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SsangYong NZ is getting behind Taupō events and sponsoring the upcoming NRL match between the Hisense Cronulla Sharks and Vodafone Auckland Warriors at Owen Delany Park on Sunday 3 April 2011.
SsangYong NZ General Manager, Deon Cooper says this will be the first time an international game of this calibre has been played at Taupō’s Owen Delany Park and it is a historic event. “We are privileged to be supporting such a prestigious Taupō event.”
“It is a great fit – the NRL is a top class competition and is being brought to Taupō and our national distribution centre and head office for SsangYong NZ is now based in Taupō. It’s a great way for us to support the local community and a popular kiwi sport. It will be great to have New Zealand’s NRL team - the Vodafone Auckland Warriors here too.
Mr Cooper said it is not only a unique opportunity for Taupō but it is beneficial for surrounding regions too, having the option to travel to Taupō to see an international NRL match.
On Sunday 3rd April, Taupō will be hosting the home game for the Hisense Cronulla Sharks versus the Vodafone Auckland Warriors. The main game, which kicks off at 2.05pm, will be played live on Sky Sport throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the UK promoting the Lake Taupō region.
One of the warm-up matches will be the U20’s Sharks versus Warriors which should also be a great game, with the Sharks the only team during the 2010 season that won against the Warriors.
Kick it Events have a full day of activities planned for the 3rd with the Owen Delany gates opening at 9am, with curtain raisers and entertainment throughout the day, including market stalls, family activities and charity fundraisers. “The local community is very family orientated so we wanted to create a full day festival for the whole family to enjoy,” said Roxi Douglas, Director of Kick it Events.
Frano Botica, Ex All Black and Consultant for Kick it Events says it is nice to have a worldwide brand like SsangYong on board. “We are really excited about the event and think it will be great exposure for the Taupō region. It should be a fun family day out and we are expecting some top rugby league competition too.”
Tickets for the day can be purchased online at www.ticketek.co.nz. In Rotorua, purchase tickets from the Mad Butcher in Fenton Street or in Whakatane, purchase tickets from local radio station 1XX.