Vets in Clare Holland Cup Action

Vets in Clare Holland Cup Action

The ACT Veterans Rugby Club will play their first match of the 2018 season on Sunday 18 February at the RMC – Field 8 (next to Kapyong).

This game is played in memory of Tony Ryan, a former Vets team mate who sadly needed the services of Clare Holland House in 2008 at the end of his battle with cancer.

Tony was a Canberra boy through and through – joining the Club’s first team in 1995, after playing in Marist College teams and being selected for the 1976 Australian Schoolboys rugby team alongside Wally Lewis.

His premature passing at only 49 years of age demonstrates how cancer can affect anyone and everyone.

Dedicated fundraisers, the ACT Vets have organised a $2,500 donation to Clare Holland House from Canberra’s only community owned and operated bank, the Bendigo Bank (branches at Calwell, Curtin, Jerrabomberra and Wanniassa).

Clare Holland House uses these funds to directly improve the quality of patients’ lives. In previous years, this donation has funded the purchase of double beds, so loved ones and partners can sleep over at the hospice.

“Our 10-year partnership with ACT Veterans Rugby shows how important Clare Holland House is to Canberra and the surrounding region,” Neale Guthrie, Chair of the Canberra Community Bank Group said. “We are eager to see this continue into the future.”

Kick off will be at 2pm, with a cheque presentation to follow the final siren. The Clare Holland House Cup is also passed around to gather extra donations.


The Tony Ryan Memorial Rugby Match

Clare Holland House Cup

(Sunday 18 February 2018, 14:00)


The Club welcomes all players over the age of 35 looking to join “a group of blokes who just want to run around and have some fun whilst giving back to rugby and the Canberra community”. Turn up to weekly training from 6pm on Wednesday evenings at Kapyong Field, RMC Duntroon, or visit for more details.


Rod Eade (President) –  0481 458 985

John Hillier (Vice President) – 0412 130 073



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