Rowan O’Gorman could make historical past by enjoying top-flight rugby for his beloved Marist Albion this weekend, however non-selection towards Christchurch will be mitigated by an off-field success.

Whereas the veteran hooker would relish the chance to lastly eclipse Tala Kele’s membership report of 330 appearances, his spouse Jennifer’s ongoing battle with breast most cancers places that accomplishment into perspective.

She was recognized in 2020 and is ready to bear her remaining spherical of therapy quickly.

So O’Gorman is simply as eager for Saturday evening’s Marist Albion Pink Ribbon Charity Ball to attain its aim of elevating funds for 2 organizations which have supported his mom of two, the Breast Most cancers Basis NZ and Pinc & Metal’s most cancers rehabilitation Basis, endowment.

“I am fairly excited that we have managed to get this off the bottom. It is nice to help two nice organizations and their worthwhile work,” he stated.

O’Gorman, who made his senior debut in 2000, performed off the bench in final season’s triumphant remaining with Burnside however was confined to second division duties till final Saturday’s conflict with Shirley.

The 40-year-old was philosophical after lacking the primary eight rounds of the title protection after new coaches Tom Wallace and Ian Robertson opted to start out him within the first reserve staff.

“There is a little bit of competitors in hookers this yr, there’s 5 together with me,” he stated, glad to lastly get a nudge as Trent Garden’s deputy.

Seizing the chance, he hit his jumper and grabbed a lineout drive with 5 minutes left to seal a 42-34 win at Burwood Park.

O’Gorman, who additionally coaches the membership’s U8 aspect, was proud to lastly have match mentor Kele, a former Canterbury propsman who performed 62 video games within the province between 1986 and 1995.

“I can keep in mind my first coaching session (at South Hagley Park). I walked by way of the door and Tala instructed me to take a seat subsequent to him. I nonetheless sit in the identical place each exercise,” he stated.

Public sale objects embrace a signed 2022 Crusaders jersey, Pink Marist Albion jerseys worn towards Christchurch, a Fijian coaching equipment signed by former Crusaders winger Manasa Mataele, and an hour with All Blacks supervisor and psychological coach Gilbert Enoka.

Particulars on tickets for the profit ball will be discovered right here right here.

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