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The Ryde Eastwood Hawks will honour one of their favourite sons, Olsen Filipaina at their home game against St Marys on Sunday 19th July at TH Milner Oval at Mansfield.   Filipaina captained the Hawks to their first premiership in 1990 and was named in the Ryde...

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Olsen Filipaina was officially appointed to the Carlaw Park Die Hards Legacy Team in which each of the 28 Auckland Rugby League Clubs had a player nominated to represent the blood, sweat and tears of their home ground. Olsen Filipaina was selected to represent Massey Park...

Author Patrick Skene made a presentation of his book ‘The Big O, the Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina’ at the Rugby League Reflections Conference at Ryde Eastwood Rugby League Club on Monday 11 November 2019. Enjoy an audio copy of the presentation below courtesy of...

A great video interview with Olsen Filipaina by Troy Hardy and the team at Carlaw Park Die Hards   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhW_QEbcAVE   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_IsderOGNQ...

[caption id="attachment_245" align="aligncenter" width="791"] Olsen Filipaina, photographed in Ryde on 26 April 2015, was the standout player of the Test series between New Zealand and Australia in 1985. Photograph: Jeff Kan/The Guardian[/caption] How the reserve-grade playing garbage collector, with the help of his mum, schooled an...