Lytchett and Wimborne U13 squads play some champagne rugby in the Steve Mason Memorial fixture at Watery Lane Lytchett Minster
The Steve Mason memorial match has become an annual fixture in the calendar for each Lytchett U13s squad. Yearly they invite a local team to play, what is for them a hugely significant game in memory of Steve Mason. Steve was a well loved character at the Lytchett club who, with a couple of dads started the U13s at the club in 2003 with 8 boys. Among those boys in that first squad was Steve’s son Darren who had the honour of being referee for the game with Wimborne on Friday 8th November.
On a Baltic night in deepest Dorset at Lychett Rugby Club, Lytchett and Wimborne U13s squads gave spectators a real spectacle to enjoy. Both teams were a real credit to their clubs playing some incredible rugby, showing great character and really rising to the occasion.
Wimborne took an early lead by driving through to get the first points on the board. The play was fast and furious going from end to end with Wimborne enjoying a narrow first half dominance taking a 3-0 lead thanks to two further tries.
Lytchett soon found their form and after some super rugby found themselves 5-3 ahead, suddenly Wimborne found themselves playing catch up. Wimborne dug deep, worked phenomenally hard as a team and clawed back to finish the game 5-5.
For such young lads the game really was played in the true spirit of rugby – some wonderfully executed periods of play, some exciting breaks and fantastic courage in tackles and scrum shown by both teams despite playing in what felt like freezing conditions.
In the years to come these two clubs can expect some great contests. For the 2019-20 season Lytchett won the first fixture, the second the Memorial game a draw 5-5 meaning it really will be all to play for the next time the boys meet.
Thanks must be given to the boys from both clubs for giving the large number of spectators who braved the elements to such a great game to enjoy.
The Lytchett senior team continued a great weekend for the club with a hard fought league victory over Salisbury II XV the following day claiming five league points with a four-try display which lifts them off the bottom of the table. This result followed their success against Puddletown the previous weekend under the lights on Friday night in the Dorset and Wilts Vase quarter-final.
If anyone is looking to get involved in rugby Lytchett is a family friendly club, offering rugby for all age groups from U6 through to seniors and we are always looking forward to meeting new players of any age and ability to join the family.