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Issue 47 – December 2017

 

Kia Ora Koutou katoa,

 

As we close in on 2018 it leads us to reflect on the Rugby League year and starting with international footy it would be fair to say it’s been a tough one. The ANZAC Test, World Cup campaign and NZ Warriors performances have not been pretty from a national view and will the test the resolve of many a Leaguie. It is in times like this we need to remember that our game was born out adversity 123 years ago and with lessons learnt from this year it will survive and be better for it. Internationally rugby league is growing with more countries playing our sport than ever before and mostly on the back of work from passionate volunteers. Worldwide there is 600,000 registered players and 5000 Clubs.

In our part of the world Northland has seen development in a variety of areas in our community game. Headlining this is the growth of the Women’s game and its flow on effect to girls either already playing or new to the game. The football development in Schools, revamped Premier competition, new sponsors and sand carpeted fields at Blue Goose pave the way forward for 2018 and beyond. We were particularly inspired by the seventy five volunteers who up skilled themselves in Coaching, Managers and referees courses this year. Northland may not have the population base of players to draw on but can be competitive with great Coaches and quality referees.

On the personal front my wife and I are leaving Northland at the end of the year to join and support our adult children as they start their families. We have enjoyed living in this beautiful part of NZ over the last two years but our fun as ‘empty nesters’ has had to come to an end. It has been a pleasure to serve this community and meet many of you in the process.

I would like to conclude by thanking the RLN Board, sponsors and the band of volunteers for their time and commitment in fostering our game. There is no secret to success but the secret to failing is trying to please everyone. It is here I would like to make special mention of the RLN staff of Phillip, Benson and Valarie who have worked hard and long for the game and stayed the course to deliver quality in the core requirements of development and administration. Laying this platform now is paramount for the future of the game in Northland against distraction and other agendas.

On behalf of the RLN team we wish you and your whanau a very Merry Christmas, safe and happy New Year.

Naku noa na

Duane Fyfe

GM – RLN

 
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