RUGBY players returned to Huddersfield from across the country to honour a former teammate who died in a hit-and-run incident.
A Huddersfield RUFC side made up of members who had played in the academy team with Adam O’Toole, inset, lined up for a memorial match against Huddersfield University last night.
The annual event, played at Lockwood Park for a third time, was started after 18-year-old Adam, from Holmbridge, died when he was hit by a car on New Hey Road in Salendine Nook on March 6, 2007.
Club committee member Tim Nield said: “Adam was very well thought of in the club and it is important we continue to remember him.” Toby Nield and Tom Shorrock were responsible for contacting the former academy players to take part in last night’s game.
Adam’s mum, Beverley, was there to present the trophy to the winning Huddersfield RUFC side who beat the University outfit 39-7.
She said: “We shouldn’t have to be doing these memorials because what happened to Adam should never have happened, but the fact they do this in his memory means so much, I can’t put it into words.”
A 24-year-old man from Oldham arrested in February on suspicion of causing Adam’s death by dangerous driving is currently on bail.