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While the Vodafone Warriors trip to Gosford ended in disappointment with a loss to Manly, they left many fans delighted with their off-field efforts. Photo: Photosport

This mail was forwarded to the club by Melanie Bornewski:

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the Warriors team.

Over the weekend we happened to be staying at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal

(NSW) and when we went down to breakfast on Sunday morning we were delighted to discover that the team were staying in house.

My son (six-year-old Matthew) is a huge Warriors supporter and we just want to thank the team for allowing him to have his photo taken with them. As the players approached the buffet Matthew would walk over and introduce himself and have a photo taken (which is a big step for him as he can be quite shy).

Later he saw Thomas Leuluai again who ever so kindly took him around to the team and had each person sign his ball. They all gave him a high five and in the words of our six year old: "This is the best day of my life."

I could only imagine that having people constantly come up to you gets a bit painful (especially first thing in the morning when you're just trying to eat breakfast) but the way they all handled themselves and were so obliging was just wonderful. It really made his day.

As we walked out of the hotel later Thomas was walking in and addressed our son by name. This just blew him away.

I'm a school teacher in Sydney and now I understand why the Warriors are my son's favourite team. I'm now converted and they're my favourite too!

So often footballers receive bad press but the impact the team had on our son was just delightful. I guess it's a positive reminder of what a wonderful impact they have on kids. I've attached the photos we took today.

Being Australians and living here in Sydney we will certainly endeavour to get to New Zealand one day to take Matthew to see a home game.

If you could kindly pass on our thanks and gratitude to the team and management it would be most appreciative.

Kind regards and many thanks,

Melanie Bornewski
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