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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Whitehaven's Kiwi aces to join club's Hall of Fame

Whitehaven RL’s classy former Kiwi trio are set to be immortalised in the club’s Hall of Fame.

Aaron Lester photo
Aaron Lester

Aaron Lester, David Fatialofa and Leroy Joe will all be inducted later this month – after the vice-resident’s club has been re-formed.

Spokesman Des Byrne said fans had been keen for the club to get back together and the first event will be held on Friday, January 20 with the Kiwi trio the star attraction.

“The aim of the Vice-President’s Club is to raise money to help the club improve and develop,” explained Byrne.

“This is the first time we have chosen players to be indicted, it normally is a vote but we felt that the three players were unique in the club’s history.

“Their commitment to Whitehaven has been incredible over such a long period of time, both on and off the pitch.

“We felt all three were very worthy of being members of the Hall of Fame.

“To get three Kiwis all coming to one club and being there for 10 years is superb.

“And they are all still in the area, Leroy coaching up at Wath Brow and Aaron and Fats have all settled here. We hope it will be a really good night.”

The trio were awarded a joint testimonial by the RFL back in 2007 and it proved immensely popular.

Joe and Lester were recruited by the then coach Stan Martin, in New Zealand, in 1996 but Fatialofa earned a contract after approaching Martin, who he had known back home, for a trial, following a spell in France.

And barring one season at Hull KR for Leroy Joe, the trio remained loyal to Haven and became fans favourites before finally hanging up their boots.

Lester has already gone down in the club’s history after being included in the Immortals team which was named when the club celebrated its 50-year anniversary.

As well as the induction of the trio, the vice-president’s event will also see guests including new coach Don Gailer, top referee Ben Thaler and former whistle-blower Colin Morris.

Tickets, including a tatie-pot supper are £5 for vice- presidents and £10 for guests.

All are welcome and ticket are available from Des Byrne on 07986 663866 or Ron Batty at B&H Motors or from the club.

“This will be a great event to start off again and anyone who wants to join the vice-president’s club can do so on the night at a cost of £50 for the year,” added Byrne.

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