The teams that competed in the Get Ballsy charity football match held at Trafalgar Park on Saturday. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Footballers ‘got ballsy’

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Sportsmen, celebrities and local personalities “got ballsy” at Trafalgar Park on Saturday in a charity football match to raise awareness for testicular cancer.

The match was organised by Nelson Suburbs stalwart and cancer survivor Ryan “Skippy” Stewart and featured the likes of Paul Ifill, Luke Patrick (aka Frank from Shortland Street), Tall Black Phill Jones, Black Cap Ish Sodhi and former All Black Chris Jack.

It was a goal fest at Trafalgar, Jack opening the scoring after just ten minutes to set the tone for a highly entertaining contest.

Chris Jack celebrates one of his three goals with Ben Edar. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.
Chris Jack celebrates one of his three goals with Ben Edar. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Jack would go on to score a hat-trick but was to be outdone by Skippy who netted himself four.

Ryan says it was a great turnout for a great cause.

“For a charity match there was some great football played.”

Despite scoring a double hat-trick, Ryan was quick to deflect the praise.

“I guess it’s not a bad effort, but I didn’t have to do much.”

The testicular cancer survivor was blown away by the support shown for the fight against the disease.

“I’m a bit tired and a bit emotional, but it was a great day.”

Scorers:
Blue 10 (Chris Jack 3, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sigmund, Jake Butler, Dylan Wells, Paul Hughes, Brendon Hodgson, Ash Wellbourn)
White 7 (Ryan Stewart 4, Gareth Turnball 2, Paul Ifill)