Rolleston Warriors are go

by Kent Caddick

The newly formed Rolleston Warriors Rugby League Club received the mayoral seal of approval on the weekend.

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton was on hand to officially mark the opening of Selwyn’s newest sporting club at Brookside Park on Saturday.

The Warriors held their inaugural club day and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of their new goalposts at Rolleston’s Brookside Park.

Rolleston Warriors president Nui Ririnui said the new goalposts help to establish the club’s identity in the town.

“Throughout the year we haven’t had posts so we thought as a club if we could get posts up, people will actually see that league is in Rolleston, because some people still don’t know.

“Having those up on club day is a big deal for us.”

The Warriors, who are fielding six junior teams from the nursery grade through to 11 years in their first season, have played exclusively at Canterbury Park in Christchurch so far this season.

“It was a great day, the kids loved playing on their own ground and the parents were pretty stoked too.”

As well as the junior teams being able to play on their own fields the club also hosted a top-of-the-table Canterbury Rugby League division one clash between Burnham Chevaliers and Woolston Rams, with Rolleston junior players leading the teams on to the field.

Unfortunately for the home fans Woolston won the match 32-16.