End of Season Festival - Sunday 28th April 2019, Wymondham RFC
By Laura Hudson
End of season festival produces some excellent rugby and a great day out despite the weather!
Bury Gold won 15-0 v. Olney 1
Bury Green lost 0-20 v. Wymondham 1
Bury Gold won 15-10 v. Wymondham 2
Bury Gold won 25-5 v. Southwold
Bury Green won 10-0 v. Olney 2
Bury Gold lost 5-25 v. Wymondham 1
Bury Green lost 15-20 v. Southwold
Bury Green won 15-10 v. Olney 1
Bury Gold lost 0-15 v. Olney 2
Bury Green lost 5-25 v. Wymondham 2
The final day of the 2018/19 season came around and Bury took two mixed squads up to Wymondham Rugby Club. The home side put on an excellent day of rugby to end the year in style, organising everything apart from the weather! Bury’s two teams were joined by two teams from Wymondham, two from a touring Olney side and one from Southwold, which meant five matches each.
In the opening match, the Bury Gold team started strongly and generally dominated proceedings against an understandably sleepy Olney side. After eight minutes a long kick was well chased down by Luke neal, who fed Vincent La Starza to open the day’s scoring. Two minutes later Vincent doubled the score after a strong, hand-off fuelled run, before george howard crossed over after another excellent chase, tackle and jackal turnover from Luke neal. The first match finished shortly afterwards at this 15-0 scoreline.
The Bury Green team started their day with a tough match against an excellent Wymondham side. Despite some determined defence and good scrummaging from Bury, some excellent handling from the home side in tricky conditions resulted in a 0-20 defeat. Bury Gold then took the pitch to play the other Wymondham team, and ran out 15-10 winners in a close match thanks to a hat-trick from Vincent La Starza. His first try came after a great break from Jaspar Dawson and his second was a typically strong run from just inside their half. The winning try in the last minute came after excellent work from Charlie Chapman and Harry MacGillivray.
Buoyed by this excellent result, Bury Gold got off to a flying start in the following match against Southwold, Will Hudson-White with a lovely strong run and score in the very first minute. Ben Nevison-Grainger followed up two minutes later, successfully chasing down an intelligent Jaspar Dawson kick, before Southwold countered with a score of their own shortly afterwards. Vincent La Starza realised he hadn’t scored for almost ten minutes so duly added another great try, before Will Hudson-White put in another strong run deep into Southwold territory and turned provider for Vincent’s second of the match. There was still time for the alert george howard to take a clever quick tap penalty and score a well-deserved try to give the final score of 25-5.
In the next match, Bury Green got their first win of the day, beating Olney 10-0. Billy Reid opened the scoring in the fifth minute, showing a clean pair of heels to the Olney defence, before Nico Marchini opened his account for the day with one of his excellent weaving runs in the final minute.
Wymondham again showed their class in the next match, beating Bury Gold 25-5 with some excellent passing play that seems to work well across their whole squad. Vincent La Starza added to his tally with Bury’s only try. At the same time Bury Green contrived to lose an entertaining match that they could and perhaps should have won, going down 20-15 to Southwold. The forward pack appeared to be half asleep for most of the match, leaving the backline led by Finlay Blair to do all of the hard work and rucking around the park. Indeed it was Finlay who set up the first try from the base of a strong scrum, offloading to Nico Marchini to score his opener of a well taken hat-trick.
Galvanised by this defeat the Bury Green forwards came to the party in the next match against Olney, helping to ensure a 15-10 victory. Billy Reid scored his second of the day with a darting, slaloming run in the first minute. Jack Griggs then added two well taken tries in quick succession, the first after a good break from Nico Marchini, and the second an intelligent break down the blind side only spoilt by a one-handed touch down. Olney fought back with two well taken tries, but strong defensive work led by Charlie Burrows ensured a hard-fought win.
Bury Gold completed their day’s work with a tired looking 15-0 defeat to Olney, before Bury Green followed suit with a 25-5 defeat to Wymondham. The only try of the game came from Jack Griggs, who finished well after a lovely run and offload from Henry Cain. However, these final games were not indicative of how Bury played overall, and the boys can be very proud of their performances.
Charlie Burrows and Freddie Dean both put in impressive defensive displays with some excellent tackles and Charlie Chapman, Angus Hudson and Thomas Treneman put in a lot of breakdown effort and all-round play. The entire squad can take a lot from this day and the season as a whole, they are really growing and developing into an excellent group of players and fine young men. On one of the coldest and wettest days of the season the parents can also be very proud of all of their efforts this year too, thank you so much! Ball boy duties at the Sevens next Sunday and then presentation night on the 8th before a well-deserved three months off!