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Saturday 18th March 2020

Well, it should have been the last match of the season today, a home fixture against Trowbridge.  With the team hitting top format the start of March who knows where Minety would have finished in the table, and what the result against a team that has always caused us problems just when we didn’t want any!

So, if you need your fix of Dorset and Wilts league rugby, sit back and enjoy the encounter between the two teams played at Minety on Saturday 27th january 2019.

Click on the MTV Rewind image or use the side bar menu on the right.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 18th, 2020 at 10:08 am

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11th April: MTV Rewind

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Saturday 11th March 2020

Yet another weekly dose of Minety RFC action.  This week’s MTV Rewind takes us back to Saturday 7th October 2017 when we travelled to Supermarine in Swindon for a D&W1N league match

Time to sit back and enjoy and let “MTV Rewind” take you down memory lane!

Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2020 at 10:25 am

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As promised, another weekly dose of Minety RFC action.  Last night (March 3rd) we should have been playing under the lights in a D&W1N match against relegation threatened Chippenham at their all-weather facility.  This week’s MTV Rewind takes us back to November 8th 2019 when we travelled to Chippenham for a mid week Vase match against Warminster

Time to sit back and enjoy and let “MTV Rewind” take you down memories’ lane!

Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2020 at 12:05 pm

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The final tables for 2019 – 2020

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The RFU have now finalized the league placings across all leagues in England bar the Premiership.  As a consequence, league leaders Avonvale have been promoted to the Southern Counties for 2020 – 2021, while bottom club Bradford on Avon have been relegated to Dorset and Wilts 2 North. Swindon 2 and Westbury have been promoted promoted from D&W 2.
Unusually, only 1 club was relegated from Southern Counties this year, and they do not compete in Wiltshire, hence the fact that one club has been promoted to a higher league (Avonvale), two more up to D&W1N (Swindon II and Westbury) but only one relegated (Bradford).  This means that Chippenham, who finished in a relegation threatened 11th place in the league, stay in D&W1N in 2020 – 2021.

D&W1N looks like this for next season: 

Marlborough 2
Trowbridge 2
Chippenham 2
Sutton Benger
Frome 2
Swindon 2

Royal Wootton Bassett 2

So that leaves the league tables looking like this for the 2019 – 2020 season: 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2020 at 11:49 am

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Coach’s End of Season Review

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Since it looks as if the rugby year has ended for Minety, with the ending of the league season, the cessation of all playing activities and the cancellation of both the 7’s Tournament and the End of Season Dinner, James has put together his end of season review, including an assessment of the 2019 / 20 campaign, his Most Improved Player nominations and winner and those who were considered for the prestigious “Coach’s Player of the Year” and who was the eventual winner.

James’s review can be accessed via this link or through the Coach’s News section available on the right hand menu.





Written by Graham Cooke

March 30th, 2020 at 3:53 pm

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MTV Rewind: Minety 2nd XV v Bath Saracens

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As promised, your weekly dose of Minety RFC action, and this week we take a stroll back in time to take in a match played by the 2nd XV at Bath Saracens on Saturday 21st April 2018.

The match, played largely in excellent spirits, contains one of the best tries of the 2017 – 2018 season.

Time to sit back and enjoy and let “MTV Rewind” take you down memories’ lane!

Written by Graham Cooke

March 28th, 2020 at 10:40 am

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Minety launches “MTV Rewind”

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Missing your fix of rugby already; gently going “stir fry” crazy?

It wont fill the gap entirely, but Minety RFC are now launching “MTV Rewind”, a chance to see some classics from the archive that we’ve built up over more years than any of us care to remember.

Each week we’ll publish the MTV coverage of a match from the archives (well, if BT Sports and Sky Sports can get away with it, so can we) and, if copy is still available, the match report.

Click on the new “Minety Rewind” logo or use the right hand menu to access “Minety Rewind”.

The first match is up and ready for viewing, going back to Andy Grayson’s first game as coach and a 1st XV led by Tom Claxton.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 21st, 2020 at 11:17 am

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Thanks, and good luck, Lou!

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Of course, everyone is saddened by the sudden ending of the rugby season,  but at Minety we were doubly saddened, not just to end the campaign with the best performance of the season but also because we were denied the chance to say a proper farewell to someone who has become a very important part of Minety Rugby Club in 2019 and 2020.

Louise (known to all as Lou) Carlton is leaving us, as we knew she would at the end of this season, and she will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.

Lou has been the club’s therapist / student physio this season and her cheery demeanour has endeared her to everyone at the club.  So we thought we’d take this opportunity to say thanks to Lou for all that she’s done for the club and to wish her well in her future life.

Lou very kindly agreed to an email interview this week.

Lou was born in Glasgow at the Southern General Hospital. “’The Sufferin’, as we like to call it!”

She went to Lourdes Primary and Secondary schools, where her father was a teacher, in Cardonald and then progressed to the City of Glasgow college to study Interior Design. It was there that she soon realised that she wasn’t cut out to be a designer.

“I worked for a year or so after college then started the process of joining the army.  I wanted an active job that was primarily outdoors and with opportunities to travel. I also wanted to do something that would be physically and mentally challenging, to push my own boundaries and hopefully make me a more motivated person.”

Lou joined the Royal Artillery as a gunner and trained as a soldier first and then went onto specialise as a Desert Hawk III operator (it’s a mini hand-held drone).

“I travelled a lot to take part in sports competitions, and undertook exercises in Gibraltar, Cyprus, Austria and Norway.

“I was always picked for the cross-country team and still have a passion for running. I also completed two seasons of Nordic skiing (classic and biathlon race) which was super challenging but so rewarding to bring medals back to the Regiment.

“The scariest sport I did though was actually sailing; alongside a crew of 7 others we sailed across the Atlantic from Canada back to the UK on the Royal Artillery’s 13 metre ‘Saint Barbara V’. The hardest parts were being at sea with a maximum of 4 hours sleep between watchkeeping, being the medic for a severely dehydrated/sea sick crew member and standing at the bow, freezing cold, checking for icebergs whilst it was dark and visibility was poor. The terrifying part was changing sails in the middle of the night during stormy weather, the giant waves and the boat swaying all over the place – not fun!

“I’ve actually recently just started getting into Olympic weightlifting, which is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time.”

Lou had been treated by a Physiotherapist whilst she was in the army for a knee injury and had always been interested in human anatomy and physiology. Seeing the rehabilitation being so effective became inspiration for her and she decided she wanted to do the same for others

She’s presently at Oxford Brooks University, studying for a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, a three-year long course. At the end, she’ll be a qualified Physiotherapist

But how did she hear about the therapist job at Minety?

“I emailed a few local rugby clubs in the hope I could find something nearby. Andy Grayson got in touch to discuss the job and I arranged to come and visit that same week.”

So what were those first impressions of the club and the players?

“I remember first meeting with Andy and getting to go out and see the guys training. I was quite nervous but everyone was so welcoming and the atmosphere really relaxed. It seemed like more of a family than a rugby club.

“The most amusing moment of my time with Minety was finding space to do pre-match treatments at an away game and the showers being the only place we could find. Somebody leant on the shower button by mistake and we all got soaked!”

Minety has clearly made an impact on Lou.

“I’ll never forget how helpful everyone was and especially when doing the first aid at match days – I always had helpers in the crowd or nearby who were willing to step in when it was busy/if something serious happened. I also feel very lucky to have been welcomed with open arms into the social aspects and getting to know the players and staff out with normal training/fixtures. It’s a very friendly, close-knit club to work for and I could not have had a more positive experience. 

“Working with the club has massively helped me with my Physiotherapy degree. I’m a lot more confident interacting with patients and using problem solving to work out what could be causing a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It’s also helped with my record keeping in regards to sports massage clients, and using effective time management. Lastly, I’ve practiced wide-ranging techniques that will be fundamental to my career in the future e.g. soft tissue work, first aid, sports taping and assessments.

But finishing the second year of her course, and the rugby season isn’t all that’s in store for Lou.

“I have two placements to complete before the summer then a week after we finish 2nd year, pandemic permitting, I’m getting married. So, it will be a busy couple of months but for all the right reasons.”

And what of the long term?

“I would like to continue working within sports until I finish University. Then, I’d like to specialise in MSK and sports Physiotherapy especially within private practice such as a football or rugby team. My experience with Minety has cemented that ambition.”

Fortunately it will only be a temporary farewell to Lou.

“It will be lovely to catch up with everyone at some point in the near future. Wishing everyone a great summer, ready to start the next season. I’m also super proud of the team for doing so well this season. We’ll still be living fairly nearby so would love to join any social events coming up as I’ll really miss the family at Minety RFC.”

I’m sure we all wish Lou and her husband to be all the very best.  So from Minety RFC, Thanks and good luck, and from me “Happy New Year!”


Written by Graham Cooke

March 20th, 2020 at 9:21 am

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Minety 7’s Tournament Postponed

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Minety RFC has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the “2020 Minety 7’s” tournament in the light of the present COVID-19 pandemic.  The safety and security of players, families and supporters is of paramount importance.

We hope that, with sufficient clearance from the RFU, to re-schedule the event in late summer, just before the planned start of the 2020 / 2021 season.

We will keep everyone up to date via our club website (www.minetyrfc.com) and will write to all parties when the situation becomes clearer and we have a new date.

In the meantime, we send our best wishes to everyone in these difficult times.




Written by Graham Cooke

March 18th, 2020 at 5:33 pm

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MTV v Frome

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match against Frome is now available on this site.  It can be accessed via this link, clicking on the MTV icon or by choosing the Minety Player option from the side menu.




Written by Graham Cooke

March 17th, 2020 at 11:03 am

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Club statement

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Dear Members and friends of Minety RFC, 

This afternoon, the PM announced a series of measures to deal with Covid-19 including the requirement to avoid all non-essential social contact. In line with this, the RFU has taken the decision, in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community, to suspend all rugby activity in England from 17 March to 14 April 2020. This includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses. The RFU will continue to review and monitor Government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks. Information will be provided via the RFU website as it becomes available. https://www.englandrugby.com/home

Given the above, Minety RFC announce that all rugby activity will cease until further notice. In the meantime, we hope your day to day lives continue as normally as possible and look forward to seeing everyone back at the Club before too long. Like the RFU, we also encourage players at all levels (and members) to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following Government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

Jack Ward


Minety RFC Executive Committee

Further updates will be carried on this website.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 16th, 2020 at 10:26 pm

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RFU suspends all rugby activity in England

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“Following government advice, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level.

Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.

The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.  

Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.” 

Minety RFC will issue an official statement in the next 48 hours on this site.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 16th, 2020 at 8:49 pm

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Results and Analysis from the weekend

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Minety’s excellent 38-0 win over Frome brought much relief to the team and moves them up to 8th place in a league of 12, 2 of which are likely to be relegated at the end of the season.

Elsewhere, Avonvale have wrapped up promotion with a 48-12 defeat of Warminster, a bonus point win taking them out of reach of third placed Royal Wootton Bassett (Avonvale would have to lose all of their four remaining fixtures while Bassett would have to win each of theirs with a bonus point and then overcome a 120 match point deficit).

Melksham kept up their promotion hopes with a 65-0 drubbing of Chippenham, a result which maintains Melksham’s second place in the league but pushes Chippenham down into the relegation zone in 11th place.

In form Marlborough kept up their impressive recent run of form by inflicting a heavy 58-0 defeat away at already relegated Bradford.

Who knows what will happen next in the league?  If, and this seems increasingly unlikely, the league continues, then Minety appear to have the easiest run in with a visit to relegated Bradford next Saturday followed by a home match with 10th placed Calne, an away fixture (under lights on a Friday night) at 11th placed Chippenham and a season ending homke fixture against 7th placed Trowbridge.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 16th, 2020 at 10:18 am

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Brilliant Minety

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To paraphrase Shakespeare, “And absent Minety supporters, Shall think themselves accursed they were not here.”  Minety 38 Frome 0.

The talk after the match, in the club house, was not so much about how good a performance it was.  Most present were trying to remember a better Minety performance … and failing.

Recent wins over Melksham And Royal Wootton Bassett and a narrow loss at Sutton Benger, all top four teams in the league, have shown what Minety are really capable of.  That the village team started the day in a perilous 10th place in a 12 team league shows just how varied performances have been this season.  But the feeling in the club since Christmas is that the squad is more settled, the structures are in place and there is a real confidence building.

Frome came into the match in 5th place but with a very real chance of overtaking Sutton Benger in 4th and on a pitch that had just passed a grounds inspection on Friday and then been saturated  by overnight rain, Minety’s task was never going to be easy.

Captain Andrew Hibbard lost the toss and Minety were forced to play down the slope in the first half in the knowledge that a good lead would be needed by half time if they were to win the match.

Frome’s confident handling saw them dominate the early minutes of the game in terms of possession but some fine and aggressive Minety tackling pinned the Somerset team back in their own half, flanker Kieran Tillotson leading the way.

With second row Matt Chisholm catching well at the lineout, scrum half Garin Garland and fly half Sam Hughes were able to set Minety up early for some attacking play along the backs in spite of the cloying conditions and slippery ball.

Minety opened the scoring in the 8th minute. Tillotson stole a Frome lineout deep in their 22 and 2nd row Bram Coleman flicked the ball out to Hughes, who burst forward and was brought down a metre from the line. Coleman was again in the centre of the action, taking up the ball from Garland and stretching the Frome defence. The ball was recycled across the pitch for hooker Mar Glew to launch an attack out wide on the left and from the ensuing ruck Garland spotted Andrew Hibbard’s beautifully timed run and the captain raced over, touching down beneath the posts.  Garland’s conversion was straightforward and Minety led 7 – 0.

Wallace touches down for the 1st try

As Frome hit back, Minety’s tackling was exceptional with hardly a tackle missed.  Flankers Jay Thompson and Tillotson closed down space and Frome struggled to break the game line time and time again. If there was to be a criticism of the home team it was that sometimes they overplayed situations, flinging the passes along the line and spreading play out rather than adopting a more pragmatic style of play, keeping it tight in centre field, in the light of the difficult conditions.

Minety’s centre partnership of Chris Rule and Duncan Simpson continually pressurised the Frome backs with their line speed as the visitors attempted to gain a foothold in a tight and entertaining first half.  When the aggressive Minety tackling forced Frome into giving away penalties Hughes’ kicking and Minety’s control at the subsequent lineout relieved pressure as the half wore on.

Whilst Minety were dominant in virtually every aspect of the game, coach James Irving cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as chances came and went as Minety sought for second try with the half and the advantage of the slope slipping away.

Garland increased the lead in the 31st minute after Frome were penalised 30 metres out for a dump tackle on Tillotson.

Frome’s kick off sailed directly into touch and from the scrum Hibbard picked up and fed Garland who made progress towards half way, releasing winger Dave Cooke.  His run took Minety to the Frome 22.  Simpson won the ball at the ruck and Garland sent a long pass out to Hughes who set Hibbard up for a run into the 22.  Garland picked up and made ground towards the line but when he was stopped he passed to Cooke, who side stepped the defence and slipped through a narrow gap to touch down beneath the posts. Garland slotted the conversion and Minety were 17 points up.

Dave Cooke after scoring Minety’s 2nd try

Dominant Minety should have increased their lead a minute later.  Hughes’ launched a bombshell of a clearance kick down field and Simpson’s follow up tackle saw the ball break free.  Winger Jesse Daybell kicked through but was unable to pick up the ball cleanly with the try line beckoning and the chance went begging.

But Minety were soon to gain their third try of the half.  After a Hughes penalty pinned Frome back deep in their 22, Hibbard caught the lineout, the Minety forwards gathered and pushed the Frome defence back and prop Andy Darrell collected and drove over. Garland’s conversion was out on the right was successful and the two teams turned around at half time with Minety leading 24 points to 0.

Andy Darrall (3) crashes through for the 3rd try.

With the slope against them and the pitch cutting up badly, it was essential that Minety kept the game tight at the start of the second half to hold back a determined Frome unit.  Once again, the fast line speed and demon tackling kept Frome at bay and when they did kick overhead, new full back Joe Smedley was calm under pressure and cleared his lines efficiently.

When Daybell was forced off with what looked like cramp, Irving introduced winger Alex Binnie to the fray and his pace immediately unsettled the Frome defence.

When Minety broke free they played some lovely rugby, exemplified by a move from a lineout.  Tillotson caught and passed the ball back to Garland, who made ground, before passing to Hughes.  With Cooke running a dummy line and slowing the Frome defensive line, Hughes found Smedley in the line and his pass to front row forward Hugo Beanland  pushed Minety into the Frome half.  From the ruck Garland fed Hughes and then Hibbard before bursting through himself, finding Simpson with a perfectly timed pass.  The centre made good ground before popping the ball to Rule whose off load found Garland again.  His quick pass to Hughes saw the fly half cut back through four tackles to touch down beneath the posts for what was certainly Minety’s best try of the season and a four try league bonus point.  Garland kicked his third conversion to stretch the lead to 31 points.

Sam Hughes scores Minety’s 4th try

Rather than sitting back, Minety launched attack after attack on the tiring Frome defence, Beanland brought down just metres from the line.

Minety’s 5th and final try came in the 67th minute.  From a scrum on half way, Hibbard collected the ball at the base of the scrum.  When he was halted, the ball came back to garland who kicked over the Frome defence.  The ball was collected but a pass went astray and Binnie was on hand to pick up and race in wide on the left for the try.

Alex Binnie dives over for the final try

Garland was clearly determined not to ruin his 100% kicking record and calmly slotted his 5th conversion from out near the touchline to end the scoring 38-0.

Coach Irving was able to clear his bench, bringing on Rob Hinwood and Charles Grayson as Minety held off a Frome team determined to register a score before full time.

Coach James Irving delivers the post game team talk.

Perhaps there have been occasions when Minety have allowed teams back into a game late on, but this squad were in no mood to surrender any points.  The tackling was just as sharp in the last ten minutes as it had been in the first ten and despite making a herculean effort, Frome were denied any points.

Minety’s five league points pushes the club up from 10th to 8th place in the league.

The match winning squad

Team: Hugo Beanland, Mark Glew, Andy Darrall, Bram Coleman, Matt Chisholm, Jay Thompson, Kieran Tillotson, Andrew Hibbard (c), Garin Garland, Sam Hughes, Dave Cooke, Duncan Simpson, Chris Rule, Jesse Daybell, Joe Smedley, Rob Hinwood, Charles Grayson & Alex Binnie








Written by Graham Cooke

March 15th, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Pitches pass inspection

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Pitches passed yesterday afternoon’s inspection for Minety 1st vs Frome II today.

The Bacon Rolls will be available prior to KO from Poppy & Emilia for their trip to Borneo.

See you later.


Written by Graham Cooke

March 14th, 2020 at 8:15 am

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