HEMSWORTH RUFC have kicked-off their 50th anniversary celebrations by hosting a charity match in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The Moxon Fields club took on a Yorkshire Air Ambulance select side at their home base and ran out 37-24 victors.
Leeds Carnegie RUFC player Rob Burrow captained the Yorkshire Air Ambulance side, which contained players from clubs including Barnsley and Rotherham.
The event raised over £200 for the charity and marked the start of Hemsworth’s anniversary celebrations.
Hemsworth regular Joe Thompson captained the home side to victory in an entertaining evening of rugby union.
A team from Pontefract Pythons was due to provide the opposition but were forced to pull out late on, leaving Hemsworth with a task of finding strong opposition in time for the charity head-to-head.
“We didn’t have much time to organise everything after Pontefract pulled out but we’d like to thank everyone who turned up and made it a great match,” said Hemsworth’s Steve Newitt.
“Mark Perry from Yorkshire Air Ambulance helped organise it all and we ended up raising over £200 which was great.”
Local band Missunderstood also provided entertainment.
The main anniversary celebrations will take part in September, when Hemsworth will hold a reunion of the club’s former players at their Moxon Fields home base.
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