The NRL Auckland Nines is a rugby league competition held this weekend. This competition started just last year ; more specifically on the 15th and 16th February 2014. Last years NRL9’s Event was the first of the five which is going to be held at Eden Park.This is New Zealand’s Biggest Rugby Stadium.
In this Tournament 16 NRL Clubs compete. Each squad has at least 12 of their top players from their squad and one marquee player. The winner of the tournaments receive a hefty amount as a prize. Usually around NZD$530,000.
In this years 2015 Dick Smith’s NRL Auckland Nines, it is again held at Eden Park. Which is a stone throw away from our beloved Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. And this year ,as last year, all sixteen NRL Clubs will compete along with the KIWI FERNS and the Jillaroos, who competed in a three game series. The Final Pool names for this year are: Rangitoto, Waiheke, Piha, and Hunua .
These were chosen and voted by by the general public.
Rules for NRL Auckland Nines
The NRL Auckland Nines have a few rule variations which ensure the games are a lot faster and smoother with less delays and stoppages.
The Difference between the Regular NRL Games are the following:
- There are Nine players a side with six unlimited interchange players.
- Scrums will only form after a double knock on, with attacking teams to elect which side to feed the ball.
- No video referee, with one on-field referee.
- There is a five minute golden try period in qualifying rounds with a draw to be deemed if there is no result, while unlimited golden try for the finals.
- A tap restart will take place after a 40/20.
- Five points for a try scored in the bonus zone under the posts, with two point drop kick conversion attempts.
- The scoring team will have a dropkick off to restart play.
- There Are five minute sin bins.
- There are five tackles in a set
If you decide to attend the NRL Auckland Nines, then please head out to our event created online to assist you to finding tickets for the competition.
More info here >> NRL Auckland Nines Event
Usually our neighborhood in Mt. Eden get’s a lot of fans during this time of year. These fans usually dress up in costumes , get in groups and walk the streets of Mt. Eden heading to and from Eden Park Stadium. It is Fun to be part of. Great fun all around for Fans of this Rugby League Sporting Event.
Pictures Taken Right Outside our Bed and Breakfast
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation industry in Auckland. Latest Tourism reports show total visitor spending in New Zealand grew by 11 per cent to $7.1 billion in the past year, driven by strong growth from the United States, Germany and China.
Financial figures for the year ending in June showed visitors increased their spending by $800 million.These figures are based on results from approximately 8900 visitors departing New Zealand airports.
The results showed there was a significant increase in total spending by visitors from the United States, up an estimated 53 per cent from the previous year to $773m, and Germany, up 63 per cent to $375m. Spending by visitors from China rose 26 per cent to $912m, as visitors moved from lower value short shopping trips to longer stays.
But how to tap the Chinese Market is still a challenge. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , we accommodate a percentage from that FIT market , but tapping into the Chinese Tour Market is still difficult ….or impossible !
Spending by Australians fell 4 per cent to $2.11b.
And business spending tumbled by 22 per cent from $585m to $459m.
Tourism is still strong tho. Although we found it to be quiet for accommodation in the month of July , August shows improvement . Next week we have the All Blacks playing Australia at Eden Park. Full House at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.
Go Black !
This weekend has seen activity such as NRL9 Rugby at Eden Park unseen since the #RWC 2011.
The NRL9 ‘s(nines) has been in town for two days. We have seen enthusiasm and costume colour that is a joy to behold. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , we have the FULL sign up and it’s 8 for breakfast.
INBOUND VISITOR ARRIVALS to 2nd February 2014
Total visitor arrivals are up 13% compared to the same four week period last year.
Up: China 60%, Singapore 41%, India 8%, Germany 18%, Australia 9%, UK 7%, Korea 11%, USA 2%, Canada 1%
Down: Japan -5%