WANGI Warriors are back, and set to compete in the Newcastle Hunter Rugby League’s southern conference competition which kicks off this month.
The football club’s revival has been boosted by the financial backing of Wangi District Workers Club, and other sponsors.
Wangi District Workers Club treasurer Bob Porter said the alliance formed with the Warriors would be a win-win scenario.
The Workers Club was providing “a substantial contribution” to the establishment and operational expenses of the Warriors who had committed to introducing patrons to the Workers’ Club for functions, after-match presentations, and “post-training relaxation”, Mr Porter said.
After several years in the wilderness, Wangi Warriors officials have worked hard towards the club’s return to the senior ranks.
Among them is club president Allan Williams.
“Our focus is on aligning the club with the Wangi community, and ensuring a high proportion of local representation,” Mr Williams said.
“Our partnership with Wangi Workers Club will greatly assist in creating a sound, respectful and welcoming reputation within the local community.”
Workers’ Club CEO Philip Ticehurst said his club had historically supported several local junior sporting organisations over many years.
“The board saw this opportunity to align with the senior rugby league club as an extension of this grass-roots sponsorship,” he said.
The Wangi Warriors’ committee, coaching staff and players were mostly former and current Wangi Warriors players who were all “extremely passionate” about rebuilding a welcoming, respectful and friendly community club, Mr Williams said.
Nathan Laing will coach the men’s team, with Luke James his assistant.
Kirsty Garde and Ashley Williams will co-coach the Ladies League tag team.
Other local firms who are sponsoring the Warriors include ART Constructions, Wangi Bakehouse, and Wangi Service Station and Mechanical Repairs.
Wangi Warriors train and play at Wangi Oval.
Interested players and supporters can contact the club via the Wangi Warriors Facebook page, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wangi Warriors will host Hexham Jets in Round 1 at Wangi Oval from 3pm on Saturday, April 28.