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19 Feb 18: 500 Club - February Winners

Here are the latest winners for the 500 club.

February:

£100 - James Findlay

£50 - Peter Sime and Nigel Rees

£30 - Steve Matthews

 

You've got to be in it to win it!!

 

 

18 Feb 18: Around the Grounds

National 1: With second placed DMP going down 34-19 at fourth placed Plymouth Albion, the title now looks ‘done & dusted’ as they now sit 21-points adrift of leaders Coventry who were 40-10 winners over Cambridge.  Third placed Ampthill were 30-14 winners against Caldy, with fifth placed Blackheath’s tight 29-28 win against Esher keeping them just ahead fellow Kent club Elthamians who won 29-36 at Rosslyn Pk.  At the foot of the table a 36-21 defeat at Moseley keeps Fylde anchored to the bottom and now looking doomed.  Albanians sit just above them and a 36-17 win over Bishops Stortford means they can still see light at the end of the survival tunnel, as can Hull Ionians following their 15-15 draw with fellow strugglers Loughborough St.

National 2(S):  The top two positions in the table look pretty much decided as a 3-36 win for leaders Cinderford at bottom club Broadstreet gives them a 10-point buffer to second placed Chinnor who won 19-24 at O Redcliffians and have a 15-point buffer to Taunton in third place after they beat Clifton 29-27 in a tight encounter; and Redingensians in fourth after they won 31-38 at Barnstaple.  The bottom of the table is still quite tight and whilst Broadstreet look certain for the drop, there is still hope for Wimbledon who won 46-21 against Ldn Irsh WG and O Redcliffians despite their defeat.  Clifton’s loss sees them still involved in the relegation battle although the sides above them have something of a safety buffer.  In the other results in the division, Redruth were 49-38 winners against Henley, TJs won 25-21 against Worthing whilst Canterbury fell to a 46-26 defeat at BSE.

London Premier:  Wins for the top four clubs see no change in the order at the head of the division, with Guernsey’s 29-51 win at fifth placed Westcliff keeping them top and looking favourites for the automatic promotion place, Barnes were 19-42 winners at Guildford to stay in second spot, whilst both Tring and Hertford stay in playoff contention with wins against Kent clubs Sidcup (20-30) and Tunbridge Wells (43-17) respectively.  At the foot of the division the bottom two clashed with Southend just losing out 14-15 to Towcestrians, although the result still looks like being too little to late.  The other important clash in the relegation contest was between Shelford and visiting Westcombe Pk , with the result going in favour of the home side 27-16 and keeping Combe still mired in relegation danger.  S&E’s 31-15 defeat at Dorking sees them now flirting with the danger zone along with Sidcup and possibly Guildford.

London 1(S): It’s a long time since Medway’s name hasn’t been at the top of the table, but a 29-10 loss at third placed Havant sees them cede top spot to CS Rugby who were 33-43 winners at Tottonians.  Chichester’s 37-19 win against Chobham keeps them in fourth spot but effectively out of contention in what still looks like a two horse race.  At the foot of the table the bottom four were all pitched against each other, with bottom club Gravesend falling to a 31-17 defeat at relegation threatened Colfes,  whilst Maidstone were 40-22 winners against Thurrock in their efforts to close the gap on safety.  In the mid-table clashes Brighton were 29-20 winners against Ldn Cornish and Sevenoaks narrowly lost out 17-19 to visiting Cobham.

London 2(SE):  A 30-8 result for Dartfordians over D&B keeps then 14-points clear of second placed Hove who were narrow 21-22 winners at Beckenham.  Charlton Pk are still in with a shout in third spot after they beat H&W 38-31.  At the bottom, relegated Barking put in an encouraging performance despite losing 27-33 to visiting Dover, whilst Pulborough lost out 17-24 to Horsham and now look unlikely to bridge the 15-point gap to H&W and safety with just 5 fixtures left.  In the remaining match Alleynians were 35-10 winners against Haywards Heath.

London 3(SE):  Before covering this week’s results, one that sneaked past last week was the previously postponed fixture between struggling Crawley and title challengers Aylesford; predictably the result went the way of Aylesford 0-27 pushing them back to the head of the table and sealing their hosts relegation back to Sussex 1 in the process.

This week sees Aylesford stay top on points difference after a 17-0 win against Bromley, whilst Thanet’s BP 7-33 win against bottom club Crawley allowed them to draw level on points.  Dunstonians sit third but a long way adrift despite a 10-17 win at Crowborough.  The bottom of the table sees both Crawley and Sheppey now relegated after the island club lost  19-45 at home to H&B.  The third relegation place looks like being fought out between Folkestone and Park Hse, with the former in prime position after the two sides exchanged places after falling to a 10-22 home defeat to the Bromley based outfit.  The remaining fixture saw O Wills run out solid 32-17 winners against Lewes to sit comfortably in upper mid-table.

Kent 1:   Leaders Beccs tripped up in a major way as they fell to a 48-14 defeat at King Coll, a result that pulls the hospital club back into playoff contention, whilst in second place Vigo now have the upper hand over Ashford who slip to fourth following a 20-26 win at the mid-Kent club.  The clash between OGs and Anchorians went the way of the Gillingham club with a 12-29 result that sees them move into third spot.   At the bottom it now looks like Sittingbourne are favourites for the drop after a 58-5 thrashing at Cranbrook sees them beginning to fall adrift.  NAG currently occupy the other relegation place despite a 20-20 at RBS, with Southwark moving out of the drop zone after they won 30-40 at HSBC. 

Kent 2:  The top three were all in action but the clash between Whistable and Brockleians was the key battle and going in favour of the east Kent club 22-12 to see them two points clear of Foots Cray who defeated Askean 36-10 with Brockleians now third and 6-points adrift, although they have a match in hand.  Elsewhere Lordswood were 17-19 winners at Bexley whilst Faversham won 14-5 over visiting Dartford Valley.

14 Feb 18: In Memoriam - Dave Dunne

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Dave Dunne on 11th February after a long illness at the age of 70.

Dave was rugby captain of his school team Bromley Tech School and at 18 played for a local team in Beckenham but gave up after a back injury.  He came to Maidstone in 1969 and he took up various sports -  judo, badminton, squash and fencing and around 1976 played social rugby with Dave Flatman’s  father, a side called ‘The Jubilees’.  In the late 1980’s he met Dave Arnold in the dentist chair and he invited him to play for the club (initially 4th XV then Vets) which he did on the wing until 2001 when he suffered a shoulder injury. He carried on coaching the youth with Mark Price and Dave Hughes.

Dave loved all aspects of the game – especially the comradeship of the Vets, a good tourist but couldn’t drink a lot before he got very verbal, which always lead to good and interesting conversations!

Dave and his wife moved to Launceston, Cornwall in 2007 where his energies where put to work redesigning his now beautiful garden.

We send our condolences to his wife Sue, his sons Michael and Stephen and his daughter Louise

11 Feb 18: Around the Grounds

National 1: A 24-31 win for leaders Coventry keeps them well clear at the top of the table whilst the result leaves opponents Loughborough St still stuck on the edge of the relegation battle.  DMP stay second after they beat visiting Blackheath 33-19, whilst third placed Ampthill lost ground after they lost 20-8 at Cambridge as did Plymouth Albion who suffered a 16-12 loss at Elthamians.  At the bottom Fylde lost out narrowly to Hull Ionians and look certain for the drop whilst the Humberside club closed the gap on Loughborough and potential safety.  O Albanians also look likely to go down after they went down to a 24-8 defeat at Esher.  In mid table Bishops Stortford lost out 10-15 to visiting Moseley, whilst Caldy were solid 33-3 winners over Rosslyn Pk.

National 2(S):  A 26-0 result over visiting TJs keeps Cinderford 10-points clear at the top from Chinnor, who were 25-17 winners against visiting Broadstreet, who slip to the bottom of the table. Taunton and Redingensians sit 15-points adrift in third and fourth places respectively after wins against Canterbury (12-21) and O Redcliffians (14-21).  At the foot of the division Broadstreet prop up te table from Wimbledon who were 0-19 winners at Henley, with O Redcliffians just above them.  Those three look favourites to go down although Clifton’s 6-26 loss to visiting Redruth sees them still in danger of being drawn into the drop zone. The same could be said for Ldn Irish WG who ended a four match losing streak with a 37-22 win over Barnstaple, who themselves are not totally safe from the relegation battle.  In the last of the fixtures, Worthing were 24-18 winners over visiting BSE.

London Premier:  Just the one fixture in the division which was the previously postponed fixture between Westcliff and Hertford with the result going he way of visiting Hertford with a 12-19 scoreline, a result which keeps them in the contest for the promotion playoff and probably ends fifth placed Westcliff’s involvement in the same.

RFU Junior Vase:  In the one outstanding fixture in the RFU Cup competitions Anchorians faced Reeds Weybridge for a place in the Junior Vase regional semi-finals in two weeks time; in a tight contest they were 17-15 winners and now join Ashford in the last four.  Ashford will host Surrey based Chipstead, whilst Anchorians travel to O Wimbledonians.

07 Feb 18: In Memoriam - Dave Laughton

The club is sorry to have to report the death of Dave Laughton, a stalwart member of the club through the ‘70s and early ‘80s.

Dave joined the club in October 1970 by the then usual route of turning up at the then Market House, in Earle Street, to enquire of the publican, Geoff Fletcher, the details of training and playing. Geoff himself was a club member and hosted the weekly selection meetings in the upstairs room.

Very quickly, Dave found his level in the 4th XV as a solid member of the second row, aided by his capacity to drink significant quantities of beer whilst retaining the ability to drive home without incurring the notice of the Kent constabulary. His regular attendance on a Saturday afternoon, along with his failure to show any sign of injury quickly brought him to the attention of the ‘committee’ and he was honoured with the title of ‘skipper’, which he held for many years.

Dave hailed from Wakefield and he never lost his broad Yorkshire accent nor his contempt for ‘southern softies’. Work eventually forced him to leave the area in 1984 and he relocated to Cork, in Ireland, where he and his family lived until his passing, from cancer, in January.

He will be remembered by many of the Vets and older members of the club who, I know, wish to send their condolences to his wife of fifty years, Brenda.

05 Feb 18: Around the Grounds

National 1: Top faced bottom with a predictable outcome as Coventry were 47-3 winners against Fylde, with DMP narrow 14-19 winners at Elthamians to stay in second spot and with games in hand over third placed Ampthill, who drew 17-17 with visiting Loughborough St. Plymouth Albion were 21-16 winners against visiting Caldy whilst fifth placed Blackheath won 6-32 at struggling O Albanians.  At the foot of the division Hull Ionians sit just above Fylde and Albanians but fell to a 14-21 loss to Bishops Stortford to lose ground on Loughborough in the battle for survival. The last of the fixtures saw Rosslyn Pk narrow 10-7 winners against Cambridge.

National 2(S):  At the top a 29-12 win for Cinderford over Worthing saw them notch up 100 league points which sees them 10-points clear of Chinnor who just edged out TJs 13-14. Wins for Taunton against BSE (24-10) and Redingensians at Broadstreet (14-36) sees them locked together in third & fourth spots but realistically now well out of contention.  At the foot of the table Wimbledon stay bottom despite a 20-15 win against Clifton, whilst O Redcliffians also won, 20-14 against Ldn Irish WG, both results that could see the losing sides drawn into the relegation battle.  The last of the fixtures saw Barnstaple narrow 10-7 winners against Henley, whilst Canterbury went down 31-19 at Redruth.

London Premier:  Wins for all of the top four sides as leaders Guernsey were convincing 69-5 winners against Sidcup, a result that could see the Kent club drawn into the relegation dogfight, Barnes beat fifth placed Westcliff 35-7 whilst Tring were 25-5 winners against struggling Southend who now look to be too far adrift in the bottom three to salvage the season.  Fourth placed Hertford were 8-39 winners at S&E, who like Sidcup could be dragged into the relegation battle.  At the bottom Towcestrians look certain for the drop after 10-24 defeat to Dorking sees them at least 23-points from safety.  Westcombe Pk sit atop the bottom three after a tight 11-10 win against Tunbridge Wells in the Kent derby keeps their survival hopes alive as they are now just 3-points from Shelford, who hammered Guildford 64-0

London 1(S): Solid wins for the leading two clubs sees no change at the top, with Medway 38-10 winners against Ldn Cornsih, whilst second placed CS Rugby beat Sevenoaks 44-9.   A 27-15 win fo Havant over Tottonians keeps them just about in touch but reliant on the top two slipping up somewhere in the end of season run in, whilst Chichester now look out of contention with a surprise 20-10 reversal at Thurrock.  The foot of the table saw Maidstone 37-26 winners at Gravesend to move off the bottom as the two clubs exchanged places.  Colfes occupy the last of the relegation spots after they went down 46-30 at Cobham.  In the remaining fixture Brighton were 8-14 winners at Chobham.

London 2(SE):  dartfordians maintained their buffer at the top of the table with a 5-26 win at H&W, whilst second placed Hove ran riot against bottom club Barking, running in 107 unanswered points against the Essex club in a match that all but seals their relegation.  Charlton Pk’s narrow 25-31 win at Horsham keeps them in contention in third spot with Haywards Heath also still just about in the mx after they beat struggling Pulborough 33-9, a result that realistically now sees them with too much ground to make up to stave off relegation.  In the mid-table clashes, Dover were 27-17 winners against Alleynians, whilst D&B lost out 15-20 to visiting Beckenham.

London 3(SE):  Leaders Thanet were 43-24 winners over O Wills, with second placed Aylesford 5-29 winners at H&B; third placed Dunstonians are 10-points adrift of the top two despite receiving a HWO against bottom club Crawley, who are all but relegated.  In the other matches in the relegation struggle, Sheppey lost out 29-3 at Park Hse, a result that puts the islanders one defeat from relegation but keeps Park Hse still in the bottom three thanks to Folkestone’s useful 12-20 win at Lewes.  H&B’s recent run of poor form sees them also likely to be drawn into the survival battle.  The last of the fixtures saw Crowborough 5-15 winners at Bromley to move up to sixth place.

Kent 1:   A 24-8 win for Beccs over Cranbrook sees them 16-points clear at the top, whilst probably ending any hope the Wealden club had of making the playoff spot.  Vigo and Ashford remain locked together in second and third respectively after wins against OGs (46-12) and Southwark (13-50).   Anchrians 25-12 win against Kings Coll keeps them in contention.  In the bottom half of the table Sittingbourne remain anchored to the bottom following a 15-49 defeat to RBS, with Southwark just above them and level on points with NAG who lost to HSBC, 14-23.  Looking at the respective run ins, it now seems more than likely that the relegation places at the close of the season will be occupied by two of the current bottom three clubs.

Kent 2:  Wins for the top three keep Whistable at the head of the division after they beat Askean 0-30, whilst Foots Cary sit in second spot after a 7-28 win at Faversham.  Brockleians ae third following their 40-5 win against Bexley, although they have a game in hand and just 4-points cover the top three places.  The remaining fixture saw bottom club Greenwich move back into positive points after a narrow 5-8 win at Dartford Valley

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Notices

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.

 

 

 



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.



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 cracking team performance with a number of standout performances in what was a good winning result,  it was a difficult choice to select any particular individual, but this weeks Supporters Man of the Match award goes to No8 Matt Iles.

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4 Chichester 20 66
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