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Sharks and sparks in store on Friday night

A fireworks display and a match between players with physical disabilities will light up the game day programme when the Vodafone Warriors host the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Friday night’s 16th-round NRL clash at Mount Smart Stadium (8.00pm kick-off).

Pyrotechnics are timed to ignite the night sky above the stadium during the halftime break as Friday night football returns to Mount Smart for the second time this season.

Earlier two teams of players with physical disabilities will be on the big stage for the first time in the curtain-raiser (6.15pm kick-off).

Played over two 20-minute spells, the game is a joint initiative between the Harvey Norman Community Warriors and Physical Disability Rugby League New Zealand. It has been arranged to support PDRLNZ in preparing the national team for an international campaign in October this year.

The match against Cronulla is the second leg of a run of three consecutive Friday night matches for the Vodafone Warriors. Before the representative round, they beat North Queensland 23-16 in a Friday night contest on June 15 and face the Penrith Panthers in round 17 at Panthers Stadium on Friday, July 6.

Apart from the fireworks and the game for the physically disabled, the Woodstock ‘Kick for Catch’ will again be a popular feature along with the Canterbury of New Zealand T-shirt cannon and mini mod games.



Match day theme | Matariki

6.00pm | Gates open

6.15pm | Physical disabilities rugby league match

8.00pm | NRL | Vodafone Warriors v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks



Main features:

  • Fireworks display.
  • Physical disabilities rugby league match.
  • Look out for our regular Woodstock ‘Kick for Cash’ competition, which had produced a couple of winners at the last two home games.ACC Big Warm-Up and mini mod footy games in the build-up to the big game (Two games on simultaneously | Under-6s: Ngaruawahia Panthers v Manaia Mako. Under 9s: Ngaruawahia Panthers v Manaia Mako).
  • Coin toss involving the rival captains Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Vodafone Warriors) and Wade Graham (Sharks) plus a lucky Vodafone Warriors member.
  • Keep your eyes out for Tiki.
  • The Canterbury of New Zealand T-Shirt Cannon will be in business as usual.
  • Vodafone Stadium Live app is a great in-game tool. Download it.
  • Also play Grandstand Millionaire. Download Vodafone’s Stadium Live app to play. Your challenge is to guess the try-scorers in exact order in the Vodafone Warriors v Cronulla match.
  • Free trains to and from Mount Smart Stadium for fans holding membership cards or pre-purchased tickets (remember to hold onto your ticket for the return trip after the game).
  • No cheerleaders.


Entertainment Precinct:

  • Make the most of the revamped Members’ Clubrooms. Great place to meet before the game and afterwards. Members-only venue including MC and post-match interviews.
  • The Woodstock Bar is also a big game day attraction. It’s open to all fans every home game. Everyone is welcome so try it out.
  • Arcade games for all to play including pinball, Pacman, Space Invaders and Fussball. 
  • The food alley is a major game day attraction with an array of gourmet options in an area set off by an Astro-turf surface, fairy lights and places to hang out.
  • The merchandise van will be on hand again. Look out for a game day offer.
  • Drums of the Pacific will be performing at Gate B and Gate C before the match and from the stage in the Entertainment Precinct throughout the contest.
  • The Suzuki Swift Road Warrior will be on show. Make sure you register to go in the draw for your chance to win this great set of wheels at the end of the season.
  • Harvey Norman Community Warriors always has loads of activities on offer. There’s plenty there including passing wall and Smile Dealers and, this week, there will also be glow-in-the-dark paint stations.
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