The Vodafone Warriors have enlisted #GirlPower for their 12th-round Women in League NRL clash against the Newcastle Knights at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, May 31 (4.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: TNT).
Mothers, partners, players, football staff, administrators, members and fans have been major contributors to the Vodafone Warriors since they first appeared in the competition in 1995.
To pay homage to them in the club’s 20th anniversary season, the Vodafone Warriors will wear the Canterbury of New Zealand-designed Supernova jersey against the Knights, the first home game at Mount Smart Stadium since the Anzac Day clash against Gold Coast. That means it’s also time for members and fans to don pink wigs, flags and scarves as well as past 'Women in League' jerseys or the 2015 Supernova model (buy now www.warriorsstore.co.nz).
Now sitting inside the top eight after heart-stopping wins over Cronulla and Parramatta, the Vodafone Warriors are calling on #GirlPower to help them in their bid for their third straight win.
The club invited the SKYCITY Mystics to launch the #GirlPower campaign with a rugby league meets netball event on Wednesday.
It turned into a fun-packed, riotous cross codes promotion as the NRL and ANZ Championship players were brought together for a basketball challenge run by former SKYCITY New Zealand Breakers and Tall Blacks legend Dillon Boucher.
The Vodafone Warriors had eight players with a real passion for basketball (and not a little ability as well in most cases). Man of the moment Bodene Thompson – the golden point hero against the Eels – was joined by Konrad Hurrell, Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, David Fusitu’a and Raymond Faitala-Mariner. The SKYCITY Mystics, who earlier trained in the gym, featured captain Maria Tutaia, Catherine Latu, Kayla Cullen and Serena Guthrie.
The hashtag #GirlPower captures the essence of what the Women in League match is about, recognising the strength of women within rugby league and across society. It’s about standing up against discrimination, breaking down stereotypes and stigmas.
#GirlPower also symbolises the power of the club’s growing female supporter base, a pillar of strength that will help give the team the edge against the Newcastle Knights.
The Vodafone Warriors would like to thank all female members and fans for their support and challenges them to turn out in big numbers on May 31 in an all-out celebration of #GirlPower. Women who are involved in and support rugby league are the real warriors.
All members and fans on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram can now join the campaign by using the #GirlPower hashtag to show their support for the Vodafone Warriors and to help to give the team an edge against the Knights.