Bit of a setback in Penrith, but that happens, and I expect much better this week.
I am in Australia with my family and will catch the State of Origin game tonight and the Vodafone Warriors game in Brisbane on Sunday so I’m really looking forward to catching up with some Aussie-based fans at the games.
But league isn’t always about the big boys. My love for it started more than 50 years ago when I opened my first butcher shop in Mangere, and around the corner was the Mangere East Hawks.
The club's chairman would come in and one day he asked if I would consider sponsoring the club.
It was a few meat packs for the raffle, but it turned out to be the start of a special journey.
From humble beginnings things grew. I would drop by and watch, and I always loved the down to earth people I met.
So on Friday night I was proud to be invited to the opening of the upgraded clubrooms, which are a credit to all involved. A few other clubs could learn a thing or two from what has been achieved.
A commercial grade kitchen has been added, and the club is going to operate a restaurant and cafe, and has already had its first corporate booking, from Burger King, a big sponsor of the club these days.
The Hawks boast teams from five-year-olds to premier grade, but with an impressive 3500 members it still feels like a family, so much so that it's most famous old boy, Olsen Filipaina, was at the opening flying back from Sydney
With luck I’ll be around for a while to watch the Hawks fly, and with a bit more, our Vodafone Warriors might help us all Keep the Faith this weekend with a win over the Broncos .Today I’m catching up with the King Wally Lewis who is a good mate and another good mate who use to play for the Warriors and lived with us Jason Death who is uncle to Nathan Cleary who will be playing for NSW tonight. The rest of our time will be doing shopping ect. You have a fantastic week and go the Vodafone Warriors on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.
Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM QSM Download