Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 46

Deri FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG Deri RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB I t has been quite a season for Deri RFC this time as they claimed a league title as a reward for all of the hard work that has gone into the club. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with their Hon. Secretary Graham Mayo to find out more about the club. He told us, “I have been involved with the club since I started playing youth rugby some 32 years ago. There are other people who have been there a lot longer and started playing for Deri minis who I believe were one of the first mini rugby clubs in Wales.” “The most challenging aspect was approximately three years ago when we lost a few players to local teams who started paying. This had a devastating effect not only on the playing side but on the social side of the club. We struggled to raise a side to complete our league games, during this period sometimes going away with 13 players. “I even came out of retirement along with a few older ex- players (I’m 48!) to keep the side going; it was a momentous achievement to fulfil our league fixtures that season. Off the field the club wasn’t doing too well financially due to us not 46 Issue 73