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WAGs prepare for the Grand Final
10:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
PREPARING to cheer on the lads ahead of the Grand Final are the Warrington Wolves wives and girlfriends.
Whether it is sorting out their childrens’ lucky tops or drumming up support from primary school youngsters, the group have said they now can not wait for kick off.
Former Great Sankey High pupil Jenny Wilson, who is engaged to winger Chris Riley, said: “I think everyone is more excited about it this time after what happened last year.
“I always try to avoid talking about it with Chris because I don’t want to put more pressure on him if he sees how excited or nervous I am.”
Families will be travelling to Old Trafford on Saturday on a coach together and the girls said the excitement kicks in for the youngsters once they see the fans outside the ground.
Kathryn O’Neill, who has two children Connor, aged four, and Oliver, aged eight months, with England player Chris Hill, said: “Last year everyone was gutted but after the game we kept our spirits up and started thinking about next year.
“The Grand Final is different to Wembley as there’s a big build-up before it and we go down for the weekend to London and get together a bit more in the hotel but it’s still just as exciting.”
While the girls have managed to avoid picking up any of their own superstitions before big games, Kathryn’s son Connor and Jenny’s daughter Isabella, aged three, say they always likes to wear the same tops for matches.
Wardrobe choices for the mums will include ditching the heels as they favour more practical options while they are ‘running around after the kids’.
Jenny, who is originally from Australia and met Chris after completing a Prince’s Trust course, added: “We’re all friends and enjoy watching the game together.
“When I met Chris I didn’t know what he did but now I love watching him in games and get really into it.”
Lowton mum Kathryn, who met Chris while she was working at Leigh Centurions and swapped her allegiances to Warrington when the prop moved clubs, added: “Some of the girls like to have a drink at the bar during matches but I get really involved and will start shouting like a fan!”
YOUNGSTERS at Culcheth Primary School will have everything crossed their teacher Kate Higham comes into work smiling on Monday.
The wife of Warrington Wolves hooker Micky, who teaches year four pupils, said there a number of children and teachers heading to Old Trafford on Saturday and everyone is looking forward to it.
The 34-year-old added: “I feel a bit nervous for him as I would really like him to win.
“He did it with St Helens but that feels like a lifetime ago now.
“The kids (Harry, aged eight and Alex, aged four) are really looking forward to it and have got their flags, shirts and jester hats for the day.
“I think they just look forward to playing with the other kids all day.”
It will also be an emotional day for Adrian Morley’s partner Clare Richards, aged 35, who will see the Warrington Wolves captain play in his last game for the club.
The mum to Leo, aged six, and Maya, aged three, said: “I’m really proud of Adrian and hoping he gets to lift the trophy for the perfect send-off.
“It was emotional enough during the last game at the Halliwell Jones so I’ll have to stop myself from thinking about it otherwise I’ll be crying all the way through the game!
“I just really want them to win as it’s the only thing he’s not achieved at Warrington and the one last thing he wants to do for the club.”
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