Tom Petty selected for England Counties U20 tour squad

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Two Middlesex players, hooker Tom Petty and prop Ben Stone were shortlisted for the London and South East squad following the U20s County Championship group game against Essex and Surrey.  Ben was unable to participate because of injury, but Tom has been selected for the national squad.  He described himself as “absolutely chuffed” at his selection and looking forward to the tour.  The party will gather at Middlesex’s home ground, Grasshoppers RFC, prior to the departure to Romania.

 

 

Pitch up & Play Girls and Womens Rugby Session

Date: 15th June 2019

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2019 Volunteers Awards

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Nominations are now open for the 2019 Volunteer Awards which will be held on Friday 7th June 2019.

This invitation only event will see 128 volunteers recognised by Mitsubishi Motors and Middlesex for their contribution to the game during the 2018-2019 season.

For more information, and how to submit your nominations for the President’s Awards and the Long Service Awards, please click here.

Berkshire v Middlesex Men

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Berkshire 28 Middlesex 12

On Saturday 11th May a short trip up the road saw Middlesex take on Berkshire in the second round of the Bill Beaumont Cup.  Reinforcements were drafted in as casualties and availability issues mounted up , but in a positive spirit the squad arrived at Reading RFC confident in what they could produce.

In front of a decent crowd and under a lot of sun the initial 15 minutes saw the two sides evenly matched. Berkshire using their experience took first blood with a well taken penalty and led 3-0.  Middlesex again under the Captaincy of Cai Griffiths rallied and the ball passing through the exceptional hands of Ryan Martin and Oliver Snook allowed Matt Pollen to speed over the line, the kick from Snook rang true and Middlesex led for the first time. Conan Osborne outpacing the defence on several occasions took Middlesex deep into the opposition half and his club teammate Oliver Fulljames added to the yardage with some thundering runs.  Cale Holmes following on from his excellent debut last week threw himself into every breakdown. Arvin Pooloogadoo defended his wing tightly despite the onslaught and helped Marshall the backline.  Injuries began to mount due to the rock-hard ground and Berkshire dominated late into the first half, securing a second penalty and then a try. The half time whistle went, and Berkshire led 11-7.

With the subs bench active Middlesex threw themselves back into the mix against a well-prepared defence. Tom Foster using his quick feet to gain ground hit a solid wall of defence on more than one occasion. Berkshire using the counter attack to their advantage scored another try and penalty extending their lead. Simon March took to the field for his debut and with some darting runs made sure he created further space for his team mates. The leadership and quality of the Middlesex squad prevailed when most needed and not allowing heads to go down they fought back. Peter Bicknell running some very creative lines began to open gaps, Alessandro Leo again very physical at the breakdown alongside Tom Proctor made sure the back got the service they needed. With some great carries by Yacob Kial and Tom Baldwin the team came back to score a try with Billy Burrell bursting through the defence to touch down. Rob Gardner again proved a handful for the opposition and the introduction of Joe Healy and Jacob Lloyd added extra impetus to the forwards. Max Imfeld and Tom Gadsby playing out of position did their best to shore up the pressure but another score from Berkshire with minutes to go belied how hard Middlesex played, but it wasn’t to be our day. Berkshire ran our deserved winners, 28-12 .

Thank you to Reading RFC for hosting us so well and to the match officials on the day. Good luck to Berkshire and our next fixture will be at home (Grasshoppers RFC) on May 18th Kicking off at 15:00.

1. Cai Griffiths ( London Welsh) capt.
2. Rob Gardner (Hampstead)
3. Oliver Fulljames (CS Stags 1863)
4. Yacob Kial (Grasshoppers)
5. Tom Baldwin (London Welsh)
6. Tom Proctor (CS Stags 1863)
7. Cale Holmes (Hammersmith and Fulham)
8. Alessandro Leo ( Bishop’s Stortford)
9. Billy Burrell (Hendon)
10. Oliver Snook (Chiswick)
11. Arvin Pooloogadoo (HAC)
12. Matt Pollen (CS Stags 1863)
13. Ryan Martin (CS Stags 1863)
14. Peter Bicknell (Hampstead)
15. Conan Osborne (CS Stags 1863)

16. Max Imfeld (HAC)
17. Joe Healy ( Mill Hill)
18 . Jacob Lloyd (HAC)
19. Tom Gadsby (Chiswick)
20. Simon March ( Old Priorians)
21. Ultan Breton ( Hammersmith & Fulham)
21. Simon March (Old Priorians)
22. Tom Foster (Twickenham)

Head Coach: Mark Jackson
Forwards Coach: Corne du Rand
Backs Coach: Peter Halsall & Edd Conway
Physio: Steve Bosworth & Sofia Simeone
Team Manager: Alex Pereira-Inacio

More Photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/middlesexrugby/albums/72157705080488152

Middlesex Women hosted Hampshire on Sunday 12th May

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Middlesex 10 Hampshire 24

On Sunday 12th May 2019 we were treated to an incredibly exciting game of rugby today when Middlesex Women’s XV hosted Hampshire at Grasshoppers. Both teams demonstrated superb skill and commitment in this hard fought match. Hampshire’s near impenetrable defence was probably the key that allowed the visitors to claim a 24 points to 10 victory.

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon’s rugby.

Team for Sunday 12th May 2019

1 Hattie Clapp (Hampstead)
2 Lizzie Robinson (Barnes)
3 Laura Templeman (Teddington)
4 Esteria Hiwazi (Wasps (vice captain))
5 Alex Michail(Teddington)
6 Trish Brown(Hampstead)
7 Chloe Halleday (Teddington)
8 Becci De Garston-Webb (Teddington)
9. Rachel Berry (Hampstead (captain))
10. Tess Braunerova (Richmond)
11. Sabrina Rambohul (Teddington)
12. Beth Statham (Harlequins)
13. Joanna Wells (London Welsh)
14. Lucy Smith (Wasps)
15. Grace Hicks (Harlequins)

16. Ellie Smalls (London Irish)
17. Leonoor De Winter (Kilburn Cosmos)
18. Helena Solomon (Streatham-Croyden)
19. Geraldine McGoarty (Hampstead)
20. Sophie Tulloch (Kings College London)
21. Kat Martinovic (Kings College London)
22. Em Stone (Rosslyn Park)

Coaching Team

Head Coach
Stuart Willis

Team Manager
Niall MacSweeney

Forwards Coach
Jonny Humphreys
Laurisa Robson

Backs Coach
Jake Matthews
Stevie Warr

Additional photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/middlesexrugby/albums/with/72157691413108193

Chiswick’s hat-trick in Middlesex Cup Final

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Middlesex Cup Final – 27 April 2019
Chiswick 34  Hammersmith & Fulham 10

Thwarted in their league ambitions, Chiswick made heavy weather, early on, in this show-case match. Conditions were difficult, with a strong, cross-pitch wind, but it was soon clear that Hammersmith had an edge in the scrums. Not in age – two of Chiswick’s front row had 90 years between them – but in shove, and captain Sam Leslie-Miller had another of those afternoons making miraculous pick-ups.

Hammersmith nearly got an early score, only a last ditch tap tackle by Tom Harper preventing their impressive full back, Taylor Williams, from breaking clear. It was James Bunbury who made the first home break, zipping down the left touchline, but just being stopped on the Hammersmith 22. Chiswick then produced a brilliant move, with Gabs Lowe cross-kicking towards the right corner, and finding Leslie-Miller on the full, the latter getting over the line carrying the ball and one defender. The wind defeated the kick. It then caused a high clearance kick by Oliver Snook to hang invitingly for the Hammersmith full back, who launched a counter-attack with the quick left wing Huw Bowen, a thorn in the Chiswick side for several years, in close support, which ended with a try in the left corner, which should have been converted, but luckily for Chiswick the ball was blown over before the boot reached it. Chiswick were now reduced to 14 by a yellow card, and Hammersmith went ahead with another unconverted try in the left corner. They almost immediately got penalised for no obvious reason and questioned the decision, allowing Snook an easy three points, the last of the first half.

Chiswick started the second half with a try in the corner after a successful maul, Simon Allen-Clarke getting the touchdown and Snook slotting a difficult kick. Hammersmith and Chiswick each had a yellow card around this time, but there were no bad moments in this match. Snook’s kicking, with wind-assistance, began to control the match, but the home tackling needed to be good, which it was. Hammersmith were then undone as a double tackle by Snook and Harper achieved a turnover in mid-field, leading to an unconverted try by Max Burrows.

With Rich Bryan and Tom Gadsby getting through a huge amount of work, and a limping Marc Copperwheat knocking holes at regular intervals, Chiswick began to look comfortable. Harper and Bunbury were solid in the centre and no-one looked vulnerable in an impressive home team. The main threat was Bowen, and Dan Purkiss did well to keep pace with him in a long race down the touch-line and slow him enough for the support to arrive in numbers. In return, Bunbury showed how it could be done, with a sprint down the other side line followed by a kick. The crowd groaned, expecting the ball to go dead. How could we lack confidence?  Bunbury got it well before the dead ball line, and the crowd erupted. Snook added the points. There was still time for a rejuvenated Stewy Parmeter to crash over the line, and Snook to add the points.

Chiswick team:-  Barkham, Parmeter, Chraplewczyk, Copperwheat, Bryan, Gadsby, Randall, Leslie-Miller, Cox, Snook, Purkiss, Harper, Bunbury, Burrows, Lowe; Cooper, Allen-Clarke, Joyce, Roberts, Barton

More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/middlesexrugby/albums/72157706985225301

Middlesex Sevens Festival Results

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On a wild freezing cold day at Richmond Athletic Ground we were treated to some 90 games of 7s rugby. Congratulations to all the players … they made it yet another superb day of rugby football.

COMPETITION WINNERS

MIDDLESEX 7s MENS’ OPEN 7s – Jamaica UK Crocs
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL CUP – SW7s
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL PLATE – Team Middlesex
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL BOWL – Brunel University Men’s VII
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL VASE – Old Paulines
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL MERIT-SOCIAL CUP – Richmond Renegades
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL MERIT-SOCIAL SHIELD – Thamesians
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL MERIT-SOCIAL VASE – The Mayans
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL MERIT-SOCIAL JUG – Serge Betsen Rugby
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL WOMEN’S OPEN – The Mayans
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL WOMEN’S VASE – Jamaica UK Lady Crocs

See more details on the Sevens webpage: https://middlesex7s.com/ 

And more photos of the Festival here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147976130@N06/albums.

Middlesex Men win their 1st County Championship game of 2019

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The meetings, the training sessions, the blood sweat and tears paid off this last Saturday as Middlesex senior men’s rose to the occasion and claimed their first victory in this years Bill Beaumont Senior County Championship beating Buckinghamshire 26-10.

The coach trip from Grasshoppers RFC to Aylesbury RFC was quiet with anticipation as the starting 22 contemplated what was to be Middlesex’s first foray into a senior county championship for a number of years, the unknown entity of Buckinghamshire awaited.  Both teams looked fairly matched on paper, but as the coaching staff warned the players this didn’t indicate anything at this level.

Less than hospitable weather, traditional on a bank holiday weekend, played its part throughout the day ranging from sideways sleet to glorious sunshine.  This didn’t however affect the AGP pitch and with both teams finishing their warms ups the game kicked off promptly at 14:30.

Middlesex dominated possession for the first 20 minutes, demonstrating the value of well planned training sessions as they relentlessly battered the hosts with set pieces. Oliver Snook claimed first blood crossing the whitewash and converting his own try.  Momentum picked up with Middlesex and it wasn’t long before Tom Proctor crashed over the line for the visitors second try in the corner, with the kick missed Middlesex led 0-12.  Bucks settled somewhat and showed their pedigree to start a comeback but were unable to breach a water tight defense.  Alessandro Leo alongside Captain Cai Griffiths continued to cause havoc at the breakdown and with Cale Holmes making himself known to the opposition at every opportunity Middlesex took the game to the hosts.  Tom Foster ably assisted by Alex Gee countered with a rapid attack allowing Joe Carolan to add his name to the score sheet as he danced over the line and with 33 minutes on the clock Middlesex controlled the game with a 0-19 advantage.  With 5 minutes to go Billy Burrell aiming for an interception was deemed to have a committed a professional foul and took a ten minute rest for his ambition.  Despite this Yacob Kial continued to elect to carry the ball into opposition numbers,  gaining ground almost every time and with James Lo threatening down the wing Middlesex held out for as long as they could.  Bucks however used the extra man to their advantage and scored a well worked converted try before using their kickers range to nick a long range penalty just as the half ended 10-19.

The weather decided to turn for the worse at this point and its great testament to the players commitment to the county that they continued to fire as hard as they did for the next 40 minutes.  Both sides now having a better measure of each other meant that the fixture turned into something of a war of attrition, something the front row seemed to relish with Mike Griffiths, Rob Gardner and Alex Watts leading the charge in deteriorating conditions.  The introduction of the bench brought new personalities onto the pitch and Middlesex picked up their tempo again. Joe Healy getting stuck in from the moment he stepped on alongside Max Imfeld.  Jacob Lloyd added some ballast to the front five and yet again Bucks failed to fire as they were held and then pushed back in the scrum.  For a solid 20 minutes Bucks played almost exactly on their 22 unable to find any space to use to their advantage as Middlesex refused to give up an inch.  Jack Dever marshalling a tight defence and taking every chance to run at his opposite number.  It was up to Snook to break the deadlock and earn the BP as he crossed and converted his second of the game (allegations of hat trick avoidance will be dealt with at a later date ).  Peter Bicknell and Alex Brooks identified themselves as danger men, both players using the AGP to full advantage to demonstrate their speed.  With the game now seemingly beyond Bucks as they trailed 10-26, Middlesex continued to search for another score with Tom Gadsby and Rich Bryan doing their bit for the cause, but credit must go where credit is due and Bucks held off the final attacks in front of their home crowd.

The final whistle brought an end to a very good game of rugby.  The post match meal saw several ties being handed out to the new Bucks caps before every single of the Middlesex 22 received their tie from Chairman Peter Baveystock.

Thanks must go to Aylesbury RFC for their excellent hospitality and allowing us use of their impressive facilities. Thanks must also go to the match day officials and we wish Bucks all the best for the rest of the competition.

Head Coach: Mark Jackson
Forwards Coach: Corne du Rand
Backs Coaches: Edd Conway & Peter Halsall
Physio: Steve Bosworth & Sofia Simeone
Team Manager: Alex Pereira-Inacio

Team:

  1. Alexander Watts – London Scottish
  2. Rob Gardner – Hampstead
  3. Michael Griffiths – London Welsh
  4. Cai Griffiths – London Welsh ( Captain)
  5. Yacob Kial – Grasshoppers
  6. Thomas Proctor – CS Stags 1863
  7. Cale Holmes – Hammersmith & Fulham
  8. Alessandro Leo – Bishop Stortford
  9. Billy Burrell- Hendon
  10. Oliver Snook – Chiswick
  11. James Lo – Hammersmith & Fulham
  12. Jack Dever – Old Priorians (VC)
  13. Joe Carolan – Bredon Star
  14. Alex Gee – Hammersmith & Fulham
  15. Tom Foster – Twickenham

 

  1. Max Imfeld – H.A.C
  2. Joe Healey – Mill Hill
  3. Rich Bryan – Chiswick
  4. Tom Gadsby – Chiswick
  5. Peter Bicknell – Hampstead
  6. Alex Brooks – Hampstead
  7. Jacob David- Lloyd – H.A.C

 

Middlesex Coaching Association Awards 2019 Presentations

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Held at London Welsh on Friday 26th April 2019.
 
This most entertaining and instructive evening was attended by 34 attendees made up of Coaches, Referees and Guests.
 
Rory Teague addressed the group in how different cultures and leadership will have a major effect on how the various nations will do in their quest for the World Cup in Japan 2019.
 
The session was interactive with all participants working in groups to contribute to how different people from different walks of life see the challenges, building up to the competition phase of the World Cup Pools to the final.
 
Rory had screen shots of the pools, and back up statistics of games over the past year. The group also viewed statistics of England’s Premiership clubs and their contribution to the final England squad.
 
The various factors, environment, refereeing, squad preparation, captaincy, coaching and leadership were discussed which afforded a very interesting debate amongst those in attendance.
 
There was a break of 20 minutes during which the hosts London Welsh put on an excellent buffet and refreshments.
 
Following the break, there was the Middlesex Coaching Awards Ceremony. A record of 58 nominations were received and all were examined thoroughly. The final selection was agreed by the Middlesex Coaching Association committee.
 
There were various types of awards presented which included two awards for coaches involved in the development of Girls Rugby, two awards for coaches involved in the development of Age grade boy’s rugby, two awards for coaches involved in Women’s Rugby and two Awards for coaches involved in Senior Men’s Rugby. There were four awards given for Referee development and an achievement award given to a player who got six caps for England U18s having come through each of the representative age grade sides.
 
Those who were nominated for awards and never got selected due to the standard of nominations received an RFU Volunteer certificate signed by The RFU President Mr Chris Kelly.
Rory Teague, Middlesex Incoming Chair Mr Eddie Keal and Women’s and Girls Councillor Louise Latter presented the Awards and photographs were taken by the County Photographer Mr Brian O`Connor.
 
A final thanks must go to Lonsdale Leggett – Flynn, who organised the nominations collated all of the confirmations for catering and covered the registration on the evening.
 

MIDDLESEX VETS & CUP FINALS 2019

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VETS: Chiswick Silverbacks 33-21 Haringey Vets
CUP: Chiswick 34-10 Hammersmith & Fulham
 
Following a fine luncheon laid on by our hosts Chiswick RFC, we were treated to two superb, hard fought finals in the bright but windy fields of Dukes Meadow.
 
Despite solid, committed, opposition in both finals, the home team secured both trophies and celebrated in fine style afterwards.