What a night we had at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night with over 14,000 screaming fans in the stands and cheering on the Vodafone Warriors. On behalf of the club, I’d like to say a big thank you to all who attended and helped us support the New Zealand Red Cross and their Pacific Disaster Fund for victims of Cyclone Gita. What was even better is that we got the win too! The Stacey Jones Lounge, which I host, went off on the night and special thanks must go to Shamrock Recruitment who came on board to sponsor our lounge for the night. They did a fantastic job with decorations and prizes, including offering up $500 in prize money which was split between the respective winners of the half-time and full-time score competitions. We had some great guests throughout the day like Cameron George, CEO of the Vodafone Warriors, and injured legend Simon Mannering who also mixed and mingled with our members. At half-time we then had one of the potential buyers of the club, Richard Fale, who heads the Tongan-American consortium, come and address us. I interviewed him on stage and it was entertaining hearing what he had to say. He also took questions from the floor. After the game, assistant coach Andrew McFadden and injured outside back Blake Ayshford came and joined us to provide an insight into what’s happening in the Vodafone Warriors camp. All in all, it was a fantastic night. This weekend, our first-grade side are away to Canberra on Saturday while the Jersey Flegg and ISP teams take on the Penrith Panthers. I’ll be heading down to Christchurch on Thursday with Janice to attend a gala dinner and fundraising night for the Chalky Carr trust on Saturday night. Chalky was a special person who passed away after a battled with cancer. I love Christchurch and I’m looking forward to catching up with some of our many friends and family while in the “Garden City”. Our next home game is on Saturday, April 7 when we have the SKYCITY Auckland Double Header at Mt Smart Stadium. On this night, the Wests Tigers will take on the Melbourne Storm before the Vodafone Warriors square off against the North Queensland Cowboys. We are expecting a very big crowd for this one so hopefully I’ll see you there. On another note, last week I was fortunate enough to host Vodafone Warriors and Sam Cook and Zac Santo for dinner on Waiheke Island after they made their way over on the ferry to support the local team, the Waiheke Rams.
Sir Peter Leitch Download