From left: Simon Hampshire, Jason Robinson Brett Graham (Grafton Redmen), Mark Cox, Steve Hackett, Gary Powell, Jon Chevalley (White Ants).
From left: Simon Hampshire, Jason Robinson Brett Graham (Grafton Redmen), Mark Cox, Steve Hackett, Gary Powell, Jon Chevalley (White Ants).

White Ants set to storm rugby nest

THERE’S no need for alarm or the need to contact the local pest control man.

A colony of White Ants of the human kind are on there way to Grafton Rugby Park this weekend as part of the annual fundraiser for Cure Our Kids, a charity organisation helping brighten the lives of children with cancer.

The brainchild of former Grafton Redmen player Mark Cox, the annual White Ants game helps raise money for kids in need.

“One of my mate’s sons had a form of cancer a few years ago, he was only three years old and I thought there must be away we could raise money,” Cox said.

“The idea came into my head ‘what about a rugby team?’ I was born in Koolkhan just north of Grafton and Steve Hackett and I always had a running joke about getting a rugby side together called the Koolkhan White Ants.

“It never came to fruition until one day I decided to use it as a novel way of raising money…it was meant to be a one-off.

“Over the last two years we have raised $4500 for Westmead Children’s Hospital.”

Cox says although the average age of the side is 37 they are still very competitive.

“We would win most competitions 15 years ago. We have guys who can still hold their own on the field. Jon Chevalley, Steve Hackett, Aaron Taylor, Gary Powell, Stu Cameron and Al Donaghy will play for the White Ants and are all capable of matching it with the younger guys,” he says.

“We have players travelling from as far a Bourke, Canberra, Bathurst and Brisbane.”

The charity day will also be a chance for the local Redmen first grade side to gauge how they will perform this season with trial games against the White Ants and Wollongbar.

Games will kick off at 2.30pm with a match between Grafton under-19s and a Zone under-20s side.

A round robin format will follow with matches played between the White Ants, Grafton and Wollongbar.

“One of my mate’s sons had a form of cancer a few years ago, he was only three years old and I thought there must be away we could raise money.”



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