On a night when Joseph Parker became the number one contender for the IBF crown, it was the Canberra Raiders who landed a massive body blow to the Warriors’ finals hopes. As Mt Taranaki watched on, the men from Mt Smart sunk to new lows in what is fast becoming a nightmare season.
There’s been some bad nights, some difficult 80-minutes so far this year, but I think the reason Saturday felt like such a cheap shot is because we were supposed to have hit rock bottom already — why on earth did we have to go back there again? Continue reading Low Blow
Henry Perenara blows his whistle and a cacophony of boos ring around Mt Smart Stadium, around Penrose and throughout the great country of Aotearoa. C’mon Henry, what’s going on? Have you forgotten who the home team is? Or, more importantly, have you forgotten the rules? Continue reading Aw, C’mon Ref!
The film opens with the captain of the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team (Simon Mannering) walking through a door marked ‘Staff Only’. As the door closes, the action cuts quickly to a young boy (James Tamou), also a New Zealander who, at the age of 13, leaves his country of birth to move to a mysterious island to the west. We soon learn that Tamou, now a grown man, has joined the North Queensland Cowboys (also a rugby league club, based at the cleverly named 1300SMILES Stadium). It is there that he begins his association with the premier halfback in the National Rugby League (Johnathan Thurston), a man well known for his maniacal laughter.
Continue reading Conspiracy Theory
Less than a year ago, Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Sam Lisone, and Mason Lino were preparing for the biggest game of their lives — the Grand Final of the 2014 Holden Cup.
Now they ready themselves for the Warriors’ final home match in an NRL season that has drastically fallen off the rails. The stakes are much lower in Saturday’s game than in their last match together, but for these young players, every hit-up, every tackle is a chance to strengthen their case for the future.
Continue reading Crystal Ball Gazing