Young sensation Jake Mamo burst on to the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines stage for Newcastle two years ago and loved every minute. Now he aims to get his third crack at the tournament in February.
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Mamo has established himself as one of the most exciting emerging talents at the Club. After capturing attention with impressive speed and agility in the first Auckland Nines Tournmanet in 2014, he went on to make his NRL debut in Round 7 of that season.
The Knights made it to the quarter-finals last year and Mamo says that after being eliminated by eventual tournament champions South Sydney, the players vowed to do better next year.
What Mamo most loves about the tournament is the chance it gives him to showcase the electric and skillful style of football he’s become known for.
“It’s a fast and quick game and I’d never played anything like that prior to a couple of years ago,” Mamo said.
“It’s the speed and pace that you have to play at, but to have unlimited interchange makes it a bit easier.
Performing on the big stage of the Auckland Nines Tournament played a part in kick-starting Mamo’s career in the NRL.
“The first year I played, I hadn’t played any first grade and in the second, I’d only played a couple of games,” he said.
“To play in an open game like that where I can show a lot of pace and skill is always good.
“Every opportunity I can get to showcase what I can do is definitely good for me.”
Mamo says the atmosphere at the Nines is fantastic.
“It’s just a fun weekend all-round,” he said.
“It’s different atmosphere to a normal NRL game.
“A lot of people dress up and it’s good to play in front of a loud crowd and be among that atmosphere.
And what are Mamo’s goals if he is named to play in the tournament for what will be his third year?
“I want to have a good time with all the boys again and score a couple of tries,” he said.
The 2016 event will be held at Eden Park in Auckland on February 6 and 7. Tickets to "The Greatest Weekend" are now available at prices ranging from just $NZD69 (approx. $AUD61) for a two-day pass.
Tickets for children are available at half the adult price in most categories.
The biggest stars in the NRL, representing all 16 clubs, will again be playing in the event, so is going to be a great opportunity for league fans to see the best players in the game exercising their super skills on an open field.
There is nothing like this tournament for excitement, with NRL teams facing up against NRL teams in quick succession over one action-packed weekend leading up to the final prize.
The fans will also be able to get up close and personal and watch teams go through their warm-ups for games on the number one field.
There will be a whopping $NZ 2.6 million in prizemoney up for grabs at the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines.
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