Intrepid six-year-old George Townsend's six peaks challenge fundraiser for Luctonians (From Hereford Times)
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Intrepid six-year-old George Townsend's six peaks challenge fundraiser for Luctonians
1:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
YOUNG George Townsend has been scaling new heights this summer - and will be seeing the fruits of his labour this weekend.
George completed a gruelling six peaks challenge to raise money for Luctonians’ new grandstand which is being officially opened at around 2.30pm on Saturday.
The six-year-old, who lives near Stoke Prior, will be taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony with club president Bryan Markham, “George represents the youth of the club and fully deserves this ribbon-cutting role for his commitment and the money he has raised,” said Markham.
“The grandstand project has been a huge effort and, at the moment, we are just about on course for the opening.
“We are all volunteers involved in the project which has been fascinating. We are getting new deliveries for parts of the stand every day.”
George, who played for Luctonians under-6 minis last season, came up with his fund-raising challenge after reading about the club’s plans for a new grandstand.
He wanted to walk up Snowdon, the four highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons, and Scafell Pike before his sixth birthday.
George’s mum, Maddy, said: “George has raised more than £1,500 and he is now talking about doing Ben Nevis or a long distance cycle ride.
“He is very proud to have been able to do something to support the club.”
Hereford 24 pts Gwernyfed 7.
HEREFORD wound up their successful pre-season programme with a win over opponents who play in the SWALEC League Three South East.
After 10 minutes, Perry Pudge touched down in the corner for the first try. Connor Sullivan missed to add the extra points from near the touchline.
After 32 minutes, Hereford doubled their advantage with a second unconverted try when a strong run by Lloyd Collier created an overlap for Josh Bell to cross-the goal line.
Hereford dominated the early stages of the second period and the pressure told when the visitors’ number eight received a yellow card.
Hereford drove for the line and new skipper Ali McColl, breaking from the back of the scrum, crashed over for a try which Dean Powell converted.
Gwernyfed registered a converted try after a defensive slip but the Hereford backs rounded off another promising display when Powell put Collier into space for the final score of the game. Powell added the conversion.
“The players on view exhibited great promise for the season ahead,” said spokesman Robin Davies.
“Newcomer Lloyd Collier showed up well both in the centre and on the wing, while established players Nat Thomas, Perry Pudge and Tom Ewins are all in good form.
“The pack gained a good supply of possession, well served by old favourites Jamie Bullock, Matt Pritchard and Ben Hillstead.”
l LAST season’s North Midlands vase beaten finalists Ross have made an excellent start in their bid to go one step further this time around after beating Chaddesley Corbett 64-0 in a preliminary round tie.
Craig Smith quickly opened the scoring and had scored again by the 20-minute mark, at which stage two further Gavin Oates tries and three conversions by Huw Bellamy had given Ross a 26-0 advantage.
Bellamy crossed for a fifth try to ensure a 31-0 half-time lead.
Further tries from Dan Field, Chay Brine, Billy Hambling and Gareth Holdsworth saw Ross romp past the half-century mark before completing a conclusive win. Ross now travel to Birmingham Civil Service on Saturday for a first-round tie.
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