Wolves star Ben Westwood was briefly reunited with his Challenge Cup Winners’ medal when Warrington Worldwide arranged a visit to super fan Sam Morris.
During all the excitement and joy of the homecoming parade, a beautiful gesture, which could have been missed by most, exemplified all that is great about rugby league and Ben Westwood.
After the parade and in front of many thousands of Warrington fans as the open top bus halted before the Town Hall steps, “Super Ben” made a bee line for young fan Sam Morris. Replete in his full Wires kit and sporting blue hair for the day the delighted 6 year old was the envy of all when his hero presented him with his winner’s medal.
The magnanimous gesture, whilst truly special was not unusual for the self effacing Yorkshire giant who the Warrington people have taken to their hearts and adopted as a son of the town. Not only for his heroics and honest endeavour on the field of play, but for his many off field charitable works and his support of community events.
Following a bruising encounter on Thursday against Salford and delaying his physio session, the Wolves loose forward agreed to visit the home of the rugby mad Morris family for a chat and a brew.
On entering the Morris house you are greeted by two glass presentation cabinets stuffed full of sporting medals and cups won by the family and pride of place was given to Ben’s Challenge Cup Winners medal.
Tearing young Sam away from his beloved Fireman Sam cartoon on the T.V. an impromptu game of pass the rugby ball broke out between all the family and their guest.
Sam’s siblings are all keen rugby players with sister Serena playing for under 14 girl’s team and brothers Morgan, McKenzie and Bailey representing their respective age groups and judging by the overflowing trophy display they are all being quite successful. All the children are a source of pride to their rugby loving parents Sharon and Dave.
As well as still playing at the highest level of the game Ben also coaches the Warrington Ladies open age Rugby League team.
This year the Victoria Park girls are riding high at the top of the league with only two games to go. Their next home game is this Sunday at 2pm at Victoria Park and tickets are still available. As the Wolves have no weekend game why not come down and cheer the girls on. Tickets are £3 for adults and £1 for juniors.