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12 Dec 17: Around the Grounds

National 1: Coventry’s convincing 63-14 trouncing of Apthill sees them stretch 13-points clear at the top of the table as second placed DMP struggled to a 10-13 win at bottom club Fylde. Plymouth Albion’s trip to Moseley fell to the weather and with Blackheath posting a 29-17 win against Caldy they move into third spot.  At the foot of the table O Albanians sit one above Fylde after a 15-24 defeat to visiting Elthamians with Rosslyn Pk just above them but with a game in hand after their trip to Hull Ionians was another victim of the weather. Loughborough St lost 43-12 at Bishops Stortford, a result that sees them still on the edge of the drop zone, whilst in mid-table Esher lost out 10-13 to Cambridge.

National 2(S):  A narrow but high scoring 34-37 win for leaders Chinnor at BSE keeps them a point clear at the top from Cinderford who were 14-33 winners over third placed Taunton.  Redingensians 15-40 win over Canterbury sees them still in fourth spot, but level on points with Taunton, whilst Canterbury stay fifth, but 8-points adrift of the top four.  At the bottom end of the division the clash between the bottom two left Wimbledon still winless as Broadstreet took the points with a 24-30 result.  A 22-22 draw at Barnstaple for O Redcliffians wasn’t enough to close the gap on safety with Clifton still picking up 2 bonus points from their 31-33 defeat to Ldn Irish WG, and they maintain an 11-point buffer between them and the drop zone. In the remaining fixtures, TJs lost 45-11 at Redruth whilst Henley beat visiting Worthing 43-28.

London Premier:  with leaders Hertford’s trip to Westcliff postponed, Guernsey took over top spot after they beat third placed Tring 19-13, whilst Barnes closed the gap in fourth place with a 62-7 trouncing of bottom club Towcestrians and it now looks very much like the promotion places will be between the current top four.  The same can be said for the relegation battle with Westcombe Pk one off the bottom after losing out narrowly 28-25 at Southend who sit one place above them and some 11-points adrift of Shelford who beat S&E 36-31. In mid-table Guildford went down 26-39 to visiting Tunbridge Wells, whilst Sidcup were 40-24 victors over Dorking.

London 1(S): after a top v bottom clash, Medway continue to head the table with a 12-41 win at local rivals Maidstone, whilst CS Rugby stay in second spot after a 46-20 win over Thurrock.  Both Havant and Chichester remain in touch at the halfway stage, with both posting victories against Chobham (33-14) and Colfes (28-33) respectively.  At the bottom, there’s no change in the order with Gravesend still one off the bottom following a 27-20 defeat at Cobham. In the mid-table encounters Tottonians drew 34-34 with Ldn Cornish whilst Sevenoaks fell to a narrow 14-18 defeat at home to Brighton.

London 2(SE):  a 20-25 win at Alleynians sees Dartford maintain a 9-point advantage over second placed Hove who beat H&W 40-26.  There is a 6 point gap to three clubs all locked together on points with Haywards Heath moving up after beating Charlton Pk 22-5, whilst Horsham failed to take advantage, going down 33-28 at Dover.  At the bottom Barking lost 5-69 to Beckenham and with a points deduction to boot any hope of salvation looks a forlorn hope.  A 29-19 defeat for Pulborough at D&B sees them as favourites to accompany Barking for the drop, although D&B are by no means out of danger, along with H&W. 

London 3(SE):  An 8-32 win at struggling Park Hse keeps Aylesford at the top of the table from Thanet Wdrs who beat third placed Bromley 29-19.  Dunstonians sit in fourth place after a 45-19 win against Sheppey, with Lewes also still just in touch after a 31-24 win over H&B who are now sliding down the table.  At the foot of the division Crawley fell to a 55-12 defeat at O Wills and prop up the table with the bottom three now beginning to fall adrift.  Folkestone and Crowborough are by no means fully safe and a 34-12 win for the Kent club will ease some worries.

Kent 1: This is a division with a distinct top and bottom half to the table, Beccehamians continue to lead after an 11-35 win at Vigo to maintain a 13-point cushion over Cranbrook in second spot following their 19-34 win at Anchorians.  At the bottom HSBC lost 22-7 at a resurgent Ashford, whilst Sittingbourne occupy the other relegation place after a 39-10 defeat at Southwark. In reality six clubs are still involved in the battle to avoid relegation with RBS shuffling the pack with a 26-34 win at OGs, whilst NAG lost out 10-29 to visiting RBS

Kent 2: Comfortable wins for the leading two as leaders Brockleians beat Faversham 29-0 and second placed Whitstable were 5-31 winners at Greenwich.  A 7-19 win for Foots Cray at Lordswood keeps them in touch but sees their hosts now falling off the pace.  At the bottom Snowdown shipped 90 unanswered points to visiting Bexley, whilst Dartford V had a convincing 62-5 win against Askean.

10 Dec 17: Fundraising for the RFU IPF

As many of you will know the club has in recent years since the injury to Tom Hughes, been supportive of the work of the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF). A couple of seasons ago we had Lorna Torrens attend one of our home fixtures as part of her fundraising for this very worthwhile charity as part of her efforts alongside her intention to run in the London Marathon for the IPF. 
 
This last weekend we were lucky to have John Corrigan along, who is one of the army of RFU Injured Players Foundation fundraisers and does an enormous amount of fundraising under the banner of the RFU IPF.
 
The RFU IPF provide direct support and information to rugby players who have suffered a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury which has resulted in permanent disability whilst playing rugby in England at any level and at any age. That support is available to help players through recovery, rehabilitation, and is an ongoing lifelong commitment. 
 
As a club we have seen only too starkly the impact of catastrophic injury through Tom's injury; Tom remains extremely active and has recently featured in a short video which promotes the work of the RFU IPF which can be viewed here.
 
Finally, don't foret your raffle tickets which can be obtained at the bar for next weeks raffle, with 50% of the takings going to the RFU IPF.

06 Dec 17: Former player to feature in the Varsity Match

Former Maidstone member & player Miles Huppatz will be making his first Twickenham appearance this week as part of the Cambridge squad in this season’s Varsity match as they look to retain the trophy they won last year after a 6-year losing streak.

Miles is a dual code player for Cambridge, having missed out through injury last year, he captained the Cambridge University RL side in this year’s varsity encounter at the HAC, unfortunately ending up on the losing side 48-10 for Oxford’s eighth consecutive victory.

With a number of former premiership players across both squads, Miles will be in good company, alongside former England 7s players Charlie Amesbury and Ollie Phillips, with Dom Waldouk of Newcastle among a number of professional and representative players in the Oxford line up.

 

 

07 Dec 17: Around the Grounds

Apologies for the delay in this weeks blog, given the reduced amount of fixtures you might of thought it would have been easier to generate the motivation. Unfortunately not, as i found my time spent elsewhere and then completely forgot about the thing until Wednesday morning.  Once again apologies, I have placed a note "must do better" on my file!!

National 1: No change at the top as leaders Coventry won 13-43 at Rosslyn Pk, with second placed DMP 21-15 winners against Ampthill who slip a place to fourth.  Plymouth Albion’s 29-3 win against Hull Ionians sees them up to third place.  Blackheath stay in fifth place after they beat Cambridge 16-27 and have a gap to Bishops Stortford who were turned over 29-22 by bottom club Fylde.  Just above them at the foot of the table O Albanians lost 26-0 at Caldy, with Rosslyn Pk rounding out the bottom three.  Just above them are Loughborough St who posted a high scoring 49-38 win against Esher  whilst in mid-table Elthamians were 47-17 winners against visiting Moseley

National 2(S):  It is beginning to look like a battle between Chinnor and Cinderford for the title, with Chinnor 13-7 winners against Taunton who sit in a clear third place, and Cinderford 49-19 winners over Redruth.  The chasing pack is led by Redingensians who won 29-17 against BSE, with Canterbury in fifth after they won a narrow encounter 22-26 at Ldn Irish WG.  At the bottom of the division Wimbledon’s 46-15 defeat at TJs sees them continue to anchor the table, with Broadstreet’s 15-27 defeat by Barnstaple keeping them in the drop zone.  O Redcliffian’s 40-34 loss at Worthing sees them complete the bottom three and they are at least 11-points adrift of safety as we hit halfway in the season. In the remaining fixture Henley were 30-20 winners against visiting Clifton.

London Premier:  A 33-25 win over Sidcup keeps Hertford at the top of the table  as we approach the halfway point with Guernsey 3-points behind them follow a convincing 8-39 win at relegation threatened Wetcombe Pk.  Tring move into third spot above Barnes after coming out on top 31-10 in the encounter between the two clubs; whilst Westcliff’s 24-7 loss at Tunbridge Wells sees them falling off the pace in fifth. At the bottom of the table three clubs are locked together on points and 10-points adrift of safety, with Southend propping up the table after a narrow 38-34 loss at Dorking, whilst a 14-7 win for Towcestrians over Shelford still keeps them in the drop zone along with Combe who complete the relegation favourites. In mid-table S&E were 41-26 winners against Guildford.

London 1(S): Medway returned to winning ways with a 49-27 win against Thurrock whilst CS Rugby maintain second spot after they hammered Gravesend 0-46.   Havant complete the top three after they were 22-42 winners at Thurrock.  At the bottom Maidstone lost out 44-26 at Chichester, whilst Gravesends result saw them drop below Colfes who were narrow 32-33 winners against Brighton.  In the mid table encounters Chobham lost out 23-31 to visiting Tottonians and Ldn Cornish fell to a 10-27 defeat to Sevenoaks.

RFU Junior Vase: Only three of the county’s clubs remained in the competition with cranbrook falling to a 48-23 defeat to Reeds Weybridge, whilst Ashford proceed to the next round with a solid 8-22 win on the road at Surrey 3 club Bec Old Boys.  Gillingham Anchorians also remain in the competition despite a 30-8 loss in Rd 2 to O Whitgiftians, obviously some transgression occurred and they will play their outstanding 3rd Rd tie at Essex club Writtle Wdrs in the New Year on 20 Jan.

01 Dec 17: Another Stone on the International Stage

There may have been many of us with eyes on Twickenham this last weekend as we looked forward to Piers Francis picking up his third England cap against Samoa, but the club is also proud to have yet another internationally capped player added to its history.
 
1st XV winger Vaki Antoniou travelled with the Cyprus team to take on Slovakia in Bratislava, as part of the autumn international programme for the FIRA Championship D2 2018. The  first international game for the Cypriot national side took place back in 2007, rather predictably against Greece in Paphos. The Cypriot XV won the game by 39-3 in front of a healthy crowd of 2,500 fans. Even though England have enjoyed an 18 match unbeaten run, Cyprus boasts a record of 24 consecutive wins. In only five of their 24 matches did their opponents score more than 10 points. They show an  astonishingly lopsided aggregate score of 1,070 - 177, or an average score of 45 - 7. 
 
The island currently has 3 other players from around the local area representing them; Ryan Bennet, the Scrum Half for Charlton Park, Seyhen Fell, a fullback who plays for Folkestone and also Sam Emery from CS Rugby. 
 
The temperature and conditions in Bratislava were clement as Cyprus looked to extend their lead at the top of the table. The score line for what it’s worth, is the subject of some debate. In the 46th minute a miss struck conversion hit the post and the referee awarded the score, to move Cyprus into a 6-19 lead. However, the commissioners sheet recorded the attempt as missed. Usually things like that will come back to haunt you. But looking at how well the Moufflons play, it didn't make make much difference as they ran in a further 19 second half points for a comfortable 6-38 result.
 
Well done & congratulations to Vaki from us all at MFC.

24 Nov 17: Club Xmas Party: Sat 16th Dec

Christmas is coming, so don't forget the traditional day of rugby, carols, mince pies, cheese, port, mulled cider, baileys with hot chocolate and karaoke  at the annual MFC Christmas party which is scheduled for the last home 1st XV fixture this year  on December 16th. Plus, the winners draw for our giant Christmas raffle and the mega 500 Club cash sum!

Raffle tickets available at the bar (50% goes to the RFU IPF) and for the mega 500 club draw, please contact Bob Beney ASAP (click here) if you are not already signed up!

There’s no need for a ticket to the MFC Traditional Christmas Party. It's our way of sharing some Christmas cheer and love to our members.

PS: As you can see, Carol's already been practicing decorating the tree, and pretty much now got it down to a fine art!!

 

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VX3 Club Shop
posted: November 18 2017

It’s taken a little while but the VX3 online shop is now up and running and can be accessed either directly from the club website Shop page or by clicking on the VX3 logo (right).

The VX3 Shop stocks all the items used by the senior squad.  The club shop in the clubhouse will still stock certain items, so if you need a pair of shorts or socks quickly that’s the place to go, but the VX3 facility provides the chance for individuals to order other club branded items without the limitation of minimum orders etc.

 

 

 



2017-18 Club Handbook
posted: November 13 2017

Members are alerted to the fact that the club handbook for this current season is available for collection from the bar on production of your membership card.

Youth coaches are requested to collect sufficient to distribute to their respective age groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The 500 CLUB
posted: October 30 2017

'Fancy winning £800*** for Christmas as well as loads of cash prizes during the season?

Geoff Burr did last year because he's a member of the 500 club.

So why not JOIN THE 500 CLUB now and don't miss out!!
It costs £60 this buys you 6 x £10 shares.


These numbers are entered into a draw which we have throughout the season. Half the total proceeds come back to you in cash prizes, Half help pays for our pitch upkeep or other designate club projects, click here to see what we achieved last year.


For more information and application form  Click link
Don't delay join today!

Contact:

Bob Beney (click here) or Melanie White  (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.



Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities, 2017-18 Season
posted: June 07 2017

Matchball Sponsorship

Matchball Sponsorship opportunities @ £50ea are also available for all home league fixtures, Kent Cup fixtures once they have been announced will also available for any home fixture.  If you or your company would be interested in being the matchball sponsor for one of these fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance:

2nd Sept v O Colfeians (Sold)

16th Sept v Tottonians (Sold)

30th Sept v CS Rugby 

21st Oct v Gravesend (Sold)

4th Nov v Chobham (Sold)

25th Nov v Brighton

9th Dec v Medway

16th Dec v Sevenoaks (Sold)

13th Jan v Havant

17th Feb v Thurrock

10th Mar v Ldn Cornish (Sold)

7th Apr v Chichester

 



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!!

 



Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: June 06 2017

 

This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise perimeter board sales. The success of the club in being able to generate perimeter board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Manager's role has outgrown what can be achieved and fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for perimeter board sales as a standalone role.

The role could be fulfilled by either a single person, or ideally a small team of volunteers. Whilst the period of the closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly; this is a year round role with no defined deadline for achieving sales. Those interested in what is an extremely rewarding role should be proactive in generating and exploring opportunities and display a degree of dynamism and tenacity in pursuing potential leads.

Volunteers are requested to contact Bob Hayton via the Contacts page of the website

For a full description of the role click here.





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Supporters Man of the Match

In what was a good team performance with a confidence building win, for his solid all round play & a bface of tries  this week's  Man of the Match award goes to back rower Seth Waterworth.

2017-18 London Division 1 South (Top 6)
 

  Team Pl Pts
1 Medway 13 58
2 CS Rugby 13 55
3 Havant 13 51
4 Chichester 13 51
5 Ldn Cornish 13 39
6 Tottonians 13 38

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