Ice hockey star remembered in charity match

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A talented ice hockey player killed in a tragic accident aged just 15 has been remembered with a charity football match.

Friends of Jack O’Donnell helped to raise £150 to go towards a foundation named in his honour following his death in the summer of 2010.

Jack represented the south west of England and went on to play ice hockey for England. He became captain of his country at junior level and decided to go professional after leaving school following his GCSEs in 2010. He was due to start an apprenticeship with the Swindon Wildcats senior team before the fatal accident.

In the December 16 match, Phil Coulson bagged a brace to help Gatecrashers FC to a 3-2 victory over YOLO United at Meadow View.

After Coulson opened the scoring with a stunning 35 yard strike, United fought back to take the lead with goals from Ben Gray and a bundled effort by Julian Reed.

But Gatecrashers refused to lie down and came storming back, Coulson levelling things up before Alex Smith produced the winner with a cross-come-shot.

The Jack O’Donnell Foundation’s aim is to inspire and support children to achieve their sporting potential and fund life changing medical treatment for young people in need.

To find out more about the foundation visit www.jodf.org