The inaugural Auckland Nines competition was contested on the weekend and it proved to be very popular with fans and players. All sixteen NRL clubs competed with two Queensland based teams Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys contesting the final. The Cowboys took out the title which featured some of the world’s best Rugby League talents.
With the 2014 NRL season kicking off 6th March, the early signs are that it will be a bumper year for rugby league. Tickets to the Auckland Nines tournament sold out weeks before the event with approximately 90,000 fans attending the high energy event. Queensland Coach Mal Meninga, who prior to the tournament had commented on his eager anticipation for it was no doubt one of the very interested spectators. Having seen two Queensland based teams rise to the top it is also likely that the Maroons Coach would have been very pleased with what he saw.
The popularity of the tournament is already giving a flow on effect in other areas of Rugby League. Russell Edwards, of EP Marketing, is licensed to sell corporate packages at State of Origin games in Brisbane. Mr Edwards said that in the couple of days since the nines tournament he has already seen a noticeable increase in demand for the exclusive packages he has available for the 2014 series. According to Mr Edwards, the Auckland Nines tournament has brought rugby league back into the spotlight for 2014. “Yeah, the tournament was tremendous entertainment. I think it put a spark in a lot of rugby league fans for a great year ahead and State of Origin is a big part of the rugby league year. With tickets for the nines selling out weeks before the event I think anyone hoping to attend State of Origin this year realised they better secure their spot now. ”
The corporate packages available this year from EP Marketing include the opportunity to watch the game with QLD State of Origin legends Michael Crocker and Ashley Harrison. All corporate guests will also receive a personalised Qld Maroons jersey and the privilege of going out onto the sacred playing arena of the “Cauldron”, Suncorp Stadium before the game.
There is plenty of reason for State of Origin fans to be anticipating the 2014 series with Maroons fans salivating at the possibility of a prospective 9th year as the State of Origin champions and Blues players hoping to end their drought. The State of Origin Series is always one of Australia’s premier sporting events, with tickets for the games always in high demand. The exclusive corporate packages from EP Marketing are available for State of Origin games 1 and 3 at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday the 28th of May and Wednesday the 9th of July.
For further comments on this article or for more information on State of Origin Corporate Packages please contact Russell Edwards from EP Marketing. He can be contacted directly on 0419 924 327.