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15 Apr 18: Around the Grounds

National 1: Champions Coventry slipped to a 22-10 loss at Ampthill whilst DMP were 40-7 winners against bottom club Fylde.  At the bottom of the table the relegation places still aren’t sorted with current incumbents O Albanians winning 29-34 at Elthamians to keep their hopes alive, whilst Loughborough St also posted a useful 32-14 result against Bishops Stortford.  Hull Ionians may well have done enough to survive with a tight 36-37 win at Rosslyn Pk, who are by no means safe themselves. Even Cambridge could get pulled into the late season battle after a 22-32 loss to visiting Esher.  In the remaining fixtures, Blackheath went down 42-18 at Caldy, whilst Plymouth Albion were 28-24 winners against Moseley.

National 2(S):  a 41-24 win for Cinderford over Taunton sees them one win from taking the title, whilst Chinnor had a much closer 28-27 win against visiting BSE and look destined to face either Sale or Sedgley Pk in the playoff.  At the foot of the table the bottom two clashed with relegated Broadstreet losing out 29-41 to Wimbledon, a result the keeps the SW London club’s hopes alive, at least for another week.  The third relegation place is currently between three clubs, with Ldn Irish WG currently in the frame after they lost 17-29 to Clifton. Barnstaple and O Redcliffians are the other two protagonists and they faced off against each other with Redcliffians comfortable 46-16 winners. In the remaining fixtures, TJs posted a solid 34-24 win against visiting Redruth, whilst Canterbury lost out 21-14 at Redingensians, the final fixture was a high scoring affair and saw Worthing beat Henley 55-41.

London Premier:  A change at the top of the table as leaders Guernsey slipped to a 22-17 defeat at third placed Tring with Barnes taking over top spot with a5-29 result at relegated Towcestrians. Hertford sit fourth after they were 40-12 winners against Westcliff and sit some 23-points clear of fifth placed Tunbridge Wells who were narrow 24-21 winners against Guildford who find themselves drawn back into the relegation battle.  At the bottom of the table Towcestrians are down as are Southend who lest 41-25 at Westcombe Pk who currently occupy the third relegation place.  Who finally goes down will go to the last day although with away wins for Sidcup and Shelford at Dorking (22-41) and S&E (31-49) they pretty much look to have done enough to survive, leaving it a battle between Combe and Guildford for survival, with both facing top four opposition on the last weekend. 

London 1(S): Leaders CS Rugby were comfortable 19-32 winners at struggling Thurrock, whilst Medway look to have done enough to have secured the playoff spot as they were comprehensive 59-0 winners over relegated Maidstone although Havant’s 31-38 win at Chobham means they can’t afford a final week slip up.  At the bottom Gravesend’s narrow 32-34 loss to Cobham keeps them at the foot of the table with the last of the relegation places still undecided with Colfes losing 37-34 at Chichester and currently occupying the third relegation place; although going into the final week of fixtures, of Colfes and Thurrock it looks on paper that Colfes might have the easier task.  In the other fixtures, Sevenoaks lost out 32-23 at Brighton and Ldn Cornish went down 39-45 to visiting Tottonians.

North of the Thames it looks like current leaders Brentwood will take the division whilst Chingford may well have to settle for the playoff for a second successive season, in what has pretty much been a two horse race for almost the last third of the campaign.

London 2(SE):  Top faced bottom with predictable results as Dartfordians rounded out the season with a 7-73 win at Barking. Hove’s big 54-9 win over D&B sees them secure second spot and a playoff against Ldn 2(SW) runners up O Reigatian.  Charlton Pk will finish third after a 26-36 win at Alleynians and still have one match left to play, whilst Horsham’s 10-36 win at Haywards Heath was enough to secure fourth place from Beckenham who beat relegated Pulborough 26-68.   In the remaining fixture Dover beat H&W 41-13.

London 3(SE):  The top two had been confirmed for a while and whilst Aylesford were already champions, their 17-25 win over visiting Folkestone was still significant as it saw the seaside club relegated to Kent 1 for next season. Runner Up Thanet Wdrs were comfortable 57-12 winners over Dunstonians with O Wills good end of season form seeing them end their campaign in third spot after a narrow 24-22 win against Crowborough although Bromley, who lost 57-31 at Lewes can still overhaul them.  At the foot of the table the two sides that were already relegated clashed, with Sheppey losing out to Crawley in a low scoring 3-7 scoreline.  The last of the fixtures saw Park Hse 33-17 winners against H&B.

Kent 1:  Champions Beccehamians were run very close by Anchorians but just shaded the match 29-30, whilst Vigo hammered bottom club Sittingbourne 82-5 to confirm the playoff against Sussex 1’s Uckfield.  A 14-7 result for kings Coll over HSBC sees them secure third place.  At the bottom end of the table the clash between NAG and Southwark would likely decide the other relegation place and a 24-14 win for the lancers confirms their survival for another season.  In mid-table Cranbrook were 13-34 winners at OGs.

09 Apr 18: 2017-18 Spitfire Gold Veterans Trophy Finals

It has been said that ‘age inevitably takes its toll on the bodies of even the most hardened rugby players, but the passion and desire to play still lives on’, and this last Sunday’s Spitfire Gold Veterans Trophy Finals held at The Mote certainly demonstrated that, with a day of rugby that despite the slightly damp conditions certainly lived up to the competitive yet Corinthian ethos of the game.

A weather enforced postponement from the original date in mid-March certainly hadn’t dampened the enthusiasm in what is now the fourth year of what is now a well-supported club competition across the county sponsored by Shepherd Neame; and there were four finals to be played across the two tiers of the tournament.

First up saw Beckenham take on Canterbury in the Shield Final, this was a closely contested encounter which saw Beckenham with the initial balance of power, but in the end it was Canterbury that lifted the trophy with a hard fought 10-17 result.  

 

The Plate Final saw two sides that have traditionally reached the finals day of the competition as Thanet Wdrs faced Tunbridge Wells, unfortunately the match whilst competitive proved to be somewhat one sided as Thanet ran in 46 unanswered points until Wells finally got on the scoreboard with the last play of the match, as the Wanderers took the trophy 46-7

 

The Bowl final proved to be a thrilling encounter between two well matched sides in O Gravesendians and Sittingbourne. The Swale club held sway initially but OGs came back into the game with never more than a score separating the sides.  The closing stages saw Sittingbourne throwing everything at their opponents in what was a gripping finale, but they just came up short with OGs taking the silverware 17-13.

 

The Cup Final saw a Sevenoaks side who just missed out on winning last years competition on try countback, face New Ash Green who having made the Bowl Final in all of the previous seasons now found themselves in the Tier 1 competition.  Injuries the previous day had shorn NAG of a few players, and as is the spirit of this competition the hosts had made up the numbers for the season finale.  Sevenoaks always looked to have too much firepower for the new boys to the cup competition although the match was very competitive during the first half.  It was going into the final quarter of the match that Oaks stretched away to lift the Cup with a 50-12 scoreline.

Our thanks to Dougie Dick from Shepherd Neame for presenting the trophies and to the match officials who gave their time and without whom we wouldn’t have a game.

 

08 Apr 18: Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales

 

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.

07 Apr 18: Kent RFU – Associate Membership

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.

08 Apr 18: Around the Grounds

National 1: League champions Coventry posted a 32-27 win against visiting Rosslyn Pk, but the main interest was in the chasing group as DMP look to have all but secured the runner up spot with a 15-17 win at third placed Ampthill.  Blackheath’s 23-12 win against visiting Cambridge sees them move up to fourth as Plymouth Albion fell to a surprising 33-14 loss at a Hull Ionians side looking to avoid the drop.  Elthamians maintained station in sixth place after a 28-32 win at Moseley.  At the bottom, relegated Fylde lost heavily, going down 71-24 at Bishops Stortford, whilst O Albanians look favourite to accompany Fylde, their fate is not yet sealed as they posted a 43-25 win against Caldy.  Loughborough Students posted a narrow 23-25 win at Esher and currently occupy the third relegation place, four points adrift of Hull Ionians and safety.

National 2(S):  A 7-24 win at Redruth keeps Cinderford at the head of the table from Chinnor who won high scoring encounter with fourth placed Taunton 43-56.  Redingensians in third also lost out, going down 27-24 at BSE.  At the foot of the table two of the strugglers faced each other with Barnstaple inflicting a narrow 16-12 defeat on Broadstreet, a result that confirms their relegation.  Wimbledon remain favourites to go down with them and gave their hopes a boost with a 22-17 win against TJs, whilst a 37-31 win against Worthing also keeps O Redcliffians hopes alive.  A 43-7 defeat at Canterbury for Ldn Irish WG sees them still satjust above the drop zone in a relegation battle that looks as if it may go to the final weekend of the season.  Elsewhere, Clifton were 29-22 winners against Henley.

London Premier:  A 38-27 win against struggling Westcombe Pk is still not enough to give Guernsey the title as Barnes kept up the pressure with a tight 20-17 win against promotion rivals Tring and next week’s clash between Tring and the league leaders could have a big say in how the placings end up.  Hertford in fourth are not yet wholly out of the picture with their 20-27 win at Sidcup whilst Tunbridge Wells complete the top five after they beat Westcliff 16-24 to exchange places with their opposition.  At the bottom of the division, relegated Towcestrians went down to a heavy71-19 defeat at Shelford, a result that moved the Cambridge based club out of the bottom three to be replaced by ‘Combe’ after their defeat.  Southend won 31-26 against Dorking, but with their fate already sealed the only outcome yet to be resolved is who of ‘Combe’, Sidcup and Shelford will join them.  In the remaining fixture Guildford lost out 19-24 to visiting S&E.

London 1(S): Top faced bottom with a predictable outcome as CS Rugby hammered Gravesend 88-5 whilst in second spot Medway slipped to a fourth defeat of the season, going down 41-24 at Cobham allowing third placed Havant to close the gap after they also ran in 80+ points in their 86-14 rout of Thurrock.  At the bottom whilst Gravesend and Maidstone’s fate is decided, with the county town club losing out 5-58 to visiting Chichester; the third relegation place is still not decided with Colfes’ tight 30-29 win against Brighton seeing them close the gap to safety to just 4-points.  In the mi-table encounter Sevenoaks beat Ldn Cornish 41-31.

London 2(SE):  Champions elect Dartfordians were 57-36 winners over Alleynians, whilst second placed Hove won 17-50 at H&W and now look favourites for the playoff berth against O Reigatians.  Charlton Pk still have a chance after a 39-25 win against Haywards Heath, but their fate is not solely in their own hands.  At the bottom of the table the relegation places were decided some time ago with both the relegated clubs losing again, as Pulborough went down 28-34 at home to D&B whilst Barking lost 52-12 at Beckenham. In mid-table Horsham were 41-12 winners against Dover.

London 3(SE):  Aylesford’s 22-5 win against Park Hse combined with second placed Thanet’s 30-9 defeat at Bromley sees the league title go to the Bulls whilst Dunstonians 19-31 win at relegated Sheppey keeps them in a distant third spot.  At the bottom, basement club Crawley lost 5-29 to visiting O Wills whilst Folkestone’s 40-7 defeat at Crowborough now sees them favourites for the third of the relegation places after H&B were solid 32-7 winners against fellow Sussex club Lewes.

Kent 1:  League champions Beccs were narrow 15-13 winners over second placed Vigo, who still remain favourites for the playoff place despite Kings Coll closing the gap after a 62-12 win against NAG.  At the bottom the division is propped up by the already relegated Sittingbourne who fell to a heavy 0-62 defeat to visiting Southwark, a result that somewhat eases the Lancers relegation worries.  In the mid table Ashford’s recent loss of form continued as they lost out 24-10 at HSBc, whilst Cranbrook were narrow victors in a low scoring affair against Anchorians (6-0). The last of the matches saw RBS 47-12 winners against visiting OGs.

Note:  The author had a discussion today in respect of who the playoff fixture would be against from Sussex 1, not quite as simple as you might think.  Due to only having eight teams in the league it appears that they play a regular season which is then followed by a two pool promotion/relegation playoff system (Sussex 1A & 1B) with points from the regular season carried into those respective pools.  Hellingly won the regular league season and also carried that form into the playoff pool to confirm their automatic promotion to Ldn 3(SE), the pool system saw a change in the runner up from the regular campaign as East Grinstead who had carried an advantage into the pool then lost form with Uckfield, who had finished third in the regular season overhauling them to take the playoff spot.

Kent 2:  This weekend saw the completion of the league fixtures for this division with Champions Whitstable signing off with a 26-12 win over Bexley, whilst Brockeians 5-39 win at Dartford valley was incidental as they could do nothing to overhaul Foots Cray in second, who sat out the final weekend.  In the remaining two fixtures Lordswood were 0-24 winners at Askean whilst Faversham signed of their campaign with a 23-19 win against Greenwich.

 

05 Apr 18: Maidstone Rugby Club Summer Ball: 16th June 2018

We are hosting our annual Maidstone Rugby Club Summer Ball on the 16th June at The Village Hotel
Tickets are £50 and  include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, live music whilst we are eating and dancing to the brilliant band "The Choos"

We would love as many of you to join us for a great evening , whether you play for Maidstone , support Maidstone or just fancy a wonderful night out with friends .

Please contact Neil Cole or Maidstone Rugby Club .
Last year's Ball was a great night. See the montage (right)

 

21 Mar 18: Situations Vacant: Hon Treasurer

The club is looking for a volunteer to take over the role as Hon Treasurer, Steve Quinn the current incumbent is standing down at the end of the season after 4 years in the role.

During his tenure Steve along with Rob Lindsay during his period reviewing the clubs governance, has been instrumental in pulling both the club’s finances and also its financial administration onto a more level and practical footing which means that the job is no longer the onerous task it had been in the past.

Whilst the role is still key to the effective running of the club the club has a book keeper who deals with the day-to-day administration and relevant responsible parties to administer their budget lines within the overall club budget. 

However the role still requires the incumbent look after & oversee the finances of the rugby club and be fully aware of the financial position of the club at all times in order to keep the committee informed of financial trends and areas of concern, as well as authorizing expenditure.

If you are interested in helping the club in this important role please contact the club Chairman, Craig Tuffrey via the Contacts page of the websitte

For a full outline of the role please click here

13 Mar 18: Inter Club Cricket: The Mote v Maidstone Rugby, Sun 8th July

Inter Club Cricket Match

Plans are afoot for a cricket match between The Mote and Maidstone Rugby.

It is hoped it will be a fun day for everyone, the whole family can come along and you can even bring the dog.

It doesn't matter about your ability you will get on the field.

Date: Sunday July 8th

Lunch: 12 noon

Start 2:00pm.      40 overs a-side

Cost £10 includes lunch and tea.

Please put the date in your diary, it promises to be a pleasant way to spend a summers afternoon 

Interested parties please contact Bob Beney via email (click here)

 

11 Mar 18: Club Annual Awards Dinner, Fri 27th April

When: Friday 27th April (timings tbc)
Where: Rhianos, Tonbridge Road
Cost: £28
Dress: Shirt and Club Tie, Chinos/Trouser (No Jeans)

If you haven't got a club tie, then they are on sale at the shop or from the bar.

Who will be this seasons award winners? 

You can reserve your seat with Carol at the bar (payment at the time of booking). After holding the dinner at a different venue last year we are now returning to Rhianos, please get your names down early.

This is a whole club event and has been reformatted this season.

 

 

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Notices

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!!

 





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Supporters Man of the Match

This weeks award goes to the Mustangs after their league winning performance, In another game where he has displayed his commitment and versatility, covering in both the backs and forwards, this week's award goes to Lewis Fagg.

2017-18 London Division 1 South (Top 5)
 

  Team Pl Pts
1 CS Rugby 25 110
2 Medway 25 101
5 Havant 25 99
4 Chichester 25 83
5 Cobham 25 73

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