Thunder rumbling ahead of traditional charity match
IN THE short history of the concept, the Sgt Matthew Locke MG charity match between Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo and the Australian Army Thunder has become a vital part of the local rugby league calendar.
Now into its seventh year, the event has become so much more than the just the match which is being played on Saturday, March 5 this year.
The day before the match is is a charity golf day on the fairways and greens at Bellingen.
The three-ball ambrose event tees off at 3pm. There's a barbecue lunch beforehand and teams can enter for $90.
On Sunday there will be a concert with the Coffs Harbour Regional Brass Band and the Army band playing at C.ex Coffs Harbour.
The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley will be travelling to Coffs Harbour for the weekend and will be attending a number of the events including the big game which kicks off at 6pm.
The importance of the match against the Magpies is highlighted by the fact it is the only game each year that the Thunder play against a civilian outfit.
In memory of local Matthew Locke who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, money raised over the course of the weekend is in support of Soldier On, The Grub Club, Bellingen Junior Rugby League and Dorrigo Swim Club.