Suppliers take on garden retailers at GCA charity rugby match

The inaugural GCA garden centres versus suppliers game has raised £16,000 for the Greenfingers appeal.

The match, at Stow on the Wold rugby club, was won 19-14 by the suppliers.

Organiser and captain of the suppliers was William Sinclair retail MD Danny Adamson, while fellow organiser was Barton Grange MD Guy Topping, who captained the retailers.

Wolf Tools Martin Sobey (two) and Denholm Agency’s Nathan Denholm scored tries for the suppliers, while St Peter’s John Powell scored two for the retailers, both converted by Topping.

Suppliers represented included Woodlodge, Outback, Metpost, Thornhill, Johnsons, Elho, Neptune, La Hacienda, Fiskars, Forest, and Apta.

Garden centres included Cowell’s Raglan, Armitages, Ruxley Manor, Garden & Leisure, Castle Gardens, Garsons, Stewarts, Bridgford and All in One. Referee was St Peter’s Tony Blake.

Funds were raised at an auction at the GCA associate’s dinner and through programme and shirt sponsorship and a dinner . Sponsors included Garden Retail, Stagecraft, Taylors, Hozelock, Glee, Gardening TV, Sankey, Solus, La Hacienda, Quinton Edwards, Scotsdales, Barton Grange, Raglan, Vision Commercial Kitchens, Stewarts and Sinclair.

To see photos from the event go to our GCA members v suppliers rugby match gallery.

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