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Manly home game in NZ 2012 ?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,884 /65
    New Plymouth vying for Warriors-Manly game

    Published: 7:57AM Wednesday November 30, 2011 Source: Fairfax
    National Rugby League grand finalists Manly and the New Zealand Warriors could meet at Yarrow Stadium next year.

    New Plymouth District Council recreation and events manager Brent Thawley confirmed yesterday that they were working through a possible deal after being approached by an NRL agent several weeks ago about bringing the round 21 game to New Plymouth.

    "We are definitely looking at the possibility of that," Thawley said.

    "We're hoping that there will be a great deal of support from the community, but, like all of these things, it's about how do we make the commercial model work without the ratepayers having to stump up with any cash."

    The 2011 NRL grand finalists are arguably two of the most marketable sides in the competition.

    They are due to meet in the opening round of next year's NRL competition when the Warriors will take their home match from Mt Smart Stadium to Eden Park in order to maximise the game's commercial potential.

    The round 21 match has been scheduled for the period Friday, July 27 to Monday, July 30.

    However, Thawley has made it clear to the NRL that they want a Saturday night game.

    While it was expected the council would be asked to underwrite the match to some extent, Thawley said there were several commercial options they were discussing with the NRL.

    "They have not really said exactly what their favoured model is, we are just looking at how it might work with local stakeholders, really," he said.

    The Auckland-based Warriors have never played a competition match at Yarrow Stadium.

    However, they played a preseason game against the Parramatta Eels in 2005, a fixture that attracted a crowd of 9500.

    Thawley was cautious about what sort of crowd they would expect to turn up to the proposed match, other than to give a broad range between 5000 and 15,000.

    "With a game like this, potentially, if all the stars are playing, I'm sure people would travel at least a couple of hours for it," Thawley said.

    "If we can get over the line with these guys, then we would be looking at what else we could do around the weekend to make it even more attractive for people to come through."

    The council does not know when the NRL will announce if the match is to be played in New Plymouth.

    However, it is unlikely to be any later than February, given logistical issues regarding travel and accommodation arrangements for both teams.

    Thawley felt the successful staging of three Rugby World Cup matches at Yarrow Stadium had enhanced the venue's reputation internationally, and the potential hosting of the NRL game was, in part, down to the tournament.

    He did not know if any other venues had been invited to bid for the match.

    "They have been very cagey about that," he said.

    "I'd be surprised if they haven't, let's put it that way."

    However, New Zealand Rugby League convener of selectors Howie Tamati had no doubts about the match being extremely well patronised if it was to come to Taranaki.

    "It would depend on how our bid stacks up against everyone else, but they (NRL) are keen to get Manly out there and play in other areas," he said.

    Providing the game was played on a Saturday night, Tamati believed that there was no reason why it could not attract a crowd of 15,000.

    "I think if we focus the marketing in the southern part of the North Island, it will do well," he said.

    "The popularity of the Warriors and the quality of the Manly side would certainly spark interest."
  2. Brookie4eva

    Brookie4eva Well-Known Member

    +213 /2
    Surely we could get the similar money by having the game in Australia somewhere, much cheaper flights and easier for the fans.

    That is assuming we are getting good money for it, if there is no decent money in playing the game there, than I say no way to loosing a home game.
  3. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,652 /39
    12 home games per NRL season
    1 home game played at Bluetongue against the Tigers.
    1 home game played against the Warriors somewhere on the North Island of NZ


    Remaining 10 home games must be played at Brookvale Oval.

    Is this correct?
  4. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +7,250 /173
    The question is:
    Is money more important than two points?
    Every club would love to have an unbeaten home record, as we achieved in 2011 at Fortress Brookie. It seems that we are prepared to give away our advantage (and almost guaranteed two points) to bolster revenue.
    Is it worth it?
  5. firechild

    firechild Active Member

    +65 /0
    Manly has a strong history with NZ and still have plenty of fans on the other side of the ditch. I think this could be a good way to keep the NZ connection. You never know, there might even be opportunities for sponsorship in NZ. It's certainly worth exploring if there are financial benefits.
  6. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,127 /51
    I guess if we need the money, the gamble on the 2 points is worth the risk. And you can never have too much cabbage, right?
  7. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +7,250 /173
    Remind me not to use your bathroom!
  8. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,127 /51
    Funnily enough, it's the lounge you have to be careful in.:)

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