The 1st XV return to Old Deer Park this Saturday with the visit of Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) RFC. The last league home game was a 10-7 win against league runners-up Datchworth with London Welsh not just celebrating promotion as champions but also a record two seasons unbeaten at home.
Hemel started their season with a 36-18 win home win over Datchworth, one of four teams taking maximum league points from the opening weekend. Their 2018/19 season brought ten wins and ten defeats with 12 bonus points picked up along the way.
Hemel started life as Camelot RFC in 1919, the name inspired by the large round table the founding members were sitting around, and continued until the start of war brought the club to a halt in 1939. The club was resurrected in 1951 and in 1970 changed their name to become Hemel Hempstead (Camelot).
The London Welsh 1st XV began the season with a high scoring match at Welwyn. Welsh opened up a 22-0 lead at half time but Welwyn’s strong second half performance produced a nail biting finish and a final score of 32-29 in favour of the visitors.
The match will be preceded by the ever-popular London Welsh lunch and places can be purchased online at www.tickettailor.com/events/londonwelshrugby/296146#. Those not lunching can buy hot food at the servery, and the bar will be open all afternoon until late into the evening. Admission is FREE!
Don’t forget that London Welsh Druids play London Scottish Lions starting at 2pm on pitch 2. Please come along early and give them your support.