“I really enjoyed running the team and seeing all the boys back playing again. For a scratch side they were not bad!! I must also Thank Xav Valentine who helped to put the side together. Some great talent in our side and I hope they all keep playing”
Diss U21's put on a great display at the first U21's and College returners festival organised by EC's and hosted by Southwold with a beer festival thrown in by Adnams. The side was a scratch side made up of a mixture of Diss and potential future Diss players. The festival was posted as a chance to have run round with old mates, get players back on their Hols from College to play and re engage young players who had dropped out of rugby from colts last year due to work or other reasons.
Diss managed to get 16 players out on the Day comprising of 12 forwards and 4 backs which made selection easy, but interesting as we had Forwards in the backs. However all stepped up to the Mark and played some great rugby.
This scratch side played with spirit of a touring side. They started slow as they got use to each other and lost narrowly to Hadleigh in the first game by one try. The next game was against Southwold who seemed to be taking a more serious approach to it all. The Diss boys in turn decided to approach the ref and see if he would play rock paper, scissors to decide the winner of the match. Funny he refused. The game started and Diss started to play to their strengths with a forward style of rugby as they were without a scrum half, had a centre in at flyhalf, two forwards in the centres and one on the wing in the form of Jo Brock. Who had turned up after a night out in Ipswich with Will Hudson and two hours sleep. However the Diss boys in their very fetching pink strip somehow ran out winners by Two tries to one.
The next game was against a strong Colchester side who like Diss where playing a forward style game. This was a clash of the titans as both sets of forwards clashed into each other. Diss were dominant in the scrums and line out and with 17yrs Elliot Rayment at Flyhalf beginning to direct play Diss won by three Tries to two.
This above win got the Diss Boys into the final against Southwold and for a thrown together side was a great performance. However by the time of the final the Diss boys were getting restless and dry and the team were looking more and more towards the Bar and what it had to offer. They again tried to engage the ref with the idea of a boat race in the Bar to decide the winner, again the organisers were having none of it
The Diss team who were now loving the rugby and really enjoying the day. Did what many Diss sides have done in the past and decided to put the ball in the hands of the forwards which as stated was everywhere on the pitch. In the scrum and lineout Diss were Dominant, but Southwold had the pace in the backs. At half time it was 5pts each. The break at half time was key to the game. Southwold had had a torrid time in the scrum and requested that due to an injury in the front row wanted to got to uncontested scrums. However in the spirit of the Game as it was for fun Hadleigh gave Southwold a prop. This shored up the Southwold scrum and Southwold with a better flow of ball were able to get their fast backs into the game who finally after some brave defending by the diss players out paced Diss out wide to score two tries, so ran out winning three tries to one. Well done To Southwold.
Diss nearly got to win the final, but the day was about just being together and enjoying the game, meeting old mates and having a laugh, which the Diss boys did with passion and were a credit to themselves and the club.
Stu Hudson the coach for the day said
"I really enjoyed running the team and seeing all the boys back playing again. For a scratch side they were not bad!! I must also Thank Xav Valentine who helped to put the side together. Some great talent in our side and I hope they all keep playing"
1. Xav Valentine (college returner)
2. Callum Howe (colt last season)
3. Ed Hudson (colt last season current player)
4. Will Hudson (current player)
5. Charlie Hay (current colt)
6. Jon Harvey (college returner)
7. Luke Cerely (college returner)
8. Lee Dubar (college returner)
9. Ollie Darwell-Taylor (colt last season)
10. Elliott Rayment (current colt)
11. Jo Brock (current player)
12. Danny McCall (college returner)
13. Jordon Dunn (colt last season, current player)
14. Luke Millar (current colt)
15. Jo Jo Wood (colt last season)
16. BEN Sweeting (colt last season)
There is hoped to be another run out for the U21's in September. Any U21's who were not involved in this game and would like to be in September please contact Stu Hudson (1st XV coach).
Report by Stu Hudson
Updated 14:54 - 22 Mar 2018 by Sue English