TEAM MIDDLESEX FIXTURES: Team Middlesex U20s have a trial match against Ealing Academy under lights at Staines RFC on Friday 27th November. Kick off 19.30 hrs. Please go along and support.
U18 and U15 girls are playing Eastern Counties on Sunday 29th November at Diss in Norfolk.
BIG WEEK FOR SCHOOLS RUGBY: The Middlesex Schools Competition takes place next week from 1st - 3rd December at Allianz Park.
U12s Schools Festival on Monday 30th November, and U13s Schools Festival on Friday 4th November, both at Staines.
Middlesex Vets league
Middlesex Rugby is considering setting up a Vets Merit Table league next season, and is asking for input from clubs to help ascertain the best format.
The proposal is for matches to be played every three or four weeks on a Friday evening under lights, and with more and more clubs around the county now with floodlights, there will also be an opportunity for those clubs to provide facilities and benefit from bar income.
"The idea is to provide playing opportunities for those who still enjoy the game but have other commitments and responsibilities on Sundays," explains competitions chairman Andrew Smart, who is driving the proposal. "Even if clubs don't run a vets side, or have floodlights, their input is still important, and I would encourage them to get in touch."
Clubs can indicate whether they would be intersted in participating, providing facilities or helping to organise the league by filling in a brief online form by Wednesday 16th December.
For more information about the Vets League, contact Andrew Smart, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.