General 2020 Warriors Membership Thread

Will you renew your membership for 2020?


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pompower

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May 14, 2012
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That was about it, an uneventful Q&A.

Thanks for sharing bro. Was hoping someone had asked about their strategy re: youth and development pathways and the changes on that end, but no dice. On the positive side though, it sounds like they're committed to getting this coaching appointment right. The Walker Brothers 1 year gamble was a titillating story but probably doomed to end in tears. Happy they see things similarly and want someone to preside over a real project.
 

Akkerz

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On Sunday at the members event at Mt Smart, the club held a brief Q&A with Cameron George and Rob Croot.

Here are some notes from the Q&A.

The club like us, are not expecting much from the rest of this season, usually they talk themselves up about making the 8, there was no mention about this. They just hoping to win some games.

The Butch went off at Rob Croot about not wearing his warriors gear to the event.

My observation with Croot that he is quite reserved, which is unlike Robinson who is the opposite.

Croot said that no decision has been made re the new coach and that they are only halfway through the interview process. He said that media reports about the Walker brothers etc were totally incorrect. The club wants to keep their final decision on the new coach tight lipped until they are ready to make announcement to fans. It will be interesting to see if this happens especially with Robinson.

Regarding recruitment, do not expect any major announcements until a new coach is appointed. They want the new coach to be able to have players he wants.

So, any speculation of having a coach signed for one year will never work if they want the coach to a large input on recruitment.

The club are also talking about another rebuild so in other words don’t expect much in the way of results in the next few years.

They are not expecting to have much joy with finding replacement players for those heading home. Other clubs are struggling with injury etc and will be reluctant to loan players.

A question was asked about if the players coming from Australia should play local club football. The idea was not ruled out but from my observation the club would be reluctant to do so even though in my opinion they should.

They will never move the club to Australia

The club is wanting to do move member events.

That was about it, an uneventful Q&A.

Thank you.
* At least now we have some idea of what is intended going forward
- absolutely nothing. At least we won't be disillusioned when our high expectations don't even come close to the actual reality of ongoing disappointment
* In light of the above good luck to them holding more member functions. They will have bugger all members to entertain
* " They will never move the club to Australia" . Another few years like we have experienced & it may not be an option. I won't be sticking around too long for the next coming.
 

Selector

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Bold Warriors launch record supporter bid to boost grassroots rugby league
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Much has been made of the struggles the Warriors went through to complete an NRL season like no other.

But after gaining a new level of admiration on both sides of Tasman for the way they dealt with the adversity, the Warriors want to pass that support on to the grassroots.

"I know at a professional level the financial hit it cost us and I can only imagine what it means for the community-based levels," chief executive Cameron George told Stuff. "If we can generate revenue to put back into the local game next year that either offsets cost or makes it cheaper for families and kids to get involved in our great game we’re really keen to do so."

The support and goodwill the Kiwi club received for their sacrifice in Australia has shone a light on the potential to grow their fan base. As a result, George has set an ambitious target of becoming the most-supported sports organisation in Australasia for 2020.

To realise this goal, the Warriors have launched a $10 supporter offer for October with $5 from each purchase being returned to junior rugby league across the country, as well as to areas in Australia where the club has a close connection, such as Tamworth.

A strong junior foundation is essential to any future success for the club but the grassroots level across all sports, not just rugby league, has been left reeling by the affects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community sport relies heavily on class four gaming money (gaming in pubs and clubs, outside a casino), which pumps in more than $150 million annually into the national sports sector. With restaurants and bars closed during lockdown and gaming machines turned off, community groups will see a much smaller return this year.


The community rugby league season was also heavily disrupted by the lockdowns, with some clubs opting not to field teams in the mini/mod (under 6-under 12) grades.

The big fear is that youngsters who did not take part this year may be lost to the game for good.

"All the jurisdictions have done their absolute best to continue to be engaged with the grassroots levels,” George said. “I just hope that everyone gets back out on the park next year and has a bit of fun. If this initiative can help that, we’ll feel really proud to be a part of a resurgence of junior rugby league in all of New Zealand and parts of Australia."

Half of the proceeds from all Warriors supporter subscriptions purchased will be disbursed evenly across New Zealand Rugby League’s seven zones as well as junior programmes at rugby league clubs in Central Coast, Redcliffe, Tamworth and Tenterfield.

It will be a welcome boost to the junior game, even if the Warriors can simply get close to the record for the largest supporter base in Australasia, which is currently held by AFL's West Coast Eagles at 100,776.

It's a lofty goal. The Warriors currently have 18,543 members, which ranks them sixth in the NRL. South Sydney leads the competition with 29,670.

But they are well up on 2019 and in many ways, the Warriors have been the feel-good sports story of the year after overcoming a number of hurdles, including being stuck in Australia all season, to just fall short of the finals.

George said their efforts have "awoken the rugby league world as to who we are" and is determined to build on their new support.

"The way this year was unfolding was pretty well set out to have the club fail. The only people that didn’t expect the club to fail was those within it," he added. "So by us responding in the manner that we did defined what our club was about.

"I genuinely believe everyone took a deep breath and went ‘wow, the New Zealand Warriors are certainly a force to be reckoned with in the future’.

"We are so many people’s second team. We’re not asking them to leave their first team but we want to formalise how many supporters we actually have out there in the world and this is a really great way of doing it."
 

Worried2Death

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Mar 6, 2016
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Bold Warriors launch record supporter bid to boost grassroots rugby league
Source:

Much has been made of the struggles the Warriors went through to complete an NRL season like no other.

But after gaining a new level of admiration on both sides of Tasman for the way they dealt with the adversity, the Warriors want to pass that support on to the grassroots.

"I know at a professional level the financial hit it cost us and I can only imagine what it means for the community-based levels," chief executive Cameron George told Stuff. "If we can generate revenue to put back into the local game next year that either offsets cost or makes it cheaper for families and kids to get involved in our great game we’re really keen to do so."

The support and goodwill the Kiwi club received for their sacrifice in Australia has shone a light on the potential to grow their fan base. As a result, George has set an ambitious target of becoming the most-supported sports organisation in Australasia for 2020.

To realise this goal, the Warriors have launched a $10 supporter offer for October with $5 from each purchase being returned to junior rugby league across the country, as well as to areas in Australia where the club has a close connection, such as Tamworth.

A strong junior foundation is essential to any future success for the club but the grassroots level across all sports, not just rugby league, has been left reeling by the affects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community sport relies heavily on class four gaming money (gaming in pubs and clubs, outside a casino), which pumps in more than $150 million annually into the national sports sector. With restaurants and bars closed during lockdown and gaming machines turned off, community groups will see a much smaller return this year.


The community rugby league season was also heavily disrupted by the lockdowns, with some clubs opting not to field teams in the mini/mod (under 6-under 12) grades.

The big fear is that youngsters who did not take part this year may be lost to the game for good.

"All the jurisdictions have done their absolute best to continue to be engaged with the grassroots levels,” George said. “I just hope that everyone gets back out on the park next year and has a bit of fun. If this initiative can help that, we’ll feel really proud to be a part of a resurgence of junior rugby league in all of New Zealand and parts of Australia."

Half of the proceeds from all Warriors supporter subscriptions purchased will be disbursed evenly across New Zealand Rugby League’s seven zones as well as junior programmes at rugby league clubs in Central Coast, Redcliffe, Tamworth and Tenterfield.

It will be a welcome boost to the junior game, even if the Warriors can simply get close to the record for the largest supporter base in Australasia, which is currently held by AFL's West Coast Eagles at 100,776.

It's a lofty goal. The Warriors currently have 18,543 members, which ranks them sixth in the NRL. South Sydney leads the competition with 29,670.

But they are well up on 2019 and in many ways, the Warriors have been the feel-good sports story of the year after overcoming a number of hurdles, including being stuck in Australia all season, to just fall short of the finals.

George said their efforts have "awoken the rugby league world as to who we are" and is determined to build on their new support.

"The way this year was unfolding was pretty well set out to have the club fail. The only people that didn’t expect the club to fail was those within it," he added. "So by us responding in the manner that we did defined what our club was about.

"I genuinely believe everyone took a deep breath and went ‘wow, the New Zealand Warriors are certainly a force to be reckoned with in the future’.

"We are so many people’s second team. We’re not asking them to leave their first team but we want to formalise how many supporters we actually have out there in the world and this is a really great way of doing it."
Whoever thought of this and put it all together is a deadset genius, Robbo should make him CEO. I'm starting to like Boy George though, the club seems to be in much better shape than when he took over, no denying that, and turns out he wasn't bullshitting after all when he came up with All In, in a lot of ways he's making the Warriors great again. Well done CG and the whole bald squad behind the scenes, this $10 membership idea is a masterstroke, keep him on Robbo.
 
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Gizzyfan

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Jan 2, 2013
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The problem is the model used for most sports is to charge high and wring every possible dollar out of the punters they can. Ticket prices are prohibitive for families, particularly when the food in ground is taken into account.

With merchandise they overcharge by 50% (estimate) then give a 10% reduction for members and expect you to be grateful. Union, League, Soccer etc are games of the people. That is who should be catered for, at the moment it is just TV and Sponsors.

Imagine a day out with the family for a mid afternoon kickoff, half price tickets with a picnic basket. Give the game back to the people.
 

Navigator

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May 19, 2012
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So tell us Boy George how we hook into this.
Got my $10 here in my hand and want to 'Pay the Lady'.
Yeah if you go to the warriors website then membership the story is there and in the story it says click here to sign up yet on my phone it wont let me click there.
 
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wizards rage

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Apr 18, 2016
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The problem is the model used for most sports is to charge high and wring every possible dollar out of the punters they can. Ticket prices are prohibitive for families, particularly when the food in ground is taken into account.

With merchandise they overcharge by 50% (estimate) then give a 10% reduction for members and expect you to be grateful. Union, League, Soccer etc are games of the people. That is who should be catered for, at the moment it is just TV and Sponsors.

Imagine a day out with the family for a mid afternoon kickoff, half price tickets with a picnic basket. Give the game back to the people.
Always said the ground should be priced to fill up every seat - free if needed. The money in pro sports is 90% from tv rights.

Give up the ground income and grow the fan base and you more than make up for the lost revenue at the next rights deal.
 

gREVUS

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Always said the ground should be priced to fill up every seat - free if needed. The money in pro sports is 90% from tv rights.

Give up the ground income and grow the fan base and you more than make up for the lost revenue at the next rights deal.
also a full stadium give a completely different feeling to the whole event.
 

Akkerz

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Jun 22, 2012
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Yeah if you go to the warriors website then membership the story is there and in the story it says click here to sign up yet on my phone it wont let me click there.
Thanks Navigator. Deal done through Warriors superstore. $11.50 incl GST.
After what the Club has been through this year it's good to be able to help out a bit.
 

mrblonde

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Apr 14, 2012
4,119
Auckland
The problem is the model used for most sports is to charge high and wring every possible dollar out of the punters they can. Ticket prices are prohibitive for families, particularly when the food in ground is taken into account.

With merchandise they overcharge by 50% (estimate) then give a 10% reduction for members and expect you to be grateful. Union, League, Soccer etc are games of the people. That is who should be catered for, at the moment it is just TV and Sponsors.

Imagine a day out with the family for a mid afternoon kickoff, half price tickets with a picnic basket. Give the game back to the people.

Something that could easily enough be done given that the grant each club gets from the NRL covers the salary cap. Confession: I'd just written two paragraphs about half-price tickets affecting player salary payments when the little wick candle in my head spluttered to life with that little nugget of reality.

Not sure how much of the grant from the NRL will cover the football department salary cap but it seems logical the grant will cover both. Can anyone confirm or deny that's the NRL's plan?

Agree with the afternoon kickoff idea, certainly I think the club could suggest a 3PM Saturday slot and have more family friendly slots. 5PM Saturday is a slot I really enjoy, but it either means late lunch 3PM/4PM or late dinner - 8PM/9PM - which wouldn't impress young kiddies a hell of a lot. Especially if there's a hold-up going home...

I agree merchandise is massively over-priced, so I've only ever sprung for a key-ring that lasted seven seasons.

Food pricing I put up with as I'm usually hungry at game-times (or maybe I'm just uncomfortable watching sport without feeding myself food and/or drink - you might think that, but I couldn't possibly comment!) but the range of food at the ground appears atrocious unless you go to South Stand.

Does anyone have any figures for renting of MSS by the Warriors? That would be the first thing I'd be looking to cover, not much point having a full ground if you've given away so much stuff that RFA are asking where the fecking rent is, Mister Warriors?

If the Warriors want to cut costs by cutting out crappy pre-game/half-time dancing etc, I'm down with that. If Arsenal can get rid of Gunnersaurus after umpty-ump years, surely the Warriors can.

Just watch how getting rid of the mascot was the one remaining puzzle piece missing for Arsenal to win the EPL/F A Cup/League Cup/Europa League quadruple this season.

Thank you, the Captain announces the Sarcastic Prick sign has been turned off.
 

Gizzyfan

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 2, 2013
5,585
Something that could easily enough be done given that the grant each club gets from the NRL covers the salary cap. Confession: I'd just written two paragraphs about half-price tickets affecting player salary payments when the little wick candle in my head spluttered to life with that little nugget of reality.

Not sure how much of the grant from the NRL will cover the football department salary cap but it seems logical the grant will cover both. Can anyone confirm or deny that's the NRL's plan?

Agree with the afternoon kickoff idea, certainly I think the club could suggest a 3PM Saturday slot and have more family friendly slots. 5PM Saturday is a slot I really enjoy, but it either means late lunch 3PM/4PM or late dinner - 8PM/9PM - which wouldn't impress young kiddies a hell of a lot. Especially if there's a hold-up going home...

I agree merchandise is massively over-priced, so I've only ever sprung for a key-ring that lasted seven seasons.

Food pricing I put up with as I'm usually hungry at game-times (or maybe I'm just uncomfortable watching sport without feeding myself food and/or drink - you might think that, but I couldn't possibly comment!) but the range of food at the ground appears atrocious unless you go to South Stand.

Does anyone have any figures for renting of MSS by the Warriors? That would be the first thing I'd be looking to cover, not much point having a full ground if you've given away so much stuff that RFA are asking where the fecking rent is, Mister Warriors?

If the Warriors want to cut costs by cutting out crappy pre-game/half-time dancing etc, I'm down with that. If Arsenal can get rid of Gunnersaurus after umpty-ump years, surely the Warriors can.

Just watch how getting rid of the mascot was the one remaining puzzle piece missing for Arsenal to win the EPL/F A Cup/League Cup/Europa League quadruple this season.

Thank you, the Captain announces the Sarcastic Prick sign has been turned off.

Also really annoying stadium announcers who are often obnoxious wankers.
 
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Swanley

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Apr 13, 2012
3,104
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I've taken out a membership the last few years, does my membership count towards this new initiative?

Or is it just this $10 one?

I've tweeted them this and I've got no response.
 

mrblonde

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Apr 14, 2012
4,119
Auckland
Also really annoying stadium announcers who are often obnoxious wankers.

My personal favourite - Nik Brown's only been dumb enough to try this a couple of times, hopefully someone got into his ear - is when it's half time, the team are playing shit and subsequently the crowd are quiet. We then get told it's our job to "Bring the team home". Um, no, mofo, I've paid my monies, I've made some noise and it's making bugger-all difference so far. It's time for the team to show they give a shit. Then we'll make some noise.
 
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