Kiama claim annual Harley Chapman Cup against Jamberoo

Kiama and Jamberoo's reserve grade teams with the Harley Chapman Cup. Photo: SPORTS FOCUS PHOTO
Kiama and Jamberoo's reserve grade teams with the Harley Chapman Cup. Photo: SPORTS FOCUS PHOTO

THE sixth annual Harley Chapman Cup was up for grabs on Saturday afternoon at Kevin Walsh Oval, when the Jamberoo Superoos hosted the Kiama Knights in reserve grade.

The visitors kept their perfect record going in the annual clash, defeating their rivals 30-4 behind tries from Matt Cornell (two), Jay Delaney, Matt Gladman and Mitch Coslovich tries – with Mitch Boles landing five goals.

The lone try for the Roos was scored by Ben Ford.

The initiative started back in 2012 when Chapman, who played with both the clubs, took his life in 2011, while working in Darwin.

“After Harley’s passing, both clubs wanted to honour him and raise the awareness of suicide prevention,” Knights president Greg Norris said.

“So they decided to play for a cup in his name, which goes on the line in the first meeting between the two sides every year.

“In good news for our club, we been able to hold the trophy up after every clash thus far.”

Making the day even more meaningful for the Chapman family, who were be in attendance on Saturday, is the fact that they selected a man of the match from both sides, which went to Kiama’s Matt Gladman and Jamberoo’s Kieran Morrissy – as well as presenting the trophy to the winning team.

“It’s great that Harley’s family are always in attendance at these clashes,” Norris said.

“The fact that it’s gone on for six years and is continuing to get bigger every year, shows the impact that Harley had on both clubs.”

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