You’re never too old to try!
The first fixtures in the new Team Middlesex Vets competition will take place on 14th October, with matches being played under lights on a Friday evening preceding a non-MMT weekend.
Eleven Merit Table teams have entered the inaugural competition, making up two leagues. After the pool rounds, the top placed two teams in each league will progress to semi finals and a final.
A vets knock out cup competition will run simultaneously with the first matches taking place over the weekend of 6th / 7th January.
Tom Brownsell was elected as the new president of Middlesex Rugby at the county AGM held at the East India Club on Monday 4th July. Tom has held office as deputy president for the past two years, and prior to that was chairman of the Management Committee.
He takes over from Brian East who has served the county in various roles for many years. Chairman of playing and coaching Bob Lawless becomes the new deputy president, and for the coming season will continue in both roles.
In other changes to the management team, Dr Tim Miller was elected as Honorary Secretary, taking over from Steve Rac who has announced that he will take a year’s sabbatical from county duty to concentrate on other things.
Volunteer appreciation awards
The 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Awards which recognise hard working club volunteers from across the county were presented at an awards evening at London Welsh on Friday 17th June. Voting for this year’s awards was opened up to club members for the first time with more than 1000 votes for the Individual Volunteer nominees, and 500 votes for the Young Volunteer nominees.
Awards were presented in four categories: 30 Year Service award which recognises volunteers who have given thirty years or more service to their clubs; the President’s VII awards which recognise clubs who have performed exceptionally well in one of seven areas of activity chosen by the President; the Individual Awards which recognise outstanding achievements of individual volunteers (one from each geographical group, and one overall winner), and the Young Volunteer of the Year award, which as it’s name suggests, recognises the contribution made by a young volunteer under the age of 23.
The Volunteer Appreciation Awards are the county’s way of recognising the hard work and commitment of our club volunteers without whom our clubs could not function.
Full list of award winners Photos on
Chiswick pip local rivals CS Rugby to the post
to win the Middlesex Cup
Chiswick won the Middlesex Cup by a narrow margin after an evenly matched nail-biter of a game which ran to extra time. They beat their local rivals CS Rugby 1863 by just two points to claim the trophy on a gloriously hot summer’s day at Dukes Meadows.
With a large gathering of supporters enjoying the sunshine and some exciting rugby from both teams, the game ran to extra time, with Chiswick the eventual champions with just two points in it. The final score was 39-37.
The trophy was presented to the Chiswick captain by Middlesex president Brian East, carrying out one of his last presidential duties before handing over the reins to Tom Brownsell next season.
Open Season at Middlesex Club 7s
Middlesex Club 7s opened its doors this weekend to non-club teams with the addition of an open 7s competition, part of the new England Rugby 24/Sevens series. Team Honey Badgers were the winners, and they go on to compete in the regional finals at Allianz Park on 10th July.
Meanwhile, more than 50 bona fide club teams competed in the tournament’s traditional competitions running at all levels of the game, with the winner of every competition taking away silverware, a shield for their club house wall, and cash prizes. Millfield Old Boys won the main Cup competition to claim the Derek Mann Cup and £250 in cash, and Saracens Ladies were the winners of the senior women’s competition, winning the Flynn Rose Bowl.
Results in full… View pictures on
Middlesex Merit Table Finals
A huge gathering of friends, family, fans and spectators were treated to a feast of rugby at Twickenham RFC on Saturday 23rd April. The Middlesex Merit Tables Play Off Finals saw 12 teams competing in six cracking finals. Presentations were made after each final to the match officials and the winning teams by Middlesex past president Paul Astbury.
MT6: Quintin 48-5 Whitton Lions Sponsored by International Foreign Exchange
MT5: Chiswick 3rds 17-31 Spartans after extra time
MT4: Pinner 22-47 Old Hamptonians
MT3: Kilburn Cosmos 2nds 17-19 Belsize Park 3rds
MT2: Rosslyn Park 4ths 33-0 Millfield Old Boys Badgers
MT1: Chiswick 2nds 27-13 H&F 3rds
Competitions chairman and Merit Table organiser Andrew Smart commented: “I would like to thank everybody involved for making the finals day such a success. A lot of work was put in by a lot of people but it was well worth the effort for the day that it produced. I would also like to thank our Division 1 sponsors International Foreign Exchange, and Fusion for supplying the match balls.”
Close encounters of the
The finals of the Middlesex Bowl and the Middlesex Vase took place simultaneously on Saturday 9th April.
The Bowl final was contested by Finchley of London NW 3 and Epping Upper Clapton of London NE 3. The game was played at Finchley’s ground at Summer Lane in a competitive but fair spirit with Finchley running out 20-18 winners although Epping Upper Clapton came close to taking it in the last quarter of the game. The Finchley scorers were: Many Tobin (1 try), Tom Lewin (2 tries) with Dave Earl adding one penalty and a conversion. Epping Upper Clapton scorers were a try each from; Tim Matthews and Micky Trower and a conversion and two penalties from Kurtis Knightly.
Meanwhile, over at Hackney Marshes, Old Streetonians met Hillingdon Abbots in the final of the Middlesex Federation Vase, with Old Streets claiming the silverware after beating the visitors 41-3. Middlesex president Brian East was on hand to make the post-match presentations.