After a much needed break from league action last week, Maidenhead resume their campaign, travelling to Oxon rivals, Witney. Coached by former Maids’ hooker Richie Craig, Maids’ opponents have experienced a topsy-turvy beginning to their year, with 3 wins, followed by 3 consecutive losses. Witney have missed key players such as Charlie Bennett and captain, Gareth Campbell in recent weeks, but will hope they are close to returning to 1st XV action as soon as possible.
Maidenhead will be disappointed with the performance in their last match versus Grove, which, despite a 37-25 victory, left much to be desired in their execution. Credit must go to Grove, who are a much stronger outfit than last year, and will surely be closer to the top of the table than the bottom this season.
One man who will have limited involvement this week, is Head Coach Russell Bolton, who is recovering from a knee injury, so forwards’ coach Mark Bates takes more of a leading role in his absence. Much credit must go to him, and fellow coaches Ty Sterry, Will Greenwood and Rob Churchouse for an excellent week of training in Bolton’s absence.
One of numerous returnees to Braywick this year, is, according to Ellie Birch ‘Maidenhead’s best looking player’, Ed Keohane, who we spoke to briefly this week, to learn a little more about him…
*Nickname(s)? Dreamboat (from Ellie)
*Occupation? Teacher/Rugby Coach
*Position? 10/12/Reverse Cowgirl
*Former clubs? Maids, London Irish Amateurs, Chinnor, Eastern Suburbs (Oz), Athletic Marist/North Otago
*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Was voted in Rugby Paper’s Nat 2 Team of the Year, and Meads Cup Finalist with North Otago
*Favourite food? Pizza
*Dream woman/man? Margot Robbie/David Beckham
*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Nic Jones- he does bad things to people.
*What do you want to achieve this season? Win the league, finish unbeaten.
Maidenhead’s Will Cadden returns to the back row this week, coming out of witness protection, and Phil White has now completed his successful sales tour of Kazakhstan, where 94% of the country now use wash kits comprised of skin from a Pig’s genitalia. Ryan Long, a staunch ‘pro-Trump’ supporter, has travelled to the U.S. to buy a stringed vest and a gun in support of his hero, so misses out, and Will Macaulay has now gone 3 weeks without chips and gravy, so is up North for the week, to satisfy his fix. After impressive performances in the 2nd XV, Will Thompson and Jamie Mc Nab are called to the bench for their debuts, while Cormac O’PlasticPaddy makes his first appearance of the season. Despite his insistence that he’s fit, Umar Marriott spends another week on the side lines, but decided to teach Russ Bolton a lesson, executing a leg lock on his Head Coach, causing his ACL to rupture. Consequently, Bolton also misses out.
1/ Parrott (c), 2/ N Jones, 3/ L Jones, 4/ White, 5/ Churchyard, 6/ Cadden, 7/ Evans, 8/ Muil, 9/ Hill, 10/ Jansen, 11/ Cannon, 12/ Keohane, 13/ Bart, 14/ Burnett, 15/ Finnie, 16/ O’Byrne, 17/ McNab, 18/ Thompson
Come on you Maids!