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All Middlesex RFU Clubs, Colleges & Universities are invited to refer suitably skilled/eligible U20’s players (born before 1-9-1999*) for County selection, to participate in the National 2019-20 Jason Leonard U20’s County Championship competition.
This is a challenging opportunity for players to progress their individual and team skills further whilst having a great experience on the national stage.
We are holding open trials on

Sunday 24th November 2019
1300hrs.@ Grasshoppers RFC
Syon Lane, Isleworth TW7 5PN
To be nominate players please complete

Please complete all the questions to nominate either yourself or a club player for U20 Middlesex Rugby.
Players should be aged 19 or aged U20 whose birthday was before 01.09.2019
Push submit to complete the application.


Training will be held on the following Sundays at Grasshoppers RFC starting at 13.00hrs on the following dates;
Training Schedule

Sunday 24th November 2019
Sunday 1st December 2019
Sunday 8th December 2019
Sunday 15th December 2019
Sunday 5th January 2020
Sunday 12th January 2020
Sunday 19th January 2020
Sunday 16th February 2020

The County will play Essex at home on 25th January 2020 kicking off at 14.30hrs at Grasshoppers RFC.
The final County match is to be played away on the 22nd February 2020 at Eastern Counties.

The knockout stages of the cup will be played on:

28th March 2020 Quarter finals
11th April 2020 Semi finals
3rd May 2020 Final.

This season the Head Coach, Nic Evans nicevans1978@hotmail.com and point of contact: John Porter-Griffiths, Portergriffiths@aol.com Mobile 07768308741.

Middlesex U17 Review for 2018/19

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The Middlesex U17 County squad achieved a clean sweep of wins in this seasons representative programme, recording a 5-30 away win to Berkshire, a 33-28 home win vs Surrey and a 24-29 away victory over Sussex.

Having undertaken an age grade trial of over 130 players a 45 player training and playing squad was selected. Good training numbers a willingness to continue to learn & develop was the hallmark of this group of talented players and with that came success.

 Very much a ‘transition year’ from U16 to U18 rugby the U17 warm-up game v Oxford was a good indicator of how the team would perform in their three county fixtures.  Right from the outset, despite a number of missing players, it was evident to the coaches that this could be a group full of potential. The hotly contested warm-up game saw a plethora of tries from the two attack-minded teams. However, it was the way in which the Middlesex lads constructed their attacks and eventual tries that impressed, and screamed “this team could go all the way” despite going down 5 tries to 4. With the majority of the team back, training for the 3 County fixtures sessions was focussed on developing the technical and tactical aspects of the game.  

 This clearly paid dividends, given the clean sweep of wins but interestingly it was the manner in which the team achieved their victories that demonstrated progress in their development. Whilst the win against Berkshire was decisive the two remaining games were always going to be more challenging. The first halves of the matches against Surrey and Sussex were dominated, both in attack & defence, by Middlesex in both cases Middlesex up by 3 or 4 tries by half time. Equally, in both cases, the opposition came back with strong second halves with Middlesex having to dig deep and apply serious game management and perfect execution of core skills.

However what set Middlesex’s apart was their mental resilience & trust in their own skills and ability to play the structures adopted during training.

This is a team that have developed and progressed and whilst doing so have truly demonstrated the Core Values of the game. I feel that we have achieved our objectives (both the coaches and players) and as coaches we can proudly hand over a squad of talented players to next years U18 group, to continue on their development pathway. 

The U17 Coaching team and I wish this group of fine young men every success in their rugby development and playing futures. We also wish Eden Richards, the U17 Captain, injured in the final game (nothing serious) a speedy recovery. I would also like to thank the Coaching team, Team Manager and Physio professionals for their commitment and professionalism.

 Juan Murray

Volunteers Awards Evening

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Middlesex hosted their annual club volunteer awards at the Spirit of Rugby on Friday 7th June. This is the 3rd year that Middlesex have combined the awards with Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition. Over 160 club volunteers were in attendance from 27 clubs with a record number of volunteer nominations received through the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer recognition.

Winners were treated to a special appearance by England 7s Legend James Rodwell, who, along with Andrew Joaman of Mitsubishi, presented all individual nominees with their certificates and ruck sacks.

Two Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Nominees were then selected to represent Middlesex at the National Awards in September. Congratulations to Rob Edison of Kilburn Cosmos RFC and Laura Curtin of Grasshoppers RFC. We wish them all the luck at the national awards, where they could win a Mitsubishi car for a year.

The Mitsubishi Motors awards were then followed by the Middlesex individual and club awards.

Long Service Awards, for 30 years plus service, were awarded to:
Terwyn Williams of London Welsh
Robin Greenwood of Pinner
Colin Seabrook of Finchley
Rob Allen of Teddington
John Crotty of Grasshoppers

The Individual Volunteer or the Year Awards went to:
Overall Individual Winner – Mike Hindley of Hammersmith and Fulham
Young Volunteer of the Year – Molly McNamara of Haringey Rhinos
North Group Individual Winner – Stephen Domoustchiev of Haringey Rhinos
North West Group Individual Winner – Karen Arnold of Ruislip Rugby Club
South Group Individual Winner – Billy Edmonds of Thamesians
West Group Individual Winner – Tim Lawn of London Scottish

The President Club Awards were awarded to:
Growing the Game – Belsize Park
Growing the Game – Old Grammarians
Growing the Game – Old Isleworthians
Community Engagement – Hampstead RFC
Special Recognition – Ian Webster of Mill Hill RFC

Middlesex men v Dorset & Wilts

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Middlesex men 18 – Dorset & Wilts Mens 20 

The third and final fixture in Middlesex’s successful venture in the Bill Beaumont Cup took place at Grasshoppers RFC. Grasshoppers who looked after the squad so well during the five training sessions and many planning sessions hosted not only Middlesex on May21st but Dorset & Wilts alongside a sizeable number of spectators. Dorset & Wilts promised to be tough competition as they had won this league last year and were chasing promotion in this years campaign. However Middlesex were not prepared to make victory easy and promised to put up a fight. They delivered.

Outweighed across the starting 15 , Middlesex moved the ball around with a tenacity that at first pinned back the visitors and then shocked them as the favourites went behind to the quick feet of Dan Phoenix as he crossed the line on the 5 minute mark. Oliver Snook strode up to add the extras and the home side led with 6 minutes on the clock. Joe Healy continued to batter away and with James Lo yet again making yards with every reception the favourites grew frustrated and conceded a penalty. Snook again teed up and this time slotted a three pointer from a difficult angle to take the home side 10-0 up. Confidence and momentum were on the side of Middlesex as Billy Burrell probed and disrupted the defensive line backed up at the breakdown by Tom Gadsby and the inexhaustible Cale Holmes. Buoyed by the invaluable home support Middlesex rose to the occasion as it was the turn of Taylor Williams to dance across the line and extend the lead. The forwards , not to be outshone by the backline, dominated their considerably larger opposite numbers. Captain Cai Griffiths leading from the front continued the assault accompanied by Michael Griffiths (still no relation) at every contact. But in extra time , the experience showed and against the run of play Dorset & Wilts scored a well worked try from the hands of their No. 3. The conversion was successful and the home side went in leading 15-7.

Dorset & Wilts had a second visit in a row to Twickenham as their target and they came out of the starting block as the whistle went for the second half with a previously unseen determination. Yacob Kial and Jabob Lloyd threw their bodies into defense with Tom Foster providing resolute defense. But again the Dorset & Wilts No. 3 showed his agility and creativity to slide in for a second try. Middlesex heads refused to go down and in an excellent display of rugby by both sides the game continued at a ferocious pace. Peter Bicknell committing to lines with such pace that with almost every dart he opened up space around him, Max Imfeld making sure his opposite number was aware of his prescience continued his unending work rate and the introduction to the pitch of Alex Watts added a new dimension of physicality. Rich Bryan used himself as battering ram, his footwork belying his size as he continuously outstepped the opposition back row allowing the back-line room to move the ball. But Dorset & Wilts showed their composure and experience in the cup. Keeping their head about them they scored a well worked third try with confirmation from the touch judge to take the lead for the first time. Amazingly Middlesex refused to quit and the persistence paid off with George Kimmins slotting a penalty to make the game 18-17 with two minutes to go.

High drama was a fitting way to end the game. An infringement spotted in extra time was awarded in Dorset & Wilts favour, the referee noted this would be the last play of the game and the kick was lined up.

18-20 is a harsh way to lose at home , but there is no doubt that immense pride can be taken from what Middlesex have achieved in their return to the Bill Beaumont Cup. The list of thanks is long and those who played their part will undoubtedly be recognised in due course.

Next season should see the county add experience and a track record to its armoury , a trip to Twickenham in 2020 is surely on the cards.

1. Joe Healy – Mill Hill
2. Max Imfield – HAC
3. Michael Griffiths – London Welsh
4. Cai Griffiths – London Welsh (capt.)
5. Jacob Lloyd – HAC
6. Tom Gadsby – Chiswick
7. Cale Holmes – H & F
8. Rich Bryan – Chiswick
9. Billy Burrell – Hendon
10. Oliver Snook – Chiswick
11. James Lo – H & F
12. Dan Phoenix – London Cornish
13. Peter Bicknell – Hampstead
14. Taylor Williams – H & F
15. Tom Foster – Twickenham

16. Fred Bromley – Finsbury Park
17. Alex Watts – London Scottish
18. Yacob Kial – Grasshoppers
19. Jake Lamport – Uxbridge
20. Mark Coles – Uxbridge
21. George Kimmins – London Cornish
22. Arvin Poogooladoo – HAC

Head Coach : Mark Jackson

Forwards Coach: Corne du Rand

Backs Coach: Peter Halsall & Edd Conway

Physio: Steve Bosworth & Sofia Simeone

Manager: Alex Pereira-Inacio

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.



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:


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:


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.


MIDDLESEX 7s MENS’ OPEN 7s – Jamaica UK Crocs
MIDDLESEX 7s FESTIVAL BOWL – Brunel University Men’s VII

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


  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