So, here we go again! Much has happened since the final game of last season, versus Wycombe; players have joined, some have left, some have got engaged (to Maids’ bar staff), pre-season has come and gone, and we’re now just one day away from our season opener from Royal Wootton Bassett, champions of Southern Counties South, last season.
There is undoubtedly a buzz around Braywick at the moment, with a newly-found belief, that this could be a special season for the club. Coupled with this enthusiasm though, comes a steely-determination, a willingness to grind, sweat, bleed and give everything, to ensure our targets are met, and come May, we’re not left wondering what could have been. It would have been tough to ask much more from the squad over summer; extra running sessions, socials, hard work and unquestioning commitment to improving, have all been hallmarks of one of the most focused pre-seasons in memory. This Maids squad are dedicated, humble and honest, and one factor which will not be an issue, is complacency.
Royal Wootton Bassett are first up for Bolton’s boys, and despite coming up from the league below, they certainly won’t be taken lightly. We know very little about RWB, but they will be led by number 8, Tim Gallimore. As with most teams at this time of the year, we imagine, like us they’ll be missing a few, but likely to still have youngsters, that haven’t yet travelled to university. From the Berks v Dorset & Wilts game, they have some big units in the pack, with prop Gary Williamson, likely to start at tighthead.
For Maidenhead, several boys will be making their debuts, and we speak to one of those newbies, centre, Rorie Hannigan, to learn a little more about him…
*Name? Rorie Hannigan
*Nickname(s)? Rors, Rozza, Rel
*Previous clubs? Drifters, Bucks
*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Going unbeaten, over 2 tours to South Africa.
*Favourite food? Mixed Grill
*Dream woman/man? George Michael
*Which Maids’ teammate, would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Stinky Pete (Alex Cannon), because he’s got no chat.
*What do you want to achieve this season? Promotion
Fellow new boys, Will Macauley and Jack Hill, will fill the 7 and 9 shirts respectively, whilst Christoph Bart is currently a fugitive from Thames Valley Police, following an ‘inappropriate touching’ incident in Sports Bar with Jon Heron, so is unavailable. Myke Parrott returns to skipper the side, after injury, but Alex Cannon and James Emmanuel both miss the trip to Wooton Bassett, sustaining facial injuries in training, whilst attempting their maiden birdbaths, but failing spectacularly. Ed Keohane and Mike Skelton are away, but should return next week.
1/ Parrott, 2/ N Jones, 3/ Britton, 4/ Meek, 5/ White, 6/ Muil, 7/ Macauley, 8/ Long, 9/ Hill, 10/ Jansen, 11/ O’Keeffe, 12/ Hannigan, 13/ Heron, 14/ Simpson, 15/ Finnie, 16/ L Jones, 17/ Cadden, 18/ Childerhouse
Come on you Maids!