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Defeat against Uxbridge doesn't dampen Hendon Rugby Club's 80th anniversary celebration
11:27am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Sport
Despite a promising first half display, Hendon exited the National Junior Vase Competition following a 40-28 defeat at Uxbridge.
An early penalty and two tries saw Hendon go in ahead 13-12 at the interval but a late yellow card in the opening period for Connolly saw the visitor begin the second half with 14 men.
Uxbridge seized the opportunity of Hendon being without a player and, from a free kick on the Hendon 22, they found a gap in the visitors defence to go over.
However, Hendon quickly hit back as Nunez collected a pass and sprinted 70 metres to touchdown in the corner.
Their celebrations were short-lived though. Uxbridge quickly upped the pressure on the visiting defence and scored three tries without reply.
Despite the disadvantage, Hendon continued to battle and they reduced the deficit as O’Regan scored from a rolling maul before Connolly collected a pass to go over in the corner.
The late fight back wasn’t enough though and the visitors bowed out of the competition.
Hendon are back in league action this Saturday as they make the short trip to Watford to face Old Merchant Taylors.
The defeat didn’t dampen spirits though as the club celebrated their 80th anniversary on Saturday evening.
Paul Murphy from the Rugby Football Union congratulated Hendon on reaching the landmark before several members honoured the club’s founder Geoffrey Cooper - who celebrated his 100th birthday at the beginning on the month.
Cooper scored Hendon’s first ever try and captained the club in their opening game.
Club members John Ryan, Micky Harber and Tom Brownsell were then named honorary life vice-presidents - the highest honour the club can bestow.
Michael Barnes form Middlesex Rugby concluded with a presentation of a silver salver from the County to mark his service to Hendon and Rugby Football.