Blues News: Edition 16

Blues News: Edition 16

This weekend is going to be big. We’re hosting the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Saturday night, testing the mettle of our fortress against the top-of-the-table team.

We’re getting ready to hand out spuds, thanks to our match-day sponsors Hira Bhana who have pledged 10 tonnes of potatoes to Saturday’s adult rugby punters! You can pick up your 5kg bag after the game and remember the Blues match for plenty of dinners to come.

There’s also some exciting news afoot with Placemakers. If you’re coming to the game, be sure to pick up a Placemakers 25K Game Day Hard Hat, and get it scanned at the gate, as there’s a guaranteed $5000 prize for someone in the crowd this Saturday.

There’s plenty of action both on, and off the field at Eden Park on Saturday so we hope to see you there.

Watch in style

The Blues are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to Blues fans. Single seats in the Blues Corporate Lounge are now available to purchase for the Blues v Highlanders match on June 12.

Located on Level 4 of the South Stand at Eden Park, each paying guest will enjoy complimentary food and beverage in the build-up to the game along with match day entertainment and opportunities to win prizes throughout the evening.

For $285 incl gst per person, each guest will be seated at a table of 10 in the Corporate Lounge, and can watch the game from premium seating right outside the venue.

And just in case you’re worried about missing the post-game autograph signing session, some of the Blues players will come direct to the lounge after the game.

It’s a complete match day package. To purchase a seat in the lounge and for additional information, simply email Karen Parlane at karen.parlane@theblues.co.nz

Tight finish for high school battle

The Blues are drawing on a special theme at Eden Park, winning three from three of their 2015 games at the fortress.
But what is making every match even more special is the KFC Curtain Raisers competition. Last Friday saw two 1B high schools take to the field: Pakuranga and Mount Roskill Grammar. Pakuranga was able to come away with a victory at Eden Park, overcoming Mount Roskill 12-10.
It was a tough loss for Mount Roskill, losing their third of as many games this season in tight competitions. Coach Ciaran Overton said that the team struggled to regain momentum after conceding early points.
ìWe let in a couple of loose tries early on,” he said. “Then we capitalised on territory for the rest of the game and made it close, but we butchered a few opportunities.”
Pakuranga’s coach Darren Jardine described his team’s start as a hiss and a roar, but not consistently maintained.
“We lost our intensity and let them back in it again,” he said in the moments after the game. “But full credit to the boys, they finished the game off.”

The Pakuranga team captain Paula Maama said that although the players performed well, there were plenty of work-ons for the rest of the 1B competition.
“We’ve got to work on our handling errors and making sure we don’t give away silly penalties,” he said.
“But getting a feel for the atmosphere was a good experience, I’d love to do it again.”
Our next KFC Curtain Raiser will be this Saturday. Kelston Boys’ High School will face Auckland Grammar School, kick-off at 5.05pm before Blues v Hurricanes. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Potato Olympics

You might have unearthed some information recently about Saturday’s Blues v Hurricanes match. Hira Bhana will be arriving at Eden Park armed with 10 tonnes of potatoes to give away.
Not only will any potato shortage be well and truly dismissed come Saturday, but we’re also preparing for the second annual potato Olympics.
Four families have the chance to compete for special prizes before kick-off at Eden Park.
In true Olympic fashion, each family will compete in a relay on the main field. Each leg will force the four lucky families to dig deep for victory. There’s a potato sack race down one width of the field, a potato and spoon race back up, and then two runs carrying different weights of potatoes.
But the effort will not go unrewarded. All potato Olympians will be able to meet Jerome before the game and each family will also receive a signed jersey from the Blues captain. The winning family will also receive a $250 supermarket voucher.
If this sounds like an event for your family, make sure you sign up here. But be in quick, registrations close tomorrow!