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October 26th, 2016 at 10:03 pm

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MTV – Chippenham match

Film of the 1st XV victory against Chippenham II’s is available from Minety Player (MTV).


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October 26th, 2016 at 9:45 am

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Cold night training

It’s not all glamour at Minety; sometimes it’s just hard graft, as these hardy souls showed when they trained in the fog and darkness last night.

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Next games, this weekend, at Devizes and Melksham.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 26th, 2016 at 9:40 am

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Results and Tables from 22nd October fixtures

Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North


Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North




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October 25th, 2016 at 12:47 pm

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Back to Winning ways

After a disappointing run of losses Rich Hall’s Minety returned to winning ways with a convincing 27-10 victory over local rivals Chippenham 2nds , who started the day in 3rd place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table, 5 places above the village side.

Choosing to play uphill in the first half, Minety took the match to Chippenham with strong forward play featuring the two Windle brothers in the second row.  The village side took the lead in the 9th minute when returning scrum half Garin Garland slotted home a penalty after a high tackle.

Chippenham responded with some strong running, especially from centre Daniel Jones, but Minety full back Matt Roberts was always on hand to clear the lines.

Against the run of play, Chippenham scored their only try in the 17th minute when a mix up at the base of a home scrum on the half way line allowed Jones to latch on to a misplaced pass and run in under the posts.  With fly half Richard Stone slotting home the conversion, Minety found themselves 7-3 down.

Garland kicked his second penalty in the 20th minute to reduce the arrears to a single point and the teams exchanged penalties in the closing minutes of the first half to leave the visitors 10-9 up at half time.

A surging run from Roberts in the 42nd minute split the Chippenham defence and from the ensuing play Garland fed veteran front row forward Craig Smith who crashed over for his first league try in 7 years.  Garland’s long range conversion took the home side into a 6 point lead.

Minety consolidated their position 3 minutes later when their other front row forward Will North took the ball at the tail of the lineout to score Minety’s second try.  Garland narrowly missed with the conversion but the home side now led 21-10.

Garland slotted home two further penalties and Minety appeared comfortable at 27-10 with 20 minutes to go.  Two yellow cards for replacements Collins and Richards meant the villagers had to hold out in the closing minutes as Chippenham mounted wave upon wave of attacks upon the home line.

Coach Richard Hall was particularly pleased with the result and his team’s performance. “The moves we practiced in training came off and I was pleased with the way that we controlled the game.”

Captain Andrew Hibbard praised the defence in the final quarter of the game.  “We were outnumbered but our defensive tackling and cover was superb today.”

The result moves Minety up to 7th in the D&W1N table with an away fixture at Devizes next Saturday before a mouth watering encounter with hitherto unbeaten league leaders Corsham at Minety on the 5th November.

In the weekend’s other fixture the Minety 2nd squad entertained a big Trowbridge team.  After a promising opening from the home side, Trowbridge took the lead with a try and conversion.

Matt Stone’s side recovered quickly and, through a combination of strong forward pressing and expansive back moves, soon created an opening for flank forward Matt Chisholm to power over for the home team’s first try.

Trowbridge hit back and penned Minety into their own half for long periods of play but a mistimed pass allowed Stone to intercept and run in Minety’s 2nd try from 60 metres out. The successful conversion took the lead to 12-7 in the home side’s favour.

Minety extended their lead when fly half Kieran Gash dummied the away defence and raced through to touch down for Minety’s 3rd try.  Mike Scott added the conversion and the teams swapped ends with Minety 19-14 up.

Down to 14 men early in the 2nd half, Minety threw the ball wide and after a series of fine forwards moves, 2nd row forward Ben Scott was able to pick up from a ruck and score to extend Minety’s lead to 10 points.

With the opponents visibly tiring, the pacey Minety backs were able to create holes in the defence and Jon Blair was able to add another try in the corner.  Scott scored his 2nd try soon after and Minety’s win was assured.

A further penalty and then a second try from Blair ended the game with Minety 2nds running out comfortable 46-14 victors.

Captain Matt Stone was naturally delighted with the performance.  “We played an organised and intelligent match, defending well and then attacking decisively.”  Stone picked out Ben Scott and flanker Jay Thomson for special praise. “We had notable performances throughout the team but those two really stood up to the plate and made crucial contributions throughout the 90 minutes.”


Craig Smith crashes over

Craig Smith crashes over

Outstanding performance

Outstanding performance


Written by Graham Cooke

October 23rd, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Minety Return to winning ways

Both Minety teams recorded confidence building wins yesterday, the 1st XV overcoming Chippenham 27-10 while the 2nds completed a 46-14 victory over Trowbridge III’s.

Mathc reports to follow later today.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 23rd, 2016 at 11:19 am

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Match Previews

Both Minety teams will kick off at Minety Fields at 3pm this Saturday (22nd) with the 1st team hoping for a change in form, and luck, against Chippenham II’s while the 2nd XV will face Swindon III’s.

Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV have endured a rocky start to the 2016/2017 season.  Recent losses away and at home to Bradford on Avon have seen them lose contact with the top of the table clubs and also miss out on a Cup run.   In 8th place in the Dorset and Wilts League 1 North table, the 1st XV have just one home win to their credit after four outings and will need a victory on Saturday against close rivals, Chippenham II’s, who are sitting in 3rd place in the table having defeated Frome II’s in their last match.  Chippenham II’s sole loss this year was against newly promoted Pewsey Vale, who surprised Minety in the first match of the season at Minety Fields.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV take on Trowbridge III’s in a D&W3N clash at Minety Fields.  Trowbridge lost their opener to Corsham but then bounced back with a resounding 62-10 demolition of Westbury but since then have suffered defeats at the hands of both Warminster and Bradford.

The 2nd XV will hope to recapture some of the form that saw them defeat Bradford on Avon in their last home match.

Match reports and interview will follow the games.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 21st, 2016 at 11:16 am

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Saturday 22nd October


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October 19th, 2016 at 6:13 pm

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October 19th, 2016 at 7:38 am

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Weakened Minety no match for Bradford

Minety’s run in the cup came to an abrupt and painful end on Saturday when they were soundly beaten by a well organised Bradford on Avon team 38 points to 5 at Minety Fields.

The two teams had faced each other in a Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North fixture at Bradford the previous Saturday, the home team eventually running out 32-24 victors.

Minety’s cup team showed 9 changes from the last match, largely due to an extensive injury list with only McAllister and Cooke as regular backs.

After an even 1st quarter of the game, where Minety enjoyed the majority of the possession and territory, the tide began to turn as Bradford exerted pressure through their forwards and opened the scoring in the 19th minute when flanker Jonathan Bates crossed the line from close range and fly half William Slark converted to put the visitors 7-0 up.

Minety’s defence was breached again in the 21st minute when full back Tom Bartlett finished off a fine move involving backs and forwards out on the right touchline.  Slarks’ excellent long range conversion extended Bradford’s advantage to 14 points.

Minety hit back in the 32nd minute when their backs collected a defensive clearance kick and spread the ball wide.  2nd row forward Tom Windle drew the Bradford defence from a ruck and allowed flanker Josh Bull to score.

The home team’s hopes of a late first half comeback were dashed when influential flanker Stephen Brown was yellow carded for an unsafe tackle and the home team were forced to end the half with 14 players.

The 2nd half started evenly although Minety’s impressive full back, Robin Greenway, was called on to make a number of fine tackles to prevent Bradford extending their lead.

When Slark slotted home a penalty in the 57th minute Bradford were 12 points clear and that was further stretched when No. 8 Andrew Twinney broke through for the visitors’ 3rd try on the hour after a tap penalty exposed holes in the home defence.

With a 19 point cushion and time running out for the village side, Bradford’s well organised defence handled all that Minety could throw at them and when the home forwards lost control of the ball on the half way line in the 72nd minute Bradford capitalised and Slark burst through to score under the posts from 30 metres out.

Minety’s desperate attempts to add to their own score were held up time and time again in the closing minutes and they were unfortunate when Bradford cleared their lines and latched on to a loose ball in midfield to allow centre Charles Burwell to run in a try from distance, which Slark converted to end the game 38-5 in favour of the visitors.

For Minety this was a desperately disappointing result and their inability to put out a settled team is showing in their results this season.  Coach Rich Hall can only hope that performances and results pick up as Minety return to league action next Saturday with a home league match against Chippenham.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 16th, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Saturday 15th October


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October 13th, 2016 at 5:29 pm

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MTV – Bradford match posted


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October 12th, 2016 at 9:46 am

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Happy 18th Birthday Tom

Minety fly half Tom McAllister celebrated his 18th birthday in style after the Bradford v Minety match.  The film is available now on MTV.  Click here.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 10th, 2016 at 9:31 am

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Minety narrowly defeated in 9 try thriller

Minety 1st XV were narrowly beaten 32-24 in a thrilling Dorset and Wilts encounter at Bradford on Avon in a game that showed the very best of local club rugby, played out on a beautiful playing surface.

Forced into making a number of late changes through injury, Minety started brightly using their pacy backs.  The villagers missed two very kickable penalties early on and it was the home team who opened the scoring with a penalty after Minety were caught offside at a ruck.

With both teams enjoying the side open spaces of an enormous playing surface to attack and counter attack, Minety winger Dave Cooke and full back Duncan Simpson were held up on the Bradford line in the 20th minute.

With the attacking combination of scrum half Jack Ward and 18 year old fly half Tom McAllister, Minety were always a threat but an 80 metre break out from their own line saw the home team dominate possession in the Minety 22 metre area and a fine scissor movement in the centre saw Bradford extend their lead with a try.  Another breakaway try for the home team in the 38th minute took the lead out to 15 points.

Minety hit back in injury time when scrum half Ward spotted an opening from a Minety penalty and raced through to score in the corner.  McAllister slotted the difficult conversion and the teams turned around with Bradford 15-7 up.

Minety closed the gap almost immediately in the second half. A fine backs’ move led to some strong forward play and flanker Stephen Brown set up McAllister for a try to bring the scores back to 15-12.

Minety’s comeback was thwarted in the 45th minute when Bradford’s fly half intercepted a pass and ran in for his second try for ex England captain Lewis Moody’s Bradford team.

The fly half registered his hat trick with a fine solo effort, which he converted, to further extend the home team’s lead.

When 2nd row Kirkonel barrelled his way over for Bradford’s 5th try in the 63rd minute the game looked to be over.

At this stage lesser teams than Richard Hall’s Minety team might have folded but winger Ben Langridge was only denied a comeback try by a try line tackle a minute later.

Minety’s pleas for a penalty for a high tackle fell on deaf ears and Ward was sin binned when his protestations became too much for the referee.

Down to 14 players, Minety pressed and laid siege to the Bradford line.  That pressure told when Cooke intercepted a clearance pass and ran in to score beneath the posts.  McAllister’s conversion bought the scores to 32-19.

Minety’s 4th try came in the 79th minute when McAllister jinked his way past four defenders to score his second try.  The conversion drifted agonisingly wide in the blustery conditions and the match ended shortly afterwards with Minety desperately seeking a 5th try.

The two team meet again next Saturday, this time in  Cup action at Minety Fields.

Final score: Bradford on Avon 32 Minety 24

Minety Man of the Match Duncan Simpson.

In the other match Minety 2nd XV lost to top of the table Swindon Old Boys by 38-17.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 9th, 2016 at 10:22 am

Minety RFC Newsletter No. 4 (October 2016)

A copy of the latest newsletter from Minety RFC can be downloaded in pdf format via this link.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 7th, 2016 at 9:47 am

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Tough weekend ahead for Minety

The two Minety RFC teams have tough challenges this weekend as they seek to build on the double wins from last weekend.

In Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North Minety 1st XV travel to Bradford on Avon, where the home team have enjoyed mixed fortunes this season.  After a comprehensive 59-17 defeat of Wootton Bassett in week 1, Bradford on Avon defeated Melksham 29-5 in week 2 but tasted defeat for the first time this season in a loss by 37-5 by Warminster, who narrowly edged out Minety 13-9 in week 2.  Nevertheless, 4th placed Bradford will be tough opposition for the village side when the two clash for the first of two meetings in consecutive weeks this weekend.  This Saturday it’s a league fixture; on the 15th it will be a Cup tie, this time at Minety Fields.

The 2nd XV travel to Swindon where Matt Stone’s team will take on the hitherto unbeaten Swindon College Old Boys II side, who have enjoyed comfortable victories over Swindon III, Devizes III and Alfred’s Nomads, and sit at the top of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North table with a perfect 15 point haul, four points clear of 2nd in the table Bradford on Avon II’s who were beaten by Minety 2nd XV last weekend.

Full reports on the games will be posted on the site on Saturday evening / Sunday morning.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 5th, 2016 at 6:12 pm

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Saturday 8th October


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October 5th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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Minety v Frome on MTV


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October 5th, 2016 at 12:07 pm

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Jacamo Player of the Month

The September “Player of the Month” sponsored by the leading Men’s Clothing Supplier, “Jacamo”, is Tom Claxton.


Coach Richard Hall said, “Tom’s excellent training record allied to some fine performances on the pitch during September made him an obvious candidate for this new award.  He’s stepped up his game and is a fine team player.  Minety is delighted to be associated with Jacamo for the period of the sponsorship up until Christmas.”

“Jacamo.co.uk is the definitive hassle-free way to shop for menswear, making getting the clothes you want easy – bringing you fashion that fits direct to your door.

“Jacamo.co.uk provides a one-stop shop for all your clothing needs – whatever your style, size or budget.

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October 4th, 2016 at 11:10 am

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Dramatic Double kick starts Minety’s season.

Under torrential rain, both Minety teams recorded maiden league victories with the 1st XV overwhelming Frome II’s by 67-0 whilst the 2nd XV defeated top of the table Bradford on Avon II’s in a much closer match by 19-12.

The matches were played in driving rain which made handling the ball extremely difficult.

The 1st XV attacked the Frome line from the opening whistle.  With the forwards, who have not enjoyed much quality ball thus far this season, on top of their game, the first try came after just 3 minutes when stand in scrum half Jack Ward picked up at a ruck and crashed over  from short range.  Fly half Tom McAllister’s conversion was successful and the home side led 7-0.

Minety’s second try came in the 8th minute when Ward collected a clearance kick on the half way line and fed centre Dave Church, who ran 40 metres to touch down in the corner. McAllister’s magnificent long range conversion from the touch line took the score to 14-0.

After a brief period of territorial advantage for the visitors, Minety extended their lead to 19 when Ward crossed for a second try after 15 minutes.

The pack, now completely on top, provided quality ball for the pacey Minety backs and they used the opportunities to run the ball at every opportunity.

Centre Matt Roberts scored the 4th try after a fine move involving both forwards and backs which pulled the Frome defence from one side of the pitch to the other.  Robert s scored again in the 31st minute, latching on to a Ward pass and running in a try from 30 metres.

On the cusp of half time Minety scored their 6th try when, from deep in his own half, Roberts collected the ball, beat 4 defenders before slipping the ball to prop Will North who fed captain Andrew Hibbard who ran in the try from 25 metres out.  Another fine McAllister long range conversion saw the teams turn round with the home side 36-0 up.

Ward scored his hat trick try from close in on 48 minutes and McAllister’s conversion took the lead to 43 points.

The 8th try came when winger Ben Langridge crossed close to the corner flag with McAllister landing a monster conversion from all of 40 metres out.

Hibbard’s 60 metre burst from deep in his own half, blasting through the Frome defence and out pacing their full back resulted in try number 9.

With conditions visibly deteriorating under the driving rain, Minety continued their onslaught, the 10th try coming when prop Gareth Thomas popped up in the line and side stepped his way through to score his first try for the village club.

The final score of the match came in the 70th minute when, after a free flowing move, replacement forward James Stuart burst forward down the left wing, beat one player and delivered a perfectly timed pass to Ward for Minety’s 11th  try and a 67-0 victory.

In the other match, Minety’s 2nd XV started strongly against league leaders, and hitherto unbeaten, Bradford on Avon. The home team were pegged back before half time but snatched a brilliant victory with a try in the last 4 minutes to record their first league win of the season 19-12.  Captain Matt Stone was delighted with the performance.  “That’s a great way to start our season after and I’m really proud of the way that we stood up to a powerful and well organised Bradford team.”

1st team coach Rich Hall was similarly delighted with the way that the 1st XV played. “We executed the moves that we’d practiced in training and were really well disciplined in our game play.  We played to our strengths and kept the ball in very difficult conditions.”

Minety 1st XV Man of the Match:  Jack Ward, for his four tries and all round game.  Forwards Ben Collins and Josh Bull were also picked out for special praise by Hall.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Saturday 1st October

Both Minety teams will be in action at Minety Fields on Saturday 1st October.

The 1st XV will be aiming to kick start their season, after two narrow defeats, against yet another new team to the D&W1N league, Frome II.  Frome will be looking for their first victory of the season after suffering defeats at Swindon on the first game of the season and a home loss to newly promoted Pewsey Vale a fortnight ago.

The 2nd XV have a very tough encounter with hitherto unbeaten Bradford on Avon II’s visiting.  The away team have enjoyed two overwhelming victories this season, beginning with  an 86-0 win at Westbury and then following that up with a comprehensive 94-7 rout of Warminster II’s.  Currently top of the table with a scoring record of 180-7, they boast a perfect 10 point total and will be a stiff challenge for Matt Stone’s side.


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September 30th, 2016 at 12:48 pm

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MTV – this week a chance to re-live the Vase Final triumph in 2015


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September 28th, 2016 at 8:49 am

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Results and Tables from D&W1N and 3N

No matches last week, so an opportunity to look back at the previous week’s results and how our two teams fared.

In Dorset and Wilts 1 North (D&W1N) the 1st XV went down to a narrow loss at hitherto unbeaten Warminster whilst the 2nd XV suffered a heavier loss away from home at Alfred’s Nomads.





A preview of this weekend’s matches will be posted tomorrow (Wednesday) together with an MTV special … the video of arguably Minety Rugby Club’s greatest 80 minutes, the film of the Dorset and Wilts Vase Final for 2015.


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September 27th, 2016 at 12:05 pm

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Warminster Game on MTV

Minety TV (MTV) presents the Warminster v. Minety clash in D&W1N on Saturday 17th September 2016.  Click here to view.


Written by Graham Cooke

September 21st, 2016 at 7:06 am

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Changes, but no change of luck for Minety

Minety made eight changes to their lineup as they travelled to Division 1 North newcomers Warminster on Saturday but were unable to force their first win of the season.

The homeside, who played in the Division 1 South last year, boasted a large and well drilled pack who put the Minety forwards on the back foot throughout the encounter.  Early exchanges were dominated by quality ball for the Warminster forwards.  Seeking some possession Minety tried to pull the home defence wide with some adventurous backs’ moves prompted by scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Adam Watts.

In an even first quarter Warminster continued to exert pressure through the forwards whilst Minety counter attacked through the backs.

Powerful and direct running from centres Matt Roberts and Jack Ward caught the Warminster forwards offside and Garland opened the scoring with a penalty.

Warminster laid siege to the Minety line but some fine defensive tackling thwarted the home side.

Given their dominance up front, it was surprising that it took Warminster 32 minutes to breach Minety’s defences.  A clever miss move in the centre saw the Minety line split wide open and Warminster scored their first try close to the posts.  The ensuing unsuccessful conversion left the scores 5-3.

Minety hit back and flanker Stephen Brown was denied a try in a chase for the ball when Watts cleverly chipped over the Warminster defence.

Garland restored Minety’s lead before half time with a penalty after a period of open play dominated by the visitors.

Minety started the 2nd half brightly with a lovely move out wide to speedy winger Ben Langridge which was only halted by a desperate high tackle near the Warminster line.

Warminster restored their lead in the 53rd minute with a penalty after an infringement in the ruck on the Minety 22 metre line but the villagers replied almost immediately with a Garland penalty for a similar offence.

The decisive score came in the 63rd minute.  From quality possession following a scrum in the Minety half, Warminster’s fly half dummied and left the Minety defence flat footed.  A flighted pass saw Warminster touch down for a try near the corner flag.

A long range Garland penalty attempt in the 70th minute fell agonisingly short as Minety pushed forward, ending the match strongly but not being able to cross the home side’s line.

Minety’s Chairman Dave Peirce was able to take a lot of positives from the match.  “I thought we played really well in phases and stood up to a much bigger pack.  We’re on the verge of some good things at Minety and I’m really proud of the lads.”

Final score: Warminster 13 Minety 9

Played at Warminster on Saturday 17th September.  Kick off 3pm. Weather overcast and blustery.

In the other game at the weekend, the Minety 2nd XV went down to a 45 – 5 defeat against Alfred’s Nomads at Marlborough.  Team captain Matt Stone reported that the score was not a fair reflection of a close fought match and that he was proud of his team in what was their first outing of the season.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 18th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Match day 2 previews

Both Minety teams will be hoping for a change of fortune as they look forward to this weekend’s fixtures in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North and 3 North.

The 1st XV will be looking to turn around their fortunes after last weekend’s shock defeat at home against newly promoted Pewsey Vale.  Richard Hall’s men will be making the long trip to Warminster for a 3pm kick off on Saturday.  Warminster began their 2016-2017 campaign off with a solid victory over Melksham by 24-10.  Their website states: “This was a good start to the season for the amber and blues with a solid performance where perhaps they left a few points to be had out on the field. The defence speed was excellent which is something that has been worked on in training and pleasing to see carried on into the game situation. They will be looking to continue the good start next week in front of the first VP crowd of the season when they welcome Minety down to Folly Lane. ”

Warminster played their rugby in Dorset and Wilts 1 South last season but have moved to reduce the travelling distances to fixtures.  With 4th place in the fledgling D&W1N table, they look sure to be difficult opponents for the Minety 1st XV bereft of their captain Andrew Hibbard and several other players.

In other matches in D&W1N last weekend Bradford on Avon hammered Royal Wotton Bassett II’s 59-17, Corsham maintained their impressive run of form from the end of last season with a comprehensive victory over Devizes away from home, 53-7, while Chippenham won 12-7 at Supermarine and Swindon II’s defeated league newcomers Frome II 36-3.

Newly elected 2nd XV captain Matthew Stone will be hoping for better luck this weekend.  His team’s eagerly anticipated season opener was cancelled when the Warminster II team were unable to fulfill the fixture.  The 2nds will now travel to Marlborough this Saturday to take on “Alfred’s Nomads” who started their campaign with a confidence boosting 50-7 victory over Devizes III.  The Nomads finished last season in 3rd place with 62 league points, 20 more than 7th placed Minety.

Elsewhere Swindon College Old Boys inflicted a 48-5 defeat of Swindon III’s while the standout result was Bradford On Avon’s 86-0 humbling of Westbury.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 16th, 2016 at 12:29 pm

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Next Fixtures


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September 14th, 2016 at 10:27 am

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Minety Player

We’re proud to bring you a new service on the Minety RFC website – Minety Player (or MTV : Minety TV).

Each week, on a Wednesday, we’ll bring you all the action from one of the weekend’s matches involving either the 1st or 2nd XV.  The service will not include “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” feature – that is only available on the DVD versions.  For more information about the DVD’s please see Graham or Cliff.

Click on the image below to load the first match, the 1st XV encounter with Pewsey Vale.


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September 14th, 2016 at 9:51 am

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Results and Table 10th Sept 2016



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September 11th, 2016 at 2:19 pm

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Pewsey Shock Minety in season opener

Newly promoted Pewsey Vale recorded a surprise but well deserved victory in their opening Dorset and Wilts Division 1 encounter away at Minety on Saturday.

On a wet pitch and with a slippery ball, that made handling difficult, the well-disciplined Pewsey pack disrupted the home team’s scrum and made life very difficult at set pieces.

Minety took the lead in the 3rd minute when scrum half Garin Garland slotted home a penalty after Pewsey were penalised for handling in a ruck.

The visitors’ narrow, well drilled game, was better suited to the slippery conditions and with Minety’s lineout misfiring, Pewsey were able to mount a series of forwards’ moves and crossed for the opening try under the posts in the 8th minute.  The ensuing conversion took the score to 7 – 3 to the visitors.

Minety responded with some of their best rugby of the match as they fought back with centre Dave Church and fly half Tom McAllister prominent.  When winger Ben Langridge charged down a clearance kick it was McAllister who reacted first to race through and touch down under the posts, Garland converting to restore Minety’s lead at 10-7.

Pewsey hit back with a penalty of their own in the 21st minute to even up the scores and then ended the half strongly, a fine forwards’ move seeing them score wide on the right to secure a half time lead, 15-10.

The loss of influential captain Andrew Hibbard and prop Will North at half time led to enforced changes in the Minety pack with new club coach Rich Hall coming off the bench for an unexpected debut.

Minety pressure was met with resolute Pewsey defence and, in the play of the game, Pewsey attacked from their own line, broke through the Minety defence and kicked ahead.  In a desperate sprint for the line Langridge was unable to fend off two Pewsey backs and they scored a try against the run of play.  The conversion took the lead out to 12 points for the visitors.

Minety pressed hard and were rewarded with a penalty in front of the Pewsey posts in the 58th minute.  From the ensuing tap penalty a ruck was set up on the Pewsey line and Garland fed Hall who crashed over for Minety’s second try.  Garland’s conversion brought the score back to 17-22 but despite mounting pressure Pewsey held out for a deserved victory.

Coach Richard Hall was reflective after the match.  “Of course it’s disappointing to lose a close match like and it being our first match of the season.  We didn’t clear our lines well enough, and that led to two of their tries, and we missed too many game line tackles.  They’re a well drilled team with a big, strong set of forwards but we felt confident at half time but the breakaway try was decisive.  I was pleased to see that heads didn’t drop and that we ended the match strongly.  There’s real potential here at Minety – we just need to work harder to unlock it.”


The 2nd XV’s match against Warminster II’s was cancelled at late notice with the visitors unable to field a full team.  Minety have been awarded the league points.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 11th, 2016 at 10:15 am

Beer & Cider Festival starts tonight!


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September 9th, 2016 at 10:43 am

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Kick Off time changed

We have just been informed that the 1st XV season opener against Pewsey Vale in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North at Minety Fields this coming Saturday will kick off at 2pm and not 3pm as originally advertised.

The 2nd XV Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North match against Warminster II’s is still set for a 3pm kick off.

Sorry for any inconvenience that this late change may have caused.



Written by Graham Cooke

September 7th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

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2016 – 2017 Season Openers



The 2016-2017 league rugby season gets underway this coming Saturday (10th) as Minety 1st XV and Minety II XV begin their league campaigns against Pewsey Vale and Warminster II XV respectively.

Both matches will kick off at 3pm on what is sure to be a lively day, coinciding with the 5th Annual Minety Beer and Cider Festival.

The 1st XV return to Dorset and Wilts Division 1 action after the summer break with an encounter with newly promoted Pewsey Vale.  The visitors remained unbeaten in D&W2N last year, winning 19 of their matches and drawing the other.  During the course of their magnificent season, Pewsey Vale scored 852 points against a meagre 172 conceded and finished the season 33 points above second placed Avon Vale in the division.  In addition to their league successes, Pewsey Vale also lifted the Dorset and Wilts Plate in a final played alongside the pitch that saw Minety capture the Dorset and Wilts Vase in their epic encounter with Lytchett Minster back in December.

New club coach Richard Hall knows that his Minety teams will face a stiff examination from the two visiting teams.  The 1st XV spent much of last season in or around the top of the table last year and, but for a dramatic lapse in form just around the New Year when the team were unable to play nor train at Minety because of the waterlogged state of the pitches, might have been in with a chance of toppling eventual champions Combe Down, who Minety defeated in the final match of last season.

In Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North (D&W3N) Minety II’s will be hoping to inflict another defeat on Warminster II’s, who they emerged 38-31 victors over back in April.  The visitors eventually finished the 2015-6 campaign in 5th place with 54 points, 12 more than Minety II’s, who claimed 7th place with their 42 league points.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 6th, 2016 at 12:42 pm

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Beer and Cider Festival Update

The 5th annual Minety Beer and Cider Festival 9th, 10th and 11th September at Minety Fields will feature over 40 Beers and Ciders (Tasting notes on the website – see below).

Events over the three day Festival include:

Friday 6pm until late: Sausage Fest with 8 specialist varieties and a Prosecco Bar.

Saturday BBQ from 11am. Prosecco Bar, 2 live rugby matches (1st XV v Pewsey Vale in D&W1N and 2nd XV v Warminster in D&W3N) and a football match featuring Minety teams, Live music and the Minety Fair.

Sunday BBQ from 11am, music from the Ashton Keynes Big Brunch Band, Minety Fair and ice cream and hot doughnuts.

For more information visit :  http://bustardproductions.co.uk/minety-festival/

Please spread the word and get as many people along as possible; it is one of the Minety Playing Field Association’s main fund raisers and the club will benefit accordingly.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 3rd, 2016 at 10:59 am

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Latest News Letter

The August 2016 edition of the Minety RFC newsletter is available for download in pdf format both here and on the Newsletters’ page (see right hand menu).

Click here to download the newsletter.



Written by Graham Cooke

September 2nd, 2016 at 12:53 pm

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Late notification of another pre season friendly

We’ve just received notification of a friendly match against Calne at Minety Fields on Saturday 3rd September, kicking off at 2.30pm.

No further details available at this time.



Written by Graham Cooke

August 31st, 2016 at 12:09 pm

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RFU coach training courses

Minety RFC is playing host to 2 RFU coach training courses
24 Sept (Saturday) 10.00 am – 1.00 pm – Rugby Ready
17th October (Monday) 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm – Scrum Factory
  • Rugby Ready one of the prerequisite courses that must be attended prior to doing a Level 1 qualification (level 1 covers up to U13)
  • Both courses are amongst the prerequisite courses for Level 2 (U13s – adult)
  • The minimum age is 14 so we support U16 and Academy players attending (nominated by coaches)
As we are host site for these courses I’ll arrange a central booking process and payment for attendees. If your interested I’ll need your, name, address, email & phone number and emergency contact. Coaches nominating players should provide these details with their nomination.
Note these courses are ideal for parents wishing to help out, new coaches and those who wish to progress to do their levels so please put the word out.
Also attached are details of other courses available including specific courses on continuity, line out and defence.
Descriptions of these courses can be found at  http://view.vcab.com/?vcabid=geaSeprlgScnrajhe
If your interested in any of these, please book and pay and claim back the money through me.
Please let me know if you plan attending a course so that I can update club records
Head 0f Rugby Operations
Minety RFC

Written by Graham Cooke

August 29th, 2016 at 4:47 pm

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New Coach happy as Minety run in 9 tries

New club coach Richard Hall declared himself more than happy with Minety’s nine try, 53-7 victory in a pre season friendly match played against Cainscross from Gloucestershire.
The visitors took a surprise lead with a break away try in the first 5 minutes but from then on a powerful Minety team, made up of predominantly 2nd team players and some 1st teamers playing out of position, took over and ran in nine tries including braces for flanker Harry Neal and 1st team skipper Andrew Hibbard.
“It was a bit messy at times and there was evidence of pre season rustiness but overall I was very happy with the way that the lads played and the spirit that they showed,” said Hall after the match.
The match gave the coaching staff a good chance to look at the depth of the Minety squad as they prepare for their first match of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North championship in two weeks’ time. “We’ll need to sharpen up our set pieces and make sure that our ruck ball is won cleanly and quickly. I’d like to see the backs running from deeper positions but I feel confident about the coming season. I definitely feel that we’ve got the players here at Minety to win the league, assuming that we can always put out our strongest team.”
Hall started his playing days with Bath Colts before moving on to Gloucester, where he played at the highest level. An injury curtailed his top level career but he moved to Minety before retiring and taking up coaching. “Minety has changed beyond belief since I played here. The support that the players and coaches receive from the committee and the back room staff is immense and I’m delighted to be back at a club which holds such happy memories for me.”
Minety 1st start their league campaign with a home match against Pewsey Vale on 10th September. The 2nds begins their D&W3N season at Minety Fields with a home fixture on the same day.
Try scorers: Harry Neal (2), Andrew Hibbard (2), Tom Windle, Dan Wilson, Richard Hibbard, Duncan Simpson and Garin Garland.

New Minety Coach, Richard Hall

Written by Graham Cooke

August 27th, 2016 at 5:55 pm

2016 Pre Season Fixture – 2pm Kick off

Minety RFC’s opening pre season friendly match against Cainscross kicks off at 2.00pm and will give new Coach Richard Hall a chance to assess the strengths of his squad after a promising pre season training regime.

The new league seasons get underway on 10th September when the 1st XV take on newly promoted Pewsey Vale while the 2nds take on Warminster II, both fixtures at Minety Fields.

Written by Graham Cooke

August 26th, 2016 at 11:57 am

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Millie Wood – England cap

WOMEN’S RUGBY: Millie Wood was always destined to play for England, says her former coach at Minety RFC

EVEN at 14 it was not a case of if Millie Wood would play for England but when, according to the award-winning coach who guided the Cheltenham girl through her teenage years.

In the week when outside centre Millie has captained England U20s to two emphatic victories over the touring Canada side, Minety RFC coach Cliff Garland has been recalling the “popular but quiet girl” who first came to his sessions and stayed six years.

Garland set up U15s and U18s girls’ sides under the banner ‘Supermiren’, an amalgamation of Cirencester RFC, Minety RFC and Supermarine RFC – and Wood was his star player from the outset.

Congratulations Millie!  For more on this story check out the Wilts and Glos Standard.  Click here.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 26th, 2016 at 11:00 am

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