We may not have won on Sunday against Manly but at least it was a much better performance than of late, and we certainly won in the Sir Peter Leitch Club at the Stacey Jones Lounge I host for the club.
We had 130 for lunch and everyone enjoyed a host of great speakers like board chairman Jim Doyle, new CEO Cameron George, Warriors legend Steve Price, who was there with is lovely wife Jo, and the man himself Stacey Jones.
Former Warriors Monty Betham popped along to tell us all about his plans to have fans take a stake in our club, and at halftime Ruben Wiki came along with James Gavety, who happens to be an ambassador for Physically Disabled Rugby League, and we raised $1700 on the day for the cause.
In fact today I will bank $4000 for James’ cause, because I pledged to match it dollar for dollar, and then rounded it up a bit.
We also got a bit of money for the Mangakino Hawks, who lost all their gear in a fire, and who were at the ground as guests of the club. There is more in the newsletter about that.
On Monday my good friend Sir Graham Henry drove me and league stalwart Gordy Gibbons to Te Kuiti for the funeral of Sir Colin Meds, and I have included a few pages from the service, which was wonderful, in the newsletter.
There were many, many former All Blacks there, as was the Prime Minister Bill English, Labour leader Jacinda Adern, Minister ofSport Jonathan Coleman, and more importantly, hundreds of ordinary people like you and me paying their respects to a great man.
I’m off this weekend to Sydney to watch the Vodafone Warriors take on Wests Tigers. I’m excited because I’ll catch up with Jason Cayliss, who was Kiwis captain when we beat Australia in the World Cup in 2008, former Warrior Jason Death, and even rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns, who is taking me out for breakfast.
Of course then I’ll head to Liechardt Oval, a wonderful ground I love visiting, for the match, but before that I have been invited to the Chairman’s lunch, and there is nothing better than a free lunch, so I’ll be there with bells on.
Congratulations to the All Blacks on a wonderful comeback win over the Wallabies, and especially the Black Ferns – world rugby champions for the fifth time.
Share the love out there and remember, if you are having a bad week just spare a thought for the people of Texas, ravaged by floods.
We might have had a tough year, but life is good in our little piece of paradise.
Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM QSM
Chief NZ Ambassador for Rugby League World Cup 2017 Download