted nicely into the Centre and looked like a good replacement for the departed French centre, Alex Malejac.

 

The Vets played on behalf of the 4th team (their own fixture having been cancelled) and faced a very good TJ 4th team that gave an exhibition of good support play and effective loose play combined with good decision making from their half-backs.  The Vets did well to stay in contention despite conceding perhaps 20 years per man, and  largely through their extra power in the tight they managed to collect 2 league points from the game for the 4ths (courtesy of finishing within 10 points of the winners).

 

The 5ths enjoyed a good game against TJ V, despite coming up against a great deal of experience and ability that tends to be concentrated in TJ’s 5th team now that they don’t run a regular Vets side.  Martin assures me that the game was tighter than the scoreline suggests and reminds me that it was certainly an improvement on the 2 results achieved last year against this side.  An injury to Paul Arthurs and match day mishaps that prevented 2 other key players from appearing did not help matters, so lets hope that the scoreline can be narrowed even further when TJ 5 come to Maidstone for the replay.

 

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NEXT WEEK (20th Oct)

 

Firsts are away to Guildford                    London 2 South

 

Mustangs are at home to Thanet II           Invicta League

(Thanet pipped the Mustangs to the League title by one point last season, so it is a “must-win” game for both sides)

 

Thirds are away to Tunbridge Wells III    Mid Kent A

 

4ths are at home to Edenbridge                 Mid Kent B

 

5ths are at home to Leigh                          Mid Kent C

 

The Vets are on the fixture exchange as they have no scheduled fixture

 

England are in Paris v S.Africa  - but fortunately not at the same time as we are trying to get our fixtures played.  I will be glad when its all over and life returns to normal!!

 

RE

 



weekly Round-up October 7th 2017
posted: October 13 2017

 

Results 7th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Cobham

A

 Lost 28-36

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Gravesend III

H

Lost 22-43

Premier 2 East

B XV

Gravesend IV

A

forfeit

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Crawley Vets

A

cancelled

Friendly

 

 

Very quick round-up this week

 

I watched the second half of Mustangs vs Gravesend III on Saturday and the news amongst the spectators was that Maidstone First Team were in the lead vs Cobham, with the clock ticking down to full time.  It was with bated breath that we waited for further updates but in a cruel blow, it transpired that the lead was wrested from Maidstone’s grasp in the closing minutes and not even a losing bonus point was salvaged from the scoreline – although a try bonus point was some small consolation .  However, as the match-report makes clear, there was much to savour in this display and once again we look forward to the next fixture for an improved result.  And maybe Josh Pankhurst will pull his finger out and get a try or two in the next match, after failing this week to continue his sequence of scoring in every match – although nice to see that Ben Williams has not taken long to add to the front-row try-tally after his long lay off.   Congrats also to baby-faced Rory Beech on reaching his 50 1st Team appearances mile-stone in this match.

 

Back to the Mustangs fixture, where half of the positions were filled by Babs or Vets, there was some very good play and some great attacks and defence (Will Lane especially catching the eye until he took a heavy blow to the head late in the second half) but the Gravesend side was too strong and quick for the Mustangs on the day. I was somewhat incredulous that Gravesend’s 3rd team could be that strong and it seems that their 2nds didn’t play their scheduled fixture vs Charlton Park II, so the defeat was not quite as bad as it looked perhaps?   I think it could be a similar story this week when The Mustangs are scheduled to play Sevenoaks III on a day when Sevenoaks II have no fixture – but that’s fair enough as we would expect to be able to mix it at 2nd team level with other clubs from London 1 South. 

 

As for the Mustangs and Babas, their games were cancelled, rather disappointingly – although thanks are due to the players who stepped up to the 2nd team match.

 

THIS WEEK

There are no matches at The Mote on Saturday (blame the fixture sec) but on Sunday there is a mouth-watering encounter between current Spitfire Gold Veterans Champions  Thanet and our own Spitfire Vets team led by Paul Massey, at 3pm on Sunday.   We last played Thanet when we beat them in the inaugural Vets Trophy final 3 years ago and its very important to win this match if either side is going to retain a realistic chance of winning the Trophy again this year.  Come along to support and to watch some of our favourite stars of yesteryear in action.

 

See below for the WRU from 10 years ago,  on a weekend when I believe that New Zealand may have lost to France ??

 

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Fixtures 14th & 15th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

No fixture

 

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Sevenoaks III

A

 

Premier 2 East

B XV

Anchs III

A

Forfeit

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Thanet Vets

H

3pm Sunday

Spitfire Gold

 

Weekly News Round-Up  8th October 2007

 

RESULTS

 

Maidstone 20,  Jersey 42                      London 2 South

 

Sevenoaks II 10, Mustangs 12             Invicta League

 

Maidstone III 0, Cranbrook II 0           Mid Kent A

 

Maidstone Vets 0, East Peckham 14,   Mid Kent B

 

Cranbrook III 43, Maidstone V 48 !!     Mid Kent C

 

 

Well, what a weekend it was.

 

Whilst the first team were out on the pitch, putting up a fierce rear-guard action against Jersey, England were in the Club-house doing their stuff against Australia.

 

Then on Saturday night, when we were all supposed to be getting into character as cow-boys for the rodeo night, we all became French for the evening instead – except poor old Sam J and his valiant kiwi compatriot who stayed to the bitter end.

 

It’s a shame that the amazing improvement in the fortunes of the unfancied, could not have extended to Maidstone in their match against Jersey but after shipping 28 unanswered points in the first quarter, it was always going to be difficult to come back and close the gap, despite having the better of the 2nd half. On this evidence, Jersey look like a side that could easily have an unbeaten season but they acknowledged that this was their toughest game to date.

 

The Mustangs were forced to kick-off at 3:00 at Sevenoaks, which meant that they missed not only the England game itself but also the recording that was shown at 4:00.  However, despite facing the tough examination they were expecting from a side that had achieved a good away win at Thanet a few weeks previously, they managed to hold on as Sevenoaks threw everything at them to close down the 12 point half time lead.

 

Maidstone v Cranbrook is always a good fixture and Saturday’s games were no exception – except in very different ways.  Its pretty unusual to play in a 0-0 draw (unless you play for Chelsea) but compelling though the contest was in the A division fixture, it bore no comparison with the C division fixture where Maidstone shipped 43 points but still emerged victorious with a 48-43 win.  It must have been like Wales v Fiji.  Steve Pooley said afterwards that it was one of the best games he’s ever played in, which is a statement that would have slightly more credibility if he couldn’t be relied upon to be equally upbeat after a 60-0 hammering.

 

The Vets meanwhile had their hands full with a decent East Peckham side whilst gallantly standing in for the 4th team this week. They were doing pretty well with just 14 players (and one of those in the sin-bin) and were only 8 points down with 15 minutes to go when your correspondent joined them fresh from the 3rd team match and gave away an immediate penalty under the posts to make a fight-back even less probable – and so it proved.  Curiously, the Vets also said that they had been holding their own in the scrum until I came on…………………

 

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Next Week (13th October)

 

The Firsts are taking a squad of 22 to play National League 3 Club, North Walsham in the first round of the National Trophy.

 

The Mustangs are at home to Dartfordians 1sts      Friendly

 

The 3rds are playing Tonbridge Judds III away,   Mid Kent A

 

The 4ths are playing Tonbridge Judds IV at home Mid Kent B

 

The 5ths are playing Tonbridge Judds V away   Mid Kent C

 

The Vets are due to play Dartfordians Vets at home    Friendly.

 

If the Rugby World Cup disrupts us once again and we can only get 5 sides out, its likely that The Vets will step up to fulfil one of the League fixtures, as Dartfordians are dubious about being able to field a Vets team this week anyway.

 

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COURT & SOCIAL

 

Profound thanks to Wendy for her sterling efforts in organizing and catering for the Rodeo night on Saturday.

 

There were some amazing performances worthy of a  mention, not least the feat of Quick Draw Ferris who managed to pull out his gun, cock it and shoot in a record time of 0.3 seconds. (His girl-friend reckoned that she’s often seen him shoot faster than that before, but it all depends on his action as he pulls it out)

 

Then there was the highly competitive Craig Whitehead, who managed to stay on the bull for 77 seconds but only by the expedient of first removing his trousers to give him a better grip. (He obviously has the same sort of sticky suction pads on his legs as spiderman).

 

In truth, Andy Bacon was on the bull for longer, only to discover that they stop the clock when you lean forward and wrap your arms around the bull’s neck whilst clinging on like grim death.  Its not clear whether this method is banned on health and safety grounds or whether its just too undignified to count.

 

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Weekly Round Up for 30th September 2017
posted: October 06 2017

 

Results 30th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Civil Service

H

Lost 7-39

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Canterbury III

A

Won 17-20

Premier 2 East

B XV

Edenbridge

H

Lost 28-62

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

TBA

 

 

Friendly

 

 

Hmm

 

After seeing the First Team put 36 points past Havant a week ago – albeit whilst being outscored themselves, it was a huge let-down to see the team seemingly unable to score or even defend against an admittedly competent Civil Service team – on our own patch.  Luckily Josh Pankhurst was able to keep up his remarkable scoring record of at least one try per game by crossing the line in the last 5 minutes.  Maybe we should give him the ball more often, as he seems to know what to do with it?   I guess we can also be cheered by noting that the Maidstone scrum was once again untroubled by the opposition – which would have been a small comfort for returning skipper Ben Williams on an afternoon that he would no-doubt like to forget.   Anyway, onwards and upwards we go – hopefully.   Well done to stalwart Matt Iles for his MotM performance on a difficult day.

 

The action on the bottom pitch was far more compelling as a combined Vets and Barbarians side notched up 28 points vs one of the stronger teams in their division.  It’s a shame that they also conceded 62 points but Edenbridge were packing some seriously quick runners amongst their backs and against outright pace like that, its almost impossible to contain the scoring.  It was really good to see Gary Whitehead adding some class to proceedings at scrum-half after having been injured in the first match of last season and missing a whole season before returning again this year for what must be his umpteenth re-incarnation.

 

Following two embarrassingly large scores in their first two league outings of the year, The Mustangs came back down to earth at Canterbury where they had to come from behind to win the match by 3 points and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.  Well done to Adrian Clark for stepping up to fill holes in the team alongside his 2 sons, Alex and Scott.  I hope they’re proud of the old fella.

 

Sadly, at the point of publication, I hear that the Babas and Vets have not been able to raise a XV between them to fulfil either the Babas fixture at Gravesend or the Vets fixture at Crawley.   A sorry state of affairs.

 

See below for the WRU from 10 years ago.  I note that it welcomes Steve Quinn and Mark Wilding to the club.   Here we are 10 years later and Steve Quinn is our very hard-working and conscientious Hon Treasurer – but whatever happened to Mark Wilding ?

 

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Fixtures 7th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Cobham

A

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Gravesend III

H

 

Premier 2 East

B XV

Gravesend IV

A

 

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Crawley Vets

A

 

Friendly

 

 

WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 2ND OCTOBER 07

RESULTS

Wimbledon  13, Maidstone 26    London 2 South

Mustangs 26, Aylesford II  25,   Invicta League

Medway II 22, Maidstone III 7,   Mid Kent A

Maidstone IV 0, Medway III  58,  Mid Kent B

Maidstone V conceded win to New Ash Green II,  Mid Kent C

Maidstone Vets  22, Folkestone Fossils 15     Friendly

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This was a third consecutive League win for the 1sts and a first ever League win against Wimbledon, who have been something of a bogey team for Maidstone in recent seasons.  It was a real plus to have the Whitehead brothers in harness together at half-back for the first time this season following Craig’s amazingly quick recovery from injury and it bodes well for future results. 

An understrength Mustangs side survived a powerful comeback by Aylesford II, to record another all important win to keep the pressure on League leaders Beckenham II, who have 2 more points than Maidstone at the top of the Invicta League. This was a much tighter affair than the corresponding fixture at the end of last season, when the Mustangs won by a margin of 40 points, but great credit must go to the players who stepped up this week - especially in the pack. All the Mustang’s reports for the season so far, have now been posted on the web-site and are well worth a read, courtesy of The Mote Cricket Club’s very own celebrity raconteur and star all-rounder, Laurence Waters. (AKA Mustangs manager)

Credit must go to Medway II, newly promoted to Mid Kent A last season, who inflicted a rare defeat on our 3rds and put an early season dent in Maidstone’s title hopes.  The last time these 2 sides met, Maidstone won by an 80 point margin but the tables have turned somewhat since then and Medway are clearly experiencing a welcome resurgence in their fortunes.

This was reflected in the 4th team match, where despite a very spirited effort by a Maidstone team consisting mainly of last year’s 5th teamers, the Medway 3rds were just too well drilled and experienced to be contained for long. It was good however to record debuts for Mark Wilding and Steve Quinn, who were both playing rugby for the first time since they left school (some years ago) and who acquitted themselves very well and it was good also to witness the return of Paul Murphy, playing his first game back after a prolonged injury that has kept him out of action for 3 or 4 years. Then of course there was the return from long term injury of our illustrious Web-Master and 5th team coach Steve Oakley, who eventually found a number 12 shirt big enough for him to squeeze into and who then had a great time trying to run through the opposition rather than round them. Needless to say, he never succeeded, as one can tell from the score-line but neither did he stop trying.

The 5th team opening league game against New Ash Green II fell victim to a lack of players, which it is to be hoped can be attributed to World Cup attendance on the part of many players at various levels in the club.  In truth, it was a little hard on the 5ths to be forced to concede this match, as it was largely their players who turned out to honour the 4th team fixture, but it is only right that League games should be cancelled from the bottom up and it is a principle that the Leagues are considering enforcing in the future because of some of the abuses that take place.  Disappointing as it was to concede this League game, we can take considerable pride from the fact that this was the first League game we have forfeited in over 2 seasons across our 5 League sides.

Leagues are all very well, but many of us remember when Rugby Union was played on a friendly basis (apart from cup matches) and the old timers of Maidstone Vets continue to keep that tradition alive.  This was their first outing of the season (apart from winning the Ashford Vets Tournament) and it was good to see them begin this season with a useful win over Folkestone Fossils. The omens did not look good when at 1pm a call was received from the Folkestone Skipper to say that his side had been decimated and he was down to 8 men. However, if he was allowed to bring some younger legs, he was confident of picking up some extras and in the end he turned up with 15 to play Maidstone’s 14.  Pulling rabbits out of hats would clearly be child’s play for him!!

NEXT WEEK (6th Oct)

The Firsts entertain Jersey at home   2pm KO    L2S   

The Mustangs are away to Sevenoaks II    3pm KO        Invicta League

The Thirds are at home to Cranbrook III   12noon KO    Mid Kent A

The Vets are at home to East Peckham     12:30 KO       Mid Kent B

(honouring the fixture on behalf of the 4ths)

The 5ths are away to Cranbrook III      12:00 KO    Mid Kent C

The England game will be shown in the Clubhouse at 2:00 pm

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COURT AND SOCIAL

The Rodeo night will take place on Saturday evening at the club-house.  Tickets are all being sold on the door so just turn up in the evening and join in the fun.

We knew she was naughty, but now she’s forty!!  Tracey’s party seems to have been well attended and rather good fun at the club last Saturday (some of us weren’t allowed  out for the evening ).  I’ve seen some of the photos (including the bar staff in their Bunny Girl outfits) and I’ve even seen the ones of Sam Johnson taking his lad out for the night (again). On balance, I preferred the bunny girls.  Hopefully there will soon be some club-celebrity photos to display on these pages, once I can get them off Tracey (no blushes spared).

Well done to super-fit John O’Brien who has taken a week off 1st team rugby to complete the Great North Run on behalf of the NSPCC.  Anyone who would like to sponsor John’s effort can do so very easily by logging on to http://www.justgiving.com/jobrien

RE

 



Weekly Round ups for 16th and 23rd September 2017
posted: September 29 2017

 

Results 23rd September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Havant

A

Lost 52-36

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Aylesford II

H

Won 99-8

Premier 2 East

B XV

Swanley

H

Lost 3-40

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

Ashford III

A

Lost 22-8

Friendly

Results 16th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Tottonians

H

Lost 22 - 37

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Folkestone II

H

Won 100-0

Premier 2 East

B XV

Old Gravesendians II

H

Lost 22-33

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

No Fixture

 

 

 

 

Somehow, I didn’t get round to rounding up the week before last.  The weeks go by so fast and there is so much to do.  However, the relevant results are posted above.  I watched the First Team game vs Tottonians and whilst it was ultimately a fair result, the final score was rather disappointing, bearing in mind that Maidstone had fought their way back to 22-27 with 10 minutes left to play.

 

No such issues on the bottom pitch, where one of the strongest looking Mustangs teams of recent seasons scored at will against what was a very under-powered Folkestone II.

 

Meanwhile, in the park, the Babas played their best half of rugby for a long time to lead 22-8 at the break vs Old Gravesendians before throwing it all away in the 2nd half by conceding 25 unanswered points. Very frustrating for all concerned.

 

On then to last week, when I had the pleasure of attending Havant RFC, which is a mile or two away from where I went to school in Waterlooville. 

Without displaying any home-town bias, I have to say that Havant is a fantastic community rugby club, set as it is in what is reputed to be the largest council-estate in Europe, (so not without its challenges) with a huge membership and player, youth and supporter base.  The crowd generates a tremendous din on the touch-lines and in the stands but the welcome and atmosphere in the bars and club-house are second to none.  

 

Having said all that, whilst I never quite expected to see Maidstone win the match, I was delighted to witness such a spirited performance and to see Maidstone score so many points in a losing cause.  In particular, the performances of Ben Brill at No8 and the new half-back combination of Jack Leech and Stuart Doust, was enough to warm the cockles of a Maidstone heart and without any sour-grapes, its probably fair to say that a routinely kickable seven points were missed by us, a good Maidstone try was disallowed whilst a “not-grounded” Havant try was given and one of the Havant scores came from the unkindest of possible bounces, so all in all, Maidstone have no particular cause to expect a loss when Havant visit the Mote later in the season.  ( I also forgot to blame Josh Pankhurst, who normally gets 2 tries in a game but only managed one at Havant – so it’s partly his fault)

 

At home, the crowd were treated to a Mustang’s rout of Aylesford’s second team, which rather ominously gave an indication that last week’s result vs Folkestone was not so much about Folkestone weakness as about the Mustangs being very much in the wrong league, after being relegated from Invicta last season.   If results and scores continue like this, a mid-season switch back into Invicta could be on the cards but meanwhile, well done to the guys who played and impressed against what was by no means a poor Aylesford team – containing as it did a former Mustangs skipper who sadly went over to the dark-side and now turns out in Red and Blue – which really doesn’t suit him.

 

The Babas had a pretty tough time of it at newly formed club Swanley in what was the Swans first ever league match, where they faced one or two giants and a couple of trolls, as well as some greyhounds and whippets, so maybe it wasn’t too surprising that they lost – although, as Skipper (and newly incumbent club-chairman) Craig was away in the Far East instead of marshalling his troops at home, I think we could safely pile the blame on him.  He’ll be none the wiser.

 

The Vets were supposed to play Harlequins Vets at the Mote for their opening fixture and some of our players had even come out of retirement to feature against such exalted opposition.   We promised that we wouldn’t field any former internationals in our side but despite that, I think Harlequins were scared as they cried off on Monday.   Instead, the Vets went to Ashford and played Ashford III in a superb game of rugby that all participants enjoyed, although the score-line said that Ashford won it.  A good start however, to the Vets campaign.  LATE ADDITION: MATCH REPORT FROM SPORT-BILLY  

Sat, 23/9/17. Ashford 22 Vets 7 (or was it 5?). OK so it wasn't a win but to paraphrase El Capitan (Neil Cole) it was 'bloody' enjoyable (with a sympathetic & understanding ref), there were no serious injuries (though Dan Cummings may yet have a tiny creature hatch from the vicinity of his right eye) and Ashford were quite hospitable (jug of old Dairy Red Top in the changing room after the game alongside one, I believe, from loyal supporter Mr Cracknell. As grateful as we all are, I will leave you to decide which was the more unexpected?!). Somewhat surprisingly we struggled in the scrum (which begs the question: has Karim Neseyif lost too much weight) and as a consequence meant a lot of untidy ball for the backs. That's our excuse anyway and it wasn't just because of the stand in scrum half! (Where's Mick Walker when you need him?). The lineout functioned pretty well with El Capitan and Skip Ex - utility player supreme - Adrian Clark, performing admirably. It was only in the second half (one try down at the break) that the oppo's younger legs (and maybe our depleted oxygen levels) that we struggled to keep up. Even then, however, we did have the final, if consolation, score when Dan Cummings crashed over following a quick tap penalty. As to the question mark over our score, I thought my attempted drop kick conversion went wide but my eyesight without the old specs ain't great and who am I to argue with El Capitan who assured me we scored 7!!? Shout outs for a coup!e of players on either side of the grim reaper spectrum - Scott Clark (Adrian's son), who's energy levels went some way to making up for the rest of us and the legend that is Steve Pooley (who after stepping in at loose head had to be persuaded by the ref during the dying embers of the game that maybe the scrum should go uncontested before his head ended up somewhere where the sun doesn't shine). Incidentally their oldest player, a spring-like 46 year old, had to be persuaded by 3 of us in the bar that Steve was actually 72 years young. Man of the Match - Dan Cummings (deputised by Richard Cutbill in the boat-race); Twat of the Match - Brian Costello (Teflon hands). PS: we were pretty crap in the boat race!PPS: those who infringed the dress code - El Capitan knows who you are!

 

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Tomorrow

Lets hope for a good crowd at the Mote to cheer Maidstone to victory and to give a rousing cheer for the return of Skipper Ben Williams after 6 months out of the side whilst recuperating.  He’s had a few knocks to the head in his career, each of which  seem to have had the effect of knocking sense out of him, but after a 6 month layoff, we can only hope that he has regained the power of intelligent speech, last witnessed before he joined Maidstone as a 6 year old.  You can be the judges of that if/when he stands on a chair in the club-house after the game.

 

See below for next week’s fixtures and 2 lots of WRU from 10 years ago, (having failed to publish last week).

 

 

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Fixtures 30th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Civil Service

H

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Canterbury III

A

 

Premier 2 East

B XV

Edenbridge

H

 

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

TBA

 

 

 

 

10th Sept 2007  Weekly News Round-Up

 

RESULTS

 

1sts beat Tunbridge Wells away  25-23          L2S

 

Mustangs beat Tonbridge Juddians  away 24-5     Invicta League

 

3rds played against Canterbury and also against Ash!!?? More details below

 

4ths lost away to Bexley III 5 –12  

 

 

Well done to the 1sts for pulling off a great comeback to beat Tunbridge Wells on their own turf after going 10-0 down.  A tremendous performance.

 

Congratulations also to The Mustangs, who are probably now top of the Invicta League after a 2nd consecutive away win. (Away wins earn 4 points in the Invicta League)

Highlights of this game were 2 tries for 2nd row Nick Coles and 1 for his rejuvenated 2nd row partner, Darren Yates, who scored from 30 yards out. Not much fun for the opposition centres when these 2 pop up in the back-line together!!

 

Commiserations to the thirds, although I’m not actually sure that they lost as no-one has reported a score.   Badly disrupted by last minute changes and late unavailability, they arrived in Canterbury to find that Ash were there to play Canterbury 3rds also. (I guess that the Ash fixture sec had not confirmed the fixture – unlike ourselves and Canterbury) So it was agreed that Ash would play a half against Canterbury (who were rather stronger than usual owing to their 2nd team fixture going down) and then Maidstone would also play a half against Canterbury and against Ash. Whilst Maidstone were able to hold their own in the forwards, they were never going to be able to contain the Canterbury Development back-line and I believe the traffic was rather one way. And I have no idea if we prevailed against Ash but they were apparently a good bunch of lads and it would be good to play them again some time in a proper fixture.

 

Meanwhile, the 4ths (comprising mainly 5th team regulars and a number of new arrivals) visited Bexley III with 21 players in tow. Since Bexley had only 9 players, it seemed natural to give them 6 players to make sure that everyone got a game and that the contest was evenly matched. In a game of 4 quarters, Maidstone led by a single try for ¾ of the game (scored on his Maidstone debut by new flanker Richard Nunn, who damaged his ankle in the act of scoring and took no further part). For the last quarter, Maidstone swopped their entire back row for the Bexley back-row (all from Maidstone) and this tipped the balance in Bexley’s favour who then scored 2 tries to produce a very regrettable Bexley win.  However, it was only a friendly and it was a great chance to get a look at some of the new players in action, so no harm done.  (It was surprising that no one in the Maidstone side had ever played at Bexley before, despite the fact that they are a well established club within easy range of Maidstone. The facilities are very pleasant, although it was disconcerting to open the wrong door en-route to the showers and find oneself entering a wedding reception – starkers).

 

Next week

 

The 1sts are at home to old adversaries, Beckenham,  in London 2 South   3:00 KO

 

The Mustangs are away to Old Dunstonians     Invicta League   KO tba

 

The 3rds are at home to Anchs II            Mid Kent A League    12:30 KO

 

The 4ths are away to Anchs III         Mid Kent B.     KO tba

 

And the England game will be showing in the club-house at 3pm (for the less discerning rugby fan)

 

Other News

 

Well done to Brian McKeon and a small bunch of volunteers for getting the bottom half of the posts re-erected on the Somme on saturday, following their vandalism last season.    It is hoped that thanks once again to the generous assistance of Speedy Hire in supplying a scaffold tower, we should be able to get the top half of the posts erected on Thursday evening. (Speedy Hire have already allowed us the use of an auger to drill out out the post holes to a depth of 3 foot, without which the task would have been much, much harder)

 

Talking of the Somme, I counted 70 players at training on Thursday night. Lets hope the 3rd team don’t suddenly start training as well, or there won’t be room to swing a hand-bag.

 

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Sept 23rd 2007, Weekly News Round-up

RESULTS

Maidstone 23 – Beckenham 21                   London 2 South

Old Dunstonians 22 - Mustangs 22             Invicta League

Maidstone III 43 – Anchs II   3                   Mid Kent A

Anchs III  6  - Maidstone IV   3                   Mid Kent B

Another nail-biting finish for the 1sts again this week as, for a 2nd week running, victory could have been snatched away by a last minute kick at goal. Unlike last week however, Maidstone led from the front and were 18-3 up before letting things slip towards the end. Narrow as it was, this win puts Maidstone squarely into the middle of the table - with a long road ahead.

The Mustangs were disappointed not to secure a 3rd successive away win against Dunstonians, who were themselves unbeaten after 2 matches. However, this draw should be enough to keep the Mustangs at the top of the table after securing that position with last week’s win.

The 3rds assembled a huge pack and some make-shift backs to score a comprehensive win over perennial title rivals, Anchs II.

The 4ths failed to take advantage of some good possession and lost a very winnable game by the margin of 3 points, but picked up 2 League points in the process. It was fortunate that the game took place at all as the ref had been asked to stand in for Anchs 1st team game that kicked off at 12:30. He then, unselfishly, agreed to referee the 3rd team game straight afterwards, despite being completely knackered from his unaccustomed exertions at 1st team level. In the event, if he wasn’t always up with play, at least nobody could deny him a good excuse !!

Next week

We are scheduled to put out 6 teams, including 5 League games, so we need all hands on deck to fill the places.

1sts are away to Wimbledon, (who lost narrowly to Tunbridge Wells last week)

Mustangs are at home to Aylesford II         Invicta League

Thirds are away to Medway II                     Mid Kent A

4ths are at home to Medway III                    Mid Kent B

5ths are away to New Ash Green II              Mid Kent C

Vets are at home to Folkestone Fossils        Friendly

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It will be good to see the return of Rugby to the Somme after the difficulties of last year.  The post extensions were finally erected during training on Thursday night, thanks to the Vets and their assembly skills with the scaffolding tower. 

Great to see around 65 players at training on Thursday, with 5 different groups being individually coached.  Keep it up.

Good to see the 1st team playing in the new club shirts this week. Retaining the traditional red white and black hoops, the bands have been broadened to make the shirt appear less “busy” and I think everyone will agree that they look really good. Well done to Bob Hayton for initiating the change, which will be rolled out to the other club-sides in due course.

COURT AND SOCIAL

In just two weeks time we have our 1st social event of the year and it should be a good’un.   Details below:

Saturday 6th October - £10 per head - payable on the night.

Bucking Bronco

Quick Draw

Rifle Range

Hog Roast Dress optional but “Western” theme encouraged to participate in the theme of the evening so its a chance to get out your boots and stetsons.

Wendy has promised “some” free beer to the team that has most players there on the night. 

This event has never been done before at Maidstone FC, but Wendy (our illustrious Chairman) went to a similar event last year and said it was the best fun she’d had in many a long year and booked it there and then. 

Its after the 1st team home game against Jersey: It includes one of Wendy’s legendary Pork Roasts: Thrills and spills are guaranteed: Make sure you don’t miss it.

RE

 

 



Weekly Round-Up 9th September 2017
posted: September 15 2017

 

Results 9th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Sevenoaks

A

Lost 43-17

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Ashford II

A

Drew 12-12

Friendly

B XV

 

 

 

 

Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

So much for Maidstone being Sevenoak's bogey team.  Maidstone may have dominated this fixture during the last 10 seasons but there was no denying that Sevenoaks were the dominant side on Saturday and deserved what was their biggest winning margin vs Maidstone. It wasn't so much that Maidstone were not up for it as that they were ineffective for large parts of the match - whilst giving credit to Sevenoaks for a very committed and quick defensive effort.  Notwithstanding the 2 tries for Josh Pankhurst on his 100th 1st team appearance (2 tries rapidly becoming par for a JP appearance) and a well finished try from Rory Beech, the difference between the 2 sides was the incisiveness of the Sevenoaks finishing which will trouble teams at the top end of the table this season. 

 

A long awaited return to action this week of Skipper Ben Williams, after a 6 month lay-off may help to inject a little more steel into the First Team squad for the matches ahead - and contribute significantly to the front-row try-tally.  Whilst “The Fridge” is best known for his good-looks and witty repartee, his 30 tries a season are also a pretty useful contribution to the cause.

 

The Mustangs/Development side travelled to Ashford for a friendly and whilst having created sufficient chances to win by a hatful of tries, they eventually needed a late try to recover from a 12-7 deficit to draw the match.  This was in spite of having over 40 unavailabilities, so well done to the guys that filled in – especially those that stepped up from the Barbarians to help out..  Having completed 3 tough pre-season matches without defeat, the squad needs to have its sights set on winning their League-division, paving the way for a return to the Invicta League next season.

 

Looking ahead to this week, there are 3 teams in action on Saturday – and all at home. Tottonians will be a tough challenge for the First Team – having never beaten them in previous encounters – but as we saw last week, trends count for nothing on the day, so it should be a full-blooded encounter.  STOP PRESS: FRIDGE IS NOT ONLY GOOD-LOOKING AND WITTY BUT HE HAS AN EYE FOR DETAIL AND TELLS ME THAT WE (MAIDSTONE) BEAT TOTTS AWAY AT THEIR PLACE THE SEASON BEFORE LAST. 

 

The Mustangs entertain Folkestone II on the bottom pitch and the Baba’s will be playing in Mote Park (Not sure if our travelling friends are still camped there adjacent to the Rugby pitch ?   One hopes that they will have left the surroundings typically pristine, if they have moved on)

 

Looking ahead, The Veterans will be in action for their First match of the season next week, with the small matter of a visit from Harlequins Veterans for a friendly. We have promised that we won’t be featuring any former Internationals in our team.  No such promise has yet been forthcoming from Quins though.  Should be fun !!

 

Looking further ahead, the draw for the Spitfire Gold tournament was published this week.  Our first match is at home on Sunday 15th October against current Kent Vets Champions Thanet Wanderers.  We beat Thanet in the final just over 3 years ago, and it will be vital to win this pool match to give ourselves a chance of regaining the Kent Vets title this year. Should be a cracker !!

 

See below for the WRU from 10 years ago

 

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Fixtures 16th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Tottonians

H

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Folkestone II

H

 

Premier 2 East

B XV

Old Gravesendians II

H

 

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

No Fixture

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly News Round Up 10th Sept 2007

 

RESULTS

 

Maidstone lost at at home to Chobham 3-20        London 2 South.

 

Mustangs won away at Gravesend II    10-3        Invicta League

 

3rds Lost away at Llanishen               17-21         Week-end away.

 

 

Disappointing to lose this opening encounter in L2S as the table always looks so much better if you can put some points on it on day one. Congratulations to Chobham though on winning their first match played at this level but commiserations also on account of the serious leg-break suffered by one of their props during the match. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. STOP PRESS: FRIDGE IS NOT ONLY GOOD-LOOKING AND WITTY,  WITH AN EYE A FOR DETAIL BUT HE IS ALSO A BLOODY MENACE.  I'M INFORMED THAT IT WAS HIM FALLING ON THE CHOBHAM PROP THAT BROKE HIS LEG 10 YEARS AGO.  (CHOBHAM MENTIONED IT IN THEIR PROGRAMME WHEN MAIDSTONE PLAYED CHOBHAM LAST SEASON.) SADLY, THE PLAYER IN QUESTION NEVER PLAYED AGAIN.   TO CONFIRM HIS POSITION AS PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1 IN THAT PART OF SURREY, FRIDGE THEN TACKLED THE CHOBHAM SCRUM-HALF IN LAST YEAR'S MATCH WHICH UNFORTUNATELY RESULTED IN A BROKEN ANKLE.   IN OTHER NEWS, FRIDGE HAS ALSO ADMITTED TO HAVING STARTED THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON IN 1666 AND SHOOTING THE ARCH-DUKE FRANZ-FERDINAND IN 1914. THE COUNTY DISCIPLINARY HEARING COMES UP NEXT WEEK.

 

Well done to the Mustangs for opening their Invicta League campaign with an away win at Gravesend, which is worth 4 points. This puts them straight into 2nd place, behind Sevenoaks who upset last year’s winners Thanet, by beating them at their home ground, which has been something of a fortress in recent seasons.

Neil Smitherman was man of the match for the Mustangs, but Sam Bailey (one of last year’s U17 team) deserves a mention for coming off the bench to score the winning try in his first senior match at this level.

 

The 3rds opened their season with their customary skirmish against the Welsh losing by  4 points. It must have been exciting though as Llanishen scored all their points in the first half including 3 interception tries and the 3rds then fought a rear-guard action to get back into contention.

 

 

Preview for sat 15th

 

The Firsts have a tough L2S encounter away at Tunbridge Wells, who will be full of confidence after beating Colfes last week.

 

The Mustangs have a League game away at Tonbridge Judds II, who lost narrowly to T Wells II last week.

 

The 3rds have an away friendly against Canterbury III, which is quite a tall order bearing in mind the level at which Canterbury I and II play their Rugby these days.

 

The 4ths are away at Bexley III, (The first time most of us will ever have played there) A large squad, including many of our regular 5th team players and a number of new recruits will be travelling for this opening warm-up fixture and with Rolling-Subs, it will be a good chance to see some of the new players in action and to see who has emerged from Steve Oakley’s summer training sessions with decent levels of fitness. 

 

 

 



Weekly Round Up 2nd September 2017
posted: September 08 2017

 

Results 2nd September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Old Colfeians

H

Won 34-21

London One

Dev/Mustangs)

Elthamians III

A

Won 17-28

Friendly

B XV

       

Veterans

       

Its back !!

After the longest lay off in its 12 year history, the WRU is back, albeit just a little later in the week than I had intended.

And at the start of another season, with the pitches looking in better shape than I can ever remember, there is every reason to be full of optimism for the season ahead.  In many previous summers, I have arranged the fixtures for the year ahead and then spent sleepless nights worrying that we won't have the players to fulfil the fixtures but this season, given the numbers that have joined during the summer and the influx of "yoof", it's more likely to be the opposite problem ie that we have more players than spaces.  However, if ultimately players are prepared to play for the club in whichever team has spaces, I'm sure that there will be plenty of rugby for all - and indeed it might give some old warriors the chance to "watch more" and "play less", which, speaking as one of the older brigade, I would very much welcome.

Whilst I haven't seen  much of it myself, I'm told that the pre-season training sessions have been very good and well attended and its especially pleasing to have Mick Walker, stalwart half-back for the Vets team for nearly 20 years, dedicated to coaching the Development/Mustangs side and restoring pride to the jersey (or skin-tight sublimated lycra shirt as would be more accurate these days).  Early season friendlies for the Mustangs have proved to be very encouraging, with a win against Anchorians 1st team and a win last week against a lively Elthamians III.

Communication around the club seems to get better and better. The regular newsletters that are being emailed to club-members have proved to be very interesting and popular, thanks largely to the efforts and penmanship of Craig Tuffrey, who has gone from being a super-efficient Hon Sec to taking over the role of Chairman from the departing "Neavesie", who will nevertheless continue to be a permanent feature of the club and living legend, albeit from the "back-benches" so to speak.

As well as the newsletters, there is also now Maidstone TV to enjoy, which can be accessed via the front page of the web-site.  There are clips that I could watch again and again. I never get tired of seeing Jack O Connell collect the ball, stick has head down and gather pace before flattening the only defender between him and the try-line, rather than trying to go round him.  The latest highlights from the Colfeians game are also something special, not least for  the scintillating break from new centre, George Perry, that led to Maidstone's 1st try after Ben Brill added a break of his own.

Graham Norton (that's our Graham Norton btw, not THE Graham Norton) attended the first game of the season last Saturday and  asked Francis:

 

“Have  any good new players joined the club”.

 

He replied “ Yes, we’ve got a new Italian prop ………and he’s a bloody good singer!!”  

 

Graham was rather more interested in his ability in the tight and loose but it takes all sorts, I suppose.

 

Talking of Francis and the aforementioned skin-tight sublimated shirts !!

 

On saturday, we travel to local rivals Sevenoaks, the team against whom we have probably played most in the last 10 years at First Team level. In fact, the playing record for the last 10 years is played 13, won 11. Lets hope that this weekend continues the winning pattern.

 

Our U15s and U16s are both playing cup-matches at home on sunday,  11am KO. Well worth a watch.

 

Lastly, see below for the WRU from this day 10 years ago, a season in which we recruited so many new players that we were forced in the end to field seven teams. Those were the days - but there's no reason we shouldn't expand again from where we are now.

RE

Fixtures 9th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Sevenoaks

A

 

 

2nd(Mustangs)

Ashford II

A

 

 

B XV

 

 

 

 

Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly News Round-Up for 3rd Sept 2007.

 

 

Here we go for another new season at Maidstone Rugby, full of hope and expectation for whatever the year might bring (and hopefully not too much fixture disruption caused by the close proximity of the Rugby World Cup)

 

Its good to see many new faces at the club and also to see the return of some familiar faces from seasons past.   During the summer we have gone to considerable effort to associate ourselves with the RFU Go Play Rugby campaign, which is designed to capitalize on the interest generated by the RWC to boost the number of adult players involved in the amateur game. A key part of the strategy is to make sure that new players are made to feel welcome at the club, so I hope that all players and officials will make a special effort to be friendly and helpful to anyone new that they encounter amongst our ranks.

 

At the same time as saying hello to some new faces, we say a temporary farewell to a contingent of players as they depart for university: We look forward to seeing them return during their holidays and at the end of their studies after honing up their rugby skills on the playing-fields of Academia.

 

1st and 2nd team squad Training at the club has been well supported since early July (whilst the Vets have been hard at it up at Sutton Valence School since early June). Its also been great to have Steve Oakley running simultaneous training sessions on a Thursday for anyone who doesn’t aspire to play at the top end of the club, meaning that there is a level of exertion and intensity to suit all comers new and old (and very old in the case of the Veterans)

 

The first team have successfully completed 3 warm-up matches since August, culminating in a useful win over Charlton Park on 1st September.   They now go into their 1st League game of the season against newly promoted Chobham on 8th September at The Mote, full of expectation that their hard work of the summer will be translated into an opening day League win. We wish them a successful campaign in the League and of course in the Kent Cup and National Trophy, for which they have qualified for a 3rd successive year.

 

The Mustangs have also been in action, warming up last Saturday against stiff opposition in the shape of Gillingham Anchorians 1sts.  With a makeshift side that included a number of last year’s 3rd and 4th team regulars, The Mustangs did extremely well to secure a half time lead and retain that lead until the last play of the match, when they succumbed to Anchs last minute converted try to lose 12-17.

Last season, The Mustangs failed by 1 point to win the Invicta League, claiming runners-up spot instead.  They begin their new season’s campaign on Saturday 8th away at Gravesend II, under the captaincy of Nick East. (KO 2:30 to allow time to get back to Maidstone for England’s opening RWC match).

 

Meanwhile, The third team are heading for Llanishen in Wales to renew old friendships and rivalries in their regular season-opener, under the watchful eye of skipper Ross Laing (He’s like a father to them but not so indulgent). I expect they will have one or two beers and return to Maidstone on Sunday quite refreshed and eager to win back their Mid Kent A League title which was usurped from them last season.

 

So, only 3 teams playing on the 8th, but on the 15th there should be 5 sides playing and on 29th , The Vets will be starting their season. (Actually, that’s not strictly true as last weekend they went to Ashford to play in the Ashford Vets tournament and were good enough to win the Trophy, for which they should be congratulated. They also took full advantage of the adjoining beer festival, arriving back in Maidstone at around 10.30 pm !!)

 

Talking of Beer festivals, I gather that a fairly large contingent of players is headed for the Maidstone Beer Festival at the Kent Museum of Rural Life on Saturday.  I’m sure that some valuable training will take place and a good time will be had by all but I sincerely hope that you will all be back in time to watch the 1st’s League game against Chobham and the England Opener afterwards at the club. 

 

Which brings me lastly to the subject of RWC matches and the very welcome piece of news that all of the RWC matches can be watched live at the Odeon in Lock-Meadow free of charge. (You wont get better value than that)  All you need to do is to collect your voucher from the Odeon web-site http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/great_offers/ and then go to the Odeon and collect your tickets (maximum 4 per voucher).

 

Happy New Season to all our readers.

 

RE

 





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