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Jacob Lillyman and Chad Townsend may be team-mates but they’ve put their friendship on hold for the Vodafone Warriors’ State against State Membership Race.

Fighting in the maroon corner QLD Warrior membership ambassador Lillyman has opened up a useful lead on his NSW Warrior counterpart Townsend in the blue corner.

They’ve both been exhorting their own people to show their support for the Vodafone Warriors’ new regional away membership packages as the club seeks to galvanise the huge support base seen whenever the team plays games in either state.

With the race well-advanced Lillyman’s QLD Warrior army holds a useful edge over the Townsend-led NSW Warrior team but there’s still time for that to change.

They’ve both thrown in some banter to add spice to a contest designed to grow the legion of ex-pat Kiwis who have made a habit of drowning out local fans whenever the Vodafone Warriors play in the two states.

The winner will be measured on the basis of who recruits the most members between now and Christmas.


Everyone signing up for either a QLD Warrior or NSW Warrior membership will go into a draw to win a 2015 Vodafone Warriors jersey and a visit to the team’s dressing room to meet your regional ambassador after a Vodafone Warriors game in your region.

QLD Warrior and NSW Warrior regional away memberships offer these benefits:

  • A ticket to a Vodafone Warriors game in the respective region and an invitation to an exclusive meet the team event (the choice of game will be based on the draw which is yet to be confirmed)
  • A Vodafone Warriors 20th anniversary cap and pack
  • Vodafone Warriors jerseys available through at $NZ150 all year round (RRP $NZ185); no GST charged on overseas deliveries
  • A ticket to a Vodafone Warriors home game of your choice at Mount Smart Stadium (transferable if member is unable to travel to Auckland)
  • A family option (two adults and two children 15 and under) which includes a pass to a Vodafone Warriors game in the respective region plus four Vodafone Warriors 20th anniversary caps and packs
  • The adult regional away membership costs $NZ79 while the family membership is priced at $NZ179.
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