Ab­bots have ‘Gordge’ of tries to stay on top

Quins given no respite as rout starts in fourth minute RUGBY UNION

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS - By Phil Mar­shall and George Bell­shaw tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NEIL Gordge scored two tries as Hilling­don Ab­bots blew away their op­po­nents on Satur­day.

Both of his touch­downs came in the sec­ond half as the Ab­bots fin­ished the year in style.

Stu­art Parkin be­gan the rout after four min­utes with an un­con­verted try. Quins earned their only points of the game through a penalty soon after, but then scrum half Liam McPher­son picked up the ball from the back of the scrum and ran over the white­wash.

El­liot Wake pegged back the op­po­si­tion with his kick­ing abil­ity and, by chas­ing one down, grabbed his first points of the af­ter­noon.

Brad Buck­ing­ham fol­lowed suit just be­fore half-time with a 60-me­tre kick, which he charged down be­fore weav­ing through three de­fend­ers and scor­ing the bonus point try to make it 20-3.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued in a sim­i­lar fash­ion and for­ward Gordge burst through to score his first, con­verted by Wake.

Winger Hay­den El­liot then re­ceived the ball wide after some ex­pan­sive pass­ing play by the Ab­bots and raced up the line to touch down, Wake again con­vert­ing.

Ben Foster split the Quins’ de­fence with a pow­er­ful run be­fore re­leas­ing Gordge, who made no mis­take in get­ting a sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon, be­fore Dave Fran­cis com­pleted the rout with a mazy run to out­wit the Quins’ back-line.

The re­sult keeps the Ab­bots five points clear at the top of Herts/ Middx Two as their march for pro­mo­tion con­tin­ues.

Their next fix­ture is on Jan­uary 10 at neigh­bours Uxbridge, who are 12th after be­ing on the wrong end of a 58-0 ham­mer­ing by Wat­ford last week­end.

In the same di­vi­sion, Ick­en­ham, who start the new year at home to London French, were given an early Christ­mas present as they picked up their first win after their sched­uled op­po­nents, Quintin, failed to raise a team.

In London Two North West, ninth-placed Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ slipped to another de­feat at Hamp­stead (5-24). They fin­ish 2014 at lead­ers Har­row on Satur­day.

In London One North, Ruis­lip ham­mered Wood­ford 90-0 to lift them into 10th spot. Their fi­nal game be­fore the Christ­mas break is at Old Prio­r­i­ans this week­end. A FOR­MER Hilling­don school­girl is to re­ceive a spe­cial award from Bea­cons­field Golf Club.

Gemma Dry­burgh, who was se­lected to play for the GB&I Cur­tis Cup team last sum­mer, will be awarded a club bur­sary to­mor­row (Thurs­day) in recog­ni­tion of her am­a­teur ca­reer to date.

The 21-year-old has been a mem­ber of the club since she was 13 and still re­tains her mem­ber­ship, de­spite spend­ing most of her time 3,000 miles away, play­ing and study­ing at Tu­lane Univer­sity, in New Or­leans.

Course gen­eral man­ager David Cliffe said: “Gemma is such a pow­er­ful player. If you get into the Cur­tis Cup side, you have to be at a de­cent length, the like of which you would ex­pect from a male player.

“She’s not es­pe­cially tall, but is still such a pow­er­ful player. She has also got per­fect tim­ing, and is so con­sis­tent in what she does.

“We al­ready knew she was a tal­ented player when she ar­rived, as she had been rep­re­sent­ing Scot­land U14s, and we al­ways thought she would go on to be some­thing spe­cial. There is a thought go­ing around the club that she is play­ing the right stan­dard of golf to be a pro­fes­sional, but I don’t know her ex­act plans in that re­spect.”

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n DOWN TO BUSINESS: A de­ter­mined­look­ing Neil Gordge HERTS/MIDDX TWO Hilling­don Ab­bots Har­lequin Am­a­teurs

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