Well it wasn’t the result we wanted over the weekend but let’s look at the positives.
At the start of the season there was talk of us getting the wooden spoon but we made the top eight and that will give the coaching staff something solid to build on for next season.
I did feel for Simon Mannering though. I would have loved to have seen him retire with an NRL grand final ring, but it was not to be.
I'm sure we all wish him all the best. Go well my friend and enjoy your retirement as you take up a new challenge in life.
The Vodafone Warriors women’s team had a good win to start their competition off, so we wish them well this weekend when they take on the Dragons.
We still have a massive day coming up on October 13 with three tests at Mt Smart when the Kiwis, Kiwi Ferns and Junior Kiwis are all in action, so pencil in that date and get your tickets. It’s going to be a fantastic day of international rugby league.
Assistant coach Andrew McFadden will depart the club this week to head back to Canberra, where he was born and played 76 games for the Raiders, to take up a coaching role under Ricky Stuart. He has loved his time at the club and we have loved having him.
The reason he’s heading home is that his wife was missing family and friends, which we all understand, so we wish him well.
Andrew you’re a good man and a good friend and I will miss our chats.
Every negative has a positive, so we might be out of the NRL finals but I will able to spend more time on Waiheke and dust of the kayak and get in a few more adventures with my good mate Sir Graham Henry, so life isn't so bad.
Enjoy the rest of your week and let’s share the love out there.
Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM QSM Download