Double delight for Hemel Camelot in a winning weekend

Hemel Hempstead Camelot in action against Chiswick.
Hemel Hempstead Camelot in action against Chiswick.

The Hemel Camelot first XV had two reasons to celebrate at the weekend as they secured home territory for the promotion play-offs on Saturday before progressing to the semi-finals of the Hertfordshire Presidents Cup on Sunday.

Hemel started Saturday’s game well at Chiswick and dominated the early exchanges only to go behind to a try from the hosts.

The response from Hemel was almost immediate as Daniel O’Brien slotted a penalty between the posts to close the gap to 5-3 before Nino Massa crashed through the Chiswick defence to score a converted try and give his side a five-point advantage.

Hemel started the second half as they had finished the first, and O’Brien converted a penalty to extend the lead to 5-13.

Chiswick sit back with a try, but Richard Woodard slotted home a penalty to secure the important away victory for Camelot.

Clearly buoyed by the victory, Hemel entertained Stevenage at Chaulden Lane the following day and thrashed them 90-10.

The one-sided affair saw 14 tries from the Hemel outfit, with Carl Buckingham helping himself to five, Nick Merrett bagging three, Aled Gamble and Connor Flannery taking two each, and Richard Woodard and Charlie Richards completing the scoring.

Hemel’s focus now turns to their play-off game against either Woodford or Ipswich on April 27.