Well I had a fantastic night at the Dally M Awards last Wednesday night in Sydney.
My date was former Warriors CEO Jim Doyle and it was a real pleasure to be in the room as three of our players won awards, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for best full back of the year and the Dally M Medal for player of the year, David Fusitua for top try-scorer and Jazz Tevaga for best interchange player.
We had a great night but Issac Luke stole the night with his haka, which had the whole room buzzing.
The next morning it featured on every TV channel and Roger was on the front and back page in the sports section of the Daily Telegraph. He was certainly the talk of the town.
And then great news, with Nathan Cayless coming to the Vodafone Warriors as assistant coach for 2019. Over the years I have had a lot to do with Nathan and he will be a great asset to the club
In other great news the legend Stacey Jones will be assistant coach to the Kiwis as we prepare to take on Aussie at Mt Smart on Saturday 13 October, with Cayless joining the staff for the test too.
I hope sporting fans in Auckland will get behind it, because New Zealand Rugby League is in a rebuilding process under the leadership of our new CEO Greg Peters, and coach Michael Maguire has named a great side with five debutants, four Vodaphone Warriors players and I’m pleased to see Brandon Smith named because he is a local Waiheke lad who played for the Rams back in time. His inclusion will be a real boost for league on the island.
It’s a big welcome back to Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor too, so I’ll be at Mt Smart cheering the Kiwis on for sure. Congratulations to the Nine Warriors players selected for the Kiwi Ferns.
On the downside I was disappointed to hear some of the crowd booing Billy Slater, because he did not deserve that. I know Billy personally and he is a fine young man who I have a lot of respect for because of what he does on and off the field. So hang your heads in shame all of you who booed him.
But in other great news, it was fantastic to be told the Vodafone Warriors are taking a home game to Wellington for the next two years. That’s my home town - born and bred in Newtown! I’ll certainly be there.
The news was announced by CEO Cameron George, and if you want to check out an interview I did with him in Sydney head to my Facebook page.
I want to wish the All Blacks all the best for their big game on Sunday morning.
I’m off to Hawke’s Bay this weekend for the races on Saturday and to catch up with my good mates Rodney and Nino which is always a good time. So, enjoy the rest of your week and let’s all share the love out there.
Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM QSM Download