Glenwood boys get to see Cup trophy

2013-09-10 00:00

GLENWOOD High School pupils and staff got their hands on the hallowed Currie Cup trophy yesterday as the cup made a brief stopover in Durban.

Injured Sharks players Paul Jordaan and Anton Bresler were joined by former Sharks and Springbok great Gary Teichmann, as they visited the school in an initiative put together by SA Rugby and the Sharks.

It was a surprise visit and added an adrenaline rush to the otherwise routine Monday morning assembly.

According to the school’s head of marketing, the visit was to promote the game and the Currie Cup, which these days is a very poor cousin to the more lucrative Super 15 tournament.

“It was great for the boys to be able to interact with players who have made a career from the game,” said Webber. “The three guests chatted with the boys, handing them water bottles and free tickets for the Sharks home games.”

Boys had the chance to fire a few questions at the visitors, asking Bresler and Jordaan how they recover from a long-term injury, what training they do and the frustration of being on the sidelines game after game.

Teichmann went down memory lane, recounting his days at the helm of the Springboks and his surprise at being given the captaincy.

Webber added that Glenwood was the only school in the province chosen for a visit, with schools in the Cape and Pretoria also visited by iconic players from the respective provinces.

“There was a great hype and vibe when the boys realised what was happening and the actual Currie Cup trophy generated huge interest,” said Webber. “Most of the boys just wanted to get their hands on it, able to say they had held it aloft, while others were keen to see the names on it and appreciate its history.”

The boys erupted into a few war cries and there was clearly excitement at what would otherwise have been an ordinary Monday assembly.

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