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NSW blues have scored their first win of 1998 with a long term sponsorship deal

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13 May 1998


The NSW Blues have scored their first win of 1998 with a long term sponsorship deal.

W izard Mortgage Corporation will sponsor the Blues for the next three seasons in a million dollar show o f faith in NSW Rugby League.

The NSW Wizard Blues will play their first match in the 199B Harvey Norman State o f Origin Series at the Sydney Football Stadium on May 22nd.

NSW Rugby League Chairman, Mr Warren Lockwood, today said the sponsorship was a clear sign o f the growing strength o f Rugby League and in particular the value o f the Wizard Blues.

“The Wizard Blues have developed a proud tradition, one which has seen them dominate Origin football in,recent times,” he said today. ยท

“There is no tougher test in Rugby League and the Blues have answered that challenge magnificently. 1

“This is a major sponsorship in anyone's books and one that this team truly deserves.

“I believe that the 1998 series will go down as one o f the best on record."

The Executive Chairman o f Wizard Mortgage Corporation, Mr Mark Bouris, said the Harvey Norman State o f Origin Series was about competition at its very best, a goal his company was proud to share.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to sponsor the NSW team during the 1998 State of Origin Series, and to contribute $1 mil lion to the series over the next three years,” he said.

“Wizard has introduced a new wave of competition into the Australian lending market so, for us, there is no better fit than to sponsor a series which represents the highest level o f Rugby League competition in Australia. V

“We also believe our sponsorship o f the NSW team will go hand in glove with our objective of growing our profile nationally, and our expansion throughout Australia.

“And naturally we wish the NSWRL and the Wizard Blues all the best for the series.” Further enquiries: John Brady 0412 146094, or Margaret Keneally on behalf o f Wizard 92615899,96979997 '