RD #15 Match Day Guide
WORLD RECORD ONESIE PARTY!
Match-Up: Vodafone Warriors v Brisbane Broncos
Date: Saturday June 21, 2014
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland, NZ
NRL Kickoff 7.30pm
The Vodafone Warriors are playing host to an in-form Brisbane Broncos outfit at Mount Smart Stadium this Saturday. Both sides will be seeking a strong return from a bye week which, for the Warriors, was a chance to recover after their long trip to Perth where they were outlasted by the Rabbitohs. For the Broncos, on the other hand, the bye provided a breather after a superb run of form during which they won four on the trot. The Brisbane-siders arrive in Auckland placed fifth on the table, ahead of the Vodafone Warriors who are two points outside of the top eight in 11th place.
Coach McFadden has made some tweaks to the line-up, placing Sam Rapira into the starting squad ahead of Suaia Matagi. Ben Henry makes his return after a knee injury and will play off the bench, where he is joined by Charlie Gubb, who gets his first nod for the NRL outfit since Round 7.
Head-to-head: Brisbane Broncos 14 wins, Vodafone Warriors 19 wins
Last meeting: Vodafone Warriors 18 (Manu Vatuvei, Elijah Taylor, Konrad Hurrell; Shaun Johnson 3 conversions) defeated Brisbane Broncos 16 (Lachlan Maranta, Peter Wallace, Josh Hoffman; Scott Prince 2 conversions) at Mt Smart Stadium.
NSW CUP PREVIEW
The NSW Cup side was the lone squad in action last weekend and they put on a show in Gisborne against Cronulla, winning 16-12 in front of over 5,000 fans at Rugby Park. This week, the fourth-placed Warriors host the Wyong Roos back at Mount Smart where they will have a chance to continue their climb up the competition ladder. Rohan Smith’s side have won four of their last five matches and are now five points off the pace that league leaders Penrith are setting. The Roos, having topped Mounties last week, are simply looking to post back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They currently sit at 10th place on the ladder.
The Vodafone Junior Warriors have the opportunity to consolidate their place in the top half of the ladder when they face the Broncos in the first of three matches at Mount Smart on Saturday. Stacey Jones’ squad are placed seventh on the table and will look to rebound strongly from their 26-28 loss to South Sydney before the bye week. The Broncos, much like their senior squad, headed into the layoff on a high, with wins against Manly and Canberra, in which they posted 76 points total. The Vodafone Junior Warriors will have to find a way to curb Brisbane’s scoring if they are to take the two points from this encounter.
GATES OPEN: 3.00pm
NYC Kickoff: v Brisbane Broncos, 3:10pm
NSW CUP Kickoff: v Wyong Roos, 5:10pm
NRL Kickoff: v Brisbane Broncos, 7:30pm
Event Finishes 9.30pm
Theme: Onesie Party
Match Day Hashtag: #OnesieParty #WarriorsForever
Match Day Sponsor: Flava is the matchday sponsor for the round 15 match betweenVodafone Warriors and Brisbane Broncos. Visit www.flava.co.nz
Charity Partner: Kidz First Children’s Hospital ‘Jammie’s in June’.
As part of ‘Jammie’s in June’ there will be collection points around the grounds for children Jammie donations.
Apparel: The team will be wearing the heritage jersey on matchday
CLICK HERE to purchase the jersey
2 for $30! Make the most of a special deal which gives you a seat on the embankment for the Broncos AND the Panthers game for just $30!*
Half-time: It's time for the annual Flava “Socks, Jocks and Belly Flops” event, also known as the Undie Run! 20 fans will be selected from the crowd to participate in this onesie/undie relay. Have a laugh and get involved!
Red Zone: There is fun for everyone at the Red Zone. The passing wall, which is favourite with the kids, is here to stay! There’s also face painting, Warriors Forever tattoos and more!
‘JAMMIES IN JUNE’
A world record is on the cards on Saturday night to promote awareness of the Kidz First Children’s Hospital ‘Jammies in June’ campaign.
The Vodafone Warriors are throwing a Onesie Party, where members and fans have been challenged to wear onesies to the game in a bid to claim the Guinness world record for the ‘largest gathering of people wearing one-piece pyjamas.’
The existing record of 1184 was achieved by Ringwood School in Hampshire in England on February 14 this year at a charity event supporting an ‘End Polio’ campaign.
Be part in something truly special and support ‘Jammies in June’!
MEMBERS ONLY LOUNGE
The Legends Lounge in the East Stand will be open after the match. Members will be able to enjoy live music as well as player interviews hosted by former Vodafone Warriors great Monty Betham.
You can use regular service public transport to get to and from the Vodafone Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium. Penrose Station is just a short walk down O’Rourke Road to the stadium entrance, and regular route buses operate in the area.
Check regular service times and routes by using the AT Journey Planner at https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/journey-planner/. Please note that standard fares apply.
TV SKY Sport 2 will be covering all three matches live from 3.00pm and Maori Television will be showing the NRL match delayed at 7.30pm on Sunday
Online NRL Digital Pass (AUS)
LOCAL BARS AND EATERIES
If you are looking to enjoy a meal or go for a drink with your mates then here are a few suggestions:
SKYCITY has the best restaurants to choose from in Auckland including Gusto at the Grand, The Grill, Masu, The Suger Club, DEPOT, Federal Delicatessen, Jade Dragon, Orbit, Fortuna, Bellota and Rebo | More at www.skycityauckland.co.nz/restaurants
If you are looking for a bar, then look no further than SKYCITY. With a fantastic selection to choose from including X.O., twentyone, Bellota, Aces Bar, The Deck, Rouge Bar, Sky Lounge and Sammy’s Place, you are sure to find a place perfect for you
More at www.skycityauckland.co.nz/bars