Minety 10 Lytchett Minster 7.
Full match report and photographs to follow.
The team has been picked for the Vase final tomorrow at Warminster (kick off 2pm)
1. Peter Andrews
2. William North
3. Nick Britten
4. Ben Collins
5. Ashley Windle
6. Max Sparrow
7. Stephen Brown
8. Andrew Hibbard
9. Garin Garland
10. Jack Ward
11. Rob Bugden
12. David Church
13. Luke Radcliffe
14. David Cooke
15. Dale Langdown
16. Matthew Cross
17. James Stuart
18. Cameron Smith
19. Matthew Chisholm
20. Ben Langridge
21. Peter Hazel
22. Duncan Simpson
If anyone would like to come and watch we have a bus with some spaces left its leaving the club at 11am sharp. Ff you would like a space please contact Dale Dale Langdown.
Minety 1st XV go into one of the most important fixtures of the season on Saturday as they take on D&W1 South’s Lytchett Minster in the Dorset and Wilts Vase Final at Warminster RFC, kick off 2.00pm.
The Wiltshire team will be taking a coachload of supporters to Warminster to see them take on the hitherto unbeaten Lytchett Minster team. The Dorset side are unbeaten in the league this season scoring, on average, over 39 points per game whilst allowing the opposition a mere 6 points.
But Minety are confident that their form, which sees them currently 4th in the D&W 1 North division, with games in hand on the two teams directly above them, can see them through to cup glory.
Full details of the match and responses from players and officials alike will be on this site on Saturday evening.
The 2nd XV have no fixture this Saturday. Having climbed to 4th in the D&W 3 North division on the back of the 85-0 victory over Westbury II’s, will travel to Melksham on the 5th December looking to improve upon their league position before the Christmas break.
BBC Unsung Hero Award for Minety’s Cliff Garland
Minety Rugby Club’s Director of Coaching Cliff Garland has won the Unsung Hero award for the BBC West region after transforming junior rugby in the tiny Wiltshire village of Minety, near Malmesbury.
57-year-old Cliff has been coaching at the Malmesbury club for more than 17 years which now boasts more than 200 junior members. He began coaching at the club when his own children were small. “I had played earlier but my career had ended through injury and I’d become a bit of an armchair fan.”
The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award has been running since 2003, and recognises the remarkable achievements of people throughout the UK.
Following the nomination period panels will meet in each of the BBC’s 15 Nations and English Regions and a winner from each will be chosen.
The overall winner will come from those 15 and will be announced on the night of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme, which this year will be held in Belfast.
Cliff was shocked at being nominated but not as much as when, in front of over 100 players, ex players, friends and family, the BBC West’s Sports Reporter Alistair Durden told him that he hadn’t just been nominated, he’d actually won the award.”
In a typically modest assessment Cliff described himself as being “just a cog in a machine” but his contribution to mini, junior and girls rugby has been immense over the years.
“I just wanted to help out. We had lots of girls in the mini rugby teams but that provision ended at 12 so we decided we would do something about it and formed a proper girls’ team, and we’ve had quite a bit of success as a result, even as far as an England international player.”
Peter McAllister, Junior Division Secretary, Academy coach and long-time colleague of Cliff’s at Minety RFC. was delighted at the award. “It’s so well deserved. He’s worked with all age groups, not only within our club but at county level. He’s passionate about rugby whether it be watching, coaching or player development. He’s encouraged so many parents and players to become fully qualified coaches.”
Bretton King, writing on the club’s Facebook page said, “Without Cliff Garland there would have been no Minety Junior RFC and literally thousands of children would have been deprived of involvement in a sport we cherish.”
A 1st XV player summed up his feelings when the award was announced. “Every club needs a Cliff! We’re just lucky that we have the original!”
Cliff will be travelling to Belfast in December, with wife Jane, for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The film will go out on BBC Points West tonight between 6.30pm and 7pm.
If you can’t wait, or miss it, Click here to watch it online.
We’re delighted to say that not only has Cliff Garland been nominated for the BBC West “Get Inspired” Unsung Hero award for 2015, he has actually won it. We believe that film taken on Sunday of the presentation will be shown on Points West tonight (Tuesday) between 6.30pm and 7pm.
The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award has been running since 2003, and recognises the remarkable achievements of people, like Cliff, throughout the UK.
Following the nomination period panels met in each of the BBC’s 15 Nations and English Regions and a winner from each was chosen. Cliff will be attending the Sports Personality Award ceremony in Belfast in December.
The overall winner will come from those 15 and will be announced on the night of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme.
More information and reaction when we get it.
D&W 1 North
Chippenham II 26 – 17 Devizes II
Colerne 20 – 31 Swindon II
Combe Down 49 – 12 Corsham
Supermarine 37 – 13 Melksham
Trowbridge II 10 – 42 Royal Wootton Bassett II
D&W 3 North
Alfred’s Nomads 24 – 45 Chippenham III
Corsham II 52 – 5 Supermarine II
Devizes III HWO Melksham III
Minety II 85 – 0 Westbury II
R Wootton Bassett III HWO Warminster II
Many thanks to everyone who came along to support Cliff Garland and his BBC “Coach of the Year” nomination. The footage filmed will be broadcast sometime this week on BBC Points West. As soon as I hear when I will post details.
They have asked that details of the presentation remain embargoed until they issue a formal press release.
Minety II’s in thumping form
Minety II’s registered their biggest victory of the season with a thumping 85 – 0 win over Westbury II’s at Minety Fields on Saturday. With the 1st XV preparing for next week’s Dorset & Wilts Vase Final, the spotlight fell on the 2nds who responded with by far their best performance this season.
Playing uphill, and into a stiff breeze in the first half, the home team took just four minutes to register their first try when centre Dan Wilson scored after a flowing backs’ move. With fly half Tim Vaughn converting, Mintey were 7-0 up. Scrum half Will Mason then scored the first of a hat trick of tries in the 15th minute and when flanker James Stuart crossed for a brilliant individual try in the 28th minute the match was effectively over.
Centre Rob Budgen and Mason added further tries before half time to bring the score to 31.
In the second half Minety used the wind to push Westbury deep back into their half and piled on the pressure. Keiran Gash ran in try number six before replacement Ben Langridge grabbed two tries, converted both times by Mason.
Further tries by Mason and Wilson pushed the score beyond 70 when young Number 8 Gareth Pierce added a try of his own. The final move of the match saw an excellent interchange between the backs which allowed Budgen to cross the line, but he chose to pass to veteran Club Coach, Andy Ward, making his first appearance on the pitch this season, to touch down to end an entertaining and enterprising performance from the whole 2nds squad.
Man of the Match: Will Mason (hat trick of tries and 9 conversions)
Date: Saturday 21st November 2015. Kick off 2.30pm
Venue: MInety Rugby Club.
Weather conditions: Sunny but very cold. Fierce winds
Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North
As we’re sure lots of you already have heard, Cliff Garland has been shortlisted for “Coach of the Year” for this year’s BBC Sports Personality award. The BBC are coming down on Sunday to film and we need everyone there too show support ! We believe they will be at 11:30 am, so, if you can, please come down to the club, both players and supporters, to give him your support!