With Dominic Moon recently setting a new record for try scoring in league rugby, it’s worth checking out his achievement against our other top try scorers.
‘Mooney’s’ twelve try haul in just two and a half games must be something of a record in itself but his total of twenty one tries for the season putting him second in National 2, is definitely a Hoppers record for a forward and as far as I can see, is the best tally for over a decade by a Hopper.
Michael Lough holds the record for Hoppers with twenty-seven during our promotion season of 1998/1999. Gary Monaghan scored seventeen during the same season and Iain Bruce twenty-five.
If my research is correct only Olly Viney has got near these sorts of totals in the last decade, scoring twenty in 2005/6.
One thing’s for certain, ‘Mooney’s 21’ gives him a total of thirty one league tries in the three seasons he’s been at Lightfoot Green from just fifty two games, more than a try every other appearance
Comparing his league tries tally of thirty three from fifty three games makes him second only to Richard (the crunch) Morton in the try scoring feats of current Hoppers forwards, Richard’s record reads thirty-nine from one hundred and sixty one games.
A look at the try scoring records for some other Hoppers forwards over the last thirty years, highlights the following:
Roy Dransfield 73 from 500
Mike Bailey 49 from 347
Neil Ashton 40 from 249
Wade Dooley 30 from 206
Glyn Dewhurst 44 from 204
Ian Ashton 38 from 188
Josh Williams 35 from 156
Anton Cramant 36 from 111