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21 Mar 19: Annual Awards Dinner

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

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

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

17 Mar 19: Around the Grounds

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

Ldn & SE Regional Finals:

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

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

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

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

09 Mar 19: Around the Grounds

National 1:  The top two clashed with Elthamians knocked off top spot following a 36-6 defeat by their hosts Ampthill, and they’re joined by Rosslyn Pk who were 13-17 winners at Esher whilst a 31-7 win foe Blackheath over Cinderford keeps them in touch in fourth.  A the foot of the division, Esher’s defeat combined with Lougborough St winning 33-17 against Sale sees the bottom two swap places. Of the other clubs in the relegation dogfight, only Moseley posted a win with a 7-41 win at Chinnor, whilst Caldy lost 14-16 to Bishops Stortford and Cambridge went down 20-24 to visiting Rotherham. In the midtable contest Plymouth Albion were 42-29 winners against DMP.

National 2(S):  A 42-21 win for leaders Rams against Taunton maintains their momentum whilst also puncturing the Somerset club’s playoff aspirations.  Canterbury continue to look favourites for that and a 13-45 win at Ldn Irish WG also maintains their momentum. Henley now sit third following a 31-22 win against B&S whilst TJs are fourth following their 26-0 shutout of Dings.  At the basement end, a 24-17 win for Guernsey move them off bottom spot and above Ldn Irish WG with B&S completing the relegation trio some 9-points adrift of Dings and safety. In the mid-table encounters, O Albanians beat Clifton 49-24, BSE lost against Redruth 17-19 and Barnes were 28-26 winners against Dorking.

London Premier:  A 25-29 defeat by visiting Guildford still sees S&E top the table but they are now level on points with Wimbledon, who were 38-22 winners against struggling Brentwood, third placed Westcliff failed to close the gap after they lost out 24-17 at fourth placed Tring.  At the bottom, already relegated Shelford went down 54-19 at Bedford Athletic, whilst Brentwood’s defeat sees them as favourites to join them, along with Chingford who were beaten 15-20 by Hertford.  A welcome 19-31 win for Tunbridge Wells at CS Stags should now see them safe as they have a 12-point buffer between themselves and the bottom three, whilst Sidcup also breathe easier after they won a tight 34-35 contest at Dorking.

London 1(S): The top of the table sees a reshuffle this week with just a single point now separating the top four clubs in what looks like being a nailbiter of a season run in.Camberley’s 17-11 win against Sevenoaks sees them up to third and knocks Oaks off top spot, they’re replaced by Medway who were 38-20 winners against Westcombe Pk.  Brighton sit fourth after a 50-29 win against Tottonians with the result also keeping Totts in relegation trouble.  At the bottom, already relegated Hove went down 75-7 at Dartfordians whilst Chobham’s 39-22 defeat at Chichester means their relegation is confirmed.  The last of the drop zone places looks like being constested by Tottonians, Dartfordians and possibly Cobham, who lost 58-27 at Havant.  In the remaining fixture Thurrock beat Ldn Cornish 64-20.

London 2(SE):  Beckenham continue to head the table despite falling to a  30-20 loss at Haywards Heath, for the two main challengers for the playoff place it was mixed fortunes as Charlton Pk lost ground after a 25-22 loss at D&B, a result that moves the coastal club up a place in the table;  Horsham meanwhile now hold that advantage after a convincing 21-69 win at Dover.  atr the bottom of the table the relegation issues were sorted out, a 5-29 loss for H&W to Gravesend sees them relegated along with bottom club Aylesford who fell to a 0-53 home defeat against Thanet Wdrs, all of which made Maidstone’s heavy 52-7 loss to fourth placed Colfes somewhat academic.

London 3(SE): Leaders Crowborough could habve clinched the league title this week but instead  fell to a 47-29 defeat at Beccehamians who now move into second spot.  Vigo sat this week out so slip to third on points difference whilst Folkestone still remain in the hunt after a 71-7 thrashing of O Wills.  At the foot of the table a heavy 49-6 defeat for Lewes at the hands of Park Hse now sees them 6-points adrift, although their fate is by no means sealed and H&B are by no means safe following today’s 41-17 loss at Dunstonians.  The last of the results saw Bromley lose 14-35 to Pulborough, and it is by no means inconceivable that they could get dragged into the relegation battle.

Kent 1:  Both the top and the bottom of the table issues were sorted this week, as Ashford took the league title after a 19-52 win at Southwark, Anchorians 22-17 win against HSBC pretty much guarantees them the playoff spot, although a point next time out would secure the position.  At the bottom Sheppey lost out 64-7 at Foots Cray and that confirms their relegation after a torrid season.  In the other fixtures, OGs lost 17-33 to Cranbrook whilst Whitstable were 44-24 winners against Kings Coll

Kent 2:  League leaders Cliffe sat out this week allowing the chasing trio to close the gap and all posted wins, with second placed Faversham 11-35 winners at Bexley, third placed Lordswood winning 12-21 at Brockleians and fourth club Sittingbourne posting a 26-19 win against Dartford Valley.  The remaining fixture was a battle between the bottom two clubs and the 10-14 result saw Greenwich draw level on points with Askean.

26 Feb 19: U16s Through To Kent Development Cup Final

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

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

 

 

17 Jan 19: Junior Fixtures Coordinator Required For Next Season

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

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

Ideally, you’ll need to be:

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

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

A full role description can be found here.

16 Jan 19: Bath v Bristol At Twickenham Ticket Offer

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

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

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

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

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

15 Jan 19: Kent County RFU Volunteer Awards 2019

Recognition for Volunteers, do you have an unsung hero?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards dinner is Thursday 6th June 2019

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

23 Nov 18: Sponsorship Role Vacancy

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

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

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

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

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

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Notices

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

 

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

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

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

For a full description of the role click here.



Online Physio Appointment Booking
posted: October 03 2018

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

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

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



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

Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals

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


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

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

Price

Premium

£90

£80

2*

£60

3*

£45

4*

£25

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

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

Price Category

Price

Premium

£90

1**

£70

2**

£45

3**

£25

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

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

To access the RFU booking portal please click here



Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: August 07 2018

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

Your own copy of the Annual County Handbook.

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

The entitlement to apply for international tickets through the county.

Free entry to RFU County Championship home fixtures.

Free entry to the Shepherd Neame Kent Cup finals day.

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



Potential Club Watch
posted: November 19 2018

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

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

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



MFC Centenary Book now available online
posted: June 25 2018

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

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

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

 

 

 

 



50% Off Your Playing Membership
posted: June 29 2018

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

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

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

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

 



Club Trade Directory
posted: June 06 2018

For a number of season’s the club has operated a Trade Directory page on the website and will continue to do so.  The aim of the directory is to provide a useful source for club members of professional and trades people within, or connected to the club.  After all, most of the time we all put greater trust in those that we know, rather than complete strangers.  In broad terms the directory is primarily a service for small businesses and the self-employed, although larger businesses won’t be excluded should they express an interest.

Entries on the directory are free for club members or a nominal £25 fee for non-members. All you have to do is provide the content in terms of text, any photos and your logo.  For further details please go to the Trade Directory page, you can also view current entries which will also provide a helpful template for the type of information to provide.

In addition, could those members who currently have entries in the directory please check as to whether they need updating and provide updated information as required.



Club Blazers
posted: July 21 2018

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

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

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

 





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Supporters Man of the Match

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

2018-19 London Division 2 (SE) 
Top 6

  Team Pl Pts
1 Beckenham 16 72
2 Horsham 16 61
3 Charlton Park 16 60
4 O Colfeians 16 55
5 Haywards Heath 16 49
6 Gravesend 16 43

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