Comets crash to earth in finals

PUBLISHED: 17:22 04 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009

The U13 Comets squad with their coach Shane Rampling

The U13 Comets squad with their coach Shane Rampling

TWO Hatfield Comets sides lost out in their Chiltern Rugby League Grand Finals. A second-half fightback could not salvage a play-off final victory for Hatfield Comets U13 at the weekend. The league champions lost 24-16 to Hemel Hempstead. If ever the spor

The Comets Under-15s with coach Paul Malloney

TWO Hatfield Comets sides lost out in their Chiltern Rugby League Grand Finals.

A second-half fightback could not salvage a play-off final victory for Hatfield Comets U13 at the weekend.

The league champions lost 24-16 to Hemel Hempstead.

If ever the sporting cliche of a game of two halves applied to anything, it was to this game.

George Gower collects his award

It was the Hemel team that got off to the better start.

Playing with the strong wind at their backs, it was obvious that Hemel were up for this game and applied themselves right from the first kick.

Comets were taking a long time to settle in and show the skill that won them the championship.

It was 20-0 to Hemel at half-time and everyone thought it was over and done with in the first few minutes of the second half when they scored again.

Something then seemed to click with the Comets.

The Hatfield boys started a fight back that had the team from Hemel reeling and pinned in their own half.

They scored four unanswered tries and also crossed the line twice more, only to have these tries disallowed.

Unfortunately, the Comets had left their rally too late and had to leave the field defeated for only the second time in their first season.

The Hatfield Comets U15 outfit were also beaten by a Hemel Hempstead side, the score being 36-24.

This was almost a carbon copy of the Under-13s game.

Hemel took a commanding lead over their Hatfield opponents, who took a while to settle into their stride.

The Comets suddenly gelled in the second half and began putting together some excellent plays and running in tries.

But again they left it too late and the whistle blew just as the Hatfield boys were taking control of the game.

Comets' George Gower was still voted player of the competition.


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