Minety RFC

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January 19th, 2017 at 7:18 pm

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MTV – Warminster match

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January 18th, 2017 at 10:48 am

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Day of Fun reminder

The bus is booked and the route finalised for next weekend’s games v Bradford on Avon and Frome:

-Leaving the club no later than 11:15am

-Stopping at Malmesbury police station bus stop at 11:30ish

-Stopping at Morrisons Chippenham bus stop 12:00ish

The 1st team will return to Bradford on Avon after their game to join the 2nds for a few jars before moseying on back towards home. The bus has to be back at Mintey no later than 22:00hrs so I’m sure we can visit a few watering holes on the way home.

Seats will be reserved for players until Wednesday when they will be opened up to the travelling drunkerds/anyone who fancies a day out!

Can you please let us know on here or let your captains know if you would like to board the fun bus.

Many thanks,

Collins & Potter.

Written by Graham Cooke

January 17th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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Captain’s corner

Captain Andrew Hibbard

Each week, in a new feature for 2017, we’ll bring you the thoughts of 1st team skipper Andrew “Wallace” Hibbard.  We caught up with Wallace just after the 28-27 win over Warminster.

“That was a superb way to start the new year.  It was a really tough match against quality opposition.  They sit second in the league and up until today had only been beaten by Corsham, who are still unbeaten, and Bassett, so a victory against them is a real feather in our caps.  We stuck at it and soaked up the pressure and defended well and then moved the ball about using both forwards and backs.

“It was tough in the first half.  We couldn’t play on the 1st team pitch because it was waterlogged so had to move to one of the reserve pitches with the slope.  Playing uphill and with a stiff breeze in our faces tested all of us but everyone stepped up that little bit extra and put in a great shift.  The two tries that we scored in the first half kept us in the game and then Ash’s superb try right at the start of the second half put us in the lead.

“It was clear to all that the referee was watching out for high tackles after the rule change at the start of the year.  To be fair, I think he got it right.  Both teams had a player sin binned for a high tackle and we’ll have to look at tackling techniques in training in the coming weeks.

“We’ve got a road trip to Frome next week, dropping the 2nd XV and their supporters at Westbury on the way.  We’re hoping to pack out the coach with as many players and supporters as possible.  Details about the trip can be found elsewhere on this website.  We’re certainly looking to go to Frome to collect all of the points available on offer.  If we’re to move up the table we’ve got to grab as many winning bonus points as possible (you get a bonus point for scoring 4 tries).

“It looks as if we’ll still be in 7th place in the league after today’s result but we’ve closed the gap on the teams above and have set our sights on a top three position at the end of the season, assuming that we can keep everyone fit, healthy and available.”

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January 17th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North

D&W3N results and table from matches played on 14th January :

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January 16th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North

Results and table from D&W1N matches played on Saturday 14th January:

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January 16th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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MRFC Day of Fun

Ladies and Gents…….

The bus is booked and the route finalised for next weekend’s games v Bradford on Avon and Frome:

-Leaving the club no later than 11:15

-Stopping at Malmesbury police station bus stop at 11:30ish

-Stopping at Morrisons Chippenham bus stop 12:00ish

The 1st team will return to Bradford on Avon after their game to join the 2nds for a few jars before moseying on back towards home. The bus has to be back at Mintey no later than 22:00hrs so I’m sure we can visit a few watering holes on the way home.

Seats will be reserved for players until Wednesday when they will be opened up to the travelling drunkerds/anyone who fancies a day out!

If you wish to join us can you please email Ben Collins or Tom Claxton to let us know on here or, if you are players, let your captains know if you would like to board the fun bus.

Many thanks,

Collins & Potter.

Written by Graham Cooke

January 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety edge home in 7 try thriller

Minety bravely held on to defeat 2nd placed Warminster in a 7 try thriller at Minety Fields on Saturday in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North, emerging 28-27 victors in a pulsating encounter.

When the two sides met in September it was Warminster who came out on top in a tight match and the two sides, evenly matched and  with complimentary playing styles, continued where they left off.

Much of the pre match speculation revolved around how the referee and players would respond to the new laws introduced by World Rugby on 3rd January regarding high tackles and contact with the head.  In the event two players, one from each team, spent 10 minutes on the side-lines for high tackles but that apart, the game was a fine advertisement for local rugby.

For the first time in many weeks, Minety coach Richard Hall was able to put out something akin to his strongest team with a powerful set of forwards and influential Dave Church and Jack Ward renewing their partnership in the centres.

Playing down the slope in the first half, Warminster used a kicking game early on to push Minety back into their own 22 metre area.

Warminster’s Fijian centres were a real handful in the previous match and their ability to switch play and exploit the merest of defensive gaps caught Minety in the 9th minute allowing their fly half to chip over the advancing defence and score beneath the posts.

Both teams enjoyed the excellent playing surface, played on one of Minety’s reserve pitches after the main pitch was declared too wet for rugby, and the ball was run at every opportunity.

Ben Langridge scores 1st try

Minety were reduced to 14 men when lock forward Ash Windle was yellow carded for a late tackle in the 21st minute but hit back when Minety captain Andrew Hibbard exploited some loose ball, kicked ahead and fly half Tom McAllister fed winger Ben Langridge who ran in to score from 30 metres out.  Scrum half Garin Garland pushed the conversion wide, but Minety were back in the game.

Warminster were reduced to 14 men after a head high tackle on McAllister and Garland slotted home the subsequent penalty to give Minety a slender 8-7 lead.

Warminster struck back in the 34th minute when their winger collected a pass 20 metres out , avoided three tackles and ran in to score from 80 metres.

Garin (hidden) scores 2nd try

Minety’s response was to lay siege to the Warminster line and Garland, one of the smallest players on the pitch, somehow managed to smuggle the ball over for Minety’s 2nd try, which he converted.

In the closing minute of the half Warminster re-took the lead with a penalty.

Minety struck back in dramatic fashion at the start of the second half.  Garland collected a clearance kick and ran back at the heart of the Warminster defence before off-loading to Ash Windle who shrugged off 5 tackles on his way to score under the posts.  Garland’s conversion took the score to 22-17 for the hosts.

Only some desperate last ditch tackling from Church and wingers Langridge and Dave Cooke prevented Warminster from scoring as the game entered its final quarter.

Ash powers through for try No. 3

The home team’s desire to run the ball from their own line in the 61st minute cost them dear.  An intercepted pass and then a ruck saw Warminster’s fly half touch down wide out on the right.  The conversion was missed but the scores were now locked at 22 all.

Minety’s woes were compounded at the re-start when Langridge was yellow carded for a high tackle but they re-grouped and changed tactics.  Playing downhill and one man down, Minety resorted to tactical kicking to keep Warminster pinned in their own half.

Garland restored Minety’s lead in the 76th minute with a penalty.

The final minutes were pulsating – both teams abandoning defence for all out attack, flinging the ball from side to side, much to the crowd’s delight and the obvious frustration of both sets of coaches.  Garland extended the lead to 6 points with another penalty as the game entered stoppage time.

But there was to be a sting in the tail; in the final play of the match, Warminster won a scrummage against the head, spread the ball out wide and scored a try in the corner.

The match was decided on a long range conversion which fell agonisingly short for Warminster and Minety emerged victors by 28-27.

Congratulations to players, officials and coaches alike – it was great entertainment.

Minety joint Men of the Match: Ash and Tom Windle.

Joint man of the match – Ash Windle

Written by Graham Cooke

January 15th, 2017 at 10:49 am

Next Fixtures

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January 7th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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Reckless and accidental tackles

Players making contact with an opponent’s head in “reckless tackles” will receive a yellow card at least in changes to rules over high tackles.

Players will be punished even if the tackle starts below the shoulders.

If head contact is accidental – for example, if a ball-carrier slips into a tackle – a penalty will be awarded.

World Rugby says the new rules, which come into effect on 3 January, “aim to change culture in the sport to ensure that the head is a no-go area”.

Reckless Tackle

A player is deemed to have made reckless contact during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game if in making contact, the player knew or should have known that there was a risk of making contact with the head of an opponent, but did so anyway. This sanction applies even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. This type of contact also applies to grabbing and rolling/ twisting around the head/ neck area even if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders.

Minimum sanction: Yellow card

Maximum sanction: Red card

Accidental Tackle

When making contact with another player during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game, if a player makes accidental contact with an opponent’s head, either directly or where the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders, the player MAY be sanctioned. This includes situations where the ball carrier slips into the tackle.

Minimum sanction: Penalty

For further detail and examples please refer to : http://laws.worldrugby.org/?domain=9&language=EN

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January 2nd, 2017 at 12:07 pm

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

 

 

 

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December 24th, 2016 at 6:00 am

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Jacamo Player of the Month – November

We’re delighted to announce that the Jacamo Player of the Month for November is second row stalwart Ben Collins.

Ben, who was the Captain’s Player of the Year at the Annual Club Dinner in June, plays in the 2nd row in addition to recently taking on the role of Social Secretary (together with Tom Claxton).

Ben very rarely misses training, ensures that the kit is washed and cleaned each week and was instrumental in the building of the new camera tower by the side of the main rugby pitch.

Ben will be able to choose clothing from Jacamo’s website to the value of £50.

Well done, Ben.

 

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

December 22nd, 2016 at 4:15 pm

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MTV – Minety Melksham

All the action from last weekend’s final league match of 2016.

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December 21st, 2016 at 7:52 am

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Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North

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December 20th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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20,000 visitors

At just after 12 noon on Sunday 18th December, the Minety RFC website received its 20,000th visitor since we started keeping close records at the end of February 2016.  In September we had over 2,200 visitors, October saw 3,344 visits whilst November registered 2973.  With 1700 so far in December we are on our way to 21,000 visits in 10 months.

Thank you to all of our regular, and irregular visitors; we will aim to keep the content flowing over Christmas as we build up to the start of the second half of the 2016/7 campaigns.

Cheers!

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December 19th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North

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December 19th, 2016 at 6:00 am

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Missed opportunities cost Minety dear

Minety went into Saturday’s Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North game with Melksham knowing that a win would take them into 4th place during the Christmas break.  Sadly, it was not to be as a patched up Minety team, missing 7 regular 1st team players, lost a bruising encounter 12-3 at Minety Fields.

Melksham, playing downhill in the 1st half, dominated the early exchanges with some incisive running from their backs.  In damp and misty conditions, ball handling was difficult and Minety scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Tom McAllister evened up affairs with some clever positional kicking, pushing Melksham back into their own half.

The visitors took the lead in the 16th minute after firing the ball along their back line.  A crucial missed tackle in midfield allowed their flanker to cross for a try close to the posts.  The conversion was successful and Melksham were 7 – 0 up.

Melksham extended their lead in the 27th minute after a period of territorial advantage.  Once again, missed tackles put the home team on the back foot and the Melksham forwards took their chance to score a second try.  The conversion was missed but the visitors’ lead was now 12 points.

As the half drew to a close the Minety forwards upped their game and began to dominate with No. 8 Tom Windle, hooker Tom Claxton and captain Will North all making strong incursions into the Melksham 22 but the visitors’ defence remained resolute and the half ended with Melksham 12-0 up.

Reduced to 14 men early in the second half after a yellow card for an offence in the ruck, Melksham were forced to soak up massive Minety pressure.  Stand in coach Andy Ward introduced last week’s try scorer Adam Watts into proceedings at full back and his presence in the line added much needed impetus as the home team pressed forward looking for their first score.

Minety turned down a number of very kickable penalties, preferring to run the ball.  In hindsight the home team might have been better served by taking the penalties on offer.

The key moment of the second half came in the 60th minute when, after a spell of concerted pressure on the Melksham line, the Minety forwards drove forward and over the line with Tom Windle appearing to touch down.  However, the referee was unsighted and decided that the ball had been held up.

The village team eventually broke their duck in the 63rd minute when Garland kicked a penalty to reduce the arrears to 9 points.  The final quarter of the match was evenly contested with chances at both ends but the defences held firm and Melksham finished 12-3 victors.  The loss dropped Minety one place down the table and they enter the second half of the campaign in 7th place with lots of hard work ahead of them.

Andy Ward was proud of the team’s effort but frustrated with the result.  “They had two chances in the first half and took them both.  We had at least three chances in the second half and took none of them.  It was that close.  It was a hard game and both teams are to be congratulated on their efforts.  We had a lot of players stepping up to fill gaps brought about through injury so we weren’t as fluent or dynamic as we can be but those lads left nothing out on that pitch today.”

In the weekend’s other match, Matt Stone’s 2nd XV drew 22 all with Devizes 3rds.  In a tight match, the home team came back to force a draw with a series of late tries.  The points won leave the 2nd’s in 7th place in Dorset and Wilts 3 North.

Both Minety teams will start the second half of their league campaigns on the 14th January when the 1st XV take on Warminster whilst the seconds entertain Alfred’s Nomads.

 

Josh Bull, Ash Windle and Tom Claxton – “Losing hurts!”

 

Try telling him that it’s only a game!

Written by Graham Cooke

December 18th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Match previews for 17th December

We’re hoping for huge crowds of supporters for the two league matches, both at Minety Fields this Saturday.

Taking their seats in the Dave Peirce stand at Minety earlier in the season

Fresh from their dogged 17-12 victory in the rain and gloom at Swindon last weekend, Andrew Hibbard’s 1st Xv go into their last match of the year in 6th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North in the knowledge that a win, and a loss elsewhere for Pewsey, will leave the village side in 4th place in the table.

Melksham, who are one place above Minety, have won 6 of their 10 league matches this season, losing a close fought match with RWB last Saturday and also falling to runaway league leaders Corsham the weekend before.

The teams, always evenly matched, go into the encounter with more than just pride to play for although much will depend upon Minety availability with a worrying number of 1st team regulars (if there is such a thing at Minety this season) either unavailable or injured / not match fit.

The 2nd XV are at home to Devizes III.

Matt Stone’s team will be looking to build on last weekend’s astonishing win at Westbury.  With only 13 available players, Stone’s team were down to just 12 at times, due to injury, they still came away with a resounding 62-0 victory.  Placed 5th in the table, they lie 6 points behind Bradford on Avon above them but will be looking to consolidate their position with a win against a Devizes outfit who were unable to field a team against Swindon last week but defeated Supermarine 31-12 the week before.

Full match reports on Sunday and, new technology willing (the old video camera has now been replaced) MTV of the match between the 1st XV and Melksham on MTV on Wednesday.

 

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December 16th, 2016 at 6:29 pm

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Last fixtures of the year

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December 16th, 2016 at 6:04 pm

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When Rob met Theresa

I’m sure everyone who knows Rob, and a lot who haven’t met him yet, will be delighted to see the man himself photographed meeting Prime Minister Theresa May at the recent “Millies” Award ceremony.

Most will know that Rob was very badly injured in a parachute accident in America almost a year ago.  We haven’t seen him down at Minety since the Minety7’s in the summer but it’s good to see that he can still attract the ladies!

We wish Rob and all of his amazing friends the very best wishes for Christmas and hope to see them all down at the club early in 2017.  “Happy Christmas, Rob!”

The Sun Military Awards – affectionately dubbed the Millies – is sponsored by BAE Systems.

 

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December 16th, 2016 at 5:41 pm

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High tackles: World Rugby changes rules over head contact

Players making contact with an opponent’s head in “reckless tackles” will receive a yellow card at least in changes to rules over high tackles.

Players will be punished even if the tackle starts below the shoulders.

If head contact is accidental – for example, if a ball-carrier slips into a tackle – a penalty will be awarded.

World Rugby says the new rules, which come into effect on 3 January, “aim to change culture in the sport to ensure that the head is a no-go area”.

A reckless tackle occurs when a player “knew or should have known that there was a risk of making contact with the head of an opponent, but did so anyway”.

In September 2015, World Rugby’s chief medical officer Martin Raftery told the BBC that the game’s rules may have to change to reduce concussions.

 

BBC Sport: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/38322884

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December 15th, 2016 at 9:53 am

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Tour 2017

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December 15th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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MTV Special

Sadly, technical problems prevented us from filming the 1st XV match against Swindon, so in an MTV special, we’re featuring last season’s final match of the season, an epic encounter between Minety and runaway league leaders Coombe Down, beaten only once all season.

Many believe it was Minety’s finest performance of the season, surpassing the Vase win earlier in the year.  Click below to see the action.

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December 14th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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2017 Tour announced

Minety’s tour for 2017 will be a three day event in Bournemouth on the 7th – 9th April.  Event organiser, James Stuart, has about 16 names confirmed but is looking for a party of about 30 to make the event viable.

Cost is expected to be around the £200 mark.

Anyone interested in the tour should either contact James through his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/james.stuart.566?fref=ts) or via his mobile (07557781955).

 

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December 13th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Latest results from Saturday 10th December

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December 12th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Watts try edges Minety home

In distinctly gloomy conditions on Saturday afternoon an Adam Watts try at the end of the first half was sufficient for the village side to overcome Swindon in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.

A wet pitch and a troublesome wind always meant that the match would be a territorial battle with little flowing or expansive rugby, and so it proved to be.

Playing into a swirling wind and rain, Minety dominated possession and territorial advantage in the first twenty minutes of the game, pinning Swindon back into their own half and forcing the play.  After 20 minutes Swindon lost one of their backs, yellow carded, and the pressure on their line grew.

The wet ball and greasy conditions made running play difficult but it was surprising that it took the village side 25 minutes before they opened the scoring, scrum half Garin Garland slotting home a penalty from 22 metres out after Swindon forwards were penalised for going off their feet in a ruck.

Minety were straight back on the attack from the kick off. Excellent territorial kicking from Garland, fly half Tom McAllister and full back Adam Watts pushed play back into the Swindon half and some tenacious tackling by the Minety forwards ensured that Swindon only ventured in the Minety half on a handful of occasions in the first half hour.

The pressure told in the 32nd minute when Swindon were forced back onto their own line.  A fumbled pass over their own in goal line gave Minety a scrum 5 metres out.  The pack held firm and Garland quickly flicked the ball out to McAllister whose pass to outside centre Jack Ward split the home defence.  Ward shrugged off two defenders before popping the ball to full back Watt who crossed easily for the opening try.  The conversion was missed in the swirling wind but Minety were now 8 points up.

The village side lost prop Gareth Thomas to a lower back injury and McAllister’s movement was restricted when he picked up an ankle problem.  In the closing minutes of the first half Minety pressed forward again in search of a second try but resolute defence from Swindon kept them at bay until the final play of the half when the home forwards were caught off side and Garland scored with the resultant penalty to take Minety into a reasonably comfortable 11 point lead at half time.

It seemed as if the domination would continue in the second half when flanker Josh Bull caught the kick off, chipped over the Swindon defence  and was only just beaten to the ball inches from the Swindon line.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were spent with the team camped in the Swindon 22.  Bull and debutant James Thompson troubled the Swindon forwards all match.  In the wet conditions, with ball carrying at a premium, they were there to pick up loose ball time after time.

Minety’s lead was extended to 14 in the 52nd minute with another Garland penalty but they were caught flat footed almost immediately.  Possession was lost from the kick off and the Swindon full back was able to pick up and run in for a try, which was converted. With their lead cut to 7 Minety lost shape and Swindon at last saw some possession in their opponents’ half.

It came as something of a relief when Minety were able to break free without conceding any more points.  Once again Swindon forwards were caught offside and Garland kicked the penalty to push the visitors’ lead out to 10 points.

In a frantic last 10 minutes, in the fading light, Swindon mounted attack after attack on the Minety line and when Minety were penalised for not releasing after a tackle, Swindon took a quick penalty and moved the ball out wide to the right, scoring by the corner post.  The conversion was missed and Minety were able to hold on for a fine away win by 17-12.

Minety coach Richard Hall was full of praise for his players.  “I thought they played with real passion today.  We pressurised a really good Swindon team into making errors and capitalised on them.  It was a great win played in dreadful conditions.  All I am concerned about is our tendency to switch off for short stretches in our games.  It happened again today and cost us 7 points.”

Captain Andrew Hibbard relished playing in the muddy conditions.  “We’re used to the mud, playing at Minety.  We were all over them in the first half and at the start of the second but then we had that quiet spell and lost our shape and momentum.  We’ve got a hard match next week against Melksham and we need to be at our best for the full match if we’re going to win that one.”

Man of the Match: Josh Bull for a tremendous all round performance, especially his ability to turn loose ball into Minety possession.

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nd XV travelled to Westbury with just 13 players but came away with an amazing 62 – 0 win.  At one stage the Minety were down to 12 men after an injury but still ran in a number of tries.

Written by Graham Cooke

December 11th, 2016 at 11:31 am

This weekend’s fixtures

Both Minety teams are on the road this weekend, the 1st XV at Swindon while the 2nd team travel to Westbury.

Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV find themselves in 6th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North with 4 wins and 5 losses thus far.  With an aggregate points total of +67, they have accrued 23 points, three more than their counterparts from Swindon.

Swindon have an identical 4 wins and 5 losses but their points aggregate stands at -56 and they have picked up three fewer bonus points than the village side.  Swindon have won only 2 of their home matches this season including an opening day defeat of Frome and a recent comprehensive victory over Supermarine.

It’s been a mixed season for the Swindon side with heavy defeats at Chippenham, Corsham and Warminster set against a narrow loss to Bradford and impressive victories at Royal Wootton Bassett and Devizes and the 53-26 defeat of Supermarine.

Minety’s form has faltered since their big win at Devizes.  The disappointing home loss to Corsham, the perplexing sudden loss of form in the second half at Supermarine that very nearly cost them valuable league points and the failure to overcome Royal Wootton Bassett at Minety Fields just over a week ago means that Andrew Hibbard’s side need maximum points from the match at Swindon to maintain contact with the top half of the league.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV travel to Westbury, who have had a torrid season thus far.  On no less than 4 occasions Westbury have failed to field a team and they are still without a win this season having conceded 86 points to Bradford, 83 to Devizes and 100 to top of the table Swindon College Old Boys.

Westbury sit at the bottom of Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North with -19 points, 39 behind a Minety team that sit in 6th place with 20 points from their 5 wins and 4 losses this season.

Minety’s recent 32-15 win over Swindon should give Stone and his team a much needed confidence boost ahead of this weekend’s clash

Written by Graham Cooke

December 8th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Checking for concussion

Steve Jackman, our club physio, has provided links to materials produced by the RFU about concussion and how to deal with it.  Click on the image below to go through to our Return to Fitness page where the RFU materials can be accessed.

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December 7th, 2016 at 12:22 pm

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MTV – D&W Under 17 Bowl Final

This week, in the absence of any matches from the weekend, we’re delighted to bring you a real classic from the archives – the match film, digitally restored, of the 2010 Dorset and Wilts Bowl Final played on 21st November 2010 at Minety Fields featuring Minety Academy against Swanage and Wareham.  In the mud at Minety, the two teams battled it out right up until the final, dramatic play.  The film features a number of present 1st XV players including Josh Bull, Dave Cooke, Ash and Tom Windle.

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December 7th, 2016 at 8:52 am

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

If you’ve watched some of our league and cup matches on MTV (Minety TV) you’ll have seen just the action from the game, as it happened.  If you’ve ever seen the matches played back after a training session at the club on a Tuesday night, you’ll know that there’s more!

best-of-good-bad-ugly

At the end of each match the “best bits” are played back, some in slow motion, all accompanied by some classic rock music, in “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”.

In this, the most recent “Best of”, all the biggest hits, the strongest tackles, the dropped catches, the moments when you just want to hold your head in your hands, and, of course, all the tries scored by Minety are included from 11 matches (9 league, 1 cup and 1 friendly) played between August and November 2017.  Also included is Tom  McAllister’s epic “yard of ale” 18th birthday celebration and the now infamous “farewell to Steve Brown and Ben Langridge” as it played out in the club house!

The DVD, which runs for just over an hour, is available from the club house for £5 per copy.  Order your copy now by emailing Graham at ghcooke@hotmail.com and it will be ready for collection before Christmas.

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December 6th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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A mature head on young shoulders

Club chairman Dave Peirce summed up 1st XV winger Ben Langridge in those words after Ben’s final match for Minety (although we hope he’ll be back from time to time).

Ben, who only joined the club a couple of season ago, and who had never played rugby before, is leaving the area for a new job in London, but his contribution to the club at Minety has been significant.

Club captain Andrew Hibbard had nothing but good to say about Ben’s time in the first XV over the last season and a half.  “He’s a good lad, quite quiet on the pitch vocally but he tackles hard, runs well and is always at training.  It’s a sad loss to the club because he’s been a great character both on and off the pitch.”

Club chairman Dave Pierce was also fulsome with his praise.  “He’s come on leaps and bounds over the last season and it’s difficult now to believe that he hadn’t played any rugby beforehand.  He’s got the right attitude and is fiercely determined.  He’s listened to advice and followed the example of far more experienced players and has now made himself a regular 1st XV player.  His tackling is fearless and he just gets on with his game without any fuss or bother.  We’ll all miss Ben but we wish him all the very best in the future and hope that he’ll be able to get the occasional weekend off to come and visit, and perhaps even play.”

“He’s a legend,” said Ben Collins, a wry smile spreading across his face.  “Seriously though, he’s done really well and I’m sure he’ll find some good rugby to play up in London.”

Ben’s wing partner for the past season and a half has been Dave Cooke.  “Ben’s been a great friend and I’ve really enjoyed seeing him develop as a player and a winger.  I’ll miss him but feel sure that he’ll be able to find a club to play for in London – he’s got the talent to go far in the game.”

Ben was full of praise for the Minety club when we spoke after his last match, at home against Wootton Bassett.  “I’d never played rugby before I came to Minety 2 years ago but it’s such an approachable club.  The lads have been brilliant, so kind and I’ve made some great friendships here in a short time.  It’s a sociable club and I’ve always been made to feel involved.  In fact, even though I’m going quite a long way away, I hope that I can get back whenever possible.”

Ben Langridge

Ben Langridge

Dave Peirce with Ben

Dave Peirce with Ben

Ben, extreme left, in fancy dress

Ben, extreme left, in fancy dress

Pre match preparations!

Pre match preparations!

In action ...

In action …

... with fellow departee Steve Brown

… with fellow departee Steve Brown

 

Written by Graham Cooke

December 5th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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New 1st Team Photo

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December 4th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

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Next Fixtures

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December 3rd, 2016 at 12:01 pm

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Farewell to Steve Brown – A Model Player.

When the final whistle sounded last Saturday and brought to an end the league match with Wootton Bassett it also brought to an end (for the time being)  flanker Steve Brown’s playing involvement with Minety.

Steve, who is moving to London soon, first joined the club as a 10 year old and played in all of the youth teams up until Colts level before moving out off to university.  Shortly after finishing his degree he was contacted by Minety stalwart Dale Langdown and persuaded to come back to the club, and he’s been with Minety ever since.

“I can remember Dale’s telephone call.  Minety were one player short and I was on their list.  I agreed, turned up at the club and played.  It was freezing cold, -3 degrees or so and I’m sure I got a dose of hypothermia but I knew that I wanted to play for Minety again.”

Steve admits to having a very bad memory for games that he’s played for the club but the run to the league title and promotion 6 years ago and the Dorset and Wilts Vase win last year stand out.

“I have massive fondness for Minety, not only the players but also the other club staff who make it such a great little club.  We’ve had some great and not so great seasons but through it all the club has been very welcoming and a fun place to be.”

Steve will be looking for clubs in London as soon as he re-locates and will be a real asset at both Minety’s level and a level above.  Certainly his friends at Minety believe he has it within him to succeed at a higher level.

1st XV captain Andrew Hibbard was quick to praise Steve and his performances on the pitch.  “He’s the sort of player you want on your side; you certainly wouldn’t want to see him on the opposition.  He’s an annoying little flanker for those we play against. He’s always there, tackling, rucking, picking up the ball and spotting gaps; he always seems to come away with the ball in his hands.  He’s also an inspiration to those around him – you can see others encouraged by his exploits.  He’s been a great laugh on and off the pitch, an exemplary clubman and we will miss him enormously.  I’m sure everyone at Minety wishes him all the very best and hope that he’ll come back to us occasionally for the odd game.”

Dave Peirce, club chairman, feels that Steve’s departure is a huge loss for the village side.  “We’d love him to stay and I have suggested that we might help with transport costs to get him back here each Saturday but it’s not going to happen.”

“Steve has been tremendous on and off the pitch and is a real club stalwart.  His tackling and overall defensive skills are amazing and he’s led from the front and exerted an enormous influence upon those who play around him.  He’s a small chap and certainly is far from being the biggest flanker in the league but I haven’t seen a better flanker.  It doesn’t matter what size they are, when Steve tackles them they stop and then go backwards.  I’ve seen many forwards get up off the ground and look at Steve and be unable to believe that it was him who put them down.  But he doesn’t just tackle in ones, he makes one tackle, gets up and then repeats it until the ball is won.  Tremendous.”

Assistant coach Craig Smith has both played with and coached Steve.  “He’s just been great both as a team mate and as a member of the training squad. He’s unbelievably fit and precise in all that he does and his timing of tackles means that he plays well beyond his weight.  A model player.

Fellow forward Ben Collins shared Craig’s sentiments.  “He’s a top man both on and off the field and we’ll miss him.”

Winger Dave Cooke was also fulsome in his praise of his team mate.  “He’s a great bloke to have as a teammate.  He’s always there for you and is always positive; he doesn’t let his head go down when things turn against the team and he doesn’t let others feel down.  I wish him all the best in the future and hope to see him back at the heart of the defence sometime in the future.”

In action against Colerne

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Steve against Combe Down

Steve with Matt Roberts

Steve with Matt Roberts


In door training

In door training


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Written by Graham Cooke

December 2nd, 2016 at 12:10 pm

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Bassett game on MTV

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November 30th, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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Jacamo Man of the Month for October

Yes, I know that it’s almost December, but with a couple of blanks in the fixture list it’s been difficult to get everyone on the selection committee together.

However, we are delighted to announce that the Jacamo Minety Player of the Month for October is Stephen Brown.

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Steve plays flanker for the 1st XV and is renowned for his tenacious and fearless tackling and his boundless energy that sees him prominent at almost every breakdown.

1st XV captain, Andrew Hibbard, made the announcement at the end of the Wootton Bassett match at Minety.

I caught up with Steve in the club house afterwards.  “It’s fantastic news.  I’m really pleased,” he said.  “I know how many really excellent performances were put in on the pitch by so many Minety players during October so to be chosen as the Jacamo Player of the Month is a real honour.”

Steve’s award comes with a £50 voucher to spend on Jacamo clothing.  “I can’t wait to get on line to see what they’ve got to offer.”

Saturday was, sadly, Steve’s last match for the club (for the time being, anyway).  A tremendous servant to the club, we’ll be a doing a special post on Steve and the other departee, winger Ben Langridge, over the coming fortnight.

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November 28th, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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Minety lose out in local derby

Probably the first fixture that Minety players look for when the lists are published is the match up with local rivals, Royal Wootton Bassett.

When the two teams met for the first time this season at Minety Fields in the league last Saturday the result was a bruising encounter with the visitors eventually emerging 22-19 winners.

Minety started the day in 5th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North, their visitors just two places below them, buoyed no doubt by their excellent performance the week before when they were only narrowly defeated by the unbeaten Corsham side.

In a fast paced opening sequence of play, both teams moved the ball well but were unable to retain possession long enough to make real inroads into the defences.

Minety took the lead in the 15th minute when scrum half Garin Garland slotted a penalty from 25 metres out after Bassett players were penalised at a ruck.

Bassett hit back 5 minutes later after some sustained pressure had pinned the villagers back in their own 22.  Spotting the defence out of position, Bassett’s scrum half picked up the ball at the base of a ruck and ran in to touch down beneath the posts.  The conversion was successful and Wootton Bassett led 7-3.

Minety struck back four minutes later when Garland fed the Minety captain Andrew Hibbard, who crashed through the Bassett defence to score near the posts.  Garland’s conversion restored the home team’s lead at 10-7.

When Bassett’s defence was caught offside Garland extended the lead to 13-7 with a well taken penalty in the 27th minute.

The visitors hit back soon after when an attempted clearance kick was charged down and Minety’s defence were unable to reset properly.  Bassett stole the ball from the ensuing ruck and spread it out left for the outside centre to run in and score.  The unsuccessful conversion left the villagers with a narrow 13-12 lead which Garland extended in the final minutes of the half to bring the half time score to 16-12.

The home side started the second half promisingly.  Tall second row Ben Collins made his presence felt up front whilst full back Duncan Simpson’s entries into the line placed added pressure on the visitors’ defence.

In their final matches for the village club, long serving flanker Steve Brown and winger Ben Langridge both put in huge tackles to force Bassett back as Minety upped the pressure.

The match, so evenly balanced, changed direction in the 60th minute when Minety were forced into major alterations up front after prop forward Peter Andrews was withdrawn after a head injury and influential scrum half Garland was yellow carded shortly afterwards.

With Minety down to 14 players and Simpson moving from full back to scrum half, Bassett took control and crossed for their 3rd try wide on the left in the 66th minute.  Their 4th, and bonus point winning try, came four minutes later, this time the inside centre touching down wide out on the right.

Garland, back from his 10 minutes in the sin bin, kicked a penalty for Minety in the 73rd minute to cut Bassett’s lead to just 4 points but, as the light faded and the minutes ticked away, Minety were unable to convert pressure into points and had to settle for a losing league bonus point as Bassett emerged 22-19 victors.

For the home team Garland kicked four penalties and one conversion while Hibbard scored their only try.

Man of the Match: Front row forward Will North who put in a battling performance up front.

Playing their last matches for Minety:  Steve Brown and Ben Langridge.  We will be reporting on both in the coming days and weeks but I’m sure that everyone at Minety will wish them well as they take on new challenges.

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Steve Brown

Ben Langridge

Ben Langridge

Written by Graham Cooke

November 27th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Fixture Previews for 26th November

Both Minety teams go into league fixtures this coming Saturday hopeful that the outcomes will be very different from last weekend.  Last Saturday the 1st XV narrowly managed to hold on to a win at Supermarine, despite a dramatic 2nd half comeback from the home team, whilst the 2nd XV were unable to fulfill their D&W3N fixture at Corsham  when they were unable to raise a team due to injuries and unavailabilities.  Not only did the 2nd XV concede the match and the points, they also conceded the return fixture later on in the season, which has now be swapped, under league rules, to Corsham’s ground.

Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV take on Royal Wootton Bassett’s 2nd XV at Minety Fields, kick off 2.30pm, and the skipper will be hoping to welcome back some of the 1st team squad from injury and prevent the sudden slide that almost cost them dearly at Supermarine.  Bassett arrive in 7th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table with 17 points accrued from their 8 matches,  two places below Minety.  Even though they have won only 3 of their 8 matches in the league, the team are on something of a high after holding runaway league leaders, Corsham, last weekend, in the end only going down to a creditable 21-16 defeat.  Other victories have also come recently against both Chippenham and Frome.

Matt Stone will be hoping that he can put out a full team against Swindon III’s at Minety Fields.  The visitors have lost their last three league matches, at home to Bradford and Supermarine and away to Trowbridge, but they have recorded victories over both Corsham (league) and Chippenham (cup) this season.

Full match reports on this site on Sunday and the film of the Bassett match should be available on MTV on Wednesday.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

November 25th, 2016 at 11:47 am

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Results from 19th November

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November 24th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

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Next Fixtures : 26th November

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November 24th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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