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Weekly Round-Up 9th September 2017
posted: September 15 2017

 

Results 9th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Sevenoaks

A

Lost 43-17

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Ashford II

A

Drew 12-12

Friendly

B XV

 

 

 

 

Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

So much for Maidstone being Sevenoak's bogey team.  Maidstone may have dominated this fixture during the last 10 seasons but there was no denying that Sevenoaks were the dominant side on Saturday and deserved what was their biggest winning margin vs Maidstone. It wasn't so much that Maidstone were not up for it as that they were ineffective for large parts of the match - whilst giving credit to Sevenoaks for a very committed and quick defensive effort.  Notwithstanding the 2 tries for Josh Pankhurst on his 100th 1st team appearance (2 tries rapidly becoming par for a JP appearance) and a well finished try from Rory Beech, the difference between the 2 sides was the incisiveness of the Sevenoaks finishing which will trouble teams at the top end of the table this season. 

 

A long awaited return to action this week of Skipper Ben Williams, after a 6 month lay-off may help to inject a little more steel into the First Team squad for the matches ahead - and contribute significantly to the front-row try-tally.  Whilst “The Fridge” is best known for his good-looks and witty repartee, his 30 tries a season are also a pretty useful contribution to the cause.

 

The Mustangs/Development side travelled to Ashford for a friendly and whilst having created sufficient chances to win by a hatful of tries, they eventually needed a late try to recover from a 12-7 deficit to draw the match.  This was in spite of having over 40 unavailabilities, so well done to the guys that filled in – especially those that stepped up from the Barbarians to help out..  Having completed 3 tough pre-season matches without defeat, the squad needs to have its sights set on winning their League-division, paving the way for a return to the Invicta League next season.

 

Looking ahead to this week, there are 3 teams in action on Saturday – and all at home. Tottonians will be a tough challenge for the First Team – having never beaten them in previous encounters – but as we saw last week, trends count for nothing on the day, so it should be a full-blooded encounter.  STOP PRESS: FRIDGE IS NOT ONLY GOOD-LOOKING AND WITTY BUT HE HAS AN EYE FOR DETAIL AND TELLS ME THAT WE (MAIDSTONE) BEAT TOTTS AWAY AT THEIR PLACE THE SEASON BEFORE LAST. 

 

The Mustangs entertain Folkestone II on the bottom pitch and the Baba’s will be playing in Mote Park (Not sure if our travelling friends are still camped there adjacent to the Rugby pitch ?   One hopes that they will have left the surroundings typically pristine, if they have moved on)

 

Looking ahead, The Veterans will be in action for their First match of the season next week, with the small matter of a visit from Harlequins Veterans for a friendly. We have promised that we won’t be featuring any former Internationals in our team.  No such promise has yet been forthcoming from Quins though.  Should be fun !!

 

Looking further ahead, the draw for the Spitfire Gold tournament was published this week.  Our first match is at home on Sunday 15th October against current Kent Vets Champions Thanet Wanderers.  We beat Thanet in the final just over 3 years ago, and it will be vital to win this pool match to give ourselves a chance of regaining the Kent Vets title this year. Should be a cracker !!

 

See below for the WRU from 10 years ago

 

RE

Fixtures 16th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Tottonians

H

 

London 1 South

2nd(Mustangs)

Folkestone II

H

 

Premier 2 East

B XV

Old Gravesendians II

H

 

Cinq 4 East

Veterans

No Fixture

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly News Round Up 10th Sept 2007

 

RESULTS

 

Maidstone lost at at home to Chobham 3-20        London 2 South.

 

Mustangs won away at Gravesend II    10-3        Invicta League

 

3rds Lost away at Llanishen               17-21         Week-end away.

 

 

Disappointing to lose this opening encounter in L2S as the table always looks so much better if you can put some points on it on day one. Congratulations to Chobham though on winning their first match played at this level but commiserations also on account of the serious leg-break suffered by one of their props during the match. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. STOP PRESS: FRIDGE IS NOT ONLY GOOD-LOOKING AND WITTY,  WITH AN EYE A FOR DETAIL BUT HE IS ALSO A BLOODY MENACE.  I'M INFORMED THAT IT WAS HIM FALLING ON THE CHOBHAM PROP THAT BROKE HIS LEG 10 YEARS AGO.  (CHOBHAM MENTIONED IT IN THEIR PROGRAMME WHEN MAIDSTONE PLAYED CHOBHAM LAST SEASON.) SADLY, THE PLAYER IN QUESTION NEVER PLAYED AGAIN.   TO CONFIRM HIS POSITION AS PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1 IN THAT PART OF SURREY, FRIDGE THEN TACKLED THE CHOBHAM SCRUM-HALF IN LAST YEAR'S MATCH WHICH UNFORTUNATELY RESULTED IN A BROKEN ANKLE.   IN OTHER NEWS, FRIDGE HAS ALSO ADMITTED TO HAVING STARTED THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON IN 1666 AND SHOOTING THE ARCH-DUKE FRANZ-FERDINAND IN 1914. THE COUNTY DISCIPLINARY HEARING COMES UP NEXT WEEK.

 

Well done to the Mustangs for opening their Invicta League campaign with an away win at Gravesend, which is worth 4 points. This puts them straight into 2nd place, behind Sevenoaks who upset last year’s winners Thanet, by beating them at their home ground, which has been something of a fortress in recent seasons.

Neil Smitherman was man of the match for the Mustangs, but Sam Bailey (one of last year’s U17 team) deserves a mention for coming off the bench to score the winning try in his first senior match at this level.

 

The 3rds opened their season with their customary skirmish against the Welsh losing by  4 points. It must have been exciting though as Llanishen scored all their points in the first half including 3 interception tries and the 3rds then fought a rear-guard action to get back into contention.

 

 

Preview for sat 15th

 

The Firsts have a tough L2S encounter away at Tunbridge Wells, who will be full of confidence after beating Colfes last week.

 

The Mustangs have a League game away at Tonbridge Judds II, who lost narrowly to T Wells II last week.

 

The 3rds have an away friendly against Canterbury III, which is quite a tall order bearing in mind the level at which Canterbury I and II play their Rugby these days.

 

The 4ths are away at Bexley III, (The first time most of us will ever have played there) A large squad, including many of our regular 5th team players and a number of new recruits will be travelling for this opening warm-up fixture and with Rolling-Subs, it will be a good chance to see some of the new players in action and to see who has emerged from Steve Oakley’s summer training sessions with decent levels of fitness. 

 

 

 



Weekly Round Up 2nd September 2017
posted: September 08 2017

 

Results 2nd September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Old Colfeians

H

Won 34-21

London One

Dev/Mustangs)

Elthamians III

A

Won 17-28

Friendly

B XV

       

Veterans

       

Its back !!

After the longest lay off in its 12 year history, the WRU is back, albeit just a little later in the week than I had intended.

And at the start of another season, with the pitches looking in better shape than I can ever remember, there is every reason to be full of optimism for the season ahead.  In many previous summers, I have arranged the fixtures for the year ahead and then spent sleepless nights worrying that we won't have the players to fulfil the fixtures but this season, given the numbers that have joined during the summer and the influx of "yoof", it's more likely to be the opposite problem ie that we have more players than spaces.  However, if ultimately players are prepared to play for the club in whichever team has spaces, I'm sure that there will be plenty of rugby for all - and indeed it might give some old warriors the chance to "watch more" and "play less", which, speaking as one of the older brigade, I would very much welcome.

Whilst I haven't seen  much of it myself, I'm told that the pre-season training sessions have been very good and well attended and its especially pleasing to have Mick Walker, stalwart half-back for the Vets team for nearly 20 years, dedicated to coaching the Development/Mustangs side and restoring pride to the jersey (or skin-tight sublimated lycra shirt as would be more accurate these days).  Early season friendlies for the Mustangs have proved to be very encouraging, with a win against Anchorians 1st team and a win last week against a lively Elthamians III.

Communication around the club seems to get better and better. The regular newsletters that are being emailed to club-members have proved to be very interesting and popular, thanks largely to the efforts and penmanship of Craig Tuffrey, who has gone from being a super-efficient Hon Sec to taking over the role of Chairman from the departing "Neavesie", who will nevertheless continue to be a permanent feature of the club and living legend, albeit from the "back-benches" so to speak.

As well as the newsletters, there is also now Maidstone TV to enjoy, which can be accessed via the front page of the web-site.  There are clips that I could watch again and again. I never get tired of seeing Jack O Connell collect the ball, stick has head down and gather pace before flattening the only defender between him and the try-line, rather than trying to go round him.  The latest highlights from the Colfeians game are also something special, not least for  the scintillating break from new centre, George Perry, that led to Maidstone's 1st try after Ben Brill added a break of his own.

Graham Norton (that's our Graham Norton btw, not THE Graham Norton) attended the first game of the season last Saturday and  asked Francis:

 

“Have  any good new players joined the club”.

 

He replied “ Yes, we’ve got a new Italian prop ………and he’s a bloody good singer!!”  

 

Graham was rather more interested in his ability in the tight and loose but it takes all sorts, I suppose.

 

Talking of Francis and the aforementioned skin-tight sublimated shirts !!

 

On saturday, we travel to local rivals Sevenoaks, the team against whom we have probably played most in the last 10 years at First Team level. In fact, the playing record for the last 10 years is played 13, won 11. Lets hope that this weekend continues the winning pattern.

 

Our U15s and U16s are both playing cup-matches at home on sunday,  11am KO. Well worth a watch.

 

Lastly, see below for the WRU from this day 10 years ago, a season in which we recruited so many new players that we were forced in the end to field seven teams. Those were the days - but there's no reason we shouldn't expand again from where we are now.

RE

Fixtures 9th September 2017

 Team

Opposition

H/A

 Result

Competition

1st

Sevenoaks

A

 

 

2nd(Mustangs)

Ashford II

A

 

 

B XV

 

 

 

 

Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly News Round-Up for 3rd Sept 2007.

 

 

Here we go for another new season at Maidstone Rugby, full of hope and expectation for whatever the year might bring (and hopefully not too much fixture disruption caused by the close proximity of the Rugby World Cup)

 

Its good to see many new faces at the club and also to see the return of some familiar faces from seasons past.   During the summer we have gone to considerable effort to associate ourselves with the RFU Go Play Rugby campaign, which is designed to capitalize on the interest generated by the RWC to boost the number of adult players involved in the amateur game. A key part of the strategy is to make sure that new players are made to feel welcome at the club, so I hope that all players and officials will make a special effort to be friendly and helpful to anyone new that they encounter amongst our ranks.

 

At the same time as saying hello to some new faces, we say a temporary farewell to a contingent of players as they depart for university: We look forward to seeing them return during their holidays and at the end of their studies after honing up their rugby skills on the playing-fields of Academia.

 

1st and 2nd team squad Training at the club has been well supported since early July (whilst the Vets have been hard at it up at Sutton Valence School since early June). Its also been great to have Steve Oakley running simultaneous training sessions on a Thursday for anyone who doesn’t aspire to play at the top end of the club, meaning that there is a level of exertion and intensity to suit all comers new and old (and very old in the case of the Veterans)

 

The first team have successfully completed 3 warm-up matches since August, culminating in a useful win over Charlton Park on 1st September.   They now go into their 1st League game of the season against newly promoted Chobham on 8th September at The Mote, full of expectation that their hard work of the summer will be translated into an opening day League win. We wish them a successful campaign in the League and of course in the Kent Cup and National Trophy, for which they have qualified for a 3rd successive year.

 

The Mustangs have also been in action, warming up last Saturday against stiff opposition in the shape of Gillingham Anchorians 1sts.  With a makeshift side that included a number of last year’s 3rd and 4th team regulars, The Mustangs did extremely well to secure a half time lead and retain that lead until the last play of the match, when they succumbed to Anchs last minute converted try to lose 12-17.

Last season, The Mustangs failed by 1 point to win the Invicta League, claiming runners-up spot instead.  They begin their new season’s campaign on Saturday 8th away at Gravesend II, under the captaincy of Nick East. (KO 2:30 to allow time to get back to Maidstone for England’s opening RWC match).

 

Meanwhile, The third team are heading for Llanishen in Wales to renew old friendships and rivalries in their regular season-opener, under the watchful eye of skipper Ross Laing (He’s like a father to them but not so indulgent). I expect they will have one or two beers and return to Maidstone on Sunday quite refreshed and eager to win back their Mid Kent A League title which was usurped from them last season.

 

So, only 3 teams playing on the 8th, but on the 15th there should be 5 sides playing and on 29th , The Vets will be starting their season. (Actually, that’s not strictly true as last weekend they went to Ashford to play in the Ashford Vets tournament and were good enough to win the Trophy, for which they should be congratulated. They also took full advantage of the adjoining beer festival, arriving back in Maidstone at around 10.30 pm !!)

 

Talking of Beer festivals, I gather that a fairly large contingent of players is headed for the Maidstone Beer Festival at the Kent Museum of Rural Life on Saturday.  I’m sure that some valuable training will take place and a good time will be had by all but I sincerely hope that you will all be back in time to watch the 1st’s League game against Chobham and the England Opener afterwards at the club. 

 

Which brings me lastly to the subject of RWC matches and the very welcome piece of news that all of the RWC matches can be watched live at the Odeon in Lock-Meadow free of charge. (You wont get better value than that)  All you need to do is to collect your voucher from the Odeon web-site http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/great_offers/ and then go to the Odeon and collect your tickets (maximum 4 per voucher).

 

Happy New Season to all our readers.

 

RE

 





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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

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