Smith hails memorial clash a success as veterans beat Roundhegians visitors

Simon Smith (right) his son Tim (centre) and brother Michael (left) host the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162a. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.
Simon Smith (right) his son Tim (centre) and brother Michael (left) host the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162a. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.
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THE James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy kicked-off in superb fashion at Silver Royd on Saturday.

Simon Smith, James’ son, organised the first of what is to become an annual event between a Scarborough veterans team and a team from Roundhegians.

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162e. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162e. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

The game also marked Simon’s 50th birthday and money was raised towards his Movember efforts, taking his tally from just over £300 to over £1000.

Despite bringing a strong 16-man squad to Silver Royd, the Roundhegians side were beaten 26-22 by Smith’s select side.

Simon’s brother Mike led out the visiting side and his son Tim played a half for both sides during the match.

Tim scored the try of the match, eventually side-stepping his uncle to go over the line, while tries from Shaun Fearn, Dave Snodin and a last-gasp effort from Ian Warwick sealed the win.

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162c. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162c. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

Simon’s mum Muriel presented him with the first trophy to remember James, who was awarded with an MBE for services to charities after 25 years work with the Leeds Lions, before he sadly passed away in 1992.

Simon said: “It was a fantastic day all round.

“Massive thanks must go to the Roundhegians lads, who travelled through to play.

“Everyone who turned out on the day and who has donated online, and also to Jo Purdy at the club, who helped out before and on the day.”

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162b. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162b. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162d. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

Action from the first annual charity rugby match, the James Alwyn Smith Memorial Trophy, at Silver Royd.'120162d. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.