MRFC News & Events 2017-18
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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.
The 400 Club draw for both April & May 2018 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club Wednesday 16th May 2018.
The draw was made by Dominic Birch MRFC Commercial Manager.
Winners for April
Winners for May
March Player of the Month - Ben Harris
This month's player of the month award goes to current colt and 1st XV winger Ben Harris.
It is always exciting when young players progress through the ranks at the club and Ben has been no exception. It is rare though that a young player can come into the senior set up and so quickly become a key player within the team.
Strong performances against Ivybridge, Newton Abbott, Brixham and Bracknell have shown what a huge amount of potential he has but it is his humility and work ethic that have really impressed the coaching set up.
Russell Bolton commented "I've been delighted with the impact that Ben has had on the squad in the final part of the season. He has been a key member in the Colts success this season as they head towards what hopefully is a league win and further victories in the National Colts Cup. Stepping up to the senior section can often be daunting but Ben has taken everything in his stride, worked hard and shown a willingness to learn. It is exciting as a club that we have young players such as Ben that we can hopefully build teams around for years to come."
400 Club March Winners
The 400 Club draw for March 2018 was held following the match with Bracknell on Saturday 7th April 2018.
The draw was made by Amersham & Chiltern 2nd team players.
Tony passed away suddenly on 11th March 2018, aged 57.
He spent the day coaching his Maidenhead RFU Colts team to a fantastic victory and had come home to make his signature Devon pasties for dinner and to catch up on the day's Six Nations matches when he suffered a heart attack. We take huge comfort knowing that his final day was spent doing what he loved.
Anyone who knew Tony or 'Brooksie' knows that rugby was a huge part of his life. He had a fantastic playing career as a number 8 for Plymouth College, Plymouth Albion, Devon County, England Schools, U19's & U23's, Oxford University, Bath, Barbarians, Rossyln Park and Maidenhead. After hanging up his boots he went into coaching and became Director of Rugby at Maidenhead RFU. A club and rugby family he was incredibly proud of. Through his decades of contribution to the game he has impacted the lives of a great number of people and will be remembered as the ultimate club man and the gentlest of giants with time and a smile for everyone.
We are now able to confirm the funeral arrangements for Tony. The service will be held on Monday 16th April at 3pm, Easthampstead Park Crematorium, South Road, Bracknell, Wokingham, RG40 3DW. We have been advised to arrive by 2:30pm due to restricted parking.
Following the service we invite you to Maidenhead Rugby Club, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. Anyone unable to attend the service is welcome to join us anytime from 5:15pm. We very much want to celebrate Tony's life so please feel no obligation to wear black. Rather than floral tributes we would be hugely thankful for donations to rugby charity Wooden Spoon.
There will be collections at the service or you can donate via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brooksie8.
If you are unable to join us, please remember Tony fondly and raise a glass to him. With love from, Caroline, Charlotte, Chris, James and Annabel.
Scott Prince - February Player of the Month
This month's player of the month award goes to first team back three player Scott Prince.
Scott has been an integral part of the 1st team this year in only his second season of senior rugby. February saw him put in some impressive displays where his attacking ability came to the fore alongside his ever consistent defensive skills.
He has been working hard in training and we have been impressed with the development of his kicking game over recent weeks.
Russell Bolton commented "It's always pleasing when someone progresses from the Colts and has an impact at the senior level of the club. Over recent months I've seen a change in the way Scott conducts himself both in games and training and you can see him now becoming a really important part of our senior player group. We have a number of talented young men in our squad and a lot of them are now looking at Scott as an example of what can be achieved. What's also exciting is that Scott has so much more potential that can be worked toward and if he continues on the same path he will be a wonderful player for Maidenhead in the years to come.
January player of the month - Paul Savage
This month's player of the month award goes to front row Paul Savage. Paul has been an invaluable member of the Maidenhead squad now for many years and thoroughly deserves this month's award.
This season has seen Paul play an integral role in the success of the 2nd XV as they bid to win their league. 2nd XV coach Brad Pennington has been full of praise for Paul with regards to his work rate and his commitment to the team.
Paul has also consistently demonstrated the Maidenhead Values as a player who is happy to help any team when asked. If free from 2nd XV duties he is always keen to help out the 3rd team and on a couple of occasions he has been called upon to add to his 1st XV appearances.
Russell Bolton commented "I've been really impressed with Paul this season. I think not only has he shown his regular commitment to the club but he has really improved as a player. He has always been one of our fitter front row players but gradually he is getting more and more comfortable on the ball and it is good to see him impacting games on a regular basis."
400 Club February Winners
The 400 Club draw for February 2018 was held prior to the match with Newbury on Saturday 17th February 2018. The draw was made by Newbury's Chairman Hywel Price Richards.
400 Club January Winners
The 400 Club draw for January 2018 was held prior to the match with Lydney on Saturday 20th January 2018. The draw was made by Lydney's President Derek Pomeroy.
It is with very great sadness that we announced that David Perry passed away last week. A lovely man and a club stalwart who will be very missed by us all. David was, amongst many other official and non-official roles, Fixture Secretary and a Committee Member at Maids for many years, as well as an ardent support of the club, following the 1st XV all around the South West of England.
The club wishes very much to respect the family's privacy at this trying time. The funeral will be Jan 15th. We realise many wish to pay their respects and express their condolences but ask they coordinate through Gareth Andrew-Jones at the club.
The Thames Hospice provided wonderful care to David in his final weeks and so we are asking for donations to the hospice instead of flowers. Donations may be made via the following link: www.memorygiving.com/davidmartinperry
Touch Rugby Training for All
Club members are welcome to join us on Wednesday evenings (starting 17 Jan) from 7.30-9pm on the main 3G pitch for training with the club's touch rugby section "Mohawks". We will start with a 45 minute fitness boot camp followed by social games of touch rugby for a further 45 minutes. You can attend one or both sessions for free as club members. Non-members can pay £5 per session or £20 for 6 sessions.
Players of all ages (ideally 14+) and all playing levels (from complete beginners to experienced players) are welcome to join us. There will be something for everyone to enjoy! We are especially keen for families (parents, siblings, partners) of junior/senior players and to join us and get more involved in the activities the club has to offer. We also aim to organise more social activities for our section too this season!
December player of the month - Andy McGregor
This month's player of the month award goes to Flanker Andy McGregor. Andy returned to us this season following his time at University having grown up playing through the mini and junior section.
From the start of pre-season Andy has impressed the coaching team with his strong work rate and his willingness to work unselfishly for the team.
In the past couple of months his development as a player of great potential has started to come through and this has resulted in him receiving glowing references from 2nd XV coach Brad Pennington. Through this Andy has earned himself a couple of opportunities to play 1st XV rugby against Newton Abbott and Weston-super-Mare respectively where he has performed admirably.
Russell Bolton commented "It is always pleasing to see local Maidenhead lads return to the club and have an influence in the senior set up. We are looking forward to seeing Andy continue to grow in a Maidenhead shirt and hopefully play a big part in helping the 2nd XV win their league this season."
400 Club December Winners
The 400 Club draw for December was held on Tuesday 19th December following the club committee meeting.
The draw was made by our President Dick Brown & Commercial Manager Dominic Birch
Ed Keohane - November Player of the Month
This month's player of the month award goes to centre Ed Keohane. Keohane has been an integral part of the teams early season success in the South West Premier division.
He has led by example in both his attack and defence and has also taking on the responsibility for the teams place kicking where he has had some outstanding games. His hard work and attitude at training has been exemplary and he is always happy to pose challenging questions which help us to get better in the things that we are trying to improve upon.
Head coach Russell Bolton commented "Ed has always had a great deal of potential and it is nice to see him starting to fulfil that in a Maidenhead shirt. He has worked hard to find ways for his strengths to have an influence on games and we are now seeing that in action on a consistent basis. Ed has had a great month in training and we look forward to seeing him get better and better as the season progresses."
Get ahead get a hat - OddBalls order
Get ahead get a hat as they say. If you would like a Maidenhead RFC Oddballs bobble hat let Gareth Andrew-Jones know.
Only £10 each
400 Club November Winners
The 400 Club draw for November was held on Saturday 25th November prior to the match with Bournemouth.
The draw was made by Phil Sinkinson Chairman Bournemouth RFC.
October Player of the Month - Lawrence Leonard
This month's player of the month award goes to flanker cum second row Laurence Leonard. The Irishman who joined the club in the summer has been in exceptional form recently.
Leonard, who began the season in the 2's earned a debut with the 1st XV against Exmouth at home and since then has performed to such a consistently high standard he has been involved ever since. His high work rate both in training and in games combined with a likeable character have ensured he has become a popular member of the senior squad.
Laurence is always someone that the coaches mention as an ideal player to work with. Someone who wants to work hard and develop their game without too much need for encouragement as well as working solely for the benefit of the team.
Russ Bolton commented "Laurence has been a great addition to this season's squad. He has shown his quality to perform at both 1st and 2nd team levels and regardless of the position he is asked to play always makes a positive impact on the game. We look forward to witnessing the influence he can have on the team as he continues to improve."
400 Club October Winners
The 400 Club draw for October was held on Saturday 4th November prior
to the match with Brixham.
September Player of the Month - Steve Hyland
We are delighted to award this month's Player of the Month to Steve Hyland. The young prop that joined us from Phoenix in the summer has been a really great addition to our squad.
Over the past month he has really nailed down his position as starting tighthead for the 2nd XV. The coaches have been particularly impressed with his work ethic and his desire to consistently improve his game.
It is fantastic for the club to have such a promising group of young props coming through the club with not only Steve but Lewis Jones, Umar Marriott and Paul Englezoss who we hope can help the club strive for success for many years to come. It has also been great to see the more experienced front rowers within the squads such as Myke Parrott, the Darlington brothers and Paul Savage providing excellent support to these guys development.
Russ Bolton commented "I think it was really brave for a 19 year old lad to want to move clubs and challenge himself in our environment but Steve has come in and taken on the challenge with a huge amount of commitment and energy. If he continues to work hard on his fitness and builds on some of his natural strengths I fully expect Steve to be pushing for a 1st XV place in the near future"
400 Club Winners Mar-Aug
1st prize: Andy Emmanuel
2nd prize: B & M Ruddick
3rd prize: John Copeland
1st prize: A Price
2nd prize: D M Evans
3rd prize: K Young
1st prize: Sean Egan
2nd prize: Andy Swift
3rd prize: K Lawton
1st prize: Peter Prior
2nd prize: D Walton
3rd prize: Steve Page
1st prize: Grahame Fisher
2nd prize: D Walton
3rd prize: A Price
1st prize: Andy Swift
2nd prize: M Prince
3rd prize: BJ & AP Bennett
August Player of the Month - Ed Keohane
Ed picks up the August player of the month award for both setting exceptional high standards on the field as well as contributing off the field as well.
In a season where the 1st XV have gone up a league we were relying on current players raising their standards and Ed has been a key performer in our pre-season fixtures. His ability to be direct in his attacking game and then bring in his creative and kicking skills is something that will be key to us this season.
Ed has also been the leading player in our Indigo Metrics work where players are measured on their soft skills such as courage, self-driven, work ethics, continuous improvement and teamwork. Off the field Ed has taken on the responsibility of leading individual player development with the backs and also organising the Maidenhead budgie smuggler. Something we can all look forward to!
Russ Bolton commented "It is a credit to the team the amount of players who were in contention for this month's award but Ed is a thoroughly deserving winner. His attitude and work ethic has been fantastic and we look forward to this translating into key performances this season."
July Player of the Month - Mike Burnett
Mike receives our first award for the 2017/18 season. In a year where we expect our senior players to raise the standards and show the commitment necessary to become a high performing National League side Mike has certainly led the way during the first month.
Having had a mixed season last year largely down to injuries Mike returned to pre-season training in excellent shape and has shown a desire to improve and work hard in the past few weeks. His energy and enthusiasm are putting him in an excellent position to compete for a 1st XV place on the wing which is one of our most competitive areas of the squad.
Head coach Russell Bolton commented "I have been really impressed with Mike's attitude during the first four weeks of pre-season. He returned to us last season and struggled to show us what he was truly capable of due to some injuries and others performing consistently well. Mike has a really good opportunity to play a key role this year and I am pleased that he is shining through and setting standards for others to follow."
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