Rugby

City rugby clubs benefit from Paul Lethbridge Memorial Match

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TAMAR Saracens, Devonport High School Old Boys and Old Techs have all benefitted from this year’s Paul Lethbridge Memorial Match.

The annual event was held at the end of August at Tamar Saracens’ ground and involved the three city sides playing each other in memory of former player Paul Lethbridge, who sadly died in 2013 at the age of just 47.

Plymouth’s Lord Mayor Dr John Mahony visited Tamar Saracens this week to present cheques to all three clubs from the money raised from the family-orientated rugby day.

Tamar Saracens’ new youth side received £400, DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks’ youth set-up were also handed £400, while Old Techs’ senior team received £200.

Paul’s brother, Pete, was there to assist in the presentation.

Pete admits his brother, who would have been celebrating his 50th birthday today, would be proud of what has been done in his memory.

“Paul would have loved this,” said Pete. “He played for all three clubs and was keen to put something back into youth sections. He would be very proud of what has been done over these last three years.

“Hopefully, the clubs can continue on their camaraderie and help put rugby back on the map.”

Pete said the whole family ‘misses Paul dearly’ but they do take comfort from the legacy the annual memorial game is having in Plymouth.

“We had a great turnout this year for the day,” said Pete. “There must have been 400 to 500 people there. He was a well-loved chap.

“I must thank Dan Leeson for setting up all three games. He’s been a real rock.”

Paul was a full-back or stand-off and as well as playing for Tamar Saracens, Old Techs and DHSOB he also coached at Stonehouse Sharks.

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