It has been a successful season for the Waiuku Rugby League Club. They recently finished off the season with a group trip to Parakai Springs, following their prize giving.
At the prize giving, everyone was given medals, and the club also celebrated their three cup winners. The Ken Reid cup for Best Club Supporter award went to Shana Dawson, Club Player of the Year went to Arapai Edwards, part of the under-8 team, and the Pehiaueke Kaihau Cup went to U8 Makos coach Kiwi Kirkwood.
This year the club started with five teams, but later dropped down to three. However, this hasn’t stopped the club, and they are still growing, and working on registering their new name Waiuku Toa Rugby League and Community Club. “Our club is all about whanau (family), hapu (clan) and iwi (blood line), and whanau kaupapa, where we’re joined by common interest,” Grace van der Brink said. “It does keep our club going.” Grace said they want to thank the community for supporting them throughout the season.
“We want to say thanks. From providing medical kits, to items for our raffle. Thanks also to the people who live at the Estate, especially dealing with all the cars during the games.”
While there have been some concerns around safety, it is expected that two speed bumps will be placed along Hamilton Drive to slow cars down. “There’s not enough traffic for a pedestrian crossing, but this is a step that will help safety,” Grace said.
Despite the league season being over, the Waiuku Club will be hosting an Auckland Rugby League holiday programme in October. On Monday 1 October, from 10am to 2pm, kids aged five to 12, can come along to the Kids Holiday Blast programme at Hamilton Estate Park. For more information, go to www.aucklandleague.co.nz