A junior clinic, school visits, a training session open to the public and a fan engagement event at Perth Stadium all feature in the Vodafone Warriors’ programme ahead of their season-opening NRL clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday (4.00pm kick-off local time; 9.00pm NZT).
The match is the first leg of the Perth NRL Double Header followed by Canterbury-Bankstown hosting the 2017 premiers the Melbourne Storm (6.05pm kick-off local time, 11.05pm NZT).
The Vodafone Warriors began the long trek to Western Australia with their 5340km flight from Auckland (due to land in Perth at 1.05pm local time, 6.05pm NZT).
Based in Fremantle for the early part of the week, the Vodafone Warriors have closed field and gym sessions tomorrow with the first team of the year to be confirmed by head coach Stephen Kearney at 5.00pm NZT.
This will be the 10th time the club has played in Perth but the first time the trip has coincided with the opening round (the previous nine fixtures were all played in the middle stages of the season).
While in camp in Western Australia, the Vodafone Warriors will mix community and fan-oriented events around their training programme.
A group of 10 players will be at the Fremantle Roosters in Beaconsfield for a junior development clinic from 4.00pm-6.00pm on Tuesday. Following a cultural welcome, they’ll split into two groups of five for a signing session and drills (the groups swapping after 45 minutes).
On Wednesday four groups of three players will be visiting four local schools between 9.00am-10.00am while there’ll be a field session open to the public at the University of Western Australia Sports Field in Mount Claremont (4.00pm start). Fans are encouraged to attend for an opportunity to see the players up close and personal.
The final public pre-game opportunity with the Vodafone Warriors will be a fan engagement event following their final training run at Perth Stadium on Friday. The event is due to start at 4.45pm.