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Match raises funds for charity
Police took on Waikanae in the annual Bowman Todd Memorial rugby match last month, raising around $5000 for charity.
Waikanae Rugby Club players Sergeant Dave Bowman and his mate Matt Todd, who was married to a police sergeant, died from brain tumours within five weeks of each other in 2006.
In honour of Dave and Matt, a rugby match between the Police and the Waikanae Rugby Club was introduced in 2007, and has been played every year since.
Constable Tyron Davidson says this year the Police team had a very close game against a young, fit Waikanae side.
“As the National Police Rugby Tournament was held on the same day in Gisborne, we were concerned we wouldn’t have the players to contest the title,” he says, “but players came out of retirement in droves to support us.
“The final score was a 34 – 24 loss to the Police side, with the crowds enjoying some very good rugby,” says Tyron.
Kapiti-based band Bad Habits, which has three serving members of Police, played in a Waikanae pub the following evening, with bar sales and a charity auction raising more funds.
The annual match has now raised more than $15,000 for charity, with the families of Dave and Matt, both still heavily involved with Police, choosing a recipient each year.
This year the funds will be split between supporting brain tumour research at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Mary Potter Hospice, which cared for the men in their final days.
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