Woolston Rovers are this week's rugby-league.com Club of the Week, after their annual 'Ronald McDonald House (Alder Hey) Charity Day' was yet again a huge success, as a massive turnout of players and fans enjoyed an excellent afternoon of Rugby League at Monks Sports Club.
The day started with a Junior Festival that saw over 150 youngsters take part from Woolston, alongside other teams from the town and further afield - while several of the Rovers Junior section sides had stalls around the ground that ensured their was plenty to enjoy for all the families who came along.
The main event saw the Rovers 'past' take on the 'present' for the Noah Horrigan Trophy and this proved to be a very keenly contested game that was very close throughout.
But it was the 'present' side who just managed to hold on for the victory.
Early tries for the 'present' team through Patryk Mazur and Harry Files put them 8-0 ahead before John Bannon replied for the 'past' and Andy James converted. But then a Files try, goaled by Mazur, put the 'present' clear again before a try on the stroke of half time from Mark Forster brought the 'past' side closer as they narrowly trailed 14-10 at the break.
Files went over for his hat trick just after the restart; Liam-Percy Taylor converted but then a try for the 'past' through Chris Kinsey, that was goaled by Dave Manfredi, kept them in touch. But a Dani Garcia-O'Brien try put the 'present' side back in command before Manfredi scored in the right corner to narrow the game once again to just four points.
The 'present' side made sure of victory when Mazur scored with a minute remaining to move his side eight points clear but the 'past' had the final say right on the full time whistle when John Welch scored to make the final score 28-24 to a relieved 'present' side.
The Man of the Match was awarded to Rovers 'past' player Chris Kinsey, while 7-year-old Noah Horrigan himself presented the winning captain Wez Lawton with the 'Noah Horrigan Trophy'.
After the game, there was an auction and raffle in the club to raise further funds for such a fantastic cause, and then in the evening the festivities continued at the Bear & Bottle on Mersey Street where local singer Hayden Astley provided some excellent entertainment.
'Present' beat 'Past' 28-24 in the showpiece event
"We look forward to doing it all once again in 2018."
Afterwards, Rovers Club Chairman Liam Horrigan, who is the driving force behind the day after Ron Mac House provided so much for him and his wife Louise when Noah was born seven years ago said: "I cannot thank everybody enough for the superb support that we have been given once again this year.
"The generosity of the day's sponsors is really appreciated whilst it was absolutely fantastic to see over 150 young kids playing in the tournament and showing some great skill.
"The various Rovers teams who had stalls added to the activities that were on offer before the 'past' v 'present' game that was very keenly contested - I am certain that there will be a few sore bodies after that!
"The evening also saw everybody having a great time, Hayden Astley was top class, as everybody who was there would testify and Allen Wilkinson of the Bear & Bottle was a great host.
"We really do have a great club at Woolston who always come together for events like this whilst I must also thank the other clubs who took part in the Junior tournament and I hope that they all enjoyed themselves.
"We will hopefully have raised yet another significant sum for this great Charity and we can look forward to doing it all once again in 2018."
Steve Arnold, John Bannon, John Welch, Nigel Quarmby, Mark Forster, Liam Horrigan, Chris Kinsey, Lee Westwood, Danny Forster, Andy James, Neal Mawdsley, Bob Merrill, Dave Kelly, Mark Wareing, Dave Manfredi, Mike Leicester, Dave Whalley, Andy Penny, Matt Wilkinson, Dave Neil.
Alex Dunne, Scott Whiteley, Danny Griffiths, Patryk Mazur, Aaron Barber, Kieran Moore, Wez Lawton, Harry Files, Richard Potts, Niall Toher, Henry Davies, Mike Ward, Jacob Proudlove, Liam-Percy Taylor, Andy Nadin, Dani Garcia-O'Brien, Ian Stapleton.
Woolston Rovers are one of the leading Rugby League clubs in the north west, hosting teams across all age groups, including two Open Age sides.
To find out more, find the club on social media | search 'Woolston Rovers'.