As the Northland Senior League season is just around the corner, Rugby League Northland has received a major boost with the securing of MulitKai Cookers as a naming rights sponsor for the RLN Premiership. From this point forward the RLN Premiership will be known as the RLN Multikai Cooker Premiership.
“I have seen the growth in profile of Rugby League in Northland over the last three years and as a keen Leaguie I wanted to be able to help make a difference.” said Doug Andrews, Director of MultiKai Cookers. Doug originally from Canterbury, first started his league interests with the Lindwood Keas and went on to represent Canterbury U21s before a move to Northland in 1987 where he linked up the Portland Panthers. Doug is a well known personality around the Masters scene having represented the Kiwi Masters.
“I’m excited about being to help RLN grow their profile – but at the same time I hope that this sponsorship can help grow my business as well. I see this partnership as a good way of assisting Rugby League Clubs across New Zealand raise funds. The Mulitkai Cooker is a great investment and I have witnessed several clubs raise some significant funds through Hangis!” Doug went on to say.
Alex Smits, General Manager RLN, is really excited about the new partnership. “To bring on a nationally recognised brand is an awesome reward for the hard work that the Rugby League Northland community have put in over the last three years. Not only are we attracting some good sponsors but we are attracting sponsors who are willing to put their name on our competitions which goes to show that the business community is taking an interest in what we are doing.” From a product perspective RLN uses the MultiKai Cookers to feed all of their representative teams after games as it’s a low cost and easy solution for feeding masses.
The RLN MultiKai Cooker Premiership kicks of March the 29th with a 10 team competition. Otaua Valleys have withdrawn to concentrate on their juniors. Teams competing in 2014 will be: Muriwhenua Kuaka, Hokianga Pioneers, Kerikeri Rugby League, Moerewa Tigers, Hikurangi Stags, Otangarei Knights, Horahora Broncos, Portland Panthers, Takahiwai Warriors and the Northern Wairoa Bulls. The Hikurangi Stags are the 2011, 2012 and 2013 defending champions.
A Final Draw will be released early next week.