SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER: Team Middlesex U20s take on Bucks at home at OMT, and Team Middlesex Girls U15s and U18s are playing away against Sussex. Please go along and support if you can.
Allianz Park hosts Middlesex Schools Finals
The finals of the Middlesex Schools competition will be played over three days at Saracens' Allianz Park ground from 2nd - 4th December.
The schools competition, organised by Middlesex Rugby, now attracts nearly 100 teams with participants from state schools as well as traditional rugby playing schools.
Last year, Saracens stars Ryhs Gill, George Kruis and Petrus du Plessis and were on hand to present the prizes (above)
Team Middlesex U16s fall at final hurdle
In the most difficult of playing conditions, and in their final county fixture of the season, Team Middlesex U16s went down 38-0 to a strong Surrey side on Sunday 16th November. Middlesex competed well in the first quarter but the wet muddy conditions far better suited the big Surrey pack. Despite the result, a number of the Middlesex players achieved very creditable gradings over their three games.
Many thanks to Scrumpix for some superb photos: view them here
Meanwhile, the U18s conceded a defeat on home turf at OMT when they played Hertfordshire in the last of their county fixtures. Despite a mighty effort, Middlesex was unable to contend with a well-oiled Herts team, going down 8-36. Photos are on Flickr
The Russians are coming to Middlesex
The Rugby Union of Russia made a four day visit to Middlesex and Berkshire commencing on Thursday 20th November, taking in matches at Teddington and Windsor, an international at Twickenham. The visit followed the Unity Project trip to Russia by representatives of Middlesex Rugby, Berkshire RFU and the RFU at the beginning of October.
Fortunes change for Team Middlesex girls
The Team Middlesex U18 and U15 girls turned out this weekend, Sunday 9th November, for their first County fixture of the season, with both games played at home at Twyford Avenue against Eastern Counties.
Team Middlesex U18 Girls v Eastern Counties
In a massive change in fortunes since their disappointing run last season, both teams exceeded expectations and turned in fantastic results. The U15s charged to an unchallenged 52-0 victory overy their Eastern Counties counterparts, whilst the U18s drew their match. Read match report...
The success can be put down to the new Team Middlesesex management structure which has seen the appointment recently of Tony Gear as director of rugby for W&G. He has beefed up the coaching and team management for both girls teams and the senior women's XV. Read match report...
Meanwhile, down at Thurrock RFC, the Team Middlesex U20s narrowly lost out Essex in their first National Shield match. Read match report...
The next fixture for both girls' teams will take place away to Sussex on Sunday 30th November.
New faces for the new season
Middlesex Rugby welcomes some new faces to help build the profile of the county and of Team Middlesex representative rugby.
Jess Tabram has joined the Marketing Committee as social media co-ordinator. She was the driving force behind St Mary's University social media marketing success, and now plays for Teddington. She is a sports science and physical education graduate with a level 2 coaching qualification. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Carr has joined the Team Middlesex set up as manager of the Senior Women's XV. She has a level 2 coaching qualification and is currently Head Coach for the Ladies XV at St Mary's University. Penny plays rugby at Teddington RFC. Contact her at email@example.com
Eleanor Trezise has also joined Team Middlesex as the U15 and U18 girls team manager. Eleanor was recently elected Chair of the RFU National Youth Council and works full-time in higher education sport. She plays rugby at Saracens. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicky Chan is the new Team Middlesex girls U15 assistant manager. She is a Students' RFU media intern and captain of the University College London women’s rugby club. Contact Vicy at email@example.com
Steve Patrick is now Middlesex Rugby safeguarding manager with responsibility for managing the safeguarding processes and procedures within the County and liaising with member clubs and the RFU. Contact Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.