Milestone match

by Kent Caddick

It was ‘Scones’ night at the Darfield Rugby Football Club on Saturday night as the club celebrated popular prop Scott ‘Scones’ McIlroy’s 200th game for the club.

Unfortunately for Scott, who earned his nickname Scones while working at the Darfield Bakery, the Ellesmere division one match didn’t go Darfield’s way being beaten by close rivals Southbridge, although the team has secured a place in the competition’s semifinals with one round to go.

About his 200th match Scott said he felt a mixture of excitement and relief.

“It was relief in the sense I have had a few injury worries with my knee and whatnot this season and excited to do it at home, especially against Southbridge which is a team that I have a few good mates in.” Scott began his career with Darfield rugby when the family including his twin brother Blair, who played his 197th match for the club against Southbridge, moved to Darfield from Dunedin when he was five.

“I started playing rugby for Darfield in the midget grade and played up through all the grades and it’s been pretty cool playing all my rugby with Blair as well.”

Scott claims older brother status to his twin after being born two minutes ahead of Blair which he said also helps to explain his slightly more impressive physique.

Scott, who works for Hazlett Rural as a grain and seed rep, said the Darfield club is a really family orientated one and he couldn’t have achieved what he has on the field without the support of his wife Lauren whose focus is now on their two young children Ella and Jed.

“I’ve visited a lot of rugby clubs throughout my career and I think Darfield is pretty special to be fair. 

“We have got a good group of people who run it and put a lot of time in and I don’t think they get enough thanks for their work.”

The Darfield and Southbridge match was also a milestone for Southbridge’s Ratu Luvenitoga, who played his 150th match for the club.