No Guts,No Glory – Black Diamond Dragons
Pride, passion and intestinal fortitude are terms that are often overused but on Saturday November 27th in Guangzhou a squad of young and not so young men who I have the privilege of being involved with, the Shenzhen Dragons displayed all of those virtues in spades.
Upon arrival at the venue we were greeted with the request for four players to suit up immediately and join the Chengdu Pandas and not a word of discontent was heard from the players chosen, they represented the Dragons admirably and set the tone for the day, they all displayed heart and a rare gem was unearthed in the form of a young man by the name of Robert who brought back memories to me from Coogee Oval in the 80′s, i thought Glen Ella had morphed to Guangzhou, certainly something to get the juices flowing.
In the second game we met a Guangzhou Rams team full of experienced and talented rugby players who we were no match for but not for one minute did our team give up and there were stellar efforts all over the park. We will be much better for the experience, it was a tough blooding for our tyros some of whom were playing their first game of rugby and from the expressions on their faces it will certainly not be their last.
The third game against a combined Chengdu Guangzhou team followed similar lines to the previous game with our team put under a constant barrage of pressure. The team toughed it out with a similar result to the previous match save for a heroic effort from the team which resulted in a try to Chopper Beach.
I will save my words for individuals in private but I will say here that the Dragons displayed courage under a burning fire and even though beaten never once did they drop their heads, more power to you guys and thank you for a great effort.
We will get better, lessons learned the hard way tend to stick.