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Barns Green touch team win Simon Viney Tournament

Photo credit Cheryl Zimmermann

This year’s Simon Viney Tag Tournament raised a fantastic £8,500, taking the total raised in the last ten years to well over £50,000. Down the years, the funds raised have supported wonderful charities, including The Wooden Spoon, who provide physically and mentally disabled children with sports facilities, St Barnabus Hospice, The Springboard Project for children with learning and physical disabilities, Clic Sargent for cancer treatment for young children, St Catherine’s Hospice, and Canine Partners, matchers of specially trained dogs with those in need of such assistance.                                  Simon Viney sadly passed away from a degenerative heart condition at the far too young age of 22, just before Christmas 2009, and although he suffered from learning difficulties, he refused to let that hold him back. Simon discovered a love and passion for rugby as a front or second row Barns Green Rugby Club forward, enjoying the game with his family. His memorial tournament is a sevens tag event for all ages and abilities of either gender and is very much a fun day with a competitive edge, a much-loved event. And, appropriately, this year’s tournament was won by the Barns Green touch team – they beat Kieran’s Fitties in the Semi Final and then, in the Final, The Honey Badgers, who had also figured in last year’s Final. Barns Green’s secret weapon was six year old Albie Hoyt, exhibiting identical skills as his father, Matt, Team Manager Nick Lewis saying: “These guys deserve this win, the hours they’ve put in over the past months – sheer dedication and professionalism on and off the pitch, I can’t think of a more deserving team!”

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