The Otago rugby team and the Ranfurly shield they won were welcomed back to Dunedin last week by a crowd of 1000 and a banner reading: “Welcome Home, Mr Brown’s Boys”.
The province has celebrated but coach Tony Brown and the team have been focussed on something more important than celebrating the win - retaining the shield.
. . . There is no point giving up the trophy in week one after having waited more than 20,000 days to have it. The first week has been a great ride and no-one wants to jump off so quickly. . .
Forsyth Barr Stadium has been renamed Tony Brown’s place for the occasion.
We were at Carisbrook when it was dubbed Tony Brown’s place for a Super 12 final in 1999.
Unfortunately the Highlanders weren’t able to beat the Crusaders that day.
All my fingers and toes are crossed that the party at Tony Brown’s place this afternoon when Otago defends the shield against the Hawkes Bay Magpies, has a much happier outcome.
Alwyn and I have a bottle of Otago or Hawkes Bay wine of the winner’s choice on the results. I’m happy to accept the same wager from others who doubt Otago.