Familiar face teaches Hockin a rugby lesson
Teen Beaconsfield winger loses to school coach’s side
YOUNG rugby star Jack Hockin was not looking forward to PE lessons this week with as much relish as usual.
But it was nothing to do with having forgotten his kit or earning a few extra laps of the field for some breach of discipline.
In fact, it’s because the 18-year-old Beaconsfield wing came up on the wrong end of the bragging rights against his PE teacher’s side on Saturday.
Mike Durose, who takes up the clipboard and whistle at Burnham Grammar School, was playing at outside centre for Aylesbury, who beat Hockin’s Beaconsfield 22-13.
Hockin said: “Yeah,
it was strange playing against my PE teacher as you can imagine, but it was certainly an experience I enjoyed. I hadn’t seen him play competitive rugby before, so I was intrigued to see if he lived up to his own descriptions.
“He looked sharp and it did add to the motivation of winning the game.
“You can imagine the banter between him and myself, building up the game in PE lessons. The result was unfortunate as I felt we had a good chance of winning, and I’m sure I’m not going to hear the end of it from him for the rest of the school year.”
Hockin is one of a number of talented youngsters still at school who Beaconsfield have drafted into their first XV, and although he did not make the score sheet against Aylebsury, he bagged two tries against Alchester last weekend. Although the recent us has been on the ching sessions being en by former Scotland ernational Hugo uthwell, the man ponsible for the success the club’s youth system oys a much lower ofile. However, Richard ommo was rewarded r his hard work by this eek being appointed as e club’s new head of 2S (youth to senior). Hockin said: “Richard as been very pivotal in ringing young players hrough the system and is new management ole has been much eserved. This week he invited myself and two other young first team players to help him coach the YS2 lads.
“This encouraged and motivated the boys to look up to players who were recently in their shoes, and shows them the high possibility of progressing through to the senior teams.
“This is something very important within the Beaconsfield RFC community and means there will be a stronger senior team in years to come. Having an exinternational in Hugo down at training is obviously pretty special too. It has given us all a lift, especially with us younger boys, and it’s nice to have a different voice now and again, not to mention one of his experience.”
Meanwhile, in the same division, Farnham Commonbased Drifters went down to a narrow 10-6 defeat at Wallingford.
COMPETITIVE: (Above) Beaconsfifield RFC’s Jack Hockin dives in and (left) his teacher and recent opponent, Aylesbury FC’s Mike Durose