General 2017 Warriors Draw/Fixtures

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Warriors in Perth? Fuck it
We should outright refuse to play in Perth. No way should the team with international travel every fortnight have to go to Perth. Would love to her if JD even put up a fight to this.
 
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NRL: Warriors to open at home in 2017
1:33 PM Thursday Nov 24, 2016

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Tuimoala Lolohea celebrates the release of the NRL draw. Photo / Getty
The Warriors will start an NRL campaign at Mount Smart Stadium for the first time in eight years after today being handed back-to-back season-opening home games in 2017.

In other key features of the just-released draw, five of the club's first six matches will be played on home soil while the Warriors have landed five Friday night games in three different New Zealand venues plus one in Australia.

The club's 23rd season opens against the Newcastle Knights at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, March 5 at 4pm followed by a blockbuster against the Melbourne Storm in the first of four Friday night home games on March 10 at 8pm.

The Warriors' last season-opening home game at Mount Smart Stadium was a 26-18 win over Parramatta in 2009. Since then they have had 'home' starts just twice but those two matches in 2011 and 2012 were both played at Eden Park.

"It has been too long since we started our season at our home ground so we couldn't be more excited knowing we'll be at Mount Smart Stadium for the first two rounds," said Warriors managing director Jim Doyle.

"That's fantastic for the team, our members and other supporters after being forced to open our campaigns away over the last four seasons including back-to-back games on the road the last two years.

"Having five of our first six games in New Zealand is a big help and introducing an earlier kick-off for the first Friday night game (8pm) also works in our favour.

"Now Friday night football becomes a big part of our game day experience."

Friday night home games have been scarce for the Warriors; their last experience was against the Bulldogs in July, 2011.

In 2017 the Warriors have Friday night home games at Mount Smart Stadium against the Storm on March 10, the Canterbury Bulldogs on June 23 and the Penrith Panthers on July 14.

The Warriors are also taking a home game to Hamilton for the first time, They'll face the St George Illawarra Dragons on Friday, May 19 at 8pm.

The fifth Friday night match in New Zealand is an 'away' game against the Bulldogs on March 17, the first-ever NRL match to be played at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium. They also play the Eels in Sydney on a Friday night.

"It's a positive for us being able to have some Friday night games," said Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

"It's also certainly helpful playing five of our first six games in New Zealand. It's always a positive being on home soil and playing in front of our members, families and fans."

The Warriors don't venture outside New Zealand until the fourth round when they take on the Dragons on March 26.

Today's draw release provides dates, kick-off times and venues for each of the first 20 rounds with details for the last six rounds being revealed later in the season.

Of the Warriors' first nine confirmed home games, four are on Friday nights, one on Saturday night (the Brisbane Broncos on May 27) and four on Sundays (all before the end of April); all 4.00pm kick-offs, they're against the Knights (March 5), the Titans (April 2), the Eels (April 9) and the Roosters (April 30).

The Warriors play home and away games against the Knights, Storm, Bulldogs, Dragons, Titans, Eels, Raiders, Panthers and Sea Eagles (the away match against Manly is again in Perth but Penrith won't be returning to Christchurch).

The clubs they face once are the Roosters, premiership-winning Cronulla Sharks and the Broncos at Mount Smart Stadium and the Rabbitohs, Cowboys and Wests Tigers away.

Source : https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11754373

Go NZ Warriors ! :)
 
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2017 DRAW



Back-to-back home games to start 2017 season

The Vodafone Warriors will start an NRL campaign at Mount Smart Stadium for the first time in eight years after today being handed back-to-back season-opening home games in 2017.

In other key features of the just-released draw, five of the club’s first six matches will be played on home soil while the Vodafone Warriors have landed five Friday night games in three different New Zealand venues plus one in Australia.

The club’s 23rd season opens against the Newcastle Knights at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, March 5 (4.00pm kick-off) followed by a blockbuster against the Melbourne Storm in the first of four Friday night home games on March 10 (8.00pm kick-off).

The Vodafone Warriors’ last season-opening home game at Mount Smart Stadium was a 26-18 win over Parramatta in 2009. Since then they have had ‘home’ starts just twice but those two matches in 2011 and 2012 were both played at Eden Park.

“It has been too long since we started our season at our home ground so we couldn’t be more excited knowing we’ll be at Mount Smart Stadium for the first two rounds,” said Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle.

“That’s fantastic for the team, our members and other supporters after being forced to open our campaigns away over the last four seasons including back-to-back games on the road the last two years.

“Having five of our first six games in New Zealand is a big help and introducing an earlier kick-off for the first Friday night game (8.00pm NZT) also works in our favour.

“Now Friday night football becomes a big part of our game day experience.”

Friday night home games have been scarce for the Vodafone Warriors; their last experience was against the Bulldogs in July, 2011.

In 2017 the Vodafone Warriors have Friday night home games at Mount Smart Stadium against the Storm on March 10, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on June 23 and the Penrith Panthers on July 14.

As announced yesterday, the Vodafone Warriors are taking a home game to Hamilton for the first time; they’ll face the St George Illawarra Dragons at FMG Stadium Waikato on Friday, May 19 (8.00pm kick-off).

The fifth Friday night match in New Zealand is an ‘away’ game against the Bulldogs on March 17, the first-ever NRL match to be played at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium. They also play the Eels in Sydney on a Friday night.

“It’s a positive for us being able to have some Friday night games,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“It’s also certainly helpful playing five of our first six games in New Zealand. It’s always a positive being on home soil and playing in front of our members, families and fans.”

The Vodafone Warriors don’t venture outside New Zealand until the fourth round when they take on the Dragons on March 26.

Today’s draw release provides dates, kick-off times and venues for each of the first 20 rounds with details for the last six rounds being revealed later in the season.

Of the Vodafone Warriors’ first nine confirmed home games, four are on Friday nights, one on Saturday night (the Brisbane Broncos on May 27) and four on Sundays (all before the end of April); all 4.00pm kick-offs, they’re against the Knights (March 5), the Titans (April 2), the Eels (April 9) and the Roosters (April 30).

The Vodafone Warriors play home and away games against the Knights, Storm, Bulldogs, Dragons, Titans, Eels, Raiders, Panthers and Sea Eagles (the away match against Manly is again in Perth but Penrith won’t be returning to Christchurch).

The clubs they face once are the Roosters, premiership-winning Cronulla Sharks and the Broncos at Mount Smart Stadium and the Rabbitohs, Cowboys and Wests Tigers away.
Tickets for all games will go on sale in the New Year.

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WellingtonOrca

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Round 13 - Fri 2 June 11.50pm - Eels - Away - Sydney

WTF is up with that time?

edit: looks like some conversion errors on the post - NRL site has that fixture at 9:50 NZT kickoff which is more reasonable. Friday Games look to have 2 slots this and 6PM Aus (8PM NZT).
 
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They could at least rank toughness by winning %, the knights may have finished one place below the Roosters, but were x4 times worse in reality. Not to mention how they handled the eels winning 13 games and coming in 14th.

But getting into the hard schedule – easy schedule is largely a waste of time, especially with the warriors where how many flights they had to take or how hot it is seems to have more of impact than who they are actually playing.

Hooolleee shit do they need to get off to a fast start next year, if they aren’t safely in the 8 before origin starts, don’t see them catching up in the end.

Fckin perth, at least its followed by a bye this time. Also a chance to break the dragons away from home hoodoo, was 2003 last time they won away!

Also the 8pm Friday nighters should be a laugh for the amount of boozed up abuse the refs will be copping from the crowd, get a slightly different demographic than your Sunday arvofamily friendly slot.
 
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Sup42

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Bloody rapt with the draw, and so should the Warriors be.

A chunk of games in NZ should see the Warriors able to keep preparation simple (travel and heat less relevant) so no need to carefully manage the players physiology.

Just flog the bastards to death. Pedal to the metal.

They should be fit and defensively improved.

If they have Foran the play will look like an NRL side come the fifth tackle and not the unfamiliar ameturish disorganised rabble of times past.

I expect they will still struggle with turn overs and some stupid penalties, I expect they will be horribly unlucky with Injury.
Also expect our forwards to lose the battle for territory.
So not looking for miracles.

Just want to see tighter defence in the opening six games, and someone Running this team.
 
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Donal

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No complaints about this draw, other than the usual gripe about going to Perth again. It's not the toughest, not a doddle either, and a good run of home games near the start where, all going well, we could even build a winning mentality. C'mon, we're allowed to be optimistic this far out.

Not too worried about Dunedin, either: as we all know those away games in NZ have been a killer for us but I fancy our chances there. Could be a very good crowd, they get behind their teams in Dunedin
 
Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

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Hardly any travel when it's hot in Australia, our preferred time slots to kick things off and a first up home game against a pile of shit.

This could get ugly fast.
 
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A first round loss and we'll be playing catch up for the whole season I reckon. Storm, Bulldogs and then Dragons at Jubilee (have we ever won there?)
 
rugged

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I emailed JD to ask about the Perth game. He says they argue against it each year but ultimately Manly get the call. He did say the NRL now pay for the business class flights and they have been able to get the earlier kick off the last couple of years so they can leave straight after the game, also managed to get the bye the following week
 
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