Today was the inaugural ‘Temper Gold Trophy’ match, contested between ‘Oakhill’ (Louis Hill and his friends who were all involved in Oakhill Tigers) where Cameron played for approximately a year, and ‘Hilltop’ (Conor Bartram captaining a group of Cameron’s friends)
Oakhill have an average age of 35 whilst Hilltop averaged 25.
This fixture will be played annually on the weekend nearest to the anniversary of Cam’s death.
This particular game was played now as we all felt the need to carry on the outpouring of love witnessed at our son’s funeral, and gain momentum for next year’s events.
Although it was kept as a personal event with no advertising or publicity, the 28 players involved were matched, if not surpassed by spectators.
The format was 7-a-side with roll on – roll off subs within 4 x 15 minute periods. Mr Adam Knight officiated and was a fantastic addition to the event and has our deepest thanks for the superb way he refereed in the true spirit we hoped for.
At the time of playing we never intended to write a report so we have no real details. More important to say is that the standard was much higher than I had envisaged and very close, the game was at a nail biting 7 -7 draw after 56 minutes but Conor’s men showed an injury free level of fitness to finish 10 -7 victors.
The real winner was everyone involved today, the good nature, the outpouring of love for Cam was palpable.
The presentation was made at Jolly Butchers, Enfield afterwards where a suitable amount of refreshments were taken and the now ritual tales of Cameron’s life were told to the background of laughter.
A special thank you must go to Chloe Frost who put in considerable time and effort to help make today successful (as well as making some beautiful cupcakes for players) Good job Chloe!
This event raised the princely sum of £500.00 after expenses. This money will be given to a charity within Hatfield and surrounding areas that are trying to end knife crime. We will see a direct impact from your efforts.
I hope you are all as proud of your achievements as we are.
As Cam says ‘Love’
Louis Hill (c)
Connor Bartram (c)
Ben ‘Paddy’ Power
Liam ‘Hendo’ Henderson
Rory ‘Rozza’ McConnell
Referee: Mr Adam Knight