The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have been hit hard by a recent spate of long-term injuries and are looking for an 18th man to join them on the bench for their Christchurch fixture against the Vodafone Warriors on June 9*.
Just in case.
The Sea Eagles and match promoters Walco Events are offering one lucky Manly fan a unique opportunity to be part of the team for their highly-anticipated clash against the high-flying Warriors at AMI Stadium.
The 18th man will be present at the Captain’s Run, every part of the on-field match day warm up, in the players tunnel for the coin toss and even sit on the bench during the match.
This fortunate fan will be handing out energy drinks to players after the match and join the Trent Barrett and Daly Cherry-Evans in the post-match press conference.
To commemorate this incredible night, the Manly team will also present the 18th man with the Ngāi Tahu-designed jersey, specifically produced for the Sea Eagles’ matches in Christchurch.
To be in the draw for this extraordinary experience, all you have to do is purchase a New Zealand Sea Eagles Membership package.
The package, available from $95 for a junior and $115 for an adult, includes an A-grade match ticket, one complimentary ticket for a second home match at Lottoland in Sydney, a 2018 Membership scarf, the 2018 Membership Pack and a special Manly coffee travel mug.
To sign up a New Zealand Sea Eagles member, please go to https://membership.seaeagles.com.au/NZ-Membership
Match promoter Justin Wallace says that in all his years working with the NRL, he has never seen access like this to the team on match day for any outsider.
“This is truly a unique chance to experience an NRL match from close up and be right in the mix of it,” says Wallace.
“We are very lucky that Manly is giving this opportunity to a fan, who will be experiencing what the players go through and be truly part of the Manly team for that night.”
Over 500 Manly fans from Sydney are booked to make the trip across the ditch and will help to colour the city in Sea Eagles colours leading up to the game.
Wallace continues to encourage fans to get their tickets soon, because the best seats in the house are selling fast.
“And with the Warriors bouncing back this weekend against the West Tigers, we have seen the ticket sales over the weekend accelerate even more.”
The organisers had been trying to expand the stadium capacity from 17,800 to 22,000 seats but the costs of hiring the stand for one match proved too big a hurdle.
“We are disappointed that we are not able to expand the seating as it would have enabled us to offer a lot more of the lower-priced tickets,” said Wallace.
Wallace says that most of the A-category seats have been snapped up and that the more affordable C-category are also selling rapidly.
“There are still plenty of seats right now, but as we are not able to expand our capacity, fans need to get in quick or risk missing out on a memorable night.”
Tickets for the game can be purchased on www.ticketek.co.nz/manlywarriors
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Vodafone Warriors, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday June 9, 5pm kick-off.
*The winner of the 18th Man will not be taking part in the match, despite how much they may wish to. This offer is purely a Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Membership.
For more information or interviews, please contact Justin Wallace on 027 251 5210