In a great end to the season Hendon won the inaugural Middlesex North Group Floodlit Cup beating our old rivals Mill Hill, who have been relegated and will be in our league next season. It was a good night out at Finchley RFC and then at the Bodhran, our sponsors, for players and spectators who outnumbered the opppositon’s 2:1. The 1st XV reached the quarter final of the Middlesex Vase competition – losing creditably to Chiswick who are two leagues above.
The 1st XV in their last league game of the season overcame 5th placed Watford in a solid display leaving them in 4th place with 18 points, some 11 points clear of 5th placed Watford. Saracens, Old Streetonians & Old Mill Hillians, battled it out for promotion with Old Streeonians losing out. “After Christmas we lost our momentium by losing 3 games on the bounce, which has now cost us any promotion hopes” said Hendon Coach Lucky ‘Tequila’ Fourie. “So we stay in this league for next season, which will still be tough to win promotion from, but I feel we have the squad to achieve that.”
Our sevens squad reached the semi-finals of both the Hendon Sevens and the Middlesex Club Sevens.
Following on from a successful season of social games, Hendon’s 2nd XV entered the Herts/Middlesex Merit Table and under the captaincy of Brian Gilbride came second and were promoted. They also reached the final of the Merit Table Cup losing out to a strong Saracens Amateurs side who had just beaten them to win the league. The Cup Final was another great day out with bus-loads of supporters enjoying the sunshine.