Age no barrier for Heath hero Camfield

Gary Camfield
Gary Camfield
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Gary Camfield proved himself a top-class utility player in Locks Heath Pumas’ 59-0 Hampshire two win at Alresford.

The 50-year-old, who was sent on as a replacement, ended up playing in four different positions – hooker, prop, second-row and wing forward.

‘Gary is remarkable and was our player of the season last year,’ said coach Jim Pearce.

‘Last season he played in every position apart from scrum half and outside half.

‘As club captain he is always prepared to do what is best for the club. He is invariably at training and does all the fitness work even when he needs “new lungs”.

‘There is no hanging around the fringes. He gets stuck in and is still prepared to learn from us coaches.

‘Whenever I ring him on a Thursday his first words are “you want me to cover don’t you?”’

Camfield played his part in helping the Pumas keep the pressure on the top two – Petersfield and Fareham Heathens.

Pearce said: ‘We have to keep winning and hope others slip up.’

Petersfield stretched their lead at the top to nine points with a thumping 44-0 win over Southsea Nomads at Penns Place.

United Services moved to within a point of the top of Hampshire one with a hard-fought 22-8 win at Overton.

The game was played on two different pitches – starting on one before moving to another in the closing stages for safety reasons after conditions deteriorated.

‘Overton are a lot better than their position at the bottom suggests and this was a good win,’ said Services director of rugby, Simon Burns.

‘It was boggy underfoot and they had a massive pack.’

An early Chris Marriott penalty and a try by winger Kelvin Roberts gave Services an 8-3 lead at the break.

Burns went on himself for the second half and within five minutes his side stretched their lead.

Martin Hoskin went through a gap for a try.

And after changing pitches Steve Gee sliced through in midfield for another.

Burns said: ‘Other teams have games in hand but we are in a good position.’