Fan favourite Mark Minichiello has described Hull FC’s Wembley victory as the highlight of his star studded career.
An Australian NRL veteran with over two hundred appearances in the world’s premier rugby league competition, such testament fully highlights the magnitude of the Black and Whites Challenge Cup triumph – the fourth in their 151 year history.
Currently at the tender age of 35, Minichello lifted his first trophy as a professional, with Hull crazily celebrating their biggest achievement to date on the biggest stage of all.
“This is the highlight of my career by far; 15 years at the top level trying to achieve something like this and it’s finally come true,” Minichiello told the Yorkshire Post.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling and the supporters were unbelievable for us, too. They deserve to celebrate this – the first time Hull has won at Wembley – and hopefully the club can now go on and win many more.”
The first piece of silverware of a potential new Golden Era, Hull FC’s Wembley success was long overdue, but with the calibre of personal in the squad now, and with Minichiello amongst them, Hull will feel like they can achieve anything, after an – at times – brutal Challenge Cup final.
The ex-Gold Coast Titans back rower paid tribute to the toughness of the fixture, as Hull fought out victory after trailing 10-0 to Warrington, who played their part in a superb contest in humid conditions.
“It was a draining game”, he admitted. “It was very hot out there and it felt like we had no energy the entire game.
“I don’t know whether it was the emotion of it, the speed of the game, or the heat… it was all factored in.
“You just had to dig deep and get through it. It was one of the toughest games I’ve played in and I was out on my feet. It needed a special group of guys to get the job done.”