A young Rugby League fan is over the moon to have won the Downer NRL Auckland Nines Ball Boy/Girl Competition after creating a piece of art of player Manu Vatuvei.
Karlos Nickel entered the competition over the Christmas holidays which tasked youngsters aged 8 – 14 yrs old to produce a visual piece of art of their favourite NRL Auckland Nine's player. This could include anything from a drawing, sketch, painting to a clay mould.
The 12-year-old from Auckland used polystyrene as part of his creation which took out first place and earned him a prize package including 4 gold passes to the Waitangi weekend competition and the official duty of running the ball out at one of the quarter finals.
His winning entry was picked by competition judge and former NRL superstar Wendell Sailor.
Karlos has been playing league for the Te Atatu Roosters since the age of 5 and has followed league for as long as he can remember.
He says he’s looking forward to the possibility of meeting some of the high profile players at the competition.
With 16 NRL teams, 288 star players, 31 action-packed games, and over 90,000 fans descending on Eden Park over Waitangi Weekend, the Nines promises to be an experience not to be missed.