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'Return the kit so we can play': Napier football club's appeal over stolen uniforms

Author
Hawkes Bay Today,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Jun 2022, 3:45pm
Port Hill United FC coach Stuart Thompson with the alternative kit the team used on Sunday. "Just return the (stolen) kit so we can play our season," says Thompson. Photo / Warren Buckland
Port Hill United FC coach Stuart Thompson with the alternative kit the team used on Sunday. "Just return the (stolen) kit so we can play our season," says Thompson. Photo / Warren Buckland

'Return the kit so we can play': Napier football club's appeal over stolen uniforms

Author
Hawkes Bay Today,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Jun 2022, 3:45pm

A Napier football club is urging thieves who stole the uniforms worn by its premier men's side to return or drop them somewhere they can be recovered. 

A vehicle was broken into and raided outside Port Hill United FC, on Herrick St next to the entrance to Marewa Park, during Saturday night or the early hours of Sunday. 

A kit bag with 17 uniforms was stolen alongside thousands of dollars' worth of other items including a laptop, a projector, other bags with personal items, boots, warm-up tops, a small amount of money, and even some dirty towels. 

The club is urging whoever took the team kit to return it. 

"Just dump it somewhere, somebody will find it," coach Stuart Thompson said. 

"I don't care if you dump it in the middle of a park, somebody is going to find it and hand it in. 

"That is all we care about - just return the kit so we can play our season." 

The car was broken into sometime between 9.30pm on Saturday and Sunday morning. 

The club's premier men's team had earlier enjoyed a successful away trip to Gisborne, recording a big win, before returning home in a hired team bus. 

After having a few drinks on the trip back to Napier, taxis were ordered to take some of the players home from the Port Hill clubrooms so they wouldn't have to drive. 

The kit bag and other items were placed in a locked car. 

Thompson said a lot of work had gone into securing sponsorship this year to help the club cover costs, and different sponsors had been printed on each jersey. 

"It is not something you just buy off the shelf, it's something that you actually have to go and spend money on to be put on the kit. So, it's all personalised. 

"For all that hard work to go to waste for someone just to throw it in the river or burn it is very disheartening." 

The men's side had to play in an away kit on Monday during a cup game. 

As of Monday afternoon, the home kit had not been returned. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them on 105 and quote 220605/8369. 

- by Gary Hamilton-Irvine, Hawkes Bay Today