Rugby the winner as Long day is made worthwhile

A Solent All Stars side comprising of local rugby players lifted the Mick Chalk Cup
A Solent All Stars side comprising of local rugby players lifted the Mick Chalk Cup
Gosport & Fareham's Sean Shepherd. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (171571-1)

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Rugby was the winner last Sunday as Solent All Stars claimed Mick Chalk Cup charity clash honours.

Going up against a Havant XV side in the annual fundraising event, a number of players from Portsmouth, Gosport, US Portsmouth, Chichester, Worthing and Nomads set aside rivalries to represent an All Stars squad put together by Jim Pearce and Graham Butterworth.

And there was to be late drama as Worthing prop Dan Sargent, playing at inside centre, crashed over in the corner with the last play of the game to earn Solent a thrilling 29-27 victory.

The result, however, was irrelevant with the day’s purpose to raise funds for a chosen charity.

This year’s charity, which was chosen and supported by Havant, was the trust fund for Portsmouth’s very own Adam Long.

Last year, Long – who is battling liver cancer – won the man-of-the-match award in the fixture but unfortunately was unable to attend and watch this year.

Many of his family were there, though, with dad, Ian, running the line and getting on for the last 10 minutes.

The day raised approximately £1,500 for Long’s trust fund with the rugby community again showing fantastic support for one of their own.