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
CS Rugby wins Middlesex Cup
In a repeat of last year’s Middlesex Cup Final, CS Rugby 1863 played Hammersmith & Fulham on Sunday at Hurlingham Park. This time though, CS Rugby redressed the balance, beating the Hammers to bag the silverware.
The final score, after an exciting and close game which could have gone either way, was 20-12 to CS Rugby. The Cup and Runners Up shield were presented to the team captains by Middlesex president Brian East.