PHOTO GALLERY: Game for Sophia, Kildare Legends v Nurney Legends

Fundraiser

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'A Game for Sophia' fundraiser took place on Saturday, February 3 last at Nurney GAA.

There was a huge turnout to see Kildare Legends take on Nurney Legends, to raise money for Sophia Conway's tumour treatment abroad.

Sophia was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2017, and while an operation to remove it was successful, further proton treatment was needed, the kind only available in Germany.

Former Kildare player Mikey Conway, uncle of Sophia, spearheaded the event, along with the local community of Nurney.

Anthony Rainbow was one of a number of Kildare Legends that togged out for a good cause.

“I thought it went really well, it was a well organised event by Nurney and by Mikey", said Anthony.

"I think when you come across something like that where it’s for a good cause, the community of the GAA will come together.

"The turnout in terms of players was excellent, you had past players stemming from the 90’s, some from the 2000’s and then even some from past 2010, which was great to see.

"It was great to see Kieran McGeeney there as well, that would have managed Mikey.

“There was a small bit of physicality in it, it was nice to get it because I suppose myself, Dermot and some of the older players haven’t felt that physicality in a long time, and in terms of the competitiveness of it as well, which always adds the bit of bite to the game. There was also sort of a fun factor around it, and a serious side to it as well knowing what the event was for."

The question we all want to know is.. Who won?

Kildare won of course!", laughed Anthony. "Nurney finished out with about 25 players on the pitch, but we’ll say it was a draw."

The club is currently totting up how much was raised overall, but treasurer of Nurney GAA Syl Merrins said they were delighted with the great support.

Sophia and parents Martin and Michelle landed in Essen, Germany on January 29, where Sophia will undergo a number of weeks of intensive specialised treatment.

PICTURES: Tony Keane