Hornets triumph in local tournament
PUBLISHED: 12:02 24 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010
HORNETS Vets Over-35s entered Weston's Vets Tournament and with 27 players turning up captain Dave Jones had a lot of players to choose from
HORNETS Vets Over-35s entered Weston's Vets Tournament and with 27 players turning up captain Dave Jones had a lot of players to choose from.Everyone got a game, Hornets went unbeaten and got to the final which they won against Westons Vets.In the first game Hornets played Chipping Sodbury notching up 26 points by half time. The back row of Pete Vincent, Roy Hawks and Carl Mcgee were awesome with Ian Foster and Daryl Jones outstanding.Dave Jones, Paul Fillingham and Darren Armstrong had the better of their opposite numbers in every game. The star of the show was James Bird, the highest try scorer of the day.In the second half Hornets made 12 changes and Chipping Sodbury came back with three tries, but Hornets still managed two more.In the next game Hornets took on the Metropolitan Police and in a hard game won 19-nil. Hornets backs were on fire in this game. Simon Smith, Stu Hoddinot, Ian Humphries, Gareth Howells and Mark Harvey linking well, Hornets looking good and playing some great rugby.Next were Weston's Fourth team, Wanderers. Hornets needed to win to make the final. They managed to get 46 points in 20 minutes, again every player getting on. Then to play Weston's Vets in the final watched by a large crowd.Hornets were well on top having most of the possession but Weston always looked dangerous with their pacey backs but Hornets saved the best display for last giving Weston very little ball.After a scoreless first half, Hornets seemed to score a try in the second half, but the referee was unsighted.From a scrum, Carl McGee was held up, but James Bird managed to cross and convert the try. Hornets hung on and won the game 7-0.Captain Dave Jones thanked the supporters and players for putting out a Vets team, the first time for a number of years, a day many will remember for a long time.Both clubs had beaten Weston Wanderers, Chipping Sodbury and the Metropolitan Police to reach the final.The organisers were pleased with the event, which is intended to become annual, and there were grateful thanks to the referees Neil Reed, Andy Scott, Denis Sherman and Dave Nelson.The Trophy was presented to Hornets' captain Dave Jones.Other results: Chipping Sodbury 15, Hornets 33; Weston 24, Metro-politan Police 14; Chipping Sodbury 14, Wanderers 5; Hornets 17, Metro-politan Police 0; Chipping Sodbury 5, Metropolitan Police 26; Weston 47, Wanderers 0; Hornets 47, Wanderers 0; Chipping Sodbury 5, Weston 55; Metropolitan Police 34, Wanderers 7.