Victory for Sandown & Shanklin veterans in ‘thrilling match’

by Sam Flux

Sandown & Shanklin RFC Vets clinched the Hampshire Vets Cup in style, overpowering Petersfield RFC Vets 22-80 in a thrilling match. Centre, Luke Chandler, stole the show with a remarkable display, crossing the try line an impressive six times. Andy White showcased his prowess with the Hurricanes second score of the afternoon.

Meanwhile Luke Hunter added another highlight, scoring a stunning try, following a marvellous chip by fly-half, Gary Warvill, who was named Wightfibre man-of-the-match. He rolled back the years with a stellar performance, including a sensational try for himself. The first half ended with Sandown leading 31-10.

The second half saw the floodgates open for the try scoring, with Joe Rees, Dan Taylor, and club legend, Adam Tyas, scoring.

Adam’s try was his first try for the club in over a decade, contributing to the scoring frenzy. Warvill put the finishing touches with another try, as the Hurricanes sealed a convincing 80-22 victory.

Club and Vets captain, Greg Dean, organised and led the team from the early stages of the competition to success on finals day, like trying to herd an older group of cats!

Tributes were paid to outgoing director of rugby, Damien Marriott, and Ross Edmunds, for their support, coaching and off-field management on match days.