NEW: Norman Potter’s Diss Rugby Club column
There was no adult rugby last Saturday as the RFU had decided that all players should be able to watch England in the World Cup Final.
Things did not quite go as planned but the Diss Clubhouse was crowded out to watch New Zealand lift the title , the only country ever to successfully defend it.
The emphasis then for the weekend was to be on youth rugby. All the junior sides had good results the previous week and were optimistically looking forward to a repeat performance.
The Colts, missing several key players at Eastern County training, were up against it when the travelled to neighbours Bury St Edmunds.
Unfortunately four serious injuries depleted the team and their hosts ran out comfortable winners.
The under-16s who are improving by the week, beat visitors Norwich by a comfortable margin.
The closest call was the under-15s who lost to Norwich with a score in the dying seconds 29-27.
The under-14s at Diss against Norwich and the under-13s at Norwich both had comfortable victories.
The minis travelled to Kings Lynn to play West Norfolk for the second time in three weeks under the guidance of Youth Chairman Andy Jeremy.
This week with the senior sides are all back in action, as the first team travel to play Sudbury who sit in second place one point behind leaders Diss.
The Saracens entertain Norwich II and the third XV travel to Holt to play their counterparts both matches are league fixtures.
On Sunday Diss Rugby club hosts two youth matches against Holt under-15s and under-13s in the morning kicking off at 10.30am with the under-16s and under-14s travelling to Holt and a county match as well as two girls cup games in the afternoon.
Kicking off at 2.30pm will be the Eastern Counties under-18s against Essex and the combined Diss, Woodbridge and Beccles girls team the ‘Boadecia ‘entertaining Leaminton Spa at under-18 and under-15 cup matches.
The Number of matches all on one day puts considerable strain on the club’s resources and they are very fortunate that by permission of Mr and Mrs Ben Gaze they have the use of overflow parking facilities at Grove Farm.
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