Wisbech remembers ‘Tu’ and celebrates club’s 70th anniversary with charity sports day

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Sporting figures from all over Fenland came together at Wisbech’s Chapel Road base to help raise £2,000 for the Savanaca Kokoibulileka Trust.

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

The club held a special charity sports day on Saturday (29) to raise money for the trust created in the memory of the former Oakham RFC star known as ‘Tu,’ who died during a game in September last year - and to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary.

Proceedings began with a game of touch rugby, followed by a football match between Wisbech Wildcats and Wisbech Town legend Jackie Gallagher’s Wisbech Town All Stars, which finished 2-2.

Ethan Garfoot and Jamie Parson netted for the Wildcats, while Brenden Bird and Paul Schafer scored for the All Stars.

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech President’s XV then took to the rugby pitch against a Cambridgeshire County Select XV, featuring players such as former Wisbech men Steve Drawbridge, Jethro Rawling and Andy Hoyles.


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That game finished 42-8 in favour of the hosts, with Andy Hoyles taking the Wisbech Roundtable man-of-the-match title and Jim Story being named Stormport man-of-the-match.

The day was brought to a close by a performance from former Wisbech captain, Simon Rodgers.

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

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Wisbech head coach, said: “Asteja and Samata Urbonavica, who organised the event, worked their socks off putting in the hours over three consecutive Saturdays, both at the club and in town.

“We are so grateful and proud of them.”

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian

Action from the Wisbech Presidents XV match against the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Organisers Asteja and Samata Urbonavica (centre) before the kick-off of the Wisbech RFC President's

Organisers Asteja and Samata Urbonavica (centre) before the kick-off of the Wisbech RFC President's XV match with the Cambridgeshire County Select XV. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

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