Minety RFC

Results from the weekend’s fixtures

Wadworth Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North

Avonvale 12 Melksham 20

Bradford on Avon 22 Sutton Benger 24

Calnes 27 Frome 29

Royal Wootton Bassett 22 Chippenham 16

Trowbridhe 24 Minety 29

Warminster 35 Marlborough 7


Wadworth Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North

Bradford on Avon Home walkover (HWO) Trowbridge

Chippenham HWO Swindon

Cricklade 12 RWB 21

Melksham Away Walkover (AWO) Minety 

Warminster 10 Bath Saracens 48


England Rugby has redeveloped their website and the results service has been updated (the jury is out as to whether this is a good thing or not).  Links to the two leagues that Minety compete in can be found on the “League Tables” option on the sidebar of this site.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 17th, 2019 at 6:30 am

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Minety at Trowbridge

Thanks to our ace photographer, Caroline Stone, we are able to bring some of the action from Saturday’s win at Trowbridge on the first day of the new season.

Click on an image to bring up an enlarged version of each picture.

Sadly, because of technical issues (no working camera) there is no MTV film of this match.  We hope to have the MTV feature back up and running in time for the Warminster match on the 28th September.


Written by Graham Cooke

September 16th, 2019 at 10:33 am

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Minety romp home in 9 try thriller

Minety got their season off to the perfect start with a fine, hard fought 29 – 24 win at Trowbridge on Saturday.

In a match played in sweltering conditions, Minety’s new look team struck first with two tries inside the first 10 minutes from Tom Claxton and Sam Hughes.  As the match settled down it was clear that whilst Minety were comfortable with the ball in close they were vulnerable whenever Trowbridge’s backs started to pass the ball out wide.

Three tries for the home side in the space of 14 minutes just before half time turned the match on its head and saw Trowbridge lead 19 – 12.

At half time coach James Irving brought on Morgan Aubrey for Matt Stone and made some tactical changes in the backs.

The opening exchanges in the second half saw Trowbridge press Minety back but the pressure was broken when captain Andrew Hibbard crossed for Minety’s third try in the 52nd minute.  When fly half Sam Hughes was injured soon after Chris Rule took his place in a rearranged back line and it was the replacement who scored Minety’s fourth, bonus point winning try in the 55th minute.  When centre Luke Radcliffe, making his first league appearance for some years, crashed through the home defence for Minety’s fifth try and a 29 -19 lead in the 65th minute the match looked to be over as both sides suffered in the unseasonably fine weather.

A Trowbridge try in the 74th minute gave the hosts a chance of a victory and it was only two superb try saving tackles from full back Duncan Simpson that insured a Minety win and maximum league points.

Minety II’s game was conceded by Melksham late on Friday night.

Minety 1st XV team:  Colin French, Tom Claxton, Mark Glew, Matt Stone, Ben Scott, Jay Thompson, Kieran Tillotson, Garin Garland, Sam Hughes, Ben Langridge, Luke Radcliffe, Kieran James, Rob Hinwood and Duncan Simpson.  Replacements: Morgan Aubrey, Chris Rule and Matt Chisholm.

Scorers: Tries Tom Claxton, Sam Hughes, Andrew Hibbard, Chris Rule and Luke Radcliffe.  Conversions Garin Garland (2).


Written by Graham Cooke

September 14th, 2019 at 5:47 pm

Melksham concede 2nd XV match

Bad news, I’m afraid.  We have just been informed that Melksham have conceded the match against Minety 2nd XV tomorrow (Saturday 14th September).  This means that all paths now lead to Trowbridge, where Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV open their new league campaign with a tough match against Trowbridge, kick off 3pm.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 13th, 2019 at 10:34 pm

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The season starts here

The 2019 / 2020 season starts on Saturday 14th September with both Minety teams on the road, the 1st XV at Trowbridge whilst the 2nd XV travel to Melksham.

Scores will be available on this site on Sunday morning.

We regret that the video camera used for MTV filming is still awaiting repair and a replacement that was purchased last week has been returned after it failed to live up to expectations.  We hope that a replacement camera will be available for the away fixture at Warminster at the end of the month.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 13th, 2019 at 3:16 pm

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Fixtures for 2019 2020 published

The new set of fixtures for the forthcoming season in both Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North and Division 3 North are now available on the website.  Click here or use the side bar menu link to access them.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 4th, 2019 at 10:49 am

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Ladies’ Night – Time to pay

Morgan writes:

Afternoon all and hope you’ve all got some nice plans for the weekend!

Onto business now;

We’ve had a total of 29 people paid in full for ladies night. This consists of 24 couples paid and 5 deposits meaning 34 people are going at this moment in time.

I know alot of us have been waiting for pay day so please if you have put your name down if you could send your monies in, and if you can’t come please let me or Dave Peirce know.

Thank you to everyone has paid so far, it makes everything so much easier.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 30th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

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Minety Beer Festival 2019

Written by Graham Cooke

August 28th, 2019 at 4:46 pm

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Ladies’ Night

Date: Friday 1st November

Venue: Cricklade Hotel And Country Club, which is a cracking venue, and fairly central for our player base.

Detail: 3 course meal, followed by a disco.

Price: £45 per head.  Deposits of £45 (half of a double ticket) to be paid before the end of August). Morgan has set up a simple to use PayPal method of payment.  Click here for details.

Also the option to book a room, and stay over night, saves on driving. For more details about the Cricklade Hotel and Country Club, click here.

Please let Dave Peirce know if you would like tickets for the event.  Dave’s contact details are (Mob: 07769 976906 Email: peircey@talktalk.net)

Written by Graham Cooke

August 19th, 2019 at 10:26 am

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Thank you Waitrose

Wonderful news from our local branch of Waitrose – thanks to their generosity and to everyone who placed their green tokens in the Minety Mini Rugby Football Club box, the Mini division of the club will receive an amzing £320.

Thank you to Waitrose (Malmesbury) and all of its kind curstomers.

Written by Graham Cooke

August 12th, 2019 at 11:47 am

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Chairman’s Old Boys Fixture

We’re delighted to announce that a special rugby match has been organised as part of the annual Beer and Cider Festival on  Saturday 7th September.
Instead of getting a local opposition Jack Ward, this year’s Club Chairman, has been calling around and we can confirm that the fixture will be Minety 1st’s XV versus the Chairman’s Old Boys. 
The Chairman’s team will feature a lot of old “faces” who used to play for the club; the likes of Smith, Coe, Hurley, Fitzcharles, Hazell, Clamp plus many many more will be on show!!!
The guest team will also be staying around for beers so should set the day off well.
Details surrounding the nature of the fixture have yet to be finalised but it likely that the game be 3 x 20 minutes (to save the old boys lungs)! probably with a 1.30pm kick off.
Please can you all spread the word to everyone and anyone and lets get a good crowd to watch should be a cracking social club game. (Vp’s, friends of Minety, families friends etc etc) 
More information on what should be a tremendous match will be announced shortly on this site.

Written by Graham Cooke

August 9th, 2019 at 6:17 pm

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Golf Day 2019

It’s the annual Minety Golfing Day at the beautiful Oaksey Golf Club on Saturday 27th July.
If you’ve said you’re coming and need to pay up please do so as soon as you can. I’d like all the monies to be in by 20th of July as Oaksey want the food orders a week in advance. Please message me if you have any issues with this.
As always you can pay via PayPal here;
Everyone who has paid so far has done so via this method. It’s safe and free and means you don’t have to worry about cash. If you are afraid of technology I’ll be at training on Tuesday if you want to give me cash. The amount is £26.50. I live in Bassett so can also meet if you can’t make training or use PayPal.
If you’re yet to pay or have paid and haven’t given your choice of food please let me know on: 07565362094 or minety.social@gmail.com

Written by Graham Cooke

July 15th, 2019 at 10:58 am

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Pre Season Recruitment

Minety Rugby Football club is looking for new players for its 1st and 2nd team. Minety play in Dorset and Wiltshire Divisions 1 and 3 North respectively.  Minety is a small village club with a big heart and “punch well above our weight” in the leagues!

We have a great social scene and it’s a great way to meet people, so if you want to gain a few friends and get involved in the local community then you won’t meet many in the area who haven’t got some connection to the club.  If you’re a student, undergraduate or have just moved the the area then please feel free to give us a shout at the club.

This year we’ll be looking to improve our mid-table positions and welcome new coach James Irvine who is added to our existing setup consisting of veteran Minety coach Andy Grayson.

We welcome players of all abilities so whether you’re a new player, returning player or a fence sitter who has been thinking about if for some time then drop us a message on Facebook or give us a follow on;

Twitter:@MinetyRFC; Instagram: minetyrugby; or get in touch via; Email: minety.social@gmail.com, Text: 07565 362 094

Training is on a Tuesday evening, starting at 7.30pm, but if you want to arrive early then we can give you a quick tour, get you introduced to everyone and help you gain an overview of what the club is all about.


Written by Graham Cooke

July 15th, 2019 at 10:52 am

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Pre Season begins Tuesday 9th

A message to all Minety senior players, pre season starts tomorrow, Tuesday 9th July. Please meet in a huddle on the first team pitch at 7:30pm. No later! Look forward to seeing you all.


James Irving

Written by Graham Cooke

July 8th, 2019 at 9:47 am

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Waitrose Malmesbury funds aid Minety Minis

Separately, and with considerable thanks to Clare Stone, and to Malmesbury Waitrose of course, from 1st to 31st July Minety Minis is fundraising through the Waitrose Community Matters scheme at the store in Malmesbury (at Avon Mills, SN16 9FN).  For those not aware of the scheme, little green discs are given to you at the tills (or take a handful at the self-checkout! ) and you simply place them in the receptacle labelled Minety Minis Rugby at the exit.  Then after end of the month, Waitrose gives Minety Minis a surprisingly impressive wodge of cash.  So if you’re shopping today or tomorrow, save up your tokens; and if you don’t shop at Waitrose, tell your friends that do! 

Thank you Clare, and thanks Waitrose!  Hopefully this will also help raise the profile of our club amongst the shoppers of North Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire.  For those interested or otherwise able to badger the teachers and headteachers at their kids’ school, please see attached a flyer we’ve produced to highlight the great work of Minety RFC and to attract new talent for the new season starting 1st September.  Please feel free to forward this to your children’s school for inclusion in end-of-term mailings to parents, to your neighbours, your kids’ friends – take it to your summer fête – spread the word!

Written by Graham Cooke

July 6th, 2019 at 10:23 am

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