06:00PM, Wednesday 09 June 2021
Photo: Amy Churchyard
Myke Parrott pulled on his rugby boots and threw on a Maidenhead RFC jersey to give Sam Churchyard ‘the day he deserves’ in his farewell match at Braywick Park.
On Saturday, Maids played host to Oxford Harlequins to sign off a series of friendlies before pre-season officially commences for the new campaign on July 15.
It was also veteran player Churchyard’s last game for the club as he will be moving to Kent with daughter Penelope and wife Amy to bring up their expected second child.
The match gave Parrott, who now operates as a director of rugby for Maidenhead, an excuse to don the magenta kit once more and take to the field to send off his teammate, and close friend, of almost a decade.
“I’ve played with Churchy for the best part of 10 years and as it was his last game, I wanted to get the boots back on for him,” he said.
“It was only a friendly but to have a run out for one of our longest-serving players was special.
“He’s been a stalwart for us and we’re all going to very much miss him.
“He’s been a tremendous servant on and off the pitch for nearly 10 years and we’re gutted to lose him.
“I know of some clubs, that when players move on, they disregard them.
“We, however, care very much about all of our players and I think we have a really positive culture at Maidenhead.
“Saturday was a really good opportunity to show that off.”
“Churchy is moving to Kent which is where his family is from, and he’s got another child on the way,” added Parrott.
“I’m sure he will find himself in another rugby club somewhere, but he hasn’t decided on that just yet.
“No doubt, however, whatever club he goes to, he’ll always be a Maids boy.”
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