Grovians Rampant in Season Finale
Northallerton thrashed as Y3 new boys finish in the top half of the table
The Magee's were marvellous, Griffin great! Old Grovians ran a mock as they finished the season in some style at Elm Tree Farm. Northallerton certainly weren't at full strength but Old Grovians ruthlessly put them to the sword - dominating in every area and showing a clinical efficiency when try scoring opportunities presented themselves.
In a campaign where injuries have forced the club to use more then 50 players in the 1st XV - stretching the club to breaking point - a run of 4 straight wins to close out the campaign certainly gives cause for plenty of optimism and a top half of the table finish is a great credit to everyone involved.
Just 7 minutes were on the clock when Ben Magee opened the scoring. Shown the outside by his opposite number, he needed no second invitation, wrong footing his man before crossing the try line. Within 10 minutes, Old Grovians had doubled their lead. The Radigan brothers are the latest in the Woodhouse Grove production line to play for this team - tenacious and quick around the pitch - it was Daniel who burst through the defensive line, showing power and pace before touching down for his first Old Grovians try.
Magee added his 2nd before centre, Anthony Griffin eased through Northallerton's defence to score Old Grovians 4th, ensuring a bonus point and sending the home team into the break with a 20-0 lead.
There was no let up in the second half as winger, Aaron Magee knifed his way down the right touch line before sending brother, Ben away to score his hat trick. Any doubt about he result was removed moments later when prop, John Oakes ran over tacklers before fullback, Ben Brown touched down in the corner. A memorable way for Brown to mark his 122nd appearance for the club, making him the most capped player in Old Grovians' short history.
Northallerton avoided a shut out thanks to a try from their tight head prop with 25 minutes remaining but that only served to spark another scoring spree from the hosts. Griffin exposed Northallerton's defensive frailties with a scything run, which began 25m from his own line and finished with him touching down under the posts after shrugging aside at least 8 would be tacklers. Ben Magee scored his 4th of the game before Griffin secured his hat trick just a minute before the end.
Few would have predicted Old Grovians would end the season in 7th position back in November when they'd recorded just 2 wins from the opening 10 games. However their total of 19 bonus points - more than any other team in this division - perhaps tells more about the tenacity and competitive spirit in the side. This is a club which has grown as the season went on, rising to the challenge of playing at a higher level than it has previously experienced and in winning 8 of their final 12 games Old Grovians have announced themselves as a competitive force in Yorkshire 3 next season.