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Warriors coach Matthew Elliott. NRL Rugby League. Vodafone Warriors training session at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Thursday 6 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/

By Richard Becht


Head coach Matthew Elliott has joined the NRL club membership race tonight by launching a special Vodafone Warriors ticket offer involving former New Zealand Test cricketer Mark Richardson.


It requires explanation – which follows – but the end result is an Elliott-inspired initiative offering 50 silver double passes (each ticket is valued at $100) to all three of the Vodafone Warriors’ Eden Park home games for a price of just $55 apiece, slashing $45 off each ticket.


The first of the three ‘Season of Eden’ games is against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday, March 15 (5.00pm kick-off), the final leg of a tripleheader package starting with the New South Wales Cup encounter between the Vodafone Warriors and Illawarra (12.40pm kick-off) and the NYC game between the Vodafone Junior Warriors and the Dragons (2.45pm kick-off).


Tripleheaders will again feature on the card for the Vodafone Warriors’ other two NRL home games at Eden Park against Canterbury Bankstown on Sunday, April 13 (4.00pm kick-off) and Canberra on Saturday, May 10 (5.00pm kick-off).


But back to the Elliott ticket idea and why Richardson became the key factor.


It’s a slightly convoluted story which unfolded earlier this week when, in his role as a presenter on The Crowd Goes Wild – which screens on Prime TV and SKY Sport – Richardson looked down the barrel after an item featuring Elliott and said: “I want Matt’s hat”. He meant the distinctive Vodafone Warriors member’s cap the coach wears on the training field.


Elliott saw the show and it set him thinking about a connection between his cap, Richardson and a ticket or membership offer.


With his strong cricketing background he was drawn to linking Richardson’s Test career in some tangible way with a membership or ticket offer.


He honed in on Richardson’s Test batting average and tonight on The Crowd Goes Wild he put it all together, telling fans the first 50 people to buy what he called the Mark Richardson Membership would get his average (in dollar terms) off the price of each ticket.


Hence the $45 discount after rounding up Richardson’s career average of 44.77 in the 38 Tests he played for the Black Caps from 2000-2004.


Now the race is on for the first 50 fans to take advantage of an offer which gives them a seat at each of the three Eden Park games for little more than $18 a game.


  • Help Matt Elliott with his drive for support at Eden Park by taking advantage of the Mark Richardson Membership offer now
  • To secure your double pass for a total cost of only $110 ($55 a ticket), mail
  • The first 50 fans to register will secure the three-game double passes 
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