The 2014 draw is full of positives for Wests Tigers fans and players as the team looks to bounce back from a tough 2013.
Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said that the team is looking forward to getting back into action follow the release of next seasons draw.
Weve worked closely with the NRL on the 2014 draw and as a club are very happy with the outcome, said Mayer. We listened to our members and believe weve given them what they were hoping for. More Sunday afternoon games, with five in the first 20 rounds.
There are currently three Sunday afternoon games scheduled for Leichhardt Oval and we look forward to seeing standing room only when the boys run out, he said. Well be taking on some of the superstars of the game at Campbelltown in 2014 with Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and the Canberra Raiders all making the trip to Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Next year we have four home games at ANZ Stadium, including our first home match of the year against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round three, he said. The move to ANZ Stadium for 2014 will provide exceptional value for our members, who thanks to reciprocal rights can access eight games for the price of four, starting at just $50. This is an outstanding relationship for the Club that not only helps bolster this Club financially but gives our members the best facilities on offer.
All 12 home games are equally important for Wests Tigers and for 2014 weve taken the approach of right game, right venue, right time, said Mayer. We believe the 2014 draw has something for all of our members, corporates and fans and the players are looking forward to their continued support.
The team kicks off the 2014 season against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday 9 March at ANZ Stadium, before heading to the Gold Coast for round two.
Round three is the first home match of the season, against the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, before the team heads to Wellington to take on the New Zealand Warriors in round four.
Then its back-to-back home games, first up is the Manly Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon, before the Wests Tigers take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown Sports Stadium the following Saturday night.
On Easter Monday the Wests Tigers will face the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium before returning to Leichhardt Oval for a second Sunday afternoon fixture. The teams second Friday night game of the season will be in round nine against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium, before heading the Shark Park a week later.
Round 11 sees the Brisbane Broncos head to Campbelltown, with the two teams to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Wests Tigers first game back in 2000. After a bye in round 12 the team heads north to take on Newcastle, before returning for a second match against the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
Wests Tigers have a second bye in round 15 before taking on the Canberra Raiders in Campbelltown on the Saturday evening of round 16th. The next week the Penrith Panthers come to Leichhardt for a Sunday afternoon fixture, before Wests Tigers take on the Manly Sea Eagles the following Friday night.
Round 19 and 20 will both be home games at ANZ Stadium, against the Bulldogs and then the Dragons, before a first 2014 match up against the Melbourne Storm in Campbelltown in round 21.
The team heads to Townsville to take on the Cowboys in round 22, before two final ANZ Stadium games for the year, a home game against the Roosters and an away fixture against the Bulldogs.
The penultimate game of the year sees the team head to Canberra, before rounding out the home and away season against the Sharks at Leichhardt oval.
Coach Mick Potter is exceptionally happy with the draw as it gives the players and members a great balance on and off the field.
We have an exciting list of young talent looking to make their mark on the NRL and we think this draw gives them opportunity to shine early and then test themselves as the season goes on, said Potter. Home ground advantage is really important and I think the mix of games and venues is really exciting for the players and the Club as a whole.
2014 Wests Tigers memberships can be purchased at www.weststigersmembership.com.au with a range of packages available. Please note that 2014 Member Kits and Cards will not be delivered before Christmas, if a membership is a Christmas gift please contact the Wests Tigers Membership Department who will arrange for a Christmas Gift Card to be sent.
Become a Member today to be invited to an exclusive Member Only Christmas BBQ being held on Thursday 12 December between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at Concord Oval. Come along to spend the afternoon with Wests Tigers Coaching Staff and members of the 2014 NRL Squad.