A team of property professionals from the Midlands have retained their title in the annual Surveyors Challenge Charity Rugby Match after beating their Yorkshire counterparts for the second year running.

The Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds was the venue for the closely fought match, sponsored by leading Midlands’s developer Stoford, which eventually saw the Midlands Surveyors XV beat their northern rivals, 38-28.

The match raised over £3,000 for Cure Leukaemia and the Edwards Trust and was organised by Jonathan Robinson of DTZ and Adam McGuinness of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in the Midlands and Rob Whatmuff, Lambert Smith Hampton and Dave Robinson, JLL in Leeds. In addition to support from Stoford, other sponsors included, the Industrial Agents Society, Zero Trace, GR8 Security, The Bottom Line and KGA.

Spectators from the Midlands and the north observed the match, which was followed by food, drinks, a charity raffle and entertainment.

Dan Gallagher, Director at Stoford, said: “Last year, saw the Midlands team achieve a resounding victory on home turf in Birmingham as they beat Yorkshire 57-5; however this year was a more closely fought match with both teams demonstrating a fantastic display of rugby.”

Jonathan Robinson, Associate Director at DTZ in Birmingham, added: “On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to thank our generous sponsors and our northern friends and colleagues for their hospitality. We look forward to welcoming them back to the midlands next year for what already looks set to be an interesting match.

“We are already in talks to set up a registered Midlands Property Rugby Club with regular fixtures against other professional services organisations.”

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