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Minety RFC Golf Day 2017

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Minety rugby club try their hand at golf again this year. Closest to the pin and longest drive competition, drinks prizes and more than a few laughs promised. All handicaps welcome!
When: Saturday 12th August, 10am
Where: Oaksey Golf Course
Cost: £20
Contact: Duncan Simpson, duncansimpson89@gmail.com or via Facebook Event

Written by Graham Cooke

July 22nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety summer 7 a side competition

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Tuesday 4th July saw the end of the annual summer touch rugby at Minety as senior players look forward to pre-season training. It has been an enjoyable couple of months, with many of Minety’s under 16 players testing the pace of their elders, looking to make a big impact in the upcoming season as some step up to play senior rugby. This year saw a great increase in attendance, often running 3 teams with intense competition and some fantastic tries. Notable moments were prop Colin French finding his side step; second’s captain Matthew Stone dropping the ball when swan diving and veteran fly half Adam Watts running his try from an interception past all the young flyers.

 The stand out performer and recipient of the ‘Player of the Summer’ trophy, beautifully crafted (see above) by Duncan Simpson) was Minety junior, Aden Vaughan.

Co-Organiser Duncan Simpson commented: “Young Aden is always full of energy in attack and defence, he took all coaching advice on board and played the tactics of the game very well, making a great contribution to his team. Already a smart and skilful player I look forward to seeing his development at the club.”

A special thanks to Huw Jones for organising and refereeing.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

July 18th, 2017 at 5:59 pm

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Star Medical

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Minety RFC is delighted to announce that it will be supported by Star Medical for Sports Therapy this coming season.

Star Medical, who are based in Wootton Bassett will provide therapy cover on Tuesday nights between 7.30pm and 9pm in the club house and on all match days.

Star Medical’s Director is HOLLIE BAILEY, MSc BSc (Hons) PGCHE FPoS CKPT MSST

Hollie Bailey was the founder of Back 2 Sport Sports Therapy, now re-branded to STAR MEDICAL. She completed her BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy in 2008 at London Metropolitan University and has also completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University of Nottingham in 2014.

Hollie has many years of experience, working with a variety of sports including rugby, ice hockey, football, ultimate frisbee and endurance events. Hollie has worked for GB junior Ultimate Frisbee for the past four years attending European and World Championships. In June 2014 she was selected to be part of the medical team for a multi sport event in China.

She currently works as a full time lecturer at  Hartpury University Centre on the BSc Sports Therapy degree. She is the head of sports medicine for Dorset and Wilts County Rugby. She is a registered first aid tutor and certified Kinesio tape practitioner.

We’d like to welcome Hollie and her team to the club and look forward to a successful working relationship.

Star Medical’s website is http://www.starmedical.org/index.html and they can be contacted on 07784 558665.

Written by Graham Cooke

July 17th, 2017 at 9:41 am

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Minety players in world record charity event

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Players from Minety RFC will be joining their friends from the Parachute Training School’s 7 a side team “Horus 7” as they attempt to break a world record for the longest rugby 7’s game, a game that is planned to last for 30 hours, yes 30 hours!

The attempt, which will take place at Witney Rugby Club on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July, aims not only to break a world record but also to raise money for the registered charity – Cakes for Casualties, a charity nominated by our great friend and Minety Rugby Club member, Rob Bugden.  Those who follow the club will know that Rob, who played several seasons for the club was terribly injured in a parachute accident in America 18 months ago.  Since then, Minety has supported the PTI’s and their charity work and we are delighted to be asked to help with this one.

Cakes 4 Casualties rely solely on public donations.

At the forefront is Kath Ryan, who buys ingredients, bakes, delivers and most importantly, spends precious time with the wounded and sick troops, whom she affectionately calls ‘my boys’.

Kath has also played an important role in supporting one of our own fellow Parachute Jump Instructors. Cpl Rob Bugden suffered severe spinal injuries in Jan 16 after a parachuting accident, and with the support of Kath and her marvellous cakes, provided Rob with the much-needed support on top of her regular visits.

The Cake Lady visits injured and sick soldiers in Birmingham Hospitals once a week, Headley Court (Surrey) once a month on a regular basis, though she receives requests from all over the UK…as well as invitations to partake in events and weddings.

Minety RFC hopes that everyone who reads this page, or follows the club, will support this amazing event by donating a small amount of money.

If you wish to support the lads and the charity that Rob Bugden has nominated, please, please click the link below and follow the instructions:

Many thanks!

http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/fundraiser/adwpts/horus-7s-world-record-attempt

Fundraising: Donations are accepted until 29 Aug 2017

Written by Graham Cooke

July 16th, 2017 at 9:25 am

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Pre Season training

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It’s that time of year again, get your boots and your inhalers out: it’s Preseason training again!

Minety RFC’s preseason training starts tomorrow (11th July) at 7:00pm.

As always new, old and deformed faces are welcome. Let’s have a good push and show of people from the get go to really get the buzz going for this season coming, everything is in place for this to be a season to remember for all of the Minety sides.

We’ve got two great coaches for the upcoming season Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees so let’s give them a proper welcome tomorrow night and show them what we at Minety can do!

MIGHTY MINETY!!

Written by Graham Cooke

July 10th, 2017 at 11:34 am

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Minety RFC Junior Section

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We all appreciate the importance of the Junior section of the club. The work done by the coaches and officials over the years has been remarkable and a thriving junior section is at the heart of our rugby club.  Over the seasons we have seen more and more ex junior section players making their way through to the senior ranks, either playing 1st or 2nd team rugby at Minety or moving away from the area to new clubs.

The Junior section is actively recruiting new members for its teams.  You can help:  A full sized copy of the poster, in pdf format is available here.  If you know of someone who would benefit please either give them details of the website and how to access the document or download and print out a copy and give it to them.

Let’s build the future of this wonderful club together.

Written by Graham Cooke

July 7th, 2017 at 9:00 am

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Meet the new coaches

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We are delighted to announce that Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees will be our coaches for the 2017 – 2018 season.

Andy joins us as head coach at Minety RFC this season having previously had recent spells coaching at Cricklade Rfc and Corsham Rfc. He has been coaching for 10 years and is currently working for England Rugby on the All Schools project, coaching in secondary schools in Swindon. He looks forward to working with both teams.

Hywel comes to us from playing and coaching across multiple sections over the last 14 years at Supermarine. He has  a great passion for the game and is a particular fan of open, expansive rugby and has learned his trade through working with coaches from all over the world and adopting and adapting their ideas. When asked what persuaded him to be part of the coaching set up he replied “I’ve always had a soft spot for the club having played here many times over the years so when Andy asked if I’d be interested I had to say yes. There is huge potential here with a young but very talented back line. I am really looking forward to helping them develop into a highly attacking outfit.”

We’re delighted to have both Andy and Hywel on board for the new season and will be bringing you more about our new coaches in the weeks leading up to the start of the season.

The club would like to express their thanks to Richard Hall for his work with the squad last year and also to Craig Smith for stepping into the breach in the second half of the season.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

July 5th, 2017 at 8:49 am

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Club Officials 2017 – 2018

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The list of club officials for the forthcoming season was confirmed at the AGM held on 28th June 2017.  The Contacts page of the website has been updated, as far as my notes allowed me.  Could all officials please check the contents of the Contacts Page and send any updates / alterations to me @ ghcooke@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Graham

Written by Graham Cooke

July 5th, 2017 at 8:44 am

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Minety AGM: Wednesday 28th June at 7.30pm

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June 27th, 2017 at 5:36 pm

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AGM – Wednesday 28th June at 7.30pm

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June 24th, 2017 at 10:43 am

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Minety RFC AGM – 28th June

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The year’s Annual General Meeting of Minety Rugby Club will be held in the club house at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th June.

The AGM is a chance for members and supporters of the club to have their say, elect new club officers, and hear how the club has done this season, and what its plans are for next year and the foreseeable future.

Come and show your support and have a beer; all welcome!

Please note that only paid up members are able to vote at the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you all; please spread the word.

Many thanks.

Written by Graham Cooke

June 13th, 2017 at 11:14 am

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Fixtures for 2017 – 2018

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The league fixtures for both Minety 1st XV and 2nd XV are now available on this website.  If there are any alterations to these lists we will publish details here as soon as we hear it.

Click here for the Fixture List or use the menu item on the right of this screen.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

June 7th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

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2017 Minety 7’s Photo Gallery

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Written by Graham Cooke

May 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MRFC Annual Presentation Dinner

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Only a few places remaining for this year’s Annual Presentation Dinner on Friday 26th May at 7pm.
 
Down to the last few places now, please note your meal will only be booked if you confirm attendance with Andy Somers or Andy Ward. No confirmation = no meal !
 
Also note, if you confirm attendance and don’t show up, you will be expected to pay as a meal will have been booked.
Cheers
Andy Somers
07810 546341
Email : Andy Somers at andy@greenandpurple.co.uk or Andy Ward at andy@andyjward.co.uk

Written by Graham Cooke

May 23rd, 2017 at 11:49 am

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MTV 2017 7s Tournament Final

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Click below to load and watch the dramatic final of the 2017 Minety 7s Tournament.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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Minchinhampton 2017 7s Champions

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Not even the rain that fell for most of the day could dampen the spirits of players and supporters at Saturday’s Minety 7’s tournament, won, after a dramatic final by Minchinhampton, who over came the RAF Horus team in a sudden death shoot out at the end of a terrific day’s 7’s rugby.

14 teams entered this year’s tournament expertly organised by Minety’s Jack Ward.

Divided into 2 groups of 7 teams, across two pitches, matches got underway at 11am.

At the end of a fiercely contested round of qualifying matches Horus and Swindon College Old Boys emerged as the top two sides from Pool A.  Three teams tied for top spot in a dramatic Pool B.  Caveman 7s, Cirencester RFC and Minchinhampton finished with 10 points each.  Points difference scored on the pitch saw Minchinhampton and Caveman 7s tied once against with points differences of 122 each.  After a brief committee meeting it was agreed between the two teams that top spot in Pool B should be decided by a toss of a coin.  Minchinhampton won and moved into the main Cup final against Pool A winners Horus, leaving Caveman 7s to compete with Swindon College Old Boys for the Plate.

With the rain lashing down Caveman 7s and Swindon College Old Boys could not be split after full time so a period of extra time was played with the first score deciding the outcome of the tie.  With both teams competing for every ball it looked as if extra time would be tied until Caveman 7’s broke through the Swindon line to score the decisive try.

The final was equally hard fought.  Horus and Minchinhampton threw everything into an excellent final, which, like the Plate Final, was tied at the end of full time.  It was Minchinhampton who triumphed with a try in extra time.

Qualifying Scores

 

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Total
Pool A
Minety 6 2 1 3 101 131 5
St Josephs Dads 6 0 0 6 35 89 0
Cirencester College Academy 6 1 0 5 28 134 2
Horus 7 6 5 0 1 141 35 11
Swindon College Old Boys 6 5 0 1 132 35 10
Supermarine 6 3 1 2 106 89 7
Devizes Colts 6 3 1 2 141 73 7
 

 

Pool B
Dreamers 6 2 0 4 45 191 4
Caveman 7s 6 5 0 1 146 24 10
Cirencester RFC 6 5 0 1 137 49 10
Minchinhampton 6 5 0 1 157 35 10
Chippenham RFC 6 3 0 3 126 66 6
Cirencester Royal Ag. Coll. 6 0 0 6 12 112 0
Barbarians 6 1 0 5 35 175 2

 

Full photo gallery and film of the final to come.

Many thanks to all who took part in the Minety 7’s.  Special thanks to Jack Ward for organising the whole event.  Congratulations to Minchinhampton – we look forward to you coming back to defend your title in 2018!

Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2017 at 11:44 am

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Saturday 20th May … Minety 7s

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Written by Graham Cooke

May 20th, 2017 at 8:52 am

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1 day to go ….

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Written by Graham Cooke

May 19th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

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5 days to go ….

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Yes, just 5 more days to go to the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament.

The photograph above shows the 2016 Minety 7’s victors, the team from the Royal Agricultural College.  To read the report of the 2016 event, click here.

Club Chairman Dave Peirce writes:

Hi all, Hope you’re well and enjoying your break? Cry for help please, volunteers needed for setting up the 7’s, and club dinner, and helping out at each event.  Please contact Andrew Somers and/or Andy Ward for the dinner and Jack Ward for the 7’s.   Contact details for these fine gentlemen can be found on the Club Contacts page – see right.  Also Andrew O’Dell for helping out with the bar at either event.

All help is much appreciated. Cheers folks

Written by Graham Cooke

May 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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6 days ….

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May 15th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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8 days to go … to the Minety 7’s

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Saturday 20th May, starting at 11am at Minety Fields.  For contact details see below.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

May 12th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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16 days to go …

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May 5th, 2017 at 9:36 am

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Minety Annual Dinner / Presentation Evening

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This highspot of the club year is on 26th May.

We have returned to a3 course waitress/waiter served format this year, so a return to the old traditional style. The guest speaker is the former England prop Paul Rendall, so I’m sure they’ll be some great stories told.

Tickets are £35 each, and they are selling fast.

Please contact Andy Somers on 07810 546341 to reserve your ticket asap to avoid disappointment.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 4th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety 7’s – 20th May

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Club 7’s Tournament, starts at 10am. Please make every effort to attend, and support your home team, and enjoy a day of rugby, beer, and food. All welcome. If you are, or know of someone that maybe interested in entering a team please contact Jack Ward on 07827 291929.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 3rd, 2017 at 10:15 am

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MTV: Highlights (?) from the 2016 Minety 7’s

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May 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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20th May – Minety 7’s

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Just 20 days to go to the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The Minety 7’s is always a highlight of the post season and this year looks to be no different.  We already have a number of teams signed up for the event but if anyone still wants to enter a team, then they should contact Jack Ward directly at <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com> .

Please spread the word and join us for a relaxing day of rugby, beer & burgers. Please feel free to invite friends, family and any teams you feel would be interested.

Also feel free to join us the day before to set everything up, all volunteers welcome. Contact is Jack Ward <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com>

Written by Graham Cooke

May 1st, 2017 at 11:43 am

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A Minety RFC “must have”!

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Local business, Phi Jewellery have released a Minety RFC cufflink set.

They are handmade using traditional industrial methods by Minety player Duncan Simpson.

These exclusive cufflinks are available in both brass and stainless steel.

 

 

For more information please visit www.phi-jewellery.co.uk/pages/minety

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 28th, 2017 at 11:17 am

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MTV: Pewsey Match

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April 26th, 2017 at 10:17 am

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Minety 7’s Tournament 2017

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So with the season completed for Minety 1st and 2nd XV teams, all eyes turn to the annual Minety 7’s tournament, to be held this year on Saturday 20th May.

The Minety 7’s is always a highlight of the post season and this year looks to be no different.  We already have a number of teams signed up for the event but if anyone still wants to enter a team, then they should contact Jack Ward directly at <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com> .

Please spread the word and join us for a relaxing day of rugby, beer & burgers. Please feel free to invite friends, family and any teams you feel would be interested.

Also feel free to join us the day before to set everything up, all volunteers welcome. Contact is Jack Ward <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com>

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2017 at 10:48 am

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1st XV at Pewsey on 22nd April

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An A4, high definition printed version will be available from the club soon.  Contact Graham for more information.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2017 at 10:36 am

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Pewsey power too much for Minety

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Minety’s 1st XV ended their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign with a disappointing 43-25 defeat at the hands of Pewsey Vale on Saturday.

Minety finished in a creditable 6th place in the 12 team division with 11 wins from their 22 outings, one place above local rivals Wootton Bassett, whose 50-0 defeat at the hands of Bradford on Avon left them in 7th place.

The season ender was played in unseasonably warm weather at the picturesque Pewsey ground.

The visitors kicked off and pushed Pewsey back into their own 22 metre area with some quick passing but the “writing was on the wall” when Pewsey’s centres broke through the Minety defence and only some sloppy passing prevented an opening try.  The powerful Pewsey pack disrupted Minety’s scrum and the village side were forced to defend their lines desperately, fly half Tom McAllister’s kicking easing the pressure.

Against the run of play, Minety opened the scoring.  After Pewsey had been penalised for delaying a lineout, captain Andrew Hibbard picked up the ball 50 metres out and ran straight through the defence, off-loading the ball to Duncan Simpson, who touched down between the posts.  Garin Garland kicked the conversion and Minety were an improbable 7-0 up.

Pewsey hit back 5 minutes later when Minety were penalised in their own 22.  From the resulting scrum, fly half James Haynes burst through before slipping a pass to No. 8 Phil Vallis who scored from close range.  Haynes’ conversion tied up the scores at 7 each.

Minety kept the match even by moving the ball quickly in the backs but the scrummages were very one sided and any ball that the visitors claimed put them on the back foot.

Big second row Ben Collins, just back after a serious knee injury, proved a handful for the Pewsey defence and gave some respite for Minety’s overworked defence.

Minety regained the lead in the 30th minute when Pewsey offended at a ruck, Garland kicking the penalty, and it was the young full back who extended the lead to 13-7 from another penalty in the 35th minute.

Pewsey struck back before half time.  Once again, the combination of No. 8 Vallis and Haynes proved too much for the beleaguered visiting defence and the fly half touched down for Pewsey’s second try and then kicked the conversion to take the lead 14-13 at the end of the first half.

If there is to be one criticism that can be levied against the Minety team it is their inability to “switch back on” after a break and the four unanswered Pewsey tries in the first 12 minutes of the second half demonstrated this and ended Minety’s chance of getting anything from this match.

In the 41st minute replacement forward Sam Flippance ran straight through the Minety defence to score a fine solo try, converted by Haynes.

Three minutes later McAllister’s try line clearance was charged down and Pewsey’s loose head prop Guy Ellis was first to react to the loose ball to touch down.

Pewsey’s third try of the half came in the 49th minute.  Fly half Haynes picked up a Minety clearance, ran it back and from the resulting ruck flanker Olly Spence picked up and ran through for a try under the posts.

Pewsey’s 6th try came shortly after when flanker Chris Spence seized on the ball and scored wide out on the right wing.  Haynes’ long range conversion fell short but Pewsey were now in complete control of the match, leading 38-13.

The home team were reduced to 14 men when Chris Spence was yellow carded for “pulling an opponent down” at a lineout.

Minety pressed forward and played some of their most enterprising rugby of the match but all too often the final pass went astray and possession lost.

Both teams lost a player, each yellow carded, after a flare up in the 61st minute.

Minety’s second try came after a period of pressure on the Pewsey line.  A midfield run from Jack Ward was rebuffed but Simpson was on hand to pick up and score.

Pewsey extended their lead to 43-18 in the 77th minute when Vallis sprinted through for his second try.

Minety’s final try was a penalty try awarded after winger Dave Cooke’s fine run through the Pewsey defence was halted by a desperate neck high tackle close to the try line.

The final moments of the match saw Minety desperately trying to gain the all-important bonus point winning 4th try, but all their efforts were repelled by a resolute Pewsey defence.

Final score: Pewsey Vale 43 Minety 25

Gallery

 

Team photographs to follow; film of the match will be on MTV on Wednesday.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 23rd, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Fixtures

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April 21st, 2017 at 11:21 am

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A vital weekend ahead for both teams

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It seems almost in conceivable but this weekend’s fixtures conclude the 2016 / 2017 season for both Minety teams.

Andrew Hibbard, who will be stepping down as captain of the 1st XV after the match, takes his 1st XV to Pewsey Vale.  Pewsey have enjoyed a tremendous season after their promotion from Division 2 last season.  Pewsey chairman Steve Parks has praised his club for their achievement this season, and quite rightly so.  It was Pewsey who came to Minety Fields for the 1st match of the current Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North campaign and left with a win under their belts.  There is no doubt that Hibbard and his Minety team will be looking to avenge that first match defeat in the final match of the season.

A win at Pewsey would cement 6th place in the league for the village team.  With Pewsey sitting one place, but 10 league points ahead of Minety, all attention will be on the result of the match between our old rivals Royal Wootton Bassett and Bradford on Avon at Ballards’ Ash.  Bassett, with an identical played 21, won 11, lost 10 record, sit just 4 points behind Minety in the table.  A heavy win for Bassett and a similar loss for Minety would see the teams swap places in the table.

Bassett’s match against 3rd placed Bradford on Avon is equally important for their highly placed opponents.  BOA currently lie in 3rd place in the table, equal on points with Melksham, who themselves have a tough match on their hands with an encounter with 2nd placed Warminster.

Corsham, who were assured of the Championship two weeks ago, host bottom of the table Devizes, with exactly 100 league points separating the two.

To sum up, if Minety beat Pewsey then they finish 6th.  If Pewsey beat Minety and Bassett defeat Bradford heavily then Bassett will finish 6th and Minety 7th whilst Bradford may well slip down to 4th behind Melksham.

Whatever the case, all eyes will be on the results when the matches end at 4.30pm on Saturday.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV end their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North campaign with a match against Warminster II.  The 2nd XV find themselves in 8th place, largely through being penalised for being unable to field a team in some matches this season when injuries and sudden call ups to the 1st XV restricted player choice.  Whilst Warminster have little to play for other than pride (they are 7 points behind 3rd placed Corsham II’s and 9 ahead of Bradford on Avon III’s), Minety 2nd will be hoping for a good win and a chance to leapfrog Devizes, who are immediately above them in the table and just 2 points ahead.  Minety have a vastly superior points total if the two clubs were to tie in the league.

Full match reports and comment will be available on the website on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 21st, 2017 at 11:16 am

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2017 Tournament Results

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Minety are playing in the Whitby 10s Tournament. As the results come in we’ll post them here.

Match 1. Just heard from our correspondent, Cliff Garland, that Minety have started their campaign with a solid draw against Richmondshire, 3 – 3.

No news from the early morning “court” proceedings as yet.

Match 2. Minety 3 Brambley 1. Not sure what the scoring rules are but it looks as if it’s one point for each try scored. Will try to get confirmation of this from Cliff.

Hydration is vitally important between matches. Our esteemed chairman demonstrates that above!

Latest from Cliff. Minety have adopted a “no kicking” policy for their matches so far and the scoring is one point for each try scored.

Match 3. Minety 3 Babas 1. Try scorers Dave Cooke, Tom McAllister and Josh Bull.

As can be seen, preparation is vital before the semifinal clash with Acklam. Try scorers Tom McAllister and Dave Cooke, on either side of a mystery man, take on valuable liquid refreshment.

Latest news: Minety bow out of the tournament at the semi final stage, losing to Acklam 3 – 1, having won their qualifying pool. We’ll try and get a reaction from the team.

This is the “luxury” youth hostel where the team are staying. The bus driver was delighted to be told that he was staying elsewhere at a bed and breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 15th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

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Whitby Warned!

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Authorities have reportedly announced that the Yorkshire town of Whitby is in a state of lock down after reports that Minety RFC are on their way to the picturesque sea side town for their 2017 tour.

The party, most of them fashionably decked out in matching shell suits, left Minety RFC at 10am ready for the 6 hour journey north to Whitby where they will compete in the Whitby 10 a side tournament tomorrow (Saturday).  Assuming (and it is a great assumption) that they any of them arrive “compos mentis”, we hope to be able to update you on their progress.

Above (left to right): Matt Roberts, Jack Ward, Tom Claxton, James Stuart, Josh Bull, Dave Cooke, Matt Cross, Rob Hinwood, Ash Windle, Garin Garland, Ben Collins, Ben Langridge, Matt Stone, Davie Peirce, Ben Scott, Andy Ward, Tom McAllister (hiding), Chris Rule, Dale Langdown, Cliff Garland, Ady Fisher, Andrew Cook.

The Gallery below, shows the preparations in and around the club house immediately before departure.  Clicking on a photograph will bring it up to full size (you have been warned!) and those of a delicate disposition (or with any degree of dress sense) may wish to look away now.

 

 

Click on the centre of the picture to start the slideshow.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 14th, 2017 at 11:43 am

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2017 Minety RFC Dinner

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It’s one of the, if not “The” social event of the year – the Minety RFC Annual Presentation Dinner 2017.

26th May 2017 at 7.30pm in the MRFC Clubhouse.

We are very pleased and excited to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be Paul “Judge” Rendall, former England and Wasps prop.

Paul earned 28 caps for England from 1984, playing in six 5 Nations Championships plus the 1987 World Cup and played his final England game aged 37 years old in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. He was also the kangaroo court Judge on England tours, so he should have some great stories from the amateur days.

In addition to a sumptuous feast (a waitress service, sit down 4 course meal) and the wise words from the Chairman, the Coach, the 1st and 2nd XV captains and others, the event will include presentations for:

Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Most Improved Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Year, 2nd XV Most improved player, 2nd XV Player of the Season and the Captain’s Award.

Tickets are £35, please contact Andy Somers at andy@greenandpurple.co.uk to reserve your place, a deposit or full payment will be required.

This event is limited to 80 places, and at the time of writing 28 had already been taken up.  Act fast; get your booking sorted as quickly as possible.

Club Chairman Dave Peirce added, “Lads only night, but any help from our lovely ladies would be much appreciated. If interested in helping with the bar contact Andrew O’Dell. Thanks!”

Written by Graham Cooke

April 12th, 2017 at 10:36 am

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Division 3 North results and table

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Minety 2nd XV’s victory at Devizes, by 28-17, could be crucial with just one fixture for each club in the 2016/7 season.  The win secures the 2nd XV at least 8th place in the league but moves them to within 2 league points of Devizes above them and a real chance of 7th place.  Minety also have a vastly superior match points “For / Against” tally than Devizes should the two become locked on similar league points.

The final set of fixtures for the 2016/7 season will be played on Saturday 22nd April where Minety host 4th placed Warminster while Devizes are at home to 2nd placed Alfred’s Nomads.

Congratulations to Swindon College Old Boys whose 37-12 victory over Supermarine guaranteed them the Divsion 3 North title and with it, promotion to Division 2 next season.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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D&W1N Results

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Even though the 1st XV weren’t playing this weekend, the fixtures for this, the penultimate round of fixtures in the 2016 / 7 campaign make for interesting reading as far as Minety are concerned.

Pewsey’s fine away win at Swindon means that Minety cannot overhaul them (the two teams come up against each other at Pewsey in the final round of matches on the 22nd April) but Wootton Bassett’s inability to field a team for their match against high flying Warminster means that Minety are clear favourites to retain 6th place at the conclusion of the season.

If Minety take a single league point from their game at Pewsey then Bassett will have to score 4 tries and register well over 100 points in their game to overcome their points scored deficit.

A review of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North will appear on the site tomorrow.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am

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First half blitz sees Minety 2nds home

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With the 1st XV enjoying a rare weekend off, all eyes were focused upon Matt Stone’s Minety 2nd XV as they headed to Devizes for a Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North match on Saturday.

With the teams separated by just 6 points in the league, Devizes being 7th and Minety 8th, and the season rapidly nearing its end, this match was a “must win”  for both sides.

The opening exchanges were even, with defences on top.  Devizes were clearly the heavier and stronger in the scrum and their domination tested Minety’s defensive line again and again.  Somewhat against the run of play, Minety opened the scoring.  Exploiting a lack of numbers down the right, Minety’s backs pulled the Devizes defence one way and then the other before a quick interchange of passes saw veteran front row forward Steve Murray run through to score under the posts.  Will Mason kicked the conversion and Minety were 7-0 up.

Minety doubled their lead soon after.  Once again, the Devizes scrum put pressure on the Minety pack but from the disrupted play, scrum half Garin Garland spotted an opening and broke through.  Winger Kieran Gash cut back against the run of play and Garland’s long pass saw the winger through and under the posts.  Once again Mason slotted the conversion and Minety were 14 points to the good.

Minety continued to exploit spaces out wide and pushed their opponents back into their own 22 metre area.  When the home team were penalised for a rucking offence Garland took a quick penalty and his pass saw captain Matt Stone through for Minety’s third try.  Mason’s conversion was successful and Minety were 21 -0 up.

Devizes hit back and scored an unconverted try shortly before half time to reduce the arrears to 21-5.

Minety’s efforts in the first half took their toll early in the second.  With some fatigue and a little complacency, they let Devizes come back at them and the pressure told when Devizes scored their second try to reduce the deficit to 11.

The villagers were immediately on the back foot from the restart.  A lost ball and a couple of missed tackles saw Devizes score their third try, this one converted.

With the score now Devizes 17  Minety 21, the visitors rallied and regained some of the fire and form that had seen them so dominant in the first half.  Pressure eventually saw centre Tom Windle break through two tackles to score what was Minety’s final try with Mason converting again to end the match Devizes 17 Minety 28.

The “4 try bonus point” means that Minety 2nds are just 2 league points behind Devizes with the village team sporting a much superior points difference as the two teams prepare for the final league matches of the season on the 22nd April when Minety entertain 4th placed Warminster and Devizes host 2nd placed Alfred’s Nomads.

Captain Matt Stone praised the efforts of his team after the match.  “It was a patched up team but everyone came together and I thought our first half performance was tremendous.  We did switch off a bit at the start of the second half and had to show real determination not to allow Devizes to overwhelm us.  The bonus point was just what we hoped for and 7th place in the league is definitely there for the taking.”

Man of the Match: Mike Scott

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 9th, 2017 at 10:08 am

MTV: Swindon match

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Written by Graham Cooke

April 5th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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