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Vase Final Squad Named

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Coach Andy Grayson has named his 22 man squad for today’s D&W Vase Final at Salisbury.

Thank you to everyone who made themselves available for selection this week. It has been a difficult decision to select our squad; we could only pick 22 players.

1. Tom Claxton
2. Andrew Hibbard
3. Cameron Smith
4. Colin French
5. Andy Darrall
6. Mark Glew
7. Kieran Tillotson
8. Del Murray
9. Ben Sellick
10. Jay Thomson
11. Garin Garland
12. Tom McAllister
13. Jack Ward
14. Chris Rule
15. Jack Howse
16. Dave Cooke
17. Ben Langridge
18. Matt Stone
19. Duncan Simpson
20. Ben Scott
21. Ben Collins
22. Ash Windle

The squad will meet 10.30am at Minety for Bacon Rolls and coffee, with the bus leaving 11am promptly.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 24th, 2018 at 9:03 am

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Senior Vase Final

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It’s the big one!  This weekend Minety plays arguably its biggest match of the season as the team travels to Salisbury RFC to play Christchurch’s Dorset Dockers in the Final of the Dorset and Wilts Vase.

The match is being played at Salisbury’s rugby ground (Castle Road, Salisbury SP1 3SA for those not travelling on the coach).  

Minety last won the vase in 2015 at Warminster’s ground in a tight and even contest against Lytchett Minster when Andrew Hibbard’s charge down and subsequent try saw Minety home with minutes to spare.

This year’s opponents, the Dorset Dockeers, look to be formidable opposition.  They currently sit 2nd in D&W1 South having won 6 of their 7 league matches this season, scoring 371 points while conceding just 116.  They are in a rich vein of form at the moment; in their last 3 matches they have defeated Bridport 119-12 and Blandford 70-22 at home with a 46-8 win at Wimbourne in between.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV will have to be on their best form if they are to capture the trophy.  A full match report will appear on the website on Sunday morning.



Written by Graham Cooke

November 23rd, 2018 at 11:51 am

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Look out Salisbury … Here we come!

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Captain Andrew Hibbard and Coach Andy Ward in 2015

It’s Dorset and Wilts Vase Final day on Saturday at Salisbury’s magnificent rugby ground and Minety is on the move.

Those who accompanied the team to Warminster back in 2015 for the final against Lytchett Minister will not have forgotten how much fun the whole day was (except for those who drank so much that they couldn’t remember the entire occasion).

This time we will be taking a coachload to Salisbury where the Mighty Minety will face the Dorset Dockers from Christchurch in what many are saying is the biggest match of the season for both teams.

The Minety Clubhouse and bar will be open from 10:30 for bacon rolls and coffee on a “first come first served” for just £2 – the perfect well to start the day.
Bus will depart from Minety at 11:00 sharp (we will not be waiting for anyone as we have to be at Salisbury at 12:15)!
The Bus will be back in Minety at 21:00.
Playing squad members travel free of charge but we ask that travelling fans contribute £10 towards the cost of the hire of the coach.  If you want to be assured of a place on the coach and in Minety RFC history, contact Ben Collins as soon as possible.  Click here to send him an email or check contact details on the Contacts page (right hand side menu).

Written by Graham Cooke

November 21st, 2018 at 2:32 pm

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MTV from Amesbury

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On Saturday, short of numbers for a full league match, a core of Minety players visited Amesbury RFC to play a friendly match in Division 3.  The Minety Select team were made up of Minety, Salisbury and Amesbury players.  The match was played in the very best rugby spirit of fair play and enjoyment of the game.  We would like to thank everyone who took part in the game, the members at Amesbury, the crowd (who cheered in equal measure for their team and the Minety Select) and everyone concerned with the club.

The film can be accessed by clicking here, by clicking on the MTV logo or by choosing the Minety Player option on the side menu.  Enjoy!

Written by Graham Cooke

November 21st, 2018 at 9:20 am

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Lineup versus Chippenham

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1. Mark Glew

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Andy Darrell

4. Ben Collins

5. Matt Stone

6. Gareth Peirce

7. Rob Hinwood

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Will Mason

11. Ben Langridge

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Bram Coleman

15. Duncan Simpson

Written by Graham Cooke

November 20th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Action from Saturday’s games

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Action from Saturday’s matches, at home to Chippenham in Division 1 and away at Amesbury in Division 3.

Bram Coleman tackled

Coleman and Howse

Ben Langridge tackles

Minety dominate

Garland to Simpson

Chris Rule tackling

Garland off loads

Garland scores 1st try

Matt Stone 2nd try

2nd XV at Amesbury

Thanks to Terry Parker from the Glos and Wilts Standard for the top 7 set of photographs, and to Matt Stone for the two try scoring snaps.

MTV of the Amesbury match will be on this site on Wednesday morning.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 19th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety claw back for win

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On an afternoon ideal for rugby, bright, windless and dry Minety welcomed Chippenham to Minety Fields for an eagerly awaited Division 1 clash writes Peter McAllister

Chippenham started the game playing down the hill with the sun behind them but it was the home side who started strongly, driving into the Chippenham 22 with Number 8 Andrew Hibbard carrying the ball into contact. The Minety scrum set the tone for the match by completely dominating the set piece, immoveable on their own put in and driving Chippenham backwards on theirs.

The villagers put together a series of fine passages of play following a smart pick up by winger Ben Langridge out wide but the chance of an opening score was thwarted when Chippenham were awarded a penalty.

Nevertheless Minety’s persistence was rewarded in the 10th minute with a penalty from just outside the Chippenham 22 which scrum half Garin Garland converted to give Minety a 3-0 lead.

Chippenham came back strongly but the Minety defence stayed resolute and forced Chippenham to kick the ball away.

The visitors continued to press and after 20 minutes Minety lost their own line-out 5 metres from their try line and Chippenham took full advantage, cutting through to score a try. The conversion was missed but Chippenham led 5-3.

The game was evenly balanced, Minety defending fiercely, winger Langridge in particular putting in some decisive tackles on the very dangerous Chippenham backs whilst the Minety forwards held the upper hand against their opponents. Even though Minety began to dominate and gained good field position they contrived to knock the ball on or lose possession. A penalty kick went wide of the posts and Minety found themselves 5-3 down at half time despite their overall superiority.

The second half saw Minety attacking downhill and early pressure led to a penalty opportunity but again the kick drifted wide.

Chippenham always looked dangerous with a quick back line and a large pack so it was no surprise that the game see-sawed back and forth. Minety’s excellent tackling and dominance in the scrum was counter balanced by Chippenham’s lineout superiority and all round pace.

A kick and catch by fly half Will Mason, making his first appearance of the season, pushed the home side into the Chippenham 22 again and the subsequent pressure resulted in a penalty in front of the posts which Garland coolly slotted to edge Minety  into a 6-5 lead.

The Minety scrum was so effective against the large Chippenham pack that it consistently drove the opposition back and it was surprising that the advantage didn’t convert into points for Minety.  The match took an unexpected turn in the 61st minute when Chippenham cleared the ball quickly from a retreating scrum and then fashioned a fine try with a set piece backs move to score under the posts. The successful conversion moved Chippenham into a 6-12 lead.

With time against them Minety had to respond but their desperation to force the play often led to handling errors which allowed Chippenham to reset and gain possession. However, the home team’s determination and superiority told; a great break by Mason was ended by a high tackle but Garland responded quickest and scurried over to score under the post. The try was converted and Minety moved back into a slender 13-12 lead.

The game continued to be competitive as both teams took advantage of each other’s errors – Minety winning the scrums and Chippenham taking the lineouts.

In the end the game was decided following sustained defensive pressure from Minety on the Chippenham 22. The ball went loose and 2nd row Matt Stone pounced to pick it up in midfield and race through unopposed under the posts to score the decisive try. Garland’s conversion was successful taking the score to 20 – 12 with just moments remaining.

Minety were deserved winners but the fact that Ben Langridge was named Man of the Match for his tackling and defensive duties were a measure of how competitive the game was. Special praise was also reserved to the pack and, in particular the Minety front row of Mark Glew, captain Tom Claxton and Andy Darrall.

(Match photographs to follow, care of Terry Parker and Wilts Glos Standard)


Written by Graham Cooke

November 18th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Minety Select brave an Amesbury onslaught

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Unable to field a full team to play their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 fixture at runaway league leaders Amesbury, Minety fielded a team made up of a core of their own players augmented by players loaned from Salisbury teams and Amesbury.

On a bright sunny November afternoon at the picturesque Amesbury ground, the Minety select soon found out why Amesbury are unbeaten this season.  The home side, well organised and very powerful, soon made their advantage felt, running in three tries in the first 10 minutes and sewing up their four try bonus point in the 23rd minute.

The Minety select team, to their credit, refused to lie down, and fought for possession and territory and although the first half ended with the home team comfortably 48-0 up, the contest was much more even.

A chance to re-group at half time game the visitors the opportunity to switch some players around and this tactic paid off in the opening exchanges of the second half when they scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes and then battled against the home side for the rest of the game, eventually losing 82-22 in a game where the big winners were sportsmanship and rugby.

Amesbury are clearly going to be a force to be reckoned with in Division 3 and if they do realise their ambition of a first season promotion to Division 2, there are a number of teams there who will find them more than a match!

Minety Select 2nd XV

Congratulations must go out to both sets of players for their commitment, sense of fair play and desire to play open and attacking rugby.

Thanks must also go to the members and supporters of Amesbury who made the small Minety party so welcome and cheered both teams on with equal enthusiasm.

Written by Graham Cooke

November 18th, 2018 at 11:34 am

Upcoming fixtures

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On Saturday 17th November Minety 1st XV will host Chippenham at Minety Fields (Ko 2.30pm) while Steve Wilson’s 2nd XV travel to Amesbury for D&W3 action.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV will take to the pitch confident after wins over Calne, in the league, and Warminster, in the Vase Semi final.  A victory on Saturday would help Minety keep in touch with the top of the table, where the top 4 teams face off against each other and points will be dropped.

Minety come up against a Chippenham team sitting in 9th place in the league with just one victory from their 7 league outings.  Chippenham’s lone victory this season was at the unpredictable Pewsey Vale, where they emerged 43-35 victors but since then they have lost heavily at Combe Down and recently, at home, to the improving Melksham outfit.

Steve Wilson’s 2nd XV, struggling with numbers as I write this, will hope to travel to new D&W3 team Amesbury.  The home team have won all 6 matches this season, only failing to gain a “4 try” bonus point in one match.

Minety’s 2nd XV sit in 6th place with 11 points but have lost half of their matches to concessions (once by Minety and twice by other teams).  We all hope that 15 Minety players can take the pitch at Amesbury on Saturday.

Full match reports will be available on this site on Sunday. 

Written by Graham Cooke

November 16th, 2018 at 10:17 am

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Fun Bus; players wanted!

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Ladies and Gents, old and new!

We are after a few more players for Saturdays 2s game away at Amesbury.

There is a “fun bus” heading there leaving the rugby club at 11:30/12:00hrs and returning later that evening……there will be beers provided by the club for the return journey!

Amesbury are really keen for us to play as they have a VPs day and are putting on some good food after the game.

If you haven’t played in a while or are returning from injury then this is a great time to get back involved!

Come on chaps get involved and keep the club pressing forward!

If you’re keen get in touch on here or call the 2s Captain Steve on 07753 191564.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 14th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

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Next Fixtures

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Written by Graham Cooke

November 14th, 2018 at 7:25 pm

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MTV of Vase Semi Final available

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The MTV of the Vase semi final on Saturday against Warminster is now posted and available on this site.  It can be viewed by clicking here, clikcing on the MTV icon or by chosing the Minety Player option on the side bar.

Decisions decisions!

Written by Graham Cooke

November 14th, 2018 at 8:44 am

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Vase Semi Final winning lineup

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Minety marched into the final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase with a fine 32-7 victory over their division 1 compatriots Warminster at Minety Fields on Saturday. The win sets up a mouthwatering final with Christchurch’s “Dorset Dockers” at a ground yet to be determined on Saturday 24th November. Wherever that match is to be staged, Minety will be taking a coach so keep an eye out on this site for details of the arrangements – those who came on the coach to the last final that Minety made in 2015 still talk about the experience with pride.

Casting our minds back to that heady day, Coach Andy Ward led his side out onto the field at Warminster to take on Lychett Minster from Dorset.  In an incredibly tight match Garin Garland put Minety ahead with a first half penalty before Lychett Minster grabbed the lead with just 20 minutes left with a try.  7 – 3 down, and with the clock ticking, Minety launched wave after wave of attacks on the Minster line and it was captain Andrew Hibbard who sealed the win, and the Senior Vase, charging down an attemtped  clearance kick and touching down for the winning try.  Heady days. 

1. Mark Glew

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Cameron Smith

4. Ben Collins

5. Ben Scott

6. Kieran Tillotsen

7. Ben Sellick

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Tom McAllister

11. Ben Langridge

12. Jack Ward

13. Jack Howse

14. Dave Cooke

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Andy Darrell

17. Matt Stone

18. Jay Thompson

19. Del Murray

20. Gareth Peirce

21. Chris Rule

21. James Stuart

Written by Graham Cooke

November 12th, 2018 at 9:38 am

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Minety march into final

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Minety defeated their fellow Dorset and Wilts Division 1 team Warminster on Saturday to qualify for the final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase, a competition they last won in 2015.

The village team swapped from their normal pitch in the days leading up to the match, opting for one of the newly drained club pitches after several days of heavy rain in the area.

The two squads observed a minute’s silence before the game.  The visitors kicked off, playing down the slope at Minety Fields against perhaps the strongest line-up that Minety has been able to assemble this season.

After soaking up some early Warminster pressure, the home side started to dominate, their scrum pushing the Warminster pack back and giving scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Tom McAllister lots of time to set up waves of attacking moves.

The villagers took the lead in the 10th minute when Garland stroked home a penalty and should have extended their lead given the territorial advantage that they enjoyed.

Their attacking impetus was disrupted somewhat when the powerful Ben Sellick was forced off with a nasty head injury in the 15th minute, Del Murray replacing him at flanker.

Man of the Match, Tom McAllister

Garland doubled the lead in the 18th minute with another penalty and straight from the restart Murray burst brilliantly through the Warminster defence to set up a try out wide for McAllister after some fine work from No. 8 Andrew Hibbard and centre Jack Howse.  Garland’s excellent 30 metre conversion put Minety firmly in the driving seat, 13 points to the good.

Centre Jack Ward and prop Mark Glew were both halted by last ditch tackles metres from the Warminster line as Minety piled on the pressure.  Opportunities to increase the lead were squandered as Minety were guilty of overplaying attacking situations but it came as no surprise when they registered their second try in the 38th minute.  Complete domination at the scrum pushed the visitors back to their own line and they were helpless to prevent Garland picking up and darting over the line.  With the conversion successful, Minety led 20-0 at the interval.

Playing downhill in the second half, Minety looked to continue their domination but injuries to second row Ben Scott and Ward disrupted their flow and an injury to a Warminster prop meant that all subsequent scrummages were uncontested, with Minety losing their domination of the set piece.

With Warminster enjoying more possession from the scrum, Minety had to defend but strong tackling in midfield and aggressive rucking kept the visitors pinned back.

A fine break from McAllister, from in front of his own posts, was taken on by replacement centre Chris Rule and then by Garland before winger Ben Langridge was brought down inches from the line.  From the ensuing ruck second row stalwart Ben Collins crashed over for his first try of the season and Minety’s third of the match.

Warminster struck back in the 63rd minute with a converted try near the posts in one of their very few incursions into the Minety 22 but the village team sealed their place in the Vase final after a period of sustained pressure on the Warminster line when Hibbard picked up and drove through for a try after Garland, Collins and Murray had all been held up agonisingly close to the line.

Garland’s conversion ended the scoring with Minety running out 32-7 winners.

Coach Andy Grayson was more than pleased with the result.  “It was a great all round performance and had the scrummages not been uncontested in the second half, I am sure we would have won far more convincingly.”

In the Vase final Minety will face the Dorset Dockers from Christchurch at a neutral venue yet to be decided.

Man of the match went to fly half Tom McAllister whose tactical kicking and game management was exemplary.

Minety players celebrate their victory

Written by Graham Cooke

November 10th, 2018 at 7:54 pm

D&W Senior Vase Semi Final

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Just one fixture for Minety this weekend, but it could be one of the most significant on the fixture list for the North Wiltshire club.  With a 2pm kick off (to cater for any extra time that may be required) Minety entertain Warminster in the semi final of the Dorset and Wilts Senior Vase competition, a competition that MInety famously won at Warminster against Lytchett Minster on Saturday 29th November 2015.

Victory for the village team would mean a final against either Puddletown or Dorset Dockers.

Tom Claxton, Andy Grayson and the team will not be taking anything for granted against a powerful Warminster side who defeated Minety on the opening day of the seasonj and who now lie in 4th place in the league table, 6 poinmts clear of Minety having won 5 or their 7 league matches this season.

The game will be played on one of the “top” pitches at Minety and not on the main one; the recent heavy rain has washed away some of the sand in the drainage system and this is to be replensihed in the next few days, but not in time for such an important fixture.

If you can get down to Minety Fields to support the lads, your support would be most appreciated. 

A full match report will appear on this website on Sunday.


Written by Graham Cooke

November 9th, 2018 at 9:47 am

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