League fans hit new heights for heroes

The Parramatta Eels’ Nathan Hindmarsh is sending out the call to fans to pledge their support.
The Parramatta Eels’ Nathan Hindmarsh is sending out the call to fans to pledge their support.

TALK about best view in the house. One fanatical fan from each of the NRL Grand Finalists will parachute into ANZ Stadium on Grand Final day and deliver a personal message to inspire their team, thanks to Telstra HeroMessage.

What's more, both fans will descend into the stadium showcasing their unique HeroMessage in the form of a giant fan banner for everyone to see.

Telstra HeroMessage has been delivering inspirational messages to Australian athletes for over two decades and, for the first time, rugby league fans across the nation can inspire their heroes by sending a heartfelt message of support during the Finals Series.

By logging on to and posting a HeroMessage, fans will be in the running for this amazing Telstra Premiership Grand Final adventure.

NRL legend and captain of the Parramatta Eels Nathan Hindmarsh has encouraged all rugby league fans to get behind their heroes and send a message.

"Has there ever been a bigger prize for fans in Australian sport?" Hindmarsh said. "I can't even imagine the adrenaline rush you will receive by skydiving into a packed stadium on grand final day in front of 85,000 screaming fans.

"As a rugby league player I've always got a massive kick out of receiving support from the fans, and I encourage all supporters of the teams still in the finals race to send their heroes a message during September."

The Telstra HeroMessage program kicks off today and runs through until grand final day on Sunday, October 2.

However, for fans wishing to win the ultimate grand final adventure and parachute into the stadium you must submit a Telstra HeroMessage by 6.59am AEST on Monday, September 26.

Once the grand final teams have been decided, the two best grand final team Telstra Hero Messages, as determined by a panel of judges, will win the major prize.

Telstra chief marketing officer Mark Buckman was thrilled to be able to provide rugby league fans with an opportunity to inspire their heroes as they strive to conquer league's holy grail, the Telstra Premiership.

"Telstra HeroMessage has been a powerful communication tool connecting thousands of Australian sports fans to their heroes, and I can't wait to test the passion and fanaticism of rugby league fans during the finals series," Mr Buckman said.

"It will be interesting to see which club tops the fan ladder when it comes to sending their heroes a message, and I urge all fans to fire up their fellow supporters to say it loud and proud during the finals series."

In what shapes as a day that two rugby league fans will never forget, the prizewinners will also receive flights and accommodation to Sydney (for them and a mate), premium tickets to the big match, and $1000 spending money, in addition to skydiving into the stadium on grand final day.

For further details log on to the Telstra Hero Message website at

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