MRFC News & Events 2013/14
Welcome to Maidenhead RFC's news and events page
There is lots going on at the club and here we hope to keep you up to date with what's coming up and reports on recent events.
MOHAWKS INVITED TO PLAY AT TWICKENHAM!
Have you ever wanted to play on the hallowed turf of Twickenham and follow in the footsteps of the greatest names in world rugby? Well here's your chance! The Maidenhead RFC Mohawks have won a ballot to play in the O2 Touch Mixed Tournament on FRIDAY 16 MAY. This opportunity is open to all club members (players and supporters alike) and those interested should come down to touch training on Thursday evening (7-8.30pm at the club) and register their interest with Mohawks coach Lucas Lee. Previous touch experience not necessary.
We need to select a team of 10 (including minimum of 2 women) to take to Twickenham. Players need to arrive at the stadium for registration by 9.30am, which will be followed by teas/coffees/bacon sarnies served in the Members Lounge. Games start at 11am and finish at 3pm. Post match meal is served in the Members Lounge afterwards followed by Q&A session with an England Player. There is no cost associated with this event for individual players, you just need to get there! We also have the brand new Mohawks team vests for you to showcase! The event will be attended by new O2 Touch teams from all around the country so it is a chance for us to put our team on the map. If you have any questions prior to attending training, please email email@example.com or call Sammie on 07766 525 938.
Message from Tony Brooks
Now that the 1st season has concluded, I would like to take time out to extend my thanks to all loyal MRFC supporters who have played such an important part throughout the campaign. Never underestimate the value of good support on the performance of any team.
In no way wishing to downplay the importance of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams, I make no apology here for focussing on the 1st team - the flagship of any club. This season was always going to be a year of consolidation following relegation from National 3 and the loss of a number of experienced players. However, this has provided opportunity for others to step up and show their quality. The squad has put in some wonderful performances on occasion this season but the players themselves would probably recognise we have perhaps lacked the necessary consistency to challenge the leaders. This is to be expected as we have introduced many players to 1st team action this year, aiming to demonstrate that if a player performs well for the 2s he will be given the opportunity to step up on merit.
Results against Reading exemplify our season (heavy loss reversed to a big win). This can be attributed in part to injuries but also the need to maintain the necessary steely edge throughout the entire campaign. When we were 'up for it' we looked a side who could beat any in the league. The challenge for the squad next season is to instil that edge from the outset and maintain it week after week.
The loyal die-hard players have been up for the challenge through thick and thin. None more so than club stalwart Mark Mueller who, at 39 years young, has continued to drive his body forwards for the club. He has been an incredible servant to MRFC and one hopes he plays on next season following his unfortunate injury in his last match (we send him our best in his recovery). Furthermore, Skipper Simon Cripps would be the first to acknowledge the commitment shown and contribution made by his regular senior players (most notably Messrs Parrot, Virgo, Britton, Emmanuel, O'Reilly & Smith), each of whom have contributed sterling individual performances through the season. Special mention should perhaps go scrum half Mark Childerhouse, a welcome recruit from Redingensians, who has performed consistently well throughout in a demanding position. Importantly he avoided injury until Billy Evans' welcome return to the scrum half fold.
A pleasing aspect of this season's campaign has been the introduction of a number of young players who have come through from the junior ranks. Openside flanker Jack Targett (19), wing Colin Kerins (19), and current Colts full back Mike Davies (just 18) have all made more than a mark this season. Further, it was great to see so many young players performing so well against Nat 3 high fliers Bracknell in the Berkshire Cup Final. In addition to the aforementioned, hooker George Dutton (19) and fly half Will Thompson (20) were making their 1st team debuts and looked more than comfortable, and speedster Tom Simpson (21) scoring the try of the match. With the Maids pipeline starting to bear fruit, the future looks full of promise. Added to which, two deserving players made their 1st team debut this year. Prop Paul Savage and flank forward Rupert Erskine have been amongst the most regular of trainers throughout the season and fully deserved their chance on merit.
So, all in all a satisfactory season with some highly entertaining performances and one that Head Coach Allan 'Don't call me Allan' Greene and his coaching team can build on going forwards. Next season will pose different goals and objectives. Onwards and Upwards!
Thanks once again to all supporters, and all the volunteer back room staff. Summer well and see you again next season.
Dir of Rugby
U15Bs Berkshire Champions
Maids U15Bs won their first ever silverware at Junior level beating Newbury U15Bs on Sun securing the Berkshire Youth League Division Two Championship.
A fantastic effort from a brave, battling and small set of lads playing bigger lads every game. Their effort, commitment and skills left oppositions open-mouthed game after game.
League Results; P5, W4, D1 Well done to all!!
Children and unauthorised people on the main pitch
The club has been reminded by the RFU that match officials and advisors the need to keep the perimeter areas clear of unauthorised personal. This is following concerns raised regarding player and spectator safety.
The particular example has been children playing within the in-goal area or sat up against advertising boards.
Reference was made to RFU Regulation 13, in particular 13.7 Grounds www.rfu.com/~/media/files/thegame/regulations/rfu_regulation_13_2013
It is requested that everyone assist by ensuring these areas are kept clear at all times during the game.
Touch Camp - A great Success
The first Junior Touch Camp at Maidenhead RFC took place over the Mon-Wed of the February half term holidays and was a great success with players and coaches alike having a great time playing mini tournaments, fun games and developing their handling skills, lines of running and agility. As a special surprise, they were joined by the London Irish 1st XV who were playing on the pitch next to them and were lucky enough to have Sailosi Tagicakibau present the Player of the Day award to them and tell them a bit about his experience of playing touch back in New Zealand, where the game is very popular.
We look forward to seeing the players and their friends at the Easter Touch Camp at MRFC on Mon 14 to Wed 16 April (9am - 3pm).
Space is limited so please book your place early to avoid disappointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
"If you don't know how to play touch, by the end of this course you will know how to!" ~ William (10)
"It's fun when we play matches and the coaches join in" ~ Didi (8)
"Touch is fun because it enhances your rugby skills" ~ Josh (12)
"Touch is epic!" ~ Liam (7)
"Very, very, very ...good" ~ Iwan (10)
"Touch is a brilliant way to become a star rugby player" ~ Del (14)
Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteers
Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2015 will take place in 10 host cities in England plus Cardiff from September 18 to October 31, 2015. RWC 2015 will welcome the world to Rugby and to England, and everyone is invited. The tournament will be broadcast to a global TV audience of over 4 billion and is the third largest sporting event in the world.
England 2015 is looking for exceptional volunteers to help stage RWC 2015 and make it an unforgettable team and spectator experience. 75% of the 6,000 volunteers will be recruited through rugby clubs, recognising those who give their time and effort to the Game week-in week-out. We also want to bring new people into the Game and create a lasting legacy of volunteering for rugby in England.
We are looking to recruit enthusiastic volunteers from across England and Wales to stage a truly great RWC 2015, and will do so via a process that is open and fair. We will need approximately 6,000 volunteers to help us stage the tournament.
The Volunteer Programme is designed to recognise the Rugby community and to reward those who give their time and effort to the grassroots of the Game. In this spirit, every Rugby club in England will be offered either one or two volunteer places at RWC 2015 depending on its status as a Voting or Non-Voting club.
Full details of the programme can be downloaded here.
Ride of the Lions 2014
In light of the success of the 2013 Melbourne to Sydney charity bike ride, the Ride of the Lions 2013, in which Peter Winterbottom and a number of British Lions cycled over 650 miles raising £120k for Walking With The Wounded , Peter decided to keep the spirit of 'The Ride of the Lions' going and organise another bicycle ride in June, this time in the UK. The Ride of the Lions 2014.
Our aim is to raise £250,000 for WWTW and the Lions Charitable Trust whilst giving riders the opportunity to experience, in Roger Uttley's words, the "Spirit of Rugby" on a bike.
This year's ride will cover 620 miles in 7 days, taking in all four national rugby stadia of the Home Unions Twickenham, Millennium, Aviva and Murrayfield and every rider will be accompanied by 10 British Lions including Peter, Roger Uttley, Mike Teague, Rob Henderson, Colin Charvis, Craig Chalmers, Roger Baird and Steve Bainbridge.
I have attached the invitation from our ride Ambassador Sir Ian McGeechan OBE to all members of Maidenhead RFC.
We are sure one or two of you would like to take up the challenge.
Watch England Senior Women's Touch Team
Watch England Senior Women's Touch Team take on an England Select Mixed Touch Team on Saturday 25 January at 4pm at Maidenhead RFC
England Senior Women's Touch Squad will be training at Maidenhead RFC at the weekend and will be putting on an exhibition game after the 1st XV take on Cheltenham RFC at 4pm on the Main 3G Pitch.
Come and have a look at how the game of touch is played at the highest level.
If you like what you see, there are opportunities for you to play touch at a local level by training with and/or playing for the Maidenhead RFC Mohawks who train on Wednesday evenings at the club from 7.00pm-8.30pm and will play in a number of weekend fixtures and tournaments throughout the summer. The club has been running since September and numbers have continued to steadily grow.
Training is for all abilities and beginners are especially welcome (and is free for MRFC club members). Please contact Sammie Phillips for more information: email@example.com / 07766 525 938.
Martine Prince - £200
Graeme Fisher - £100
John Cooley - £60
400 club draws are made on the last Friday of every month. Make sure you are signed up to the 400 club - only £5 per month.
The Pride Team, including Maids' coaches Lee Myall, Dave Rooney and Mike Andrews, are taking Year 6 (Under 11s) players from the borough state schools to play 4 fixtures in Feburary against the Private Schools.
They have fixtures already arrange against Claires Court, St Pirans and Lambrook.
They are sort of a Babas side for the state schools to give them a chance to play school rugby. They are aiming at existing rugby players or those talented at sports. They have full RFU approval and insurance along with the RBWM backing this through the Sports for Schools.
To find out visit their website www.priderugby.co.uk.
U15Bs played and beat Pingvin of Sweden
U15Bs played and beat Pingvin of Sweden Tues 29th Oct in a hastily organised game following news they were touring in the area.
Full marks to the club, the bar staff and catering staff for having the get-go to sort, organise and accommodate. And thanks to our own Jules Rainford who stepped in at the last moment to ref the match.
Pingvin were a credit to themselves despite their loss and the U15s are keeping in touch hoping they can make the return trip to Sweden one day in the future!"
Maidenhead RFC Mohawks O2 Touch Base
The Maidenhead RFC Mohawks O2 Touch Base had their first competitive fixture on Saturday 26 October at at the Halloween Mixed Social Touch Tournament.
The team had a stormer. It was always going to be a tough gig playing against many established teams but they gave some sides who play in the national league a run for their money! Losing by only 1 score in 3 games with plenty of opportunities to score that we didn't put away! We won our must win game against the only other touch base there (Thatcham). We smoked them :) Go Mohawks!
Schools Tag Rugby Tournament
Thank you to all of the teams who took part in the Tag Rugby Tournament at Maidenhead Rugby Club for Y3/4.
The standard of rugby was excellent & there were some closely fought games.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following schools:-
WINNERS: Oldfield Primary School
RUNNERS UP: Holy Trinity Cookham
JOINT 3rd PLACE: Lowbrook Furze Platt Junior
I would like to say a huge thank you to Lee, Mike, Matt and all of the team at Maidenhead Rugby Club for organising such a well run tournament, making us feel so welcome & encouraging our young referees from Desborough College. Without the support of the club we may have lost this competition from our schools calendar!
I would also like to thank Desborough College for providing such a great team of volunteer sixth formers to support the coaching and refereeing team on the day - superb ambassadors!
Thanks again & I do hope we see you all at our next competition - Y5/6 Tag Rugby on Tues 12th November - entry deadline closes FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER
Partnership Development Manager
Ascot & Maidenhead School Sport Partnership
BodyZone Offer to members
BodyZone (under the club stand) are offering Gym membership to club members for £11 per month. Click here for full details.
RFU Young Ambassador Programme
Maidenhead Rugby club has been selected as one of the first clubs to be invited to take part in RFU's Young Ambassador Programme. Click here for details
The "Young Rugby Ambassador" programme has been designed to excite and engage young people between the age of 16 and 20 in the run up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
It is a key element of the RFU Lead Up and Legacy plan for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which contained a pledge to support the development of young volunteers in Rugby Clubs across England.
Not only should this be a great experience for the ambassadors but it is also something that will look very impressive on CVs and university applications.
MRFC Networking Club - Breakfast Seminar
The MRFC Networking Club's first Breakfast Seminar was an interactive, productive and enjoyable business networking event with over 30 attendees and we got really positive feedback.
The aim of our networking club is to build valuable relationships amongst local companies to the benefit of each others' businesses and these events are completely free of charge.
Ladies in new league
Maidenhead Ladies have found out who their opposition will be next season after the RFU announced a slight shake-up of the women's league structure.
Maids have been drawn in National Challenge South East North 2, which is effectively the fifth tier of women's rugby in England.
After a creditable third place finish behind winners Havant and runners up Witney, next season Maids will face Witney, Oxford, Chesham, Tabard, Bletchley and Marlow.
Coach Mike Hudson said the ladies were looking forward to the challenge of a slightly different league: "We know a bit about Marlow, Witney and Oxford, so will relish playing some of those sides again in relatively local derbies. It's also exciting to have some Buckinghamshire clubs in Chesham and Bletchley, so we will look forward to those games too. Chesham are coached by England women's prop Rocky Clark, so they will be a tough side."
Maidenhead Ladies are actively recruiting this summer ahead of the new season - please contact Mike Hudson on 07812 633441 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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