Minety RFC

7’s: Final arrangments

Many thanks to all those who came over to the clubhouse last night to listen to the plans for the 7s tournament (this weekend).  Lots of very positive suggestions, which we’ve been able to add in to the plans, and a very pleasant evening all round.

For those coming along to help set up on Friday, we shall begin at 10.30am and work on until it’s ready.  If you can join us for an hour or so, or even more, you’ll be more than welcome.

On Saturday we will begin gathering from 8am.  The event starts formally at 10.30am but willing (and unwilling) helpers would be more than welcome.  We hope to get as much tidied up as possible after the final.  The club house will open just before 5pm for those who want to watch the F A Cup Final and enjoy a drink or three!

On Sunday we’ll start the final clear up at around 10am.

Even if you’re not playing, come along, join the fun and help us to make this a success.


Written by Graham Cooke

May 15th, 2019 at 2:41 pm

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Minety 7’s 2019

The Minety 7’s Tournament is this coming Saturday, starting at 10.30am with the first matches kicking off at 11am sharp.

This is one of our club’s major events and we are seeking the help of all players and supporters in the lead up to the date and the day after.

Can you help?

On Tuesday at 7.30pm we are holding a brief (1 hour) meeting in the club house at Minety to run through the planning of the event and to allocate various jobs on the eve of the event and on the day itself.  If you can come along and give us the benefit of your wisdom, please do so.

We will be setting up the event of Friday from dawn til dusk – many hands make light work! 

On Saturday we will be on site from 8am onwards – once again volunteers are requested to make sure everything goes to plan.

We will need a “clean up and pack away” party on Sunday morning.  

We are in need of more prizes for the raffle.  If you have anything that you could donate to the raffle we would be pleased to take it (within reason!).

This is one of our major fund raising events in the year and all of that fund raising goes towards making MInety a better club for players, supporters and friends.


Written by Graham Cooke

May 13th, 2019 at 11:07 am

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Dorset and Wilts RFU news

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May 11th, 2019 at 11:12 am

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7s Tournament Meeting

Minety 7’s tournament is on Saturday 18th May starting at 10.30am.

Tom Claxton has done a huge amount of work to get this year’s event sorted but there is always so much more to do.  Consequently, we are holding a planning meeting on Tuesday 14th May in the club house, starting at 7.30pm, to go through all of the arrangements to make sure that everything is covered.  Given that the 7’s Tournament is one of the biggest events organised at Minety, we are asking for as many players and supporters of the club to give up an hour or so to help us on Tuesday night.

If you can’t come along to help on Tuesday then any assistance on Friday 17th May (right up until the light runs out) and / or early on Saturday morning, would be welcomed.  If you can’t manage Tuesday or Saturday, there is always the clear up session on Sunday morning.

It would be really nice if everyone could sign up for at least one of these sessions around the tournament itself.  If you need any further information please let either Tom or me know.  Sorry to disappoint, but due to insurance and liability issues, there will be no Bouncy Castle!

Many thanks



Written by Graham Cooke

May 7th, 2019 at 8:03 pm

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Dates for your Diaries

Some dates for diaries for those who were unable to attend the Committee Meeting on Wednesday evening.
Saturday 18th May: Minety 7’s.  Event starts at 10.30am with first match underway at 11 am.  Even if you’re not prlaying, please come along and support the club – there’s plenty to do on the day.
Friday 31st May.  Annual Club Dinner.  Please let Tom Claxton or Andrew Somers know whether you will be attending or not so we can be certain of numbers.
Wednesday 5th June.  Final Meeting for this year’s committee. It really is essential that we get as many committee members along as possible so we can prepare for a smooth transition of roles.
Tuesday 11th June.  Annual General Meeting.  Meeting begins at 7.30pm.
We are in urgent need of some raffle prizes for the 7s competition and the Dinner.  These are our major fund raisers and we need to maximise revenue from these events.  Please could you donate a prize – a voucheer, a bottle of wine / whisky etc. to help us out here.  I will be appealing to the players as well to donate prizes through Tom and Steve.
Committee Roles nominations update from the sheet in the club house on Sunday and updated with information gathered at the meeting: 
President: Andy Ward
Chairman: Dave Church
Vice Chair: Vacant
Treasurer: Kev Holdway
Secretary: Peter McAllister
Club Captain: Vacant
Fixture Secretary: Rob Hinwood
Social Secretary: Morgan Aubrey
Groundsman: John Bulter
Press & Publicity Officer: Vacant
MPFA Rep: Vacant
2nd Team Captain: Steve Wilson
International Tickets: Andy Edwards
1st team Vice Captain: Vacant
2nd Team Vice Captain: Vacant
Coach: Andy Grayson
Fundraiser / sponsorship: Vacant
Webmaster: Graham Cooke
Data Officer: Martin  Coe
Referee Co-ordinator: Andy Brown
Coach Co-ordinator: Vacant
Assistant Treasurer: Simon Goddard.
Junior Section: Ed Wolton
As you can see, there are a number of positions where we have no nominations.  The club needs an effective committee to run properly for the good of all the players and members.  If you can step up to do a job please put your name forward – you know it makes sense!

Written by Graham Cooke

May 4th, 2019 at 10:20 am

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Jolly Boys Bus Tour

The Jolly Boys’ Bus leaves Minety RFC at noon next Saturday, 27th April, on a tour of the local area, returning by no later than 11pm.

The cost of the bus is £20, part of which will go into the “kitty”.  

If you are still, undecided, please make the right call and give Ben Collins a ring or an email (Email: b.m.j.collins@gmail.com) by the end of the weekend – he needs to let the coach company know by Tuesday at the latest!


Written by Graham Cooke

April 20th, 2019 at 11:36 am

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The Jolly Boys Mystery Bus Tour

With the tour not going ahead due to lack of numbers we would like to still try and get everyone together for an end of season bash!

A bus will be leaving Minety RFC at 12 noon on Saturday 27th April on a local tour of the area and returning no later than 10pm that night.


The cost to secure your seat for the bus is £20 and this will buy you into the kitty as well. 

Get on the bus gents! 

For more information contact Ben Collins, Tom Claxton or Steve Williams (see Contacts’ page for contact details.)

Written by Graham Cooke

April 15th, 2019 at 11:51 am

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Weekend Round up and Final Table

Yesterday’s concession by Warminster meant that Minety 1st XV’s season ended with a bit of a whimper but the boys entertained themselves with a game of rugby tennis and then settled back to watch the epic Gloucester Bath match on the tv’s in the club house.  The 5 points gained by Minety pushed them up into 6th place but there was always a chance that Trowbridge could pip them with a big win at Calne.

In the end Calne pulled out all the stops and won a surprise victory against Trowbridge, pulling themselves up to 10th place above Pewsey Vale and ensuring that 6th place in the league was Minety’s.

Elsewhere Supermarine managed a try against Combe Down but the champions had the last laugh over the bottom club with a heavy 93-5 win.  Avonvale kept up their challenge and secured their 2nd place with a thumping of Pewsey, the visitors slipping back to 11th in the league as a consequence.

9th placed Chippenham beat 8th placed Sutton Benger while Melksham and Royal Wootton Bassett finished 41 all in a match that could have seen Bassett leap frog Warminster into 4th place.

So Combe Down are the champions and will, presumably, ply their trade in the league above next season.  Avonvale have proved themselves to be the second best team in the league having lost to Combe Down twice and only lost one other match all season.  Melksham have consistently been the top placed Wiltshire team in the division while Warminster pip Bassett, the latter rueing their double loss to local rivals Minety during the season.

Minety’s 6th place is better than some were predicting earlier on in the season.  Injuries and unavailabilities have taken their toll on the Minety side, fielding no less than 48 different players in the 1st XV over the course of the season.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 14th, 2019 at 12:07 pm

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Warminster concede

The 2018/9 season has come to an end at Minety with a bit of a whimper with the news that the much anticipated clash between Minety and Warminster has been called off after we recieved notification earlier this morning that Warminster were unable to fulfil the fixture due to a lack of available players.

The result, or lack of it, means that Minety finish the season with an 11 win, 11 loss record and presently sit in 6th place in the league. Mathematically, Trowbridge can overtake us if they take all of the points from their match at Calne.

The loss of the match is sad because we were hoping to recall some players who have not featured recently in the squad, and all chances of being able to introduce the 49th and 50th players into the 1st team this season have disappeared (Benny is so frustrated; he’s been polishing his boots all morning and was so looking forward to playing this afternoon – his last game was in the early 1830’s).

On a personal note, I’m also sad that the match is off this way because, after 4 years of writing match reports on Minety, this was to be my last one – someone else can have a go next season.  After over 100 matches and well over 90,000 words (a lot of it drivel, as you know if you read them on this site), the pleasure of the Sunday morning write up and distribution will be someone elses.

If there are any budding journalists out there, please let me know.  The Job Description for the Press post will be posted on this site next week with the election of a new press officer as part of the club’s elections at the end of May / start of June.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 13th, 2019 at 11:29 am

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Stat Attack!

Benny Disraeli, our Stat guru

Someone suggested to me at the weekend that the only thing worth reading on the site was “Stat Attack”.  Hurt beyond belief, I mentioned this to resident statistics guru Benny, and lo and behold, a new Stat Attack has just been couriered to me.

When Dan Wilson came on as a replacement on Saturday he became the 48th player to wear a Minety 1st XV shirt this season.

Here is the full list showing names, number of appeareances out of 23 games played and percentage of appearances.

Glew, Mark 22 95.65%
Rule, Chris 22 95.65%
Hibbard, Andrew 20 86.96%
Howse, Jack 20 86.96%
Scott, Ben 20 86.96%
French, Colin 19 82.61%
Claxton, Tom 18 78.26%
Stone, Matt 18 78.26%
Collins, Ben 15 65.22%
Cooke, Dave 15 65.22%
Darrell, Andy 14 60.87%
Langridge, Ben 13 56.52%
Tillotsen, Kieran 13 56.52%
Garland, Garin 12 52.17%
Hughes, Sam 12 52.17%
Thompson, Jay 12 52.17%
Hinwood, Rob 11 47.83%
Simpson, Duncan 10 43.48%
Murray, Del 9 39.13%
Aubrey, Morgan 8 34.78%
Peirce, Gareth 8 34.78%
Smith, Cameron 8 34.78%
Windle, Ash 8 34.78%
Ward, Jack 7 30.43%
Chisholm, Matt 5 21.74%
Coleman, Bram 5 21.74%
McAllister, Tom 5 21.74%
Park, Matt 5 21.74%
Sellick, Ben 5 21.74%
Nicksen, James 4 17.39%
Ward, Phil 4 17.39%
White, Steve 4 17.39%
Roberts, Matt 3 13.04%
Stuart, James 3 13.04%
Church, Dave 2 8.70%
Crisp, Will 2 8.70%
Mason, Will 2 8.70%
Scott, Mike 2 8.70%
Trinder, Sam 2 8.70%
Waldron, Tom 2 8.70%
Wilson, Steve 2 8.70%
Cross, Matt 1 4.35%
Leong, Jonathan 1 4.35%
Lockwood, Ned 1 4.35%
Seaton, Will 1 4.35%
Thomas, Gareth 1 4.35%
Wilson, Dan 1 4.35%
Wright, Ken 1 4.35%


In all matches, including cup ties, Minety have scored 560 points.  Top points scorer, despite being injured for some time, is still Garin Garland with 129 (23%) with Sam Hughes in 2nd place with 79 (14%) and Jack Ward 3rd with 51 (9.1%).

Andrew Hibbard and Jack Howse top the try scoring lists with 10 each of the 76 tries scored.  Garin Garland has 9 while Sam Hughes has 8.

18 different players have scored a try for the 1st XV this season.

71% of the tries have been successfully converted.  Garin tops the conversion charts with 24 while Sam Hughes and jack Ward have 12 apiece.

23 penalties have been successfully kicked with Garin again at the top with 12 followed by Jack Ward with 4.

On the “naughty step” we presently have 10 players who have picked up a total of 11 yellow cards and 1 red this season.

Always a popular stat: amazingly we have a three way tie for the most players with surnames beginning with a particular letters.  8 players whose surname begins with C are now tied with 8 with surnames starting with S and 8 more starting with W.

The longest continuous run of appearances foes to Chris Rule, who has been an ever present since the 3rd game of the season, a total of 21 games in a row.  Mark Glew has appeared in the last 18 lineups.

We need just two more players to make their season debuts on Saturday and we’ll have a half century!  Benny is dusting off his boots as we speak!


Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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MTV v. Pewsey Vale

Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match against Pewsey Vale is now available on this site.  It can be accessed via this link, clicking on the MTV icon or by choosing the Minety Player option from the side menu.




Written by Graham Cooke

April 10th, 2019 at 9:29 am

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Weekend Round up

As we enter the final week of the 2018-2019 season here’s a chance to study the penulitmate round of matches in Divsion 1 (Division 3, where the 2nd XV play, will be covered later in the week).

Minety’s fine 29-22 win over Pewsey Vale has taken the club above Trowbridge into 6th place in the league although it’s not clear how the league table has been managed since both teams have 52 points yet Trowbridge have a better Points For / Points Against record.  No matter – it’s there in black and white.  Next week Minety take on 4th placed Warminster at home while Trowbridge travel to 11th placed Calne, so Minety will need to pull out all the stops if we are to cling on to that 6th place.

Elsewhere, the shock of the weekend came at Royal Wootton Bassett where the home team inflicted Combe Down’s first defeat of the season by 32-10.  Combe Down are already champions but a loss will have hit them hard so close to the end of the season.

Avonvale did Minety favours by defeating Trowbridge and denying them a losing bonus point and a four try bonus point.

In the battle for 3rd place Warminster inflicted a real beating on Melksham, coming through 45-10 against a team who had inflicted a heavy defeat of Minety just two weeks ago.

Supermarine’s quest for a league win failed again as they were heavily beaten at home by 9th placed Chippenham while Sutton Benger secured 8th place in the league come what may with a 30-10 win over Calne, who stay 2 points behind Pewsey.

In the final round of Fixtures, MInety (6th) play Warminster (4th); Avonvale (2nd) play Pewsey (10th); Calne 11th) play Trowbridge (7th); Combe Down (1st) play Supermarine (12th); and Melksham (3rd) play Royal Wootton Bassett (5th).


Written by Graham Cooke

April 9th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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Butler’s Bar: an MTV special

Here is the film of the naming ceremony:


Written by Graham Cooke

April 8th, 2019 at 11:37 am

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Butler’s Bar

On Saturday 6th April Minety RFC celebrated the huge contribution that John Butler (JB) has made to the club.  Some people even claim that without JB there would no club now.  Whatever the case, JB’s contribution to Minety RFC has been monumental, whether it be as a gritty forward “back in the day”; as the person who laid the bricks for the club house; as the man who maintains all the equipment; the man who marks out the pitches; the man who cuts and maintains the pitches; the “go to” man in the event of a minor problem or a major catastrophe.

Every club needs a JB; we are so lucky we have the orginal here at Minety.

The Bar at Minety is now known as “Butler’s Bar”.

A proud man!

Dave Peirce was the driving force behind the naming of the bar and hosted the naming ceremony, carried out officially by John’s lovely wife.  Film of the event, for those unlucky enough not to be at the club house on Saturday, will be posted on here later in the week.

For now, we leave you with a little competition:  which one of the two photographs is grammatically correct and which one was fixed to the wall on Saturday.  Answers on a post card to Dave Peirce, Chairman of the Minety Branch of the Apostrophe Association!


Written by Graham Cooke

April 8th, 2019 at 9:06 am

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Hughes and Hibbard shine in Minety win

Fly half Sam Hughes and Number 8 Andrew Hibbard were the undoubted stars as Minety completed a deserved 39 – 22 win over Pewsey Vale on Saturday, and in so doing moved above Trowbridge into 6th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 with just match left in the season.

Both teams played with a ferocity that left a number of players injured and many more nursing knocks that will take some days to recover.

Pewsey started the match kicking down the slope but soon found the home team making incursions into their territory thanks to some quick bursts from scrum half Garin Garland, returning to action after 5 weeks out through injury.

Minety opened the scoring in the 5th minute. When Hughes picked up the ball 30 metres out there seemed little chance of a try but the fly half danced his way past 5 defenders to score beneath the posts.

Sam Hughes scores Minety’s first try in the 5th minute

With Garland orchestrating the moves and speedy flankers Mark Glew and Morgan Aubrey pressing forward, Minety began to play the sort of free flowing rugby that had been their hallmark earlier in the season before injuries deprived them of so many players.

Garin Garland before his injury

Pewsey used the slope well and some defensive kicking soon saw them camped on the Minety try, using their mobile pack and powerful backs to pin the village team back. Fine tackling by second row Matt Chisholm and winger Duncan Simpson frustrated Pewsey’s attempts and kept the home side ahead until a pivotal moment in the match on 20 minutes when Garland had to be helped from the pitch after sustaining what looked to be a concussion. Minety coach Andy Grayson brought on young Sam Waldron and moved Glew to scrum half as cover.

Pewsey scored their first try shortly after, a forwards’ move seeing them push over the line to touch down in the 23rd minute. The conversion was missed so Minety still lead by 7 – 5.

With Glew and Hughes now working well at half back and Hibbard always a threat in the loose, Minety pressed for a score before half time, centre Chris Rule hauled down metres from the line after a fine burst through the defence, prop Colin French on hand to take up the charge.

Pewsey were denied a try in the 36th minute when the final pass of a fluent cross field move went forward as the physicality of the encounter took its toll, French forced off after a heavy tackle and Dan Wilson entering the fray, the 48th player to wear the Minety 1st XV shirt this season. With Glew moving to prop as cover, centre Del Murray took up the scrum half role as the half entered no less than 13 minutes of stoppage time.

A 60 metre, lung busting run up the slope from Hibbard released the Pewsey pressure and after attempts by captain Tom Claxton and prop Andy Darrall, Hughes kicked a penalty to end the half with Minety leading 10 -5.

Sam Hughes kicks Minety into a 12-5 lead before half time

The second half was just seconds old when Hibbard picked up a loose ball in a ruck and ran in 30 metres to score beneath the posts, Hughes adding the conversion to send Minety 17-5 up.

Andrew Hibbard scores Minety’s second try in the 41st minute

Murray’s break shortly after almost set up Wilson on the wing but when the ball came back in field it went to ground and the chance was lost.

Hughes extended the lead in the 51st minute with a penalty and then scored his second try when a loose ball popped up into his hands at the end of a lovely move involving centre Bram Coleman, Hibbard and full back Mike Scott.

Sam Hughes scores his 2nd and Minety’s third try in the 53rd minute

In the 56th minute Hughes was denied a try controversially after another brilliant solo run when it was claimed he had not grounded the ball properly and then moments later he burst passed  5 defenders before off loading to Claxton but the ball went to ground when a try seemed the only outcome possible. 

Sam is denied a hat trick after apparently not grounding this attempt.

In the 62nd minute Claxton was prevented from grounding the ball over the line but from the ensuing scrum Minety pushed over and Hibbard touched down for his second try and Minety’s bonus point winning 4th try.

Andrew Hibbard registers his second and Minety’s 4th try in the 64th minute

Minety’s 5th try came straight from the kick off.  Glew burst forward before offloading to winger Simpson.  He evaded the first line of defence before passing to Hibbard who ran in to score his second half hat trick try beneath the posts.  Hughes slotted home the conversion and Minety led 39-5.

Andrew Hibbard’s hat trick try and Minety’s 5th in the 64th minute

The game became much more open as it entered the last 10 minutes and only a brilliant tackle from Murray prevented Pewsey after a breath taking 80 metre move almost saw the visitors score a break away try. Pewsey’s enterprise was rewarded with a third try shortly after and they added a 4th, and bonus point winning try in the 80th minute, a point which may prove vital at the end of the season.

Del Murray’s brilliant try saving tackle late on

Coach Andy Grayson was rightly proud of his team.  “There were moments of individual brilliance that caught the eye but the team played well as a whole.  Andy Darrall had a great game at prop and Morgan Aubrey caught, carried and tackled well throughout the game. If I had to name a man of the match I’d have to give it to Andrew Hibbard for his ball carrying and his hat trick of tries although it’s hard to overlook a stunning individual performance from Sam Hughes.”

Whoops! Someone drops the ball with the try line beckoning.

The win takes Minety above Trowbridge into 6th place in the league with just one fixture remaining of the season, against 4th placed Warminster at Minety Fields next Saturday.




Written by Graham Cooke

April 7th, 2019 at 10:48 am