Members of Warrior Nation, I write to you today with an important announcement. At the start of business this morning, a decision was made to relieve the plain black cotton underwear formerly known as ‘my lucky underwear’ from gameday duties. This announcement comes with great regret and sadness, but it is a decision that I believe had to be made. I can assure you this is a decision that was not made lightly. Obviously this is not the way any of us had hoped this relationship would end. Despite the turmoil of recent weeks, I would hope that once the dust settles, both parties will be able to look back and remember the good times we shared. On a day like today, it is important to remember and to celebrate the past, in order to put it behind us and move on. Continue reading Terminated
As Warrior Nation gathered at Mt Smart Stadium, we cast our eyes towards the giant replay screen at the northern end of the ground. We arrived with high expectations, as we always do for Round 1, desperately hoping the cinema’s first showing would be a new release highlighted by young, fresh faces starring in a win — something that hadn’t been seen since 2009. Instead, we witnessed a vintage performance from a treasured relic of the previous generation.
Those of you who like to delve into the film archives may remember a masterful performance from Sunday’s lead actor back in May 2015, but our hero has changed a great deal since then. Back when he won our hearts and minds as Best Supporting Actor in The Jaws of Life, Ryan Hoffman was a highly touted summer signing, a man characterised as a man of honour, a leader by example who would think nothing of putting his body on the line for the cause. He embodied everything that was good in the world. Continue reading I Heart Hoffman: Part 2
Twenty-five years ago, the New Zealand cricket team began a World Cup campaign that would go on to capture the imagination of the entire country, forever associating the phrase ‘Young Guns’ with positive memories among Kiwi sports fans. As it turns out, the so-called ‘Young Guns’ weren’t actually that young at all, but that’s beside the point. What we must learn from their march towards the semi-finals is that it was a collection of young and previously unheralded players who tipped the balance from good to great. Continue reading Young Guns
Cambridge Dictionaries Online describes ‘A walk in the park’ as: ‘something that is very easy to do, and usually pleasant’. I’m not sure I can describe the Warriors’ win over Newcastle any better than that.
With all the drama that has gone on this year and the tight games we have come to expect in the NRL, Saturday evening was almost anti-climactic, although you won’t hear any complaining from me if the men from Mt Smart make it look that easy every week. At times it felt like they never got out of second gear, but they do deserve credit for being ruthless when they needed to be and for coming away not only with the win but with 50 points next to their name — a nice (and much-needed) boost to the for and against column. Wasn’t it good to feel, as soon as the game got into its rhythm, that the Warriors were almost certainly going to win? And then to feel like the points were definitely safe with 30 minutes still on the clock? To lean back in your chair and enjoy the show with your heart beating at the same pace as a regular person for a change? Continue reading Walk in the Park