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Vote now for 'Game Day Saturday'

Voting is now open for fans to choose which one of three memorable matches against the St George Illawarra Dragons will come out on top to feature on ‘Game Day Saturday’ on Sky Sport’s home of rugby league at 3.00pm next Saturday (April 11).

The game day special premiered on Sky Sport 4 (Channel 54) on Saturday after Sky Sport and the Vodafone Warriors joined forces to create a virtual stadium for supporters to watch their favourite team in classic matches from the archives.

The Saturday 3.00pm time slot is now appointment viewing focusing on the Vodafone Warriors taking on the team they were scheduled to meet in the original draw before the 2020 season was suspended.

So next Saturday (April 11), bring on the Dragons, the club the Vodafone Warriors were initially set to meet in Wollongong on Sunday (April 12).

It’s over to you to VOTE NOW for one of these three selected games:

August 10, 2003

Kogarah Oval, Sydney

After a 12-14 loss to Melbourne the previous week, the Vodafone Warriors were only just inside the top eight with five games to go in the regular season.

Chasing their first away win after four losses to the St George Illawarra Dragons and the original St George side since entering the competition in 1995, the Daniel Anderson-coached side produced a clutch performance that would help them to the finals for the third straight season.

St George Illawarra Dragons 20 (Nathan Blacklock, Matt Cooper, Brett Firman, Michael Howell tries; Mark Riddell 2 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 30 (Brent Webb, John Carlaw, Thomas Leuluai, Lance Hohaia, Richard Villasanti, Ali Lauitiiti tries; Lance Hohaia 3 conversions).

July 15, 2007

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

This win came in the middle of a rich vein of form which would see the Vodafone Warriors put together seven wins and a draw in a run of nine games, pivotal to earning a top four spot for the finals.

The 28-point winning margin is the club’s equal biggest against the Dragons. It was one of three big wins over top sides in a matter of weeks. A few rounds before this 44-16 victory the Vodafone Warriors had trounced Penrith 54-14 and it would be followed two weeks later by a 52-10 triumph over Newcastle.

Vodafone Warriors 44 (Simon Mannering 2, Wade McKinnon, Michael Crockett, Jerome Ropati, George Gatis, Evarn Tuimavave tries; Michael Witt 7 conversions, penalty).

St George Illawarra Dragons 16 (Matt Cooper, Josh Morris, Jamie Soward tries; Jamie Soward 2 conversions).

August 4, 2018

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

With just one win in their previous five games, the Vodafone Warriors were desperate for success to keep them on track to make the finals for the first time since 2011.

In a ferocious battle, centre Solomone Kata scored a double as they prevailed 18-12 to snare their first win in Wollongong after a run of 10 losses dating back to 2000. After leading 18-0 at halftime, they had to hang on grimly in the late stages of the game.

St George Illawarra 12 (Cameron McInnes, Luciano Leilua tries; Gareth Widdop 2 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 18 (Solomone Kata 2, Issac Luke tries; Shaun Johnson 2 conversions, penalty).

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