The 1st team got off to a slow start with three losses before their first win came in October. A try in the dying minutes of that game secured victory by one point against Harlequin Amateurs. This was followed with a decisive victory which included 10 tries against Old Hamptonians. The winning streak didn’t last and of the following five games to Christmas, Hendon managed one win. The only ray of light in January was a strong win against Ickenham to put Hendon into the quarter final of the Middlesex Vase Competition. By now Hendon was in the relegation zone and struggling to take points from their league fixtures.
The team had better luck in March with the Vase quarter-final – They beat Upper Clapton to setup a semi-final with fellow League 1 team Hackney. Hendon and Saracens Amateurs were both at risk of relegation and it so happened that the penultimate league match between these teams would be pivotal. Hendon put in a strong performance to beat Saracens 25-7 at Copthall and move ahead of them in the league.
The final league game was against Hackney and counted as a double-header with the Vase semi-final but the team’s luck in the knock-out competition ran out and Hackney took the points. It was a disappointing season but the team showed they could win matches when it counted and avoid relegation. Read a match-by-match account of the 1st team’s season.
2nd XV – Super 2s
It was a disappointing season for the Super 2s as they only managed 3 wins and 1 draw from 20 fixtures. It was rare that the team had a full complement of players once the needs of the 1st XV were met. However, the team fulfilled all but one of their fixtures and played with the spirit that the Super 2s are known for.
The team also made it through to the semi-finals of the Merit Table Plate competition, narrowly losing to a strong Bishops Stortford side. With some more regular players who enjoy their rugby, the Super 2s could look forward to a great season next year.