The Manchester Mosquitoes will be hosting their annual Movember Cup tournament at Eccles Rugby Club tomorrow morning (November 25).

The Mosquitoes host this tournament every year and have been urging teams to sign up to help a good cause. Movember encourages men in November to grow moustaches to raise awareness for men’s mental health.

The tournament has previously been hosted at Burnage Rugby Club, where the team has played its home games in past years.

The switch to Eccles Rugby Club this year is to allow for more games to be played due to excess pitches at the club. Club Captain Adam Kelly has been in charge of arranging the fixtures and said that “Eccles has four pitches available.” This change will allow for more games to be played in the tournament.

Eccles Rugby Club
Aussie rules football, known formally as Australian Rules football, is a style of football played by Manchester Mosquitoes. Despite not being as popular in England, it has been played here since the 1800s and has numerous clubs and members across the country.

The cup itself has become a well known fixture in the Aussie rules community. Kelly said: “We have had teams from Ireland, France and Germany in past years.”

The Manchester Mosquitoes have been a team since 2005 and this year will be the eleventh time they have hosted the Movember Cup.

Covid halted the Cup’s progress but the team has managed to draw teams from outside of Manchester once again this year.

The Movember Cup in action

The Manchester Mosquitoes have been raising awareness during Movember every year as it is a cause that is close to them. Kelly revealed that “after (they) lost a team member, the team came together to do the Movember Cup.”

The team are encouraging everyone to attend the event if they can. The team’s view is “the more the merrier.”

The event is free for people to attend and is family friendly.

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