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Hampshire edge closer to another Twickenham final

Hampshire are just one game away from returning to Twickenham in a County Championship Final after a thrilling 36-36 draw against Somerset at Gosport Park on Saturday in front of an estimated crowd of over 400 writes Brian Seeney.

In this coming Saturday's final round of the Bill Beaumont County Championship (Division 2 South), Hampshire are at home to Warwickshire at Hooks Lane, Havant (3pm) whilst North Midlands host Somerset.

Hampshire currently top the table on eight points with Somerset second on eight points. But Hampshire have a better points' difference tally of +20 - each have won and drawn a game.

Led by Gosport & Fareham skipper Wes Dugan, Hampshire were 0-7 down after only six minutes against Somerset but quickly recovered through centre Wayne Dugan's try.

The lead then changed hands at regular intervals and the game ended at 36 points apiece, with both sides knowing they could clinch a Twickenham place.

The day's other game between Warwickshire and North Midlands ended in a 56-56 draw.

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Above: Wayne Dugan scoring his try for Hampshire on Saturday. Photo: Roger Smith.

Tony wins President's Shield

Tony Buckley has been awarded the President's Shield for 2017 writes Brian Seeney.

Tony is the volunteer Facilities' Manager at our Club.

The Shield is given for "outstanding services to the club and game" and was presented to him by Club President Patricia Smith-Roché

Pictured are (from left) Chairman Alan Foulger, Patricia and Tony. Photo: Chris Roberts.

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Wes is night's big winner

First XV captain Wes Dugan dominated the End of Season Players' Awards evening in the Clubhouse last night picking up three trophies including the coveted Players' Player of the Season writes Brian Seeney.

It was a great day for Dugan as he arrived late to the presentation evening having captained Hampshire in the afternoon to an amazing 13-62 win over North Midlands in the opening game of the Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2 South in which brother Wayne played in the centre with Tim Snowden at hooker.

Wes received the Players' Player of the Season trophy, generally regarded as the most prestigious award as it is voted for by the winner's peers.

He also picked up the Top Try Scorer Award (nine tries) and along with Head Coach Barry Bridgman shared the Digger Jordan Trophy for "outstanding services to the Club" in the season.

The Collard brothers each picked up a trophy - Alex was voted Vikings (2nd XV) Players' Player of the Season with Joe winning the Vikings (2nd XV) Steve Cobbold Young Player of the Season.

The 1st XV Young Player of the Season Don Tilling Award went to Will Larkin and Dan Gamblin won the 1st Team Coach's Player of the Season trophy.

Other winners were: Vikings (2nd XV) Coach's Player of the Season - Adam Henderson; Clubman of the Season - Daniel O'Donoghue; Supporters' Player of the Season (the Sue Pazdzierski Trophy) - Kieran McRoberts.

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Wes receives the Players' Player of the Season trophy from Matt Smith (left). Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery now.

Gos trio help set up County 'cracker' at Gosport Park this Saturday

Gosport & Fareham 1st XV captain Wes Dugan, his centre brother Wayne and hooker Tim Snowden helped Hampshire to the perfect start in the opening match of the Bill Beaumont County Championship to set up what promises to be a cracking game at Gosport Park this Saturday (13th May) at 3pm writes Brian Seeney.

Hampshire beating North Midlands 13-62 last Saturday at Dudley Kingswinford RFC in their first Division 2 South match of the campaign after winning the County Junior Cup at Twickenham a year ago.

It puts Hampshire in a strong position as their next two games are at home starting at Gosport Park against Somerset (3pm).

Then they play Warwickshire at Havant's Hook Lane ground a week late (20th May) at 3pm.

Skipper Dugan said: "It was really tough in the first 20 minutes and I thought we were going to be up against it then we scored and suddenly we seemed to run away with it."

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Pictured are (from left) Wayne, Tim and Wes. Photo: Paul Snowden. Match pictures by Richard Isaacs will be in the Photo Gallery shortly.

Cash winners

The winners of the March Monthly Draw have been named.

They are: £50 P. Wilkinson, £30 H. Jones, £20 S. Bennett, £15 Ms. B. Fitzgerald, £10 M. Monaghan.

Find out more about how you can win cash prizes in the Monthly Draw section of this website or pick up an Application Form from the Clubhouse.

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