and the winner is...
The winners of the Middlesex RWC Volunteer Awards were announced last night, Friday 11th September, at a glittering awards ceremony, where the William Webb Ellis cup was the star attraction.
More than 1500 individual club members voted, with over 3000 votes being cast across the seven categories.
Congratulations to everybody who won an award.
CS Rugby wins Middlesex Cup
In a repeat of last year's Middlesex Cup Final, CS Rugby 1863 played Hammersmith & Fulham on Sunday at Hurlingham Park. This time though, CS Rugby redressed the balance, beating the Hammers to bag the silverware.
The final score, after an exciting and close game which could have gone either way, was 20-12 to CS Rugby. The Cup and Runners Up shield were presented to the team captains by Middlesex president Brian East.
Team Middlesex U16s travel to Sweden for 7s festival
Team Middlesex U16s travelled to Sweden last weekend to participate in a two day 7s festival hosted by Pingvin RFC in Malmo. The festival was played over two days on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July, with a further day of 7s and 10s rugby on the Sunday.
New faces for the new season
Peter Baveystock has been confirmed as the new chairman of Middlesex Rugby. His principal role, as chairman of the management committee, will be to steer the county in it's work to grow and develop rugby at all levels and in all sections of the game.
Baveystock, or Bavey as he is more generally known, takes over the chairmanship from Tom Brownsell, who has led the county for the last six years. Brownsell is standing down to concentrate on his duties as deputy president, a role he has held in tandem with the chairmanship for the past season, as he leads up to becoming county president in a year's time, when Brian East's two year term of office comes to a close.
Bavey's rugby journey began in 1968 when he joined Grasshoppers as a 17 year old and was immediately signposted to the front row as a prop. Retiring early because of injury, he threw himself into committee work, first as Grasshoppers' social secretary, then club captain and fifteen years as chairman. He has been Grasshoppers' president since 2009.
His county work began in 2004 when he was invited to join the Middlesex Rugby Community Rugby committee under the watchful eye of Chris Cuthbertson and then Geoff Boxer. He took over as chairman of that committee in 2009. He has also held the posts of secretary and then chairman of the West Group.
Talking after his election at the AGM at the East India Club on 6th July, Bavey said, "I had five great and enjoyable years with the Community Rugby committee and would like to thank all members of that committee, especially Louise Latter, Ian Webster, Andy Brooks and Brian East for their unstinting support.
"I look forward to my new role with relish and thank the outgoing chairman Tom Brownsell for his guidance and support. I am looking forward to working with the Middlesex management team to improve rugby in the county."
Andrew Smart Louise Latter Lonsdale Leggett-Flynn
Other new faces on the management committee include Louise Latter who steps in where Bavey leaves off as chair of the Community Rugby Committee, Andrew Smart who becomes chairman of the Competitions Committee and Lonsdale Leggett-Flynn who takes over as marketing chairman, taking up the reins from from David Gershlick who remains a member of the management team as chairman of the Club 7s Committee.