High-fives all round at Warriors HQ
streamed through Onehunga’s streets.
The booming crowd could be heard a block away and the smell of deep fried doughnuts hung in the air.
Wearing her mum’s too-big pink Warriors shirt, a very excited Mischa Kimpton, 9, waited outside the gates.
Described by her dad, Daniel McNicholl, as a ‘‘massive fan,’’ Mischa was attending her first Warriors game.
She’d excitedly watched from home in the lead-up and was ready to wave her flag high – after a turn on the bouncy castle, of course.
The Tonitiare family from Ma¯ngere were also pumped for the match – no one more so than 4-year-old Heitiare.
The family are long-time season ticket holders. Dad Rima, mumMohiti, 8-year-old Taitai and Heitiare were clad head to toe in supporter’s gear, with the littlest fan, 18-month-old Talitha, in Warriors’ signature black.
Father and son Sean and Milan Wilson were also showing off their Warriors gear.
Milan, 11, said he was ‘‘feeling good,’’ not just because the team were winning – but because he was sure they would continue winning.
Roshelle Ormsby, Felicity Greig and Bridie Frost travelled up from Taupo¯ for a mate’s 40th birthday.
Though they weren’t decided on who they were backing – Ormsby called Cowboys while wearing a Rabbitohs jersey, and Frost was backing the Warriors – they were ‘‘excited as’’.
Speaking from the halfway line just as Warriors wing Ken Maumalo scored the first try, Sir Peter Leitch said the feeling in the stadium was electric.
‘‘As a rugby league fan for 50-odd years, to have a sellout crowd is fantastic.’’
Fans can look forward to three more home games.
The Warriors face the Broncos next week before the Dragons head to Mt Smart on April 20. Then it is back on the road to face Melbourne on Anzac Day.
Daniel McNicholl and daughter Mischa Kimpton were at Mt Smart to enjoy the NZ Warriors 22-12 win over the North Queensland Cowboys.