Representatives from Auckland rugby league clubs joined a number of One New Zealand Warriors old boys at Go Media Stadium today to watch the NRL squad’s final field session ahead of tomorrow night’s 21st-rund clash against the Canberra Raiders.
In a relationship-building exercise, the Warriors had invited the clubs to watch the session and get an insight into the team’s preparation as well as seeing the Warriors’ facilities.
Among the representatives was Howick Hornets chairman Bruce Campbell who had the chance to reconnect with Warriors second rower and ex-Hornets junior Marata Niukore.
As well as Niukore, Campbell was able to catch up with ex-Warriors centre Anthony Gelling, another Howick product, who now works for the Warriors as a wellbeing and education support officer.
There was also a Point Chevalier Pirates contingent in attendance, later getting together with Pirates junior Bunty Afoa for a photo. Likewise the New Lynn Stags with Tom Ale.
A special guest among the old boys was Warrior #109 Tony Martin, who has travelled from Gladstone in Queensland with his wife Mel and their son Tana. Martin scored 270 points in 53 appearances for the club from 2004-2007.
Among Martin’s former teammates on hand were Ruben Wiki (#123), Jerry Seuseu (#50), Logan Swann (#42) and Monty Betham (#61) along with 1995 Warrior Willie Poching (#20), Nigel Vagana (#32), Paul Whatuira (#78) and Shontayne Hape (#80).