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18 Feb 19: Around the Grounds

National 1:  At the top Elthamians still lead the division after a 17-34 win at struggling Esher, whilst Ampthill’s 34-24 win against Bishops Stortford keeps them in second spot. Blackheath and Rosslyn Pk sit third & fourth with both picking up wins against Caldy (46-32) and Loughborough St (20-46) respectively. At the foot of the division its Loughborough and Esher that occupy the bottom two places with Moseley currently in the last of the relegation places after a 37-30 loss at Sale.  Caldy sit above them but with a 7-point cushion.  In the other fixtures Rotherham slipped off the pace in fifth after a 24-17 defeat at Plymouth Albion, whilst in mid-table DMP were 26-31 winners at Chinnor, and Cambridge beat Cinderford 10-6

National 2(S):  Leaders Rams recovered from last week’s defeat with a 31-15 win against O Redcliffians, whilst Canterbury sit clear in second place after they beat B&S 38-9.  TJs 17-35 win in Guernsey sees them stay third whilst Taunton and Henley sit fourth and fifth respectively after wins against BSE (22-24) and Redruth (21-17).  At the bottom a 26-30 defeat for Ldn Irish WG keeps them in the bottom three with B&S and Guernsey below them and all three at least 13-points adrift of Barnes who won 20-15 against Dings.  in the mid table encounter Albanians and Worthing fought out a 34-34 draw.

London Premier:  S&E sit 4-points clear at the top after a 59-19 win at bottom club Shelford, a result that now effectively relegates the Cambridge based club. Wimbledon and Westcliff are locked together in second & third with Wimbledon convincing 38-7 winners against Guildford whilst Westcliff won 17-34 at struggling Brentwood.  A 45-24 win for Tring over Tunbridge Wells sees them in fourth spot, overhauling Hertford who went down to a narrow 29-26 loss at Bedford Athletic who now sit comfortably in mid-table.  The bottom of the division sees relegated Shelford below Brentwood, with Chingford in the last of the relegation places after a narrow 28-32 loss to visiting Dorking.  Sidcup’s narrow 16-17 loss to CS Stags sees them fourth from bottom along with Tunbridge Wells, but with both having a 6-point buffer  to the drop zone.

London 1(S):   Sevenoaks stay top after a 10-26 win at Tottonians but are locked together on points with Medway who posted a 43-14 win against Cobham, Brighton stay third following their 28-22 victory over Westcombe Pk.  Fourth placed Camberley remain in contention after a 53-15 win against bottom side Hove, a result that now sees the south coast club mathematically relegated. Above Hove, Chobham lost 50-14 at Havant, whilst the last of the relegation places is occupied by Dartfordians who went down to a 26-33 loss to Ldn Cornish, with Tottonians just above them. In mid-table Chichester lost out 20-28 to visiting Thurrock.

London 2(SE):  A 5-29 win for Beckenham at Aylesford keeps them well clear of Horsham and Charlton Pk at the head of the table, with the Sussex club  22-30 winners at D&B and Park 46-12 victors at home to Gravesend, Colfes sit fourth after a tight 13-15 win at Haywards Heath but it looks very much like the promotion places will now be fought out amongst the top three.  At the foot of the table Aylesford and H&W occupy the relegation places after H&W lost out 15-25 to Thanet Wdrs who now look to be safe. In the last of the fixtures Maidstone blew a 20-point lead to lose out 30-31 at Dover.

London 3(SE): A 24-40 win at Dunstonians sees Crowborough 16-points clear at the top from Vigo who lost out 19-15 at Bromley.  The dark horse coming up on the rails though, is Folkestone who were 26-33 winners at Park Hose and are now very much in contention for the second promotion place, with Beccehamians just below them following their 36-7 win against O Wills.  At the bottom Lewes prop up the table and had no fixture, but Park Hse and H&B sit just above them  with H&B posting a welcome 15-5 win over Pulborough.

Kent 1:  The top two did battle and the outcome was a convincing 7-48 win for leaders Ashford over Anchorians, although the second placed club still have a 12-point cushion t0 OGs in third who had no fixture this week, whilst  Southwark’s 13-63 win at NAG sees them level on points with OGs. At the bottom  Sheppey fell to another heavy defeat, going down 83-14 at Kings Coll and any reprieve now looks unlikely despite  Foots Cray’s 19-35 loss against Cranbrook. The last of the fixtures saw Whitstable just edged out 13-15 by visiting HSBC.

Kent 2:  A 19-24 win for leaders Cliffe at second placed Sittingbourne looks like they could well take the title in their debut season, although still a couple of tight fixtures to go.  Lordswood hammered Askean 7-85 to move into third and level on points with Faversham who won 33-7 against bottom club Greenwich. The last of the fixtures saw Bexley 20-12 winners against Dartford Valley.

RFU Cup Competitions (02 Feb)

On an all but blank weekend at the beginning of February the author completely forgot to recap on the RFU Cup competitions. So prior to a catch up on what is now the business end of the respective tournaments I thought I’d take the time to catch up on the last round played on 2nd Feb, before covering next week’s semi-final matches.

Intermediate Cup: County interest in three of the four fixtures as Charlton Pk continued their good run in this tournament in recent seasons as they convincingly beat O Reigatians 35-0 to move into the semi-final, they will meet Letchworth from L2(N) who overcame Norwich 18-5.  Gravesend also progress after a 20-15 win against O Cranleighians and will travel  to meet league rivals Colfes who were 38-28 winners in an all L2(SE) encounter.

Senior Vase:  Bromley were the county’s sole survivors at the regional Quarter-Final stage but will progress no further after falling to a 24-10 defeat at L3(SW) club Portsmouth.  Pompey will now host Battersea Ironsides who overcame Harrow 15-43.  The other semi-final will see Chelmsford host West Norfolk with both clubs progressing somewhat disappointingly after walkovers against Fakenham and O Cooperians respectively

Junior Vase: Three of the county’s clubs remained at this stage, unfortunately only one progressed, with Anchorians ending up with a walkover against Staines, they will now travel to face Hitchin who overcame Sittingbourne 0-22.  The other semi-final will comprise of OMW who inflicted a heavy 62-7 defeat on Alton and they will host Reeds Weybridge who were 53-20 winners against an Ashford side that had been fancied to do well in the competition this season.

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.

10 Feb 19: Around the Grounds

National 1:  Elthamians continue to lead the table after a 22-3 win against Chinnor, with Ampthill is second spot after they posted a 20-26 win at Cinderford. A 17-27 win for Blackheath at struggling Moseley sees them in third spot from Rosslyn Pk who beat Sale 31-26. At the bottom a 47-30 loss at DMP for Loughborough St sees them still below Moseley with Esher currently occupying the last of the relegation places after they lost out 22-12 at Rotherham.  Above them, wins for Bishops Stortford and Caldy against Plymouth Albion (57-24) and Cambridge (15-12) see them stay clear of the drop zone.

National 2(S):  A 25-19 win for third placed TJs against league leaders Rams really puts them back in contention for a playoff place, although Canterbury remain in second spot after a 17-39 win at Clifton. Taunton remain in contention after a narrow 10-8 win against O Albanians, as do Henley following their 19-42 win at Worthing.  A the foot of the table Guernsey continue to prop up the division after they lost 39-10 to B&S who move above Ldn Irish WG who lost 39-3 at Redruth. With an 11-point gap to safety it looks likely that these are the three clubs for the drop.  In the other fixtures Barnes lost out 23-15 at O Redcliffians, whilst Dings beat BSE 21-14.

London Premier:  At the top end of the table a narrow 13-14 win for S&E at Tunbridge Wells keeps them top , whilst Wimbledon were held to a 17-17 draw at struggling Chingford allowing Westcliff to draw level after they convincingly beat Guildford 32-10.  Those three are well clear of the chasing pack led by Hertford and Tring who ended honours even at 15-15 in the clash between the two sides.  At the bottom Shelford’s 19-18 win against Brentwood was their first win of the campaign but it is really too little too late as they are now all but mathematically relegated.  Brentwood and Chingford currently occupy the other relegation places but still have all to play for with only a 7-point gap to safety as they look to overhaul Sidcup who lost 17-30 to visiting Bedford Athletic who are also still fighting to avoid the drop, and Tunbridge Wells as the highest placed of the clubs still flirting with the drop zone. The last of the fixtures saw Dorking 39-24 winners against CS Stags.

London 1(S):  Leaders Brighton dropped to third after falling to a second successive defeat as they lost out 22-18 at Chichester, Sevenoaks’ 19-10 win against Westcombe Pk sees them top with Medway in second after they were 29-33 winners at bottom club Hove. All three club now sit locked together on 80-points from Camberley in fourth after they posted a convincing 5-57 win at struggling Chobham.  Hove and Chobham now look like two of the three clubs for the drop, with Dartfordians poor recent form combined with today’s 40-21 defeat at Thurrock, now occupying the third relegation place.  Tottonians are also on the edge of the drop zone after a 36-20 loss at Cobham. Those clubs are 5-points adrift of the mid-table clubs where Havant were 50-39 winners against a Ldn Cornsih side that is slipping down the table but look to have enough points in the bag to stay up.   

London 2(SE):  A 50-21 win for Beckenham against D&B keeps them 11-points clear at the top, from Horsham who beat struggling H&W 68-17.  Charlton Park stay third after they were held to a tight 16-17 win at Thanet Wdrs whilst Colfes stay in contention following a resounding 78-0 win against Dover. At the bottom Aylesford were nulled for the second successive match, falling to a 20-0 defeat at Maidstone who move up to eighth and it is beginning to look like the current bottom two of the Bulls and H&W who will be the sides that go down.  The last of the fixtures saw Gravesend fall to a 12-20 defeat to Haywards Heath.

London 3(SE):  A 29-14 win for Crowborough against Bromley sees them 12-points clear at the top, from Vigo who were made to work hard for an 8-5 win against bottom club H&B.  Folkestone’s good form sees them continue to climb the table in third after a solid 34-15 win against Beccehamians with Pulborough in fourth following their 31-19 win against a Park Hse side involved in the relegation battle, as are Lewes, who lost out 17-22 to visiting Dunstonians.  O Wills had no fixture this week.

Kent 1:  A 38-12 win for leaders Ashford against OGs sees their march to the title  continue whilst nearest contenders and next week’s opposition Anchorians won 10-19 at fourth placed Southwark.  At the bottom it was another heavy loss for Sheppey who fell to a 3-30 defeat to visiting NAG, whilst Foots Cray lost out 22-8 at HSBC.  In mid-table Cranbrook posted a heavy 68-12 defeat over Kings Coll, whilst Whitstable had no fixture this week.  

Kent 2:  A 17-13 win for leaders Cliffe against Brockleians keeps them 7-points clear at the top from Sittingbourne who inflicted a heavy 8-64 defeat on bottom side Greenwich. Third placed Faversham slipped up, as they lost out 27-3 at Lordswood whilst Dartford Valley were convincing 41-5 winners against Askean.  Bexley had no fixture.

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 Dec 18: ‘Ladies Who Lunch’

Date: Saturday 23rd February 2019 @ 1.30 for 2.00pm

Venue: Maidstone Rugby Club.

Guys; has the Mrs always moaned that it’s you that gets to go to all the club lunches, its you that gets to enjoy a drink on a Saturday afternoon and it’s her that has to drop you off and pick you up, probably somewhat the worse for wear!!

Well here’s an opportunity to turn the tables and treat your lady to lunch and drive her home afterwards – this is your chance to build up those brownie points again!

Cost will be £20.oo pp including a glass of prosecco on arrival and wine on the table. We will also be holding a raffle.

Club bank details Sort code 30-95-37 Acc no 00062872

Reply to Paul Ehrhart by 9th February to book her place.

Email paul.ehrhart.rugby@gmail.com

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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Supporters Man of the Match

In a solid team performance, particularly in defence it was difficult to pick out particular performances. that said for some solid attacking runs by Josh Smith and an alround solid skipper's performance by Lucian Morosan, they were rewarded with a joint MoM award.

2018-19 London Division 2 (SE) 
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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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