Huddersfield Rams Take 2016 Nathan Blakey Movember Cup
Wednesday, November 30 2016 @ 08:02 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
The annual Nathan Blakey Movember Cup was played last weekend, hosted by the Manchester Mozzies at their Burnage Rugby Club. This year was the fifth running of the event, commencing in 2011.
The Manchester Mozzies website states that, “we would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about the Movember charity. Movember is “the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale.” (uk.movember.com). The charity focuses mainly on prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
“Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 35…Every hour 35 men lose their lives due to prostate cancer…Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40.”
Movember helps fund over 1,200 projects across the globe to help give men the facts about their health, change their health behaviour for the better (with regular checking of their testicles, prostate and mental health) and develop accessible health services for men.
The event is named in honour of former Manchester Mozzies player Nathan Blakey who passed away a week before the inaugural Movember Cup at just 28 years of age. The event was named in his honour for his commitment to growing the game in a variety of roles including player, coach and umpire.
This year’s event saw six men’s and two women’s teams. The Manchester Mozzies and University of Birmingham fielded two teams each along with teams from the Huddersfield Rams and the Wolverhampton Wolverines. The women’s exhibition match was played after the men’s matches.
The Huddersfield Rams took out this year’s final downing the host, Manchester Mozzies. All teams place a high degree of import on this event, and the Huddersfield Rams are proud to take the title to finish their 2016 season on a high.