Middlesex leads the way in Russia
Representatives from Middlesex Rugby, Berkshire RFU and the RFU travelled to Moscow to visit the Rugby Union of Russia as part of the Unity project at the start of October. The Unity Project and has been set up by the RFU in partnership with the IRB, Rugby Europe and UK Sport, to capitalise on opportunities presented by RWC 2015 to build a lasting legacy for rugby across Europe.
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: 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
Team Middlesex kick off the new season
Three Team Middlesex teams dusted off the cobwebs with training games on Sunday 12th October.
The U20s played Oxford University at Staines, but despite an excellent game, Middlesex came away with a 35-9 deficit.
Team Middlesex U18s v Surrey (Photo: Scrumpix)
The U18s played a friendly county fixture against Surrey. Played in four quarters, with turnovers allowing the full squad some match time, Surrey were the stronger side, but the Middlesex U18s showed great promise for the coming season. Callum Sirker, who was selected to play for England at U16, was a member of the Middlesex squad.
Meanwhile, over in Bushy Park, the Middlesex U16s played a Teddington Select XV and came away with a 29-12 win.
It is with great sadness that we report the death last Saturday of Wendy Whitechurch. Wendy had suffered for some time with motor neurone disease and whilst she was still alert mentally her mobility was seriously affected.
She was, however, able to attend the Middlesex Rugby Volunteer Apprieciation Awards evening, where she was presented with an award for her long and dedicated service to her club London New Zealand.
She died peacefully whilst watching her beloved All Blacks on TV and our thoughts are with her family and also her colleagues at London New Zealand at this sad time. Funeral arrangements will be advised in due course.
Game Management System Launch
The RFU has introduced a new Game Management System (GMS) to replace RugbyFirst and make club and player administration easier. The system is now live and can be accessed via www.EnglandRugby.com
The RFU RDOs will be running a training and launch event for Middlesex Clubs at UCL on Tuesday 19th August. Whilst all of your current RugbyFirst data will automatically be transferred to the new system it is important that club administrators should see the new system first-had, be trained on its functionality and learn some of the new benefits it offers.
Welcome, Mr President
Middlesex Rugby has a new president. Brian East took over the reins at the AGM in July and begins a two year term of office which will see Middlesex through the World Cup next year.
Outgoing president Michael Barnes now becomes Immediate Past President but is likely to be no less active in his new role. On handing the presidency over to his successor, he said "I have had a great two years and both Anne and myself have visited many clubs where we have been warmly welcomed and entertained. We have met some wonderful people and seen the work they do for their clubs which continues to amaze me."
Middlesex ladies at the World Cup
From left to right: La Toya Mason (Wasps), Maggie Alphonsi MBE (Saracens), Jo McGilchrist (Wasps), Marlie Packer (Wasps), Claire Purdy (Wasps)
Good luck to all the Middlesex ladies playing for England in the Women's World Cup in France next month. There are still tickets available. Find out more at www.rwcwomens.com
Fun in the sun at Middlesex Club 7s
Hamersmith & Fulham 1 won the prestigious Barry Boyden Bowl at the 15th Annual Middlesex Club 7s competition took place in glorious sunshine at Richmond Athletic Ground on Sunday 4th May.
Middlesex Rugby President Michael Barnes presents the Barry Boyden Rose Bowl to Cup winners Hammersmith & Fulham 1
There were competitions for every level and every section of the game, from National clubs right through to the new and very popular Shock Doctor Merit Table 7s competition, now in its second year, and a massive array of silverware on offer.
Tribute to a true gentle Mann
Derek Mann was a true Middlesex man in every sense of the word, President in 2000-2001 and long serving member of the Sevens committee.
His funeral, on St George's day, was attended by his many friends and family. His eldest son David remembers the life and times of Derek Mann, the family man.
And his Middlesex friend and colleague Graeme Cattermole looks back over his long and expansive rugby career.
Pictured: Derek Mann with Graeme Cattermole on the steps outside the East India Club
Team Middlesex fixtues and results
All the Team Middlesex men's, women's and junior fixtures and results for the 20130 - 2014 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.