Mighty Mangere East Hawks make my day

Thank goodness for the Mighty Mangere East Hawks, my favourite local league club. I’ve been following them for more than 40 years and they had a big win on Saturday, taking the  Sharman Cup.

And it was great to see the All Blacks have a win on Saturday night, but what about those penalties? They made it a bit of a trial to watch.

Then on Sunday it was great to see the  Junior Warriors have a win.

And yes the Vodafone Warriors had another loss to make it six in a row.

 I can’t recall a time in the club’s history where we have felt worse, but as a mate said: ‘‘Butch, it’s only a game.’’

And boy was he right.

When you think what our friends in Christchurch have gone through, earthquakes, all that rain last week, and some are still trying to get closure.

Then of course I woke up yesterday  to the terrible news that we have lost three more Kiwi solders in Afghanistan.

Somehow, no matter how much I love league, it doesn’t seem important.

 But what a terrible way to be reminded it’s only a game.

On Thursday I’m off to Christchurch with Sir Graham Henry, who is on tour doing promotional work for his book Final Word. I do a 10-minute slot with him on stage, which I am looking forward to very much.

Then it’s back to Auckland on Friday where I have to do a speech that night, and on Saturday I’m off to the Ellerslie races, where the Mad Butcher  has sponsored the Pakuranga Hunt meeting once again.

Then I’ll be off  home to watch the Warriors take on the Dragons, and yes, I will be cheering them on with bells on.

I guess I will have to record the All Blacks game as they deal to the Aussies.

But I do want to sign off by congratulating the  Fox Memorial Trophy winners the Mt Albert Lions, who beat a brave Glenora 58-12 on Saturday.

And of course my Hawks, 24-16 conquerors of  the Papatoetoe Panthers. Both sides had been a cut above the rest all year, and four first-half tries gave Mangere a 20-4 halftime lead.

The Panthers stormed back after my Hawks added another four-pointer, with three tries of their own, to make it 24-16 with  only  minutes remaining, but we held on.

In the Phelan Shield final, the Waitemata Seagulls beat the Hibiscus Cost Raiders 32-20.