GAA Football

Down delight as Wellington win New Zealand football championship

Miceal Devlin (9) and the Wellington squad that won the New Zealand Men's Football Championship
Andy Watters

KILCOO native Miceal Devlin was part of the Wellington/Hutt Valley men's side that won the New Zealand football championship in Canterbury last weekend.

The Wellington squad included players from 15 of Ireland's counties as well as home grown Kiwis and Devlin, who won a Down minor championship with the Magpies back in 2009, played his part alongside fellow Down native Chris McKibbin and Derry's Tony Ling.

“I was delighted to be a part of it,” Devlin told The Irish News.

“It was a great weekend in Christchurch, the Canterbury GAA club put on a brilliant tournament.”

The Wellington footballers clinched a remarkable double for the north island club that also fielded camogie and ladies' football teams in the national championships.

“Our men's football team and hurling team claimed a historic double, and we understand it's the footballers' first time winning the championship - an incredible achievement,” read a notice on the club's Facebook page.

“Congratulations to Shane Bourke (football) and John Bobs Daly (hurling) on winning the player of the final awards. To everyone who wore the green and yellow of Wellington/Hutt Valley over the two days – you did our club proud.”

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