Rebirth of Middlesex Vets
The Team Middlesex county vets played in the inaugural London County Vets Tournament at Esher RFC on Sunday 19th May, along with Surrey, Kent, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Essex.
Matches consisted of two 15 minute halves, with unlimited substitutions and the 24 players who wore the iconic blue and white striped Middlesex jersey with pride performed admirably well in the hot conditions and exceptionally hard pitches. Back row forward Chris Lyon led well from the front, as Captain for the day.
The highlight was beating Surrey Mightier Oaks, the first winning game as a County vets side though Team Middlesex came very close to drawing with Kent, who counted two former internationals amongst their number. Surrey Oaks were the eventual tournament winners after defeating Kent in the final Game.
Middlesex Vets played 4 games of 15 mins each way winning 1 and losing 3.
Middx Vets 0 v 34 Surrey Oaks
Middx Vets 18 v 20 Kent
Middx Vets 17 v 24 Berks
Middx Vets 19 v 17 Surrey mighty Oaks
If you are over 35 and would like to wear the iconic blue and white hoops to represent the county in future matches, please contact Team Middlesex vets manager Rod Jermy, email: email@example.com
Middlesex Coach Workshop and Awards Presentations
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: THE DATE OF THE MIDDLESEX COACHING AWARDS IS THURSDAY 24TH MAY 2018
The Middlesex Coaching Association Awards will take place at London Welsh on Thursday 24th May.
Tyrell’s Championship coach Giselle Mather will present a CPD workshop for all coaches involved in the Male and Female game. The invitation extends to potential coaches who are keen to get involved. Referees are also welcome to attend to build on the Middlesex referee / coaching partnership.
Recently returned to guide Wasps ladies to 3rd place in the inaugural Tyrrell’s Championship, Giselle has held a number of coaching roles including Head Coach of Wasps FC Ladies between 2001 and 2004, (Giselle took them to back-to-back Premiership titles), London Irish AASE Squad [Advanced Apprenticeship and Sporting Excellence. As backs coach of the England Women’s Senior team, Giselle led them to a Six Nations Championship and a World Cup Runners-Up medal, while coaching the England U20 Women to three seasons unbeaten and back-to-back Nations Cup Titles.
To help us with the catering arrangements in support of the awards presentations, if you would like to attend, please contact the Middlesex Coaching Association to confirm.
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CS Rugby win Middlesex Cup Final
Despite the November weather, the Middlesex Cup Final played at Chiswick RFC last Saturday was a thriller of Boys’ Own comic proportions.
HAC, the underdogs on paper, albeit champions of London North West 2, led unexpectedly by a healthy 17 points after half an hour and it was beginning to look as if the natural order would indeed prevail when CS, champions of London 1 South and a level higher therefore, closed the gap to just 14-17 five minutes into the second half.
HAC, whose defensive barrage had been immense, were not going to go quietly into the night and, rather than yield, they launched a final counter- offensive of their own and two more well-struck penalties instead saw their lead extended to 14-23 with last year’s cup holders shell-shocked and themselves teetering on the brink with it all to do again.
CS 1863, the modern incarnation of the Civil Service FC , the oldest club side affiliated to the County and founder members of the Rugby Football Union, are not without some dogged determination of their own and, first, the gap was brought down to just two points by the gathering of a superbly judged kick and touchline conversion and, then, HAC hearts were cruelly broken by some concerted forward work, rounded off by the CS skipper for a try under the posts which the two ARs, although almost invited to do so by the referee, could find no reason not to support the awarding of the try.
It had been heroic stuff and HAC , although cruelly disappointed, could and did leave with their heads held high. Perhaps they had lost to the better side but, if so, it was only just, with the scoreboard showing a narrow victory for CS Rugby of 28-23 making them back-to-back cup winners.
Phoenix Sporting Goods becomes main county sponsor
Middlesex Rugby has announced that Phoenix Sporting Goods has become its main sponsor. Phoenix already has a long association with Middlesex, having sponsoring a number major Middlesex competitions including the Middlesex Schools Finals at Allianz Park, The Griffin Cup ladies competition finals and the Middlesex 7s Festival
The company’s portable floodlights for training use, iLites, have been tested by Middlesex Rugby’s director of playing Bob Lawless and endorsed for their suitability, flexibility, ease of use and portability. “We are delighted to welcome Phoenix Sporting Goods as a Middlesex Rugby sponsor” says Lawless. “Having put their iLites through their paces, we are more than happy to recommend them to our member clubs.”
Lee Crocker, Phoenix’s managing director, commented, “We are delighted to be associated with Middlesex Rugby and are looking forward to supporting some of their major competitions in the coming season”.
Phoenix Sporting Goods was formed in May 2015 to develop and distribute equipment to grass roots rugby, football and cricket clubs in the UK and overseas. The company’s aim is to ensure that all products are about quality, strength and performance and aid the development of athletes and their coaches by assisting in the development of their skills.
For more information about iLites, check out their online brochure.
Middlesex Rugby has announced the launch of its new coaching academy, the Middlesex Coaching Association. Run in partnership with London Irish, the Academy is committed to developing all rugby coaches within Middlesex by providing a quality coach development programme.
The Association will run eight themed coaching sessions between October and July at locations throughout Middlesex, with sessions led by professional Level 3 players, guest coaches and coaches working with academies or elite players. Previous coaches have included Dai Young, Tom Palmer, Richard Thorpe, Rory Teague, Richard Wigglesworth, Ian Vass, Neil Hatley and Simon Cheetham.
It also provides unique access to Rugby Coaching Drills, an online resource for all aspiring coaches and players who wish to expand their knowledge and practical coaching skills.
There are various membership levels from Gold, which includes full membership of the Friends of Middlesex Rugby to group and student packages.
Middlesex Schools Finals at Allianz Park
Allianz Park has been home for three days to teams from schools across the county for the Middlesex Schools Finals.
For the fifth year, the famous Saracens’ stadium hosted 18 teams from 11 schools competing in Finals, sponsored by iLites. The competition, which took place on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th November, and Friday 1st December, comprises U14, U15, U16 and U18 age groups with the more traditional rugby schools competing for the Cup whilst those newer to the game play in the Plate competition.
We would like to thank iLites from Phoenix Sporting Goods for supporting this event.
Do you have what it takes to be at the forefront of discipline in the County?
Middlesex Rugby is looking for a Disciplinary Secretary to lead the disciplinary panel and sit on the county’s Governance Committee. This is an important and prominent role with wide ranging scope.
The role will commence in February 2018, with the first six months spent shadowing the current post holder before formally taking responsibility in July.
Haringey’s heroic volunteer
De’Shaun Elliot has been named one of four Mitsubishi Motors Volunteers of the Year for the dedication he has shown over the last seven years to introducing rugby to hundreds of young people in Haringey.
De’Shaun has previously been a recipient of a Middlesex Young Volunteer of the Year Award and is doing remarkable work as a coach for Haringey and the local community.
He coaches three sessions every day of the week and spends his evenings working as a barman to give him the income he needs to carry on volunteering. He also supports the Haringey Development Trust to deliver sport for children and is the Rhinos’ O2 Touch operator.
Team Middlesex Fixtures
All the fixtures for Team Middlesex squads for the 2012 – 2018 season can be found at Team Middlesex Fixtures & Results. These may be subject to change as the season progresses, so please keep an eye on the table for up to date information, results and match reports.
Global law changes
World Rugby announced last week that six law amendments will be applied to all games at all levels in England from this August. The change follows the completion of positive trials in specific international competitions earlier this year and the amendments will be included in the Global Law Trials (GLT) from August 1st.
More information and details of the amendments…
Find the course that’s right for you
Did you know: the RFU runs a range of training courses which put player welfare at the heart of the game, whether your a coach, welfare officer or match officiator. Download the prospectus to see which course will help you progress within the game.
Friends of Middlesex Rugby
The new Friends of Middlesex Rugby membership scheme has now gone live.
The Friends of Middlesex scheme aims to help raise funds to support grassroots rugby across the county and to help its representative squads develop their skills further through quality player development programmes.
Together with its partners at Middlesex County Cricket Club, Middlesex Rugby has put together a comprehensive range of privileges for Friends of Middlesex Rugby to help them support sport in Middlesex, including the right to apply for international rugby tickets, substantial discount on MCCC membership, discounted ticket prices for selected Premiership and Championship matches and VIP invitations to county matches and Middlesex Club 7s.
The scheme is endorsed by Jason Leonard, the most recent past president of the RFU, who has played most of his first class rugby for Middlesex clubs and is now president of Hammersmith & Fulham, who has become it’s first official Friend.
“There are some great benefits,” says Leonard, “not least of which is the knowledge that as Friends, we’re supporting sport across the county and helping young people achieve their sporting dreams. I’ve already joined, and I would urge you to do the same.”
Membership costs just £50 and represents a great return on your investment. Find out more about some of the fantastic benefits of being a Friend of Middlesex Rugby, or to join Jason Leonard as a member, simply complete the application form and start enjoying the benefits.
Middlesex Development Team CRCs
Listen to the latest Podcast from the Middlesex Development Team to hear community rugby coaches Jack Pattinson and Tom Redfern chatting to RDO Ty Sterry about their roles within Middlesex, and some of the great initiatives they’re involved with.