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Trimble helps to create ‘memories of a lifetime’

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Trimble helps to create ‘memories of a lifetime’ thumbnailColeraine’s Andrew Trimble (centre) celebrates Ireland’s historic win over the New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field in Chicago with Conor Murray and Craig Gilroy.

COLERAINE'S Andrew Trimble has been praised for playing a key role in Ireland's momentous win over the All Blacks - their first victory over New Zealand in 29 attempts. The former Coleraine Inst man was pivotal to Ireland's success, producing a series of tackles to halt their opponents in the dying stages of an engrossing game at Soldier Field in Chicago.
He earned rave reviews from observers for his strength and bravery, with one Sunday paper describing his late hits as 'game defining.'
“Defensively he stood so tall when the pressure was at his height," said another report, marvelling at the physicality of the Ulster winger.
Fellow Coleraine man Brendan Johnston, a son of publicans Hugh and May Johnston, was there to witness history in the making, claiming the performance of the Ireland team had created 'memories for a lifetime.'
“The omens before the game were good with the Chicago Cubs ending a 108 year drought to the Baseball World Series so it seemed like maybe this was a good a time as any for Ireland to end the 111 year wait for a first win over the All Blacks," said Brendan.
“The sight of the Irish players forming an eight in front of the Haka indicated they were going to be drawing on a higher power and maybe that's what it would take.
“The half-time score had us exchanging glances - were we going to be part of history - but we didn't want to whisper it too loud.

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