Rugby news in brief

PUBLISHED: 11:49 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 06 May 2010

More than 200 people watched the annual charity match between Herts Police and Stevenage veterans known as the Old Dogs. The crowd watched an exciting game under floodlights last Wednesday night. The Police dominated the first half, scoring two breakaway

More than 200 people watched the annual charity match between Herts Police and Stevenage veterans known as the Old Dogs.

The crowd watched an exciting game under floodlights last Wednesday night.

The Police dominated the first half, scoring two breakaway tries and converting one.

In the second half the Old Dogs rallied and scored an unconverted try.

In the last movement of the game, the Police winger went offside at an Old Dogs attack on the edge of the 22.

Stevenage took a quick penalty and ran the ball wide with Martin Mitchell crashing over.

All eyes were on Dom Ransom with the conversion to draw the game. Ransom dully obliged and the final whistle sounded with a 12-12 draw.

The game was played this year for Lister Kidney Foundation and The Retburg Charity Cup was presented by staff from the foundation.

More than £100 was raised during the evening.

The Old Dogs manager Steve Gibbs said: "We are grateful to the Police for keeping the fixture going. With such a large crowd and collection for the Lister Kidney Foundation, it was a great evening all round."

Letchworth's under-17 girls' team had their first ever tournament victory at Rochford in Essex against the best in East Anglia.

The Rochford Festival is possibly the oldest - and certainly most prestigious - girls' event in the East Anglia, and the only tournament that features virtually every club in the region.

Their final opponents, Sudbury, were beaten as scrum-half Katie Alcock sneaked through a gap from a scrum 10m out.

Letchworth under-14s did not win the tournament but finished as the leading Hertfordshire team - ahead of both Welwyn and Hertford.

The under-17 finalists meet again at Letchworth on November 5.

This Sunday there is an 'open' training session that any new girls are invited to - 10.30am to midday (under-14s) and 12.30-2pm (under-17s).

Mark Pittaccio, head coach of Datchworth, along with clubmates Simon Durkin, as well as brothers Alan and Gareth Thomas were involved in an emotional game at the weekend.

They played in a vets game between Southgate and Old Ashmoleans.

It was in aid of Michael 'Mickey' Bundle, a 40-year-old Southgate stalwart, who is losing his battle with leukaemia

Pittaccio explained: "Many matches of greater skill and quality were played on England's pitches that afternoon but none meant more to the players involved.

"Mickey said the game had kept him going over the past three weeks and nothing was going to make him miss it.


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