Matt's love match

Rhinos star marries the girl he first hooked up with at school 8 years ago

By Jo Rostron

LOVE was in the air for rugby league star Matt Diskin as he tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart.

The Rhinos hooker wed Gaynor Cummins at St Patrick's Church, Birstall on Saturday – eight years after they got together.

The couple met as classmates at St John Fisher School in Dewsbury where Best Man Jonathan Catt was also a pupil.

A handful of Rhinos players were at the ceremony with many more attending the reception afterwards at Oulton Hall.

Jamie Jones Buchanan was among team mates at the church service, which was attended by 120 guests.

He said: "I've known Matt for eight or nine years now. We have always played for the same professional team and we are good mates outside the club. I was really pleased when they said they were getting married, we wish them all the best."

And coach Francis Cummins said: "They have been together since they were at school, he's put everything into it and it's been a great day."

Matt, 23, proposed to Gaynor, also 23 while the couple were on a weekend break in Paris.

Matt – who had to have a wedding ring specially made for the big day because of a dislocated finger – said: "I've felt so nervous but it's been great. I feel very proud."

Gaynor – who wore an ivory wedding dress for the traditional service – added: "It's been a long day but it's all gone to plan. I feel absolutely fine. It was raining this morning, it was miserable but it's come really nice for us."

Their daughter Mia, two, was one of the five bridesmaids. They included Katie Davidson, 23, who has been friends with Gaynor since they were at college, Helena Sieroslawski, 25, who was at school with the bride, Susan Diskin, 22, Matt's sister, Sian Diskin, four and Mia.

The older bridesmaids wore black strappy tops and skirts while the two youngsters wore ivory dresses.

Best Man Jonathan paid tribute to the groom: "We have known each other since school and we used to spend a lot of time together because we played for the same team – Dewsbury Moor. I am very proud of my best mate."

Matt's parents, Dawn and David, and Gaynor's parents Joe and Karen, looked on proudly as vows were exchanged. Karen said: "It's been brilliant. It's a lovely day, they have been together a long time and I am really touched. Matt is like a son to us."

jo.rostron@ypn.co.uk