Maidenhead v Witney (away)

Maidenhead v Witney (away)

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.

 

Maids team:

 

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!

Maids v Grove (home)

Maids v Grove (home)

Re-named the bullet-dodgers by Will Greenwood, following the narrow away victory at Chippenham last week, Maids look to stretch their winning streak to 6 games, as they welcome Oxfordshire rivals, Grove to Braywick this week, in what is sure to be a significantly closer game than this fixture last season, which saw Maids triumph 52-7, with a sparkling debut from Jaryd Robinson.

A week ago, Chippenham belied their lowly league position to give Maidenhead their stiffest test yet, coming close to stealing the victory in front of a raucous crowd, but in the end, narrowly losing 29-30 to Bolton’s table-toppers. With the return of some key players to their side, they will surely start to climb the league table, and will run Newbury close at Monk’s Lane tomorrow.

Maids’ visitors to the Bowl tomorrow, have enjoyed a great start, under new boss Nigel Hunter, having won their last 4 matches, including an impressive away victory, at local rivals Witney last week. Grove appear to be re-invigorated under their new coach, and few would have predicted their lofty status at the end of last season. In the pack, they have been bolstered by the addition of 6’ 10” second row, Josh Tyler, and full back Sam Vaughan, an accomplished kicker, will punish any Maidenhead misdemeanours tomorrow.

As usual, Maidenhead make changes due to injuries and unavailability, but one of this season’s mainstays, Will Macaulay, continues in the back row. Macaulay has been one of the star performers this campaign, after signing from Blackheath in the summer, and we took a minute to catch up with him…

*Nickname(s)? Macaulay

*Occupation? Teacher

*Position? Back row.

*Former clubs? Blackheath, Darlington Mowden Park, Leeds Met, Leeds Carnegie.

*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Playing with World-class players, such as Waisale Serevi, Manu Tuilagi, Myke Parrott and Ben Youngs

*Favourite food? Fajita’s

*Dream woman/man? Jack Hill’s sister

*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Chilli- it would get very weird, very quickly.

*What do you want to achieve this season? Achieve promotion, help the club (from minis to seniors) grow and develop, as well as growing and developing my own hair again.

Will Cadden misses out this week, and is in witness protection indefinitely, following a Black-Rat cider induced episode last weekend, that saw him on the wrong end of a kicking from his girlfriend, after ruining her birthday. Phil White has been summoned to Kazakhstan for work, where he is selling wash kits, made from the skin of Pig genitals (pioneered by Nic Jones), so Leroy Meek starts, and Alex Hankinson fills the bench spot. Fresh from being voted the two ‘best-looking Maids RFC players’, by the insatiable Ellie Birch, Perry Jansen and Ed Keohane continue their blossoming partnership at 10 and 12, with the rest of the backline unchanged from last week.

 

Maids team:

 

1/ Parrott (c), 2/ N Jones, 3/ Savage, 4/ Churchyard, 5/ Meek, 6/ Evans, 7/ Macaulay, 8/ Long, 9/ Hill, 10/ Jansen, 11/ Burnett, 12/ Keohane, 13/ Bart, 14/ Cannon, 15/ Finnie, 16/ L Jones, 17/ Hankinson, 18/ Childerhouse