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Rugby League: Fans dig deep to in Craig tribute; Hawks 39 Royal Navy 15.

Byline: By Roddy Duncan

RUGBY fans last night raised almost pounds 25,000 in the Craig Hodgkinson memorial match at Old Anniesland.

The tribute game, between Glasgow Hawks and the Royal Navy, marked the official launch of a campaign spearheaded by Craig's father John to raise funds to buy as many heart defibrillators as possible for sports venues in Scotland.

Former Hawks player and serving Marine Hodgkinson collapsed and died of a rare undetected heart condition on the eve of his 27th birthday while playing for the Royal Navy in Cornwall.

While fans dipped into their pockets off the field Hawks got off to an equally brisk start on the pitch with a third-minute try by Stewart Smith in the wake of a tapped penalty.

Then Ally Maclay galloped over after latching on to a pass from Sandy Warnock.

Josh Drauniniu clawed back five points with a solo effort for the Navy, only for Maclay to restore the advantage with his second try.

Wayne John, nicknamed Cowboy, kept the visitors in the contest with a score just before the interval.

Hawks' other touchdowns came from ex-player-coach Marc Sitch, Chris Breckenridge, Eric Milligan and Stevie Gordon. Owen Salmon went over for the third Royal Navy try.

Meanwhile, Scotland's leading sports medic last night called for heart re-start machines to be available at every sporting event - no matter how minor.

Cardiac specialist Stewart Hillis, who doubles as the Scotland football team's doctor, issued his plea at the match.

He said: "Illnesses like Craig's can be hard to discover until it is too late but sufferers could be saved if a specialised gadget is close by.

"This equipment is usually available at bigger sporting events where medical staff are in attendance - but not at matches or meetings further down the scale.

"These machines cost about the same as a decent TV but can mean the difference between life and death."

The Warriors pro team are up for a cross-code challenge today when they open their campaign for the Jenkins and Marr Glasgow City Sevens.

Sean Lineen's men have been drawn against Glasgow Bulls rugby league outfit in the first round at Cartha QP's Dumbreck ground.

Edinburgh will square up to the Scottish Universities select with the prospect of a semi-final against Sale Sharks, who face Hillhead-Jordanhill in the opening tie at 1pm.

DRAW: Hillhead-Jordanhill, Glasgow Hawks v Edinburgh Accies, Edinburgh v Scottish Universities, West of Scotland v Hamilton, Stirling County vCartha QP, Boroughmuir v Perthshire, Glasgow Bulls v Glasgow Warriors, Mighty Minnows v Dundee HSFP.
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Date:May 19, 2007
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