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St Patrick's Day at Mt Smart

On Saturday we celebrated our first home game of the season with a massive crowd, selling out our platinum, gold & tribe areas. We'd like to extend a special shout out to everyone who attended and helped raise $25,486 towards the Red Cross Pacific Disaster Fund.
 
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St Patrick's Day at Mt Smart

On Saturday we celebrated our first home game of the season with a massive crowd, selling out our platinum, gold & tribe areas. We'd like to extend a special shout out to everyone who attended and helped raise $25,486 towards the Red Cross Pacific Disaster Fund.
Is that you on the right there uce ???

You've always said that if any of us wanted to find you @MSS on game day to look out for the fullah with the big afro drinking woodies :p
 
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Is that you on the right there uce ???

You've always said that if any of us wanted to find you @MSS on game day to look out for the fullah with the big afro drinking woodies :p
Not sure that fella is but the guy on the left likes to be known as the Mt Smart Rocker. A poormans Mt Smart Joker of sorts but is always at the game and a nice bloke at that...
 
Not sure that fella is but the guy on the left likes to be known as the Mt Smart Rocker. A poormans Mt Smart Joker of sorts but is always at the game and a nice bloke at that...
Yeah uce, I didn't really think that was actually you ... for some reason I picture you as being much bigger & browner (and waaayyy more intoxicated :hungover: :p )
 
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Hawke's Bay schools do League In Libraries double
Richard Becht & warriors.kiwi
Thu 21 Jun 2018, 12:46 PM
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Two Hawke's Bay students have today been announced as the winners of the two major awards in the 2018 CSG League in Libraries story writing competition.

The primary category was taken out by Riana Foster from Parkvale School in Hastings with her story 'Vodafone Warriors and the Magic Slime' while Caspian Buxton from Eskdale School in Napier won the intermediate section with 'The Warriors, the Wizard and the other Wizard'.

It's the second straight year that Eskdale School has provided a winning story following Tiaki McArdle's 'An Eggcellent Adventure' in 2017.


The provinces also featured among the finalists in the schools' category this year with Bay of Plenty's Te Akau ki Papamoa School and Tainui Full Primary School in Tokoroa earning library visits. The other schools were all from West Auckland – Marina View Primary School in West Harbour, Flanshaw Road School in Te Atatu South and Peninsula Primary School in Te Atatu Peninsula.

We never cease to be amazed with the stories the pupils come up with

Petrece KeshaVodafone Warriors community relations manager

"The quality of the entries from Hawke's Bay was tremendous with Riana and Caspian really standing out with their stories," said Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha.

"We never cease to be amazed with the stories the pupils come up with and this year is no exception."

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Vodafone Warriors reading captain Albert Vete and fellow NRL forward Jazz Tevaga led a team from the Harvey Norman Community Warriors to officially tell Riana and Caspian about their wins today. The pair will now have their stories published in illustrated book form, joining the growing list of students who have become young authors through the long-running CSG League in Libraries competition.

The Harvey Norman Community Warriors will also schedule visits to Papamoa and Hamilton for library days and will also have a day for the three West Auckland schools.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018...ols-take-out-league-in-libraries-competition/
 

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Hawke's Bay schools do League In Libraries double
Richard Becht & warriors.kiwi
Thu 21 Jun 2018, 12:46 PM
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Two Hawke's Bay students have today been announced as the winners of the two major awards in the 2018 CSG League in Libraries story writing competition.

The primary category was taken out by Riana Foster from Parkvale School in Hastings with her story 'Vodafone Warriors and the Magic Slime' while Caspian Buxton from Eskdale School in Napier won the intermediate section with 'The Warriors, the Wizard and the other Wizard'.

It's the second straight year that Eskdale School has provided a winning story following Tiaki McArdle's 'An Eggcellent Adventure' in 2017.


The provinces also featured among the finalists in the schools' category this year with Bay of Plenty's Te Akau ki Papamoa School and Tainui Full Primary School in Tokoroa earning library visits. The other schools were all from West Auckland – Marina View Primary School in West Harbour, Flanshaw Road School in Te Atatu South and Peninsula Primary School in Te Atatu Peninsula.



"The quality of the entries from Hawke's Bay was tremendous with Riana and Caspian really standing out with their stories," said Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha.

"We never cease to be amazed with the stories the pupils come up with and this year is no exception."

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Vodafone Warriors reading captain Albert Vete and fellow NRL forward Jazz Tevaga led a team from the Harvey Norman Community Warriors to officially tell Riana and Caspian about their wins today. The pair will now have their stories published in illustrated book form, joining the growing list of students who have become young authors through the long-running CSG League in Libraries competition.

The Harvey Norman Community Warriors will also schedule visits to Papamoa and Hamilton for library days and will also have a day for the three West Auckland schools.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018...ols-take-out-league-in-libraries-competition/

Surprised Tohu Harris and Mannering didn’t go considering both have ties to the area
 
Also thought the below was a great story from the Herald over the weekend.

NRL: Warriors embrace Mark 'Mahi Man' Dekker
Not many people would get away with interrupting Warriors coach Stephen Kearney while he's delivering a team talk.

Fewer still would dare to continue to speak over the top of the notoriously stern former Kiwis back rower and World Cup winning coach.

But Mark Dekker – or 'Mark Carter' as he prefers to be known – is the exception to the rule, and the one person guaranteed to turn Kearney's frown upside down.

The 31-year-old with down syndrome began working with the Warriors football staff earlier this season and has been welcomed into the club's inner sanctum in his role as the team's official water runner.

The longtime Warriors supporter enjoys exclusive access to the players and is regularly included in their team huddles, joining in their breathing exercises and sharing a few motivational words in the lead-up to game day.

He picks and chooses his moments to speak and feels comfortable enough to interject – even if Kearney is delivering a fierce verbal spray to his players.

"We might be getting a growling and Mark will just walk into the huddle and stand under Mooks' arm or start talking over someone," explained front-rower James Gavet.

"Everyone will be grinning and you glance over at Mooks and even he'll give us a look that says, 'I really want to be angry but I can't right now'.

"It's usually all business and there's not a lot of time to joke around, but Mark brings out a different side and can lighten the mood."

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Mark Dekker in his role with the Warriors. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dekker's connection with the Warriors began earlier this year when Kiwi Ferns playmaker and club community relations coordinator, Georgia Hale, offered him the opportunity to get involved.

Twice a week, rain, hail or shine, Carter and his caregiver, Leighton Swann, can be found at Mt Smart Stadium, helping Warriors team manager Laurie Hale prepare water bottles and equipment at training.

The club issued Dekker with his own timesheet that he fills out after each shift and his contribution to the club gives him enjoyment and adds some structure to his week.

"He comes into most sessions so he's got a bit of a presence amongst the group and staff," said Kearney.

"He helps fill the water bottles and the boys have embraced him. He does a pretty good job."

Prior to the Warriors' round three win over Canberra, Dekker was invited to share a few words in the team huddle, when he borrowed a line from Kiwi social media star William Waiirua: "Do the mahi, get the treats."

"The boys were all buzzing and came and told us what he'd said," explained Swann.

"Stephen came over afterwards and gave Mark a big hug and said 'I think we'll stick with that saying for the season'.

"Everyone at the club has taken to Mark and shown him a lot of love. I've got a lot of time for the Hale family, they've got big hearts and Lozza needs to be commended for what he does with Mark.

"It's so awesome to see the genuine care and love they have for him and whanau environment they have created."

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Mark 'Mahi Man' Dekker shares a quiet moment at training with Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney. Photo / NZ Herald Greg Bowker.
While most Warriors fans would nominate club icons such as Stacey Jones, Manu Vatuvei, or star halfback Shaun Johnson as their favourite player, Dekker is taken by Mark Carter – the former All Black who switched codes to play just eight games for the club back in 1996.

"That's the name that he associates with and Carter's Warriors number was 31," explained Swann.

"Every time he goes into the sheds he shows the boys number 31 and the name Mark Carter.

"It might not be the most popular choice but its Mark's choice and he likes the name as well."

Dekker is particularly close with Gavet, along with wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and ISP centre Junior Pauga, but has won the entire club over through his infectious sense of humour, positivity and work ethic.

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Mark Dekker greets Warriors forward James Gavet. Photo / Greg Bowker
"They're a good team," said Dekker. "Rugby league is a great game and they are my good mates. It's awesome.

"We work hard but when you do the mahi, you get the treats."

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says Dekker's presence helps keep the players grounded and serves as a reminder of how the club can help people out in the community.

"It just puts things in perspective having him here," said Tuivasa-Sheck.

"He's a big supporter of the club and no matter what happens or goes on he always turns up with a smile on his face which keeps the boys happy."
 
Also thought the below was a great story from the Herald over the weekend.

NRL: Warriors embrace Mark 'Mahi Man' Dekker
Not many people would get away with interrupting Warriors coach Stephen Kearney while he's delivering a team talk.

Fewer still would dare to continue to speak over the top of the notoriously stern former Kiwis back rower and World Cup winning coach.

But Mark Dekker – or 'Mark Carter' as he prefers to be known – is the exception to the rule, and the one person guaranteed to turn Kearney's frown upside down.

The 31-year-old with down syndrome began working with the Warriors football staff earlier this season and has been welcomed into the club's inner sanctum in his role as the team's official water runner.

The longtime Warriors supporter enjoys exclusive access to the players and is regularly included in their team huddles, joining in their breathing exercises and sharing a few motivational words in the lead-up to game day.

He picks and chooses his moments to speak and feels comfortable enough to interject – even if Kearney is delivering a fierce verbal spray to his players.

"We might be getting a growling and Mark will just walk into the huddle and stand under Mooks' arm or start talking over someone," explained front-rower James Gavet.

"Everyone will be grinning and you glance over at Mooks and even he'll give us a look that says, 'I really want to be angry but I can't right now'.

"It's usually all business and there's not a lot of time to joke around, but Mark brings out a different side and can lighten the mood."

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Mark Dekker in his role with the Warriors. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dekker's connection with the Warriors began earlier this year when Kiwi Ferns playmaker and club community relations coordinator, Georgia Hale, offered him the opportunity to get involved.

Twice a week, rain, hail or shine, Carter and his caregiver, Leighton Swann, can be found at Mt Smart Stadium, helping Warriors team manager Laurie Hale prepare water bottles and equipment at training.

The club issued Dekker with his own timesheet that he fills out after each shift and his contribution to the club gives him enjoyment and adds some structure to his week.

"He comes into most sessions so he's got a bit of a presence amongst the group and staff," said Kearney.

"He helps fill the water bottles and the boys have embraced him. He does a pretty good job."

Prior to the Warriors' round three win over Canberra, Dekker was invited to share a few words in the team huddle, when he borrowed a line from Kiwi social media star William Waiirua: "Do the mahi, get the treats."

"The boys were all buzzing and came and told us what he'd said," explained Swann.

"Stephen came over afterwards and gave Mark a big hug and said 'I think we'll stick with that saying for the season'.

"Everyone at the club has taken to Mark and shown him a lot of love. I've got a lot of time for the Hale family, they've got big hearts and Lozza needs to be commended for what he does with Mark.

"It's so awesome to see the genuine care and love they have for him and whanau environment they have created."

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Mark 'Mahi Man' Dekker shares a quiet moment at training with Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney. Photo / NZ Herald Greg Bowker.
While most Warriors fans would nominate club icons such as Stacey Jones, Manu Vatuvei, or star halfback Shaun Johnson as their favourite player, Dekker is taken by Mark Carter – the former All Black who switched codes to play just eight games for the club back in 1996.

"That's the name that he associates with and Carter's Warriors number was 31," explained Swann.

"Every time he goes into the sheds he shows the boys number 31 and the name Mark Carter.

"It might not be the most popular choice but its Mark's choice and he likes the name as well."

Dekker is particularly close with Gavet, along with wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and ISP centre Junior Pauga, but has won the entire club over through his infectious sense of humour, positivity and work ethic.

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Mark Dekker greets Warriors forward James Gavet. Photo / Greg Bowker
"They're a good team," said Dekker. "Rugby league is a great game and they are my good mates. It's awesome.

"We work hard but when you do the mahi, you get the treats."

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says Dekker's presence helps keep the players grounded and serves as a reminder of how the club can help people out in the community.

"It just puts things in perspective having him here," said Tuivasa-Sheck.

"He's a big supporter of the club and no matter what happens or goes on he always turns up with a smile on his face which keeps the boys happy."



Pretty awesome for the club to do this, looks like we're definitely heading in the right direction behind the scenes still.
 
Also thought the below was a great story from the Herald over the weekend.

NRL: Warriors embrace Mark 'Mahi Man' Dekker
Not many people would get away with interrupting Warriors coach Stephen Kearney while he's delivering a team talk.

Fewer still would dare to continue to speak over the top of the notoriously stern former Kiwis back rower and World Cup winning coach.

But Mark Dekker – or 'Mark Carter' as he prefers to be known – is the exception to the rule, and the one person guaranteed to turn Kearney's frown upside down.

The 31-year-old with down syndrome began working with the Warriors football staff earlier this season and has been welcomed into the club's inner sanctum in his role as the team's official water runner.

The longtime Warriors supporter enjoys exclusive access to the players and is regularly included in their team huddles, joining in their breathing exercises and sharing a few motivational words in the lead-up to game day.

He picks and chooses his moments to speak and feels comfortable enough to interject – even if Kearney is delivering a fierce verbal spray to his players.

"We might be getting a growling and Mark will just walk into the huddle and stand under Mooks' arm or start talking over someone," explained front-rower James Gavet.

"Everyone will be grinning and you glance over at Mooks and even he'll give us a look that says, 'I really want to be angry but I can't right now'.

"It's usually all business and there's not a lot of time to joke around, but Mark brings out a different side and can lighten the mood."

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Mark Dekker in his role with the Warriors. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dekker's connection with the Warriors began earlier this year when Kiwi Ferns playmaker and club community relations coordinator, Georgia Hale, offered him the opportunity to get involved.

Twice a week, rain, hail or shine, Carter and his caregiver, Leighton Swann, can be found at Mt Smart Stadium, helping Warriors team manager Laurie Hale prepare water bottles and equipment at training.

The club issued Dekker with his own timesheet that he fills out after each shift and his contribution to the club gives him enjoyment and adds some structure to his week.

"He comes into most sessions so he's got a bit of a presence amongst the group and staff," said Kearney.

"He helps fill the water bottles and the boys have embraced him. He does a pretty good job."

Prior to the Warriors' round three win over Canberra, Dekker was invited to share a few words in the team huddle, when he borrowed a line from Kiwi social media star William Waiirua: "Do the mahi, get the treats."

"The boys were all buzzing and came and told us what he'd said," explained Swann.

"Stephen came over afterwards and gave Mark a big hug and said 'I think we'll stick with that saying for the season'.

"Everyone at the club has taken to Mark and shown him a lot of love. I've got a lot of time for the Hale family, they've got big hearts and Lozza needs to be commended for what he does with Mark.

"It's so awesome to see the genuine care and love they have for him and whanau environment they have created."

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Mark 'Mahi Man' Dekker shares a quiet moment at training with Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney. Photo / NZ Herald Greg Bowker.
While most Warriors fans would nominate club icons such as Stacey Jones, Manu Vatuvei, or star halfback Shaun Johnson as their favourite player, Dekker is taken by Mark Carter – the former All Black who switched codes to play just eight games for the club back in 1996.

"That's the name that he associates with and Carter's Warriors number was 31," explained Swann.

"Every time he goes into the sheds he shows the boys number 31 and the name Mark Carter.

"It might not be the most popular choice but its Mark's choice and he likes the name as well."

Dekker is particularly close with Gavet, along with wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and ISP centre Junior Pauga, but has won the entire club over through his infectious sense of humour, positivity and work ethic.

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Mark Dekker greets Warriors forward James Gavet. Photo / Greg Bowker
"They're a good team," said Dekker. "Rugby league is a great game and they are my good mates. It's awesome.

"We work hard but when you do the mahi, you get the treats."

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says Dekker's presence helps keep the players grounded and serves as a reminder of how the club can help people out in the community.

"It just puts things in perspective having him here," said Tuivasa-Sheck.

"He's a big supporter of the club and no matter what happens or goes on he always turns up with a smile on his face which keeps the boys happy."
That's a really nice story
 

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The Vodafone Warriors headlined a triple header and fought valiantly against the reigning premiers – and now current table leaders - Melbourne. In what was a solid 80-minute exhibition by both teams, it was the Storm who took the two points away with a 12-6 win.

The clash doubled as "The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day" and, thanks to the efforts of members, fans, sponsors, players and staff, more than $75,000 was raised for our charity partners KidsCan, Shine, Paralympics NZ and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Vodafone Warriors' players join police at drink driving checkpoints in Auckland
12 Aug, 2018 5:00am
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Police officer Gabrielle Griffiths hands out free tickets to the Warriors' next home game to motorist Kuki Ionatana, with Warriors Sam Lisone and Agnatius Paasi (right). Photo / Chris Loufte

Driving sober and not hurting yourself or others is its own reward.

But those who made the right decision to stay off the booze before getting behind the wheel in Auckland last night were celebrated with an extra special thank you from some of our toughest men on the rugby league field.

Players from the Vodafone Warriors joined Auckland Transport and police in a major alcohol prevention operation at checkpoints in Manukau, East Tāmaki, Takanini and Mt Wellington.

The hometown heroes handed out treats to those who passed through the check point sober, had a sober driver or were using a driving service.


Rewards included flags, miniature rugby balls, and meet and greets with favourite Warriors' players.

Some motorists were also given tickets to the side's match against the Penrith Panthers on August 24 at Mt Smart Stadium.

Manurewa resident Kuki Ionatana doesn't drink alcohol so wasn't worried when he pulled up at the checkpoint last night.

He was given tickets to the Warriors' next game for being a sober driver.

"It was unexpected," he said.

"Hat's off to them for coming out."

Agnatius Paasi, a forward for the Warriors, was one of the players helping out at the checkpoint.

"It's good for the boys to come out and help the community to drive safe and make good decisions," he told the Herald.

National road policing manager, Superintendent Steve Greally, said it was amazing to have the Warriors rewarding good behaviour and reinforcing the importance of sober driving.

"People were very surprised to see them at the check point with police. As an organisation they have taken a strong stance against driving under the influence of alcohol and we really commend them for that."

The operation was designed to encourage positive behaviours, rather than focusing only on those breaking the law.

"Aside from a potential conviction and date in court, your risk of being involved in a serious crash is vastly heightened when driving under the influence of alcohol. Tragically, 75 people in Auckland have lost their lives and further 516 were seriously injured in alcohol related crashes in the last five years [to 2017].

"That tells us that attitudes around drink driving still have to change."

Police knew many people looked up to the Warriors, he said.

"We hope that if they can see the Warriors players want people to drive drink free, then it might make them think twice before they get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol."

Warriors chief executive Cameron George said last night's operation was a special experience for the players.

"It also gave them the chance to make a real contribution in helping to raise awareness of the drive drink free message.

"We believe we have a responsibility to support our community in a positive way and our players are in a position to make a real difference."

It was too early for police to say how many people had been processed for drink driving at last night's check points.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=12105418