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Warriors Trial Games 2019

Saturday February 23
Storm v Warriors: at Kardinia Park, Geelong

Saturday March 2
Warriors v Wests Tigers: 5pm at Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, NZ

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Storm set for Kardinia Park
melbournestorm.com.au
Sat 27 Oct 2018, 09:03 AM

Melbourne Storm today announced it will host the New Zealand Warriors at Kardinia Park next year on Friday, 22 February as part of its build up to the 2019 NRL season.

With the support of the Victorian Government, the world's best rugby league talent will come to Geelong and the Bellarine region as Storm stars get set to take on their Trans-Tasman rivals.

It will be the first-time elite rugby league will feature in Geelong since 2013 - when Melbourne hosted Canberra at Kardinia Park.

Storm CEO Dave Donaghy was joined by the Victorian Government Minister for Major Events, Tourism and Sport, John Eren, and Kardinia Park Trust CEO, Michael Brown, in Geelong to announce details of the match.

Storm and the Warriors have a storied rivalry, with their annual ANZAC Day clash at AAMI Park a must-see blockbuster on the Melbourne sporting calendar. Now their electrifying talents will be on display down the highway.

Today's announcement gives Victorian rugby league fans two doses of elite rugby league in just seven days.

On February 15 the Australian Indigenous All Stars will take on the All-Star New Zealand Maori team at AAMI Park in a revamped and exciting All-Star showpiece that will launch the 2019 NRL season right here in Melbourne.

In the build-up to the game on February 22 Melbourne Storm will work closely with NRL Victoria and Touch Football Victoria to give as many people as possible in Geelong and the Bellarine the chance to see the NRL showpiece in their own backyard.

CEO Dave Donaghy expressed the Club's excitement to take the Melbourne Storm brand of football to the region:

"We're very excited about bringing this match to Kardinia Park and giving fans in Geelong and the Bellarine the chance to see elite NRL players in their home town.

"We welcome the ongoing support of the Victorian Andrew's Government, which help us to give more Victorians the chance to support 'their' team in the NRL."

The sentiment was echoed by the Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Sport John Eren:

"This is a massive coup for Geelong, that will bring droves of visitors to the region, boosting businesses and supporting local jobs.

"We are proud to be supporting NRL in Victoria, with more games, better facilities, and new playing fields, helping to support the next generation of rugby league players to thrive."

Melbourne Storm will release ticketing and general information for the match in Geelong in the coming weeks as well as finalising its remaining pre-season schedule.

https://www.melbournestorm.com.au/news/2018/10/27/storm-set-for-kardinia-park/
 
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Looks like they are promoting it better than we do .
What's our minister of tourism do when we play at NewPlymouth or
Where ever .No wonder Aussie does well .
 
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So does this mean we play the Storm A side instead of last years Storm ISP team ?

Looking like it,

Finishing in the eight has its advantages, you really are nowhere if you are in the lower eight....

Wonder if the Storm will roll out three teams in the preseason...

This could be a blioofy tough trial the Storm C team nearly beat us this year...
 
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So does this mean we play the Storm A side instead of last years Storm ISP team ?

Looking like it,

Finishing in the eight has its advantages, you really are nowhere if you are in the lower eight....

Wonder if the Storm will roll out three teams in the preseason...

This could be a blioofy tough trial the Storm C team nearly beat us this year...
TBF we didn't send our best crew to Rotorua either though it wasn't as poor as the team Storm sent. Warriors B vs Storm C.

I think we'll see a much stronger Storm team with the new spine needing as much game time as possible.

Last years team lists...

Vodafone Warriors v MELBOURNE STORM
Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
3.00pm, Saturday, February 17

Bunty Afoa
Blake Ayshford
Sam Cook
David Fusitua
Anthony Gelling
CHANEL Harris-TAVITA
Peta Hiku
Ata Hingano
Solomone Kata
Mason Lino
Sam Lisone
MATIU LOVE-HENRY
Ken Maumalo
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Agnatius Paasi
HAYZE PERHAM
Chris Satae
Isaiah Papalii
Leivaha Pulu
Ligi Sao
LEWIS SOOSEMEA
Jazz Tevaga
Albert Vete

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
2. Matt Sopa-Lawler (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
3. Justin Olam
4. Chris Lewis (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
5. Jarred McInally (Easts Tigers)
6. Scott Drinkwater
7. Billy Walters
8. Tui Kamikamica
9. Harry Grant
10. Lachlan Timm
11. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
12. Louis Geraghty
13. Pat Kaufusi
14. Jye Ballinger (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
15. Jacob Hind (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
16. Brett Greinke (Easts Tigers)
17. Harrison Muller (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
18. Jarred Tuite (Easts Tigers)
19. Kelma Tuilagi
20. Kayleb Milne
21. Lachlan Roe (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
22. Cooper Johns
 
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PRE-SEASON TRIALS

Vodafone Warriors to face Tigers in Whangarei trials

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Wed 14 Nov 2018, 06:50 AM

Kiwi coaches past and present will lead a galaxy of internationals when the Vodafone Warriors face the Wests Tigers in their second 2019 NRL trial at the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei on Saturday, March 2 next year.

It will be a double header event with the Vodafone Warriors and the Tigers also fielding their Intrust Super Premiership squads in the first game on the programme (ISP kick-off 2.15pm; NRL kick-off 5.00pm)

Jointly announced today by the Vodafone Warriors and the Northland Events Centre Trust, the NRL match will bring together long-time former Kiwi head coach Stephen Kearney and current national coach Michael Maguire.

Maguire, who has just finished guiding the Kiwis in their Test series in England, is returning to NRL coaching with the Tigers after a year off following a six-season stint with South Sydney from 2012-2017.

Northland Events Centre Trust chairman Alastair Wells said the two trials would provide a huge boost for the region.

"We are very excited to be hosting the Vodafone Warriors and the Wests Tigers at Northland Events Centre on March 2," he said.

"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.

We would also love to see visitors from Auckland and further south come up for the weekend to enjoy the event along with our wonderful Northland hospitality.

"The event will include a load of pre-match entertainment and plenty of activities for kids and youth, so make sure you get your tickets and come along and support your team."

Kearney welcomed the opportunity to take both Vodafone Warriors squads to Northland.

"As a club, we really enjoy playing in areas around the country and giving locals the chance to see our players up close," he said.

"This trial will be really important for us being our last hit-out before starting our season against the Bulldogs at Mount Smart Stadium on March 16. It's the same for our ISP team."

As well as their Kiwi coaching connection, Kearney and Maguire have Melbourne Storm links in common. They both served their coaching apprenticeships with the Storm under Craig Bellamy and then went on to coach against each other when Kearney was with the Parramatta Eels and Maguire with the Rabbitohs in 2012.

The Whangarei match-up offers a tantalising prospect for fans with the prospect of as many as 18 current or past Kiwis being on show.

The Vodafone Warriors have eight players from their 2019 squad who have been on tour with the Kiwis in England – Ken Maumalo, Peta Hiku, Gerard Beale, Shaun Johnson , Northland born and bred Adam Blair, Agnatius Paasi and Isaiah Papali'i plus new signing Leeson Ah Mau while they also boast Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Issac Luke and Tohu Harris as well as Tonga internationals David Fusitua and Solomone Kata, who have also played for the Kiwis.

Wests Tigers have centre Esan Marsters from the Kiwi party in England as well as former Kiwis Benji Marshall, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer and Elijah Taylor (who was brought up in Herekino in the Far North). Other New Zealand-born players in their squad include Michael Chee-Kam, Josh Aloiai and Thomas Mikaele.

As well as having both teams in Whangarei for their NRL and ISP trials, the Vodafone Warriors will be out and about in the area making a number of community appearances during the days leading up to game day.

It will the fourth time the Vodafone Warriors have held a trial in Whangarei. They staged New South Wales Cup hit-outs there in 2011 and 2012 and an NRL trial against the Gold Coast Titans in 2016.

Tickets and corporate hospitality
  • Tickets are available from www.ticketrocket.co.nz and Forum North Box Office, Rust Avenue, Whangarei.
  • Prices:
    • Grandstand - Adult $30, child $15.
    • GA terraces/embankment - Adult $15, child $10.
  • For corporate hospitality options email rachel.o'gorman@wdc.govt.nz
https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/11/14/vodafone-warriors-to-face-tigers-in-whangarei-trials/

Stoked - Haere Mai lads!
 
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Hopefully we get a televised trial. After the summer you start to hang out to watch some games even if they don't have much on the line.

At least the streaming is getting a bit better each year. I remember the main issue this year was the commentators and that's a minor gripe compared to the constant freezing of a year or two back.
 
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Hopefully we get a televised trial. After the summer you start to hang out to watch some games even if they don't have much on the line.

At least the streaming is getting a bit better each year. I remember the main issue this year was the commentators and that's a minor gripe compared to the constant freezing of a year or two back.
Yeah man previous years trial coverage was half ass... Think I watched a trail game for the Titans last year which had no commentary.
 
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Trials are so meh. All they do is deal to the hunger pangs of us tragics who haven't seen a game for months. The first trials I saw were back in 1992 at Carlaw Park when the NSWRL was doing a charm offensive. They sent over good sides, with all the stars, but the tackling was like they all had fleas.
 
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Trials are so meh. All they do is deal to the hunger pangs of us tragics who haven't seen a game for months. The first trials I saw were back in 1992 at Carlaw Park when the NSWRL was doing a charm offensive. They sent over good sides, with all the stars, but the tackling was like they all had fleas.
Yeah it's crazy how the coverage seems to have gone through the roof the last couple of years. So many articles and streams and even proper TV coverage.

I completely buy into it because I am an absolute desperate but the trial form/results usually have no bearing whatsoever on the actual NRL competition.
 
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Trials are so meh. All they do is deal to the hunger pangs of us tragics who haven't seen a game for months. The first trials I saw were back in 1992 at Carlaw Park when the NSWRL was doing a charm offensive. They sent over good sides, with all the stars, but the tackling was like they all had fleas.
They do a lot more than appeal to forlorn fans. Nothing gets you match fit like, ummmmmm, playing a match. If it wasn't necessary the coaches wouldn't play em. Simple as that.

BTW, you think you could go one week without mentioning Carlaw Park. Its soooo meh...
 
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Kiwi coaches past and present will lead a galaxy of internationals when the Vodafone Warriors face the Wests Tigers in their second 2019 NRL trial at Northland Events Centre on Saturday 2 March.

It will be a double header trial event with the Vodafone Warriors and the Tigers also fielding their Intrust Super Premiership squads in the curtain raiser.

The NRL match will bring together long-time former Kiwi head coach Stephen Kearney and current national coach also coach of the Wests Tigers Michael Maguire.

There will be pre-match entertainment and activities for kids and youth so get your tickets and come along and support your team.

2.15pm ISP Vodafone Warriors v Wests Tigers
5.00pm NRL Vodafone Warriors v Wests Tigers


More Information

Tickets & Corporate Hospitality


Tickets are available from http://www.ticketrocket.co.nz and Forum North Box Office, Rust Avenue, Whangarei.

Grandstand Adult $30, Child $15.
GA Terraces/ Embankment Adult $15, Child $10

Child 4yrs -15 (3 yrs and under free if sitting on adults lap and not taking up a seat)

Adult 16 years and over

For corporate hospitality options email rachel.o’gorman@wdc.govt.nz.

Club Lounge – Level 2

Includes:
Access to Level 2 Lounge throughout games
Bar leaner branded with your company name or group
8 GOLD covered tickets directly outside the Level 2 Lounge
Buffet meal
Cash Bar

Accessibility seating is available from Ticket Rocket on 0800 224 224. Please ensure you then contact the venue prior to event day to gain access to this area.

https://www.ticketrocket.co.nz/event/details/190632/northland-clash-vodafone-warriors-v-wests-tigers-trial
 
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Apologies for this but when are our trial games this year?
 
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Friday February 22
Storm v Warriors
7.50pm (AEDT) at Kardinia Park, Geelong
Warriors (squad): Bunty Afoa, Tom Ale, Blake Ayshford, Lachlan Burr, Sam Cook, Neria Fomia, Patrick Herbert, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Adam Keighran, Sam Lisone, Sean Mulaney, Isaiah Papalii, Hayze Perham, Api Pewhairangi, Adam Pompey, Nate Roache, Chris Satae, Brody Tamarua, Jazz Tevaga, Paul Turner, Ligi Sao, Lewis Soosomea, Cole Waaka
 
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When did Api Pewhairangi sign on at the Warriors? Surely on a trial contract? Woulda been good to see Taane Milne or the fijian speedster named.
 
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Friday February 22
Storm v Warriors
7.50pm (AEDT) at Kardinia Park, Geelong
Warriors (squad): Bunty Afoa, Tom Ale, Blake Ayshford, Lachlan Burr, Sam Cook, Neria Fomia, Patrick Herbert, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Adam Keighran, Sam Lisone, Sean Mulaney, Isaiah Papalii, Hayze Perham, Api Pewhairangi, Adam Pompey, Nate Roache, Chris Satae, Brody Tamarua, Jazz Tevaga, Paul Turner, Ligi Sao, Lewis Soosomea, Cole Waaka
Where are all the old fellas?
 
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