The end of the road for
Team Middlesex Senior Women
Team Middlesex Senior Women narrowly missed out on securing a place in the semi finals of the County Shield, when they played away to Surrey at the London Irish Hazelwood Centre.
A win against Surrey in their third and final County Championship pool game on Sunday would have seen see them progress to the knock-out rounds, but despite a closely fought game, it was not to be. With the final score at 22-15, they lost out by just seven points, with the home team going through to the semi finals.
Their first match was a home game against Kent which they narrowly lost, but they tipped the balance the following week, beating Essex by a comprehensive margin when they met at East London RFC. Kent Match Report… Essex Match Report… Surrey Match Report…
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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.
The winners were:
|Middlesex Open 7s||Team Honey Badger|
|Middlesex Club 7s Cup||Millfield Old Boys|
|Middlesex Club 7s Plate||London Irish Wild Geese|
|Middlesex Club 7s Bowl||London Scottish|
|Middlesex Club 7s Vase||London Welsh Amateurs|
|Middlesex Club 7s Jug||Harringey Rhinos|
|Middlesex Merit Table 7s||Wasps|
|Middlesex Student Men’s 7s||Essex Blades|
|Middlesex Club 7s Women’s Rose Bowl||Saracens Ladies|
|Middlesex Club 7s Women’s Vase||Kings Crown Jewels|
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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.
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.