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Sarah Doddington bows out in style in Southwold testimonial

Sarah Doddington Testimonial Rugby Match - Sarah Doddington.  Sarah Doddington's selective squad took on a current Southwold Swallow's team.  PICTURE: Mick Howes.

Sarah Doddington Testimonial Rugby Match - Sarah Doddington. Sarah Doddington's selective squad took on a current Southwold Swallow's team. PICTURE: Mick Howes.

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In honour of her years of service in the Black & Gold, Southwold Rugby Club hosted a testimonial match for Sarah Doddington, who has decided to hang up her boots.

A grand total of £580 was raised from the match between the current Southend Swallows team and Sarah’s Selective Squad, with the proceeds going to Beccles Stroke Association, in memory of Sarah’s father who died in 2007.

The game was refereed by Southwold’s long serving member Seb Anthony.

This was the perfect opportunity for old and new players to put on their boots in aid of a good cause.

Although it was staged as a fun day with match officials, water carriers and first aiders, the rugby was deadly serious and both teams provided good entertainment to the supporters.

Sarah Doddington’s Selective Squad used quick hands and quick running to break up the opposition defence to score a few tries.

Southwold Swallows started to gain some confidence and strung a few phases together with the final score finishing 18-7 to Sarah Doddington’s Selective Squad.

Sarah said: “All players had a fantastic day and the plan is to host an annual charity match to raise the profile for Women’s Rugby in East Anglia.”

The ladies marked the game by holding a raffle and auction.

A big thank you must go to the two ladies teams, the referee, and the water boys, supporters and everyone who donated and supported this special cause.

Southwold Swallows shall be doing their annual ‘Children in Need’ Pub Crawl on Friday, November 16 in the local area, once again thank you to everyone who donated last year when £708 was raised.

n Anyone interested in playing rugby for Southwold Swallows, the team would love to see you attend training regardless of experience and fitness level. Training is held every Wednesday night from 7.30-9pm at Southwold Rugby Club. Contact Nina Roe on 07947313156 for more information.

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