TEAM MIDDLESEX SEASON CONCLUDES
Team Middlesex Senior XV and Senior Women's XV have now completed their county season with a double header against Essex at Barking RFC.
Having suffered defeats in the first two of their matches, at the hands of Dorset & Wilts (match report), and Hants (match report), the Senior XV were hopeful of putting things right at against Essex, but came away with another loss (15-48).
The women meanwhile ran out winners in a magnificent first game against Surrey (match report) but despite valiant efforts lost out this weekend to Essex, coming away with a 10-22 loss.
Pictures from all the Team Middlesex games are on Flickr
Volunteers' Awards Evening & Supper
The Volunteer Appreciation Awards Evening will be held at London Welsh on Friday 26th June. The Awards are the County's way of recognising the hard work that club volunteers do throughout the season to keep clubs running, and rewarding those key individuals for their contribution.
Some of the award winners from 2014
The deadline for clubs to submit nominations for their volunteers is Saturday 23rd May, so if your club has not already done so, please download the forms and get your nominations in.
If your club has submited nominations and would like to attend the Awards Evening, please download the attendance form and return it by 1st June to Peter Baveystock, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hammersmith & Fulham saw off fierce competition from Millfield Old Boys in the final of the Titans Sports Academy Middlesex Club 7s Cup, to secure a back-to-back victory and retain the Derek Mann Trophy. Their win qualifies them to compete in the inaugural RFU Pan-London Regional 7s at Allianz Park in August.
In the Zigma Ground Solutions women's cup competition, the German National Women's 7s team proved strong opposition, beating Sarries Women in the final to win the Michael Flynn Rose Bowl. They too qualify to play in the Pan-London 7s in August.
Meanwhile, Hammers' 2nd team also bagged some Middlesex silverware in the form of the Merit Table Plate.
Middlesex Cup Competitions
The final of the Middlesex Bowl Competition was played on Saturday 25th April, with Grasshoppers travelling to Acton to play Herts / Middx 1 champions Old Actonians. Grasshoppers came through in a second half-nailbiter and managed to run the clock down to win by just one point, the final score being 21-22. Middlesex group chairman Mike Searls presented the trophies.
Meanwhile, in the final of the North West Floodlit cup the previous evenng, Ealing Men's First Team took on Ruislip at Castle Bar. The visitors were the victors with a resounding 20-12 win, and Group Chairman Mike Searls presented the Cup to the victors, and the runners-up shield to his own club Ruislip.
Grasshoppers added to their silverware last week with their 2nd team overcoming Rosslyn Park IVs in an equally tightly contexted Middlesex Merit Table Cup final on 18th April. Again, there was just one point in it, with Grasshoppers notching up 21 points to Rosslyn Park's 20. Read match report on Grasshoppers website
Teddington Development win the Griffin Cup
The final of the Griffin Cup, Middlesex rugby's new women's cup competition, was held at Finchley on Sunday 19th April. Teddington Development and Hampstead II with Teddington running out 24 - 10 winners.
Meanwhile, the Bowl final was contested as a triangular fixture between Kilburn Cosmos, Harlequin Ladies and Hammersmith and Fulham II, with Hammersmith and Fulham II the overall winners.
Kilburn Cosmos 51 - 0 Harlequin Ladies
Hammersmith and Fulham 20 - 5 Kilburn Cosmos
Harlequin Ladies 7 - 53 Hammersmith and Fulham
Deborah Griffin, after whom the cup is named, and Middlesex Rugby president Brian East were on hand to make the presentations to the teams.
Middlesex Meit Table Cup
The finals of the Middlesex Merit Table Cup competition were held on Saturday 18th May. In the main Cup competition, Grasshoppers II beat Rosslyn Park IV to win the cup 21-10. Belsize Par III beat Kilburn Cosmos II 26-8 to win the Bowl. And Pinner beat Twickenham IV 60-7 to win the Vase.
The William Webb Ellis Trophy comes to Middlesex
On Friday September 11 rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit Middlesex Rugby as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
Middlesex Rugby will welcome the Rugby World Cup Trophy to its special Rugby World Cup-themed Volunteer Appreciation Awards Evening on September 11, which will honour the achievements of its clubs and the hard work their volunteers put into the game.
Hounslow becomes a proud host of Rugby World Cup 2015
Hounslow Council today announced that it has been awarded 'Proud Host' status for Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and Cardiff between 18 September and 31 October 2015.
Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015 and Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council together with young players from the Grasshoppers Rugby Club outside Twickenham Stadium.
Hounslow Council join the town of Rugby and organisations such as Visit England with their Proud Host status, providing them with an official tournament association.
As Proud Hosts, Hounslow Council will be part of nationwide tournament initiatives including the City Dressing programme and the Domestic Trophy Tour, for which full details will be announced in the coming months, as well as the wider tournament build up and delivery.
RFU announces new strategy for the men's 15-a-side game
The RFU has recently published a game strategy document explaining how it plans to expand 15-a-side rugby within the men's game.
"This is an important document relating to the key elements of our game, and I would ask that it be circulated as widely as possible" said Middlesex RFU representative Chris Chuthbertson. "I will be keeping a close eye on this document and ensuring that the RFU regularly reviews and reorts against the key objetives."
Middlesex small grants fund
Middlesex Rugby is pleased to announce the launch of the Small Grants Awards Programme which from this season will make small grants available to affiliated clubs within the county. The grants are designed to be easy-to-access awards of a few hundred pounds paid directly from County funds.
Team Middlesex fixtues and results
All the Team Middlesex men's, women's and junior fixtures and results for the 2014 - 2015 season are shown in the Team Middlesex section of the website. Where Middlesex is highlighted in blue, click to read the match report.
Middlesex Online Fixture Exchange
Middlesex Rugby has set up an online fixture exchange in the form of a Google Documents spreadsheet that anyone can view and edit.
The spread-sheet (think Excel, but more clunky) allows users to place a request for a fixture alongside their contact details. Those seeking a fixture can then make direct contact.