28th April 2019

Saturday was billed as a big occasion for the club and it certainly lived up to expectations.

Despite inclement weather more than 200 mini players and supporters turned up early at Pennine Way for the first of the London Primary Festivals that saw matches played at U7, U9, and U11 level with the Stags having two sides in action at U9's and U11's

After this the day continued with London Junior League matches at U12's, U14's and U16s with the Stags' 12's and 14's  winning their matches against Eastern Rhinos and Richmond respectively. Pride of place went to the U16's when the club's two U16's sides played each other in a League fixture and turned on a fantastic display of rugby league, something that was to be expected given that the two teams had eight London Broncos Scholarship players on display between them. In the end the Hemel Stags Golds deserved their 32-26 win over Hemel Stags Blue.

All of this was a curtain-raiser to the launch of the Southern Conference League season with the Stags taking on the experienced London Chargers. A tense first half between the two sides saw the visitors go in with a 12-0 half time lead having scored a critical converted try on the stroke of half time. The second half saw the Chargers play the smarter rugby league and despite a converted Oly Toms try it was the Londoners who bagged the competition points with a 30-6 victory.

A great day at Pennine Way despite some very perishing windy conditions.