Wests Tigers revised draw statement

The NRL has today announced the final six rounds of the 2014 competition, with a change in venue for Wests Tigers’ Round 23 game against the Roosters.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Monday night at ANZ Stadium, and will now instead be at Leichhardt Oval at 7.30pm on Saturday 16 August.

Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said that the Club is working hard to ensure that the needs of Members and Corporate Partners are met over the final six rounds of the 2014 NRL competition.

“This morning’s announcement has now given us some exciting yet challenging events to deliver over the closing rounds of the 2014 Premiership,” said Mayer. “First and foremost, the Simon Dwyer Tribute Match in Round 21 wraps up a very special weekend for Simon and the Club. The weekend starts with a fundraising dinner at Wests Campbelltown on Friday August 1. On the Monday night fans will have the opportunity to come out and support Simon with the club donating $5 per ticket to a special fund for Simon.

“The players are set to wear a special commemorative jersey and a limited edition T-shirt will be available on the night,” he said. “Despite a difficult time slot, the club is hopeful that this special cause will entice a big crowd to join us at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.”

Tickets for the Simon Dwyer Tribute Dinner are $120 each and available through ProTicket or by calling (02) 4915 2345, with the evening to feature a number of special guests including Mick Potter, members of the Wests Tigers NRL squad, Beau Ryan and Brad Fittler.

Mayer said that the rescheduling of the Club’s Round 23 game against the Roosters to Leichhardt Oval has created a number of challenges that are all currently being worked through.

“Event scheduling and venue availability has been an issue for the game and the broadcasters for this round but we have managed to retain a home ground advantage for this event,” said Mayer. “When making this determination, the NRL have taken in to consideration a range of issues but the servicing of 5500 Wests Tigers Members and hundreds of corporate guests who had access to ANZ was the number one priority. Geographically and logistically, Leichhardt Oval became the logical choice. 

“The Club has held numerous discussions with the NRL about this change and we have been forthright in our position that the Club and its stakeholders could not be disadvantaged by the relocation,” he said. “We’ll be in contact with all Members affected by this change in the coming week and will release tickets for sale on Monday July 14. Members with access to ANZ Stadium will be seated according to their current package, while Members who do not currently have access to this game but would like to attend will be given a priority booking period before the general on sale date.”

The Club will return to Leichhardt Oval in Round 26, finishing off the regular season with a clash against the Sharks.

“Round 26 will be a genuine celebration for our Members, Corporate Partners and fans as a whole,” said Mayer. Whilst it would be fantastic to have nailed down a top eight position well before this game, Round 26 may be important for a number of reasons. Saturday afternoon football will be a challenge for many families but we are confident that you will all be there to support your team on home soil for the last time in 2014.”

Members who have questions regarding the rescheduling of the Round 23 game will be contacted by the Club, but can also get in touch on (02) 8741 3300 or membership@weststigers.com.au.