Saturday, 05 December 2020

Vultures devour South American side

A VETERAN Henley Vultures side claimed victory in a match against a touring Chilean veterans’ team at Dry Leas.

A VETERAN Henley Vultures side claimed victory in a match against a touring Chilean veterans’ team at Dry Leas.

The Old Mackayans visited the town as part of a tour on Thursday of last week, losing 52-10.

The club has a long established link with Henley via former solicitor Andy Hurst, who died in 2011 aged 76. He married in Chile in 1969 and his family still resides there.

His son Eduardo, who used to live in Henley and is now back in Chile, is a member of the Old Mackayans but didn’t join the tour. The Vultures were captained by former Henley Hawks player Matt Payne and the Old Mackayans by Stephen Macauliffe. The oldest players were 67-year-old Rafael Oyanguren for the visitors and 73-year-old Tom Coleman for the home side.

Vultures manager Rob Heginbotham, who organised the event with Hugh Crook, said: “The result of the game was never what it was all about. It was to honour the memory of Andy Hurst. We played the game in the right spirit and it was a good evening afterwards.



“They thoroughly enjoyed the whole occasion and their time in Henley and they have invited us back to Chile. I’m sure Andy would have been very appreciative of the whole evening.

“I’m just happy we have got a proper Vultures side up-and-running which will play at least 15 times this year.”

The Old Mackayans came over on what is known as “The John Jackson Tour” in 1978 and played at Henley when Mr Hurst was the liaison for the tour and so they decided to re-visit old friends and places.

They brought along a gift in the form of a memorial plaque. Mr Hurst, who lived in Niagara Road, established the ACB Hurst and Co firm of solicitors in Henley in 1971.

He was also a keen sportsman and captained Wasps in the Sixties and won an England rugby cap when he played on the wing against Scotland at Murrayfield in 1962. Mr Hurst was a keen supporter of Henley and was described by his brother, Stephen, as being “one of the town’s eccentrics”.

Any veterans over the age of 35 interested in joining the Vultures should call the club office on (01491) 574499.



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