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The search for the Vodafone Warriors’ first resident house band kicks off on Sunday with ‘Goat’ featuring on the bill at ‘The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day’ at Mount Smart Stadium.

After launching the ‘Be the Band’ quest earlier this month, the list of entrants has been whittled down to three finalists.

As rugby league’s answer to ‘Battle of the Bands’, ‘Be the Band’ is seeking to turn an undiscovered New Zealand band into a tour de force at our house on game days.

‘Goat’ has been drawn to set the tone first, belting out a set in the Entertainment Precinct between 2.30pm-3.30pm on Sunday. Look out for the five-piece band.

Another band will perform before the round 22 home game against Newcastle on Friday, August 10 with the last of the finalists on stage at the round 24 encounter with Penrith on Friday, August 31.

After the three finalists have performed, the club’s official house band will be selected, earning the opportunity to play on the field at halftime in the Vodafone Warriors’ last regular season home game of the year against the Canberra Raiders on Friday, August 31.

This Sunday will be the busiest game day programme of the season so far with a range of activities and attractions built around ‘The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day’ alongside a football triple header featuring the club’s NRL, Instrust Super Premiership and Jersey Flegg Cup teams in action.

Members and fans attending the occasion will all be helping the Vodafone Warriors in their bid to fill the stadium. If it is sold out, the club will donate $50,000 to be shared among the day’s beneficiaries Shine, KidsCan, Paralympics New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Sponsor Mitre 10 has also made a pledge on the basis of the attendance numbers while other sponsors and stakeholders are contributing in various ways.

Vodafone Warriors players and football staff have also climbed aboard by donating items and experiences which are being auctioned off or used in a monster game day raffle.

Suzuki has put up a Suzuki Vitara for a DROPIT auction at halftime in the main game while DROPIT will also auction a Vodafone Warriors fan pack during the break.

The well-established Woodstock ‘Kick for Cash’ will be another halftime attraction.

Vodafone Warriors members and fans can keep topping up the fund-raising drive by using the Vodafone text-a-donation service. By texting WARRIORS to 4483 you’ll be providing $3.00 to the fund-raising campaign (you can text as many times as you like).

Dominating the day will be the Vodafone Warriors’ battle with traditional rival Melbourne with the Michael Moore Trophy – held by the Storm – on the line once again.



Match day theme | ‘The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day’
11.30am | Gates open
11.45am | Jersey Flegg Cup | Vodafone Junior Warriors v Sydney Roosters
1.45pm | ISP | Vodafone Warriors v Wyong Roos
4.05pm | NRL | Vodafone Warriors v Melbourne Storm



Main features:

  • ‘Be the Band’ | “Goat’ performing in the Entertainment Precinct 2.30pm-3.30pm.
  • DROPIT auction for a Suzuki Vitara at halftime in the NRL game (valued at $34,790 plus on road costs).
  • DROPIT auction of a Vodafone Warriors fan pack at halftime in the NRL game (four tickets to Captains’ Club for Newcastle home game on August 10, signed Vodafone Warriors jersey, one night’s accommodation at SKYCITY in two twin rooms, $250 food and beverage package, watch team’s final training session and behind-the-scenes tour of Mount Smart Stadium).
  • Look out for our regular Woodstock ‘Kick for Cash’ competition, which has recently produced a couple of winners.
  • Presentation of the Michael Moore Trophy to the winning team after the NRL match.
  • Corporate Lounge auctions in support of ‘The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day’ | Items include:
    • Round of golf for two with Stacey Jones and Shaun Johnson.
    • Signed and framed Simon Mannering jersey commemorating his feat in setting record for most appearances for the Vodafone Warriors.
    • Kiwi captain Simon Mannering’s signed jersey from the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
    • Gucci watch.
  • Corporate Lounge raffle in support of ‘The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day’ | Items include:
    • Dinner for two at SKYCITY with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Agnatius Paasi.
    • Round of golf for two with Andrew McFadden and Blake Ayshford.
    • Rehab game day experience for two for home game against Newcastle on August 10 including training with the rehab group, watching the game with the players and a food and beverage package.
    • Training day experience for two including being water boy for a field session, lunch with the players and watching a gym session.
  • Game day spot prizes in support of ‘The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day’ including:
    • Panasonic Viera 55-inch LED television.
    • Five $100 Canterbury of New Zealand vouchers.
    • Five SKYCITY vouchers.
    • Four family passes to Rainbow’s End and Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium.Three Mitre 10 gift cards.
    • Canterbury of New Zealand ultimate Vodafone Warriors kit bag.
  • Monster game day raffle in support of ‘The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day’ ($5.00 a ticket or three for $10.00):
    • Air New Zealand flights and accommodation including VIP experience for Vodafone Warriors’ match against Canterbury-Bankstown in Sydney on August 19.
    • Vodafone Warriors 2013 Heritage jersey (donated by Sir Peter Leitch).
    • Signed Luke Brooks boot worn in Wests Tigers’ win over Melbourne in SKYCITY Auckland NRL Double Header at Mount Smart Stadium on April 7.
    • TNT remote control truck.
    • Vodafone Junior Warriors 2013 NYC jersey (donated by Sir Peter Leitch).
    • Signed Melbourne Storm jersey from SKYCITY Auckland NRL Double Header match against Wests Tigers at Mount Smart Stadium on April 7.
    • Signed and framed Adam Blair boot.
    • KidsCan ‘The Starke’ European technology bicycle.
  • ACC Big Warm-Up and mini mod footy games in the build-up to the big game (Two games on simultaneously | Under-7s: Te Puke Tigers v Glenfield Greyhounds, Point Chevalier Pirates v Ngongotaha Chiefs).
  • 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 Melbourne Storm game.
  • 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.
  • 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 Vodafone Warriors Ugg Boots going on sale.
  • 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.
  • 2XU kicking challenge | Spot prizes for kicking a ball into the back of a ute.
  • 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.


For the kids:

  • Harvey Norman Community Warriors Fun Zone:
    • JP the Clown and juggler roaming.
    • Smile Dealers and face painters.
    • Ronald McDonald House | Giant Jenga, Connect Four and Bean Bag Toss.
    • Shine | Canterbury of New Zealand tackle bag.
    • KidsCan | Noughts and Crosses.
    • Paralympics | Mini open day (long jump test, high jump test, ball throwing test).
    • Carnival activities | Cup and saucer ride, Ferris wheel, climbing wall, cars, jumping castle.  
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