Triumphant Hendon land Middlesex Vase at third attempt
Hendon 17 Old Isleworthians 6 HENDON marked their 75th anniversary season by winning the Middlesex Federation Vase final against Old Isleworthians at Copthall on Saturday. It was also third time lucky for Tommy Middleton s men after two Vase fin
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HENDON marked their 75th anniversary season by winning the Middlesex Federation Vase final against Old Isleworthians at Copthall on Saturday.
It was also third time lucky for Tommy Middleton's men after two Vase final defeats, the second against Isleworthians three years ago.
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"We pulled off a magnificent win to finish our 75th anniversary season with a trophy after an indifferent league campaign," said delighted Hendon president David Gershlick.
"We have always been a cup side and coached over the last few weeks by Nick Lovett they produced the result when it really mattered."
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Hendon hit the ground running and were awarded a 10th minute penalty try when Jamie Connolly was impeded from touching down after chasing a kick over the line. Ben Linale converted for 7-0.
Shortly afterwards, the home side doubled their advantage with a second converted try. McEnemy turned over a maul and good work from Ben Linale and Middleton released JP Cremin to run 50 metres. He fed Connolly before hooker Chris Towndrow crashed over. Ben Linale again converted.
The Old Boys regrouped and surged downfield to finally open their account with a penalty.
However, Hendon hit back on the half hour when Ben Linale landed a long-range penalty for 17-3.
Hendon's forwards were forced into double change shortly before the break through injuries. First, Robbie Hanghie was forced off, to be replaced Paul Carroll, and then Frankie Light came on for Dave Connell.
After the break Hendon were again hit by injury, this time in the backs when Anthony Anyim went off to be replaced by Scott Handley. However, the home side's defence held firm in the face of strong Old Boys pressure. Indeed, the visitors were restricted to just a second penalty.
"I was pleased with the players' response," said Lovett. "They played the game the way I wanted them to and it worked. Full credit to the lads."
Hendon: Cremin, Walowicz, Hurst, Blake, Anyim (Handley) Middleton, B Linale, Butler, Connolly, McEnemy, Connell (Light), Doyle (Patten), Gilbride, Towndrow, Hanghie (Carroll).
Hendon seconds reached the final of the Herts Middlesex Merit Table Cup with a staisfying 15-7 victory over neighbours Mill Hill, also at Copthall on Saturday.
On Sunday, Hendon stage their annual sevens tournament at Copthall. A total of 16 teams have entered the popular event. Play starts at 1pm.