Otamatea Hawks set to play in honour of Jordan Kemp

By Te Kāea
  • Northland

The Otamatea Hawks plan to take to the field on Saturday to face Horahora in honour of Jordan Kemp and his family.

The shock loss of the talented 17 year old, after receiving head injuries during a game of rugby has devastated the family, his club and the wider community.

In a meeting at the Maungaturoto club last night a vote was taken and the decision was made to play on, knowing rugby was Jordan’s huge passion.  

The Northland Rugby Union with the support of the NZRU and the New Zealand Rugby Foundation have offered counselling and are looking into what other means of support they can provide to the family, the Otamatea Rugby Club and members of the team that played against Jordan’s club on Saturday.

According to Jeremy Parkinson the Chief Executive of the Northland Rugby Union, the emotion at the meeting last night was high and very raw and the focus for all at the moment was coming to terms with such a tragic loss.

Jordan Kemp was returned to his Marae and family last night and the family has asked for time to grieve and celebrate the life of their loved one.