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A feast of football including a must-win NRL clash, player farewells, honouring former players, celebrating fathers and giving away the Suzuki Swift Road Warrior feature on a packed programme for the Vodafone Warriors final home game of the season at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (match day sponsor: Vodafone).

The action on the traditional Old Boys Day wont stop once the football finishes, the focus switching to SKYCITY, official home of the Vodafone Warriors, for a Meet the Players post-match event at The Deck from 7.30pm with the entire NRL squad due to arrive at 8.30pm.

Game day activities are built around another popular tripleheader recipe starting with the Auckland Vulcans taking on the Mounties in the New South Wales Cup at 12.50pm followed by the NYC clash between the Vodafone Junior Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at 2.45pm and the critical Vodafone Warriors-Canberra NRL contest set for a 5.05pm kick-off.


Tickets also available from Mad Butcher stores at Albany, Glen Innes, Mangere East, Manukau and Takanini.

While the Vulcans and the Vodafone Junior Warriors are already assured of playing finals football in September, the Vodafone Warriors are desperate to keep their season alive in an intense battle for the last spots in the NRL play-offs. Its also a match which coincides with veteran prop Sam Rapira becoming the ninth player to appear in 150 NRL games for the Vodafone Warriors. As Manu Vatuvei did for his 10-season celebration match last month, Rapira will lead the team against the Raiders joined by his daughters Maiangi and Marie.

Away from the football itself, there are numerous features on the game day schedule:

A Vodafone Warriors members march past

Acknowledgement of Auckland Rugby League clubs 2013 best and fairest players

Honouring former Vodafone Warriors players on the clubs annual Old Boys Day: CLICK HERE to check out some Vodafone Warriors old boys sharing their memories

Giving away the Suzuki Swift Road Warrior in the climax to a season-long competition

Performances from the Mini Warriors Cheerleaders and the SKYCITY Cheer Team

Presentations to departing NRL players

Principal sponsor Vodafone is making its presence seen and heard by creating the Vodafone Superfan Stand as well as providing a premium game day experience with the Vodafone Supporters Bench.

All 32 Auckland clubs will be represented in a parade of young best and fairest players. The Vodafone Warriors, who promote positive behaviour at all levels of the game, provide a prize pack for each player including season memberships.

More than 20 former players are registered to attend on Saturday and will all be presented to the crowd before the NRL match while presentations will be made after the game to departing players Elijah Taylor, Steve Rapira and Alehana Mara as well as Bill Tupou, who will line up for the Raiders against the Vodafone Warriors.

Therell also be a Fathers Day flavour with the match falling on the eve of the annual day for dads.

After the match, all Vodafone Warriors members and fans are invited to the season-ending after-match function at The Deck at SKYCITY when all the players will be there. During the event SKYCITY prize packs will be presented to the players player of the day winners in each of the Vodafone Warriors last five matches against Cronulla, Manly, Penrith, Gold Coast and Canberra. The Deck is a supervised area, not R20.

The schedule of activities at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday is:

12.45 Gates open

12.50 Kick-off: Vulcans v Mounties (New South Wales Cup)

2.45 Kick-off: Vodafone Junior Warriors v Canberra (NYC)

4.20 Vodafone Warriors members march past

4.30 Presentations to best and fairest players representing the Auckland

Rugby Leagues 32 clubs

4.46 Mini Warriors Cheer Leaders

4.50 Vodafone Warriors old boys introduced

4.58 SKYCITY Cheer Team

5.05 Kick-off: Vodafone Warriors v Canberra (NRL)

5.45 Halftime:

Suzuki Swift Road Warrior competition giveaway

SKYCITY Cheer Team performance

6.39 NRL game finishes

6.40 Departing players montages on big screen, Vodafone Warriors old boys on the field

Presentations to departing players Bill Tupou, Alehana Mara, Steve Rapira and Elijah Taylor

CLICK HERE to check out some Vodafone Warriors old boys sharing their memories


Tickets also available from Mad Butcher stores at Albany, Glen Innes, Mangere East, Manukau and Takanini
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