The Bangor University rugby teams welcomed back some old faces last week as the Old Boys and Old Girls from previous years returned to Bangor to prepare for their annual rugby match, though this year it was held in memory of Old Girl Sam Hurst who died earlier this year of leukemic cancer.
The two matches, held on the Treborth pitches on Sunday 6th May, saw the Old Girls and Boys face the current Bangor University rugby teams while the crowd standing on the sidelines stood watching and cheering. The women’s match kicked off at 12.30pm, where the Bangor Women’s rugby team faced some stiff competition as their components consisted partly of players of the premiership England Women’s rugby team. With the game resulting with the Old Girls winning, the score stood at 36-5. Second year student Gabriella Rosseti, who plays openside flanker as number 7, said of the match: “It was a really tough match but we put up a really good fight, whereas before we normally got smashed. This year though we had a really good team and we did pretty well.”
The men’s match kicked off at 2pm and stood at 5-7 with the Old Boys pulling ahead when the game had to be cut short after one of the Old Boy’s broke his tibia and fibula and badly dislocated his ankle, and emergency services had to be contacted.
Third year Bangor student Philippe Brown, Number 5 Second Row on the Bangor University Men’s team said of the day: “As always a great game to see the old faces of Bangor! It was really enjoyable although a serious attitude reflects the kinds of players we are when we enter the field. The game was cut short by a shocking injury, but these are unfortunately the types of occurrences that be seen in such a physical game. Prior to the injury however the match had been fairly even.”
The match managed to raise £440 for Leukaemia Research UK by selling wristbands in memory of Old Girl Sam Hurst, who passed away from leukaemia earlier this year.