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County dream ends in defeat

Hampshire's dream of winning a second successive County Championship title were shattered by Leicestershire at Twickenham this afternoon when the team - captained by Gosport & Fareham scrum half Wes Dugan and containing club mates centre brother Wayne and hooker Tim Snowden - were beaten 39-7 writes Brian Seeney.

Their opponents who fielded mostly National League players were leading by just 8-0 at half-time after Hampshire had barely managed a meaningful attack.

In the second half Pierre-Alex Clark scored the best try of the day and only Hampshire try but Leicestershire's experience and superiority gave them a convincing victory.

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Wayne Dugan breaks clear for Hampshire in the County Final against Leicestershire at Twickenham on 28th May. Photo: Windandsurf Images/HRFU. More pictures in the Photo Gallery.

In the money

The winners of the April Monthly Draw have been named.

They are: £30 Mr. P. Anderson, £20 Mr. R. Bundy, £15 Mr. S. Harfield and £10 Ms. D. O'Toole.

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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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.

Thanks Mike

Mike Barham's European Pipelines company, based in Fareham, have been a long-time sponsor of Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club and are currently in the second year of a three year sponsorship deal writes Brian Seeney.

Two of the players Mike is sponsoring are Club captain Wes Dugan (left) and Wayne Dugan and the two Hampshire players were on hand recently to receive a cheque from Mike and his wife Karen (also pictured) on behalf of Gos.

"Sponsorship is vital to a club like ours and we thank all our other sponsors but particularly our Club President Patricia Smith-Roché and Mike for all their support. Patricia and Mike have been long-time sponsors and their generosity and backing is greatly appreciated," said Club Chairman Alan Foulger.

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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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