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Preparing for the first of three blockbusters at home ... the Vodafone Warriors at today's training session on Mount Smart Stadium No 2. Photo: Photosport.

Manlys appearance at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday will kick-start a run of three blockbuster NRL home games pitting the Vodafone Warriors against the three most successful clubs of the modern era.

In the second game of the sequence on Sunday, June 30 (4.00pm kick-off) the Vodafone Warriors face Brisbane before taking on reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm in Auckland on Sunday, July 28 (2.00pm kick-off).

Between them the Sea Eagles, Broncos and Storm have won 13 of the 22 grand finals played since 1992 (two titles were subsequently taken off Melbourne) and boast squads studded with many of the games top players.

The Vodafone Warriors head into the clash against Manly (4.05pm kick-off; match day sponsor: TNT) boosted by their first back-to-back wins in almost a year after beating Newcastle 28-12 at Mount Smart Stadium on May 26 and following up with a 56-18 victory over Brisbane, a record winning margin against the Broncos.

Its a great chance for our members and fans to not only support the Vodafone Warriors at Mount Smart but to also see three of the games top clubs and some fantastic players, said Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah.

It would be brilliant so see people turn out in big numbers on Sunday after the wins the team has had against Newcastle and Brisbane.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott made special mention after the Newcastle win of the effect the modest crowd of 9257 the clubs smallest home crowd of the season so far had on the players.

I know from talking to Simon (Mannering) and the boys just how much it meant to them, said Elliott.

They loved having those members and fans there showing how much they cared and how much they wanted to ride the team home for a win we desperately wanted for ourselves and one we also wanted for them.

The players said it made a massive difference throughout the match and especially in the final stages to have such vocal and passionate support there helping to drive them home.

Scurrah said those fans who arent members already could see all the stars in the next three home games by taking advantage of the clubs all-new 3-Game Flexi Membership.

For just $60.00 the membership provides general admission seating to any three home games over the rest of the season in Mount Smart Stadiums North Stand. The 3-Game Flexi Membership also includes other benefits (see below).

Manlys side for Sunday includes Anthony Watmough from the winning New South Wales line-up in this years first State of Origin match plus the likes of Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai and Glenn Stewart. On June 30 the Broncos will be able to call on Queensland Origin players Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett as well as Kiwi internationals Alex Glenn and Josh Hoffman, Scott Prince, Peter Wallace, Corey Norman and Jack Reed. And for their July 28 visit the Storm will have a cast including Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith, Ryan Hoffman, Kiwis Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor and Tohu Harris plus Jason Ryles and Will Chambers.


Of the last 22 grand finals including the 1997 Super League decider, Brisbane won in 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2006; Melbourne won in 1999, 2007, 2009 and 2012 (it was stripped of the 2007 and 2009 titles); and Manly won in 1996, 2008 and 2011.



Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Sunday, June 09

11.45am:Gates Open

11.50am:Auckland Vulcans v Manly (New South Wales Cup)

1.45pm:Vodafone Junior Warriors v Manly (NYC)

4.05pm:Vodafone Warriors v Manly (NRL)


Our all NEW 3-GAME FLEXI Membership offers both fantastic value for money and complete flexibility to suit you.

Attend one game with mates using all three tickets, or attend all three games yourself.

If you are attending games at Mt Smart Stadium and paying full price, or if you are not a member yet in 2013, our all new 3-GAME FLEXI Membership is for you. With General Admission seating access to the North Stand at Mount Smart Stadium to three of our remaining regular season home games of your choice, enjoy a great day out and become part of the club as a member. Receive an exclusive members-only pack and member-only benefits, plus, receive priority purchase access to grand final tickets and beat the queue.

Features of the membership package are:

Three GA North Stand tickets to use in any of the remaining home games at Mount Smart Stadium

Save over 30 per cent on gate prices

Complete flexibility on what games you choose

Exclusive Members-Only cap

Exclusive Members-Only pin

Exclusive Members-Only lanyard

Exclusive Members-Only key ring

Exclusive Members-Only bumper sticker

Exclusive Members-Only ticket wallet

Exclusive Members-Only offers from club sponsors

Official club announcements before anyone else

Weekly Members Club E-Newsletter

Priority purchasing for 2013 NRL grand final tickets

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