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International Tickets England v Samoa, 25 November
posted: September 07 2017

The club has 2 (two) high category tickets remaining for the England v Samoa Autumn International at Twickenham that have become available.  Anyone who would like to apply for the tickets is requested to contact Steve Vincent at the earliest opportunity.

First Come, First Served

Around the Grounds
posted: September 03 2017

Well here we are again at the start of another season and another series of sad Saturday nights for the author; were did the summer go?  Actually it took a little perseverance to ‘get my arse in gear’ so to speak, but thankfully this season’s first instalment is not quite as arduous as the normal weekly fare due to there only being fixtures down to level 6.  Anyway, here we go with the 2017-18 season’s Around the Grounds, and in doing so may I wish all your respective clubs the best of luck in their various league & cup campaigns.

National 1: For the first time in many years (I don’t know since when) the county has two clubs in the division and it was mixed fortunes for them.  The more seasoned Blackheath just got the upper hand in a tight battle with last season’s league runners up Plymouth Albion, winning by the odd point in the 32-31 scoreline, whilst Elthamians fell to an opening day defeat, going down 39-14 at Esher.  Two sides expected to challenge this season clashed on the opening day with Moseley drawing 21-21 with visiting Ampthill. After a rocky start to last season Rosslyn Pk had a strong end to their season and seem to have maintained that momentum with 0-58 demolition of O Albanians, whilst Coventry posted the biggest score in the division as they beat Hull Ionians 20-63. In the battle between the promoted divisional winners of last season, the honours went to Bishops Stortford as they beat Caldy 49-26; whilst Fylde lost out to Cambridge 12-25 and in the final fixture DMP were 33-23 winners against Loughborough St.

National 2(S): By all accounts Cinderford are the side most people fancy to top the division although no doubt a few clubs will have different ideas; regardless of that they got their season rolling with a solid 17-39 win at Canterbury.  With Elthamians having been promoted last term, newly promoted TJs are the county’s other club in the division, and a 17-50 win at Bury St Edmunds will be a great confidence boost for the side.  Wimbledon who came up with TJs didn’t fare as well, losing out 13-33 at home to Barnstaple, the other promoted new boys were O Redcliffians who received something of a baptism of fire, going down 58-10 against a Redruth side that will no doubt be in the hunt next April. Of the other fancied sides, Taunton who finished fourth last season were 41-21 winners against Broadstreet (promoted & level transferred from Midlands); whilst Chinnor were held to a 24-24 draw at Clifton.  The remaining fixtures saw Henley 28-24 winners over Redingensians whilst Worthing were 27-22 winners over the visiting Ldn Irish WG.

London Premier: Perhaps the first noticeable item is the retitling of this division which now sits it squarely back as a London & SE division, which it has always been until the RFU renamed the then National 1 as the Championship.  The subsequent cascade of retitling elevated the division to a national title when in effect it had remained the senior division regionally.

Regardless of the terminology, the sides one might have fancied to do well this season had mixed fortunes on the opening day; Hertford who finished third last term posted a 47-20 win over visiting Guildford whilst Guernsey racked up the biggest score of the day with 5-75 hammering of new boys Towcesterians (level transferred from Midland Premier).  Westcombe Pk fell to a 32-26 defeat at promoted Tring whilst Barnes who were relegated back to the division also fell to defeat against visitors S&E 32-35.  For the county’s new boys in the division, both posted confidence boosting wins to start their campaigns as Sidcup ran out 25-35 winners at Southend, whilst Tunbridge Wells were comfortable 39-19 winners against Shelford.  In the remaining fixture Dorking were overturned at home 15-22 by visiting Westcliff in revenge for the defeat suffered in the penultimate fixture of last season.

London 1(S):  It is anticipated that this division will be tightly contested this season and all of the first weekend’s result ended with bonus point wins.  A 12-45 win for CS Rugby at Chobham sees them top the pile with the newly promoted and much fancied Medway outfit also racking up 40 points with only 17 in reply, as they beat Gravesend.  A 25-44 win at newly promoted Ldn Cornish for Havant got their show on the road, with relegated Chichester 28-10 winners over Sevenoaks.  Maidstone got the upper hand in their encounter with a Colfes outfit that have probably the largest pack in the division, with a 34-21 to sit just above Cobham who were 27-33 winners against Thurrock, who were level transferred from Ldn 1(N), in the last of the fixtures Brighton just lost out to visitors Tottonians, in what looks like the division's tightest encounter of the day with a 29-31

Security & Access
posted: August 10 2017

Club Access: All members are alerted to the new 2m (6'6")height restriction barrier that has been installed at the gate from the car park leading up to the pitches. This has been installed to keep unwanted visitors out and will be closed as a matter of course and opened on request or busy match days. Drivers of commercial or high vehicles (vans etc) please be alert to its presence.

Additionally there will be roadworks taking place on Park Road commencing on Monday 14th Aug for 3 days, during which time Park Road will be closed. For members approaching the club from the south of the town on the Loose Road, please use an alternative route to Park Road during that period.

Perimeter Board Sponsors: Almost There!! (Update)
posted: August 22 2017

As we sit almost all of the125 perimeter board spaces have been filled but there are still a couple of places available for the 2017-18 season on the internal perimeter before we start to occupy the external perimeter along the touchlines to create the capacity for more boards as necessary, ideally we need 5 or 6 to start with. Could your company be interested? Have you asked them? The worst they can say is No!! So why not find out.

If your company are or may be interested then please pass details to Bob Hayton and the club will take it from there.

Law Changes for the 2017/18 Season
posted: August 10 2017

The World Rugby Executive Committee has approved the addition of six law amendments to the programme of global law trials.

The amendments, which have been tried in specific international competitions this year, relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16), and are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee, as well as further protecting player welfare.

The six law amendments will debut in full from 1 August 2017 in the northern hemisphere, and from 1 January 2018 in the southern hemisphere, are as follows...

Throwing the ball into the scrum
Law 20.5 & 20.5 (d) 5

No signal from referee. The scrum-half must throw the ball in straight, but is allowed to align their shoulder on the middle line of the scrum, therefore allowing them to stand a shoulder width towards their own side of the middle line.

Rationale: To promote scrum stability, a fair contest for possession while also giving the advantage to the team throwing in.

Handling in the scrum – exception
Law 20.9 (b)

The number eight shall be allowed to pick the ball from the feet of the second-rows.
Rationale: To promote continuity.

Striking after the throw-in
Law 20

Once the ball touches the ground in the tunnel, any front-row player may use either foot to try to win possession of the ball. One player from the team who put the ball in must strike for the ball.
Rationale: To promote a fair contest for possession.
Sanction: Free-kick

Law 15.4 (c)

The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their own side of the tackle “gate”.
Rationale: To make the tackle/ruck simpler for players and referees and more consistent with the rest of that law.

Law 16

A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside lines are created. Players on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives, no hands can be used.
Rationale: To make the ruck simpler for players and referees.

Other ruck offences
Law 16.4
A player must not kick the ball out of a ruck. The player can only hook it in a backwards motion.
Rationale: To promote player welfare and to make it consistent with scrum law.
Sanction: Penalty


Club Physio assists England Rugby as club launches Physiotherapy Partnership scheme.
posted: July 24 2017

Maidstone Rugby’s Lead Physiotherapist Gemma has been involved with the England Women's Rugby training camps in the lead up to the World Cup in Ireland in August. 

In April she covered the Basingstoke abc training camp with the forwards, and from there has assisted the Head and Senior Physio at various locations around the UK. She has also been a pitch side physio for England Development 7s at Bisham Abbey and at 7s in the city. 

Gemma says: "It's been an amazing opportunity and in my pursuit of continuing to learn and develop to provide the best possible care, it has been an invaluable experience and one that I'm very grateful for". 

"I'm starting a private practice in February to allow me to have the flexibility to do sports physiotherapy. In the meantime, I have just accepted a six month contract with BMI Somerfield Hospital in Maidstone, who have been very understanding regarding my sports commitments. I'm excited to join the team there who are experienced, enthusiastic and have great rehabilitation equipment, including an alter-g treadmill". 

"It's exciting to be involved in the England Rugby set up and hopefully I can bring what I've learnt back to the club at Maidstone. The club are also looking for Physiotherapy Partners this season (click here for information) to help spread the cost of kit and equipment and further improve our injury management protocols. Any help from local businesses, particularly those in the medical field would be greatly appreciated!" 

NB: initial response from local medically related businesses has been good with three commited to helping support grassroots sport already

Shirt No Sponsorship - Last One Remaining
posted: July 27 2017

Shirt Number Sponsorship - Last One

The club has one remaining Shirt No Sponsorship opportunity available for next season as follows:

Shirt No: 18. (Sold)

First Come, First Served!!




Youth Transition & the Development XV
posted: July 20 2017

In order to foster greater movement of Youth players into the senior club, Maidstone will not be running an U18s side this season – instead, after a year of training together with the senior club and a couple match appearances, the U18s will be playing in a combined 2ndXV / Development team. We’re delighted that Mick Walker has stepped up to become the head Coach, and he will be ably assisted by a number of other senior members and coaches throughout the season. This is a fantastic opportunity for the ex-Youth boys to move into senior rugby with the mentorship of our senior players, also for us to provide a competitive team for senior players in other sides to move into, and finally to give a place for aspiring 1stXV players to showcase their skill and commitment to the Club.

Many of the U18s still play at school, so initially they will be training only with a small subset available for Saturday matches. After Christmas – normally a time when injury and other commitments take a toll on our numbers – the side will be bolstered by the U18s becoming available once school commitments end. At the same time the current U17s will start to train with the senior teams on a Tuesday evening as we did last year, the ambition  being that we start to provide a continual stream of fresh, home-grown talent into the senior sides, allowing us to improve our league positions and ultimately get back to fielding a ‘full suite’ of sides from 1st XV to 5th XV.

This is a great opportunity for the club to grow organically and retain the loyalty of younger players who have in some cases played for the club for 10+ years already – there are many adults playing who cannot boast that length of service ! These boys have the potential to be our future, and our intent is to make them feel valued as such, as every age group makes the transition from U17 to senior rugby. As they move through their lives we’ll put further initiatives in place to support them and retain them even as they transition to University and beyond – for now however we’d like to ask that the senior players – and our supporters ! - make them feel welcome, look after them, and help them develop into the great Maidstone Rugby players they have the potential to be.

Allan Crosbie, Youth Transition Manager

Annual General Meeting: Tuesday 18th July
posted: June 16 2017

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for Maidstone Rugby will take place at The Mote on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 8:00pm, following an eventful season, both on and off the pitch there will be plenty to be discussed and updated on.

Minutes of the 2016 AGM and details of the agenda for this year’s meeting will be posted here in due course.

If any members have any points or topics to be raised for discussion they should be submitted to the Hon Secretary in writing by Friday 30th June 2017.

Please make every effort to attend and have a say in the running of your club.

For the AGM Agenda, click here

Situations Vacant

Officers of the Club

Please be aware that two of the Officers of the club are standing down and as a result there are vacancies as shown below.  The committee has sought suitable candidates to propose at the AGM, however, if any member would like to submit their candidacy they are requested to do so in writing to the committee no later than 30th June 2017.


Hon Secretary

For full details of the Role Description for these positions please click on the appropriate link below:


Hon Secretary

Club Officials

In addition the role of Chairman of Selectors is also vacant for next season, for a role description click on the link below.  Again, if any member would like to submit their candidacy they are requested to do so in writing to the committee no later than 30th June 2017.

Chairman of Selectors

Any member interested in assisting in the running and administration of the club by fulfilling one of these roles should contact the Hon Sec in the first instance.

Beating the Mighty All-Blacks twice in a month: An outstanding Welsh player remembered.
posted: June 26 2017

On saturday we gathered in the clubhouse and watched the Lions lose to the All-Blacks: an all too familiar story.

Watching the game in the club-house (and providing a running commentary on the action) were two proud Welshmen. One of them was our own Graham Norton who has been a member and VP at Maidstone since God was a boy and the other was Bob Judd, who is not a member but is a very familiar face because he turns up to referee for us week-in, week-out during the season. 

Whilst Bob was no mean player himself during his rugby career, it was the incredible exploits of Bob's father that attracted the attention of Graham Norton, when he became familiar with the story.  Being something of a historian of Welsh Rugby, Graham researched the story and published it in April's Touch-lines magazine.  

You can read the story here and reflect on the Lions career that would have surely followed had cancer not brought a cruel and tragically early end to the remarkable story.   

Sponsors BBQ
posted: July 12 2017

Despite the best efforts of Mother Nature, the club held its annual sponsor's BBQ on Tuesday evening, although the weather saw the organisers put Plan B into operation given the weather forecast.  In fact as the afternoon progressed the club's Ground Chairman was probably the only one with a smile on his face as the pitches got a welcome soaking from the persistent rainfall.

This years event despite the weather was again well attended, although the rain may have deterred one or two of the less hardy.  The event provided an opportunity for sponsors to speak with some of the club's committee in addition to being a networking opportunity as a welcome by product.

Charlotte Devoire from the club's Community Partners Bovis Homes was also present, and took the time to watch some of the U16s training under one of the club's community coaches Gavin Allwright.

Additionally the club also took the opportunity to make some outstanding presentations to a number of volunteers.

There were six presentations of Vice Presidencies and in a first for the club three were ladies and increased the number of lady Vice Presidents by 100% with awards going to Karen Moore, Diane Hughes and Diane Iles, with former 1st XV skipper Jim Walker also a recipent along with Kevin Bailey and Peter Iles, to round off a good evening for the Iles household.

In addition, the club presented the Harry Green Memorial Cup to immediate Past President Bob Beney.  This presentation is not necessarily awarded on an annual basis and recognises loyal service to the club over an extended period of time.  In fact it is the second time Bob has been awarded the trophy, the first occasion being 20 years ago in 1997.




Mayhem in Georgia
posted: June 04 2017

As some of you will know, the World Rugby U20 Championship is currently takin place in Georgia; what you probably don't know is that Maidstone Rugby's Martin Mayhem is also out there with an RFU groundsman team to assist various various Georgian grounds teams.  Travelling with RFU Head Groundsman Keith Kent, with whom he operates as one of his team of Volunteer Pitch Advisors, Martin has spent the last week located in Kutasi where the pool matches for N Zealand, Italy, Ireland and Scotland were being played.  This week he moves to Tblisi for the latter stages of the tournament before returning to the UK.

RFU Regional Volunteer Finalists
posted: June 13 2017

England Rugby and Mitsubishi Motors have developed the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme to provide grassroots rugby clubs, Constituent Bodies and the rugby community with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up an integral part of the game.

With over 1500 nominations nationally, Eva and Tuggy were successful  in being invited to one of two regional finals hosted by the RFU and Mitsubishi Motors.

Following an informal BBQ and speeches, they were both presented with fleeces and certificates in recognition of all the effort they have made with running the youth section, providing coaching in schools  and club coaching.  The overall winner of the event was a grounds man from Folkestone, who commented on how grateful he was for the advice he had received from Maidstone's martin Maytum in his role as one of the RFU Volunteer Pitch Advisors

Lions Breakfasts
posted: June 04 2017

The club will be open from 7:30am for live coverage of the British & Irish Lions test matches v New Zealand on saturday 24th June, 1st July and 8th July.

The bar will be open and breakfast will also be being served at a cost of £5 per head.

The Lions tours come round only every four years and there's no better way than being able to watch the game at a rugby club with your mates.

Please inform either Carol or Bob Beney if you are intending to come along for breakfast so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

NB: The first test coincides with the NatWest Rugbyforce working day, so a great opportunity to come down, have a hearty breakfast, watch the rugby and then get stuck in to some work for the benefit of the club.

Thurrock Level Transferred from London 1(N) for the 2017-18 Season
posted: May 27 2017

Given the geographical implications of promotion and primarily relegation at Levels 4 & 5, next season will see Maidstone lock horns competitively with Thurrock for the first time in over two decades.

With both Sidcup and Tunbridge Wells promoted and only Chichester dropping down into Ldn 1 (S) from the division above, this has meant that Thurrock are level transferred by virtue of having the lowest impact on travel mileage of the Ldn 1(N) clubs as a result of being moved to Ldn 1(S).

The confirmed league composition for London 1(S) for 2017-18 is as follows:






Ride of the Legends Charity Dinner & Auction, Wed 21st June
posted: May 25 2017

One of the club's sponsors, Shepherd Neame are hosting the Ride of the Legends Charity Dinner at the Old Brewery Store in Faversham on Wed 21st June, with British & Irish Lions legends Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague, Roger Arneil and Shane Byrne  attending.

The evening starts at 7:15pm (although earlier Brewery Tours are available), with a free beer on arrival, there will be an auction and raffle following the meal.  There will also be a Q&A session with the above named former Lions.

Tables of 10 at 337.50 per head.

For bookings please contact Mike Gore at or via M: 07887 561784




500 Club - Winners
posted: May 19 2017

Congratulations to those listed below who have won prizes in the latest 500 club draws conducted for April and May:


£100 Mike Lawrenson

£50 Shaun Neaves

£50 James Findlay

£30 Bob Beney


£100 Des Diamond

£50 James Findlay

£50 Brian Lovelidge

£30 James Findlay

Congratulation and thank you for supporting the 500 Club.  You've got to be in it, to win it!!

Around the Grounds
posted: May 07 2017

National 2 S & N Playoff: Congratulations to O Elthamians who reached Nat 1 by defeating Sale 14-19 in the promotion playoff.  In what was a tight match throughout the first half-hour saw the two sides locked together with a couple of penalties apiece; OEs took the lead through a penalty try midway through the second quarter when the referee went under the posts after a high tackle prevented a try. Sale reduced the deficit to 9-13 on the stroke of half-time with a drop goal.  In what was a combative affair no one trouble the scorers in the third quarter and a penalty with 15 minutes remaining stretched the OEs lead to 7-points.  A drop goal with little more than a couple of minutes left further increased the lead, although Sale had the last say as they crossed out wide on the stroke of full-time, with the final whistle sounding as the conversion attempt drifted wide.

RFU National Cup Finals;

RFU Intermediate Cup: Charlton Pk fell just short in their attempt to be the third consecutive Kent club to take the trophy as they were pitted against a West Leeds outfit making their third consecutive appearance at Twickenham having been involved in the Senior Vase finals for the last two seasons.  Park found themselves two tries and 14-0 down in the first quarter but fought back with a dominant scrum to level through two tries of their own to go into the interval at 14-14.  A breakaway try gave the advantage back the West Leeds early in the half but a Singh try levelled the scores again.  An unconverted Miller try going into the final quarter gave Park a 26-21 advantage but the loss of two players to yellow cards did the damage as West Leeds scored twice to come back to 26-35 and even the late loss of former England RL international Calderwood for a second yellow offence couldn’t stop the Yorkshire club’s march to the title.

RFU Senior Vase: The club where Jonny Wilkinson started his career were crowned Senior Vase champions after a dominant second half performance saw them run out 37-15 winners against Midlands club Droitwich.  The score was level 10-10 at the break, with both sides scoring a converted try as well as a penalty, but it was three converted second half tries and a couple of penalties that took the match out of Droitwich’s reach as they suffered their only defeat of the season.

RFU Junior Vase:  In what ended up being a good day for Yorkshire clubs, Goole were crowned RFU Junior Vase champions in their first national final after a thrilling 31-24 win over Gloucestershire club Spartans.  Despite struggling in the early stages and going down to an early Spartans try the Yorkshire club hauled itself back into the game after fielding  a poor crossfield kick to run in and level the scores. A further try apiece kept the two sides ‘neck & neck’ until Goole crossed in the corner just before half time to hold a 19-14 advantage.  Goole took the initiative in the second half against a Spartans side that were tiring and having stretched to a 31-19 lead they had chances to put the match out of reach which weren’t taken, Spartans hauled themselves back into the contest with a further try but despite pressing in the closing stages couldn’t breach Goole’s organised defence.

That's it for this season, enjoy the summer and hopefully I'll be back with another weekly blog to round up the county's results starting in September. BH

Ups & Downs (A Season's Summary)
posted: May 08 2017

In National 1 Blackheath never really showed the form and consistency of the last couple of seasons, finishing 7th in the table.  In a division where many regarded the promotion battle as a ‘one horse race’ Hartpury College took the title and promotion place by a massive 30 point margin from nearest challengers Plymouth Albion.  At the foot of the table Macclesfield drop straight back down to Nat 2(N) after a torrid season, along with Blaydon and Hull Ionians; and with all three relegated sides going into Nat 2 (N) this has created some promotion anomalies further down the league structure.

National 2 (S) started as a battle between four of five clubs, in the end being whittled down to just three.  Taunton; the early season pace setters fell off the pace in mid-season to finish fourth, whilst Bishops Stortford timed their run in to perfection, moving to the top in the last third of the season to take the title.  The playoff place became a battle between O Elthamians and Chinnor with both always having been in title contention until a mid-season wobble saw Stortford move into pole position.  Both went into the last day of the season locked together with Elthamians holding their nerve to take the playoff place, as Chinnor fell to a surprising defeat.  Elthamians then travelled to Manchester to take on a Sale side that finished runners-up in Nat 2(N) and in a tight encounter with a 14-19 scoreline took the prized promotion to Nat 1, and will lock horns next season with Blackheath.  For the county’s other representative, Canterbury finished the season comfortably in mid-table (8th) although they got off to a very shaky start, and it wasn’t until a morale boosting 51-17 win over Henley at the end of October that they began to assemble a consistent string of results. At the bottom, relegation wasn’t fully decided until late in the day, with Exmouth and Barnes being relegated and Barnstaple consigned to the third relegation place on the last day of the season but reprieved by the geographical implications of relegation from Nat 1.

National 3(SE) Having been contenders in most of the recent seasons, and losing out in the playoff last season Tonbridge Juddians were expected to be amongst the main challengers this time around.  So it proved; as in a promotion battle that involved a handful of clubs gradually whittled down to two contenders with Wimbledon the other leading challenger. TJs clinched the title and the promotion with a couple of weeks to spare whilst Wimbledon took the playoff place and went on to beat Dings Crusaders to also achieve promotion.  Westcombe Pk finished fourth, having fallen off the pace in mid-season along with Hertford who were the other early season challengers. At the bottom, Amersham& Chiltern who were promoted last season having scored over a thousand points were consigned to relegation after a single season having conceded the same.  Colchester also drop back down after two seasons in the division and Chichester’s three season stay at Level 5 also comes to an end.

In London 1 (S) after several seasons as the division’s ‘nearly men’ Sidcup took their opportunity for league honours as they secured the title in late March, the challenge for the playoff position involved five clubs but eventually it was pared down to a battle between Havant and Tunbridge Wells which was only decided on the last day of the season; with Tunbridge Wells then going on to defeat Chingford in the playoff in a nailbiting encounter that went into extra time.  At the foot of the table Gosport & Fareham’s reprieve last season did them no favours as they were anchored to the foot of the table from the outset, they were joined in the drop zone by Dover who after narrow escapes for the past two seasons eventually succumbed to relegation, as did Chiswick who return to playing their fixtures north of the Thames.  Sevenoaks, Gravesend and Maidstone all wallowed in mid-table mediocrity, never really able to achieve the consistency to challenge the leading places .

In London 2 (SE) It was apparent from the outset that the leading contender would be Medway and they secured the league title and promotion in early March.  The battle for the playoff position saw four Kent clubs in contention; although O Colfeians always appeared to be in control and went on to take the position and subsequent promotion by defeating Ldn 2(SW) club Camberley.  Dartfordians, Beckenham and Charlton Pk all challenged but it was the late season clashes between the leading group that eventually finalised the order as the county dominated the upper echelon of the division.  At the bottom Crowborough drop back to Sussex 1 as do Bromley to Kent 1 after only one season in the division where they struggled throughout.  Deal & Betteshanger finished in lower mid-table but had flirted with the relegation zone alongside all the bottom half clubs throughout the campaign.

The battle at the top of London 3(SE) was always tight and Thanet Wdrs led the way for a significant part of the season, but a dip in form in the final third of the campaign took the matter out of their hands going into the last couple of fixtures as Sussex clubs Pulborough and Haywards Heath took the promotion places.  There was keen interest in the bottom half of the table, with any one of half a dozen clubs that could have been drawn into the relegation battle alongside bottom club Ashford, who endured a torrid campaign.  In the end the likes of Aylesford, Dunstonians and Park Hse managed to haul themselves clear leaving Eastbourne and Gillingham Anchorians who throughout the campaign had never quite managed to secure mid-table sanctuary, to drop to their respective county leagues.

As was the case last season the Kent 1 battle for promotion proved to be very interesting with three or four sides battling it out at the season’s mid-point.  In the end Cranbrook and Beccehamians challenge faded, although the Wealden club were still just in contention in the final weeks when it had really become a battle between two contenders.  Hastings & Bexhill always held the whip hand, and despite tripping up unexpectedly in the closing weeks to struggling Sittingbourne, they had enough breathing space to take the title with a week to spare from O Williamsonians  whop subsequently went on to defeat Sussex club Uckfield in the promotion playoff.  At the foot of the table it was apparent very early on the Snowdown were struggling and ended up anchoring the table, the battle to avoid the second relegation place wasn’t decided until the final weekend and involved three clubs, as New Ash Green (NAG), Sittingbourne and Brockleians all struggled.  It was a run of three consecutive wins in the last three weeks for both NAG and Sittingbourne against three heavy defeats that saw Brocks drop to Kent 2 on the final day of the season.

The battle in Kent 2 saw four clubs fighting for the two promotion places as O Gravesendians took the title and return to Kent 1 at the first attempt with Royal Bank of Scotland taking the runners up place after a tight battle with Whitstable and also Foots Cray, although their challenge faded in the closing stages and they finished in third and fourth places respectively.  At the bottom Erith, who had re-joined the league this season, and Shooters Hill propped up the division with even the RFU points deductions not affecting their league standings.  It was also evident that some clubs struggled for a variety of reasons, with a total of 19 match concessions recorded in the division. In mid-table there was little to choose between the sides with just 8-points separating 6th to 9th places, with Dartford valley posting their highest league finish so far.

RFU Knockout Competitions

In the RFU Intermediate Cup Charlton Park made it three years in succession for one of the county’s sides to reach Twickenham in this competition, unfortunately just coming up short on the day against a West Leeds outfit that were making their third consecutive visit to HQ.  Beckenham and Colfes fell in the third round with Beckenham falling to Charlton Pk, whilst Deal & Betteshanger went out in Round 2, with Bromley and Dartfordians falling at the first hurdle.

In the RFU Senior Vase it was Thanet Wdrs who got the furthest as they exited the competition in the 3rd round, going out to the regional Runners-Up in O Cranleighians.  Aylesford Bulls fell in the 2nd round to eventual Twickenham finalists Farnham, with Sheppey exiting in the first round with a heavy defeat to Sussex club Pulborough.

The RFU Junior Vase none of the county’s clubs were drawn in the first round, although Vigo were the first to leave the competition as they fell to a defeat by fellow Kent club Snowdown CW, in Round 2 with what was probably their best result of the season.  Both they and Sittingbourne fell in Round 2 leaving Cranbrook and Beccehamians to carry the county’s flag, although Kent 1 club Hastings & Bexhill were still very much in the competition and were to take Beccehamians scalp in the next round.  Cranbrook also went out in 3rd round, falling to O Whitgiftians who were to go on to the national semi-finals.

Shepherd Neame Kent Cup Competitions

Most of the competitions this season progressed without as many withdrawals as in previous seasons. Unfortunately this season’s finals threw up a series of one sided contests, with only the lowest tier Salver final between Greenwich and Snowdown being a real contest.  A tightly contested first half saw Greenwich to a 14-7 half-time advantage, and with addition of only a single penalty in the second period they took the trophy 17-7

In the Vase it was really one-way traffic as Kings College Hosp, whose form had deteriorated since the end of February were on the receiving end of an 82-0 thrashing by Beccehamians.

The Shield final was contested by Medway and Charlton Pk, with Medway adding the trophy to their league title with an 83-7 victory against a Charlton Pk side that had a number of players away on tour and one eye on the following week’s Twickenham Intermediate Cup final.

The Plate final was a local derby between two sides whose fortunes had differed since their last meeting two seasons ago.  In the end the county town club from Maidstone had too much firepower & experience for the near neighbours Aylesford, running out to a comfortable 58-14 victory to retain the trophy they won last season.

The main Cup final saw Nat 3(SE) champions Tonbridge Juddians pitted against London 1(S) champions Sidcup in what was expected to be a competitive encounter.  In fact it was quite the opposite and despite the endeavour of Sidcup’s play their opposition proved to be too well organised for them.  Whilst the first half was competitive with TJs holding a 19-3 advantage at the interval, their superior power and pace proved the difference in the second half as they added 43 unanswered points to romp to a 62-3 final score to take the trophy for the second time in 3 seasons.

London & SE Promotion & Relegation Summary

National 1

 Promoted: Hartpury College

Relegated: Macclesfield, Blaydon and Cambridge

National 2 (S)

Promoted: Bishops Stortford and O Elthamians (Playoff v Sale Nat 2N)

Relegated: Exmouth, Barnes, Barnstaple* (*- reprieved)

National 3 (SE)

Promoted: Tonbridge Juddian and Wimbledon (Playoff v Dings Crusaders Nat 3SW)

Relegated: Amersham & Chiltern, Colchester and Chichester

London 1 (N)

Promoted: Tring (Playoff: Chingford)

Relegated: Sudbury, Chelmsford and Barking

London 1 (S)

Promoted: Sidcup and Tunbridge Wells

Relegated: Gosport & Fareham, Dover and Chiswick

London 2 (SE)

Promoted: Medway and O Colfeians

Relegated: Crowborough and Bromley

London 2 (SW)

Promoted: Ldn Cornish, (Playoff: Camberley)

Relegated: Warlingham and Portsmouth

London 3 (SE)

Promoted: Pulborough and Haywards Heath

Relegated: Ashford, Eastbourne and Gillingham Anchorians

London 3 (SW)

Promoted: Farnham and Eastleigh

Relegated: Bognor, Millbrook and US Portsmouth

Shepherd Neame Kent Division 1

Promoted:  Hastings & Bexhill and O Williamsonians

Relegated: Snowdown CW and Brockleians

Shepherd Neame Kent Division 2

Promoted: O Gravesendians and Royal Bank of Scotland

Sussex 1

Promoted: Crawley, (Playoff: Uckfield)

Shepherd Neame Kent Cup

Winners:   Tonbridge Juddians

Runners Up: Sidcup

Shepherd Neame Kent Shield

Winners:  Medway

Runners Up: Charlton Park

Shepherd Neame Kent Plate

Winners: Maidstone

Runners Up: Aylesford

Shepherd Neame Kent Vase

Winners:  Beccehamians

Runners Up:  Kings College Hospital

Shepherd Neame Kent Salver

Winners:  Greenwich

Runners Up: Snowdown


Shepherd Neame Kent Cup Finals Results
posted: May 01 2017

Unfortunately this season’s finals threw up a series of one sided contests, with only the lowest tier Salver final between Greenwich and Snowdown being anything like a real contest.  A tightly contested first half saw Greenwich to a 14-7 half-time advantage, and with addition of only a single penalty in the second period they took the trophy 17-7

In the Vase it was really one-way traffic as Kings College Hosp, whose form had deteriorated since the end of February were on the receiving end of an 82-0 thrashing by Beccehamians.

The Shield final was contested by Medway and Charlton Pk, with Medway adding the trophy to their league title with an 83-7 victory against a makeshift Charlton Pk side that had a number of players away on tour and one eye on next week’s Twickenham Intermediate Cup final.

The Plate final was a local derby between two sides whose fortunes had differed since their last meeting two seasons ago.  In the end the county town club from Maidstone had too much firepower & experience for their near neighbours Aylesford, running out to a comfortable 58-14 victory to retain the trophy they took last season.

The main Cup final saw Nat 3(SE) champions Tonbridge Juddians pitted against Ldn 1(S) champions Sidcup in what was expected to be a competitive encounter.  In fact it was quite the opposite and despite the endeavour of Sidcup’s play their opposition proved to be too well organised for them.  Whilst the first half was competitive with TJs holding a 19-3 advantage at the interval, their superior power and pace proved the different in the second half as they added 43 unanswered points to romp to a 62-3 final score to take the trophy for the second time in 3 seasons.

Annual Awards Dinner
posted: May 09 2017

Maidstone brought the 2016-17 season to a close with the traditional annual awards dinner held this year at Cobtree Manor Golf Club.  The evening recognises the contributions made during the season, both on and off the pitch with the presentation of both team and club awards.

This season’s team & individual award winners were as follows:

Head Coach's Award – Josh Pankhurst

Veterans XV (Mike Shaples Plate) – Peter Jones

Barbarians XV (Captains Shield) – Lee Morrison

Mustangs XV – Matt Cooper

1st XV – Ben Kn1ght

The Club awards recipients were:

David Arnold Young Player Award – Harry Cole

Bernard Hinks Award (Non Player) – Richard Weston

Bernard Hinks Award (Senior Player) – Ian Lee

Bernard Hinks Award (1st XV Player) – Nathan Simpson

Millenium Cup (Team of the Year) – 1st XV

Millwood Designer Homes Sign Up As One Of The Lead Sponsors
posted: May 02 2017

Award-winning developer Millwood Designer Homes has proven to be a good sport, by signing up as one of the lead sponsors of Maidstone F.C, the rugby club at the heart of Kent’s County Town. Formed in 1880, the club is amongst the oldest in the country and has for many years played rugby at the picturesque Mote Ground, in the centre of Maidstone.

As Platinum sponsors, Millwood’s company logo will be printed onto the first team’s new shirts for the upcoming season. A true community team, Maidstone run five senior men’s sides every Saturday during the season and a highly successful Youth and Minis section, meaning the club has an impressive membership of over 500.

Philip Brown, Sales Director at Millwood Designer Homes comments: “We are delighted to start a two year sponsorship with Maidstone Rugby Club and get involved with this fantastic local team. We care about the communities we develop in and have recently launched a collection of new homes at Brambledown, which is just two miles from the club’s home ground. We hope that our sponsorship will help enhance the morale and performance of the team and wish them every success for the rest of this season.”

Bob Hayton, Sponsorship Manager of Maidstone F.C comments: “I would like to express my thanks to Millwood Designer Homes for their generous sponsorship. As a local club we like to develop long standing relationships with businesses in the area. We are confident that Millwood’s generosity will benefit the club and players over the next two years.”

Located just a short drive from The Mote, the home of Maidstone Rugby Club, Brambledown is a selection of 36 houses, including 2 and 3 bedroom semi-detached homes and detached chalet bungalows as well as 3, 4 and 5 bedroom detached homes. Set amongst picturesque surroundings and situated on the edge of Loose Valley, each home has been carefully designed to suit the needs of modern buyers.

As part of ‘The Kent Collection,’ a variety of new homes are also available at Windsor Meadow in Marden and The Old Orchard in Sutton Valence. As with all Millwood homes specification is high and have been designed in keeping with the architectural style of Kent. Some of the homes having traditional feather edge weatherboarding and reclaimed bricks. Modern kitchens feature a comprehensive range of units, ceramic floor tiles, worktops and fully integrated appliances, and bathrooms feature contemporary white suites with chrome fittings.

An excellent commuter location, Maidstone East and West Stations both offer good rail links into central London. By road, the M20 is close and leads directly to M26 and M25, providing easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow Airport, for international travel.

Prices start from £315,000 for at Brambledown. For more information please visit

NatWest Rugby Force: Saturday 24th June
posted: May 25 2017

The club will again be participating in the Natwest Rugby Force weekend on the 24/25th June.  The aim this year is a major ground tidy up on the immediate pitch surrounds of the 1st XV pitch, but more importantly along the perimeter fence lines that surround the ground along the rugby boundaries.

When? Saturday 24th June

Where? The Rugby Club

What?  As mentioned above, the day is ground maintenance orientated.

How? The aim is to split into a number of teams each with specific roles. There will be teams led by competent chainsaw operators who will do the cutting, supported by some with strimmers/brushcutters.  The follow on teams will drag out the stuff that is cut and centralise it at an area for a bonfire at a later date.  Lastly there will be a litter picking team to pick up any foreign body debris.  In addition there are some other smaller ground maintenance tasks that also need to be carried out as well.

The day will be capped off with a BBQ and some refreshments.

What part do you play? Your participation is critical, there is significant work to be done and this is not a task that can just be left to the dedicated few who always turn up; whether you can spare the whole day, or just a couple of hours you participation is crucial to making this a success.  Those of you that have petrol driven strimmers or brushcutters, or even hand hedge cutters/loppers and other garden implements, then if you could also bring them along it would be appreciated. It is recommended that all participants bring a pair of gardening gloves.

Remember, if you as members can’t be bothered to help out, then you end up with the club you deserve.

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Supporters Man of the Match

Despite the disappointing result, in a competent performance controlling things from the back of the scrum this weeks Man of the Match award goes to Scrum Half Jack Leach

2017-18 London Division 1 South (Top 6)

  Team Pl Pts
1 CS Rugby 3 15
2 Chichester 3 15
3 Medway 3 14
4 Tottonians 3 11
5 Sevenoaks 3 9
6 Havant 3 9

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Topnotch Health Club
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S & B
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Ye Olde Thirsty Pig
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BMI Somerfield
The Oxygen Clinic
Digital Partner
Vivid Associates

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Abacus Blinds
Bentens Autocare
Big Ben's
Burden Bros
CAPS Limited
Complete Group
Cranbrook School
Edmundson Electrical
Howdens Joinery
JRB Roofing
Kent Fruit Services
KM Group
Knight Freeman
R E Knight Ltd
KST Foundation
McVeigh Parker
SJ Milward
NFU Mutual
The Safety Effect
TJ Kent Carpentry
Tryline Rugbywear
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St Simon Stock
Tiger Primary
Valley Pk
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