Cup-winners make special school stop-off

Celtic captain Danny Hurley holds the Watters Cup up at a special assembly to celebrate the team’s achievement at St Joseph’s School yesterday.

Celtic captain Danny Hurley got a second chance to hold Mid Canterbury Rugby’s Watters Cup aloft yesterday.

Hurley, along with a few of his team mates and some of the managers from the club’s senior rugby side that defeated Southern 28-24 to win the Watters Cup outright for the first time in 18 years on Saturday, paid a special visit to some of their youngest, loudest and proudest fans yesterday, with the cup in tow.

They headed along to St Joseph’s School, where they were the guests of honour at a special assembly to celebrate their victory, visited classrooms and shared many a high-five.

Many of those young St Joseph’s kids watching on proudly and asking questions of their favourite players yesterday were also on hand on Saturday to watch their team win the cup, and Hurley took the opportunity to thank them for their support.

Led by St Joseph’s teacher Cathy Reid those kids formed a guard of honour for their team as they ran onto the park, spent much of the game chanting and cheering their hearts out, and when the final whistle blew they all ran onto the field to be the first to congratulate their team.

Hurley said their efforts didn’t go unnoticed and that support really helped to spur the side on. He said hearing a big “defence” chant going up while they were hard on their line defending gave them that little extra boost.

Celtic had last made a Watters Cup final in 2012 and shared it with Southern after a drawn final in 2006, but last won it outright 18 years ago.

– Erin Tasker