There was a cracker of a match at the weekend, The Myles MacDuff MND Awareness' Day Charity match.
A Hauraki North Invitational XV versus a Thames Valley Invitational XV. A hugely competitive match won 19-5 by North.
Many familiar faces on the field from International, Super and provincial rugby. Great to see these players supporting a great cause.
The Valley XV fielded a loose trio of Marty Holah, Dave Dillon and Blair Foote, a very handy trio - Marty Holah looked the answer to the AB seven jersey - fresh of winning a championship with Hamilton Marist Cs!
Other names that you might recognise - Michael Collins, Guy Coleman, Scott Couch, Matt Phillips, Dwayne Sweeney (after playing the curtain raiser for the Thames Valley Heartland team), Rua Tipoki, and Hayden Taylor among others.
With the ferocity of some of the physical exchanges, expect shortages of ibuprofen in the upper North Island this week. It certainly was NOT a golden oldies game, the ball skills may have been rusty to start, but the tackling wasn't!
Read about Myles battle here https://www.valleyprofile.co.nz/2022/07/18/match-for-myles/
You can bid for one of the Match Day jerseys here - probably unwashed knowing the vendor! So genuine blood, sweat and beers on the kit. There jerseys are one of a kind - or rather two of a kind as each squad had about 30 players, and kit was numbered 1-15 twice over. Anyway, get in there and big lads, support a great cause -https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/search?member_listing=8249695&bof=pDgQAL1s
You can donate to the cause here https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/long-arms-challenge?fbclid=IwAR3bLtmm-IMK8ZkcnbQ3NEXaXZK5BeP4ay6YAvLqozQWafqSQIs62LHzCLw
Photos from the match https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=bartsrugby&set=a.541609817491754&cft=AZUrp_jauhpZkK6pr5k9huUGpA1A8XlZGzItbjHJpqzyonvFhnOhZr3Ua_cBIJZnJCOa_ooW9FMV5cYChcx0gsLYc29bZzYJBDurVMEnZTSyiOChSA94kcViyY2C6NtG4IburZVys6UDzQgos7IFgwv_C5-bQCilSAKtaCm-472-u3sey0t7N7YIvxcIyYav_L-BsxAjW8YzmtNnXbO6Q69X&tn=-UC%2CP-y-R
It was a good day out for a great bloke....goodto see a lot of guys I played with and against out there, glad it wasn't me making and taking tackles!
Yes it was no golden oldies match that's for sure. Glad I wasn't on the field, some big hits. Those class players are still class!
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