Rugby teen's memory kept alive at annual darts fund-raiser - The Rugby Observer

Rugby teen's memory kept alive at annual darts fund-raiser

THE MEMORY of a Rugby teen was kept alive at an annual fund-raising darts tournament held in his name.

The Joe Spooner Darts Tournament – named after the 15-year-old Lawrence Sheriff School pupil who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in 2005 – was held at the Workers Club in Oliver Street.

Winning through to the men’s semi-finals among 32 entrants, Matt Goss and Carl Green served up a thrilling match with Carl narrowly winning 3-2. In the second semi, Charlie Symons beat an injured Ricky Reed 3-0. An exciting final saw Charlie beat Carl 4-2.

The ladies competition saw a lower number of players but still featured entertaining matches played in the best spirit. Cheryl Douglas beat Zoe Clarke 3-1 in their semi-final, with Janine Gough winning 3-0 against Angie Jones. Janine then played a terrific game to win the final 4-0.

The two winners then played each other for the overall title. Charlie was outstanding, beating his partner Janine 4-0 with a smattering of 180s to win the competition for the second time.

The grand total raised for the SADS UK charity was £1,560.

Since Joe’s death, his parents Tracey Prior and Stephen Spooner have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity, donating defibrillators to schools, sports clubs and community venues.

Tracey said: “We raised a wonderful amount for SADS UK in memory of a wonderful young man.

“Joe’s family would like to thank the Workers, Bradley Electrical, all the players, chalkers, everyone who donated prizes, time and money. It is so very much appreciated.”


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