Rugby legends ready to clash for charity at Waterhead

RUGBY GIANTS Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott go head to head at Waterhead Amateur Rugby League Club on Sunday, September 18 (2.30pm).

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Barry McDermott and Kevin Sinfield

Sinfield’s Waterhead team of the 1990s tackles McDermott’s team from the 80s in a charity match with proceeds to the Steve Prescott Foundation.

McDermott, the former Oldham, Wigan and Leeds prop forward, is climbing to Everest base camp next month and the proceeds from the charity match will go towards the £10,000 he is striving to raise for the foundation.

Everest is the latest challenge McDermott has undertaken for the foundation, last year he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

The foundation was set up in 2007 when Prescott, the former St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity full back was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer that claimed his life in 2013 aged 39. It has raised more than £1m.

Admission is free, but spectators are asked to give a donation on the day or through McDermott’s justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Barrie-McDermott?utm_id=26

Sinfield and McDermott are former Waterhead players – the club has also produced top players Paul Sculthorpe, Jordan Turner and Marc Sneyd.

And many of the players from those decades will be turning back the clock, though the line ups have yet to be finalised. McDermott added surprises are expected on the day.

Lizzie Jones, widow of former Keighley player Danny who died from a heart attack during a game, will be a guest as she will be presenting a defibrillator to Waterhead.

And Lindsay Prescott, widow of Steve, will also be present as the event that is also doubling up as a family fun day so whole families can come along.

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