Motor Nureon Disease Charity Match

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!

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