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2018-19 London 2(SE) League Fixtures Announced
posted: June 04 2018

The fixtures schedule for the new season has been published, somewhat earlier than usual and sees a division dominated numerically by Kent clubs who provide nine of the twelve clubs.  The machinations of promotion and relegation meant that there had been talk that Horsham had voluntarily level transferred across to Ldn 2(SW), this has proved not to be the case with Alleynians making the switch, as Maidstone will o[pen their league campaign hosting the Sussex club at The Mote on the 8th Sept. The following week sees the shortest away trip of the campaign across the M20 to Aylesford the following week for an early season local derby, with a home fixture against Charlton Pk and then a trip to Heathfield & W to round out the opening month.

The club website will be updated in due course, but in the meantime for full details of the fixture schedule click here

 

 

 



Kent Cup Draw Sees Local Derby Clash
posted: June 07 2018

The draw has been made for the Shepherd Neame Kent Cup competitions, with the club competing in the Shield for the first time.  Of the 13 eleigible clubs at Ldn 2 & 3 level only seven have entered the competition so the tournament starts at the Quarter-Finals with one club receiving a bye.

Perhaps the most eyecatching of the fixtures is Maidstone's home draw against near neighbours Aylesford, adding another local derby to an already interesting season. Charlton Pk host a Dover outft that ended last season strongly, whilst Gravesend entertain newly promoted Ldn 3 (SE) club Beccehamians.

The full draw is as follows (fixture date tbc):

Maidstone v Aylesford

Charlton Park v Dover

Gravesend v Beccehamians

O Dunstonians v Bye

 



Sponsors renew their support for next season
posted: June 05 2018

The club is pleased to announce that as we go into the closed season the club’s sponsorship campaign continues to progress, although work on the 2018-19 season started midway through this past campaign.

Circumstances have meant that Hospitality Finder have stepped aside as one of the club’s Platinum Sponsors although they will continue their support at some other level. Chief Executive Mike Dunderdale is keen to continue his support to the club but is currently unable to commit to a specific level, on that basis he had graciously allowed the club to progress other leads in order to be able to plan with some certainty.  With that in mind and following disussions with MD Nick Baster, the club is pleased to announce Maidstone based Logic CP as new Platinum level sponsors with a two year agreement covering the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. They join long term sponsors Cripps Law and also Millwood Designer Homes who have both renewed their support for the coming season.

At Gold level, long term sponsors Firmin Group, Britelite, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Alltask/Hehku, Oakley Capital and Sharpak Aylesham have also renewed their sponsorship along with Linton Fuel Oils. They are joined this season by Quinn Estates who are our development partners as we look to the future.

Silver level sponsors Shepherd Neame remain on board and discussions with ATAC Solutions are ongoing, but we say farewell to two long term supporters of the club in Sibley Pares and Morlings Solicitors, both companies that have shared a long standing personal and sponsorship connections with the club.

Discussions are ongoing with our Bronze level partners although currently Allsands Buildbase, CEMEX, Designer Contracts, Express Cars, Earl Street Employment, Maidstone Scaffolding and Topbond PLC have all renewed.

On the fitness front discussions are in progress as part of the club’s preseason training regime with Maidstone’s Welcome Gym (formerly Topnotch) to maintain their significant 'Benefit in Kind' contradeal arrangement with the county town club. Communication is currently ongoing with the  other local and regional companies who have expressed an interest in supporting the club, in addition to work being conducted in assembling some new partnerships to enhance the level of physiotherapy support provided by the club,

Maidstone Rugby have a variety of sponsorship package templates available to suit all budgets, if you or your company would like to generate a positive local or regional profile in being seen to support high quality community based grassroots sport, then we would love to hear from you.

 



Players Meeting, Tuesday 12th June, 7:00pm
posted: June 06 2018

There will be a players meeting at the club on the 12th June @ 7:00pm.  The evening will consist of a presentation from the management and coaches as well as a chance to catch up and meet some new faces before training starts the following Tuesday. Food will be available on the night.

If you are new to the area or looking at moving clubs for whatever reason, then please come along. For catering purposes if you are a new player please contact Head Coach Mike Hebden via the website Contacts page prior to the evening so he knows you're attending and who you are.

we look forward to catching up with you all and laying out our plans for an exciting 2018-19 season. 

First training session will be Tuesday 19th June.



RBS Rugby Force: Sat 23rd June
posted: June 04 2018

The club will be participating in the RBS Rugby Force weekend again this year, there are a variety of odd jobs to do around the grounds to help the team get the pitches & surrounding areas ready for the new season. 

the main areas of emphasis this year are a major tidy up of the boundaruy fence along Willow Way, painting of the waste bins as well as some general tidying up.

Please bring garden implements along plus also strimmers and the like if you have them.  For those that have chainsaws, these would be very useful for a couple of jobs but any major use of these will be conducted by qualified persons.

Please come on down and feel free to bring some implements to assist in the general husbandry, as well as enjoy a laugh along with a cool beverage in the sun. 

 

 

 



Pitch Reparations
posted: May 12 2018

All members and coaches are to be aware that we have had the contractors in over the last week conducting the pitch maintenance and repairs.  In all 120 tonnes of topdressing and rootzone has been spread across the pitches with the bulk of the work having been on the Top and Training pitches.  In addition to aeration  to revitalise heavy wear areas by relieve soil compaction, improving aeration and aid the removal of surface water.  Finally, all the pitches have been reseeded.  Please be aware the the lower, more worn section of the Tag pitch has also been seeded.

Coaches and players are requested to stay of the playing surfaces until at least mid June to give the seed the best chance to germinate, even then there are obvious worn areas that will need more time to recover. coaches are requested when planning your preseason training programmes to please speak to Bob Hayton for the best areas to use according to the amount of space you require.

Your cooperation is appreciated

 

 

 

 

 

 



GDPR: Or are you receiving the club's email newsletter?
posted: May 09 2018

Data laws are changing. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and represents a reshaping of the data protection landscape.

In simple terms, GDPR will help protect the personal data of those involved in rugby by requiring better governance and transparency. Organisations like ourselves who are holding personal data need to provide more information to people about what they do with those people’s data, why, and for how long.

From a club perspective what does this mean?  Well, you may have noticed that your inbox has been bombarded lately with a series of emails from various organisations that you have subscrbed to at some point or other, asking if you wish to continue receiving email communications. We are not quite as sophisticated as that, but as a club, our Chairman does send out a monthly newsletter via email and we are also looking at distributing information pertaining to the AGM and possibly other periodic missives via email.

If you are a member and not getting the newsletter, then you won't receive the other information, so if you want to be kept up to date on what's happening then please contact Chairman Craig Tuffrey via email (click here) to 'opt in' to receiving email communications.



Ups & Downs (A Season's Summary) - Update (Ldn 2 & 3 and Kent 1)
posted: May 07 2018

National 1: Last season Hartpury took the title by a 30-point margin and this time around it was Coventry that proved equally impressive as they secured the league title and promotion in early March. The county’s two representatives in the division finished in the leading group with Blackheath never quite having enough to challenge for the title and ending up in fifth spot.  For newcomers O Elthamians, their upward trend continues as after losses on the opening weekends they climbed to sit in seventh place at the season’s mid-point, and then improved on that to finish in sixth place just 7 points adrift of Blackheath.

At the bottom of the table Fylde struggled all season and finished bottom of the table, their relegation confirmed in early March. O Albanians once they slipped into the drop zone always looked destined to stay there, but in reality the other two relegation places were contested between three clubs, with Hull Ionians and Loughborough Students the other two strugglers although Rosslyn Pk flirted with danger near the end.  O Albanians relegation was confirmed on the final weekend and with Hull facing the champions as the season’s finale their survival chances also disappeared.

Promoted: Coventry.

Relegated: Fylde, O Albanians and Hull Ionians.

National 2(South): By the season’s mid-point the promotion battle looked to have narrowed down to a battle between Chinnor and Cinderford although it wasn’t until mid-April that Cinderford were confirmed champions with Chinnor taking the playoff position that had been secured by the end of March and going on to defeat Sedgley Pk (Nat 2(N)) in the end of the season playoff.  Canterbury never really challenged and after hitting the campaign mid-point in seventh spot they tailed off in the latter half of the season to finish in lower mid-table (10th).  New boys Tonbridge Juddians did the reverse and having found their feet by the halfway point climbed to a season ending position of 6th which when analysing their results is probably a reasonable reflection on their season.  At the bottom newcomers Broadstreet and Wimbledon struggled and always looked favourites for the drop, but as seems the case in this division there were a host of clubs that could have joined them although this gradually thinned out to just two sides going into the final month of the campaign. In the end it was the mid-April clash between the two that resolved the issue with Barnstaple, having been reprieved last season, consigning O Redcliffians to the drop and meaning that three of the four clubs promoted into the division at the end of last season drop back down after just one campaign.

Promoted: Cinderford and Chinnor (Playoff v Sedgley Park (Nat 2N))

Relegated: Broadstreet, Wimbledon and O Redcliffians.

London & SE Premier: It been quite a while since Kent had three representatives at Level 5, and in a retitled division this season the mid-point sees mixed fortunes for the county’s clubs.  Of the three it was Tunbridge Wells that had the best season as they improved on the mid-table positioning at the halfway stage to finish fifth, although some 20+points shy of the top four clubs.  The league title wasn’t decided until the final weekend and Guernsey, who had set the pace for much of the latter half of the campaign slipped up in early April to be overhauled by Barnes for the automatic promotion spot, with the Channel islanders going into the playoffs to face Bournemouth.  Westcombe Pk who might have been expected to be one of the main challengers struggled all season and were always mired in the relegation battle which they were never able to recover from and were consigned to relegation on the final day. Sidcup hit the halfway point having looked to have found their feet in the division, but a poor second half to the season saw them flirting with the drop zone, only easing their worries on the penultimate weekend.

Promoted: Barnes and Guernsey (Playoff v Bournemouth (SW Prem))

Relegated: Towcestrians, Southend and Westcombe Park.

London 1 (South):  After having set the pace since early season a wobble at the end of February saw Medway cede pole position to CS Rugby who needed no further invitation and holding their form until the last day took the league title and the automatic promotion place. With Medway’s stutter being against their promotion rivals it made for an interesting run in right up to the last day of the season but they held their nerve to hold off Havant and take the runners up spot, only to narrowly lose out in the promotion playoff to a Chingford side that had themselves been similarly disappointed the year before.  For the other Kent clubs it was a disappointing season with Sevenoaks being the only side not to be embroiled in the relegation battle, although a string of seven consecutive narrow losses in the third quarter of the campaign had them looking over their shoulders.  In the end the relegation battle involved only four clubs but it was away from the pitch that the last relegation place was decided when confirmation of a 5-point deduction for O Colfeians in the final week snatched away any hopes of last day reprieve and saw them accompany Gravesend and Maidstone in the drop down to Level 7 next season.

Promoted: CS Rugby,

Runners Up: Medway (Playoff v Chingford Ldn 1(N)) 

Relegated: Gravesend, Maidstone and O Colfeians

London 2(South East): After a third placed finish last season Dartfordians were obvious candidates to progress this time around and they had already secured the league title before their only loss in a late season defeat by Haywards Heath.  The runner up spot was fought out between a number of sides going into the last quarter, with Charlton Pk and Beckenham in the mix.  The closing weeks saw the order constantly shuffle as first Beckenham fell away and then Charlton Pk and it was Hove who had created a big enough cushion to be able to hold position and then secure promotion via the playoffs against O Reigatians.  A good late season run by Dover saw them finish in the top half of the table whilst Deal & Betteshanger as they did last season, flirted with the relegation zone along with Heathfield & Waldron but in the end had sufficient of a points margin that they were safe by mid-March as the two sides below them endured torrid campaigns and Pulborough’s relegation was confirmed, with Barking’s denouement having come in mid-February and will see them return north of the Thames for their fixtures next season in the restructured NW quadrant at L8 that consists of and Essex division and also an Eastern Counties division.

Promoted: Dartfordians and Hove (Playoff v O Reigatians (Ldn 2(SE))

Relegated: Barking and Pulborough.

London 3(South East): In a division dominated by Kent clubs, who provided eight of the twelve competitors it was the county’s clubs that dominated the upper half of the table with only Crowborough of the Sussex clubs managing a top half finish.  Mid-March saw Aylesford and Thanet Wdrs secure promotion and the run in to the season finale was only to sort out the final positions, with Aylesford eventually securing the league title in early April.  Bromley and O Williamsonians completed the top four with O Wills enjoying a very satisfying first season at the level.  In the bottom half of the table Crawley anchored the table along with Sheppey as both struggled from the first weekend.  The battle for the third relegation place was something of an ever moving feast in the latter half of the campaign.  Park House had looked favourites for the drop at the mid-season point but managed to pull clear, Folkestone’s inconsistency saw them drop into the danger zone as did Hastings & Bexhill’s, as they slumped  down the table and into the relegation battle. In a contest that went to the last weekend it was Folkestone that filled the last relegation place, although they have gained a reprieve as a result of Barking’s relegation and return to playing their fixtures north of the Thames.

Promoted: Aylesford and Thanet Wdrs.

Relegated: Crawley and Sheppey.

Shepherd Neame Kent 1:  Having been one of the leading promotion contenders in the last campaign, Beccehamians have continued the momentum and secured the league title and promotion in the run up to the Easter break. The battle for the playoff spot ran into April with a constant reshuffling of the chasing pack, in the end it was Vigo that held there nerve as challenges from Ashford, Anchorians, Cranbrook and Kings College Hospital all faltered.  Vigo then went on to defeat Sussex club Uckfield in the promotion playoff to secure their return to Ldn 3 for next season.  In a division that was clearly divided into two halves, at the bottom Sittingbourne always struggled but it took some time for the  relegation picture to clear gradually narrowing down to a battle between Southwark, New Ash Green (NAG) and RBS as to who would also go down. In the end it was a final weekend shootout between Southwark and NAG that saw NAG join Sittingbourne in the drop. However, the knock on effect of Barking’s relegation and level transfer north of the Thames which saw Folkestone reprieved, in combination with Vigo’s playoff success, has also meant that NAG will now also avoid the drop

Promoted:  Beccehamians and Vigo (Playoff v Uckfield (Sussex 1))

Relegated: Sittingbourne.

Shepherd Neame Kent 2:  Having set the pace for much of the season, in the end it was disappointment for Brockleians who just missed out on promotion in what for most of the season was a three way battle; Whitstable took the league title with a couple of weeks to spare, whilst Foots Cray secured the runner up place despite having to sit out the final weekend of the season.  At the bottom of the table Greenwich anchored the table from Askean, with Dartford Valley and Faversham the other clubs in what was a clearly delineated lower half of the table.

Promoted: Whitstable and Foots Cray

Intermediate Cup:  The competition saw only three of the county’s five eligible clubs enter and by the turn of the year last season’s runner up in Charlton Park were the county’s only remaining representatives.  Their attempt to go one better than last season’s Twickenham appearance unfortunately ended in the regional final where they went down by the narrowest of margins (12-13) to Camberley who went on to beat Coney Hill 17-20 in another tight encounter to reach a Twickenham final where they ran in 60 points and rather overpowered Midlands club Droitwich.

Senior Vase:  Both Aylesford and Bromley made the latter stages of the regional element of this competition, before Aylesford fell to Hampshire club Trojans.  Bromley who have a good record in this completion in recent years continued that good form but fell to a heavy 3-36 defeat in the regional final at the hands of Surrey club O Cranleighians who lost out to Cornwall based Saltash in the national semi-finals although it was Yorkshire based Wath upon Dearne who narrowly edged the final.

Junior Vase:  Traditionally the county’s clubs have not fared well in this competition but this time around there were two clubs carrying Kent’s aspirations coming into 2018.  Both Ashford and Gillingham Anchorians, were going well and a kind draw had kept the two sides apart; however it was not to be, as both fell to defeats in the regional semi-finals with Ashford losing out to Chipstead who went on to take the regional trophy and Anchorians falling to O Wimbledonians; Chipstead went out in the national semi-final to Devon club South Molton, with the eventual winners being Yorkshire club Old Otliensians.





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2018-19 London Division 2 (SE) 
 

  Team Pl Pts
1 Aylesford 0 0
2 Beckenham 0 0
3 Charlton Park 0 0
4 Deal & B 0 0
5 Dover 0 0
6 Gravesend 0 0
7 Haywards Heath 0 0
8 Heathfield & W 0 0
9 Horsham  0 0
10 Maidstone 0 0
11 O Colfeians 0 0
12 Thanet Wdrs 0 0

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