John Campbell’s report from the Eden Park field in the moments after the 2011 final completed is quite excellent.
It captures the elation, the heartbreak, the meaning to fans and players, the value and worth of both teams
Brad Thorn’s heartfelt reflection, Ali William’s hug, Piri’s walk with his wee one, the tears of the man from Paris, the nonchalance of Beaver.
It does so respectfully and honestly, a story crafted by a true fan of the spirit of the game.
Four years on, it’s well worth watching again.
Contributed by Tim Kong (@timoslimo)