Thursday, 24 June 2021

Mayor relives his rugby playing days

THE Mayor of Henley took part in a rugby demonstration

THE Mayor of Henley took part in a rugby demonstration.

Martin Akehurst put a ball into a scrum as part of a demonstration given by Henley Rugby Club in Market Place on Saturday.

He said: ?The last time I did that was at Ealing Rugby Club in 1971. It was good fun and it brought back a lot of memories. It?s lovely supporting organisations like the Hawks. They have got a great first team but they have also got a number of younger teams as well.?

The day also saw the club?s mini and junior teams working with the senior Hawks squad. Nigel Dudding, the club?s director of rugby, said: ?We have got the mini and junior teams interacting with the senior Bulls squad. The first team have been working on odd Sundays with each of the age groups.

?It?s fantastic. They come down, they act as ball boys at the games as well and it?s important that the two sections of the club intertwine and knit together. We have got girls involved as well, which is absolutely fantastic.? The Hawks have secured promotion to National League 1 South after a season that will finish tomorrow (Saturday) with the last game at home against Dorking.

Mr Dudding added: ?We see ourselves as a National 1 club. Of course, we?ve been there before but what we?re determined to do this time is to stay there.?

Major Martin Akehurst showing his rugby skills:

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