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Pretty in Pink?

The BAG Veterans rugby team took on a touring team from the UK last weekend in Paderborn in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer at a sunny Dempsey Barracks.

Maj Wilkins secures the ball
The few hundred spectators were entertained by a hard fought match which ended 41-25 to the BAG Veterans.

The BAG side stood at out from the start and not just because of their pink shirts but because of the willingness to run the ball at every opportunity.

Their opponents from Peterbrough Rugby Club also proved pretty adept at running everything and the regular water breaks were welcomed by both sides.

The halftime whistle saw the BAG team sitting comfortably on a 31-8 lead but a few changes for both sides led to a more open game and the visitors finally got into their stride and score three well worked tries.

SSgt Rob Jones takes contact
Capt Chris Kerr gets away from the Peterborough defence
Sgt Robertson wins a line out

The final whistle saw the victorious BAG side head to clubhouse for a few well earned drinks. It was at this stage that both teams paused to remember what the game was for and why the charity chosen was so close to the heart of those playing in pink on the day.

The day had been organised by the BAG rugby community inrecognition of Maj Jane Newby-Grant’s bravery and strength of character in her fight against breast cancer.

When Jane deployed on Op HERRICK 15 as the SO2 J1 she felt confident that the build up training and equipment issued would be enough to keep her safe from harm.

Unfortunately, 3 months into deployment on 30 December 2011, she discovered a painful lump in her left breast and knew something was wrong.
Jane before H15

Having been flown back to the UK she was diagnosed on 11 January 2012 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and embarked on 8 months of treatment; chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. Life as she knew it came to an abrupt halt. When treatment finished, she knew she had to get back in the saddle, and that’s exactly what she has done in deciding on a 400km cycle challenge through northern China.

She wanted to have a focus to aim for, a challenge to help regain her lost fitness, give herselfsomething positive and meaningful to work towards and for a cause that quite literally is closest to her chest and heart. Since October 2012 she has been training hard, along with baking, cooking and encouraging everyone sheknows to assist in raising awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for her chosen charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

After treatment

The day was a resounding success and a total of €1520.00 was raised for the charity.

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