Tigers raise £1k for teammate

Posted: Monday 18th November 2019 - 6:43 PM

Adam Rimmington was hurt in the 2019 PDRL Finals Day where he featured as one of the Fords’ able-bodied players, he describes the injury as a ‘great tackle’ but the results of it meant he dislocated his foot and broke his ankle, tibia and fibula. Consequently, Adam has struggled with his work as a Prison Office at a local prison and was unable to properly feature in Castleford’s historic curtain raiser match at Old Trafford against Wakefield Trinity.

In a fantastic showcase of the Tigers’ #ONECLUB mentality his teammates set about organizing a match against Leeds Rhinos PDRL in order to try and raise funds, and the event was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance at local community club Brotherton Bulldogs to watch the action and participate in the auction which followed. Overall the day raised £1,075 for Adam who was overjoyed with the entire event.

“It was an amazing day and I couldn’t have wished for anything better; it means everything having my fellow players go so out of their way to get the game on and for everyone who helped to do this for me. When I got on stage to say thank you to everyone, I couldn’t speak, I found it so overwhelming. To be able to play and train as a player for Cas is great, to get the opportunity to play at Old Trafford is amazing and then to have all this happen is just incredible.”

Ahead of the match there was a minute’s silence in remembrance of Leeds PDRL player James Addyman, aged 23, who sadly passed away last week after a brave battle with cancer, he was an integral player to the Rhinos PDRL side and everyone at Castleford Tigers would like to send our condolences to James’ family and friends.

Neil Barnaby, Tigers PDRL Head Coach, reiterated that the result of the match did not matter and that it was a brilliant example of the rugby league community coming together to assist someone in need.

“Congratulations to Leeds who were victorious 28-16, but who won doesn’t matter, it was a great occasion which raised some helpful funds for Adam.”

Barnaby then gave thanks to everyone who helped organize the event and make it really special for Adam.

“What a way to finish our matches for 2019, thank you so much to Leeds Rhinos for being so on-board for it all, in particular Chris Young and our own Dave Palmer for being instrumental in getting it off the ground, Brotherton Bulldogs for hosting us, Becky Adams from Warrington who agreed to be the physio for both sides for the match and the RFL for sanctioning the game. There were some great auction items snapped up with Castleford providing a 2020 home shirt signed by the First Team, Leeds, Wakefield & Warrington all gave signed shirts too.”

The Tigers PDRL Head Coach summed up the season for the side by insisting that good building blocks are in place for a strong 2020.

“Dean Sampson ran out for Cas once again and he’s looking at becoming a regular in the squad next season. 2019 has been great for our side with lots of lessons learned and next year we hope to go further and claim that Grand Final. The players will have a few weeks off before we start pre-season and roll on into 2020.”

Humbled by all the efforts of his teammates, Adam wanted to spend some of the money raised on something with the Tigers PDRL team, however they have refused to allow him.

“I wanted to treat them, but they simply won’t let me! I’ll think of something, but the money will most certainly help me as I prepare to try go back into work, it means I can properly rehabilitate my leg and attend my physio sessions. It’s looking likely I’ll be out for the whole of 2019 but I’m making it my aim to try and get fit for the backend of the year so I can get back out there with the players and enjoying the game. Thank you once again to everyone who helped, Neil, all the players of both sides and so many more, I can’t put into words how wonderful you’ve been.”

*Photo courtesy of Sigmund Kasatkin

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