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Slow start costs Minety dear

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Elis Garland, scorer of two second half tries

Buoyed by their excellent season opening win at Pewsey, Minety took to the field at Warminster under no illusions that this was to be an altogether stiffer test.  In fact, it took less than a minute for the in-form home team to score.  Direct from the kick off, Warminster secured the ball and a fine move across the pitch involving the entire back line saw their full back touch down under the posts.

Shell shocked, Minety hit back and enjoyed territorial advantage but were held at bay by some ferocious Warminster tackling in midfield.

When a Minety backs move broke down metres from the Warminster line it looked as if the home team would increase their lead but brilliant smothering tackles from centre Jack Howse and winger Ben Langridge saved the day.

Warminster doubled their lead in the 11th minute with another break away try.  A cross field run from their pacey full back and a well-timed pass to his right winger saw the latter out pace a threadbare defence and score under the posts.

Whilst a stable scrum and some good lineout ball gave the village team plenty of possession, the speed of the home defence meant little quality ball reached the Minety wingers.

Warminster’s third try came, once again, after a period of Minety pressure.  A neat interchange between centre and fly half saw the latter break through, evading two tacklers and scoring out wide on the right.

Minety held Warminster at bay for the rest of the half and started the second period strongly with scrum half Garin Garland a constant thorn in the home side’s defence.

Minety got on the score sheet nine minutes into the half.  Moving the ball much more confidently, they launched attack after attack on the home line and after Warminster were penalised for a high tackle, Garland took a tap penalty and fed hooker Tom Claxton, who charged through to score.

Minety’s second try, and the best of the match, came direct from the kick off and featured scrum half Garin Garland and his elder brother, full back Elis Garland, making a comeback after over a year out. Breaking the home line, the younger Garland fed his brother who outpaced 6 defenders to score wide on the left.

Minety’s desire to attack from all areas of the pitch cost them dear in the 54th minute.  After winning a scrum deep in their own 22, a clearance kick to touch would have been the safe option, but they chose to run the ball out and when the move broke down, Warminster pounced on the loose ball to score near the posts to stretch the lead to 26-10.

Langridge’s stunning one handed ankle tackle prevented another home side breakaway score as both teams went on all-out attack mode as the game entered its final quarter.

Del Murray scored Minety’s third try after they won a line out and scrum half Garland spotted a gap by the touchline which saw the young winger touch down by the corner flag.  Garland’s long range conversion was successful and Minety were back in the game.

Warminster struck back and a slick move across the backs saw their right winger touch down in the 77th minute.

Minety ended the match strongly and several try scoring attempts were thwarted by last ditch tackles, but the villagers gained a well-deserved consolation bonus point winning 4th try when the mercurial Elis Garland broke through to score in stoppage time.

Coach Hywel Rees took many positives from the game.  “We scored four second half tries against a very good team.  Everyone stepped up their game after our slow start.  We need to switch on at the start and begin with the same intensity that we end our games but overall I’m really proud of all the lads who played today.”

Written by Graham Cooke

September 17th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

MTV Pewsey match uploaded

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Click on the link below to take you to the MTV (Minety TV) page where the film of the Pewsey v Minety season opener has been posted.

Written by Graham Cooke

September 13th, 2017 at 9:50 am

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Next Fixtures

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September 12th, 2017 at 12:06 pm

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Results from D&W1N week 1

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September 11th, 2017 at 11:54 am

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Claxton inspires Minety to opening day win

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New Minety captain Tom Claxton saw his team open their Wadworth 6X Dorset and Wilts Division 1 campaign with a fine 29-14 victory at Pewsey Vale on Saturday.

On a beautifully prepared pitch, Minety dominated the early exchanges as the forwards held a powerful Pewsey pack and the pacey Minety backs ran at the home team’s line.

Against the run of play, Pewsey took the lead in the 9th minute.  A speculative kick into the Minety 22 took a wicked bounce and full back Duncan Simpson was clattered to the ground as he tried to pick up.  The loose ball was seized upon and the try awarded close to the posts.

Centre Tom Windle was denied a try in the 13th minute by a last second clearance after a clever kick from fly half Adam Watts wrong footed the Pewsey defence.

Minety opened their account with a fine opening try in the 20th minute.  A solid scrum on the half way line allowed scrum half Garin Garland to feed Watts who passed to right winger Ben Langridge.  From the ruck, Simpson broke the line and fed left winger Dave Cooke, who side stepped the full back and ran in to score under the posts.

Garland’s conversion was successful and the match was tied at 7 all.

Minety’s 2nd try came in the 32nd minute.  A lineout steal in their own half led to a break from No. 8 Andrew Hibbard.  Garland kicked ahead and when the ball was won at the ruck centre Dave Church and Windle combined to allow the latter to score wide on the right.

The score galvanised the home team, who proceeded to play some of their best rugby, pushing the visitors back onto their own line.  A Pewsey score seemed inevitable when Garland was yellow carded but somehow the 14 men of Minety held out to half time.

With flanker Josh Bull imperious at the lineout and the pack, with Mark Glew and Colin French, in fine form, Minety controlled the start of the second half.

Garland extended Minety’s lead in the 50th minute with a penalty after the home team were penalised for not releasing after a tackle.

Pewsey mounted attack after attack on the visitors’ line, only for each wave to be repelled by some immense tackling from Ben Collins, Matt Chisholm, Church and Bull in particular.

Pewsey’s 2nd try came at the end of another concerted series of attacks.  The successful conversion brought the scores to 15-14 in the visitors’ favour and set up a breathless last quarter.

Both sides pushed for the victory and play moved around the pitch at breakneck speed.

The match was settled in the 79th minute when Simpson picked up in midfield and ran in to score from 30 metres, Garland converting the try.

The “4 try bonus point” was secured deep into injury time.  Minety won a Pewsey scrum in their own half, Garland drove forward before slipping the ball to Bull who capped a fine performance by running in the try from 35 metres.

Garland’s conversion ended the match with Minety 29-14 victors.

New Minety coach Andy Grayson was delighted with the performance.  “We all fronted up and I was delighted with the commitment the lads showed.  It was a great squad performance with a number of 2nd team players stepping up and showing their qualities.  It’s onwards and upwards as we prepare for Warminster next week.”

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 10th, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Kick off times for Saturday

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We have just been informed that the kick off times for Saturday’s matches have been brought forward to help Minety players and supporters to get back for the annual Beer and Cider Festival.

The 1st team match at Pewsey Vale will kick off at 2pm.

The 2nd XV match at Warminster will kick off at 1.30pm.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 4th, 2017 at 11:03 am

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Nailsea prove too much for inexperienced Minety

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Minety 7  Nailsea 45  2nd September 2017.  Pre-season friendly

Minety’s final pre season friendly match proved to be a bruising encounter against Somerset Premier League side Nailsea and Backwell.

After the comfortable 36-0 victory over Cricklade in midweek, coaches Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees put out a relatively inexperienced team against the formidable Nailsea outfit.

Lacking a number of 1st team regulars, the Minety team surprisingly held the aggressive and well organised Nailsea team in the opening half hour.  Much of the play was in the Minety half but some ferocious defensive tackling kept the pacey Nailsea backs at bay.

The opening score took to the 30th minute to arrive.  A move across field saw the Minety defence stretched and Nailsea crossed the line from close in.  Minety barely had time to re-organise before the visitors doubled their lead with a second try and then followed it up with a third in quick succession.

The home side clawed their way back into the game and young Kieran James brilliantly scooped up a loose ball to run in under the posts from 20 metres out after a fine flowing move involving Minety forwards and backs.  Garin Garland slotted the conversion from in front of the posts.

With the game opening up Nailsea exploited a gap in the home defence to score their fourth try in the final minute of 1st half injury time.

Grayson and Rees made a number of changes to the lineup at half time, some, unfortunately forced upon them through injury, as the game was played at breakneck pace on a well grassed but nevertheless firm pitch.

Tenacious tackling from the Minety players kept the score down in the opening exchanges of the second half but then three quick tries in 10 breathless second half minutes killed the game for the home team as Nailsea ran out 46-7 victors.

Andy Grayson was upbeat after the match.  “We played this game with a majority of lads who played in the 2nds last year.  That meant they were up against players 4 leagues above them.  We tackled our hearts out and in the end simply ran out of steam.  I couldn’t have asked for more effort and I’m delighted with the commitment of our team.”

Captain Tom Claxton, himself forced off in the second half with an ankle injury, added, “Everyone turned up this afternoon.  We left nothing out on the pitch.  Of more importance, we know what we have to do to improve and we can work at those aspects of the game in training.”

Both Minety teams will be league action next week when the 1st team travel to Pewsey Vale while the seconds play away at Warminster.

Club training is on Tuesday night at 7pm.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 3rd, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Nailsea pre season practice match

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Minety return to action today, Saturday 2nd September, with their second and final pre season practice match against Nailsea & Backwell RFC at Minety Fields with a 3pm kick off.

The match will be a final chance for the Minety coaches, Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees, to check on the form of their squad befwore the Dorset and Wilts leagues kick off next weekend, with the 1st XV travelling to Pewsey Vale and the 2nds heading to Warminster.

Nailsea play in the South West Division – Tribute Somerset Premier league and will provide stiff opposition to the Minety squad.

 

The clubhouse at Minety will be open before, during and after the game and all are welcome to come and join us on what looks to be a glorious late summer (early autumn) afternoon.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

September 2nd, 2017 at 10:55 am

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MTV returns with action from Minety v Cricklade

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MTV is back for the 2017 / 2018 season, following Minety RFC wherever they play in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.  We start our new campaign with film of the pre season friendly played on 29th August 2017 between Minety at Cricklade at Minety Fields.

The match, the report of which can be read through this link, was played in 3 periods, each of 20 minutes in duration, and allowed coaches from both team to assess as many players as possible.

Many thanks to Cricklade for providing such excellent opposition on the night.

Click here to access the film of the match.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 30th, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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Minety win pre season encounter

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Minety’s new coaching team, Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees, declared themselves pleased with the home team’s performance in their 36-0 pre season victory over near neighbours Cricklade in a match played at Minety Fields on Tuesday evening.

The game, spread across three 20 minute periods, allowed both sets of coaches the chance to see as many of their 2017-2018 squads in action as possible.

Minety kicked off and spent nearly all of the first period encamped in Cricklade’s half.  Early breaks from fly half Tom McAllister kept the visitors pinned back and the first try came after a fine tactical kick into the corner.  Newly appointed club captain, Tom Claxton’s lineout found second  rower Ben Scott, who, supported by the Minety pack, pushed forward to the Cricklade line.  Second team captain Matt Stone took the ball on and from the resulting ruck scrum half Garin Garland found number 8 Andrew Hibbard and last year’s captain scored with ease.  Garland’s conversion missed to the left of the posts.

Continued Minety pressure resulted in a second try, this time for fly half McAllister after a probing run from centre John Blair had opened up the Cricklade defence.  Garland’s conversion was successful although Minety ended the first period 12-0 up having to defend their lines as Cricklade pressed forward.

The start of the second period saw the home team camped on the visitors’ line.  Garland’s quick passing spread the ball across the park and it was young Kieran James who broke through the first line of defence.  Ben Scott was stopped on the line but second row Ben Collins picked up at the back of a ruck and dived over for Minety’s third try.  Garland’s long range conversion missed narrowly but the lead was now 17 points.

With both coaching teams making multiple changes to the line ups, Ben Wilson collected a Cricklade clearance on half way, evaded a defender and off loaded to Ellis Garland, making his first Minety appearance for some time.  The elder Garland cut through the Cricklade defence before chipping the ball over the full back and touching down for a fine solo effort.  His brother, Garin, kicked the resulting conversion to take the score to 24-0.

The third period was played in the gathering gloom.  With less than 2 minutes gone into the period full back Duncan Simpson chose to run the ball out from under his own posts, passing to the influential Matt Roberts, back in the team after an injury ravaged 2016/7.  Roberts’ pace outstripped no less than 6 defenders before he off loaded to Simpson who ran in to touch down under the posts from 5 metres out.  Garland converted the try to push Minety’s lead to 31 points.

As the Minety floodlights illuminated at least one side of the pitch, Cricklade gamely pressed forward, eschewing the chance to kick at least two penalties in favour of running the ball but it was another brilliant Roberts try, this time from 40 metres out that finished the scoring with the home team running out 36-0 victors.

Minety will finish their pre season preparations with another home match, this time against Nailsea, on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 30th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Rule Variation masterclass on Tuesday at Training

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Hi all.

A call to all those 1sts, seconds or Vets, who haven’t popped down to training yet!

We have a training session with a referee on Tuesday around the latest rule variations and we would like to have him ref a game at the end of the session. Could anybody who can make themselves available attend so that we can get enough numbers out please? It will be a good opportunity to get ahead of our opposition this season!

Also the first of our formal preseason games is on the 29th against Cricklade so if you can make it come along and get a run out.

Many thanks!

Hywel Rees

Written by Graham Cooke

August 21st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Pre Season extreme training

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Minety players Tom McAllister and Dave Cooke took their pre season training to the extreme at Badminton Park on Sunday when they competed in the Tough Mudder Challenge. Dave had already experienced a Tough Mudder last year but for Tom it was a first experience of perhaps the most extreme obstacle course / run you can find, as the photographs in the gallery show.

In addition to having to climb 12 foot barriers, dive into a pool of ice, scramble through mud, cross muddy pools and climb almost vertical ascents, the two finished the challenge running over an obstacle course whilst being shocked by electrically charged wires – madness.  Let’s hope they can keep the fighting spirit that saw them through this year’s South Western Tough Mudder through into the 2017 / 18 season, which starts soon for Minety RFC.

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 20th, 2017 at 6:16 pm

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Pre Season approaches fast

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Minety have two pre season friendlies lined up against Cricklade on Tuesday 29th August (kick off 7pm) and Nailsea on Saturday 2nd September before they embark upon the 2017 / 2018 Dorset and Wilts campaign with away matches for the 1sts at Pewsey Vale and the 2nds at Warminster on Saturday 9th September.

Coaches Andy and Hywel are both looking for a good turnout at training this Tuesday (22nd August) at 7pm as they prepare the teams for the friendlies.

Both teams welcome supporters to all of their games.  If you can’t take part then the next best thing is to come along and support our teams.  Directions to all away grounds can be found on the “Directions” page on the right hand side of the screen.

We are still looking out for new, or returning players, to bolster our squads.  If you are interested contact our Recruitment Officer, Ben Scott, at recruit@minetyrfc.com

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 19th, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Minety Golf Day 2017

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Excellent day, thanks to everyone for coming.

Competition Winners: Tom Claxton & Duncan Simpson
Competition Runners Up: Adam Watts & Max Sparrow
Closest to the Pin: Del Murray
Longest Drive: Duncan Simpson
Sprout Winners: Craig Smith, Martin Coe, John Cater, Adrian Fisher. Thanks to Wallace Hibbard for supplying that prize.

Thanks to Andy Grayson for donating a round of golf to the winners as well.

Written by Graham Cooke

August 13th, 2017 at 2:06 pm

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Seli Meakin Funeral

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We have been informed by Mark Wallington that Seli Meakin’s funeral will be held on 17th August at 2pm in Minety Church.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 13th, 2017 at 11:22 am

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Directions for away matches

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Fancy coming along to support the Minety teams on their travels in Dorset and Wilts Divisions 1 and 3?  Not sure where the grounds are?

Use our Directions page to give you the address of each club we play and, importantly for SatNav users, the post code for each ground.

Minety’s two teams embark upon their league campaigns on Saturday 9th September with Tom Claxton’s 1st XV at Pewsey Vale while Matt Stone’s 2nd XV make the trek to Warminster.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 8th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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Seli Meakin

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Sad news – Seli Meakin, wife of Richard (Dick) Meakin, died at home on Saturday night after a fairly short (two months) illness.  Minety RFC’s sympathy goes to the girls, Jo, Linda, Carolyn and Christine.

Should anyone who knew Seli or Dick wish to write, the address is: Mrs L Meakin,  Derryside, Station Road, Minety. SN16 9QY

We’ll let you know about the funeral when the plans have been made.

 

Dick Meakin was one of the founding fathers of Minety RFC.  His brilliant account of the early days can be found someway down our History page.  It begins:

The history of Minety Rugby Football Club

by Richard G Meakin

Episode 1: In the Beginning

The first that I heard of starting a rugby club in Minety was when I was approached one evening in my own home by an enthusiastic group of men. They were Chris Goddard, Clive Gardiner, Rod Manners and Roger Smith. The question they put to me was, “Dick, do you think we could find enough men in Minety to form a rugby team?”

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 7th, 2017 at 6:40 pm

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It’s not too late …

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Ben Collins was part of the Minety group that smashed the world record for the longest continuous game of Rugby 7’s recently.  Over 24 hours, through the night, through wind and rain and all for charity, a charity which helped our great friend Rob Bugden in the aftermath of his horrendous accident.

Ben writes: “So it’s been a week since our epic 24hr game and we’re on the road to recovery if still somewhat broken…….here’s a brief snapshot of the game itself! If you’re feeling generous this morning you can still donate to this great cause:

 http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/…/horus-7s-world-record-atte…

Here is a brief film of the event, captured by our friends at Horus 7.  It’s not too late to make a contribution – please follow the link above and support that magnificent effort of our lads.

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 6th, 2017 at 11:15 am

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Dates for your diary

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The location for the 2018 tour has yet to be confirmed, but it will be held over the Easter weekend from Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April 2018, which means we have the Bank Holiday Monday to recover.

The club 7’s will be held on the 12th May 2018, and as we have two great guys organising it we expect it to be the best yet, Jack Ward ably assisted by Rob Bugden. Jack is keen to make this a festival type event with Camping, Live Music, Beer Tent and hopefully even a parachute drop in by the Falcons?  Watch this space for news!

The Club Dinner is set for the 1st June 2018. Let’s look to make this the best yet too.

A “Ladies night” is still to be confirmed but we are actively searching for a location and a date, any news Ben?

The Minety RFC Golf day scheduled for next Saturday 12th August now has 26 confirmed starters.  Latecomers should book in with Duncam Simpson – see previous posts (below) for information.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

August 5th, 2017 at 11:02 am

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RECORD BREAKERS

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They did it!  Over 24 hours of 7 a side rugby and the PTI’s from Brize, assisted in no small way by Minety players, have broken the world record for the longest game of rugby 7s.

We’ll bring you all the details in the next few days, but this, posted by one of the Horus (PTI) team, pretty much says it all for the time being:

“Lads yesterday was unbelievable. The players from Minety that came across put everything into it. I would also like to thank all at Minety rugby club for supporting this event in the way you did. You are a great club with amazing people. Hopefully see you soon Taff”

You can still donate to the charity if you haven’t already done so.  Details can be found on a previous post.

 

Written by Graham Cooke

July 30th, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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Framed A4 team photographs

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We’re delighted to be able to offer Minety players and their supporters a choice of two oak framed A4 full colour team photographs from the 2016-2017 season.

 

One on the left features the team on 10th October and includes team sponsors on each side.

The picture on the right was taken on the last day of the 2016/7 season (22nd April).

Mounted in oak frames, these photographs are free standing, although they could be hung on walls.  Each photograph (including frame) costs £12 and can be ordered through Graham Cooke (ghcooke@hotmail.com) at the club.

Click on the picture to bring up a larger version of the photograph.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

July 29th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Congratulations

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Everyone at Minety RFC sends their congratulations and best wishes to Robin Greenway and Dani Peake who have just announced that they are expecting their first child in January 2018.  Robin has been a regular player at Minety for some time and Dani is the coach for the under 9’s squad.

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

July 27th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety Golf Day

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It’s the award they’ve all beeen waiting for.  Sadly Jordan Spieth was unable to fit the Minety RFC Golf Day into his busy schedule (and he’s gutted) but everyone else can enter.

The prize, created by design and engineering guru Duncan Simpson, is above and is available to anyone who takes part on Saturday 12th August, tee off at 10am at Oaksey Golf Course.

Entry costs: £20
Contact: Duncan Simpson, duncansimpson89@gmail.com or via Facebook Event

Written by Graham Cooke

July 26th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Recruitment Poster

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If you want to copy this poster for use elsewhere, click on the image above to bring up a larger version and then right click and Save As.

Let’s spread the word!

 

Written by Graham Cooke

July 24th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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Countdown to World Record Attempt

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Just 5 days to go before The World Record Attempt on the longest continuous game of Rugby 7’s – 30 hours!

Minety’s Ben Collins, Tom Claxton, Ben Langridge, Matt Cross, Garin Garland, Matt Stone and Matt Chisholm will be joing the club’s friends from the RAF PT squad (Horus) to attempt to break the world record with all funds going to great causes which helped Minety player Rob Bugden in those crucial months after his horrific parachute accident in January 2016.

If you haven’t had a chance to pledge just a small amount (or a very large one, if you like), now is your chance.  Just click the link below and follow instructions to support these lads in what will be a gruelling challenge.

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

 

Written by Graham Cooke

July 24th, 2017 at 11:59 am

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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

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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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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.

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May 21st, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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