WEEKEND OF RUGBY: Team Middlesex UU23s are playing Sussex U23s on Saturday 30th April, and the following day Team Middlesex Senior Women are playing their first County Championship match of the season against Kent. Both matches are at Staines, kicking off at 3pm.
Also on 1st May, Middlesex 7s opens its gates to more than 60 club and non-club teams at Richmond Athletic Ground. First match 11am, and Team Middlesex U15s are playing in a six county 10s festival at Aylesbury starting at 1pm.
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.
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Middlesex Club 7s is the biggest and most comprehensive 7-a-side club competition catering for all levels of club rugby from the National leagues right through to Merit Table, with tiered competitions for men, women and students. The addition this year of a new ‘open’ strand, part of the RFU National 7s series, means that non-club teams such as those competing at Rugby Rocks or Bournemouth 7s who have previously been excluded will now able to participate in the legendary Middlesex 7s.
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Another successful weekend for Middlesex minis
This weekend brought another fantastic weekend of mini rugby, with over 1500 players basking in the Middlesex sun at Ruislip for the U10 festival and at Wasps ground at Twyford Avenue for the U9 festival. Over 35 clubs from across the county participated across the two venues on Sunday, with over 3000 supporters making both festivals a great spectacle.
“The Ruislip festival was extremely well organised with Bob Harrison and his team of volunteers doing a tremendous job to ensure everything ran smoothly and on time. The hundreds of boys and girls taking part and their parents and coaches thoroughly enjoyed the day, ” commented an exhausted Michael Barnes, who along with Ruislip president Adam Sharples, handed out medals to very boy and girl who took part – irrespective of whether they won or lost.
London Counties places for
two Middlesex U18s
Two Team Middlesex U18 players have been selected for the London Counties U18 squad for this coming campaign. Will Taylor of Ealing Trailfinders and Sam Miller of Harrow School will join the squad for a warm up game against a Select XV on 7th February at the HSBC RFC ground.
This will lead to a Divisional game against the South West at Chippenham RFC on Friday 19th February, from which selections will be made for the England U18 Aspirational Squad. Players in the Divisional game between North v Midlands game two days will also be up for selection.
“The standard has been excellent and some very difficult decisions have had to be made. Finlay McBearty, Harry Delaney and Josh Steadman were all unlucky on this occasion,” said U18s head coach Alex Alesbrook.
Following last Sunday’s trials, U15 Emily Ward and U18 Georgia Wood, both Ealing and Team Middlesex players, have been selected for England Junior Academy London & South East squads.
The girls are back in town
Two seasons of hard work and training have paid off for Team Middlesex girls. In a double header at Diss RFC on Sunday 29th November, the U15s beat Eastern Counties 29-20, and the U18s notched up a score of 37-5 with their EC counterparts only troubling the scorers in the final minutes.
Middlesex photographer Brian O’Connor, who travelled to Diss to witness the girls reaping the benefit of all their hard work, said; “Both games were excellent, and played in great spirit. It was a pleasure to see our girls get the results they deserve.”
Middlesex Rugby Vets League
Middlesex Rugby is considering setting up a Vets Merit Table league next season, and is asking for input from clubs to help ascertain the best format.
The proposal is for matches to be played every three or four weeks on a Friday evening under lights, and with more and more clubs around the county now with floodlights, there will also be an opportunity for those clubs to provide facilities and benefit from bar income.
“The idea is to provide playing opportunities for those who still enjoy the game but have other commitments and responsibilities on Sundays,” explains competitions chairman Andrew Smart, who is driving the proposal. “Even if clubs don’t run a vets side, or have floodlights, their input is still important, and I would encourage them to get in touch.”
Clubs can indicate whether they would be interested in participating, providing facilities or helping to organise the league by filling in a brief online form by Wednesday 16th December.
For more information about the Vets League, contact Andrew Smart, email: email@example.com