General Warriors In Welly

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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/8452152/Warriors-feel-good-about-Wellington-home

There were a few awkward moments at Westpac Stadium's East Lounge yesterday.
Hats off to the Warriors for organising a media session to promote their May 11 "home" NRL clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs. They've even commissioned a one-off black-and-yellow strip for the match, and underlined their commitment to this city by donating $10,000 to the cash-strapped Wellington Rugby League.
It's all laudable stuff, even if the delivery of yesterday's messages caused the odd cringe.
Canberra, the Bulldogs and Parramatta have brought home matches against the Warriors to different grounds in New Zealand before, Westpac Stadium among them. But the May 11 game will mark the first occasion that the Warriors have taken a competition match of their own away from Auckland.
So there was a bit of history about what was being talked up yesterday, even if the stage management was a bit ropey.
Celia Wade-Brown is an authority of many things, although you would suspect rugby league isn't among them. Yet the mayor kicked off proceedings by enthusing about the Warriors' imminent arrival, and her certainty that they'll give the Doggies a darn good game in a few weeks' time.
Stadium chairman John Shewan made similar noises, while also indicating to Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah that the ground is keen and able to host an NRL match every year.
Scurrah himself spoke before Warriors coach Matt Elliott was given the unenviable task of taking to the microphone and trying to convince the assembled audience he'd waited all his life to take a team to Westpac. A consummate pro, Australian Elliott did it well, but you felt for him just the same.
To give Wade-Brown her due, she didn't flinch when presented with a Warriors jersey. It was a snug fit, but she gamefully pulled it on. The men who received jerseys after her didn't bother and probably sensibly so.
None looked quite as fit as the mayor, who was merrily pedalling back to work when The Dominion Post eventually departed. To further mark the occasion, Warriors management brought with them the three members of their top squad with capital connections.
Simon Mannering, Ben Matulino and Alehana Mara all represented Wellington with distinction at age-group level, and seemed genuinely pleased to be back in town.
Mannering and Matulino both spoke eloquently and stories on each of them will appear later this week.
The undoubted highlight was the cheque presentation, though. Mostly because it very nearly brought WRL general manager Jason Hemson to tears.
"Mate, I'm absolutely blown away - speechless. I knew they were going to be handing out a few jerseys, but I had no idea about this," Hemson said afterwards.
"That'll put a huge dent in our fundraising for our junior programmes this year."
 
Gizzyfan

Gizzyfan

A lot of these things are cringe-inducing. I was hoping that they were pushing Mara up in the publicity stakes before returning him to FG, but he is from Wellington, so fair enough.
 
Hitman82

Hitman82

As a Wellington local, I am pretty excited about this game.
Are any of you out-of-towners planning to make the trip? Cheap flights yo!
 
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Apus

Apus

Indeed, it has been too long since I've seen some live Warriors!

.......Hope we're in better form by the time the game comes around....
 
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Hitman82

Hitman82

.......Hope we're in better form by the time the game comes around....
If we aren't, the game will post a loss.
We need over 25,000 spectators to make a profit and ensure a return to the Capital.
 
gREVUS

gREVUS

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is this a game this year? I wonder how this factors in to the debate about home grounds, almost looks like if we keep moving them around i wonder if anyone will notice that they dont play at home anymore?

Good on Welli for getting the show, although i wonder what crowd numbers in Dunners would be like after the win against the broncos
 
Ryan

Ryan

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I feel like crying when I see league being played at grounds shaped like this. It's just shithouse!

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gREVUS

gREVUS

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I feel like crying when I see league being played at grounds shaped like this. It's just shithouse!

just noticed how far away the goal posts are from the stands - wow@!
 
Hitman82

Hitman82

Meh, it's all about the drinking anyway. I can watch the recorded game in the morning and find out who won.
 
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Ryan

Ryan

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Meh, it's all about the drinking anyway. I can watch the recorded game in the morning and find out who won.
Touche... But where's the fun in getting smashed when no-one on the field can hear you abuse them?
 
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greenie

greenie

I feel like crying when I see league being played at grounds shaped like this. It's just shithouse!

Ai49tinypiccom i1xxkj

Yikes. Does the ticket price include a telescope? That settles it for me - I hate sitting in the North stand at Eden Park, too far away there, so this is freaking miles away!
 
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Sup42

Sup42

As a Wellington local, I am pretty excited about this game.
Are any of you out-of-towners planning to make the trip? Cheap flights yo!
Greatest City in NZ imo and I've lived in every city bar CH CH and Whangas at one time or other.
Spent Two happy years In Pukerua bay and I'm working on the Missus to convince her that the Section down that way needs checking on in case our mate hasn't been mowing the Lawns or the neighbors have built an apartment block in front of the view ( not actually allowed under the P town district plan ) but I'm leaving those details out....

One day this Jaffa will retire in Wellywood , it's that good....If you've never been.....go there folks , best public transport system in NZ and the People are so nice the complaints about the Weather are a crock too.The pubs Rock....

As for the league thing , when i lived there the locals ( my work mates especially ) were tolerant that I was More interested in going to Norths Games , Wainui and Ranwick.....very little league hate compared to other pig fuck ignorant New Zealand provinces....used to weight train in a gym the Hurricanes used from time to time...good blokes....they liked that I was wearing Warriors gear and a few came over for a chat.
 
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WellingtonOrca

WellingtonOrca

Touche... But where's the fun in getting smashed when no-one on the field can hear you abuse them?

You're still close enough for the players to hear you. I remember Nigel Vagana geting quite a lot of stick when the bulldogs first came, and at one test match someone was very emphatic in telling Wendall Sailor that he runs like a girl the whole match.
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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One can only imagine how he would have gone if he stayed with League???

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Sup42

Sup42

He never really left the league thing :) , Tana just took League and played it with a couple of extra players....Ran hard Tackled hard , ball playing center the Warriors need a young version of this guy.
 
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Wigan Warrior

Wigan Warrior

Absolutely love that shirt. Priced it up the other day from playbill and it will cost £102. VERY tempted.
 

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