High-fives all round at War­riors HQ

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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.

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