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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Legends set to turn out for testimonial

A WEALTH of rugby league talent past and present has been named to line-up for a match that will bring to a close the three-month testimonial period granted to the popular Workington Town, and former Whitehaven, star Neil Frazer.

Workington past and present will take on Whitehaven past and present at Derwent Park on Sunday, October 10 (3pm ko). And the squads read like a who’s who of recent professional rugby league in west Cumbria.

Frazer has named the likes of former Town favourite Anthony Samuels, Luke Savelio and Hitro Okesene in his side, while the Haven team will include Harlequins’ captain Rob Purdham and latter day Haven heroes Aaron Lester, David Seeds, David Fatialofa and Leroy Joe.

Frazer said: “It’s going to be a great day and a great way to sign my Testimonial period off. I am absolutely delighted with the players who have decided to turn out for what promises to be a hard-fought encounter.”

And Haven legend David Fatialofa, who retired from prefessional rugby league with Haven at the end of the 2008 season, said: “I’ve spoken to a few people who are involved and they haven’t lost their enthusiasm.

“They’ve even been putting in a few training sessions to make sure they are fit. I hope to last a bit longer than last time, as I came off with concussion after 10 minutes in Howard Hill’s Testimonial match.

“I played with Neil for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and have kept in touch with him through friends.

“To have played the game professionally for 13 years is an achievement in itself, and he fully deserves his big game.”

The match will be refereed by Gareth Hewer who has kindly donated his match fee to the Testimonial fund.

Entry to the game will be £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, and children under 16 accompanied by an adult will be allowed in free of charge.

There will be entertainment for the youngsters with face painting and an inflatable slide, and entertainment for all in the main bar after the game.

SQUADS

Town: Neil Frazer, Scott Chilton, Matthew Johnson, Brett McDermott, Leigh Smith, Graeme Lewthwaite, Brett Smith, Tane Manihera, Hitro Okesene, Liam Campbell, Luke Savelio, Matt Tunstall, Stuart Hoyles, Jamie Beaumont, Anthony Samuels, James Robinson, Ricky Wright, Jon Roper, William Blackburn, Jason Mossop, Steven Wood, Alan McGuiness, Mathew Woodcock, Paul McGee, Martin Wilson. Coaches: Gary Murdock and Martin Oglanby

Haven: Wesley Wilson, Craig Walsh, Kevin Hetherington, David Seeds, Lee Kiddie, Leroy Joe, David Fatialofa, Aaron lester, Mark Cox, Graeme Morton, Spencer Miller, Rob Purdham, Gary Charlton, Colin Armstrong, Howard Hill, Marc Jackson, Ryan Campbell, Alan Bone, Dexter Miller, Chris McKinney, Ryan MacDonald, George Suafoa, Matt Lynch, Mark Keenan, Jonathon Wignall. Coaches: Joe Stewart and Colin Hall

Seaton ARL will be hosting the next event for Frazer’s Testimonial tomorrow night (7pm). The event, organised by Paul Hodgson, will see top duo Phenomenon starring, and there will be a disco and buffet.

Tickets, priced at £10, are available from the club or on the door on the night.

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