Dad’s punt wins Crusader visit

IDOL: Pete Samu signing a flag for Taylor Stirling whose dad won the Placemakers Punt for Prizes. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Michael Stirling is officially the coolest parent.

At least in the eyes of the pupils from St Joseph’s School in Papanui who received a visit from Crusaders players.

Mr Stirling won a special visit from players David Havili, Pete Samu and Seta Tamanivalu as part of the Placemakers Punt for Prizes competition.

During round eight of the Super Rugby competition, he correctly picked all seven of the games and was put into a final draw – which he won.

“It was a bit of sharp shooting,” he said.

So he nominated his daughter Taylor’s school to receive the visit.

“The younger ones appreciate the players, they look up to them as heroes,” Mr Stirling said.

The Crusaders hosted a mini coaching session as well as dishing out a few autographs and a selfie or two.

Which more than paid off.

“I’ve been told she’s pretty good at tackling now,” Mr Stirling said.

Placemakers Canterbury marketing manager James Munro said the company is thrilled to be able to offer such unique and memorable prizes to rugby fans.

“To see the excitement on the kids’ faces at St Joseph’s was really special and I know they will be talking about the visit to their mates for a very long time,” Mr Munro said.

•To enter head to www.puntforprizes.co.nz.

IDOL: Pete Samu signing a flag for Taylor Stirling whose dad won the Placemakers Punt for Prizes. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

SCRUM: David Havili, Crusaders fullback, being tackled by children from St Joseph’s School. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

SKILLS: Seta Tamanivalu coaching pupils from St Joseph’s School. PHOTO: JAMES MUNRO

David Havili, Seta Tamanivalu and Pete Samu with St Joesph’s School pupils. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

David Havili, Crusaders fullback is tackled by children from St Joseph’s School. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

David Havili, Crusaders fullback is tackled by children from St Joseph’s School.

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