Introducing Troy Hardy, owner and operator of Carlaw Park Die Hards Ltd.
Carlaw Park Die Hards was created to honour Carlaw Park the spiritual home of New Zealand Rugby League and the men who played on the field of dreams.
The online store opened on 9th November 2013 by Howie Tamati New Zealand Rugby League President. The kick off of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 was the start of this new buisness venture. We are the world's sole supplier of Carlaw Park Die Hards apparel and the new NZRL Kiwis Association "Legends" range .
Special mention to Stan Tallon the graphic designer for The Carlaw Park Die Hards tee and owner of Team Spirit Origins what a "Legend" in graphic design.
Troy directs and produces all of the Carlaw Park TV HD digital interviews of all the Carlaw Park Die Hards Legends series.
He interviews Rugby League heroes that have played on the field of dreams. Filming NZRL Kiwis Test players to club players, coaches and game celebrities to get their views and insights to past matches and opponents that they have gone to battle with or what they have witnessed. Some of what's been captured on film will take you back to when legends played a full 80mins with 13 players and 2 reserves and no one was coming off unless you were broken.
Troy played Rugby League for Point Chevalier Pirates, Richmond Rovers Bulldogs, Auckland Rugby League and New Zealand. He was in the NZRL senior School Boys Team in 1979,80,81. He represented Auckland Rugby League in 1979,'80,'81,'82 making the Junior Kiwis Tour in 1982 which played test series against Australia and Papua New Guinea. He started playing Senior footy at 17ys old and though he suffered a serious knee injury which finished his career at Kiwis camp in '83 just before the Great Britain series (BARLA). Though his footy was over before he was 20, Troy was very proud to have got his black and white test jersey. Troy is now a member of the New Zealand Rugby League Kiwis Association and has a role as Creative Director
Troy is planning to conduct interviews with all past Kiwi Internationals, "Legends" of Caralw Park through to the Club Players and the League characters plus the current Stars of todays games and host those films here on Carlaw Park Die Hards TV.
Troy spent the last 20 years in the corporate world as Foster's National Sales Manager here in New Zealand. Before that he spent 8 years with TNT Magazine as Events Director in London, where he founded UK Touch Football and 'The Touch Nations Grand Slam'. Troy now welcomes you to the "Field Of Dreams" with the Carlaw Park Die Hards videos the "Legends" series complete with a full range of heritage and retro Rugby League sportswear products. His wife Helga and young family will help grow the business along with the die hard support of the Carlaw Park fans, players and coaches.
Special thanks to legend Kurt Sorensen who at a young age proved anything is possible if you train hard, look after your body and play smart. Proud to have been in his company.
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