Minety RFC

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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McAllister triumphs

Duncan, Tom and Colin

Congratulations to Tom McAllister, winner of the Player of the Summer 2019. Last year’s winner, Colin French, passes on the torch.

Thanks to everyone for coming along, it’s been great fun with some fantastic touch rugby (at times!). Big thanks to everyone that helped out refereeing. See you all next week with pre-season kicking off!

Minety RFC wishes to thank Duncan Simpson for all of his hard work this year, as in previous years, for organising the Summer Touch programme.

Pre season news will bve covered, as always, on this site as we prepare for the 2019 – 2020 season.


Written by Graham Cooke

July 3rd, 2019 at 9:34 am

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Provisional Fixtures for 2019 – 2020

These are the provisional fixture lists sent to us by D&W.  There is some flexibility and no doubt Rob Hinwood (our new Fixture Secretary) and dave Cooke (our outgoing Fixture Secretary) will be hard at work to try and ensure that both teams are either at home or away on the same day.


Legend:  Home fixtures are shown in red – away in yellow.

Cup matches will start on Saturday 2nd November when Minety will travel to either Warminster or Oakmedians (Bournemouth).


Written by Graham Cooke

June 25th, 2019 at 9:38 am

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Texas Scramble Golf at Oaksey

Morgan’s proud to announce the first social after the AGM will be;
Texas Scramble golf at Oaksey golf course on Saturday 27th July – Teams will be in pairs so pick your partner! This is the brainchild of our own Duncan Simpson so credit goes to him on this one.
The plan is to meet at the course for 09:30 for breakfast rolls and drinks with a 10:00 tee off.
We’ll be off the course by 5pm and then the plan is to head back to the Minety Rugby Football Club for golf related drinking games.
The cost is £26.50 which includes 18 holes and lunch (which needs to be pre-ordered).
I’ve created a PayPal money pool that you can pay the monies via here;
This is much easier than cash (although cash is still acceptable) as it’s easier to get people to pay. There’s no charge for this it’s purely for groups to collect money together towards a goal. The money doesn’t go anywhere until I withdraw it and it can be transferred back if you have to cancel.
If you want to know more;
And select Money Pools
Golf has seen a good turnout in previous years so lets start this year’s socials off with a bang and get everyone involved.
If you haven’t got a partner feel free to drag someone along with you!
I’ll update the post with confirmed names but as it stands we have;
Please comment to confirm a place or message me on 07565 362 094

Written by Graham Cooke

June 25th, 2019 at 9:25 am

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New Socials

New club Social Chairman Morgan Aubrey is wasting no time in putting together a social calendar with something for everyone.

Together with Dave Peirce, a Ladies’ Night Dinner Dance has been booked for Saturday 1st November at the Cricklade Country Club.

This event will be instead of just the usual sit down 3 course meal, followed by a disco at a “cracking” (Dave’s description) venue, central to our player base.meal.

There will also be the option to book a room, and stay over night,  and save on driving.

Cost will be slightly more expensive than usual due to the venue and proposed entertainment, but if we get sufficient interest the price per head could range from £40 – £45. (overnight stay would be extra, but depending on interest I’ll look to see if we can get a group discount of some sort).

Please let Dave 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

June 25th, 2019 at 9:24 am

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2019 AGM

The Minety RFC Annual General Meeting was held last night (11th June) in the club house at Minety.

In front of a good turnout, and considerably more than the quorum in the club’s Articles of Association, the chairman opened the meeting, thanked those in attendance and gave the first of a series of reports from 2018-2019 Committee members and the team captains.  The chairman’s address can be located below this report, for those interested.

After the receipt of reports from the chair, the club captain (Tom Claxton), the 2nd XV captain (Steve Wilson), the club coach (Andy Grayson), the treasurer (given by Peter McAllister in Kevin Holdway’s absence) and the junior report (Peter McAllister), the following were elected onto the Committee to serve from June 2019 to June 2020.

President: Andy Ward
Chairman: Jack Ward
Vice Chair: Davie Peirce
Treasurer: Kev Holdway
Secretary: Peter McAllister
Club Captain: Andrew Hibbard *
Fixture Secretary: Rob Hinwood
Social Secretary: Morgan Aubrey
Groundsman: John Bulter
Press & Publicity Officer: Vacant
MPFA Rep: Vacant
2nd Team Captain: Steve Wilson
International Tickets: Andy Edwards
1st team Vice Captain: Mark Glew *
2nd Team Vice Captain: Vacant
Coach: Andy Grayson
Fundraiser / sponsorship: Vacant
Webmaster: Graham Cooke
Data Officer: Martin  Coe
Referee Co-ordinator: Andy Brown
* indicates the result after a vote at the meeting.
The club still needs to recruit: a representative to attend MPFA meetings; a Press and Publicity Officer; a 2nd XV vice captain; and a Fund Raiser / Sponsorship officer.  If anyone would like to put themselves forward for any of these rolle they should let Peter McAllister know as soon as possible.
Outgoing Chairman’s address

First of all, in line with many recent announcements, I do not intend to burst into tears at the end of my address and, no, I have never taken c*****e nor snorted anything stronger than snuff.

As some of you know, I took over from Ken Wright late on in the year and I would like to extend my thanks to Ken for all the work that he did during his time as Club Chairman and for the significant role and support he has played in the life of the club over many years.

It has certainly been a challenging year both on and off the field.

Tom and Steve will no doubt comment in much more detail but I’d like to congratulate all of the players who represented Minety, both at 1st XV and 2nd XV levels this year.  The 48 who played for the 1st XV and the 50 plus who represented the 2nd XV played with determination, spirit, dignity and sportsmanship, often in the face of unacceptable and unpalatable behaviour from opposition players and their support staff.

The 1st XV ended the season in 6th place, played 22, won 11, while the 2nd XV were 8th, disadvantaged by concessions and the withdrawal of clubs in D&W3.

I’d like to place on record my thanks to Tom and Steve for all of their work in leading the two teams but would also plead with all players to be more proactive in team selection.  It cannot be right that captains should have to text and call individuals as many as 5 times before they get a response – once should be sufficient. Ideally I’d like to hear of players making themselves available for selection, without the need for 100s of texts from the captains.

The year started with massive work undertaken to improve the drainage of the three pitches, work which proved its worth as the season progressed and the sand filled drains settled.  Many thanks to Andrew Hibbard, Tom Claxton, Ben Collins and Brett King for their hard work to see that project through.

I believe that our gaining full RFU Accreditation was a major hurdle overcome, and I’d like to pay tribute to the enormous amount of work undertaken by Cliff Garland and Tom Claxton in getting the paper work completed, approved by the committee and then approved by the RFU.  

The Accreditation gives a framework to develop the club over the next few years.  The challenges will be great.  We cannot compare ourselves to local clubs with multi million pound developments and all the trimmings associated with huge wealth.  But we can match them on the pitch and match them in spirit and ambition.  But we all need to pull together, to work as one, to assist and lead and support at every level in the club.

One aim is to bring the junior and senior wings of the club closer together and I was honoured to be asked to present awards at the Junior division’s end of season party last month and very impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the players, coaches and parents. I hope that the links between the sections continue to strengthen. The future is bright but only if we all pull together.

We now have a sponsorship brochure which, hopefully, can be used profitably to access much needed funding and a much clearer idea as to how we can tackle recruitment and strengthen our playing resources at every level.

We have a robust disciplinary policy now, one that served us well this season. We now have procedures in place in the event of last minute concessions and cancelations of games.  Policies and documents such as these oil the workings of a successful club.

The Minety 7s was another successful venture this year.  We may not have made as much money as in previous years but the feedback from those competing has been exceptional and planning is already in train for next year’s event.  Once again, I must pay tribute to Tom Claxton for his work in the overall organisation and all the other club members who helped what is a complex event to manage.

At the end of the year we are currently looking at improving the lighting conditions for training. New, much brighter bulbs are being tested and we hope to replace as many of the lighting poles and lamps as possible, fund raising and seeking sponsorship to cover the costs. 

I hope that soon a new tractor will appear to cut the grass and tend the fields.  My experience of the old one, dodgy brakes, a continuous blast of exhaust fumes in the face and a throttle lever that detached itself randomly has left an indelible mark on me and I hope that a new one will be more kind on both operative and playing surface.

I’d like to end by acknowledging some individuals and groups, and I apologise if I have left anyone out.

It goes without saying that I must thank JB for all of his work and his good humoured support for all that we do.  Every club needs a JB; we’re just so fortunate that we have him, miss placed apostrophe and all!

I’d also like to recognise the huge amount of work that Andy Grayson, and latterly James Irvine, has done especially when we lost the services of Hywel at the start of the season.

Thanks to Anton for his physio support and also to Tracy Glew for her 1st aid support for the 2nd XV.

Thanks to Andy Somers for the Presentation evening in May and also to the Social Committee for their work throughout the year.

I’d also like to pay tribute to those people who work so hard behind the scenes. To Kev and all the people who prepare the food at the end of home matches, to Caroline Stone for her photographs which have adorned many press releases this year, to Rosemary Scott for laundering the kit week in, week out, to Andrew O’Dell and Pete MacAllister for their support in the club house on match days, to Dave Cooke for his work ensuring referees are available and liaising with other clubs throughout the season.

Tonight we have interrupted the great work that Duncan Simpson undertakes in organising the tag summer programme.  It is very satisfying to see so many people, of all ages and shapes, taking part and reflects so well upon the club.

To Ed Wolton and his incredibly enthusiastic group of junior age group coaches for their work in bringing through the next generations of Minety players

And, of course, to the Committee members who have worked so hard this year and been such a support to me recently as I’ve wrestled with the job.

To conclude, I wish the new committee the greatest success and appeal to all members, playing or non playing, to involve themselves more in the running of their club.  It might look serene like a swan on the surface but below it’s hard graft that will determine the future of this club as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

I can say this year has been a challenge but I am buoyed by the fact that, uniquely, I hold a 100% winning record – no Minety team has lost a match while I have been in the role.  In my dotage, that will be a source of great satisfaction.


Written by Graham Cooke

June 12th, 2019 at 8:30 pm

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2019 AGM – Tuesday 11th June

This year’s AGM is on Tuesday 11th June at 7.30pm in the club house at Minety.

The Agenda for the Meeting is as follows:

  1. Acceptance of accounts for 2017/2018
  2. Acceptance of minutes from 2017/2018
  3. Chairman’s Report – Graham Cooke
  4. Club Captain’s Report – Tom Claxton
  5. 2nd Team Captains Report – Steve Wilson
  6. Club Coach Report – Andy Grayson
  7. Treasurer’s Report – Kevin Holdway
  8. Junior Report – Peter McAllister
  9. Election of Officers
  10. Any Other Business


Copies of the Minutes from last year’s AGM are available upon request from Graham Cooke (contact details on contacts’ page).


Written by Graham Cooke

June 8th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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As we approach this year’s AGM, next Tuesday at 7.30pm in the club house, it is appropriate to publicly acknowledge the award winners for 2018 – 2019 as presnted at the Club Dinner last Friday.

Chairman’s Cup: Tom Claxton

1st XV player of the Year: Andrew Hibbard
Players’ Player: Andrew Hibbard
Most Improved Player: Jay Thompson
Young Player: Sam Hughes
Captain’s Player: Ben Scott
2nd Team Player: Bram Coleman
Congratulations to all of our winners; you are a credit to yourselves and your club.

Written by Graham Cooke

June 7th, 2019 at 12:58 pm

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2019 Annual General Meeting

The club AGM will be held on Tuesday 11th June at 7.30pm in the club house.

The Annual General Meeting is a vitally important event in the club’s calendar where the new members of the committee for the following year will be voted into post and where members can have their say to influence the future of the club.

Please make every effort to attend. This is your Rugby Club, and this is your chance to voice your opinions, elect officers for next season etc. These are challenging times for all sporting clubs, especially relatively small ones like Minety.  We all need to pull together and work for the club.

If you would like to stand for an official position please add your name to the election of officers form, which is currently on the notice board in the Rugby Club, or contact Graham Cooke, Peter McAllister or Andy Ward before next Tuesday (all contact details are on the Contacts Page of the website).


Written by Graham Cooke

June 5th, 2019 at 10:20 am

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Summer touch rugby at Minety

Summer touch rugby kicks off this Tuesday, 28th May at 7pm. Mixed Gender, all ages* and abilities welcome. We had an excellent turn out last year, and it’s great run around especially for those that haven’t dusted off the boots in a while!

*Ages 12+ recommended and younger children should be accompanied by an adult.






Written by Graham Cooke

May 27th, 2019 at 10:27 am

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Minety 7s Gallery

The winners of the 2019 Minety 7’s Tournament, Team Horus, defeated their keen rivals Team Spitfires in the semi finals and the Team Osiris to win the tournament.


2019 Minety 7’s winners: Team Horus


2019 Finalists: Osiris and Horus


Horus and the Spitfires


Photographs provided by Rob Bugden and Team Horus.



Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2019 at 12:23 pm

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2019 Minety 7s Tournament

The 2019 Minety 7’s tournament was won by the HORUS team from the RAF who defeated Team Osiris, made up of players from Swindon, Nationwide and the RAF in a tense and thrilling final at the end of a hugely enjoyable day.

15 teams entered the competition, competing across three qualification pools, with the top teams from each pool qualifying for the Main Competition Semi Finals together with the top 2nd placed team.  The next two best 2nd placed teams and the best third placed team qualified for the semi finals of the “Oh So Nearly” competition.

With three points for a win and 1 for a draw, the competition was fierce, made even more competitive by the fact that in the event of a tie, the team who had the highest average score across their group games would qualify.  This rule meant that the result of the final match of the qualification actually determined who would make the two sets of semifinals with 10 teams still in contention.

The Oh So Nearly Cup winners were Marlborough 1st who narrowly defeated Sutton Benger.

The 2019 Minety 7’s Tournament Roll of Honour

Main Competition Winners: Horus

 Main Competition Runners Up: Osiris

Oh So Nearly Cup Winners: Marlborough 1st

Oh So Nearly Runners Up: Sutton Benger


Group A Qualification Pool

11.00am Marlborough 1’s Minety 21 : 14
11.15am Swindon Osiris 17 : 21
11.45am Marlborough 1’s Osiris 21 : 19
12.15pm Henry’s Heroes Minety 5 : 26
12.45pm Minety Osiris 7 : 33
1pm Henry’s Heroes Swindon 0 : 49
1.30pm Swindon Minety 12 : 7
1.45pm Henry’s Heroes Marlborough 1’s 10 : 31
2.15pm Osiris Henry’s Heroes 52 : 0
2.30pm Swindon Marlborough 1’s 19 : 14


Group A Table

Osiris 4 3 0 1 125 45 80 9 31.25
Swindon 4 3 0 1 97 42 55 9 24.25
Marlborough 1’s 4 3 0 1 87 62 25 9 21.75
Minety 4 1 0 3 54 71 -17 3 13.5
Henry’s Heroes 4 0 0 4 15 158 -143 0 3.75


Nb.  PF Av. is the average points scored over the matches played and was used as a tie breaker.

Group B Qualification Pool

11.00am Spitfires Dreamers 68 : 0
11.30am Horus Tetbury 19 : 5
11.45am Spitfires Chippenham 21 : 14
12.15pm Tetbury Dreamers 28 : 5
12.30pm Spitfires Horus 38 : 0
12.45pm Dreamers Chippenham 5 : 38
1.15pm Chippenham Horus 14 : 40
1.45pm Tetbury Spitfires 0 : 22
2pm Dreamers Horus 0 : 47
2.15pm Chippenham Tetbury 40 : 0


Group B Table

Spitfires 4 4 0 0 149 14 135 12 37.25
Horus 4 3 0 1 106 57 49 9 26.5
Chippenham 4 2 0 2 106 66 40 6 26.5
Tetbury 4 1 0 3 33 86 -53 3 8.25
Dreamers 4 0 0 4 10 181 -171 0 2.5


Group C Qualification Pool

11.00am Minchinhampton Physio’s Fatties 45 : 0
11.30am Bradford on Avon Marlborough 2’s 28 : 19
11.45am Minchinhampton Sutton Benger 21 : 14
12.15pm Marlborough 2’s Physio’s Fatties 29 : 5
12.30pm Minchinhampton Bradford on Avon 12 : 7
12.45pm Physio’s Fatties Sutton Benger 7 : 35
1.15pm Sutton Benger Bradford on Avon 19 : 19
1.45pm Marlborough 2’s Minchinhampton 14 : 19
2pm Physio’s Fatties Bradford on Avon 7 : 42
2.15pm Sutton Benger Marlborough 2’s 28 : 14


Group C Table

Minchinhampton 4 4 0 0 97 35 62 12 24.25
Bradford on Avon 4 2 1 1 96 57 39 7 24
Sutton Benger 4 2 1 1 96 61 35 7 24
Marlborough 2’s 4 1 0 3 76 80 -4 3 19
Physio’s Fatties 4 0 0 4 19 151 -132 0 4.75


Semi Finals:

Main Competition:          Spitfires (Group B Winners) v. Horus (Best performing 2nd place team)

                                           Osiris (Group A Winners) v. Minchinhampton (Group C Winners)

Oh So Nearly:                    Swindon (equal 2nd in Group A) v. Marlborough 1’s (equal 2nd in group A)

                                           Bradford on Avon (equal 2nd in Group C) v. Sutton Benger (equal 2nd in Group C)


Semi Final Results:

Main Competition:          Horus defeated Spitfires 21:17 and Orsiris defeated Minchinhampton 14:12

Oh So Nearly:                    Marlborough 1’s defeated Swindon and Sutton Benger defeated Bradford on Avon


Final Results:

Oh So Nearly Cup Final:

Marlborough 1st defeated Sutton Benger


Main Competition Cup Final:

Horus defeated Osiris


Many thanks to the huge number of people who made the event possible and apologies if we have left anyone out.

Thanks to the referees ( James Irvine, Euan Black, David Ware, Ross Walker and Matt Wray) and to Damian Dix at Dorset and Wilts for organising the officials for us.

Thanks to those who helped set up on Friday (Cliff Garland, Peter McAllister, Andrew O’Dell, Tom Claxton, James Irvine, John Butler, Dave and Jo Peirce, Ben Collins, Ali Freeman, Matt Stone and others)

Thanks to the Bar Staff (Tom Claxton and Andrew O’Dell)

Thansks to the Bar B Q staff (Dave Peirce, Steve Murray, Andy Edwards and James Stuart)

Thanks to Jo and Ali for the tea, cake and coffee stand.

Thanks to Andy Grayson for the Token selling and for assisting with the raffle and 200 club draw.

Thanks to JB and Craig Smith for the power supplies.

Thanks again to JB for perparing 3 immaculately prepared pitches.

Thanks to Kevin Holdway for the floats and also purchasing all the consumables.

Thanks to Andrews Quality Meats of Highworth for the burgers and sausages and The Old Bakehouse in Malmnesbury for the baps and rolls.

Thanks to the sponsors of beer and wine.

Thanks to all those people who donated raffle prizes.

Thanks to Georgina and Craig from Star Medical for their on site physio support and to Hollie Bailey from Star Medical who organised the cover.

Thanks to the team who tidied up on Sunday morning:  Andrew O’Dell, JB, Cliff, Peter, Ali, Jo, Dave, Alison, Tom, Ben, Dave Church and family, Chris and others.

Thank you to all the teams who came along and who played with such enthusiasm throughout the day and to all the spectators who came along to support the teams and the tournament.

Huge thanks to Tom Claxton who made it all happen – brilliant job Tom!


We’ll be back in 2020 – look out for the date, to be announced soon.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 20th, 2019 at 10:31 am

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