Minety RFC

This weekend’s fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

March 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV is back on line!

After the much documented problems we’ve had with both cameras, we can now say, with some relief, that both have been repaired and appear to be working properly.

Our latest match, at Melksham, is now available by clicking on the picture below and following the link through Minety Player, or by using the Minety Player link on the right hand side of the screen.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 22nd, 2017 at 10:01 am

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Minety lose out in dour affair

Minety missed the chance to grab 5th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North when they lost to a strong and well organised Melksham 26-7 at Melksham’s impressive new ground.

After their convincing win over Supermarine last week, Andrew Hibbard’s team went into the fixture with the chance of leap frogging Pewsey Vale in the league but came away well beaten in a dour affair.

Minety enjoyed most of the early play, fly half Tom McAllister using the blustery cross wind to good effect.  Opting to play almost exclusively in the forwards, Minety controlled proceedings.

Melksham took the lead following a superb 6 man move along the line that took play from their own 22 right up to the Minety line.  Although the visitors managed a partial clearance, Melskham’s outside centre ran a fine diagonal line to score wide on the right wing.  The conversion was successful and Melksham led 7-0.

With centre Dave Church and captain Hibbard making ground down the centre, Minety fought back but too often players were isolated in the tackle and quality ball was squandered.

Melksham’s second try, in the 15th minute, came about when McAllister was forced into a hasty clearance after messy ball from a scrum close to Minety’s line.  The Melksham backs ran the ball and their full back cut through Minety’s defences to score under the posts.

Minety’s best chance of the half came from a Hibbard break but despite spending 5 minutes camped on the Melksham line, the village team were unable to score.

Del Murray replaced the injured David O’Took after 30 minutes as the game became mired in midfield.  When Murray was yellow carded for a high tackle in first half stoppage time Minety were forced to play with 14 men for 10 minutes.

Melksham dominated the opening plays of the second half, Minety’s chances being further hampered by the loss of the hard charging Church to an ankle injury.

Flanker Josh Bull was held up over the Melksham line in the 60th minute but despite more goal line pressure the home defence held firm.

Melksham’s 3rd try came after a Minety counter attack floundered in midfield and the ball inextricably found its way into the hands of Melksham’s left wing, who ran in to score under the posts from 22 metres.

The 4th, and bonus point winning try came just 2 minutes later, in the 69th minute.  A superb cut back by Melksham’s No. 13 split the Minety defence and a well-timed off load allowed the full back to run in for a try from 40 metres out.

Will North crosses for Minety’s try.

Minety’s try in the final move of the game was deserved reward for all of their efforts.  Hibbard broke through on the left and a short pass to prop Will North saw the latter score close to the posts.  McAllister converted the try to leave the final score 26-7 to Melksham.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 19th, 2017 at 11:23 am

Ireland England clash at Clubhouse

Reminder – the clubhouse will be open for the England game this evening. Kick off is 5pm. If you’ve got nothing to do, why not head down! All welcome.

The 1st XV will be heading back after this afternoon’s 2pm match at Melksham so it should be a fun way to watch the 6 Nations come to a conclusion.

Also, terrific coverage of last week’s match in The Standard this week – many thanks to Sports Editor Danny Hall once again!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 18th, 2017 at 11:20 am

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Next fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

March 15th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Rob Bugden update

Fundraiser launched after Rob Bugden of Penryn (and Minety RFC) left paralysed in parachute accident

We’ve unashamedly lifted this article from “CornwallLive” to bring everyone up to date with Minety’s RFC’s Rob Bugden, one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and someone who redefines the meaning of “inspirational”.

As you will gather from this interview with his mother, Rob had a dreadful parachuting accident in January 2016.  All of his friends at Minety were devastated to hear the news and were delighted when he made an appearance at Minety for the 7’s tournament in May 2016.

A “JustGiving” campaign has been set up – details follow beneath.

Rob’s first outing was to Minety RFC for the 2016 7’s tournament.

“The mother of a Cornish Royal Air Force parachute instructor who was paralysed as the result of a mid-air collision has told of the harrowing moment she found out her son had life-changing injuries.

Debbie Bugden, of Penryn, said she was only now able to speak about her son Rob’s accident, which happened in January 2016, after what she described as an “extremely stressful and worrying year with many tears”.

It comes as a JustGiving campaign gets underway to raise funds to pay for a specialist bus that helps get injured servicemen and women to be taken out by their families and has aided Rob’s recovery.

The 31 year old broke his neck after his parachute got tangled with another jumper and he plummeted 800ft to the ground at more than 50mph during an exercise in California. He had very quick first aid and was taken to hospital where the seriousness was quickly realised.

Mrs Bugden was called in the early hours about the accident and asked to give consent for the surgery: “To be told that your youngest son has life changing injuries, when you are so far away, is horrendous.”

Travel arrangements were made for her and her older son Adam, to fly to Phoenix to see Rob.

“The wait was awful, many tears and total disbelief. Everyone who knows Rob, friends & family alike were all so shocked and everyone has who knows him has been affected by the accident.”

“I didn’t know what I was going to find, so the flight seemed even longer than it actually was. I was told by the medics in Phoenix that Rob was paralysed from the chest down and that he has a high level injury.

“It was difficult to grasp that my beautiful, fun loving, sports mad son was lying there attached to a ventilator & many other pieces of equipment.”

Rob had surgery to remove bone fragments from his neck and a plate inserted to stabilise it and was on a ventilator.

“There were concerns about an eye, and damage to a cheek bone and swelling on brain, so concerns for brain damage, but thankfully in time this was proved not to be the case,” said Mrs Bugden.

Mrs Bugden added: “Everyone he has come into contact with since his accident, in America and home have been so impressed by his determination, positivity and gratitude. He has never really appeared to be angry, but in the beginning he was very frightened and many tears.”

After three weeks in critical care in Phoenix he was brought back to the UK.

Rob Bugden and friend Corporal Adam Bennett pictured graduating from their parachute instructor course in 2015.

Mrs Bugden said: “To begin with he was unable to swallow and couldn’t speak, unable to cough, so because of that and unable to bring anything up himself, he had to have what we called the cough therapist very regularly to suck out the secretions.

“The equipment used was like a Henry vacuum cleaner and was horrible to watch as poor Rob just gagged, and he dreaded it, but was very necessary to avoid chest infection.”

In September he was moved to Headley Court, the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for armed forces, where he has had ongoing rehab
Rob grew up in Penryn and went to Penair School and Truro College. He played rugby for Penryn RFC, was a successful international cross country runner for Penair, Cornwall AC and Cornwall and England Schools with Helen Glover and Mo Farah.

He moved from Cornwall when he was 18 and went to UWIC in Cardiff and joined the RAF as a physical training Instructor in September 2008, and became a parachute jump instructor, in 2015.

Mrs Bugden said: “It has been an extremely stressful, worrying year for everyone, many tears, and I have spent many hours commuting to various hospitals. I have got through the last year as I have just fantastic support from family, friends, colleagues at work, SSAFA, Robs RAF friends have just been amazing and good support.”

The fundraising campaign is aiming for £32,000 for a Barbara Bus, which will be based at Hedley Court and enables injured servicemen and women to be taken out by their families.

The Barbara Bus Fund provides wheelchair accessible vehicles which currently cost around £450 to hire per week.

“We have used one many times in the past year which has been so important for Robs mental wellbeing,” said Mrs Bugden.

“Without Barbara Bus we couldn’t have taken Rob out on excursions, which was and is vitally important for a taste of normality with friends and family, to escape the hospital environment, and is such a massive part of his rehab. He couldn’t have come home to Cornwall for Christmas without it.”

Throughout this month teams from across the Royal Air Force will be aiming to complete a 210.116km row – the distance signifies the date of Rob’s accident.

Mrs Bugden added: “Rob’s future is uncertain as he has many decisions to make, but he has talked of opening a gym for the disabled, with a café and is trying to get himself fit to apply for the Invictus games in Sydney 2018.

“At the moment he is just concentrating on his rehab, in order to get himself as fit & strong, & improve his hand functions as best he can. Everyone is just so impressed with his attitude & we are so proud of him, coping as he does with humour, he is truly inspirational.”

To donate visit the Justgiving page

Written by Graham Cooke

March 14th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from the weekend

Written by Graham Cooke

March 13th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety return to winning ways

Minety produced arguably their best half of rugby this season during the first half of their 38-5 Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North league victory over Supermarine on Saturday.

The village side’s victory allowed them to leap frog over their closest rival Royal Wootton Basset and climb to 6th place in the league, just a point behind 5th placed Pewsey Vale.

Having lost the toss, Andrew Hibbard’s team faced the prospect of playing up the slope at Minety Fields in the first half against strong and physical opponents.

Welcoming back influential centres Dave Church and Jack Ward, and with a settled pack, the village side imposed themselves from the opening whistle.

1st try in 6th minute

After a series of attacking moves had been rebuffed, Minety opened the scoring.  The forwards set up the move, pushing their way deep into the Supermarine half before Ward and flanker Tom Windle battered the Supermarine defence right back to their try line.  Twice Minety forwards were denied by last ditched tackles but flanker David O’Took found the smallest of gaps to squeeze through for a try which Garin Garland converted.

Minety enjoyed the vast majority of the possession and territory in the first quarter of the match, winning quality ball at both lineout and scrum.

Using hooker Tom Claxton and the impressive Tom Windle on the crash ball, the backs were able to spread attacks across the pitch and it was something of a surprise that the home side took until the 22nd minute to extend their lead.

Excellent defensive tackling from Supermarine kept out the dangerous Church and Hibbard but the pressure told when the visitors were penalised for offside.  Garland stroked home the ensuing penalty and extended the lead to 10 points.

Captain scores try number 2

With Supermarine still to make any significant ground in the Minety half, the home team launched another wave of attacks which resulted in another penalty, this time for “going over the top and off the feet” at a ruck.  Garland stepped up and Minety were now 13-0 up.

On the half hour Supermarine finally pushed Minety deep back into their own half but Josh Bull took Claxton’s throw in and fly half Tom McAllister cleared the lines with an impressive kick to touch on the half way line.

Garland kicked his 3rd penalty of the half in the 34th minute and right on half time Windle was held up over the line.  From the resulting 5 metre scrum, Hibbard picked up and drove over for Minety 2nd try and a half time lead of 21-0.

Coach Craig Smith replaced prop Will North with Nick Britten at half time.

Tom Windle scores try number 3

Playing downhill in the 2nd half, Minety extended their lead in the 45th minute.  After a period of sustained attacking play, Windle burst through a gap in the Supermarine defensive line and fended off three players to score under the posts.  Garland converted and Minety were comfortably 28-0 up.

The game became fragmented as the penalty count rose against both teams and Supermarine saw their chance as Minety failed to settle.  Pushing the home team back deep into their own 22 metre area, the visitors forced a number of penalties, opting to scrum each time, and finally in the 52nd minute they crossed for an unconverted try wide out on the left wing.

Minety shook off their lethargy and when Garland was adjudged to have been unfairly dump tackled close to the Supermarine posts, he slotted home the penalty to take the home team to 31 points.

Garin kicks his 4th penalty

The game then drifted again, neither team able to make much progress, although the Supermarine defence did put in some fine smothering tackles to end Minety attacks.

As the final whistle approached Minety switched back on again and pushed forward for the 4th try, which would guarantee them an all-important league bonus point.

In the final play of the game, Ward and Church combined to punch a hole in the Supermarine defensive line and an off load allowed Bull to run in for the 4th try under the posts.  Garland kicked the conversion, his third of the day, and Minety ran out 38-5 winners and, in so doing, gained maximum league points.

Josh Bull scores try number 4

After the match captain Andrew Hibbard said, “That was a really good win for us after our defeat last week at Corsham and it’s great to see that it lifts us into 6th place in the league. I thought our first half game was perfect.  We had a game plan and we stuck to it.  In the second half we allowed things to drift a bit, lost our shape and

struggled, but the main thing was we got the win and the bonus point with that try right at the end.”

Man of the Match: Josh Bull, for his all round game and the fine last minute try.

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Written by Graham Cooke

March 12th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

2nd Match at Corsham off

Just heard that the D&W3N fixture between Minety 2nds and Corsham has been cancelled due to player unavailability.

The 1st XV match at home to Supermarine goes ahead as planned, hopefully with a kick off time of 2.15pm or 2.30pm with the Calcutta Cup match being shown live in the club house afterwards – all welcome!


Written by Graham Cooke

March 11th, 2017 at 11:29 am

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Calcutta Cup

The England v. Scotland match will be shown live in the club house at Minety after the 1st XV match against Supermarine.  Why not come along, enjoy our live match and then settle down with a nice pint (or glass of wine) and enjoy the Calcutta Cup clash in the warmth and luxury of our clubhouse?”

Written by Graham Cooke

March 10th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

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Tour 2017 update

“Tom and Ben have worked really hard to organise a tour for the club in a fairly short period, so please support them and the club by joining us in Whitby,” writes club chairman Dave Peirce.
“Only a few places left, so please get your deposit to either of them to guarantee your place. You know it makes sense, and it’s a great chance for some team bonding, 1sts and 2nds as one club!”

Written by Graham Cooke

March 10th, 2017 at 4:53 pm

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Next Fixtures

We are hoping that the 1st XV match will kick off at 2pm rather than the 3pm as specified by the league.  Since this is a crucial “6 Nations” weekend it would seem sensible for the match to start early so both teams can watch the England Scotland match but both teams and the referee have to agree on this matter.

The 2nd XV match was originally a home fixture but when the 2nd XV were unable to provide a team for the away fixture at Corsham earlier in the season, they forfeited the home fixture, hence this match being at Corsham.  The 2pm start time has been agreed for this match.



Written by Graham Cooke

March 8th, 2017 at 10:33 am

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Minety 2nd XV

On the rise and with a strong team the Dreamers turned up to Supermarine determined to leave with a good win in their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North encounter last Saturday.

The first 10 minutes opened up well with some good pressure on the opposition and expansive play, but playing in to a stiff breeze Minety struggled to get out of their half, and as a result conceded two early tries to the home side, the first scored around the outside and the second through a missed tackle in the middle of field which allowed a run in. Both tries were converted giving Supermarine a 14 – 0 lead.

Minety now had a hill to climb. Captain Matt Stone and his team had to re-align their defence, be quicker off the line and get lower in tackles. These changes turned the match around and the Dreamers found themselves more and more in the home side’s half.  Penalties began to build in favour for Minety.

Minety opened their account with a run in try from their 22 to brinjg the score back to 14-5.

The half ended with a series of attacking exchanges of play from both teams.

Early in the second half the teams were forced to change pitches after a Supermarine player suffered a head/neck injury (see below for more details).

Minety now had the wind in their favour and sought to capitalise on this. Despite only having a even share of the possession and most being in their half, Minety upped their defensive efforts and repeatedly forced turn overs and then played some amazing rugby and ran in 3 tries in the muddy and wet conditions.

Final score Supermarine 14 Minety 2nd XV 22

Matt Stone said afterwards, “Thanks to everyone on and off the pitch who made themselves available for what was a great game of rugby!”












Dave Peirce  received this message from Supermarine after the match.

“Hi mate, just wanted to send my thanks to the lady who does the first aid for the 2’s. One of our lads has hurt his neck, still not heard how bad, and she took the lead in making him safe, secure and warm. She also completed the accident book.

On behalf of Supermarine I would just like to pass on our appreciation, thanks and gratitude for her help it showed the true supportive nature of local rugby, I’ll also let you know how Lee is if you could pass that on?”

Well done  to Tracy and Rachel Glew. You are stars!  We have heard that the lad has made a full recovery.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 7th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results and table from Division 1 North

Here are the results from the latest set of matches played in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North at the weekend together with the top of the table.






Written by Graham Cooke

March 6th, 2017 at 10:25 am

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Corsham turn on the style

Top of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table Corsham maintained their unbeaten record this season with a comprehensive victory over Minety by 46 points to 4 at Corsham on Saturday.

In weather conditions that veered wildly from spring sunshine to wintery squalls, the home team showed just why they have been unbeaten for so long in this league.

Minety were forced into changes even before the match kicked off when prop forward Will North picked up an injury in warm up, Owen Richardson coming in to replace him.

It was Minety who forced the first play of the game right from the kick off, but when the ball was lost in a ruck close to the Corsham lines the home backs moved the ball quickly and pacey winger Kalif Barnes broke through the stretched Minety defence to run the length of the pitch for the first try, converted by Hamish Miller.

Minety hit back, keeping the ball tight and close to their forwards before releasing Tom Windle to batter the heart of the Corsham defence.  Twice Minety attacks were thwarted by excellent tackling and rucking from Corsham but the pressure eventually gave rise to two penalties to Minety, both kicked by fly half Tom McAllister, to bring the score back to 7 – 6 after 13 minutes.

With dominance at the scrum and an ability to disrupt the normally efficient Minety line out, Corsham controlled the quality ball and left the village side to feed from loose ball.  Strong defensive tackling from winger Chris Rule and full back Duncan Simpson kept Minety in the game while flanker Josh Bull fought for any ball on the ground.

With the home team playing on the front foot, the second try in the 26th minute was inevitable.  Clever work in midfield allowed flanker Josh Macey to exploit numerical imbalance on the right wing and score out wide.  Macey got his second try just 5 minutes later, again down the right and Corsham gained their four try bonus point in the 38th minute when full back Robert Robinson crashed over to leave the score 22-6 to the home team.

The second half started as a mirror image of the first; a Minety attack was broken up and, with the village side over committed Adam Draper was able to run through to score Corsham’s 5th try.

The match settled down with Minety resorting to keeping the ball close, hooker Tom Claxton and second row Ash Windle running close ball and captain Andrew Hibbard proving to be hard to handle.

Corsham’s 6th try came from a move that used the full width of the pitch in the 63rd minute and they followed that up with another try, in the 68th minute, this time under the posts, during a period when they had two players in the sin bin.

Minety pressed hard for a try in the final quarter of the game with Richardson and Simpson held up just short of the line.  It was perhaps inevitable that Corsham’s 8th and final try should come after a period of Minety pressure.  Once again, their line speed and sheer power overwhelmed a tiring Minety defence and Alex Peterson was able to score leaving the final score of 46-6 for Corsham.

Minety captain was philosophical about the defeat afterwards.  “We knew this would be our toughest match of the season; they are not top of the league and unbeaten for nothing.  They have a good, strong mobile pack and fast backs.  They prevented us from getting quality ball from scrums and lineouts and forced us back at every opportunity.  Perhaps we could have kept the play tighter but we are a young, developing team and tried our best to push them back and spread the play.”

The win takes Corsham 13 points of chasing Warminster at the top of the table while Minety slip back to 7th behind Royal Wootton Bassett, who overcame Chippenham.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Matt Stone Minety 2nd XV travelled to Supermarine for a mid table clash and came away with a creditable 22-14 victory to cement their 7th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North table.


Gallery of photographs taken during Corsham Minety match.

Once the slideshow has loaded the first image, click in the middle of the image to start the slideshow or click on left (back) or right hand side (forward) to move through the slides.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 5th, 2017 at 10:39 am

Match Previews

Saturday 4th March sees both Minety teams on the road after a week off from league fixtures.

Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV face the daunting prospect of visiting the hitherto unbeaten Corsham side who have dominated the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North league this season, winning all 16 of their matches and adding 12 bonus points to sit at the top of the table with a massive 76 points.

Corsham has run up one score of over 60 points (against Frome) and three scores of over 50 (Devizes, Chippenham and Swindon) in their impressive run towards the automatic promotion spot at the end of the season.  When the two sides last met, at Minety Fields in November, Corsham ran out 36-11 winners.

Last season Corsham finished runners up to promoted Combe Down, with Minety finishing a close 4th place.  In the 2015/6 season the two teams emerged even handed with Minety winning at home and then losing away at Corsham.

Hibbard’s team find themselves in 6th place with 46 points, although they are only 6 points off 3rd placed Bradford on Avon.  2017 has seen the village side regain their position in the top half of the table with impressive wins over Warminster, Frome, Chippenham and Devizes, the only loss being the heavy home defeat to Bradford On Avon.  Certainly the improvement in defensive work over the past two months has helped provide an attacking platform that both forwards and backs have built upon.

There is no doubt that this will be Minety’s stiffest challenge of the season but the side will do well to recall that in the final match of last season they came up against a similarly impressive Combe Down and came through for one of the stand out performances of 2015/6.

In the weekend’s other encounter, Matt Stone’s 2nd XV travel to Supermarine II.  Minety are one place above Supermarine in Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North although there is an 11 point gap between the two sides.

The win a week and a half ago against Melksham arrested a worrying losing trend since the start of the year, one brought about in no small measure by a lack of availability of players, partly through injury but also through providing players to help the injury prone 1st XV in their matches.

Supermarine have endured a torrid start to 2017 with defeats to Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Warminster and Corsham.

A win for Minety should see them leapfrog Devizes up to 7th in the table.

Match reports will be posted, as usual, on Sunday morning.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 28th, 2017 at 1:25 pm

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Adam Litowczyk (1950- 1983)

There being no matches this weekend, it’s time to add yet more to the growing recorded history of Minety RFC.

This time a conversation with ex Minety fly half Gordon Williams produced a photograph which prompted some research.

The results of that research can be found on the History of Minety RFC page (click here) and tells the (incomplete) tragic story of Adam Litowczyk.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 26th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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Results and table from D&W3N

Here are the results and the top half of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North table after the matches played on 18th February.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Press Coverage in The Standard

It’s great when we get good press coverage and we certainly had great coverage in this week’s edition of the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard.

Many thanks to Danny Hall, the Sports Editor at The Standard for his support for Minety week in and week out, throughout the season.

We also get great reporting on The Standard’s web site as well.  Check out this link to see how they support our club.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 23rd, 2017 at 6:59 pm

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D&W1N results and table

Here are the results and the top half of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table after the matches played on 18th February.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV special

The failure of both cameras recently meant there was, sadly, no film of the recent win over Devizes.  In its stead MTV features “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” from the match at Chippenham earlier in the month.  For copyright reasons, the original accompanying music has been replaced by some copyright free music.  At just under 4 minutes in length, this is a feature of each DVD but is not included in material uploaded for on-line viewing.

Click here to load MTV Player or use the option on the right hand menu.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 22nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

February 21st, 2017 at 12:05 pm

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Gallery of Photographs

A slideshow of all the photographs taken during last Saturday’s Division 1 North clash between Minety and Devizes II is available.  Click here to load the new Gallery page.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 20th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

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Minety cruise to 13 try victory

Minety continued their fine run of form on Saturday with a crushing 79-0 victory over lowly Devizes at Minety Fields. After excellent away wins over Frome and Chippenham, the village side knew that nothing less than a win and a “4 try” bonus point would satisfy against a Devizes team yet to win in the league this season.

In unseasonably warm conditions and choosing to play up the infamous Minety slope in the first half, the home side dominated play.  After some clever interchanges involving forwards and backs, it was centre Jack Ward who opened the scoring in the 9th minute, crashing over the line for the first try, which was converted by scrum half Garin Garland.

Minety should have extended their lead shortly after but a penalty kick drifted wide of the posts.

Devizes initiated their first meaningful attack in the 20th minute but the greatly improved Minety tackling repelled all danger and quickly turned defence into attack.

Captain Andrew Hibbard collected the ball in midfield and left a wake of Devizes defenders before off-loading to flanker Josh Bull who drew the covering defence before executing a perfectly timed pass to allow full back Duncan Simpson to score Minety’s 2nd try in the 26th minute.

The third try came when Garland broke a tackle and was halted on the Devizes line.  Bull, in close support, touched down and the successful conversion saw Minety 19-0 up.

The bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries in a games was secured in the 37th minute.  With the Minety lineout and scrum affording quality controlled possession, Garland sent the ball along the back line and Del Murray, playing his first game at centre this season, drove through the Devizes defence before passing to flanker Tom Windle, who scored beneath the posts.  Garland’s conversion took the half time score to 26-0.

With the benefit of the slope in the 2nd half, Minety pushed forward right from the kick off.  Garland scored the first of a second half hat trick of tries in the 46th minute after hooker Tom  Claxton and Hibbard had battered their way through the Devizes defence.

With Minety comprehensively on top, Garland and fly half Tom McAllister used every opportunity to fling the ball out wide.  When winger Dave Cooke was halted inches from the line the ball was successfully rucked back and Ward scored his 2nd try and Minety’s 6th.

The impressive Murray sliced through the tiring Devizes defence in the 53rd minute for the 7th try, converted by Garland.

The Minety pack combined for a push over try from 15 metres out in the 62nd minute, Hibbard touching down and Garland again converting to send the score to 52-0.

Garland’s 2nd try came in the 66th minute after a forward’s move which saw Hibbard break through and six minutes later winger John Blair touched down.

Two tries in the last minute, the first from Garland and the second from Hibbard, who ran half the length of the pitch to score under the posts, ended the match with Minety 79-0 winners.

Minety’s win keeps the village side in 6th place but now only 4 points behind 5th placed Pewsey Vale and only 6 behind 3rd placed Bradford on Avon.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Matt Stone’s 2nd XV recorded their first win since November with a morale boosting 19-10 victory over Melksham.

Photographs now available in the Minety Gallery.  Click here.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 19th, 2017 at 11:22 am

Match previews

Both Minety teams are at home this weekend, Saturday 18th February with Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV entertaining Devizes II whilst Matt Stone’s 2nd XV host Melksham III.

Buoyed by two successive away wins, both featuring excellent defensive qualities, the 1st XV will be looking to bridge the gap between their 6th place and Bradford on Avon, who sit 6 points and one place above them in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.  Minety are actually only 8 points behind 3rd placed Pewsey Vale, who they play on the last match day of the season.

Andrew Hibbard’s team will be looking for a bonus point win on Saturday when they face up to bottom club Devizes II.  Unfortunately for them, Devizes have lost all 15 of their matches this season and sit at the foot of the table with a -3 points tally, accounted for by their being penalised for not being able to fulfill fixtures, such as they conceded match against Bradford on Avon last weekend.  Prior to that they had lost 36-7 at Melksham and 5-80 at home to 2nd placed Warminster.

“We’ve upped our game since the loss against Bradford,” said Hibbard, “but long term injuries are mounting and it is increasingly difficult to put out a full team.  I’d like to put on record my thanks to Matt Stone and his 2nd XV squad for filling many of our gaps, often at the last moment, and for sacrificing some of their games to help us out.  Their commitment has been exemplary and shows the spirit that exists in the club.”

The 2nd XV face Melksham III at Minety Fields on Saturday.  Sitting in 8th place, the 2nds have not won a match since 26th November when they traveled to Melksham and recorded a 50-10 bonus point winning victory.  With a squad ravaged by injuries and last minute call ups to the first XV, Matt Stone and his team have found life difficult but will view this as a fixture that they can win.

Melksham III are in 11th place with just two wins to their credit this season.  They recorded a morale boosting win at Swindon in early January but since then have conceded one match and lost the other two.

Reports on both matches will appear on this site on Sunday.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 17th, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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Chippenham match on MTV

Click on the picture below or use the Minety Player link on the right hand side to access MTV.

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February 14th, 2017 at 10:00 pm

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February 14th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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Results from D&W1N






Minety’s win over Chippenham and Wootton Bassett’s loss to Pewsey Vale results in the two teams swapping places in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 13th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Grit and determination see Minety to victory

If last week’s win at Frome was all about “pride and passion”, Saturday’s 15-12 away win at Chippenham could best be summed up as “Grit and Determination”.

In freezing conditions and with a biting wind wafting flurries of snow across the pitch, Minety emerged victorious in their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North clash with Chippenham by 15-12 with first half tries from flanker Josh Bull and scrum half Jack Ward.

Minety kicked off in the first half with a team welcoming back hooker Tom Claxton, scrum half Ward and full back Ben Langridge from injuries.

Assistant Coach Craig Smith must have been delighted with the outcome of the early exchanges; the Minety defensive line looked to be well organised and dealt with all that Chippenham could throw at them while the forwards made good use of the ball to set up back plays.

Josh Bull celebrates 1st try

The visitors took the lead in the 5th minute. A strong attack down the right wing set up two rucks and Ward, spotting Bull unmarked, fed the flanker who crossed for a try unopposed.

Fly half Tom McAllister’s conversion drifted agonisingly wide in the swirling conditions leaving Minety 5-0 to the good.

Chippenham hit back but excellent defensive work from the village side kept them at bay until the 14th minute when a fine move across the pitch caught the defence outnumbered and Chippenham’s centre broke through to score.  The ensuing long range conversion was successful and Chippenham moved into a 2 point lead.

With the biting cold and gusting wind making handling almost impossible, both teams resorted to kicking, with McAllister and Ward pushing Chippenham back towards their line.

Jack Ward scores 2nd try

Minety struck for the second time in the 23rd minute when captain Andrew Hibbard picked up at the base of a scrum and passed to Ward who burst through the Chippenham defence to score near the posts.

McAllister’s conversion was successful and Minety were 12-7 up.

The villagers were denied a third try minutes later, the touch judge noticing that Langridge’s boot had just grazed the side line as he burst through to score.

Minety enjoyed a period of sustained pressure in the Chippenham half with brothers Tom and Ash Windle proving difficult to handle for the Chippenham defence.  When the home side were penalised in a ruck, McAllister slotted home a penalty to extend the lead to 15-7.

Chippenham ended the half strongly and only some fine tackling from centre Duncan Simpson and second row Ben Scott kept them at bay and stopped them from scoring.

Del Murray replaced Jack Ward at half time, the latter having picked up an injury late in the first half.  Murray slotted in at scrum half with ease, pushing his forwards and spreading the ball out to the backs accurately in spite of the howling gale in his face.

Tom Windle was held up on the Chippenham line as Minety dominated the early exchanges of the half.

Chippenham were reduced to 14 men in the 59th minute, a forward being sin binned for a high tackle on McAllister, but the number imbalance seemed only to spur them on.

Using the wind at their backs to good effect, Chippenham launched the ball up field and, after setting up a series of rucks, the visitors’ defence was breached and Chippenham scored their second try.

The last 20 minutes were largely played out in Minety’s half as Chippenham pressed for a game winning score but the villagers tackled brilliantly and defended their line to the final whistle.

Captain Andrew Hibbard was jubilant at the end.  “Perhaps the hammering that we took at home a few weeks ago at the hands of Bradford on Avon did us good.  Since then we’ve put in two brilliant performances away from home, with a team made up of a mixture of 1st and 2nd XV players.  They all gave everything out there in very difficult conditions and I’m proud of them.”

The win lifts Minety above Royal Wootton Bassett into 6th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.

The team were pleased to see injured flanker Rob Hinwood after the game.  Rob took a fearful blow in the win over Frome last week and suffered a double fracture of the jaw.  Last week Rob spent 10 hours in A&E, visited two different hospitals, had four x-rays, one operation and now has 4 titanium plates to hold his jaw together. Rugby players are tough!

In the weekend’s other match, a much changed Minety 2nd XV went down 38-0 at Trowbridge.  Injured captain Matt Stone said afterwards, “I’ve got to congratulate all of the squad who played today for playing today in cold conditions and sticking it right at Trowbridge all the way to the final whistle!

“They all played well and there was some good rugby played which we can all be proud of. Unfortunately we couldn’t convert the pressure in to any points, despite getting over the try line 4 times and having a lot of possession. But when you play out of position and we’re down on people and they only scored out wide it shows the team all did well.

“Great effort lads and thanks for the commitment

“Man of the Match:  Goes to Simon McCelland for putting loads of pressure on Trowbridge and getting us 4 turnovers. And to top it up it was his first ever game of seniors rugby. Great talent emerging from within Minety RFC.”

Final score Trowbridge 38 – 0 Minety


Written by Graham Cooke

February 12th, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Match previews

Both Minety teams are on the road this weekend with Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV travelling to Chippenham whilst Matt Stone’s 2nd XV make the trek to Trowbridge, both matches kicking off at 2.30pm.

In Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North, Chippenham II’s lie in 9th place having won 5, drawn 1 and lost 8 of their 14 league matches this season.  With 26 points, they find themselves 11 points behind 7th placed Minety.

Chippenham’s last match, a fortnight ago, saw them beaten 48-10 at Frome, from where Minety emerged with such a fine victory last week.  Previous to that Chippenham had lost to 3rd placed Pewsey Vale at home.

The teams last met on the 22nd October with Minety emerging victors by 27-10.

Buoyed by last week’s excellent performance at fast improving Frome, Minety sit in 7th place in the league with 37 points, 3 behind Royal Wootton Bassett and just 7 behind 3rd placed Pewsey Vale.  With Bassett and Pewsey lining up against each other this Saturday, Minety will hope for a bonus point victory at Chippenham to close the gap on those above them.

At the top of the table, unbeaten Corsham host Frome, 11 points above Warminster and an unsurmountable 30 clear of Minety.

The 2nd XV travel to Trowbridge III’s, who are in 6th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North, 7 points ahead of 8th placed Minety.

The teams last met on the 22nd October when Minety emerged 46-14 victors.  Trowbridge have lost their last two matches but have also enjoyed convincing wins over Melksham, Alfred’s Nomads, Devizes and Swindon since the last meeting.

Matt Stone’s team will hope for better luck after a desperate fortnight for the team.  Two weeks ago they were forced to field a weakened team against Swindon College Old Boys and then had to sacrifice players mid match to help the 1st XV, similarly afflicted with a shortage of players, as they went down to Bradford on Avon.  Last weekend the 2nd’s fixture at Bradford on Avon was called off when Minety was unable to fulfill the fixture after player unavailability and call ups to the 1st XV decimated the squad.

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February 10th, 2017 at 9:00 am

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February 9th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Rob Hinwood

Our thoughts and best wishes to Rob Hinwood, who broke his jaw badly in two places on Saturday in the match against Frome and who, as this is being written, is on his way back to Oxford Hospital to see if his jaw can be operated upon today.

A product of the hugely successful Minety Academy side that won the Dorset and Wiltshire Bowl in 2010, Rob was making his 1st XV debut this year and had put in some tremendous tackling before being injured in the 34th minute.

A painful injury for anyone, but especially so for a young professional actor just out of college, the injury could not have come at a worse time; Rob actually performed on stage with his theatre company in London on Monday night.

We wish him well!

Written by Graham Cooke

February 8th, 2017 at 9:31 am

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MTV – Frome match now available on line

Click the picture below or use the right hand menu to load Minety Player to view action from Saturday’s 1st XV encounter at Frome.

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February 8th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from D&W1N last weekend

Saturday 4th February was originally a blank weekend in the fixture list, designed to be used to allow teams to catch up on re-arranged games.  As such, only those teams who had matches postponed in January due to frozen pitches played.

This coming weekend both Minety teams will be playing away from home, the 1st XV travelling to Chippenham, whilst the 2nd XV visit Trowbridge.  Pre match analysis will available on this site on Friday.

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February 7th, 2017 at 10:23 am

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Joost van der Westhuizen

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February 6th, 2017 at 4:27 pm

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Pride and Passion secure Minety victory

Minety 1st XV travelled to in form Frome on Saturday in a hastily re-arranged Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North fixture, the original having been lost to a frozen pitch.

Smarting from their first half blitzing by Bradford last week, the team, made up of a combination of 1st and 2nd XV players, knew they would face a stiff challenge against a Frome team which had lost its first 8 matches of the season, including a 67-0 drubbing at Minety, but had since won 4 of their last 5 fixtures including impressive victories over Bradford and Chippenham.

Rob Hinwood injured making another tackle

Most of the early exchanges took place in the Minety half but a combination of tenacious tackling and intelligent clearance kicking from fly half Tom McAllister, saw Minety fend off everything that Frome could throw at them.

With flanker Josh Bull winning most of the lineout ball and scrum half Duncan Simpson orchestrating the defence, Minety pressed forward using centre Tom Windle to batter the heart of the Frome midfield.

Minety took the lead in the 10th minute from the boot of McAllister after Frome were penalised at a ruck.

The village team were desperately unlucky shortly after when winger Dave Cooke chipped ahead and Bull raced on to the ball and was clear of the defence, only for the referee to call play back and award Minety a penalty for a late tackle on the winger.

Another powerful run from Windle set up a ruck on the Frome line and McAllister extended the lead when the home defence was caught offside.

Frome pinned Minety back deep in their own half for much of the rest of the first half but, whereas in the past, tackling had been a weakness, this Minety side put in tackle after tackle to keep Frome at bay.

Minety lost the fearless Rob Hinwood to a head injury in the 34th minute, the flanker making a welcome return to the Minety line up after his university studies.

John Blair picks up and runs at the defence

The defence, expertly led by captain Andrew Hibbard, re-aligned and extended their lead in the 38th minute when centre John Blair picked up a pass on his own 22 metre line and ran the length of the pitch, shrugging off 4 tacklers to score under the posts.

McAllister added the conversion and Minety were 13-0 up.

More was the come in the final moments of the half.  Simpson fed Hibbard and the captain broke through the covering defence and raced down the line to score in the corner to see Minety 18-0 to the good at half time.

John scores under the posts.

Despite dominating possession for large parts of the 2nd half, Frome were unable to break the determined Minety defence.

The home team eventually got themselves on the score sheet with a 62nd minute try as Minety began to tire.  The successful conversion left the visitors 18-7 ahead.

But this Minety side were not about to cave in under the Frome pressure.  Against all the odds they pressed forward and, after pushing Frome back on to their line, McAllister spotted an overlap on the left and threw a 20 metre pass to set up replacement winger Kieran Gash for Minety’s 3rd try in the 72nd minute.

Wallace on the charge

Frome’s 2nd try in the final play of the game was something of a consolation for all of their efforts in an absorbing encounter which saw Minety emerge victors by 26-14.

Wallace scores Minety’s 2nd try

Assistant coach Craig Smith said afterwards, “That was a polar opposite to last week.  The tackling was awesome and everyone should be proud of themselves.  The lads who came up from the 2nd XV, over half of the team, acquitted themselves brilliantly and showed tremendous commitment.  There was real pride and passion across the pitch.”

Captain Andrew Hibbard was unable to pick out one individual for the Man of the Match award.  He commented, “We had 16 men of the match out there today.  A tremendous team effort.”


Kieran Gash scores Minety’s 3rd try.

nb. The referee’s score sheet shows the result as 26-14 however, scrutiny of the video of the match reveals the true score to be 23-14.

Minety Team: 1.  Will North, 2. Owen Richardson, 3. Gareth Thomas, 4. Ash Windle, 5. Ben Scott, 6. Rob Hinwood, 7. Josh Bull, 8. Andrew Hibbard (c), 9. Duncan Simpson, 10. Tom McAllister, 11. David Cooke, 12. John Blair, 13. Tom Windle, 14. Del Murray, 15. Chris Rule, 16. Kieran Gash

Written by Graham Cooke

February 5th, 2017 at 11:01 am

Results and tables

Results and tables for both Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North (1st XV) and Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North (2nd XV) for Saturday 24th January 2017.

This weekend the 1st XV will be travelling to Frome whilst the 2nd’s are at Bradford, both matches re-arranged after being postponed earlier in January.

The 1st XV will certainly be looking for a win and a bonus point but they are in no doubts about the challenge that they face from a revitalised Frome team who have turned their season around since November.  Unbeaten since then, the have steadily climbed away from the bottom reaches of the table and will be a stern challenge for Andrew Hibbard’s team.

The 2nd XV will hope for better than last weekend’s home defeat at the hands of table topping Swindon College Old Boys.  Bradford will certainly be tough opposition for Matt Stone’s side, the skipper hoping that he can put out as full a strength side as possible despite injuries, unavailabilities and having to prop up the ailing 1st XV.

Match reports to follow on Sunday morning.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Captain’s Corner – Bradford autopsy

Captain Andrew Hibbard

In the second edition of our new feature, we sat down with 1st XV captain Andrew Hibbard in the club house after the home loss to Bradford.

“We need to learn to tackle!  We started the first half quite confidently but just didn’t get in our tackles.  Too often the first tackle was missed and we just weren’t organised enough to halt the charge.  Even though we pressed hard we couldn’t break through their lines and perhaps we over committed against them and left ourselves vulnerable at the back.  What ever the case, they punished us with virtually every break and the harder that we tried to get back into the match, the more we fell behind.

“I felt that we turned it round in the second half when we were playing down the slope.  Statistically we won the second half by 25 – 5; it’s just a shame that we lost the first half 43-3!  I think that the lads put in a really great effort in the second half.  We were all a bit shell shocked at half time and it would have been quite easy to have simply caved in, but we didn’t and every player on that pitch put in a tremendous shift in the second half.  I’ve just been shown a statistic that shows that 68 points were scored by teams playing downhill in the match while only 8 were scored uphill!  It just shows how much effect the momentum that a team can get playing downhill makes.

“Once again, it was a patched up team with nearly all of the backs either 2nd XV players drafted in at the last moment or 1st teamers playing out of position.  I don’t think that we’ve put out our potentially strongest set of backs at all this season.  When we were like we were in the first half today, no one is confident about what is going on around them.  We wouldn’t have had any training in that kind of formation and that lack of confidence caught us out big time.

“Having said all that, everyone played well.  I can’t fault their commitment or efforts.  I’m particularly thankful to all of the 2nd XV players who turned up expecting to play for the 2nds but were then drafted into our team at the last minute and also to the lads who came across from the 2nd’s match when our injury toll rose and we were short of players.

“Picking up the 4 try Bonus point was a ‘bonus’ – we didn’t expect that at half time but it’s testimony to the lads that once we’d got that first try we pushed on so hard to get the three others.

“We’re off on our travels next week to play Frome.  They’ve had a really impressive run of form recently and we’re expecting a much harder match than when they came here earlier in the campaign.  I hope, and emphasise the word ‘hope’, that we can put out something close to our best team next week, pick up a win and add to our bonus point tally.”

Written by Graham Cooke

February 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Bradford match film on MTV

Last weekend’s high scoring encounter between Minety 1st XV and Bradford on Avon is now up on the site.  Click on the graphic below to go to MTV or use the Minety Player menu option on the right hand side of this screen.

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February 1st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Tour 2017

A message from our Social Secretaries, Ben Collins and Tom Claxton:

“Hi Guys

“Myself, Collins and Jack have taken over the planning of a 2017 tour.

“We are going to Whitby, Yorkshire on Easter bank holiday weekend – Friday 14th April to Sunday 16th April to play in Whitby RFC’s 10’s tournament. The Monday is a bank holiday too so you will all have a day to recover!

“The current, rudimentary plan is to leave early on the Friday and stop regularly for beverages on the way up. We will find some places to drink once we get there Friday evening. Saturday is the tournament, live music and a BBQ and we will make our way home on the Sunday.

“We have already organised a bus and this one will definitely be happening provided that enough of us want to go!

“The cost will be £150 each. A deposit of £100 is required by Tuesday 28th February and the remaining £50 by Friday 31st March. You can pay via cash or by transfer if you would prefer – contact me if you want the bank details. Please be a bit proactive with this and don’t make me chase you too much for payment as this is what causes events to be cancelled and stops people wanting to organise them!

“Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to come. I will be spamming you all with messages individually if I don’t hear from you.


“Potter, Collins and Jack.”

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January 31st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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