Saint Ade Gives Cumbria Blessing
St. Helens Star Ade Gardner has announced his intention to play in the Cumbria side to face England in the Garry Purdham Memorial game to take place in Whitehaven on 3rd October, 2010. The Cumbrian flyer joined Saints from Barrow Raiders in October 2001 establishing himself as a first team regular in 2003, and has now made 233 appearances in the highly successful Saint side.
He was the club's highest try scorer in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Super League seasons scoring an impressive 31 tries – making him the Super League’s top try scorer in 2008. This season he has scored 16 tries in 20 games and is sure to give his Cumbrian team mates a real attacking boost as they prepare for the challenge against a strong England side.
Announcing his availability for selection Gardner stated “It’s a privilege to represent your county but an even bigger honour to represent the Purdham family and a community that has been through a lot in the past 12 months”.
Gardner is the latest Super League star to support this game staged to raise funds for the family of Garry Purdham, and was a particular pleasing addition to the squad for Cumbria coach Paul Crarey who couldn’t hide his delight “ Ade is a personal friend, a great player and a champion bloke , it’s fantastic to have him on board”.
Sky In Town To Promote Cumbria Game
Sky Television presenters Brian Carney and Angela Powers were in Whitehaven on Monday to record a feature on the Cumbria vs. England Garry Purdham Memorial game to be shown on Sky TV’s Boots N All programme this week. Committee Vice Chairman and Press Officer Dave Bowden, was delighted at the support given to the game by Sky, “Obviously the Boots N All programme is hugely popular amongst Rugby league fans and is a wonderful opportunity to promote the game to a national audience.”
In addition to filming the feature, sure to give the game an even higher profile, Bowden was quick to praise Sky pundit Brian Carney. “I can’t praise Brian enough for the help and support he’s already given to this game. He is on the phone virtually every day with ideas and opening doors to ensure we all do the best we can as the countdown to the game starts. He is also working with us on a couple of ideas to provide entertainment for Rugby League fans attending the game on the day and we hope to make some announcements shortly”.
“We have also received great support from the RFL in adding a promotional piece within the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final to take place at Wembley this weekend, this game is now predicted to be a sell-out which again is a fantastic opportunity to present the game to a wider audience.” He added.
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