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by Chris Tobin

A big crowd which included world champion shot putter Tom Walsh, watched South Canterbury lose the Meads Cup Heartland rugby final 17-12 to Thames Valley at Alpine Energy Stadium on Saturday.

While the result was a disappointment, the crowd enjoyed the tightly contested match and hometown final.

The first 500 supporters through the Church St gate received free South Canterbury T-shirts. Courier reporter Chris Tobin was there to capture the atmosphere.

A big crowd which included world champion shot putter Tom Walsh watched South Canterbury lose the Meads Cup Heartland rugby final 17-12 to Thames Valley at Alpine Energy Stadium on Saturday.

While the result was a disappointment, the crowd enjoyed the tightly contested match and hometown final.

The first 500 supporters through the Church Street gate received free South Canterbury T-shirts.

Twice a holder of the Ranfurly Shield, South Canterbury has yet to win the competition while neighbours Mid Canterbury and North Otago has each won it twice.

Courier reporter Chris Tobin went along to the match and took these photographs.