Onto the last game of a topsy-turvy 2018, and after a bruising derby last week, which saw Bracknell take the spoils, Russ Bolton’s patched-up team welcome the Cherry and Whites, who travel all the way from West Cornwall for this week’s fixture.
Games between the two sides are usually close, and with approximately 270 miles between the clubs, it’s no surprise that the results have been going with the home sides. Maids were unlucky to lose out at Camborne earlier in the season, being edged out 23-20, which really could have gone either way.
Upfront, Camborne bring a big, physical pack. Damien Cook in the 2nd row has been a key man for Camborne and Cornwall for several years now, and Jon Drew and Andrius Zacharovas at tighthead and loosehead respectively are strong scrummagers and will test the home side’s set piece. Tony Whittle at 6 was a thorn in the Maids’ lineout earlier this season, and he’ll be tasked with providing good ball for a very strong catch and drive game from the visitors. Out wide, Declan Matthews in the centre will be a threat, but it’s Alex Ducker that will need closest attention. The former Redruth and Hartpury College flyer scored 4 last week, to add to his already impressive season tally, and he will surely relish the quick surface that the pitch at Braywick provides.
Owing to the close proximity of Xmas, there is a special treat in this week’s match preview, as we managed to convince the legend, the one and only ‘Big Ron’ to divulge a few details about his unique viewpoints in between his naps and constant holidays…
Name – Dominic.
Nickname(s)- Nothing. Just Dominic. Not f*****g ‘Ron’, or ‘Don’ or ‘Ronald McDomald’ or ‘Donamick’, or any of the other goon nicknames, just Dominic.
Position – Goon Hunter. Eliminating goons and idiots from within the club. Concentrating especially on Eman, followed closely by Piers Morgan – Chief Goon. And Forwards Coach, Zoltan, or whatever his s*** bloody name is.
Strengths – Bar closing, facilities locking up, driving customers away, banning customers, ostracising players, irrational tantrums, burning lost property, till-skimming.
Weaknesses – Happiness, smiling, serving at the bar, providing after-training and after-match meals to the Goon Squad.
Occupation – Chief Executive Operating Officer for Berks
If you could be any of your teammates, who would you be and why? – One of the part-timers; Foxley or Perry; more holidays than Michael Palin!
Which teammate would you least like to have round for dinner? Coley He’s just full of s**t and actually thinks he’s funny. Or Lubbock; he’s a right skinny little git but he’d eat me out of house and home. Definitely don’t want Lawrence round, I reckon he’s actually a proper Pikey and I think he’d rob all the radiators off the walls, plus you wouldn’t understand a word of his tinker-talk? Actually nah, it would have to be Goonwood- he’d have a selfie or Insta from every room in my gaffe.
What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? Ted-baiting. Although to be fair last two occasions have been dodgy. Irish v All Blacks he threatened me with a bottle to keep bar open and sank 20 pints of Guinness and with the win on final whistle he offered out the whole of the 2nd’s who were watching. Then he forced me to drive him and four “young un’s” into town for a dust up. And last week he held me hostage and kept the bar open so Ed could sing his normal s***e; when we ran out of Guinness he threatened to “run me through” and then Jo got involved sending me of to buy Spiced Rum before she nutted me. Proper s**t myself on that one.
Tell us something we don’t know about you- was genuinely arrested once for trying to withdraw money from my bank- they tried to steal it off me.
What are your aspirations for this season? Get rid of Frenchie, he’s a wrong ‘un and I just don’t like him. Stand against Teresa May for Maidenhead, and help get Maids on a par with Reading RFC, down in Southern Counties.
The whole squad would like to send their heartfelt well-wishes to an absolute legend at Maids RFC, Dicky Brown, who is having a rough time in hospital at the moment. We are all thinking of you Dicky, and also Pat, in this difficult time. Keep fighting the good fight, and we look forward to seeing you back down Braywick soon.
3. Drew (c)
Maids team (caps in brackets)
1. S Rawsthorne (4)
2. M Darlington (30)
3. A Darlington (30)
4. S Churchyard (86)
5. L Leonard (34)
6. R Long (128)
7. W Macaulay (45)
8. D Cole (30)
9. C Morgan (9)
10. W Runciman (28)
11. A Lubbock (13)
12. C Broughton (1)
13. N Crosley (12)
14. D Baptista (4)
15. M Roddick (19)
16. E Mandozzi (5)
17. T Muil (12)
18. L Ellis (11)
Come on you Maids!