Clubs honour mate

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Jarrad Blackler’s two country rugby clubs will honour the memory of their mate this weekend.
Kurow and Mackenzie are to play a pre-season game in Kurow for the Jarrad Blackler Memorial Trophy in what is hoped to become an annual fixture.
Jarrad (23) died on May 11 last year from injuries received in a crash in the Hakataramea Valley when, along with four other men and one woman, he was thrown out of a Toyota Land Cruiser.
He was a member of the Kurow senior team at the time, having returned to the family’s Danseys Pass farm after working as a shepherd at Haldon Station and playing for the Mackenzie club for five years.
The Blackler family instigated the concept of a memorial trophy for their son and brother, and were delighted to get the support of both clubs.
“The idea came to us early in the piece, really,” Jarrad’s father, Graeme Blackler, told the Oamaru Mail.
“It’s one way of keeping his memory alive. His name will always be on a cup in one of the clubrooms of the clubs he played for.”He said Jarrad was “extremely proud” to have played for the Mackenzie club and was looking forward to a long involvement with the Kurow club, playing a sport he genuinely loved.
The Blackler family will be on hand on Saturday to watch either Kurow or Mackenzie become first to lift the trophy.
Kurow president Ross Paton said the club remembered Jarrad with “great fondness” and were eager to honour his memory in the most appropriate fashion.
The senior game is at 3pm at the Kurow club, following the presidents grade game at 1.30pm.

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