Minety RFC

AGM – Wednesday 28th June at 7.30pm

Written by Graham Cooke

June 24th, 2017 at 10:43 am

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Minety RFC AGM – 28th June

The year’s Annual General Meeting of Minety Rugby Club will be held in the club house at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th June.

The AGM is a chance for members and supporters of the club to have their say, elect new club officers, and hear how the club has done this season, and what its plans are for next year and the foreseeable future.

Come and show your support and have a beer; all welcome!

Please note that only paid up members are able to vote at the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you all; please spread the word.

Many thanks.

Written by Graham Cooke

June 13th, 2017 at 11:14 am

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Fixtures for 2017 – 2018

The league fixtures for both Minety 1st XV and 2nd XV are now available on this website.  If there are any alterations to these lists we will publish details here as soon as we hear it.

Click here for the Fixture List or use the menu item on the right of this screen.


Written by Graham Cooke

June 7th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

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2017 Minety 7’s Photo Gallery

Written by Graham Cooke

May 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MRFC Annual Presentation Dinner

Only a few places remaining for this year’s Annual Presentation Dinner on Friday 26th May at 7pm.
Down to the last few places now, please note your meal will only be booked if you confirm attendance with Andy Somers or Andy Ward. No confirmation = no meal !
Also note, if you confirm attendance and don’t show up, you will be expected to pay as a meal will have been booked.
Andy Somers
07810 546341
Email : Andy Somers at andy@greenandpurple.co.uk or Andy Ward at andy@andyjward.co.uk

Written by Graham Cooke

May 23rd, 2017 at 11:49 am

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MTV 2017 7s Tournament Final

Click below to load and watch the dramatic final of the 2017 Minety 7s Tournament.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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Minchinhampton 2017 7s Champions

Not even the rain that fell for most of the day could dampen the spirits of players and supporters at Saturday’s Minety 7’s tournament, won, after a dramatic final by Minchinhampton, who over came the RAF Horus team in a sudden death shoot out at the end of a terrific day’s 7’s rugby.

14 teams entered this year’s tournament expertly organised by Minety’s Jack Ward.

Divided into 2 groups of 7 teams, across two pitches, matches got underway at 11am.

At the end of a fiercely contested round of qualifying matches Horus and Swindon College Old Boys emerged as the top two sides from Pool A.  Three teams tied for top spot in a dramatic Pool B.  Caveman 7s, Cirencester RFC and Minchinhampton finished with 10 points each.  Points difference scored on the pitch saw Minchinhampton and Caveman 7s tied once against with points differences of 122 each.  After a brief committee meeting it was agreed between the two teams that top spot in Pool B should be decided by a toss of a coin.  Minchinhampton won and moved into the main Cup final against Pool A winners Horus, leaving Caveman 7s to compete with Swindon College Old Boys for the Plate.

With the rain lashing down Caveman 7s and Swindon College Old Boys could not be split after full time so a period of extra time was played with the first score deciding the outcome of the tie.  With both teams competing for every ball it looked as if extra time would be tied until Caveman 7’s broke through the Swindon line to score the decisive try.

The final was equally hard fought.  Horus and Minchinhampton threw everything into an excellent final, which, like the Plate Final, was tied at the end of full time.  It was Minchinhampton who triumphed with a try in extra time.

Qualifying Scores


Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Total
Pool A
Minety 6 2 1 3 101 131 5
St Josephs Dads 6 0 0 6 35 89 0
Cirencester College Academy 6 1 0 5 28 134 2
Horus 7 6 5 0 1 141 35 11
Swindon College Old Boys 6 5 0 1 132 35 10
Supermarine 6 3 1 2 106 89 7
Devizes Colts 6 3 1 2 141 73 7


Pool B
Dreamers 6 2 0 4 45 191 4
Caveman 7s 6 5 0 1 146 24 10
Cirencester RFC 6 5 0 1 137 49 10
Minchinhampton 6 5 0 1 157 35 10
Chippenham RFC 6 3 0 3 126 66 6
Cirencester Royal Ag. Coll. 6 0 0 6 12 112 0
Barbarians 6 1 0 5 35 175 2


Full photo gallery and film of the final to come.

Many thanks to all who took part in the Minety 7’s.  Special thanks to Jack Ward for organising the whole event.  Congratulations to Minchinhampton – we look forward to you coming back to defend your title in 2018!

Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2017 at 11:44 am

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Saturday 20th May … Minety 7s

Written by Graham Cooke

May 20th, 2017 at 8:52 am

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1 day to go ….

Written by Graham Cooke

May 19th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

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5 days to go ….

Yes, just 5 more days to go to the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament.

The photograph above shows the 2016 Minety 7’s victors, the team from the Royal Agricultural College.  To read the report of the 2016 event, click here.

Club Chairman Dave Peirce writes:

Hi all, Hope you’re well and enjoying your break? Cry for help please, volunteers needed for setting up the 7’s, and club dinner, and helping out at each event.  Please contact Andrew Somers and/or Andy Ward for the dinner and Jack Ward for the 7’s.   Contact details for these fine gentlemen can be found on the Club Contacts page – see right.  Also Andrew O’Dell for helping out with the bar at either event.

All help is much appreciated. Cheers folks

Written by Graham Cooke

May 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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6 days ….


Written by Graham Cooke

May 15th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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8 days to go … to the Minety 7’s


Saturday 20th May, starting at 11am at Minety Fields.  For contact details see below.


Written by Graham Cooke

May 12th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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16 days to go …

Written by Graham Cooke

May 5th, 2017 at 9:36 am

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Minety Annual Dinner / Presentation Evening

This highspot of the club year is on 26th May.

We have returned to a3 course waitress/waiter served format this year, so a return to the old traditional style. The guest speaker is the former England prop Paul Rendall, so I’m sure they’ll be some great stories told.

Tickets are £35 each, and they are selling fast.

Please contact Andy Somers on 07810 546341 to reserve your ticket asap to avoid disappointment.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 4th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety 7’s – 20th May

Club 7’s Tournament, starts at 10am. Please make every effort to attend, and support your home team, and enjoy a day of rugby, beer, and food. All welcome. If you are, or know of someone that maybe interested in entering a team please contact Jack Ward on 07827 291929.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 3rd, 2017 at 10:15 am

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MTV: Highlights (?) from the 2016 Minety 7’s

Written by Graham Cooke

May 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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20th May – Minety 7’s

Just 20 days to go to the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The Minety 7’s is always a highlight of the post season and this year looks to be no different.  We already have a number of teams signed up for the event but if anyone still wants to enter a team, then they should contact Jack Ward directly at <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com> .

Please spread the word and join us for a relaxing day of rugby, beer & burgers. Please feel free to invite friends, family and any teams you feel would be interested.

Also feel free to join us the day before to set everything up, all volunteers welcome. Contact is Jack Ward <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com>

Written by Graham Cooke

May 1st, 2017 at 11:43 am

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A Minety RFC “must have”!

Local business, Phi Jewellery have released a Minety RFC cufflink set.

They are handmade using traditional industrial methods by Minety player Duncan Simpson.

These exclusive cufflinks are available in both brass and stainless steel.



For more information please visit www.phi-jewellery.co.uk/pages/minety




Written by Graham Cooke

April 28th, 2017 at 11:17 am

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MTV: Pewsey Match

Written by Graham Cooke

April 26th, 2017 at 10:17 am

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Minety 7’s Tournament 2017

So with the season completed for Minety 1st and 2nd XV teams, all eyes turn to the annual Minety 7’s tournament, to be held this year on Saturday 20th May.

The Minety 7’s is always a highlight of the post season and this year looks to be no different.  We already have a number of teams signed up for the event but if anyone still wants to enter a team, then they should contact Jack Ward directly at <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com> .

Please spread the word and join us for a relaxing day of rugby, beer & burgers. Please feel free to invite friends, family and any teams you feel would be interested.

Also feel free to join us the day before to set everything up, all volunteers welcome. Contact is Jack Ward <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com>

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2017 at 10:48 am

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1st XV at Pewsey on 22nd April


An A4, high definition printed version will be available from the club soon.  Contact Graham for more information.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2017 at 10:36 am

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Pewsey power too much for Minety

Minety’s 1st XV ended their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign with a disappointing 43-25 defeat at the hands of Pewsey Vale on Saturday.

Minety finished in a creditable 6th place in the 12 team division with 11 wins from their 22 outings, one place above local rivals Wootton Bassett, whose 50-0 defeat at the hands of Bradford on Avon left them in 7th place.

The season ender was played in unseasonably warm weather at the picturesque Pewsey ground.

The visitors kicked off and pushed Pewsey back into their own 22 metre area with some quick passing but the “writing was on the wall” when Pewsey’s centres broke through the Minety defence and only some sloppy passing prevented an opening try.  The powerful Pewsey pack disrupted Minety’s scrum and the village side were forced to defend their lines desperately, fly half Tom McAllister’s kicking easing the pressure.

Against the run of play, Minety opened the scoring.  After Pewsey had been penalised for delaying a lineout, captain Andrew Hibbard picked up the ball 50 metres out and ran straight through the defence, off-loading the ball to Duncan Simpson, who touched down between the posts.  Garin Garland kicked the conversion and Minety were an improbable 7-0 up.

Pewsey hit back 5 minutes later when Minety were penalised in their own 22.  From the resulting scrum, fly half James Haynes burst through before slipping a pass to No. 8 Phil Vallis who scored from close range.  Haynes’ conversion tied up the scores at 7 each.

Minety kept the match even by moving the ball quickly in the backs but the scrummages were very one sided and any ball that the visitors claimed put them on the back foot.

Big second row Ben Collins, just back after a serious knee injury, proved a handful for the Pewsey defence and gave some respite for Minety’s overworked defence.

Minety regained the lead in the 30th minute when Pewsey offended at a ruck, Garland kicking the penalty, and it was the young full back who extended the lead to 13-7 from another penalty in the 35th minute.

Pewsey struck back before half time.  Once again, the combination of No. 8 Vallis and Haynes proved too much for the beleaguered visiting defence and the fly half touched down for Pewsey’s second try and then kicked the conversion to take the lead 14-13 at the end of the first half.

If there is to be one criticism that can be levied against the Minety team it is their inability to “switch back on” after a break and the four unanswered Pewsey tries in the first 12 minutes of the second half demonstrated this and ended Minety’s chance of getting anything from this match.

In the 41st minute replacement forward Sam Flippance ran straight through the Minety defence to score a fine solo try, converted by Haynes.

Three minutes later McAllister’s try line clearance was charged down and Pewsey’s loose head prop Guy Ellis was first to react to the loose ball to touch down.

Pewsey’s third try of the half came in the 49th minute.  Fly half Haynes picked up a Minety clearance, ran it back and from the resulting ruck flanker Olly Spence picked up and ran through for a try under the posts.

Pewsey’s 6th try came shortly after when flanker Chris Spence seized on the ball and scored wide out on the right wing.  Haynes’ long range conversion fell short but Pewsey were now in complete control of the match, leading 38-13.

The home team were reduced to 14 men when Chris Spence was yellow carded for “pulling an opponent down” at a lineout.

Minety pressed forward and played some of their most enterprising rugby of the match but all too often the final pass went astray and possession lost.

Both teams lost a player, each yellow carded, after a flare up in the 61st minute.

Minety’s second try came after a period of pressure on the Pewsey line.  A midfield run from Jack Ward was rebuffed but Simpson was on hand to pick up and score.

Pewsey extended their lead to 43-18 in the 77th minute when Vallis sprinted through for his second try.

Minety’s final try was a penalty try awarded after winger Dave Cooke’s fine run through the Pewsey defence was halted by a desperate neck high tackle close to the try line.

The final moments of the match saw Minety desperately trying to gain the all-important bonus point winning 4th try, but all their efforts were repelled by a resolute Pewsey defence.

Final score: Pewsey Vale 43 Minety 25



Team photographs to follow; film of the match will be on MTV on Wednesday.



Written by Graham Cooke

April 23rd, 2017 at 12:02 pm


Written by Graham Cooke

April 21st, 2017 at 11:21 am

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A vital weekend ahead for both teams

It seems almost in conceivable but this weekend’s fixtures conclude the 2016 / 2017 season for both Minety teams.

Andrew Hibbard, who will be stepping down as captain of the 1st XV after the match, takes his 1st XV to Pewsey Vale.  Pewsey have enjoyed a tremendous season after their promotion from Division 2 last season.  Pewsey chairman Steve Parks has praised his club for their achievement this season, and quite rightly so.  It was Pewsey who came to Minety Fields for the 1st match of the current Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign and left with a win under their belts.  There is no doubt that Hibbard and his Minety team will be looking to avenge that first match defeat in the final match of the season.

A win at Pewsey would cement 6th place in the league for the village team.  With Pewsey sitting one place, but 10 league points ahead of Minety, all attention will be on the result of the match between our old rivals Royal Wootton Bassett and Bradford on Avon at Ballards’ Ash.  Bassett, with an identical played 21, won 11, lost 10 record, sit just 4 points behind Minety in the table.  A heavy win for Bassett and a similar loss for Minety would see the teams swap places in the table.

Bassett’s match against 3rd placed Bradford on Avon is equally important for their highly placed opponents.  BOA currently lie in 3rd place in the table, equal on points with Melksham, who themselves have a tough match on their hands with an encounter with 2nd placed Warminster.

Corsham, who were assured of the Championship two weeks ago, host bottom of the table Devizes, with exactly 100 league points separating the two.

To sum up, if Minety beat Pewsey then they finish 6th.  If Pewsey beat Minety and Bassett defeat Bradford heavily then Bassett will finish 6th and Minety 7th whilst Bradford may well slip down to 4th behind Melksham.

Whatever the case, all eyes will be on the results when the matches end at 4.30pm on Saturday.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV end their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North campaign with a match against Warminster II.  The 2nd XV find themselves in 8th place, largely through being penalised for being unable to field a team in some matches this season when injuries and sudden call ups to the 1st XV restricted player choice.  Whilst Warminster have little to play for other than pride (they are 7 points behind 3rd placed Corsham II’s and 9 ahead of Bradford on Avon III’s), Minety 2nd will be hoping for a good win and a chance to leapfrog Devizes, who are immediately above them in the table and just 2 points ahead.  Minety have a vastly superior points total if the two clubs were to tie in the league.

Full match reports and comment will be available on the website on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 21st, 2017 at 11:16 am

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2017 Tournament Results

Minety are playing in the Whitby 10s Tournament. As the results come in we’ll post them here.

Match 1. Just heard from our correspondent, Cliff Garland, that Minety have started their campaign with a solid draw against Richmondshire, 3 – 3.

No news from the early morning “court” proceedings as yet.

Match 2. Minety 3 Brambley 1. Not sure what the scoring rules are but it looks as if it’s one point for each try scored. Will try to get confirmation of this from Cliff.

Hydration is vitally important between matches. Our esteemed chairman demonstrates that above!

Latest from Cliff. Minety have adopted a “no kicking” policy for their matches so far and the scoring is one point for each try scored.

Match 3. Minety 3 Babas 1. Try scorers Dave Cooke, Tom McAllister and Josh Bull.

As can be seen, preparation is vital before the semifinal clash with Acklam. Try scorers Tom McAllister and Dave Cooke, on either side of a mystery man, take on valuable liquid refreshment.

Latest news: Minety bow out of the tournament at the semi final stage, losing to Acklam 3 – 1, having won their qualifying pool. We’ll try and get a reaction from the team.

This is the “luxury” youth hostel where the team are staying. The bus driver was delighted to be told that he was staying elsewhere at a bed and breakfast.





Written by Graham Cooke

April 15th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

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Whitby Warned!

Authorities have reportedly announced that the Yorkshire town of Whitby is in a state of lock down after reports that Minety RFC are on their way to the picturesque sea side town for their 2017 tour.

The party, most of them fashionably decked out in matching shell suits, left Minety RFC at 10am ready for the 6 hour journey north to Whitby where they will compete in the Whitby 10 a side tournament tomorrow (Saturday).  Assuming (and it is a great assumption) that they any of them arrive “compos mentis”, we hope to be able to update you on their progress.

Above (left to right): Matt Roberts, Jack Ward, Tom Claxton, James Stuart, Josh Bull, Dave Cooke, Matt Cross, Rob Hinwood, Ash Windle, Garin Garland, Ben Collins, Ben Langridge, Matt Stone, Davie Peirce, Ben Scott, Andy Ward, Tom McAllister (hiding), Chris Rule, Dale Langdown, Cliff Garland, Ady Fisher, Andrew Cook.

The Gallery below, shows the preparations in and around the club house immediately before departure.  Clicking on a photograph will bring it up to full size (you have been warned!) and those of a delicate disposition (or with any degree of dress sense) may wish to look away now.



Click on the centre of the picture to start the slideshow.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 14th, 2017 at 11:43 am

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2017 Minety RFC Dinner

It’s one of the, if not “The” social event of the year – the Minety RFC Annual Presentation Dinner 2017.

26th May 2017 at 7.30pm in the MRFC Clubhouse.

We are very pleased and excited to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be Paul “Judge” Rendall, former England and Wasps prop.

Paul earned 28 caps for England from 1984, playing in six 5 Nations Championships plus the 1987 World Cup and played his final England game aged 37 years old in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. He was also the kangaroo court Judge on England tours, so he should have some great stories from the amateur days.

In addition to a sumptuous feast (a waitress service, sit down 4 course meal) and the wise words from the Chairman, the Coach, the 1st and 2nd XV captains and others, the event will include presentations for:

Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Most Improved Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Year, 2nd XV Most improved player, 2nd XV Player of the Season and the Captain’s Award.

Tickets are £35, please contact Andy Somers at andy@greenandpurple.co.uk to reserve your place, a deposit or full payment will be required.

This event is limited to 80 places, and at the time of writing 28 had already been taken up.  Act fast; get your booking sorted as quickly as possible.

Club Chairman Dave Peirce added, “Lads only night, but any help from our lovely ladies would be much appreciated. If interested in helping with the bar contact Andrew O’Dell. Thanks!”

Written by Graham Cooke

April 12th, 2017 at 10:36 am

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Division 3 North results and table

Minety 2nd XV’s victory at Devizes, by 28-17, could be crucial with just one fixture for each club in the 2016/7 season.  The win secures the 2nd XV at least 8th place in the league but moves them to within 2 league points of Devizes above them and a real chance of 7th place.  Minety also have a vastly superior match points “For / Against” tally than Devizes should the two become locked on similar league points.

The final set of fixtures for the 2016/7 season will be played on Saturday 22nd April where Minety host 4th placed Warminster while Devizes are at home to 2nd placed Alfred’s Nomads.

Congratulations to Swindon College Old Boys whose 37-12 victory over Supermarine guaranteed them the Divsion 3 North title and with it, promotion to Division 2 next season.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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D&W1N Results

Even though the 1st XV weren’t playing this weekend, the fixtures for this, the penultimate round of fixtures in the 2016 / 7 campaign make for interesting reading as far as Minety are concerned.

Pewsey’s fine away win at Swindon means that Minety cannot overhaul them (the two teams come up against each other at Pewsey in the final round of matches on the 22nd April) but Wootton Bassett’s inability to field a team for their match against high flying Warminster means that Minety are clear favourites to retain 6th place at the conclusion of the season.

If Minety take a single league point from their game at Pewsey then Bassett will have to score 4 tries and register well over 100 points in their game to overcome their points scored deficit.

A review of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North will appear on the site tomorrow.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am

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First half blitz sees Minety 2nds home

With the 1st XV enjoying a rare weekend off, all eyes were focused upon Matt Stone’s Minety 2nd XV as they headed to Devizes for a Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North match on Saturday.

With the teams separated by just 6 points in the league, Devizes being 7th and Minety 8th, and the season rapidly nearing its end, this match was a “must win”  for both sides.

The opening exchanges were even, with defences on top.  Devizes were clearly the heavier and stronger in the scrum and their domination tested Minety’s defensive line again and again.  Somewhat against the run of play, Minety opened the scoring.  Exploiting a lack of numbers down the right, Minety’s backs pulled the Devizes defence one way and then the other before a quick interchange of passes saw veteran front row forward Steve Murray run through to score under the posts.  Will Mason kicked the conversion and Minety were 7-0 up.

Minety doubled their lead soon after.  Once again, the Devizes scrum put pressure on the Minety pack but from the disrupted play, scrum half Garin Garland spotted an opening and broke through.  Winger Kieran Gash cut back against the run of play and Garland’s long pass saw the winger through and under the posts.  Once again Mason slotted the conversion and Minety were 14 points to the good.

Minety continued to exploit spaces out wide and pushed their opponents back into their own 22 metre area.  When the home team were penalised for a rucking offence Garland took a quick penalty and his pass saw captain Matt Stone through for Minety’s third try.  Mason’s conversion was successful and Minety were 21 -0 up.

Devizes hit back and scored an unconverted try shortly before half time to reduce the arrears to 21-5.

Minety’s efforts in the first half took their toll early in the second.  With some fatigue and a little complacency, they let Devizes come back at them and the pressure told when Devizes scored their second try to reduce the deficit to 11.

The villagers were immediately on the back foot from the restart.  A lost ball and a couple of missed tackles saw Devizes score their third try, this one converted.

With the score now Devizes 17  Minety 21, the visitors rallied and regained some of the fire and form that had seen them so dominant in the first half.  Pressure eventually saw centre Tom Windle break through two tackles to score what was Minety’s final try with Mason converting again to end the match Devizes 17 Minety 28.

The “4 try bonus point” means that Minety 2nds are just 2 league points behind Devizes with the village team sporting a much superior points difference as the two teams prepare for the final league matches of the season on the 22nd April when Minety entertain 4th placed Warminster and Devizes host 2nd placed Alfred’s Nomads.

Captain Matt Stone praised the efforts of his team after the match.  “It was a patched up team but everyone came together and I thought our first half performance was tremendous.  We did switch off a bit at the start of the second half and had to show real determination not to allow Devizes to overwhelm us.  The bonus point was just what we hoped for and 7th place in the league is definitely there for the taking.”

Man of the Match: Mike Scott



Written by Graham Cooke

April 9th, 2017 at 10:08 am

MTV: Swindon match

Written by Graham Cooke

April 5th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from Saturday 1st April

nb.  No fixture for the 2nd XV – they return to action next weekend, away at Devizes.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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3 hours 38 minutes!

We are all delighted to report that Minety RFC’s Dale Langdown completed the Manchester Marathon yesterday (Sunday) in a magnificent 3 hours and 38 minutes.

Dale, who has been a stalwart member of Minety RFC for many years, ran his first marathon in Berlin two years ago and enjoyed, if that is the right word, the experience so much that he entered the Manchester Marathon in 2017.  His strict training regime has limited his appearances for the rugby club this season but we look forward to him rejoining the ranks as soon as he recovers fully from his run.

Dale was not originally going for sponsorship but, late in the day, decided to run for the “Barbara Bus” charity appeal.  This appeal is to raise money for buses like the one below, which can transport people like our great friend Rob Bugden to events like our match against Swindon on Saturday.

Rob’s mates at the RAF Physical Training Instructors unit have been “Rowing for Rob” to raise the funds needed to purchase another Barbara Bus and the rugby club is to donate a portion of the “Fines” money that has been levied upon players over the past 2 years.

But more money is needed, and if you want to know the reason why we want to make a substantial contribution to recognise both Dale’s amazing effort and Rob’s stunning determination to overcome the effects of his parachute accident whilst training with the RAF last year, look at the photo of Rob and his Minety mates at the bottom of this post.

The link to the Just Giving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fu…/Physical-Training-Instructors . If you can spare the odd pound or twenty, please remember to Gift Aid it (instructions are all on the Just Giving page), so that the tax can be added to the contribution.



Rob Bugden at Minety RFC after Minety’s 45-7 victory over Swindon in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.  Back row: Tom Claxton, Jack Ward, Andrew “Wallace” Hibbard and Matt Roberts.

Front row: Dave Church and Rob.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 3rd, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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Super 7 for Minety

Minety’s final home match of the season saw them host Swindon, one place below them in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table.

Played in unseasonably warm weather, Minety kicked off up the slope at Minety Fields.  On a good, firm surface, both teams spread the ball across the line and opted for an open running game in the early exchanges.

The home team took an early lead when captain Andrew Hibbard burst over for the opening try from close range after Swindon had been penalised twice near their own line.

Minety nearly extended their lead minutes later when winger Ben Langridge was held up over the line after a superb attacking move involving all of the Minety backs.

Against the run of play, Swindon snatched the lead in the 21st minute.  A long clearance kick pushed Minety back onto their own line and when an adventurous move to run the ball back broke down, Swindon flanker Jermain Edwards ran in to score under the posts.  Fly half Mark Chatwin converted the try and Swindon were 7-5 up.

Swindon’s lead was short lived; Minety surged back and from a scrum deep in the visitor’s half, centre Tom Windle beat four defenders to score under the posts.  Garin Garland’s conversion extended the lead to 12-7.

Minety’s third try, in the 31st minute, ironically came at the end of Swindon’s best attacking period of the half.  Winger Langridge pounced on a loose ball and ran 80 metres unchallenged to score under the posts.

The villagers controlled most of the rest of the half but were unable to turn possession and territory into points.

The opening exchanges of the 2nd half were even, Swindon using the ball well across the line without ever really threatening the home team’s try line.

The crucial 4th and bonus point winning try came in the 54th minute.  Garland’s quick penalty caught the Swindon defence flat footed and allowed centre John Blair to cross under the posts.

Minety increased the lead 3 minutes later.  Fly half Tom McAllister spotted an overlap on the left and his precise through kick was collected by Langridge for his second try of the match.

Garland’s long range conversion took the score out to 33-7.

Tom Windle’s second try of the match came in the 73rd minute.  McAllister’s fine penalty kick took play to Swindon’s 5 metre line.  Hibbard won the lineout ball and , after a series of rucks, the centre burst through to score Minety’s 6th try. Garland’s conversion was successful and Minety were 40-7 up.

Minety scored their 7th, and final try of the match, in the far left corner after another sweeping “training ground” move by the backs to end the match 45-7 victors.

The win, and crucial bonus point, takes Minety back above Royal Wootton Bassett, and into 6th place in the league with just one match, away at Pewsey Vale on the 22nd April to come.

Coach Craig Smith was very happy with the performance.  “That was a pretty awesome display.  We stuck to the game plan, played quick ball and supported each other.”

Captain Andrew Hibbard, playing his last game as club captain said, “It was a great performance from everyone.  We had plenty of possession and used the ball well.  It was nice to be able to play on our 1st team pitch for a change.”


Man of the Match:  Rob Bugden, the inspiring the team from the sidelines.  More on Rob’s appearance later on this week.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 2nd, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Last 1st XV home match of the season

Tomorrow, Saturday 1st April, the 1st XV will be playing their last Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North home match of the season when they entertain Swindon at Minety Fields, kick off 3pm.

The 1sts will then have a three week wait until the 22nd April, when they travel to Pewsey Vale for their final match of the 2016/2017 campaign.

There is no 2nd XV fixture tomorrow (Westbury have withdrawn from the league) – Matt Stone’s team will return to league action on 8th April when they travel to Devizes.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 31st, 2017 at 12:37 pm

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Next Fixtures

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March 30th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety Under 16s

The Minety U16 team are playing in the Dorset & Wilts Plate semi-final against Trowbridge on Sunday 2nd April, at Trowbridge, kick off 11am.   If you’ve not got anything planned for the Sabbath, why not get a car load of friends and go and support our team!

Good luck lads!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2017 at 9:52 pm

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Fixture Update

The 1st XV will be playing their last home league match of the season this Saturday (1st April) against Swindon, kick off 3pm.

The 2nd XV will not be playing this weekend; Westbury have withdrawn from the league so there is no fixture.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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Results from last weekend’s games

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March 29th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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MTV Bassett game now available

Written by Graham Cooke

March 29th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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