A good game of rugby – and an opportunity to remember a friend – attracted 200 people to a special event last weekend.
Each year Buckingham and Bicester Rugby Clubs play against each other at the Kirk Nokes Memorial Game.
This year was the sixth game to remember Kirk Nokes, who died in a car accident in 2008 alongside his friends Ed Manders-Naden, James Bowyer and Lee Grimshaw.
The fifth person in the car, Matthew Simpson, who survived, assisted in arranging the first match in 2009.
The event raised almost £3,800, with £500 being donated to Humming Bird Cancer Care in Launton, £500 to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) with the rest of the money going to the Kirk Nokes Memorial Fund.
As well as the memorial game, which saw Buckingham Kolts under 25s win against Bicester under 25s, there were also matches between Buckingham U14s and Bicester U14s, Buckingham 2nds and Brackley 1sts and Buckingham Academy against Old Scouts.
Mike Smith, from Buckingham Rugby Club said there were a few tears as well as ‘good hard rugby’.
“There was quite a good crowd, about 200 people,” he said. “The team captain from Brackley, Will Cooper, played the first half of Kirk’s match and the second half of the Brackley match.”
The Golden Ball trophy was presented to James Smith, captain of the Kolts.