Preseason Warriors preseason games 2014

Discussion in 'General Warriors Discussion' started by Gee, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Oct 14, 2013

    Gee 1st Grade Fringe

    May 3, 2012

  2. Oct 14, 2013
    BA-AD Luck

    BA-AD Luck 1st Grade Fringe

    May 18, 2012
    That's great for rugby league that North Harbour Stadium users prefer league and have secured this game. I'm happy, I live in Auckland, will probably go to the game. I just a bit concerned with two trial games are played in Auckland, (nines & Titans) the third will be played in Australia or ... I was hoping that maybe Christchurch might host one this year or are league 100% shut out of AMI Stadium until rugby have built their new stadium??
  3. Oct 14, 2013

    Weno 1st Grade Fringe

    Nov 3, 2012
    Hope Hamilton gets another day with the big guns,we turned out for it this year,even staunch Chiefs fans came to see the Panthers run on there field.
    If not i will still manage to get to North Harbour Stadium for the Titans. I like that stadium to.
  4. Oct 14, 2013
    ¿N. ig-mah¿

    ¿N. ig-mah¿ Warriors 1st Grader

    May 1, 2012
    Would be great to see ChCh get one, but realistically it won't happen for a few years. But I thought Dunedin's trial success would have made another South Island trial a high chance.

    Seems silly to have only one NZ trial (assuming the other will go to Australia) and have it in Auckland when they are already getting the Nines.
  5. Oct 14, 2013

    Trailrider U20's Player

    Jul 22, 2012
    That's interesting. It's consistent with my experiences when I lived and worked on the Shore, pretty much every Union die-hard I knew was also a fairly passionate Warriors supporter. It's more evidence that Auckland could sustain a second NRL franchise.
  6. Oct 14, 2013

    Sup42 Warriors 1st Grader

    May 7, 2012
    Cool never been to North Harbour.

    First preseason Game I'll get to since Canberra at Carlaw Park V Warriors.
  7. Oct 14, 2013

    mt.wellington Moderator

    Jun 21, 2012
    That old chestnut aye lol. They didnt ask anybody anything. Still, like going to trials at North Harbour. Last I remember going to was when Bluey was coach and Konrad Hurrell, Glen Fisi'iahi and Shaun Johnson had stunning games.

    Worst one I went to was when Wade Mckinnon did his ACL or something and I dropped and smashed an unopened 40oz of Jim Beam :(...
  8. Nov 15, 2013

    mt.wellington Moderator

    Jun 21, 2012
    NRL football for Dunedin again
    Richard Becht
    Friday 15 November 2013 6:50 PM
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    Vodafone Warriors Glen Fisiiahi and Ben Matulino with fans after this year's clash against the Broncos at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin in February. Photo: Photosport

    NRL football is heading to the Deep South for the second year running with the Vodafone Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos today confirming they will meet in a preseason clash at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday, February 23 next year (3.00pm kick-off).

    The Trans-Tasman showdown follows this year’s highly-successful encounter on exactly the same date, the first time any NRL game had ever been played in the Otago province’s main centre.

    As was the case for this year’s historic contest, both sides will field their strongest available squads for their final hit-outs less than two weeks out from the start of the 2014 NRL season.

    Darren Burden, chief executive, Dunedin Venues said it was exciting to welcome the Vodafone Warriors and Broncos back to Dunedin after such a successful first visit.

    “We know there is clearly an appetite for rugby league in the south so it’s great news that the teams want to come back to Dunedin and play under cover at Forsyth Barr Stadium,” he said.

    “The city is fast gaining a solid reputation for hosting a large variety of events and Dunedin Venues is working hard to ensure we keep attracting top quality events to our region.

    “I am sure the teams will be well supported when they arrive in February and we’ll all be treated to a game of fast and physical rugby league.”

    Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott said the match represented an ideal opportunity to showcase NRL football in the region once again.

    “It was clear to us that the locals loved seeing some of the NRL’s best players when we were there this year and we welcome the chance of playing in front of another big crowd in February,” he said.

    “It’s a fantastic venue, a great experience for the players being able to player under a roof and it’s also a really significant game being the final trial before the season starts.

    “We’ll again be looking for a strong performance so we’re in the best possible shape we can be for the 2014 season. There’s a long way to go yet with another trial before it as well as the first NRL Auckland Nines (February 15-16) but I can assure people in the south that we’re excited about being down there again. It’s a great part of the country.”

    Terry Reader, Brisbane’s general manager of marketing and commercial operations, said the club was delighted about the prospect of another clash with the Vodafone Warriors in Dunedin.

    “This year’s game was a huge success on all fronts,” he said.

    “We were really thrilled with the way the locals supported this year’s event which gave rugby league a tremendous boost. We were also highly impressed with the stadium and the work Dunedin Venues did to make the occasion such a success.”

    When the two traditional rivals met this year the Vodafone Warriors beat the Broncos 16-10, the teams attracted a big crowd of 15,345 the night after the Highlanders and the Chiefs had opened rugby union’s 2013 Super 15 season at the same venue. The Highlanders will again provide the lead-in to the NRL experience next year when they take on the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday, February 22.

    The NRL match will show off a vast array of the game’s biggest names including many who have been involved in the Rugby League World Cup. On the latter score the Vodafone Warriors have Kevin Locke, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering and Ben Matulino playing for the Kiwis while others on duty have been Toa Samoa’s Pita Godinet and Suaia Matagi, Mate Ma’a Tonga’s Konrad Hurrell, Glen Fisiiahi and Siliva Havili and Dominique Peyroux (Cook Islands) plus new signings Sam Tomkins (England) and Jayson Bukuya (Fiji). Also in the club’s 2014 squad are ex-Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend as well as Nathan Friend, Charlie Gubb, Ben Henry, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Ngani Laumape, Jacob Lillyman, Sam Lousi, Sione Lousi, Feleti Mateo, Dane Nielsen, John Palavi, Nathaniel Peteru, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati and Carlos Tuimavave plus promoted NYC players David Bhana, Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Albert Vete.

    Brisbane’s World Cup representatives in line to play in Dunedin are Kiwi internationals Josh Hoffman and Alex Glenn, Australia’s Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker and new signing Daniel Vidot (Toa Samoa) while its 2014 roster includes Justin Hodges, Matt Gillett, Ben Hannant, Jack Reed, Ben Hunt, Andrew McCullough, Josh McGuire, David Stagg, Jharal Yow Yeh and new signings Ben Barba, Martin Kennedy and Todd Lowrie, who ironically lined up for the Vodafone Warriors against the Broncos in the 2013 trial.

    Meanwhile, it’s possible the Forsyth Barr Stadium match will again be televised live on SKY Sport in New Zealand and Fox Sports in Australia.

    • Tickets will go on public sale from December 09 via Ticket Direct CLICK HERE

    • There’ll be a special pre-sale and discounted offer for Vodafone Warriors, Brisbane and Forsyth Barr Stadium members

    NRL football for Dunedin again - New Zealand Warriors

  9. Nov 16, 2013
    ¿N. ig-mah¿

    ¿N. ig-mah¿ Warriors 1st Grader

    May 1, 2012
    I'll be there again. Awesome experience this year. Loved every minute (except the 20km walk home at 6am).
  10. Nov 16, 2013

    Rizzah 1st Grade Fringe

    Apr 18, 2012
    Awesome, i'll be there again.
    Great lil stadium for league
  11. Nov 16, 2013
    Matulino's Left Shoulder

    Matulino's Left Shoulder 1st Grade Fringe

    Jul 22, 2012
  12. Nov 16, 2013
    ¿N. ig-mah¿

    ¿N. ig-mah¿ Warriors 1st Grader

    May 1, 2012
    Hopefully a few less non-leaguey's bringing their kids to the game this time. Got a lot of condescending looks from the families sitting behind us for the volume and language going on. The non-family crowd were loving our excitment and knowledge of the players and their strengths and weaknesses. We were front row 20m out. Not too many league fans there for some reason. Only person who seemed to know anything about the players was a Broncos fan sitting beside us. His friends got pissed off when he stopped talking to them and joined our group. He was busy telling us how Maranta was going to be the next big thing.

    The crowd were a little quiet, but I loved the atmosphere of the indoor venue. It was quite eerie and almost like watching on a giant screen because the air was so calm. Was awesome sitting close enough to the sideline to talk to the players on the sideline. Got a great reaction from Lillyman when a mate yelled "Hey Jake, too much weights, not enough speed work', as he warmed up in front of us.

    The crowd would have been more excitable if it wasn't 'O week'. I guess it will be the same next year.
  13. Nov 16, 2013

    InsideBall 1st Grade Fringe

    Oct 24, 2012
    No doubt HQ are well aware of the rumours circulating...

    Perhaps they're subtly telling the fans - don't worry, these two will be here in Dunedin again.
  14. Nov 16, 2013

    fizurg 1st Grade Fringe

    May 18, 2012
    Either that or just a really good photo from last years game.
  15. Nov 17, 2013

    snake77 1st Grade Fringe

    Jul 12, 2013
    Good to see them going back to the Forsyth Barr Stadium again. Hopefully it is televised again. Also like that it is looking like being the Broncos again; hopefully we get a tradition going there.

    When teams move games against the Warriors to NZ they should be looking at that stadium if it is available for that weekend. Most teams move games against the Warriors to NZ hoping to get a bigger crowd than they would have in Australia; having a stadium with a roof on it means you are not risking moving you home game and being affected by bad weather.

    If we move some of our home games Forsyth Barr would be a good option; we could get a high profile Friday night game as we wouldn't have to have the game start so early due to the winter weather.
  16. Nov 17, 2013

    Sup42 Warriors 1st Grader

    May 7, 2012
    I hope the atempts to set up a game with Wigan come off , there was talk of the Game on the Wigan site ( not much talk just a mention of the discussions ) someone on here posted it as a possibility first.
  17. Nov 23, 2013

    mt.wellington Moderator

    Jun 21, 2012
    Scurrah dampens Warriors vs Wigan rumours
    Last updated 05:00 23/11/2013

    Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah has downplayed rumours that the Mt Smart Stadium-based NRL side are lining up a pre-season trial with Super League champions Wigan Warriors early next season.

    Wigan will travel to Australia next February, where they are scheduled NRL champions the Roosters in the annual World Club Challenge fixture.

    Though a date for the game is yet to be announced, it is likely to be played in Sydney on February 22.
    It is understood that Wigan will travel Down Under two weeks before the match to acclimatise.

    Wigan Today reported earlier in the week that the Super League champions were in talks with the Warriors, and Papua New Guinea, about a potential warm-up match before the Sydney game.

    However, Scurrah has poured cold water on the rumours, saying the February window for a game against Wigan is already too tight for the Warriors.

    "We've said we want to establish a relationship with Wigan, but we haven't confirmed anything for the coming season," Scurrah told Sunday News.

    "We want to play trial games against each other at some point, but nothing is planned at this point.
    "The reality is that whilst the desire is there, the schedule is pretty tight."

    The Warriors traditionally play three pre-season trials every season, with matches against the Titans at North Harbour Stadium on February 9, and the Broncos at Dunedin's indoor stadium on February 22, already penned in.

    The weekend that separates the two scheduled trials will see the Warriors, and all 15 other NRL sides, take place in the first NRL Auckland Nines tournament, at Eden Park on February 15 and 16.

    Next year's NRL fixtures are yet to be announced, but last year's NRL season started on March 7 and the 2014 edition would likely be around a similar time.

    Sccurah is in the United Kingdom, where he met Wigan owner Ian Lenagan on Friday to discuss links between the two clubs.

    Scurrah, who attended the Kiwis World Cup semi-final against England in London this morning, also bought over spare pairs of football boots over for the Warriors members of the national squad.

    Scurrah Dampens Warriors v Wigan Warriors Rumours |
  18. Dec 3, 2013

    mt.wellington Moderator

    Jun 21, 2012
    Vodafone Warriors back at North Harbour
    Richard Becht
    Tuesday 3 December 2013 4:21 PM
    Shaun Johnson try-bound against the Titans the last time the Vodafone Warriors played at North Harbour Stadium in 2012. The same two teams return to the stadium in 2014. Photo: Photosport

    Trials football at North Harbour Stadium is back on the Vodafone Warriors’ schedule with confirmation they will face the Gold Coast Titans there on Sunday, February 09 next year in the first of their two 2014 preseason hit-outs.

    The same two sides met in the last trial played at North Harbour Stadium in 2012, the 10th time the Vodafone Warriors had appeared there in the lead-up to an NRL campaign.

    This will be the third consecutive trial between the two clubs after they also met at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast in February this year.

    Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott welcomed the home trial.

    “It works well for us playing the Titans at North Harbour Stadium and then going into the NRL Auckland Nines the following weekend at Eden Park,” he said.

    “It’s going to be a brilliant week for rugby league in the city.”

    The Vodafone Warriors will finish their 2014 trials programme against Brisbane at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Sunday, February 23 before starting the NRL season two weeks later.

    When the Vodafone Warriors and Gold Coast met at North Harbour Stadium in 2012, the home side won 26-10. Hooker Nathan Friend made his debut for his new club against his old one that day while lining up in the centres for the Titans was Dominique Peyroux, later signed by the Vodafone Warriors for the 2013 season.

    In line for their club debuts in the 2014 edition will be new signings Sam Tomkins, Jayson Bukuya and Chad Townsend. As well as Tomkins and Bukuya, a host of other Rugby League World Cup representatives will be in contention to play.

    Again headlining Gold Coast’s 2014 squad are World Cup-winning Kangaroos Greg Bird and Nate Myles along with the likes of Jamal Idris, Dave Taylor, Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison, David Mead, Mark Minichiello and Luke Douglas.
    Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah encouraged all members and fans to make the most of the club’s return to North Harbour Stadium.

    “North Harbour has given us fantastic support for a long time now,” he said.

    “It’s a great opportunity for members and fans to see two NRL teams in action in what will be a hugely exciting time for rugby league in the city.”

    The NRL trial will kick off at 4.00pm while the Vodafone Junior Warriors will also be on the programme playing a trial starting at 2.00pm.

    Vodafone Warriors back at North Harbour - New Zealand Warriors
  19. Dec 9, 2013
    Raurimu Massive

    Raurimu Massive Moderator

    Apr 26, 2012
    I like the North Harbour games - it's only an hour and half from Whangarei, and you're back on the motorway pretty quickly afterwards. Sadly, the preseaon games up here in Whangarei itself have suffered from only playing a QLD Cup team, and the resulting lack of big name first graders getting significant game time.
  20. Dec 19, 2013

    Gee 1st Grade Fringe

    May 3, 2012
    NZ Warriors to play Wigan in Hamilton match
    The Warriors will make two visits to Hamilton next season, with the club today announcing they will play Wigan in a pre-season match at Waikato Stadium next year.

    The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement earlier this month that the Canterbury Bulldogs are bringing their home NRL fixture against the Warriors to Hamilton, to be played on May 18.

    The "Clash of the Warriors" will take place on February 12 (7.30pm) kickoff, 10 days prior to the Wigan Warriors' World Club Challenge match against the Roosters at Sydney's Allianz Stadium. Super League champions Wigan were looking for a warm-up match, and this game will be their sole hitout.

    Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the opportunity to stage the fixture came about through the signing of English fullback Sam Tomkins, who, ironically, could play his first match for his new side, against his old side.

    "In the negotiations with Sam Tomkins we started to form the opinion that there was a natural fit between the two Warriors teams," Scurrah said. "We've got a lot of history in the [Wigan] club, with a lot of players, including Dean Bell as our first ever captain. And we decided that we should pursue other opportunities.

    "This is a fantastic joint venture opportunity for our two clubs and another sign of how we would like to continue to work together."

    Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan said he was hugely appreciative of the opportunity to play against the Warriors.

    "It's been 20 years since the challenge was played in Australia and we are doing all we can to be ready be for the contest," he said.

    "Quite apart from the importance of the warm-up game, being able to bring the two Warriors clubs together like this for the first time is great, not just for us but for the fans and the game itself."

    Scurrah said the choice to play in Hamilton was about spreading the team around the country, particularly with the inaugural NRL Nines tournament being staged at Eden Park on February 15-16.

    "We love Waikato Stadium, and the council and the stadium crew have been excellent to work with in the past," Scurrah said. "And with the Bulldogs taking a home game there it'll whet the appetites of all Waikato and all surrounding districts' people."

    The Wigan game will be the Warriors' second pre-season fixture.

    They play the Gold Coast Titans at North Harbour Stadium on February 9, before the Wigan game, the Nines, then a match against the Brisbane Broncos in Dunedin on February 23, before their season opener against the Parramatta Eels in Sydney on March 9.

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    Warriors coach Matthew Elliott will juggle his squad among all those pre-season games but is yet to decide who will play when.

    "We won't have a full squad back in training until January 13 so there's a long way to go yet before we make our decisions," he said.