Beach volleyball gave way to a full-on defensive workout in the sand for the Vodafone Warriors at the Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre on Friday.


The weeks are racing by in the countdown to a series of big dates on the field for the Vodafone Warriors.


Today they finished their first training week in 2013, a three-day slog highlighted by a no-holds-barred tackling and wrestling session in the sand at the Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre on Friday.


Local fans who had gathered were in awe as the players flew into each other working at three different stations at the complex. Earlier the players had a skills session on the adjacent field at Mairangi Bay Park before finishing with a swim at the nearby beach.




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After todays field session back at Mount Smart Stadium the countdown is on for a string of special Saturdays:


Five weeks to the first trial against Gold Coast at Pizzey Park in Burleigh Heads on Saturday, February 9 (5.15pm kick-off local time)


Six weeks to the first trial in New Zealand against Penrith at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday, February 16 (4.00pm kick-off)

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Seven weeks to the trial against Brisbane at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin the first time NRL football has been played in the city on Saturday, February 23 (7.30pm kick-off)

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Nine weeks to the first NRL match of the season against Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday, March 9 (5.30pm kick-off local time)


Ten weeks to the first home game of the season, an epic Eden Park encounter against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday, March 16 (7.30pm kick-off)

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In just over 12 weeks, the Vodafone Warriors will have their first home game of the year at Mount Smart Stadium, facing North Queensland on Easter Monday, April 1 (6.00pm kick-off). Ticket information is yet to be confirmed.


And time is also ticking for one of the biggest moments in the Vodafone Warriors history when they play a home game outside Auckland for the first time meeting Canterbury-Bankstown at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday, May 11 (7.30pm kick-off). Ticket information is yet to be confirmed for this match as well.


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