THE biggest event in the town this Bank Holiday weekend will take place on Saturday at Brighouse Sports Club, Russell Way from 11am.
The charity day has been put together by Brighouse’s adopted son, Arnie Hema, who has been a professional and amateur rugby league player and special constable based in the town for some 25 years.
Proceeds from the full day of sport, music and dance will be going to Help The Heroes, the Royal British Legion and the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake fund.
The showpiece event is a Masters game of rugby league between the New Zealand UK Residents team led by former Halifax, Doncaster and Swinton favourite Martin Moana and the RAF team, which has been put together by former Brighouse Rangers scrum-half Damien Clayton.
The latter has been called away on duties in the Middle East but he has a strong team heading north and also bringing with them the station’s very own boxing ring for two special bouts.
The main match kicks off at 3pm and ahead of that at 11am there is a junior curtain raiser between Brighouse Rangers U14s and Eastmoor Dragons from Wakefield.
This is followed at 12.30pm by Sumo Wrestling when Rangers U12s manager Rab Hussain takes on the Sport Club’s steward Des Waerea, followed by Brighouse Rangers reserve team pack leader Terry Moon taking on either Martin Moana or Damien Reid.
Children with their parents’ permission will also be invited to take part after those bouts.
At 2pm there is boxing with former Doncaster, Batley and Barrow three-quarter Alex Muff taking on James Fairbank, son of ex-Halifax RL forward Dick Fairbank.
The second bout has been labelled the clash of the Anzacs with Kiwi Arnie Hema fighting Halifax and St Helens former Australian forward Des Clarke, who has also been asked to bring his guitar for the evening event.
Clarke said yesterday: ”We Aussies ain’t forgiven the Kiwis for winning the 2010 RL World Cup so this will be some grudge match.”
Professional referee Michael Hellawell will be in charge of the bouts.
The Rugby Football League is sending along its inflatable Skill Zone for the youngsters and Brighouse Rangers committee will provide refreshments, barbecue sweet stall and dunking machine.
Between 4.30 and 5pm there will be a Kai Hakari (Hangi) for players, sponsors and whanau (their families). At 7.30pm it’s a disco and auction of RL shirts with Huddersfield’s Kiwi duo David Fa’alogo and David Faiumu bringing along a signed Giants shirt, David Solomona a Warrington Wolves signed shirt, Latham Thawai, a signed Harlequins shirt and both Bradford Bulls and Halifax RLFC have donated signed shirts.
There will also be a raffle and entry on the day is £5 for families, £2 for individuals and there will be an extra £2 for the disco at night.