Rugby league players and officials showed a lot of heart in a charity fun day.
Cramlington Rockets held their annual Christopher Wallace Cup charity day to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
The day saw a series of exhibition matches between the club’s teams alongside a cake sale and a raffle, raising £525 for a charity important to many of the club’s volunteers.
The U10s were split in two to play what was the first match for many of the players.
Then the U11 and 13s took on the U12s and despite the U12s leading at half time, the U13s managed to pull away in the second half.
The U15s put in a ‘Hollywood’ finish against National Cup Quarter-finalists, the U14s, coming back from 18 points down with ten minutes to go to score the winning try with 30 seconds to go.
The last match of the day saw the U16s take on the First Team, with many of the U16s keen to exact revenge on their coaches for many a tough fitness session this season.
However, it was the old dogs that taught them their old tricks, with a drop goal from U16s head coach Jordan Robinson giving the first team a one point lead, before one last decisive score in the last play of the game sealed it for the old boys.
“Every year, we come together to raise money in memory of Christopher Wallace, who was part of the first ever Rockets team in 2000,” said club founder and president Steve Beaty Snr.
“Sadly he died of a heart defect at the age of only 25. Many of his original team mates are now at the club as coaches so it is a day that means a lot to many of us.”
“Christopher was a great guy who loved a laugh and is still sorely missed,” said U15s coach and first team stand-off for the day, Danny Gilroy.
“That is why we love to make today as fun as possible and everyone really bought into that and came together to show why this is the best club in the north east. Christopher would have been proud.”