No matches last week, so an opportunity to look back at the previous week’s results and how our two teams fared.
In Dorset and Wilts 1 North (D&W1N) the 1st XV went down to a narrow loss at hitherto unbeaten Warminster whilst the 2nd XV suffered a heavier loss away from home at Alfred’s Nomads.
A preview of this weekend’s matches will be posted tomorrow (Wednesday) together with an MTV special … the video of arguably Minety Rugby Club’s greatest 80 minutes, the film of the Dorset and Wilts Vase Final for 2015.
Minety TV (MTV) presents the Warminster v. Minety clash in D&W1N on Saturday 17th September 2016. Click here to view.
Minety made eight changes to their lineup as they travelled to Division 1 North newcomers Warminster on Saturday but were unable to force their first win of the season.
The homeside, who played in the Division 1 South last year, boasted a large and well drilled pack who put the Minety forwards on the back foot throughout the encounter. Early exchanges were dominated by quality ball for the Warminster forwards. Seeking some possession Minety tried to pull the home defence wide with some adventurous backs’ moves prompted by scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Adam Watts.
In an even first quarter Warminster continued to exert pressure through the forwards whilst Minety counter attacked through the backs.
Powerful and direct running from centres Matt Roberts and Jack Ward caught the Warminster forwards offside and Garland opened the scoring with a penalty.
Warminster laid siege to the Minety line but some fine defensive tackling thwarted the home side.
Given their dominance up front, it was surprising that it took Warminster 32 minutes to breach Minety’s defences. A clever miss move in the centre saw the Minety line split wide open and Warminster scored their first try close to the posts. The ensuing unsuccessful conversion left the scores 5-3.
Minety hit back and flanker Stephen Brown was denied a try in a chase for the ball when Watts cleverly chipped over the Warminster defence.
Garland restored Minety’s lead before half time with a penalty after a period of open play dominated by the visitors.
Minety started the 2nd half brightly with a lovely move out wide to speedy winger Ben Langridge which was only halted by a desperate high tackle near the Warminster line.
Warminster restored their lead in the 53rd minute with a penalty after an infringement in the ruck on the Minety 22 metre line but the villagers replied almost immediately with a Garland penalty for a similar offence.
The decisive score came in the 63rd minute. From quality possession following a scrum in the Minety half, Warminster’s fly half dummied and left the Minety defence flat footed. A flighted pass saw Warminster touch down for a try near the corner flag.
A long range Garland penalty attempt in the 70th minute fell agonisingly short as Minety pushed forward, ending the match strongly but not being able to cross the home side’s line.
Minety’s Chairman Dave Peirce was able to take a lot of positives from the match. “I thought we played really well in phases and stood up to a much bigger pack. We’re on the verge of some good things at Minety and I’m really proud of the lads.”
Final score: Warminster 13 Minety 9
Played at Warminster on Saturday 17th September. Kick off 3pm. Weather overcast and blustery.
In the other game at the weekend, the Minety 2nd XV went down to a 45 – 5 defeat against Alfred’s Nomads at Marlborough. Team captain Matt Stone reported that the score was not a fair reflection of a close fought match and that he was proud of his team in what was their first outing of the season.
Both Minety teams will be hoping for a change of fortune as they look forward to this weekend’s fixtures in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North and 3 North.
The 1st XV will be looking to turn around their fortunes after last weekend’s shock defeat at home against newly promoted Pewsey Vale. Richard Hall’s men will be making the long trip to Warminster for a 3pm kick off on Saturday. Warminster began their 2016-2017 campaign off with a solid victory over Melksham by 24-10. Their website states: “This was a good start to the season for the amber and blues with a solid performance where perhaps they left a few points to be had out on the field. The defence speed was excellent which is something that has been worked on in training and pleasing to see carried on into the game situation. They will be looking to continue the good start next week in front of the first VP crowd of the season when they welcome Minety down to Folly Lane. ”
Warminster played their rugby in Dorset and Wilts 1 South last season but have moved to reduce the travelling distances to fixtures. With 4th place in the fledgling D&W1N table, they look sure to be difficult opponents for the Minety 1st XV bereft of their captain Andrew Hibbard and several other players.
In other matches in D&W1N last weekend Bradford on Avon hammered Royal Wotton Bassett II’s 59-17, Corsham maintained their impressive run of form from the end of last season with a comprehensive victory over Devizes away from home, 53-7, while Chippenham won 12-7 at Supermarine and Swindon II’s defeated league newcomers Frome II 36-3.
Newly elected 2nd XV captain Matthew Stone will be hoping for better luck this weekend. His team’s eagerly anticipated season opener was cancelled when the Warminster II team were unable to fulfill the fixture. The 2nds will now travel to Marlborough this Saturday to take on “Alfred’s Nomads” who started their campaign with a confidence boosting 50-7 victory over Devizes III. The Nomads finished last season in 3rd place with 62 league points, 20 more than 7th placed Minety.
Elsewhere Swindon College Old Boys inflicted a 48-5 defeat of Swindon III’s while the standout result was Bradford On Avon’s 86-0 humbling of Westbury.
We’re proud to bring you a new service on the Minety RFC website – Minety Player (or MTV : Minety TV).
Each week, on a Wednesday, we’ll bring you all the action from one of the weekend’s matches involving either the 1st or 2nd XV. The service will not include “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” feature – that is only available on the DVD versions. For more information about the DVD’s please see Graham or Cliff.
Click on the image below to load the first match, the 1st XV encounter with Pewsey Vale.
Newly promoted Pewsey Vale recorded a surprise but well deserved victory in their opening Dorset and Wilts Division 1 encounter away at Minety on Saturday.
On a wet pitch and with a slippery ball, that made handling difficult, the well-disciplined Pewsey pack disrupted the home team’s scrum and made life very difficult at set pieces.
Minety took the lead in the 3rd minute when scrum half Garin Garland slotted home a penalty after Pewsey were penalised for handling in a ruck.
The visitors’ narrow, well drilled game, was better suited to the slippery conditions and with Minety’s lineout misfiring, Pewsey were able to mount a series of forwards’ moves and crossed for the opening try under the posts in the 8th minute. The ensuing conversion took the score to 7 – 3 to the visitors.
Minety responded with some of their best rugby of the match as they fought back with centre Dave Church and fly half Tom McAllister prominent. When winger Ben Langridge charged down a clearance kick it was McAllister who reacted first to race through and touch down under the posts, Garland converting to restore Minety’s lead at 10-7.
Pewsey hit back with a penalty of their own in the 21st minute to even up the scores and then ended the half strongly, a fine forwards’ move seeing them score wide on the right to secure a half time lead, 15-10.
The loss of influential captain Andrew Hibbard and prop Will North at half time led to enforced changes in the Minety pack with new club coach Rich Hall coming off the bench for an unexpected debut.
Minety pressure was met with resolute Pewsey defence and, in the play of the game, Pewsey attacked from their own line, broke through the Minety defence and kicked ahead. In a desperate sprint for the line Langridge was unable to fend off two Pewsey backs and they scored a try against the run of play. The conversion took the lead out to 12 points for the visitors.
Minety pressed hard and were rewarded with a penalty in front of the Pewsey posts in the 58th minute. From the ensuing tap penalty a ruck was set up on the Pewsey line and Garland fed Hall who crashed over for Minety’s second try. Garland’s conversion brought the score back to 17-22 but despite mounting pressure Pewsey held out for a deserved victory.
Coach Richard Hall was reflective after the match. “Of course it’s disappointing to lose a close match like and it being our first match of the season. We didn’t clear our lines well enough, and that led to two of their tries, and we missed too many game line tackles. They’re a well drilled team with a big, strong set of forwards but we felt confident at half time but the breakaway try was decisive. I was pleased to see that heads didn’t drop and that we ended the match strongly. There’s real potential here at Minety – we just need to work harder to unlock it.”
The 2nd XV’s match against Warminster II’s was cancelled at late notice with the visitors unable to field a full team. Minety have been awarded the league points.
We have just been informed that the 1st XV season opener against Pewsey Vale in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North at Minety Fields this coming Saturday will kick off at 2pm and not 3pm as originally advertised.
The 2nd XV Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North match against Warminster II’s is still set for a 3pm kick off.
Sorry for any inconvenience that this late change may have caused.
The 2016-2017 league rugby season gets underway this coming Saturday (10th) as Minety 1st XV and Minety II XV begin their league campaigns against Pewsey Vale and Warminster II XV respectively.
Both matches will kick off at 3pm on what is sure to be a lively day, coinciding with the 5th Annual Minety Beer and Cider Festival.
The 1st XV return to Dorset and Wilts Division 1 action after the summer break with an encounter with newly promoted Pewsey Vale. The visitors remained unbeaten in D&W2N last year, winning 19 of their matches and drawing the other. During the course of their magnificent season, Pewsey Vale scored 852 points against a meagre 172 conceded and finished the season 33 points above second placed Avon Vale in the division. In addition to their league successes, Pewsey Vale also lifted the Dorset and Wilts Plate in a final played alongside the pitch that saw Minety capture the Dorset and Wilts Vase in their epic encounter with Lytchett Minster back in December.
New club coach Richard Hall knows that his Minety teams will face a stiff examination from the two visiting teams. The 1st XV spent much of last season in or around the top of the table last year and, but for a dramatic lapse in form just around the New Year when the team were unable to play nor train at Minety because of the waterlogged state of the pitches, might have been in with a chance of toppling eventual champions Combe Down, who Minety defeated in the final match of last season.
In Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North (D&W3N) Minety II’s will be hoping to inflict another defeat on Warminster II’s, who they emerged 38-31 victors over back in April. The visitors eventually finished the 2015-6 campaign in 5th place with 54 points, 12 more than Minety II’s, who claimed 7th place with their 42 league points.
The 5th annual Minety Beer and Cider Festival 9th, 10th and 11th September at Minety Fields will feature over 40 Beers and Ciders (Tasting notes on the website – see below).
Events over the three day Festival include:
Friday 6pm until late: Sausage Fest with 8 specialist varieties and a Prosecco Bar.
Saturday BBQ from 11am. Prosecco Bar, 2 live rugby matches (1st XV v Pewsey Vale in D&W1N and 2nd XV v Warminster in D&W3N) and a football match featuring Minety teams, Live music and the Minety Fair.
Sunday BBQ from 11am, music from the Ashton Keynes Big Brunch Band, Minety Fair and ice cream and hot doughnuts.
For more information visit : http://bustardproductions.co.uk/minety-festival/
Please spread the word and get as many people along as possible; it is one of the Minety Playing Field Association’s main fund raisers and the club will benefit accordingly.
The August 2016 edition of the Minety RFC newsletter is available for download in pdf format both here and on the Newsletters’ page (see right hand menu).
Click here to download the newsletter.
We’ve just received notification of a friendly match against Calne at Minety Fields on Saturday 3rd September, kicking off at 2.30pm.
No further details available at this time.
Rugby Ready one of the prerequisite courses that must be attended prior to doing a Level 1 qualification (level 1 covers up to U13)
Both courses are amongst the prerequisite courses for Level 2 (U13s – adult)
The minimum age is 14 so we support U16 and Academy players attending (nominated by coaches)
Minety RFC’s opening pre season friendly match against Cainscross kicks off at 2.00pm and will give new Coach Richard Hall a chance to assess the strengths of his squad after a promising pre season training regime.
The new league seasons get underway on 10th September when the 1st XV take on newly promoted Pewsey Vale while the 2nds take on Warminster II, both fixtures at Minety Fields.
WOMEN’S RUGBY: Millie Wood was always destined to play for England, says her former coach at Minety RFC
EVEN at 14 it was not a case of if Millie Wood would play for England but when, according to the award-winning coach who guided the Cheltenham girl through her teenage years.
In the week when outside centre Millie has captained England U20s to two emphatic victories over the touring Canada side, Minety RFC coach Cliff Garland has been recalling the “popular but quiet girl” who first came to his sessions and stayed six years.
Garland set up U15s and U18s girls’ sides under the banner ‘Supermiren’, an amalgamation of Cirencester RFC, Minety RFC and Supermarine RFC – and Wood was his star player from the outset.
Congratulations Millie! For more on this story check out the Wilts and Glos Standard. Click here.
We are delighted to announce that we have finalised the playing kits for this season with Raging Bull. Thanks to the hard work of Dave Church, the new kit, shown below, will hearken back to the early days of Minety RFC, with a white stripe added to the Green and Purple.
A bit of history behind the shirts taken from the Website and Richard G Meakin’s information –Club Colours
“Our change from white to green and purple took place in our third season. The need to change was forced on us by the ragged and tattered state of our white shirts. Some, by now, had no sleeves and the replacement of single shirts was gaining momentum. Having had the experience of two seasons of noting the other clubs’ colours, and not being in a position to change, should a visiting team have the same colour, we agreed in committee to go for something very different. Green was generally light, and purple was agreed to when I had made it known that I had some old purple paint with which to paint the crossbars!
The shirts were bought and I remember our great pride when we first wore them. At last we had our own distinctive strip.”
So the white in the new 2016/2017 shirts has been added as part of the heritage to MRFC.
At least two Minety players (there may have been more but most participants were covered in mud from head to toe) completed the South Western “Tough Mudder” Challenge at Cirencester Park on Sunday 21st September.
Dave Cooke and a team of his university friends completed the “Full Mudder” Challenge, running 16 km and overcoming 23 fiendishly difficult, uncomfortable and challenging obstacles including: crawling under barbed wire; plunging into a skip full of ice; scaling 10 foot high wooden walls; falling backwards into muddy water; and running through a forest of live electric wires.
Harry Neal and his team completed a “Half Mudder”.
Funds from the event go directly to the Help for Heroes Charity. Well done guys!
Minety RFC is delighted to announce that its principal sponsor for 2016 – 2017 will be “The Weighbridge Brewhouse”, Swindon’s premiere drinking and dining experience.
I have just received an online copy of the most recent “Rugby Club” magazine, complete withe the article that we submitted earlier in the year on the club. They’ve done a good job, even if they have inadvertently repeated a photograph.
The magazine can be accessed through this link (although it may not remain active for long) and the article itself begins on page 20.
Minety RFC is to work with the hugely successful men’s clothing and fashion retailer Jacamo in 2016-2017. Jacamo will be sponsoring a ‘player of the month’ award for September, October, November and December whereby they would gift a £50 shopping spree on Jacamo.co.uk to the nominated player.
Club Coach Richard Hall is delighted with the new link. “I think it’s great for the club and the players; it will be a real incentive for the squad for the forthcoming season.”
Jacamo.co.uk aims to be the definitive hassle-free way to shop for menswear. “We make getting the clothes you want easy – bringing you fashion that fits direct to your door.”
Jacamo.co.uk provides a one-stop shop for all clothing needs – whatever the style, size or budget.
They are committed to providing the widest choice of styles, brands and sizes and the simplest service on the Internet to make shopping easy, quick and hassle-free. No parking, no queuing… just clothes and we are delighted to be working alongside them!
Minety RFC is delighted to be linking up once again with Steve Jackman and FFT.life for the 2016-2017 season.
FFT.life specialises in all aspects of Sports Therapy, Injury Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Personal Training and Functional Training and will provide invaluable support to the club during matches and training sessions.
Steve can be contacted via the FFT.life website (click here); Tel. 07446 040141; Email: email@example.com or at Blunsdon House Hotel, The Ridge, Blunsdon , Swindon, SN26 7AS
Pre Season Training starts this coming Tuesday, 5th July at 7pm.
The first session will be in the club house meeting up with our new coach for this year, Richard Hall.
Touch Rugby will now be moved to Thursday evenings for the rest of the summer.
A reminder to all involved in Minety Rugby Football Club that the club AGM is this Wednesday (29th June) in the Club House starting at 7:30pm. All are welcome.
Andrew (from now on to be referred to as Wallace) started by thanking all of the players, support staff and supporters for what had been a truly memorable and most enjoyable season. A brilliant season. The passion and gusty performance on the day Minety won the Dorset and Wilts Vase made it a day that Wallace said he’d never forget.
There was something of a “turkey hangover” after Christmas. Player availability and injuries meant that matches were lost and valuable league points dropped. Thankfully, by the end of March form had picked up and the 1st XV were back in 4th place in the league. Whilst late season wins over Chippenham and Supermarine were satisfying, nothing could compare to the delight of winning the last game of the season against the league champions, Combe Down.
Highlights of the Year:
Pete Hazell’s 86 seconds in the Vase final proved pivotal in us winning the match.
Jack Ward 3 yellows in the first 5 matches didn’t bode well for the season but he turned it round quickly and made a massive contribution to the team.
Ben Collins. The DVD showed the extent of the eye gouge incident and how he floored the prop with a right hook.
Tom Claxton, our resident hooker, for his silky Sonny Bill Williamson pass in the match at Devizes which set up one of our tries.
Craig Smith, complete with “wonky” toe. Thanks so much for all his help with training and for always being there to make up numbers on the bench when we were short.
Coach Ward – thanks for stepping in and for an amazing season and keeping us all on track.
Dave Peirce. Great job as Chairman this year. To thank Dave for all his efforts, Wallace presented Dave with a tractor booster seat so that he would be able to see over the steering wheel and reach the brake pedal next time that he mowed the field.
Dale Langdown. Thanks for all the social events organised and for collecting in tour money.
Jack Ward, for the excellent organisation of the Minety 7’s tournament.
Will North, for being an excellent vice captain and for stepping up when Wallace was not available.
Ben Scott. Thanks to Ben and all the 2nd team players for always being there to support the 1st XV and providing players whenever the team was short.
Steve Jackman and the physio team – for looking after us all season and being there to support all our matches.
Andrew O’Dell, for opening up the bar on a Tuesday night and making the post training time so enjoyable.
Wallace added that the whole club was thinking about our good friend Rob Bugden. Best wishes form all for your recovery, Rob.
Thanks to the caterers for a fine meal.
Many contenders, too many to mention individually, but for rarely missing training, for filling the water bottles and seeing that the kit was always washed, the winner is Ben Collins.
Anyone for Cricket ? Fancy playing against The Whole Hog Thursday night? The opposition pulled out, so we have Malmesbury Cricket Club available for 6pm start,
Shame to waste a barrel of Elmer’s, and a bucket of chilli con carne.
Please reply to Andrew Somers or via the Minety RFC facebook page asap so we can let the Cricket club know.
Ben spoke as captain of the 2nd XV at Minety. He began by explaining that it had been a difficult season for the 2nd XV with 8 wins and 12 losses. The 2nds started the season well with a solid squad playing good rugby every week and were well worth their 3rd or 4th place in the league up until Christmas. However, the Christmas break saw a number of retirements and injuries and the team struggled to maintain that level of performance during the rest of the season and ended in 7th place.
Discipline had really improved over the 2014/5 season when there had been too many red and yellow cards. This season there was only 1 red and 1 yellow card, a great improvement.
In total the 2nd XV used no less than 72 players and didn’t drop a match all season even when there were all manner of re-arranged fixtures due to the wet weather on and around the Christmas and New Year break.
For the statistically minded, Ben told the assembled audience that Will Mason was the top points scorer with 52 points while Del Murray claimed the most number of tries with 9. Dan Wilson put in the most appearances with 18 followed by Ben and Matt Stone on 17.
Points wise it doesn’t look good: For 396 Against 569 but Ben added that there were a number of teams who appeared to be made up of more than their share of 1st teamers “recovering from injury in the 2nds” at crucial times of the season.
Ben thanked: Adie Fisher for always being at matches, with his kit and an offer of playing if it was required; Steve Murray for supporting the team and always being prepared to step in as a referee when one was required; Steve Jackman and the physio team for keeping players, like Ben, on the pitch throughout the season; and all of the players who had turned out for the 2nds and ensured that not a single match was forfeited.
Most Improved 2nd XV player Award: Contenders: Brodie Murray, for his approach to games and for his tremendous improvement in all aspects of the game throughout the season, and Kieran Gash, for his excellent performances in a number of positions during the season. Winner: Kieran Gash
Player of the Season: Contenders: Mark Glew, for his whole hearted play for the 2nd XV and for his appearance for the 1st XV; Andy Ward, for his 1 game 1 try record, and Dan Wilson, for his all round play and tremendous support for his fellow players. Winner: Dan Wilson
In the first of a series of reminisces from the 2016 Minety Rugby Club Dinner, we summarise Coach Andy Ward’s speech to the assembled throng.
Andy started by summing up the 1st XV’s 2015-2016 season; a third place league finish and winners of the Dorset and Wilts Vase. Minety only lost once at Supermarine last season and that was to Gosford All Blacks in the regional championships. That was a terrific performance from all the team.
Yet it all started so differently. Despite all of the pre season warm up matches and coaching sessions, where the importance of winning lineouts and scrums was emphasised, Minety found themselves 30 points down at half time against Combe Down. Set pieces were lost and the team looked to be on for a real hiding. But the second half saw a complete turnaround. The final score was 41-22 and the pride and passion that marked out so much of the year’s play was in evidence.
That pride and passion was still there in the last match of the season when Minety inflicted Combe Down’s second, and heaviest, defeat of the season; it was a great acheivement.
At a players’ meeting before Christmas, with the club comfortably in second place and playing superb rugby, the question of promotion to Southern Counties was discussed. The majority of players voted to “go for it”; it was a great response to a difficult question. And how did the team respond on the pitch? We lost four on the bounce so those who voted to maintain the status quo were right.
But there were times in the season when it could all have been so different. A controversial decision late on in the game at Melksham saw Minety lose 9-6. We turned up at Corsham on a very wet day. There were some puddles on the pitch, granted, but we were ready to play. We had a strong team and were ready for them. The match was postponed. When it was replayed they were on a wonderful home run and we were weakened. We were hammered by 60 points.
Our discipline was poor at the start of the season – too much talking back to the referees and a sending off saw us on the wrong side of some officials. But we got that sorted out by the middle of the season.
Training was great. We had good attendances and I’m so proud of all the lads who turned out every Tuesday night in the cold and wet to train and watch the analysis films of the previous week’s matches.
Minety are a great club and they have an outstanding captain in Wallace. When he wasn’t available then Will North stepped in and did a great job as captain.
The coach thanked Chairman Dave Peirce for all that he has done for the club this season and went on to thank: Cliff Garland; Steve Jackman and the physio team; Andy and the bar team; JB for his work on the pitches and around the club; Tom McAllister for marking out the pitch lines; and Graham Cooke for the films and press work. He also mentioned Rob Bugden, who made such a contribution to the club before Christmas and whose injuries after Christmas affected us all.
Thanks also to the sponsors, who give so much yet receive so little. To Anthony Windle goes the club’s thanks. Thanks also to Brett and the others who have helped keep the club afloat through their generosity.
Astonishingly, the 1st XV used no fewer than 53 players this season. 24 games were played with Wallace turning out on 22 occasions. Jack Ward made 20 appearances, Ben Collins 19 and Steve Brown, Tom Claxton, Ben Langridge, Luke Radcliffe and Ash Windle with 17.
Andy went on to thank all of the support players who stepped in, often at the last minute, when the 1st XV were short and acknowledged the role that the 2nd XV played in supporting the 1st XV.
Jack Ward scored 58 points, Matt Roberts 55 (all tries) but Garin Garland was the top points scorer with a massive 168 points.
Player of the season. Contenders: Harry Neale, Ash Windle, Jack Ward, Max Sparrow and Steve Brown. Winner: Steve Brown. Steve’s award was presented to Steve Jackman in Steve’s absence.
Young Player of the Season. Contenders: Tom McAllister and Garin Garland. Winner: Garin Garland for his 168 points and for dashing back from university to play in so many matches.
Most Improved Player of the Year. Contenders: Dave Cooke, Nick Britten and Tom Claxton. Winner, for his whole hearted efforts, even when injured, and for the pride and passion that he shows everytime he pulls on a club shirt, Tom Claxton.
Special Award for Indoor Fitness: Winner Matt Roberts.
Players’ Player of the Year: Winner Jack Ward
| Just a quick glimpse of some of the highlights of the 2016 Minety Club Dinner.
The full story, together with more photographs and some sound bites, to follow next week when my hangover will truly be a thing of the past.
Good news all round on the fixtures front. We have both teams at home together ALL SEASON, and after some negotiations both teams are at home for the first league game of the season for the all important beer festival weekend. This does however mean that we finish the season with 2 away fixtures on the trot but that we are home last game before Christmas.
Please note that ALL free weekends before Christmas are considered to be cup game dates. The Cup Fixtures have not been released yet, but as soon as they are the Fixtures Page on the website will be updated. So keep an eye out.
News on pre-season friendlies to follow as soon as there is information.
Click here for the Fixture list.
Below are the teams that Minety will be facing in the coming season. This is, as always at this stage, subject to change.
Updates to follow on fixtures when they become available.
Dorset & Wilts 1 North:
Royal Wootton Bassett II
Dorset & Wilts 3 North:
Swindon College Old Boys II
As part of our developing “History of Minety RFC” we look back at the season opener for the 2010 campaign which saw the 1st XV entertain Wootton Bassett 2nd XV at Minety Fields. The report on the match can be found on the History page (link here or via the link on the right hand menu).
Later this week we’ll add the report of a dramatic opening day victory for the Dreamers against Devizes.
Looking back in time at Minety RFC
Minety RFC celebrated its 40th anniversary at the start of the 2010 -2011 season and a special match day programme was produced for the two matches held on 18th September 2010, the 1sts against Melksham whilst the 2nds took on Corsham. Click here to read the first installment of a series focusing on that match programme.
A reminder to all that the summer season of Minety touch rugby gets underway tomorrow night starting at 6.30pm. Old and new are more than welcome for an evening with a guarantee of fun and laughter.
It will also be a chance to see the first glimpse of the film of Saturday’s 7’s tournament, including a “Good, Bad and Ugly” featuring, amongst many others, Will North’s “almost try”, Elis Garland’s unusual kick off and James Stuart tackling himself!
Copies of “The Best of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, volumes 1, 2 and 3, covering every try, almost every tackle and lots of “I hope he didn’t film that” moments from Minety RFC’s amazing 2015 – 2016 season, will be available to order at the bar at the end.
The Royal Agricultural University team won the Minety 7’s rugby tournament at Minety Fields on Saturday afternoon.
12 teams, divided into two pools, contested the competition in startlingly contrasting conditions. A large crowd, enjoying a refreshments tent, barbeque, bouncy castle and other attractions were entertained by the action on the two adjacent pitches under brilliant sunshine until the thunder clouds massed and the semi finals and final were concluded in torrential rain.
The hosts, Minety, got off to a flying start with a 31-0 win over Painswick before St Paul’s Sharks battled out a 12 all draw with Tetbury. The “Voodoo” touring team ended the first round of matches in Pool 1 with a comprehensive win over a team representing the “Weighbridge” from Swindon. Ashley Windle, the Weighbridge’s coach was philosophical about the defeat. “I thought we were unlucky; we just didn’t get the bounce of the ball.”
In Pool 2 Minety’s 2nd XV, “The Dreamers” found themselves on the wrong end of a 40-0 at the hands of the Parachute Training School from RAF Brize Norton. The “Magic” team defeated a young Chippenham team 30-0 before the Royal Agricultural team defeated the Minety Academy.
As the tournament developed, in hot and humid conditions on very firm pitches, the favourites began to make their presence felt. St Paul’s Sharks followed their opening win with a heavy defeat of the Weighbridge team before cementing their place in the semi finals with a fine 14-0 win over Voodoo. They guaranteed top spot with a close win over Minety in the last pool 1 game in which the hosts also qualifying for a semi final spot.
Pool 2 saw the Physical Training Instructors from Brize Norton breeze past the Magic team to set up a top of the table clash with the unbeaten Royal Agriculture University team in the last match of the qualifiers.
As the rain clouds massed and thunder rumbled all around, the RAU team showed their class, mastering the changing conditions and inflicting the Instructors first defeat of the day.
In the “Oh So Nearly Cup” Minety Academy lost out in the pouring rain to the “Voodoo” touring team.
The main competition semi finals saw the home team facing the unbeaten RAU team whilst the PTI’s took on St Paul’s Sharks. With the crowd seeking any form of shelter from the driving rain the Royal Agricultural team were too strong for a Minety team whilst the PTS’s from Brize Norton saw off St Paul’s.
The final went the way of the RAU who closed down the PTS’s for space when defending and threw the ball wide on the attack.
Tournament organiser Jack Ward handed over the winning trophy to the RAU team. He said, “It’s been a great day but just a shame about the thunderstorm at the end. I think everyone’s enjoyed themselves and it’s been a great way to end what has been a tremendous year for the Minety Club.”
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