Saturday 1st December was World AIDS day and as the Sheffield Vulcans joined the rest of the LGBT community in celebrating our history, the Vulcans also made some history ourselves with our first ever match against our Yorkshire brothers the Leeds Hunters.
Both Yorkshire based LGBT rugby clubs braved the mud and rain for a friendly game and fundraiser to raise money and awareness for local sexual health charity Yorkshire Mesmac and the National AIDS Trust.
Leeds took an early lead and showed real talent in protecting their rucks and allowing little turnovers to the Vulcans. Both teams were introducing new members to the pitch for the first time, some of whom had only been playing rugby for a couple of weeks.
The Vulcans worked hard as a defensive team and fought off some close tries mere feet before the line. At the end of the first half, the Hunters were ahead 25-0.
Sheffield Vulcans coach, Andrea Dobson, said “The entire team are getting some great first contact and have all shown huge growth even since the start of the season.”
The second half of the match saw the Sheffield Vulcans shine in an extra burst of defensive energy as they held off the Hunters until the last 5 minutes. A try from Simon Green put 5 points on the board for the Vulcans.
As the final whistle blew, with a score of 30-5 to the Leeds Hunters, both teams shook very muddy hands and revelled in the rush of a tough, fun and active game of Rugby.
Following a shower and some hot food, the Hunters and Vulcans joined together to celebrate the work of the two growing Inclusive rugby squads and to honour the history of strength and pride LGBT have shown in the battle against HIV and AIDS.
Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was awarded to Glenn Allen for stepping up to Hooker in his first game of rugby in several years. In his first appearance for the Vulcans, Glenn made some superb tackles and gave advice to many Vulcans before and during the game. Vulcans D*ck of the Day was awarded to Gawain Maroroa Jones for his determination to challenge rucks no matter the call.
By selling World AIDS Day ribbons, raffle tickets, and discussing the important work to provide sexual health services, the Sheffield Vulcans and Leeds Hunters were able to raise over £100 for Yorkshire Mesmac and National AIDS Trust.
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, and learn more about the organisations and their work by visiting their websites.
www.mesmac.co.uk | www.nat.org.uk