Warlords seek funding boost

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014
Moses Fa'amoe Ioane
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COACH: Moses Fa'amoe Ioane will field a strong He Tauaa team at tomorrow's tournament.

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Winton's rugby league club will take a step closer to setting up new headquarters when it holds a fundraising tournament in the town tomorrow.

Southern league clubs, including the Wakatipu Giants, of Queenstown, are taking part in a senior nine-aside tournament at the Midlands rugby grounds, starting at 10am.

It is the second time the Winton Warlords Rugby League Club has held a pre-season event. The Warlords are grateful to the Midlands Rugby Club for allowing them to use their facilities.

Warlords president Andrew Osborn reckoned Midlands had hosted his club's activities for about five years.

"We were all over the place before that - Nightcaps, Central Pirates," Osborn said.

The long-term goal of the Warlords is to move their activities to the Moores Reserve in Winton.

Funds raised tomorrow will be spent on new goalposts for the Reserve. The installation of lights there is also planned.

Accomplished league player Eddie Hei Hei applauds the Warlords for running tomorrow's tournament.

In addition to it helping league in Winton, the tournament was a stepping-stone for players preparing for the new season, Hei Hei said yesterday.

"Playing nines is a good transition into the 13-man game."

The top team at the tournament will receive prizemoney - though the amount is yet to be decided.

"It'll be a lot of fun," Osborn said.

"A barbecue will be going and there'll be venison sandwiches."

Meanwhile, some southern league fans will head to Dunedin for the Warriors-Broncos game at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 23.

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- The Southland Times

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