Hertfordshire and Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables

The Hertfordshire/Middlesex Merit Tables were created in 2002 to provide all those rugby sides from the Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire County Unions, which were not playing in the Rugby Football Union National Leagues or other merit tables, an opportunity to play in a competitive structured competition.  The clubs are generally located in an area within 20 miles of the triangle formed by the A1/M1/A505.  
The teams participating are normally the 2nd, 3rd and 4th XVs of clubs, although several smaller clubs have entered their 1st XVs. The Merit Tables are also used as a starting point for newly formed clubs to demonstrate their playing and administrative abilities before being accepted into the RFU League Structure. In 2014-15, the tables will have grown to accommodate in excess of 80 sides, a far cry from the 12 sides that took the plunge in 2002. 


Merit Table and KO Double Winners - Old Millhillians

FINALS DAY - April 26th 2014           The lottery with the weather each season seemed to be going our way again this year,   even though the forecast was rain, there was plenty of sun in evidence at Harrow, Welwyn and The Mount rugby grounds, where the finals were being held.

Eight games took place at Harrow, the first time we have had to expand the competition to this size to fit in the matches from the increased number of merit tables, seven were held at Welwyn and one game was played at The Mount. At each location the games were supported by either Hertfordshire or London Referees Society, operating in teams of three. In addition, County Officials were on hand to award all the plaques for winning the seasons merit tables, knock-out trophies, knock-out plate trophies and momentos to the referees. At Harrow, Middlesex Rugby Secretary, Steve Rac was on duty, Mark Elliott, the Hertfordshire RFU President enjoyed being at home, at Welwyn, while the Hertfordshire RFU Chairman, Richard Milnes, was in charge at The Mount.  
Some of the London Society Referees getting their trophies
Foggy and Bryony kept control of events at Welwyn, while I enjoyed a great day at Harrow, meeting all those players and officials from the many teams that make up the Hertfordshire/Middlesex Merit Tables.
                                                          Fred McCarthy



Looks like a clean heel for Hemel against Fullerians

Looks like a clean heel for Hemel Hempstead
Old Albanians and Stevenage at full stretch 

 Old Albanians and Stevenage Town at full stretch

 Hitchin receive trophy, must have been those shorts
Hitchin receiving Plate Trophy, but get those shorts!
surrounded by Referees at Welwyn 
Foggy surrounded by referees at Welwyn

 Tring and Hertford in action

Tring 2nds, who won the double in Table 1 this season, in action against Hertford 


Chesham collect Merit Table Trophy 

 Chesham 2nd, one of our Buckinghamshire teams, collect the Merit Table 7 Trophy



Keeping a close eye on Harrows put in v OMTs

Home Club Harrow take on OMTs to complete double in Table 5

 Tight formation for Hampstead pre-match team talk
 Hampstead stand tight for their team talk
 While Cheshunt do it kneeling down
While most of the Cheshunt squad do it kneeling down
Fred McCarthy
Hertfordshire RFU


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