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The Nathan Blakey Memorial Movember Cup 2016

The 2016 edition of the Movember Cup is set for this weekend at the Burnage Rugby Club. The annual event is organised by the mighty Manchester Mosquitoes with the latest instalment of the tournament involving six men’s and two women’s teams.

The men’s competition will involve a single league table with each team playing two other teams, making it six games in total during the group stage. Games will consist two 15-minute halves with a five-minute half-time.

Following the group stages, teams will be competing for their Movember Cup ranking. First will play second, third vs. fourth, then fifth vs. sixth. Alongside the main tournament and the women’s game a variety of awards will be given. The ‘Best Mo’ and ‘Be Better Mo’ titles will be awarded along with the ‘Best on Ground’ for both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Throughout the day there will be a bar and BBQ open to all, as well as a raffle, with profits going towards the Movember charity.

Full tournament schedule:

1100 – Mozzies 1s v Rams & Wolves v UoB 2s

1150 – Rams v UoB 1s & UoB 2s v Mozzies 2s

1240 – Mozzies 1s v UoB 1s & Mozzies 2s v Wolves

1330 – 3rd v 4th & 5th v 6th

1415 – 1st v 2nd

1500 – Women’s Exhibition

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Additional information on the Movember charity:

Movember is “the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale” (uk.movember.com). The charity focuses mainly on prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

“Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 35. Every hour 35 men lose their lives due to prostate cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40”.

Movember helps fund over 1200 project across the globe to help give men the facts about their health, change their health behaviour for the better (with regular checking of their testicles, prostate and mental health) and develop accessible health services for men.

If you would like to find out more information on Movember, please visit uk.movember.com.

If you’re are available to assist with volunteering please contact president@manchesteraussierules.com to submit an your interest.

Special thanks to Ben Sweetman for providing a great overview into the Movember Cup.

 

Movember Cup 2015

The Manchester Mosquitoes were set to host the annual Nathan Blakely Memorial Cup on Sunday 15th November 2015. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas! Storm Barney brought too much rain for the pitches to handle, most teams were advised to save their energy for the 2016 tournament and to not make the trip to Manchester.

Teams already in the area were hosts, theManchester Mosquitos, locals Huddersfield Rams and making the trek up two nights earlier, the Wandsworth Demons decided to tried their luck on the morning of the tournament and found the pitches were in a condition that would be able to handle a couple of games. With only a quarter of the amount of teams originally anticipated, these three clubs faced off in a round robin resulting in the Manchester Mosquitoes and Wandsworth Demons to head back to the knee deep mud and nut it out in the Final for the Movember Cup.

Hosted by the Manchester Mosquitoes since 2011, the Nathan Blakey Memorial Cup has been played in memory of ex-Mosquito Nathan Blakey, who tragically passed away during a complex surgery a week before the first event. He was 28. Holding this dear to their hearts the Mozzies gave it a good crack, unfortunately for them “AFL London’s most successful club of 2015” managed to show the host team what they were made of and came away victorious.

The post-event festivities did see the Mozzies take a clean sweep of the raffle, bagging a few AFL Europe’s donated prizes; ranging from a Sherrin to a full 2015 signed Gold Coast Guernsey, as well as some locally supplied Tim Tams, Rugby memorabilia and sneaky bottles of booze. Deservingly, player of the day went to Adam Jeffrey from the Wandsworth Demons, but with too many to pick from Mo’ of the day remained undecided with uncanny lookalikes ranging from Chopper Read to Mario, the decision couldn’t be made!

AFL Europe is excited to support an even bigger and better even next year (weather permitting!).

 

Sarah Ongarello

Movember Cup 2015

On the 15th of November the Manchester Mosquitoes host a charity Aussie Rules tournament at Trafford MV Rugby Club. The Nathan Blakey Movember Cup is held annually in support of the Movember Foundation raising funds for men’s illnesses, in particular  prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. The first tournament was held in 2011 and has been growing year on year raising around £10,000  for charity so far.

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The week before the first event, Nathan Blakey, a member of the Manchester Mosquitoes ARFC, passed away during complex surgery at the age of 28. Nathan had been part of the Mozzies since the clubs first season and was part of their 2010 premiership team. He was known for his down to earth, friendly nature and his love of the footy. He played, umpired, helped coach and loved a beer. He was a paramedic so would often be sorting himself out after matches whenever he took a hit. He is greatly missed. With his passing the week before the first Movember Cup it was decided to play the tournament in honour of Nathan. It seemed a fitting gesture to remember him in this way considering his love of football and his commitment to developing the game.

The Nathan Blakey Movember Cup is about to be held for the 5th year and we are looking forward to raising funds in support of men’s health and raising a glass in honour of our mate.

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Nathan. 14/02/1983 – 19/11/2011

Always well attended by AFLCNE Clubs, we hope as many players, spectators and supporters can come along and be involved to raise money to make it as big a success as possible. If you can’t make it but still want to contribute you can donate at the following link:

Mozzies Movember Page

If you want to help or be involved with the tournament contact Ben Sweetman email:president@manchestermosquitoes.com.

In the build-up to this years Movember cup here at the Central and Northern England Australian Football League we’ll be taking a look at some of the Men’s health issues you’ll be raising money for and how our clubs are helping to raise awareness.

 

Originally posted by the Manchester Mosquitoes at: http://aflcne.com/2015/10/31/the-nathan-blakey-memorial-movember-cup/