Maidenhead at the PROPS Sevens
Maidenhead entered two teams in the inaugural PROPS Sevens competition at Cleve. The U23s were in a tough senior competition with the likes of UWIC and a PROPS Barbarians which consisted of Bristol first team players.
Though having more hookers than props the Colts had an excellent day coming joint second in their section...more

Maidenhead 22 Basingstoke 19
Maidenhead took what chances they created, and withstood the pressure which was thrown at them for most of the match, to earn a satisfying end-of-season victory over their evenly-matched visitors from Basingstoke on Saturday. This was an encounter which the hosts wanted to win to gain revenge for the drawn clash at Coniston Road which they believed they should have won, and to end the season on a high in front of a packed house...more

Maidenhead Colts win BBO Tens
Maidenhead Colts have signed off a superb season in the grand manner. Already crowned BBO League champions with a 100% record, they took the BBO 10s tournament at Marlow, ending the event by crushing Banbury by 29-5 in the final...more

Maidenhead Colts Easter tour to Italy
Maidenhead Colts took part in an eventful tour to the Lazio region of Italy over the Easter weekend. The tour had a low profile build up with the main worry prior to leaving on Wednesday being the size of the tour party - only 16 fit players were able to travel. The total party was 18 players, 5 coaches and parents and Lorna Kennard our hardworking physio...more

Maidenhead Vets triumph in International Tournament
Steve Prince took a veterans squad to Haslemere on Good Friday to play in an international quadrangular tournament, featuring the Finnish National Rugby squad. Not only did the Vets beat a full strength Finnish team, but they won their other two matches against Farnham and the host club, to emerge as worthy, if knackered, winners of the tournament ...more

Chinnor 30 Maidenhead 17
Chinnor professionally took their chances in the second half to wrap up the points, and the South West Division 1 title, even though it was visitors Maids who dominated this clash for the first hour. Winning the toss and probably unwisely choosing to kick with the strong, downfield wind, Maids put steady pressure on an uncertain Chinnor side...more

Maidenhead crowned Berkshire Champions
Maidenhead 2nd XV 33 Bracknell 2nd XV 13

A DECISIVE first-half offensive earned Maidenhead a second Berkshire Cup title in two years on Sunday, as they out-fought and out-classed National League club Bracknell at fortress Braywick. Having advertised a 2.30pm kick-off for a game which actually started at 2.15pm, fans were still arriving when the scoreboard already read 14-0...more

Maidenhead Colts 18 Oxford Colts 5
Maidenhead Colts' final league game of the season at Braywick last weekend was a special occasion. It wasn't that Maidenhead won the prestigious BBO Colts league, because they had sealed their title weeks before. It wasn't that by their 18-5 win over Oxford...more

Maidenhead Colts at the Weybridge Sevens
Maidenhead Colts won their group without losing a match to set up a semi-final with Rosslyn Park at the Weybridge Sevens on Sunday. However, with casualty levels not seen since the Charge of the Light Brigade, Maids were always going to be up against it...more

Maidenhead 2nd XV 0 Oxford Harlequins 2nd XV 3
Maidenhead 2nds were narrowly edged out by top-of-the-league visitors Oxford Harlequins in a gritty 3-0 defeat at Braywick.
On their previous encounter, Maids were given a lesson in running rugby and were beaten comfortably, but on Saturday it was a different story...more

Maidenhead 45 Clevedon 17
Rampant Maidenhead exacted their revenge on Clevedon at Braywick Park on Saturday, albeit in a largely irrelevant encounter. Not really needing a win, but seeking to redress a shock 51-20 thumping in the reverse fixture, Maids tore into their guests from the off, and had the game won by half-time...more

Maidenhead Colts 10 Grove Colts 8
Maidenhead Colts players were serving two masters last weekend. Maids, already crowned BBO champions, had a big BBO match against the powerful Grove at Braywick but had to play without their contingent from Burnham GS, who were playing the Lagunya Township touring team...more

Chippenham 25 Maidenhead 39
Maidenhead overran a tenacious Chippenham team with a destructive 25-minute spell late in the game on Saturday. Until that point it had been a largely disappointing affair with both teams making unforced errors and Maids looking nervous after their thrashing by Clifton the previous week...more

Maidenhead Colts are BBO Champions
Amersham & Chiltern Colts 7 Maidenhead Colts 17

Maidenhead Colts are champions of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon League. Remarkably, they have sealed their title triumph with three games of their League programme still remaining, with their 100% record from 8 games to date meaning that they cannot now be caught...more

Maidenhead 10 Clifton 32
A BELOW standard performance from both Maidenhead and the referee combined to ensure Clifton were never tested in a frustrating and tepid clash at Braywick on Saturday. Maids came into the match on the back of dream form and with revenge on their minds after the 54-0 dismantling they suffered in Bristol in the reverse fixture...more

Maidenhead Colts play for South West
Last Sunday was a very proud day for Maidenhead Colts when three players appeared for the South West Division in a 35-12 win over London & South-East Division. Wasps Academy lock Tom Plumer has an outstanding game, centre Dave Hodgson slotted into the backline with great skill and application and Sam Stefan, one of Maids' players of the season, came on as replacement to share in a great victory. Congratulations go to all three players.

Redingensians Colts 15 Maidenhead Colts 14
A severely depleted Maids Colts squad had a friendly fixture at the same time as the Divisional match, against Redingensians...more

Penryn 6 Maidenhead 58
With perfect conditions for open rugby Maidenhead demonstrated their firepower particularly outside the scrum by dismantling Penryn on Saturday... more

Maidenhead Colts 13 Bath Academy 22
Maidenhead Colts stand one win away from sealing their BBO League title but they took time out from their league challenge to meet the illustrious Bath Academy at Braywick on Sunday. Bath's team included England international players and a host of South-West regional stars but Maids gave a wonderful performance to lose by only 22-13... more

Maidenhead 38 Cheltenham 7
Maidenhead finally subdued a defiant Cheltenham at Braywick on Saturday, who belied their precarious league position with a genuinely plucky display. Indeed, during an evenly contested first half, the visitors looked capable of causing an upset
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Maidenhead Colts 64 Henley Colts 10
Maidenhead Colts are still trying to live down the memory of their disastrous defeat in the National KO Cup against Oxford on a cataclysmic day in what has otherwise been a very fine season. Last Sunday at Braywick they gave game time to a 26-man squad against a well-organised and willing Henley Colts team, and came out winners by 64-10, scoring 10 tries... more

Reading Abbey 10 Maidenhead 43
A thoroughly professional and clinical performance in the second half by Maidenhead quashed an aggressive but directionless Abbey team at Rosehill on Saturday. Maids ran in six tries, four after the break, and skipper Mark Ruddick capped a fine personal performance with five conversions and a penalty in what was an enthralling encounter despite the arctic-like conditions... more

Maidenhead 97 Spartans 3
MAIDENHEAD dismantled Spartans in an awesome display of firepower at Braywick on Saturday. Rarely has a victory been so comprehensive, as the hosts overcame some spirited resistance from the visiting pack before tearing them apart with some slick running rugby and clinical finishing... more

Camelot Colts 3 Maidenhead Colts 15
Despite missing players in key positions, Maidenhead Colts returned to winning ways with 15 -3 win at Camelot (Hemel Hempstead) on Sunday... more

Maidenhead 2nd XV 12 Ruislip 1st XV 0
Maidenhead's three New Zealand imports had a baptism of mud at Braywick on Saturday, as a heavy pitch, spirited opponents and lack of match fitness took their toll on the three Ponsonby journeymen. Having finished their season in September, it was no surprise when the Kiwis faded towards the end of the game... more

Oxford Colts 13 Maidenhead Colts 7
A trip down the M40 was on the cards for Maidenhead's Last 32 National Cup clash with Oxford RFC. A game, which would later be described as "devastating" by Mitchell Batten, kicked off earlier than usual at 1:00pm under a gloomy January sky... more

Maidenhead 20 Oxford Harlequins 5
A severely depleted Maidenhead team ground out a satisfying victory over a disappointing Harlequins outfit at Braywick on Saturday In a contest of few chances, Maids weathered early Quins pressure to dominate possession and territory thereafter. They nullified the limited attacking potential of the visitors with some honest forward donkey-work... more

London Scottish U23s 8 v Maidenhead U23s 41
Maidenhead Under 23, consisting mainly of the successful Colts (U.19) side from two years ago, played their first match. For those Colts it was the first game together since those heady Colts days, and just like those successful days the combinations quickly clicked and Maidenhead ran out worthy winners... more

Weston-super-Mare 43 Maidenhead 10
Maidenhead were unable to record their first win against Weston in a match in which the score did not reflect the actual run of play and flattered the home side. However... more

Witney Colts 15 Maidenhead Colts 48
Maidenhead Colts go into the Christmas break with a 13-point lead at the top of the BBO League, with only four league fixtures remaining as the top five teams break off into the Superleague phase alongside Grove, Chinnor, Oxford and either Aylesbury or Chiltern... more

Maidenhead 32 Chinnor 29
EVERY season produces a handful of truly memorable moments, but Maidenhead's titanic clash with Chinnor at Braywick on Saturday produced an absolute hat full. Few among the large crowd will easily forget the roar that went up when speedy flanker Will Lowden snatched possession on the halfway line and accelerated away to score the winning try in injury time... more

Maidenhead Colts 30 Amersham & Chiltern Colts 3
Maidenhead Colts pulled conclusively clear at the top of the BBO League with a splendid 30-3 win over the strong Amersham & Chiltern at a frost-bound Braywick on Sunday. In a match in which both sides played in an excellent spirit, Maids were in complete control after a lively opening period by the visitors... more

Basingstoke 15 Maidenhead 15
In the cold and the wet at Down Grange on Saturday, both teams made an effort to throw away this error-strewn match, but ultimately neither were good enough to do it.
The first half was a bright affair... more

Maidenhead Colts 31 Aylesbury Colts 7
Maidenhead Colts cemented their place at the top of the BBO League despite a long injury list, when they beat Aylesbury by 31-7 at Braywick. The good news is that the squad strength proved equal to the task against a very fine Aylesbury team...more

Grove Colts 8 Maidenhead Colts 17
Despite an injury list running into double figures, Maidenhead Colts put on an impressive defensive display to run out 17-8 winners in a BBO league clash at Grove last Sunday... more

Maidenhead 18 Weston-super-Mare 27
THE IRRESISTIBLE force met the immovable object at Braywick on Saturday, with the inevitable outcome. The irresistible force was resisted, and the immovable object was moved... more

Maidenhead Colts 59 Welwyn Colts 0
Maidenhead revealed impressive depth to their squad when they retained only three starters in position from the previous week's win over Amersham in the National KO Cup... more

Oxford Harlequins 38 Maidenhead 35
Dire defending turned a potential rout into a desperate defeat for Maidenhead on Saturday, as Oxford Harlequins made the most of a languid display from their guests to nick a narrow but deserved win... more

Maidenhead Colts 25 Amersham & Chiltern Colts 0
Maidenhead Colts are through to the next round of the RFU National Colts KO Cup, where they face Oxford in the round of the last 32. Maids will go into this match with quiet confidence... more

Maidenhead 42 Penryn 11
NOT for the first time, Maidenhead produced a powerful second half display to overwhelm competent opposition on Saturday. It was the second time Maids have beaten Penryn this season and the third consecutive game that the hosts have scored 42 points... more

Grasshoppers 0 Maidenhead Vets 34
The Vets were due to play Winchester but they cried off, but they got a game against Grasshoppers. Maids beat them 34-0.

Beaconsfield Colts 0 Maidenhead Colts 43
Maidenhead maintained their recent good form with a 43-0 victory in their BBO League match at Beaconsfield... more

Spartans 24 Maidenhead 41
A hat-trick of tries from powerhouse Simon Cripps capped an entertaining performance by Maidenhead on their first ever trip to Spartans. A committed defensive effort in the first half against the wind ensured the visitors were only behind by four points at the break... more

Maidenhead III 43 Oxford Harlequins III 0
A tantalising game of rugby was played between two of the top teams in the competition last Saturday. Maidenhead 3rds took on the might of Oxford Harlequins, winning 43 to 0... more

Maidenhead 41 Reading Abbey 24
MAIDENHEAD secured local bragging rights in a highly entertaining derby clash with Reading Abbey at Braywick Park on Saturday. The final scoreline suggests a reasonably comfortable win, and... more

Clevedon 51 Maidenhead 20
Maidenhead's run of bad luck with serious injuries to key players proved too much for them when they visited lower placed Clevedon. With full-back Rob Hawkins breaking his leg in training, and the absences of Will Lowdon (shoulder) Alex Greer (shoulder), and Johannes Vorster (knee) putting considerable strain on selection, Maids defied the odds for the first 15 minutes of the game... more

Maidenhead Colts 25 Grove Colts 10
Maidenhead powered through to the second round of the National Knock Out Cup by convincingly disposing of Grove, the previously unbeaten Oxfordshire team, in front of a large crowd at Braywick in a match... more

High Wycombe 0 Maidenhead Vets 38A younger, fitter Wycombe side were outplayed by an older, wiser and heavier Maidenhead pack on Saturday. The forwards dominated all areas of the game and drove over for three first half tries by... more

Cheltenham 13 Maidenhead 20
THE accuracy of Rob Hawkins's boot helped Maidenhead earn a hard fought but well deserved 20-13 win at Cheltenham on Saturday. The full back's five goals compared to the hosts' one settled the match, although the visitors nearly - and should have - scored at least six more tries... more

Twickenham Vets 7 Maidenhead Vets 83
"Let's play the game our way" said Vets Skipper, Steve Prince, just before kick off and how they did. It wasn't that Twickenham were that bad but... more

Maidenhead Colts 40 Chinnor Colts 0
It might be said that Maidenhead Colts stepped up to the plate after some pointed criticism was made of their performance in defeating Oxford only narrowly in their opening BBO League match. Against Chinnor ... more

Bracknell 14 Maidenhead 13
Maidenhead could, and should, have won this cup clash against senior opposition on Saturday, but a lack of luck and a cutting edge counted against them. Despite not having their first choice front row on the pitch... more

Oxford Colts 7 v Maidenhead Colts 12
Maidenhead Colts, a new amalgam of the former colts XV which finished runners-up in the BBO League last season, and the U17 XV which won the league, unveiled a new strategy as they opened their league challenge for the new season... more

Clifton 54 Maidenhead 0
Maidenhead were brought down to earth by a comprehensive defeat to a useful Clifton side on Saturday, although the margin of victory slightly flattered the home side... more

Maidenhead Colts 24 London Welsh Colts 7
Maidenhead Colts opened their 15-a-side season with a splendid 24-7 win over a giant London Welsh team at Braywick. Both clubs have a raft of players at their disposal... more

Maidenhead 65 Penryn 20
Maidenhead exuded a gloss to their finishing on Saturday as Penryn were polished-off in this second round Powergen Trophy clash at Braywick. The shining light on the day was former colt Sam Hocking who touched down four times... more

Maidenhead 23 Cippenham 5
Inclement weather threatened to rain on Maidenhead's parade at Braywick on Saturday, as freshly promoted Chippenham took full advantage of the elements to dampen their hosts' ardour. But class finally told... more

Summerleaze Colts' Sevens
Maidenhead RFC Colts' season kicked off on Sunday with the fourth annual Summerleaze Sevens Tournament. For the fourth time Bath ran out winners but Maidenhead were worthy runners up... more

Maidenhead 46 High Wycombe 7
THE gulf in class between South West 1 and South West 2 was dramatically exposed at Braywick Park on Saturday afternoon, as Maidenhead brushed aside High Wycombe in the first round of the Powergen National Trophy... more

Maids announce new signing and Captain (01.07.05)
MAIDENHEAD Rugby Club coach Simon Edwards is busy making summer signings to bolster his plans for a promotion push in South West Division 1. One of his main objectives at the end of last season was to strengthen his talented but ageing back row. So he was particularly pleased this week to announce the acquisition of Johann Vorster... more

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