Darfield doubles up

by Kent Caddick

Darfield rugby will double up on its double centurion players this season in this weekend’s Ellesmere division one grand final with flanker Blair McIlroy set to play his 200th game.

Blair will join twin brother Scott in the Darfield 200 club with Scott reaching the milestone three weeks ago.

He said while the final will be a special match for him he is more focussed on getting his hands on the Coleman Shield for the first time in the club’s history.

“This is an important match for the team and the club, and it would be great to have the shield upstairs in the clubrooms for the first time.

“We are the underdogs having lost to Southbridge a couple of weeks ago but it would be awesome to win this one and I can tell you if we win we’ll be partying for a week.” He said it was going to be ‘pretty cool’ to suit up alongside his twin brother in the final.

Blair, a qualified builder who runs his own company constructing building foundations, is pleased at the way the team has performed this season for the club.

“It’s been a great club to be a part of with some great people for sure.”

He is also looking forward to playing for Buller again in the upcoming Heartland Championship.

“It’s the sixth year I will be playing for Buller and I have played over 50 games for them including last year’s Meads Cup final against Wanganui which we lost narrowly.” He paid tribute to the support of his wife Kelly for allowing him to play for Buller and looking after their son Jack who turns two this month.

“We all go over as a family and stay with friends in Westport,” Blair said.

“They really look after you over there and the Heartland Championship is a great competition to play in.”

He rates Darfield’s win in the Combined Country rugby competition in 2005 as the highlight of his career so far with the club.

However, come Sunday morning he may well have another highlight to add to his Darfield rugby CV.