On a warm and sunny June evening, an impressive crowd crammed into the Aldershot stadium to watch the inaugural Dougie Dalzell Memorial rugby match between a Dougie Dalzell ('DD') XV and the Coldstream Guards. The DD XV arrived slightly late and after a rushed warm up took to the field to face a mighty Coldstream Guards team that appeared to dwarf their opponents in size and stature. From the whistle it was the well drilled and physical Coldstreamers that started the match the stronger with some big hits and powerful running lines testing the DD defence. The Coldstream endeavours soon paid off and they were rewarded with an early lead as they ran in 3 tries within the first half an hour - things were not looking good within the DD ranks! However, DD's team soon rallied and following an opening score by winger Rolli Gregg, and converted by Alex Lewis, the DD team began to accelerate through the gears with some impressive handling on what was a very wide pitch. As the game wore on and the gaps opened up, the DD XV began to exploit a stretched Coldstream defense. Peter Swainson, the DD hooker, provided some flamboyant and unusual tactical playmaking from a his newly invented hybrid position - somewhere between flyhalf, scrum-half and hooker - which confused the opposition (and his own team) still further. And with James Broderick dominating in the scrum, second half tries from Bucknall, Peile, Leeper and another score from Gregg meant the DD XV eventually ran out 32-17 winners. The game proved a great success for those playing and watching, and it was great to see so many faces from Dougies past meeting those that knew him so well and served with him in the Army. A return fixture is in the pipeline for next year at Radley College, the Coldstream schedule permitting.
Please click here to read the September 2010 Article from Rugby World