It’s been a tough couple of months for Maids RFC- the devastating loss of our DoR, Tony Brooks has coincided with a poor run of form on the pitch, which has seen our hopes of promotion fade away, as 2nd placed Bournemouth have stolen a march. An increasing injury list and the emotional turmoil of losing a character like Tony has taken it’s toll on everyone associated with the squad, but with 2 games remaining, it’s time to dust ourselves down, stop feeling sorry for ourselves and ensure we finish as strongly as possible, in what, overall, has been a fantastic return to level 5 rugby for the club.

Away from the pitch, the squad have stayed tight throughout- fancy dress socials, birdbath bus trips and daily prank phone calls to Batesy have kept spirits high, and we’ve even managed to go over half a season without being banned by the new coach company, result! There are have been some excellent personal contributions to social life at MRFC since the last preview, with some highlights below;

Young McGregor took a 36-hour tour of Amsterdam airport, opting to extend tour for an extra day, on his own, Cadden continues to have his romantic advances firmly rebuffed by Ellie Birch, the mop attack on Jack Hill the latest incident to set him back, whilst rumours continue to grow that Fwankie has successfully escaped from Meeester Gaweth’s basement, only to be trafficked to the Mars factory, where he is currently handcuffed to Lewis ‘Pumba’ Jones’ personal chocolate production machine.

Moving on to this week’s game, Maids travel to Weston Super Mare, for their final away match of the season, desperate to finish with a flourish. When the teams met at Braywick before Xmas, Weston were comfortably put to the sword, winning 70-26, but everyone knows there will be no repeat of that score line this time round. Based on a rock solid set piece, led by props Sam Coles and Ollie Streeter, the home side will look to use their dangerous rolling maul from the lineout, which Maids need to be acutely aware of. In the backline, former Saints player Glenn Dickson lines up at 12, outside of playmaker and goal kicker James McKay.

After Ryan Long secured his 100th cap last week, we have another new centurion, in the form of Mark ‘Chilli’ Childerhouse. Chilli joined the club in 2012 from local rivals High Wycombe, and despite fierce competition for his shirt over the past 5 years, it is testament to his outstanding commitment, desire and ability that he has racked up 100 1st XV appearances in such a short time. There have been times where he has been asked to bench, or to play in the 2s, and in true clubman spirit, he never moans, instead putting everything in to helping the team succeed. Until his recent engagement with Amy, Chilli was an avid member of the social scene at Maids, often found with limited clothes at the back of bus, slurping bodily fluids- his own and others. We very much hope the Braywick crowd show their appreciation for a fantastic player and servant to the club, who will no doubt be found at the front of the stand, wind milling in front of his parents.

 

 Weston team:

1.       Coles

2.       Bird

3.       Streeter

4.       Glen

5.       Russell

6.       Kingscott

7.       Crossman

8.       Sugg

9.       Bennett

10.   Mackay

11.   Watkins

12.   Dickson

13.   Nel

14.   Morgan

15.   Jones

16.   Bennett

17.   Turton

18.   Tuttiett

 

Maids team (1st XV caps in brackets):

1.       M Parrott (c) (178)

2.       R Barber (16)

3.       A Darlington (20)

4.       S Hallett (23)

5.       S Churchyard (73)

6.       Greene (3)

7.       Leonard (22)

8.       Macaulay (35)

9.       Childerhouse (101)

10.   Lubbock (debut)

11.   Roddick (10)

12.   French (17)

13.   Keohane (86)

14.   Blewitt (10)

15.   Prince (34)

16.   L Jones (78)

17.   M Grimshaw (4)

18.   Ellis (7)

 

Come on you Maids!

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