On Saturday 10th September Bridgend Hockey Club opened their pitch to the second RR81 day in memory of 16-year-old hockey player Rhys Rubery.
Rhys was very sadly killed last July in a road accident, just days after completing his final GCSE’s.
The RR81 (Rhys’ club number was 81) day was whole heartedly centred around Rhys’ sense of fun, according to his proud Father Jon; with the day seeing games from teams under 9, 11 and 13 as well as a highly entertaining game by the parents of the players. A number of Rhys’ school friends also came along to participate in a game; some having never played before! The final two games of the day saw South Wales U14’s Girls (which included Rhys’ sister Catrin) play Bridgend’s Youth team; and finally, the Men’s o45’s Masters take on Bridgend’s first team.
According to Jon Rubery the day finished with a range of entertainment at the Pencoed Rugby Club and was extremely well supported by members of Bridgend HC, friends and family from far and wide!
Rhys had recently been accepted into the Kookaburra team; an outstanding achievement he was very proud of! His dedication to the sport saw him actively coach his sisters team alongside regularly arranging fixtures and umpiring.
To honour Rhys’ memory; his friends and family have raised more than £50,000 to go towards gifting his school, Llanhari; an AstroTurf pitch, which is suitable for delivering hockey to the highest standard.
If you’d like to help with the donations please visit the Just Giving page set up.
For more pictures (courtesy of Annie Bourne) of this fantastic day and the games click here.