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How­ick Hor­nets Rugby League Club has been awarded a $1500 grant for win­ning a Rugby League World Cup ticket sales pro­mo­tion. Mem­bers showed they’re strongly be­hind the event by pur­chas­ing the high­est num­ber of tick­ets of any club in the coun­try. An­drea Nel­son, RLWC2017 gen­eral man­ager of New Zealand, says it’s thrilled to pro­vide the grant to the Hor­nets. ‘‘It’s re­ally well de­served and we’re sure the club will put the money to good use so there is a tan­gi­ble ben­e­fit for play­ers and sup­port­ers into the fu­ture. The sup­port of the rugby league com­mu­nity is im­por­tant to the suc­cess of the tour­na­ment, so we’re ap­pre­cia­tive to How­ick and other clubs where large num­bers of play­ers and sup­port­ers have pur­chased tick­ets.’’ How­ick Hor­nets chair­man John ‘‘Bull’’ Han­cock is thank­ful for the grant and con­grat­u­lates or­gan­is­ers on the ini­tia­tive to get clubs in­volved in the tour­na­ment. ‘‘I’d also like to make a spe­cial men­tion of Dar­nelle Penu from our club. It was Dar­nelle who or­gan­ised the pay­ments and it’s peo­ple like her that make rugby league clubs tick around the coun­try,’’ Han­cock says. RLWC2017 is played across NZ, Aus­tralia and Pa­pua New Guinea from Oc­to­ber 27 to De­cem­ber 2.

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