War­riors and Tigers to roam wild in Whanga¯rei

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing with less than two weeks be­fore the Vodafone War­riors and West Tigers NRL teams come to Whanga¯rei to play their fi­nal trial match be­fore the start of the 2019 sea­son.

Vodafone War­riors head coach Stephen Kear­ney is com­mit­ted to field­ing his strong­est pos­si­ble squad for the the March 2 trial, which rep­re­sents the team’s fi­nal build-up be­fore the sea­son opener against the Can­ter­bury-Bankstown Bull­dogs at Mount Smart Sta­dium on March 16.

The Whanga¯rei match-up of­fers a tantalisin­g prospect for fans with the po­ten­tial of see­ing as many as 18 cur­rent or past Ki­wis in ac­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers are putting the call out to the North­land com­mu­nity to get along to North­land Events Cen­tre and ex­pe­ri­ence an ac­tion-packed af­ter­noon of­fer­ing some­thing for the en­tire fam­ily. Free ac­tiv­i­ties on the day in­clude a bouncy cas­tle and bub­ble ma­chine for the lit­tlies, as well as “on­site ac­ti­va­tions” from Flava, the NZ Po­lice, Fam­ily Vi­o­lence It’s Not Okay, Rugby League North­land and Takahi­wai Rugby League Club along with free sun­screen and water.

For a bit of lo­cal fun, at half time of the main game the North­land Tani­wha mas­cot is set to take on the War­riors mas­cot in the “bat­tle of the mas­cots” while Rugby League North­land is or­gan­is­ing a club re­lay, with 10 mini mod teams from lo­cal clubs tak­ing the field at dif­fer­ent times dur­ing the day.

Fans are also in­vited to at­tend the War­riors open cap­tain’s run at the same venue on Fri­day, March 1, from 10am-12pm. The next day, play­ers will be avail­able to en­gage with fans straight after the main game while the lat­est War­riors mer­chan­dise will also be avail­able for pur­chase dur­ing the cap­tain’s run and on game day.

North­land Events Cen­tre Trust chair­man Alas­tair Wells en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to come out in force to sup­port the team.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic event for the North­land re­gion. The games will be held on Satur­day af­ter­noon to al­low plenty of travel time for ev­ery­one in North­land to be able to at­tend. It would be great if we could get a good crowd along to cre­ate an elec­tric at­mos­phere.”

■ All tick­ets pur­chased up to 5pm on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 26, go in to a draw to win the Ul­ti­mate Vodafone War­riors Prize Pack — 25th sea­son War­riors jer­seys for one adult and one child.

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