On Saturday 5th March 2016, Gad’s hosted the third `Charlie Booth Memorial Rugby match’.
An Under 16 `Team Charlie’ team, comprising of Gad’s Hill pupils along with two guest players took on a King’s Rochester Under 16 side.
Before the kick off the teams lined up to lead a minute’s applause in Charlie’s memory and were joined by the 100 plus crowd watching the match.
The game itself was very closely contested, with the King’s side having the advantage at the breakdown, while Gad’s `Team Charlie’ edged it in open play with some strong running backs.
With ‘Team Charlie’ scoring first, the King’s side responded immediately afterwards. This seemed to be the template for the whole game with each side scoring three trys.
Both teams tried to play an open running game, despite the slippery ground and the tackling was of a high standard from both sides.
At full time, the only thing separating the sides was a single conversion in Gad’s favour, which allowed them to win the game 19 – 17.
After the game Nick Booth (Charlie’s father) presented the Charlie Booth Cup to the winning captain, Tom.
The teams then mixed together for a photo call and to enjoy a super `Player’s meal’ prepared by parents of former Gad’s pupils who were Charlie’s contemporaries.
The Gad’s `Team Charlie’ scorers were Tom, Zeki and Aidan.
However, the rugby match was not the end of the afternoon’s proceedings.
‘Team Charlie’ is also undertaking a project to build a sports complex in Charlie’s memory for disadvantaged children in Chennai, India.
The fundraising section of ‘Team Charlie’ was hard at work selling BBQ food, homemade cakes and various drinks. Despite the overcast conditions, they managed to collect over £3,000, a magnificent effort.
All the volunteers played their part but special mention must go to Sue and Simon Warwood and their children, ex-Gad’s pupils Zak and Katie, who coordinated the whole day.