What a game
Camelot Under 17s continue their progress this season with a Cup Final against Royston.
After the previous weekends sun and sea in Wales on Tour, the weather was cold and windy this week and left many of the players and supporters breaking out the thermals for the day.
The team have discovered a belief in their own potential and have worked hard to reach the finals this year.
The team lost the toss and found themselves defending into a strong wind against the team from the league above them. The first half was a backs against the wall affair as Royston used the wind and some strong attacks to peg Hemel back throughout the half. Despite some strong defense Royston had the better of the first half and led 14-0 at half time.
Now the new resolve and determination of Hemel appeared. The game was being played at an aggressive pace, Hemel forwards dominated the lineouts but Royston were stronger in the scrum however the backs where starting to get on top of the opposition.
Following a pitch exchange due to a an injury Hemel moved the pace up a level and took the second half by the scruff of the neck. Slowly the tries occurred and Royston this time were struggling to contain Camelot. However with some strong defense from them this game was on a knife edge.
Hemel scored their first try, followed by the second and then the third with Royston getting in on the act.. The kicking of Olly Bell got the score to 19-19, although my this stage his mum was unable to watch any more kicks.
With a few minutes left Royston mounted an final attack and despite some desperate defense broke through, 26-19. With 3 minuted left, Royston were celebrating their win.......however Hemel had other plans.
Deep into the last minute of the game Hemel threw all 15 players into a full assault of the try line, the ball was recycled and players stormed into a tiring Royston defense, this was how a game of rugby should be played and remembered, after a strong series of attacking runs by the backs the forwards where clearing out the desperate defense of Royston, and then the overlap appeared, pass pass pass try.
All Olly Bell had to do was slot the conversion. By this stage his mum was last seen walking towards Harpenden as the tension had finally left her broken. Both teams and supporters were silent as he started his kick and the ball sailed over the posts. 26-26 full time.
There was some unofficial extra time which should not have been played, which although Hemel scored first and then conceded a penalty try this levelled the game and after a brutal hard 90 minutes of rugby honours where shared, which was in hindsight a fair result for both teams as no one deserved to loose such a tight game.