amazing start to the season at Stade Hendayais

Still in Pre-National in June 2021, cross-border commuters experienced two successive climbs. Accession to N2 last May “came after an improbable championship”, insists President Gorka Roma. Second at six points in January then in the lead six days from the end, the Hendayais had dropped the leadership to recover it on the wire.

Newcomers to the fourth national level, the blacks and whites aspired to “win games to maintain themselves”. Not to succeed, from the outset, the pass of two. Faced with Bruges (27-26), “over a dominated 50 minutes but one minute from time, the Girondins had a ball to win, he recalls. Even if it is necessary to work on the constancy, that remains reassuring on the engagement. These points will count at the end of the season. This Saturday, a second consecutive trip, after Bordeaux (28-31), is scheduled: direction Limoges, to face the reserve of the pro group.

Perpetuate the club in N2

If Dominique Deperrois can count on his experienced backbone, the Hendayais are already anticipating the future. Passed by Rowing, the technician, who has integrated former Bayonnais into his workforce, relies in particular on the young Pascal Etchenique, current top scorer in the group (with 18 achievements). By also forging two agreements for the Pré-Nationale (with Bayonne) and the U17s (with Urrugne, Anglet-Biarritz and Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle), Gorka Roma and his counterparts are working to build a solid training pyramid.

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