Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE -

It is a shame to see rugby league in the Hutt Val­ley strug­gling. Clubs like Rand­wick, Pe­tone, Up­per Hutt and Wainuiomata have a proud tra­di­tion.

Na­tion­ally they have pro­duced nu­mer­ous Ki­wis and been at the heart of a vi­brant club scene in Wellington. Who can for­get the mighty Wainuiomata side that did so well at a na­tional level, fea­tur­ing Ken La­ban?

In re­cent years the com­pe­ti­tion has been in rapid de­cline with num­bers de­creas­ing and the stan­dard in­creas­ingly poor.

It is clear that New Zealand Rugby League needs to do a lot more to sup­port the code in Wellington.

It would be alarm­ing to see La­ban’s pre­dic­tion - that the game will not ex­ist in five years time - come true.

Sadly, what is hap­pen­ing with league is also hap­pen­ing with other sports. All codes are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to find play­ers, vol­un­teers and cash.

Hope­fully league will rise from the ashes and we will once again see the mighty Rand­wick King­fish­ers take on the Up­per Hutt Tigers in front of a big crowd at the Hutt Rec.

— Ni­cholas Boy­ack, se­nior reporter.

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