Match in memory of rugby player

A memorial rugby game being held this weekend in honour of talented sportsman Andrew Grubb, will hopefully become an annual event, those planning the game say.

The Cromwell Rugby Club is hosting the pre-season game against Eastern at noon on Saturday in Cromwell.

It would be a fitting memorial to Mr Grubb, who had been a talented rugby and cricket player and was respected and missed by both the Cromwell and Eastern communities, Cromwell Rugby Club president Jason Clark said.

Mr Grubb (20) died after falling off a quad bike in Cromwell in September last year.

He had played first-five for the Cromwell Premier team for the previous two seasons and scored the winning try in the team's historic 21-18 win over Maniototo to clinch the Central Otago premier rugby championship last year - the first time Cromwell had won the championship in 35 years.

Mr Grubb was also a member of the Otago Country rugby team and was also in the North Otago cricket team.

Mr Clark said a large crowd was expected for the game.

''He [Mr Grubb] touched a lot of people.''

A minute's silence would be held before the game in honour of Mr Grubb, ''as a sign of respect for what he's contributed to the community in the last few years'', Mr Clark said.

He expected it would be an emotional game, and a close one.

''I have no idea who will win.''

He hoped the memorial game would become an annual event, played alternately in Palmerston, where Mr Grubb was from, and Cromwell.


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