The summer was almost officially over and HRC's Finnish Championship season 2012 journey was going to come to an end but at least it was going to end in a jolly good way by travelling to Turku. The journey took place in a beautiful autumn weather in probably one of the most beautiful city in Finland. HRC was now playing for pride and avoiding the wooden spoon. Turku, however, wanted to get a win to get home advantage for the semi-finals. What could have been better than spoiling their party? The match was played in the familiar pitch in Kärsämäki, Turku, which probably has the best grass in the Championship but also the worst changing rooms. We didn't let that to bother as the whole team was ready to play some entertaining rugby.
The game got under its way and two spirited teams smashed against each other. Both HRC and Turku played a well balanced forward/back game, where all the players were utilized. HRC got close to Turku's 22 area but chances to score tries were denied. It was Turku that scored the first points by a converted try. HRC's defence started have some hole and Turku took advantage of them. On the second half of the game, HRC succeeded to score a try, at last. Chris Denholm finished his impressive season with a try and Tony Brick converted the try. But Turku slipped further and further away and at the end, they recorded a comfortable 42-7 win.
A nice third half was celebrated in Club Aussie Bar Turku, and although the game didn't go HRC's way, at least the weather favoured us. Man of the match was Mika Huopainen, whose impressive running and especially tackling impressed the players both on the pitch and at the side lines. On way back home, there was something to celebrate as the women had won their match in Pori. Despite the loss in Turku, a warm feeling was in the bus on the way back home. HRC was a big family.
Match report by Ville Siiskonen