It’s very much back to normality for Maids this week in training, following 2 very special Tuesday night sessions, hosted by Eddie Jones, and then Paul Gustard respectively. A massive thanks must go to our very Will Greenwood for organising, and the subsequent media coverage afterwards.
It was clear that Gustard’s methods rubbed off on the team last Saturday, as they successfully shut out Banbury, on their way to a 38-0 victory. Maidenhead visit Chippenham this week, who will be hoping to record their first win of the season, following relegation from Nat 3 last year. Indeed, it has been a contrasting start to the campaign for both sides, which sees them occupy opposite ends of the table, with Chippenham currently in 13th, above only Oxford Quins, and Maids at the summit.
Chippenham will be hoping to feature full back Dom Riccio, who is a pacy threat from full back, whilst the backline will be steered by young fly half, Harry Taylor. Fraser Clilverd is one to watch in the pack, and the Maids back row will have to be on their guard to ensure they contain him.
One player in magenta this week, that Chippenham will have to try and contain, is points-machine Tom Finnie. Finnie, who has scored 5 tries in 3 games this season, will don his usual 15 shirt this Saturday, and we took a minute to find out a little more about him…
*Occupation? Full time tennis coach, at Jet Tennis
*Former clubs? Cirencester RFC, Old Plymothians and Mannamedians RFC
*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Reaching the semi-finals of the National Cup with my 6th form rugby side, Farmours School.
*Favourite food? Seafood Paella
*Dream woman/man? Scarlett Johansson/Russ Bolton
*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Perry Jansen, because he would continuously talk about his 100% kicking record from the previous season.
*What do you want to achieve this season? To assist the club in finishing top2, and from a personal point of view, to keep expanding my game, and never setting foot on the weirdest rugby bus in the country.
There are several changes to the Maidenhead side this week, including the absence of Jon Heron, who is currently in hospital receiving shoulder surgery, for the injury he sustained last week- we all wish him a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back on the park soon. Frankie Longtime is on a romantic weekend away, with Sharlene Bertie’s pal, and likely to be uncontactable for the next 5 days, whilst Ryan Long accompanies him as camera man. Ross Muil returns to the side, after his recovery from a testicular injury, caused by wearing his girlfriend’s jeans, and Ross Evans is finally given a pass from his Mrs to play. Big ‘welcome-backs’ to the side for Mike Burnett and Alex Cannon, who fill the wing spots, after a few seasons away at different clubs.
1/ Parrott (c), 2/ N Jones, 3/ L Jones, 4/ Churchyard, 5/ White, 6/ Cadden, 7/ Muil, 8/ Cadden, 9/ Hill, 10/ Jansen, 11/ Burnett, 12/ Keohane, 13/ Bart, 14/ Cannon, 15/ Finnie, 16/ Savage, 17/ Evans, 18/ Childerhouse
Come on you Maids!