There was satisfaction tinged with frustration for Dalziel High’s rugby players after the Dalziel RFC’s schools festival on Friday.
Always a great way to bring the curtain down on the rugby season, conditions were perfect for the event and with 9 schools in attendance there was loads of rugby to be played. The weather through the early months of the year prevented any real play and so most schools were in the same boat with regard to preparedness.
With a bare 14 players available Dalziel were pitched up against Lesmahagow in the first match and with games over just 12 minutes their usual slow start meant that they were soon behind. In reply to L’gow’s 3 tries Dalziel managed a last minute effort from Oscar Logan to save the blushes.
Facing a ‘Barbarians’ side Dalziel made a much better fist of things in their next match. Indeed it was pretty much one-way traffic as tries came from Logan (3), Leighton Kearney and Kai Martin. With L’gow winning both matches, Dalziel were placed runners-up in their group, this earning them a place in the Plate competition. With three pools in the competition the Plate competition was between Dalziel, Duncanrig and Hamilton College. Duncanrig were first up and in a continuation of their form from game 2, Dalziel managed a good win by 4 tries to 0 with Kearney (2), Logan and Griffin Jackson scoring. This set up a Plate final against Hamilton College. This proved to be a nip and tuck contest with each team scoring tries in reply to each other. Unfortunately while in attack and with the score finely balanced at 3-3, Dalziel crucially lost possession allowing the strongest Hamilton runner to storm home for the winning try. Dalziel’s scores came from Logan, Martin and Euan Galloway.
Satisfaction and enjoyment tinged with frustration as the Plate was within the Dalziel teams grasp. More importantly however the boys played well and with a kinder break of the ball would have come up trumps.
There was also a Girls section of Friday’s festival with Dalziel providing 4 players for a Barbarians team. With the inevitable call-offs the competition was played between 3 teams picked from all the girls who were present. Played on the astro pitch the atmosphere was both competitive but supportive with several girls making what was effectively their debuts. With no individual school teams all are to be congratulated on their efforts. Encouraging for the future!?
With grateful thanks to Dalziel RFC, organiser Willie Davidson and all the referees for their efforts.
Many of the boys returned on Saturday for the club festival, this a mammoth event with some 700 participants.