Minety RFC

Team v. Trowbridge

This is the team who represented Minety in their recent (20th October) D&W1 clash at Trowbridge.  Congratulations to Andy Darrell, and Morgan Aubrey on making their debuts for Minety and for Bram Coleman on his first appearance of the season for the 1st XV.

1. Colin French

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Andy Darrell

4. Ben Scott

5. Matt Stone

6. Ash Windle

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Sam Hughes

11. Dave Cooke

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Bram Coleman

15. Ben Langridge

16. Morgan Aubrey

17. Phil Ward

Written by Graham Cooke

October 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety rue missed chances

Minety’s unbeaten run came to a halt at Trowbridge on Saturday.  The village side, unbeaten since the first match of the season, narrowly lost 26-24 in a match of 7 tries and many missed chances, and slipped down to 6th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1.

Injuries and unavailabilities gave coach Andy Grayson the chance to give prop Andy Darrell and flanker Morgan Aubrey their 1st team debuts whilst also introducing Bram Coleman and Phil Ward to the squad.

Man of the Match Andrew Hibbard

On an uncharacteristically warm and sunny October afternoon, Trowbridge kicked off but were soon desperately defending when No. 8 Andrew Hibbard burst through the home defences.  His pass to captain Tom Claxton went to ground but Minety’s all-round pace, on a beautifully prepared pitch, was clear.

Scrum half Garin Garland opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a penalty in front of the posts after a series of swift attacks down the centre.

Two minutes later free scoring centre Jack Howse chipped the ball over the defence and ran through but an unfortunate bounce saw the ball into touch when a try seemed inevitable.

Trowbridge struck back using their significant size advantage to pen Minety back but the village team held out with some tenacious tackling from Coleman and centres Chris Rule and Howse.

Minety increased their lead in the 19th minute.  A huge kick from fly half Sam Hughes was kicked over the dead ball line by the defence.  From the ensuing 5 metre scrum winger Dave Cooke and then flanker Ash Windle were only halted at the line and then Garland was unable to ground the ball over the line.  However, Trowbridge couldn’t halt the next Minety scrum and Garland was able to touch down for a try at the base.  The conversion was successful and Minety stretched the lead to 10.

The home side struck back 3 minutes later when a floated pass in midfield was intercepted by the winger, who raced in to score.  The conversion was straightforward and the home side were back in the game.

Trowbridge took the lead in the 35th minute with their second try after a period of intense pressure during which Minety lost both centres, Rule temporarily and Howse for the match, with injuries.

14-10 down, Minety started the second half strongly  and when Hibbard collected a loose ball at a Trowbridge lineout and set up good field position a second try beckoned but with a three man overlap metres from the line the ball went to ground and the chance was lost.

Minety did accept their next chance in the 51st minute.  After a burst from Rule down the centre disrupted the home defence, the ball was taken on by the bustling second row Ben Scott before Garland found Hibbard, whose brilliant cut back saw him under the posts for Minety’s second try, converted by Garland.

Firmly on the front foot, Minety were back in the Trowbridge 22 from the kick off.  Hibbard broke through again, passing to Garland but his pass to Cooke went awry with the line open.  Moments later debutant Darrell was held up right on the line and another chance went begging.

With their first incursion into Minety territory in the second half, Trowbridge disrupted a Minety scrum and after a series of assaults on the villagers’ line, their prop forward crashed through to score their 3rd try.  The conversion took the score to 21 – 17 as the game entered the last quarter.

With the match opening up and both teams desperate for a winning score, Minety pushed forward again and regained the lead in the 66th minute.  After a tactical kick had pushed Trowbridge back deep into their own 22, Rule collected a clearance kick and ran the ball back and from the following ruck, Garland cleverly spotted a gap, dummied the defence and ran in to score under the posts.  His conversion saw Minety back in front 24-21 with 12 minutes left.

Minety scorned another chance 2 minutes later when the ball was dropped with a clear overlap beckoning and the village side were made to pay dearly when the Trowbridge clearance kick set up a desperate chase.  Somehow the defence failed to deal with the loose ball and Trowbridge were able to score out wide.  The conversion was missed but the home side were back in the lead 26-24.

In a desperate last 10 minutes, Hibbard and Rule went close and when Garland broke free, passing to Hughes the try line opened up but a last gasp tackle stopped the fly half and the chance was gone.

A win would have lifted Minety into 3rd place in the table; the loss condemns them to 6th place.

Coach Grayson will hope that painful lessons will have been learned from this defeat as he prepares his team for next week’s home encounter with Avonvale.

Man of the Match: Andrew Hibbard

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 21st, 2018 at 11:03 am

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Weekend review

Both Minety teams are at playing this weekend, the 1st at Trowbridge whilst the 2nds are at home to Warminster, both with 3pm kick off times.

Tom Claxton and his team know that matches against Trowbridge over the years have never been easy for Minety.  

On the 7th November 2015 Minety travelled to Trowbridge and won by 37 – 0 yet when the two teams met in Frebruary 2016, with Minety chasing the championship, its was Trowbridge who emerged 10-5 winners in a scrappy game in the mud.  At the end of the season Minety finished 4th with 68 points whilst Trowbridge were 10th with just 15 points.  The dropped points at home cost Minety a certain top three placing in the league that year.

The two teams didn’t compete against each other in 2016 / 7 but Trowbridge were back in Division 1 for 2017 /8 season.

Minety travelled to Trowbridge on the back of a run of unbeaten games yet were hammered 24 – 8.  Later in the season Minety extracted revenge, beating Trowbridge 36-10 at Minety Fields.  Come the end of the season Minety were again 4th placed in the league with 67 points whilst Trowbridge finished 11th with 28.  Once again, the loss of league points at Trowbridge cost the village team dear.  A win and a bonus point would have almost secured 3rd place!

So far this season Trowbridge have wins over Calne and Chippenham but have lost their last two matches, at home to league leaders Combe Down and away at Melksham.  Minety lie in 4th place in the league whilst Trowbridge sit 7th.

Minety 2nds c ome up against Warminster at Minety Fields on Saturday.  Steve Wilson’s team are 5th in Division 3 whilst their opponents sit two places above them, in 3rd place with 10 points from 3 games.  Warminster lost their first game of the season against Amesbury but have registered two convincing wins over Melksham and Bath Saracens.

Match reports will be available on this web site on Sunday morning.

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 19th, 2018 at 11:47 am

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Lovell Rugby

Minety RFC is delighted to announce a partnership with Lovell Rugby (www.lovell-rugby.co.uk), the world’s largest on line rugby store.

Connor Bedwell, Lovell Rugby’s Partnership Co-ordinator, said he was glad to hear that Minety wanted to be involved in the firm’s partnership programme.

At the checkout phase of an order, there is a drop down tab labelled ‘Associate this order with a club’. All would be purchasers have to do is select “Minety RFC” as the option, and 5% of the total order value will come back to the club.

Lovell Rugby’s online store is a must for all players, fans and enthusiasts of rugby.  In addition to a huge range of replica rugby shirts, the site also offers training equipment, clothing and protective gear, with appetising discounts on a wide range of goods.

Club captain Tom Claxton is enthusiastic about the partnership.  “This means that we can generate much needed funding for the club while buying kit for ourselves – it’s a win win situation!”

Written by Graham Cooke

October 18th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety in the Press

Our thanks go out to both The Standard and The Gazette for some excellent coverage for Minety RFC over the past two weeks.

If you enjoy the coverage why not buy a copy of the newspaper to help support the local press that does so much to support us.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 17th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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D&W 1st XV Vase

Minety have been drawn to play at home in the semi final of the D&W Senior Vase Competition, where they will face Warminster.  The semi final has been scheduled for Saturday 10th November with a 2pm kick off at Minety Fields.

In the other semi final, Puddletown, who overcame Blandford by 26-14, will face Dorset Dockers.

The final of the competition will be on Saturday 24th November with a 2pm kick off at a venue yet to be decided.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 16th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Film Night at Movies@Malmesbury

OK, so this is not a normal Minety posting, but if you’re at a “loose end” this Friday night, why not pop along to Malmesbury Town Hall at 8pm for Movies@Malmesbury’s screening of “The Festival” featuring, amongst others, cameo performances by Minety RFC’s Dave Cooke and Rob Hinwood.

The perfect way to prepare for our Saturday matches away at Trowbridge and at home to Warminster!

Written by Graham Cooke

October 15th, 2018 at 12:24 pm

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Stat Attack!

Yes, it’s back for another season (massive relief for Stat Attack! fan Anton).  Inundated with requests for its return (well, one or two), your weekly batch of meaningless stats and figures gathered by yours truly and verified by our club statistician, Benjamin Disraeli (still waiting on the wings (well, the right wing to be exact) for his first outing of the season).

  • This is our first Stat Attack! of the season and our second season of Stat Attacks!
  • There have been no Stat Attacks! for 4 D&W1N matches in succession.
  • Minety 1st XV have played 4 D&W1 matches this season, winning 3 and losing 1.
  • Of the four matches only one has been played at home (2 if you include the 2nd XV match against Melksham)
  • We currently have a 100% home record (both Minety teams are unbeaten at home)
  • 1st XV are 4th in the table., 4 points behind the league leaders.
  • 172 points have been scored thus far at an average of 43 per game.
  • 81 points have been conceded thus far at an average of 20.25.
  • The 1st XV’s highest score was 74 against Supermarine; the lowest was 27 against Sutton Benger.
  • The 1st XV has used 28 different players over the 4 games (including bench players)
  • 7 players have featured in all 4 games this season: Ton Claxton, Colin French, Mark Glew, Jack Howse, Ben Scott, Matt Stone and Kieran Tillotesen.
  • Only four players have started all 4 games with the same number on their backs: Tom Claxton (2), Mark Glew (3), Ben Scott (4) and Jack Howse (13).
  • The top points scorers this season are: Jack Ward (31), Ben Sellick (30), Garin Garland (26) and Jack Howse (30).
  • The top try scorers are : Ben Sellick (6) and Jack Howse (5).
  • Jack Howse has scored at least 1 try in each of the 4 league fixtures this season.
  • 25 tries have been scored by the 1st XV this season, spread amongst 12 players.
  • 18 of the 25 tries have been successfully converted – 72% conversion rate.
  • 5 penalties have been successfully kicked.
  • The most points scored in a single game: Jack Ward with 24 against Supermarine.
  • Only one player on the “naughty step” thus far: Matt Stone for his yellow card against Royal Wootten Bassett.

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Pupularied by American Mark Twain and attributed by Twain to Disraeli, although Benjamin can’t recall ever saying that – time for an HIA methinks!

Written by Graham Cooke

October 15th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Next fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

October 14th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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No fixtures this weekend

It’s Cup week in the Dorset and Wilts leagues and Minety have a bye through to the semi final of the Senior Men’s Vase competition.  We were the fortunate to benefit from Calne’s decision to forfeit the first round tie last month and now we find that we have a bye through to semi final against teams who will be playing their quarter round ties on Saturday.

It will be a good break for the Minety squads before the hectic run in to Christmas begins.  Hopefully all of the extensive drainage work that has been completed on all three pitches will enable us to run up to and beyond Christmas without all of the problems that have beset the club in the past few years with waterlogged and boggy ground playing havoc with the fixtures and training schedules.

Rugby returns to Minety on the 20th October with the 1st XV travelling to Trowbridge, hoping to maintain and extend their fine run of bonus point winning matches that has taken them up to 4th in Division 1 while the 2nd XV will have a home match against Warminster, again hoping to build on their confidence inspiring victory last time out against Melksham.

Training for all continues on Tuesday night under the lights at Minety with a 7pm start.  All welcome!

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 12th, 2018 at 1:32 pm

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MTV of Sutton Benger game now available

The MTV film of the match between Minety 1st XV and Sutton Benger, played in D&W1N on Saturday 6th October 2018 is now available via the Minety player link on the right hand menu or by clicking here.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 10th, 2018 at 9:30 am

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Oktoberfest review

A brief series of photographs taken in the club house just after the game and before the lads, and frauleins, really got started.  Good to see so many of the lads out in suitable attire (what would we do without fancy dress from Amazon).

Before it all got too messy, club captain Tom Claxton presented John Butler (JB) with a club blazer, in recognition of his outstanding work for the club over many decades!

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 9th, 2018 at 11:31 am

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Squad who played against Sutton Benger

This is the squad who overcame Sutton Benger 27-10 on Saturday 6th October 2018.

1. Cameron Smith

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Mark Glew

4. Ben Scott

5. Matt Stone

6. Rob Hinwood

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Ben Sellick

9. Sam Hughes

10. Dave Cooke

11. Steve White

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Ben Langridge

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Jack Ward

17. Ash Windle

18. Colin French

Written by Graham Cooke

October 8th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s win over newly promoted Sutton Benger extends their run of bonus point winning victories to 3 in Division 1 and keeps them in touch with the pace seters in the division, the undefeated Combe Down.

 

Elsewhere, the division’s two undefeated clubs met at Combe Down where the home side entertained fellow Bath side Avonvale, who had shown such tremendous form early in the season.  In what sounds like a tough clash Combe Down emerged winners by just 10-7, both teams missing out on the 4 try bonus point.  In third place lie Warminster, who inflicted Minety’s only defeat of the season, on the opening day, and who overcame Supermarine at home.  Chippenham’s woes continued as they were beaten 64-25 by the divisions other new club, Calne.  This defeat comes one week after the 100 point drubbing they received at Avonvale.  In the mid table clash, Melksham overcame Trowbridge to move up to 6th place in the table while Pewsey’s woes mount as they slumped to 11th place after conceding their match at Royal Wootton Bassett.

Steve Wilson will be delighted that his Minety 2nd XV were able to gain their first success of the season in their home clash with Melksham.  Minety 2nds fine 39-7 win lifts them to 5th place in the league.

Elsewhere Amesbury (and that annoying little icon that appears next to their name) appear to have two results on a single day.  Presumably Bradford conceded and then Combe Down, who were due to play at Supermarine, stepped in.  The home team’s win lifts them 5 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Combe Down, who they defeated easily 69-0. Elsewhere, Warminster moved into 3rd place with a fine win at Bath Saracens while Swindon inflicted Chippenham’s first defeat of the season.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 8th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Double Delight for Minety

Playing at home for the first time this season, both Minety teams registered confident wins, the 1st XV against local rivals Sutton Benger, the 2nd XV versus Melksham.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV took to the newly refurbished pitch at Minety knowing that Sutton Benger would be a major hurdle to overcome.  Beaten only once in 22 outings last season to win promotion to the top tier, Benger had enjoyed an opening day win against Chippenham and put in a spirited display before succumbing to a slightly under par Minety by 27 – 10.

Consistent drizzle in the previous 12 hours had left the surface greasy and a blustery wind provided challenging conditions for good rugby.

Minety kicked off into the wind and were soon using the pace they possess in the backs to push the visitors back with runs from centre Chris Rule, scrum half Sam Hughes and full back Duncan Simpson.

Benger found it impossible to get out of their half in the first 10 minutes as Minety launched attack after attack but the visitors’ quick defensive line speed and tackling kept the home team from scoring.

Against the run of play, Benger opened the scoring in the 13th minute with their first serious incursion into the Minety half.  A clearance kick and a series of forwards’ moves pushed them to the Minety 22 and a clever break from their fly half released the winger to score near the corner flag.

Minety thought they had an equaliser 2 minutes later.  Hughes fired a long pass out to fly half Jack Ward, who burst the line before off-loading to Simpson to touch down beneath the posts but a Benger hand prevented the grounding and Minety were denied.

The home side didn’t have to wait long.  Simpson caught a clearance kick 40 metres out and flung a long pass to Hughes.  His huge “up and under” was allowed to bounce and winger Ben Langridge was quickest to react and seized the opportunity to score. Ward drilled the conversion between the posts and Minety led 7-5.

As Sutton Benger grew in confidence so they began to dominate possession, rucking efficiently and keeping the ball tight in mid field, denying the fast paced Minety attack from doing too much damage.  However the home team were always dangerous when the ball went loose and a beautiful move involving Hughes, Ward, number 8 Ben Sellick and outside centre Jack Howse was only stopped by some desperate Benger defensive work.

As the half came to an end Minety pushed forward again and pressed the Benger line.  The pressure told when the prolific Sellick picked up at the base of a scrum 5 metres out and crashed through the defence to score and put the home side 12-5 up.

Coach Andy Grayson made three changes at half time, giving a season’s debut to 2nd row Ash Windle, bringing on Colin French to replace Cameron Smith at prop and substituting Dave Cooke for the returning Steve White.

The home side dominated the early exchanges in the 2nd half with Simpson secure under the high ball and Ward putting in crunching tackles in midfield.

Ward stroked home a penalty  in the 45th minute after another huge kick from Hughes had caused panic in the Benger defence.

To their credit, the visitors stormed back once again, using their forward power and keeping the ball in tight.  A tap penalty set up their 2nd try, the forwards rucking aggressively before the ball went out wide on the right for a try.

Man of the Match: Duncan Simpson

Minety struck back immediately from the restart.  Simpson launched a kick up field and was first on hand to pick up after a defensive drop, off-loading to Sellick, who ran in under the posts to score to extend Minety’s lead to 20-10.

Almost all of the last 10 minutes was played in the Sutton Benger half as Minety sought their bonus point winning 4th try but they had to wait until the 77th minute for that to come. The impressive 2nd row Ben Scott caught a lineout ball on the Benger 22.  Hughes slipped a pass to Rule and then carried the ball on again to break the line.  Simpson took the ball on almost to the line before passing to Howse to score beneath the posts.  Ward converted and Minety were home by 27-10.

The win keeps Minety in 4th place in Division 1, just one point behind 2nd placed Avonvale.

Man of the Match was Duncan Simpson.

In the other match, Steve Wilson’s Minety 2nds defeated Melksham by 39-7 in a free flowing game.  Dave White put in a match winning performance, running in 3 tries for the home team, who move up to 5th in Division 3.

There are no matches for Minety teams next week with the 1st XV being seeded directly through to the semi final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase competition.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 7th, 2018 at 11:23 am

Weekend Fixtures

Buoyed by their fine win at Supermarine last week and by their previous away win at Royal Wootton Bassett, Tom Claxton’s team host their first home match of the season this Saturday, welcoming newly promoted Sutton Benger to Minety Fields for a 3pm kick off.

Led by ex Minety junior team player Callum Harford, Benger enjoyed a tremendously successful season in Division 2 last year, winning the league in style.  Thus far, they have found life a little more difficult in Division 1. After an opening day win at home to Chippenham, they have lost at Combe Down and then again at home to Melksham last week.  Sitting in 9th place in the fledgling league, Callum’s team will be looking to “put one over” on their near rivals Minety.  A statistical comparison between the two shows Minety in 4th place in the division, averaging 48 points per game whilst conceding on average just 24 whilst Benger sit in 9th, averaging 13 points per game whilst conceding on average 33.  But statistics, as Benjamin Disraeli so often says, can shroud the truth and much will depend upon the team that Claxton and Coach Andy Grayson are able to field tomorrow.

For the only time this season, both MInety teams are scheduled to play at home on the same day.  Steve Wilson will lead his 2nd XV intro action at home to Melksham, with a 3pm kick off time, hoping for a first win of the season in Division3.  After away matches against two of the top teams in the league, it will be good for Steve and his new team to get together on the newly drained pitches at Minety against a Melksham team who are also seeking their first win of the season, having conceded their first match away at Combe Down and then lost by 43-5 at home to Warminster recently.

Full match reports will appear on the website on Sunday.

It’s worth reminding everyone that “Minety does Oktoberfest” begins after the matches complete in the club house.  Huge German sausages and steiners of lager abound.  See the advert on this site for more deatils.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 5th, 2018 at 10:38 am

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Two good reasons to buy a local paper

Our friends at The Wilts Gloucestershire Standard (Terry Parker and Ashley Loveridge) and The Gazette and Herald have done us proud again this week with great coverage of last week’s match.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 4th, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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MTV at Supermarine

Apologies for the delay in posting the coverage of Minety’s match against Supermarine.  But I think you’ll find that the wait was well worth it!  Click here or on the Minety Player link on the right hand menu to access the match.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 4th, 2018 at 2:34 pm

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1st XV lineup against Supermarine

Here is the team that defeated Supermarine on Saturday 29th September 2018 by 74-17.

1. Colin French

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Mark Glew

4. Ben Scott

5. Ben Collins

6. Kieran Tillotsen

7. Ben Sellick

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Sam Hughes

10. Jack Ward

11. Ben Langridge

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Matt Stone

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Gareth Peirce

Written by Graham Cooke

October 2nd, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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Results from the Weekend

Minety’s excellent 74-17 win at Supermarine pushes Tom Claxton’s team up to 4th place in the league, one point behind Warminster who inflicted Minety’s only defeat this season in the fledgling league.

Certainly the result that caught everyone’s attention was the hammering of Chippenham at Avonvale.  Thus far, the Bath based team are averaging an astonishing 75 points per game whilst only conceding an average of 4!  There has clearly been some strengthening going on at Avonvale.  In their last match they handed out a beating to Pewsey Vale with spectators observing and commenting upon their all round qualities.  On their shirt tales are Combe Down, the other Bath based team in the league.  They are averaging a mere 55 points per game whilst conceding just 5 points in total.

Elsewhere, Royal Wootton Bassett recovered from their home defeat to Minety two weeks agao with a fine win over Warminster in a high scoring game whilst newly promoted Sutton Benger, who Minety face next Saturday at Minety Fields, fell to a home defeat at the hands of Melksham.  Pewsey recovered from theirdrubbing at the hands of Avonvale to defeat the league’s other new team, Calne.

With only two games of the season completed for teams in Division 3, it is difficult to make any judgements although Minety have played against two of the top three teams thus far in the fledgling season.  Travelling to Combe Down is never an easy task at any time of the season, but catching them early on, and with limited playing resources at hand, the task was never going to be straightforward.

Elsewhere, new team Amesbury kept up their impressive start to the season with a big win at Bath Saracens.  3rd placed Chippenham benefitted from a walk over against Supermarine whilst Bradford overcame Swindon with some ease and Warminster defeated Melksham away from home.

Next Saturday (6th October) both Minety teams will be at home, the 1st XV against newly promoted Sutton Benger whilst the 2nd XV  entertain Melksham.  This will be the only time (subject to re-arrangements) that the two Minety teams will play at home on the same Saturday this season. These games will be followed by the Oktoberfest Social event (details elsewhere on this site).

Written by Graham Cooke

October 2nd, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Oktoberfest

Minety does Oktoberfest – Saturday 6th October from 2.30pm onwards at the clubhouse.

An evening for the whole club to get involved drinking German larger and scoffing German sausage!!!

This is the last weekend that both teams will be at home together so ideal for a club get together….other halves are more than welcome.

As ever fancy dress is a must and prizes will be handed out to the best dressed so get your Lederhosen and Bavarian wench costumes on!

This is going to be a ticketed event with discounted prices for early uptake.

You ticket will include:

-1x stein of German beer

-1x Würstl (German sausage) in a roll with trimmings.

Ticket cost:

£7.50 in advance (available until the 29/9/18)

£10.00 on the night.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

October 1st, 2018 at 10:42 am

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Press photographs from Minety’s win

We are delighted to publish a set of photographs taken by our good friend Terry Parker of the Standard.  Terry came out to Supermarine to capture images from the first half of our match before hurrying off on another assignment and has given us permission to publish his photographs here.

Thanks Terry; it’s much appreciated!

Gareth Peirce scores the 1st try

Ben Sellick touches down for try 2

Jack Ward bursts a tackle

Action up front

Sam Hughes tackles scrum half

Ben scores again

 

Click on an image to bring up a larger sized version.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 1st, 2018 at 10:26 am

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Sellick shines as Minety hammer Supermarine

Man of the Match: Ben Sellick

Andy Grayson’s Minety 1st XV travelled to local rivals Supermarine on Saturday determined to build on the fine win at Royal Wootton Bassett.

Without regular half back pairing Garland, injured, and McAllister, university bound, coach Grayson paired Sam Hughes with the hugely experienced Jack Ward at scrum and fly half.

Already down to just 16 fit players, Minety suffered the loss of 2nd row Ben Collins to a back injury in the opening exchanges and promoted Gareth Peirce into the team for his first outing of the season and it was the debutant who opened the scoring in the 5th minute, ending a fluent move involving Hughes and forwards Andrew Hibbard and Mark Glew.

Flanker Ben Sellick scored his first try 3 minutes later, bursting through the home defence to touch down near the posts after Ward and Hibbard had made ground in midfield.  Ward’s conversion was successful and Minety led 12-0.

After a period of pressure from the home side, Minety broke free and when Supermarine were caught off side, Ward slotted the penalty to extend the lead to 15 points.

Supermarine opened their account in the 26th minute with a marvellously opportunistic try.  When Ward kicked to the half way line to relieve pressure on the Minety line, the Supermarine full back collected the ball and kicked it high back into the Minety half.  The ball bounced perfectly and he was able to bat it over the advancing defence, catch it and then race away under the posts.  The conversion was successful.

Minety struck back immediately, Hughes breaking through before off-loading to Sellick for the flanker’s second try.  Ward kicked the conversion and Minety led 22-7.

The bonus point winning 4th try came in the 30th minute.  Full back Duncan Simpson broke the line before passing to Ward, whose perfectly timed off load to centre Chris Rule saw the latter over the line.  The conversion extended Minety’s lead to 29-7 with half time looming.

Minety continued to play at pace as the half ran down.  Solid in the scrum against a heavier pack and dominant on their own lineouts, the village team were quick and confident in attack and resolute in defence.

The second half was a minute old when Sellick scored his third try.  Ben Scott took the lineout and Hughes rifled a long pass to Ward.  The fly half’s quick pass to Sellick saw the flanker through the defensive line at pace and then it was a question of whether he could outpace the stretched defence.  Ward’s conversion extended the lead to 41-12.

Supermarine’s third try came in the 55th minute after more forward based incursions into Minety’s 22.

Minety’s speed and all round fitness told in the closing quarter as they ran in 5 tries.  In the 60th minute outside centre Jack Howse burst the line to touch down beneath the posts.

Three minutes later the quick thinking Hughes spotted a gap, raced through and released Sellick for the flanker’s 4th try of the match.

Minety’s 8th try came when flanker Matt Stone seized on a loose ball before passing to Howse.  The centre drew the defence before passing to winger Ben Langridge who scored wide on the left.

Minety’s 9th came after a move that started back in their own 22.  Stone took a high ball and then a move involving prop Colin French, Hibbard, Ward, captain Tom Claxton and Hughes ended with full back Duncan Simpson racing away to score beneath the uprights.

Ward completed the scoring in the 79th minute, shrugging off defenders to register Minety’s 11th try.  His conversion ended the scoring with the village team emerging 74-17 winners.

Man of the Match, Ben Sellick for his 4 tries and dominant performance all around the pitch.

Minety’s win takes them to 4th in the table behind early season pace setters Avonvale, Combe Down and Warminster.

In the day’s other game, Minety 2nds went down 62-10 at top of the table Combe Down.

Next week both Minety teams will play at home for the first time this season on their newly drained pitches with the 1st entertaining newly promoted Sutton Benger and the 2nds up against Melksham.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 30th, 2018 at 10:00 am

MTV

Apologies to those logging in to watch the latest MTV offering, but since Saturday’s match was conceded by Calne, there is no new match to watch.  However, all of our games over the last season or two are available on the MTV (Minety Player) page of this site if you are desperate for some D&W1N action.

MTV cameras will be at Supermarine on Saturday to capture the action as Tome Claxton’s team travel to one of our nearest and dearest rivals.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 26th, 2018 at 9:51 am

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Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

September 26th, 2018 at 9:28 am

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Minety Under 15’s

I’m hoping that we (in the Under 15s) can call on on all readers of this site to use whatever networks you have (social media or otherwise) to help promote a search for new players? The Under 15 team is in a dire situation, we have a fantastic core squad of 10-12 players, but we’re lacking those extra 5-6 players to field an effective team this season. The bottom line is that the boys recognise the problem and want to play so, despite a staggering allegiance to Minety, they are likely to move en masse in the next few weeks if the situation stays as it is. Note that this isn’t about winning or league glory, it’s purely about playing and enjoying rugby with a solid team of really good friends.

If anyone is able to put the word out now that the Under 15s at Minety are looking for new players to expand an enthusiastic squad that’s well-respected by visiting teams and officials alike, that would be great. We train on Thursdays (18.30) and on Sundays (10.00) we either train or play games. Next Sunday, 30th September, is our first game of the season, at home against Warminster. Anyone interested in playing would be welcome to come along on Thursday or Sunday to meet the boys and the coaches.

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MRFCU15S/

Anyone interested in joining the U15 team can contact Ady on 07872 073350

Written by Graham Cooke

September 25th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase Competition

Following Calne’s decision to concede the tie at the weekend against Minety, we now find ourselves seeded through to the Semi Finals of the competition, to be played on the 10th November, the opposition yet to be confirmed.

In the 1st round match that did go ahead last weekend, the Dorset Dockers, from Christchurch, travelled to Melksham, winning 20-13.

If the information on the league’s website is to be believed, Minety have a bye in the quarter finals, meaning that Saturday 13th October should be a free Saturday.

More information on this site as, and when, it becomes available.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 24th, 2018 at 4:28 pm

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Cup Match conceded

We have just heard that Calne have conceded tomorrow’s (22nd) Vase match against Minety.

This gives the Minety squad a well earned break before they take on Supermarine (1st XV) and Combe Down (2nd XV), both away fixtures on Saturday 29th September.

Minety know that their 2nd round match, to be played on 13th October, is away from home but the opponents are not yet known.

Work is progressing on the three pitches at Minety although initial estimates as to how much sand would be required have had to be revised, with a further 40 tonnes of sand being ordered for delivery next week.  Brett and his team hope to have the work completed by the end of next week.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 21st, 2018 at 10:51 am

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Next Fixture

Minety travel to Calne for the 1st Round of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase Competition on Saturday with Andy Grayson looking to put out a much changed team from the one last seen at Wootton Bassett.

The club extends its very best wishes to Tom McAllister, who travels to Swansea on Saturday to start his university course.  Good luck Tom.

The club also extends its warmest congratulations to Dave Church, who got married on Friday, and also to Matt Roberts, who was married earlier in the summer.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 21st, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Pitch Updates – Tuesday 18th

Brett King and his team have continued with their work on the Minety pitches into a second day and the results are quite startling.

The sand is loaded into a hopper and then deposited carefully into the fissures, filling them right to the surface and leaving a small exscess on the surface.  The next stage is to push the sand down into the fissure and pull excess sand from around the fissure in and over it.  A tractor is then driven over the sand and the sand compacted into the fissure.

As of training on Tuesday evening (very well attended) the main MPFA pitch has been completed and work has started on the two Minety RFC pitches in the adjoining field.

The table below shows the process from start to finish.

1. Tractor with sand hopper in tow

2. Sand Hopper ready to dispense sand

3. Special sand - doesn't clog

4. Sand is deposited in the fissures

5. After the filling process

6. Implements for pushing sand down into fissure

7. Sand is pressed down by wheel and tidied by prongs

8. Sand is then tyre packed down.

9. The results are dramatic

10. Good turn out for training

11. Tackling practice

12. Under the lights at Minety

Written by Graham Cooke

September 20th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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MTV Royal Wootton Bassett game available

The MTV of the match at Royal Wootton Bassett is now available on the MTV player page.  Click the icon, click this link or use the side menu;  Disraeli is beyond caring!

Written by Graham Cooke

September 19th, 2018 at 8:53 am

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Coach Andy Grayson’s reflections on Bassett win

Minety coach Andy Grayson was delighted with Minety’s superb performance against Royal Wootton Bassett at the weekend.

“That was a really, really good performance from the team today.  There were just so many positives to take out of that.

“Our defence on the line was excellent all game, except for the couple of times when we gave up tries, and our attack, when we went through our practice moves, was very impressive and resulted in some lovely tries.

“It was very difficult to decide upon a Man of the Match but for his brace of tries and the fact that he didn’t drop the ball once, Matt Stone was a worthy winner.  Sam Hughes and Cameron Smith, both making their debuts this season, had great games and were in the running for Man of the Match.  The scrum today was good and thanks must go to Cameron for helping that to happen.  It’s good to have him back at the club after a couple of years absence. Ben Sellick also put in a great shift today and there will be one or two Bassett players who will be feeling the effects of his tackles next week.  I must also mention Jack Howse.  His second try was a perfectly timed interception but there were times during the first try that I wondered where he was going – mind you, I think that was shared by everyone on the pitch at the time.

“So now we turn our attention to Calne and Cup matters next weekend.”

 

Matt Stone, Man of the Match

Man of the Match: Matt Stone

We managed to grab a word with Man of the Match, Matt Stone, at the end of the game and asked him what the secret behind two fantastic tries and a great shift throughout the game.

“Weetabix, I guess!  I don’t really know how it all came about.  It was a case of being in the right place at the right time, I guess.   Training is helping me with my game and I know that I didn’t have the best game last week so was much more determined to up my game this week.

“I’m consciously thinking about what I am going to do next and not worrying about what has just happened, and that is making a difference to my game.

“It was great to play in a game like that.  Everyone was playing for everyone else and it was all so positive.  It’s a fantastic feeling when it all works like that.”

Written by Graham Cooke

September 19th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s win at Bassett was one of the stand out results from this weekend’s action in Dorset and Wilts Division 1.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Calne, who Minety face next in the cup, were given a beating by last year’s success side Avonvale, who finished 3rd in the table, just above Minety.  Trowbridge’s unbeaten start to the season continued with a fine win nat Chippenham whilst Combe Down handed out a hiding to the other newly promoted club Sutton Benger. Given that Bassett defeated Melksham in the first round of matches, Melksham’s win at Supermarine suggests that the latter may be in for a struggle again this season.

In Divsion 3 Minety slipped to a narrow 33 – 24 loss at Chippenham in what was a hard fought and even contest.

Elsewhere, Bath Saracens put down a marker for their season with a big win over Swindon III whilst newly promoted Amesbury enjoyed a good away win at Warminster.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 18th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Work begins on the pitches

The first load of sand arrives

The remedial work to repair the pitches has begun this morning (Monday).  The first lorry load of sand has arrived on site and Brett King and his team are already at work scarifying the surface so that the fissures, made by mole drilling the pitches earlier in the summer, are fully revealed and ready for filling.

At the risk of repeating myself, the pitches at Minety, so long beset by serious drainage problems, were mole drilled as soon as last season ended.  This process made a series of deep fissures in the surfaces of the three pitches, just to break up the compaction that hinders drainage.  In a usual summer, these fissures would have gently closed over the summer and given us respite from waterlogging for a couple of years at least.  Except, we didn’t have a usual summer and the extraordinary heat allied to the complete lack of rain meant that the clay in the ground shrank and the fissures, rather than gently closing, actually opened up quite alarmingly.

Scarifying begins

However, Minety is turning a potential disaster into a potential success.  Brett King and his team of expert groundsmen (Bath rugby club etc.) are going to fill the fissures with a special sand, one that doesn’t clog or bind in wet conditions, over the next week.  This will actually give us a drainage system recognised by the RFU no less.  It should also improve the quality of the pitches enormously and go some way to avoiding the pattern of previous seasons when Minety have been forced to move fixtures to other venues and try to cope with training indoors or far afield.

As the week’s work continues we hope to keep you up to date with a steady stream of photographs, care of our ace lensman, Andrew O’Dell.

Click on a thumbnail to reveal the full sized picture.

 

And what progress!  These are images, care of Andrew O’Dell and Brett King, that show how much was achieved on Day 1.

The first load of sand arrives

Scarifying begins

The cracks in the surface revealed

4. Beginning to implant the sand

5. Sand in the cracks

6. Work begins on another line

7. A rather nice little tractor! Work progresses wwell.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 17th, 2018 at 10:48 am

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Team who played Bassett

This is the Minety 1st Xv lineup who played Royal Wootton Bassett away on Saturday 15th September 2018, winning 47-13

1. Cameron Smith

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Mark Glew

4. Matt Stone

5. Ben Scott

6. Kieran Tillotsen

7. Ben Sellick

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Sam Hughes

11. Rob Hinwood

12. Tom McAllister

13. Jack Howse

14. Dave Cooke

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Colin French

17. Jay Thompson

Written by Graham Cooke

September 17th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety turn on the style at Bassett

Minety turn on the style

Minety’s 1st XV travelled to Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday eager to kick start their D&W1 season into life after last week’s narrow loss at Warminster.

Fielding a team showing 4 changes, coach Andy Grayson set out his side ready for an open and expansive game and his team responded magnificently, comprehensively beating their local rivals by 47 points to 13.

On a bright and breezy afternoon, the villagers kicked off and immediately used their quick and incisive passing to push the home team back.

Minety took the lead in the 6th minute.  After a flowing backs’ move, hard hitting flanker Ben Sellick burst through the defensive line before centre Tom McAllister popped the ball to second row Matt Stone, the forward side stepping his way to the line to score.

After a period of home pressure Minety struck again. Bassett’s scrum was pushed back near their line and the quick thinking scrum half Garin Garland was the first to react to a loose ball, picking up and crashing over for a try which he then converted to put Minety 12-0 up.

The village team had certainly learned lessons from the opening day defeat at Warminster; tackling was crisp and the defensive line speed meant Bassett rarely had time on the ball to set up attacking moves properly.

One of Bassett’s rare breaks was foiled by a wonderful full length tackle from the hugely impressive Sellick.

Minety’s momentum was halted by an unusual incident in the 30th minute.  Winger Dave Cooke collided with the linesman whilst chasing a defensive kick.  Both went down, the linesman subsequently requiring 5 stitches in an ugly head wound, and the game was held up for 10 minutes while both received treatment.

The break broke Minety’s rhythm.  Bassett responded with an unconverted try and a penalty to reduce the arrears at half time to 12-8.

The second half started in dramatic fashion with Minety’s Number 8 Andrew Hibbard breaking out of defence and running 60 metres before being hauled down.  Slick passing pushed the visitors forward and when Hibbard caught Garland’s chip through and passed it to Sam Hughes, the young fly half side stepped his way to the line.

Centre Jack Howse scored the bonus point winning 4th try with a marvellous individual effort.  Picking the ball up 40 metres out, the centre danced his way through the entire Bassett defence to score near the posts.  Garland kicked the conversion and Minety extended their lead to 26-8.

Minety’s 5th try came after a period of sustained pressure.  Hibbard, Cooke and McAllister were all held up close to the line but the defence could do nothing to prevent prop forward Mark Glew’s finely judged charge to the line.  Garland’s conversion extended the lead to 33-8.

Stone grabbed his second try in the 65th minute, ending a fluent attacking move down the left wing involving Garland, McAllister and Glew.  The scrum half was injured in the move but McAllister made no mistake with his conversion: 40 – 8.

Man of the Match: Matt Stone

Bassett scored a consolation try in the 70th minute as both sides tired but it was left to Minety centre Howse to complete the scoring with his second, and Minety’s 7th try of the match in the 72nd minute, intercepting a pass and running in under the posts from 20 metres out.  McAllister converted and Minety took maximum league points with a 47-13 victory.

Coach Andy Grayson was delighted with his team’s performance.  “That was a really good game with so many positives to come out of it.  Our defence was fine, we scored some lovely tries and our forwards dominated.  Special mention to Cameron Smith, coming back to play prop after a couple of years out, but Man of the Match, for his two tries and great all round work, must go to Matt Stone.”

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nds went down 33-24 in a hard fought and competitive match at Chippenham.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 16th, 2018 at 10:18 am

Next Fixtures

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 14th, 2018 at 9:36 am

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Fixture switching and Minety pitches

Confirmation has come through that both of this weekend’s fixtures have been switched.  Consequently the 1st XV will be travelling to Royal Wootton Bassett for a 3pm kick off whilst the 2nd XV will travel to Chippenham, also for a 3pm kick off.

Minety RFC would like to thank both Royal Wootton Bassett RFC and Chippenham RFC for their kindness in agreeing to the switching of locations.

A £2 coin shows the size of the fissures

For those unaware of the plight of the three Minety pitches, a fuller explanation can be found in an earlier post on this site, but we have now heard that Brett King and his company will be starting work on the cracked pitches next week.  A large quantity of special sand (a type that doesn’t bind and clog in wet conditions) will be delivered at the start of the week.  Brett’s team will then scarify the three pitches to expose the cracks in the clay better and then begin the process of filling them with the sand and then compacting it in.

We hope that by the end of next week the work on the three pitches will be complete and that all three will have what the RFU calls “Secondary drainage systems” in place, hopefully to ameliorate the traditional January – March waterlogging of the pitches that has so disrupted our schedule over a number of years.

The bar in the Minety club house will be open immediately after the matches at Bassett and Chippenham have finished, so if you fancy coming along for a drink with the lads, please feel free to do so.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 13th, 2018 at 6:37 pm

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1st XV v Warminster

In a new feature for the site, a chance to get to know the players who play for the 1st XV at Minety.  As the season progresses we hope to interview each one to add some background to each player.

These were the 18 who played at Warminster on the 8th September 2108, eventually losing by 41-28 in a hard fought and entertaining encounter.

1. Colin French

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Mark Glew

4. Matt Stone

5. Ben Scott

6. Rob Hinwood

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Tom McAllister

11. Ben Langridge

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Dave Cooke

15. James Nicksen

16. Phil Ward

17. Ken Wright

18. Matt Cross

Written by Graham Cooke

September 13th, 2018 at 6:02 am

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Membership Subscriptions

Membership of the club runs from the 1st September so all players and non players should make sure that their membership is up to date.

Full details of the Membership Subsciptions and their benefits can be found on the “Membership Subscriptions” page on the menu on the right or by clicking this link.

Thank you.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 13th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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