DESPITE unseasonable weather, a big crowd turned out last Saturday for the charity day at Brighouse Sports Club in aid of the Christchurch earthquake fund, Help the Heroes and the Royal British Legion
The event got off to a start by Rangers Under 14s facing a well organised outfit from Wakefiel club Eastmoor Dragons, which entertained the early starters.
The game was not about the result, but about taking part.
The Dragons ran out convincing winners, and club coach Dave Barnes is sure Rangers’ youngsters will have learned from the experience.
The Sports Club had big Dan Hines running round as the Huddersfield Giants mascot, Big G, and the burger van did a roaring trade.
With Alex Muff’’s opponent having to drop out in the morning it was left to one boxing match to entertain the crowd, between Arnie Hema and Des Clarke.
Both went for it from the start and did not disappoint the crowd with the referee deciding on a draw after three hard fought rounds.
On to the main event with the New Zealand Residents Masters team performing the Haka, the Royal Air Force team looked on amused.
The game was a tough and fast affair for all the Masters players, with the Kiwis outscoring the opposition four ties to nil.
The result did not matter as this was a charity day for all the right reasons.
Rab Hussain, the club’s youth coach and secretary for the New Zealand side, Arnie Hema and Reece Moffatt volunteered to be the target on a regular basis for the water bath to pull in more money.
Thanks went out to the public of Brighouse and surrounding areas for supporting the event.
Up to now a total of £1,500 has been raised towards the charities.