Thursday, July 12, 2018
The 2018 Farah Palmer Cup draw has been officially announced. The Bay of Plenty Volcanix, now promoted into the premiership division, have fielded a draw which will showcase a number of thrilling match ups this year - including rivalry matches between neighbouring teams.
The Bay of Plenty Volcanix season kicks off at home, with the first of three home games to be held at the Tauranga Domain against 2017 Farah Palmer Cup Premiership Champions Canterbury. The Volcanix will remain at home, heading down the coast to Matata where they will face neighbouring rivals Waikato.
The side will then take to the road making the trip south to Palmerston North to face Manawatu at Central Trust Arena in week three, and will then make their way to Rotorua to verse Taranaki at the Rotorua International Stadium. They will then travel north to take on Auckland at Eden Park in week five.
The final week of round robin matches will see the Volcanix take on Counties Manukau before the Championship enters into play offs with semi-finals and finals scheduled for Saturday 13 October and Saturday 20 October.
Fans will also expect to see more of the competition than ever before with SKY broadcasting a minimum of 16 live matches, including at least one semi-final and the final, as well as premiering a dedicated weekly highlights show. The Farah Palmer Cup highlights show will be the world’s first dedicated women’s rugby highlights show.
SKY Director of Sport Richard Last said their commitment to New Zealand Rugby is as strong as ever.
“SKY will have at least one live match per round and fans will now be able to keep up to date with every team across the competition through the new highlights show as well as catching frequent LIVE double headers of Farah Palmer Cup and Mitre 10 Cup matches,” said Last.
Tickets for Farah Palmer Cup fixtures at the Tauranga Domain and Rotorua International Stadium will be on sale end of July.
Bay of Plenty Volcanix Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup Draw:
Week 1: v Canterbury at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Saturday 1 September, 11.35am
Week 2: v Waikato at Matata – Saturday 8 September, 2.45pm
Week 3: v Manawatu at Central Energy Trust Arena – Saturday 15 September, 1.00pm
Week 4: v Taranaki at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Friday 21 September, 5.05pm
Week 5: v Auckland at TBC – Friday 28 September, 5.05pm
Week 6: v Counties Manukau at TBC – Saturday 6 October, TBC
Semi Finals: Saturday 13 October
Finals: Saturday 20 October