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Saturday was a day of fund raising at the home of rugby in Woking, The Recreation Ground Byfleet and Camphill Club West Byfleet. When Kingston RFC cried off from a game against Woking a change of plan was called for and Woking 2XV stepped up to the mark taking on a hastily arranged President’s XV of former Woking players and some guests.
The day started with a luncheon laid on by the President Sean PB Elder, with Woking former player Kevin Kealy’s widow Imelda guest of honour with her family. Camphill committee member and Woking player Dave-Anderson Bassey had nominated St Peter’s Hospital Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit NICU as charity for the day and coordinated the activities which raised close to £500 all in all.
Prior to kick-off a minute of silence was held to remember Peter Vousden founder member of the club, former player for BAC, BAe and Old Actonians prior to that and father of Woking fixture secretary Ian Vousden who had sadly passed away earlier in the week.
The game meanwhile was competitive with running rugby from both the backs and the forwards and a hatful or tries to keep the partisan crown entertained. Woking Chairman Stanley Fisher rolled back the years with some solid work at inside centre and when Stan retired to the touchline the old Woking line up of Mark Jerling, Steve Workman, John McGiven and Richard Grady were back together again – with ‘Young’ Stephen Grady legging it along the wing. Jim McGiven was his usual busy self in the back row. Woking 2XV Captain Jason Williams led from the front for the twos and was buoyed greatly by the presence of Dan Edwards at No.10 and Pete D’Cruz at 9. The President’s XV were captained by Andy Jones who himself led from the front in his usual solid fashion and Woking regular No.10 Mike Aitchison was delighted to participate on the wing for the President’s side as was former player coach Martin Crossan who started the game in the front row and current 1XV captain Adam Smith who played at no.8 for the President.
After the game the players, friends and families were treated to turkey curry back at the clubhouse and the celebrations went on well into the evening.
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