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Sea Eagles keen to play Coast NRL match in 2009

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Sea Eagles keen to play Coast NRL match in 2009

    29 February 2008

    | By Paul Munnings

    An official NRL game for premiership points played on the Sunshine Coast is becoming close to reality.

    Stockland Park and the Manly Sea Eagles are closing in on signing an agreement that would see one of the home games of last season’s NRL runners-up being staged at the Kawana venue late in the 2009 season.

    The Sea Eagles will play their second pre-season trial in as many years on the Coast tonight when they play the NZ Warriors, who are making their first visit.

    Manly is keen to host one of the Queensland-based NRL teams at Stockland next season, but there is one key proviso – the new stadium must be completed and receive the okay from the NRL.

    Stockland Park general manager Roger Desailly yesterday stopped fractionally short of guaranteeing work on the long-awaited stadium would begin sometime this football season, but is confident the venue will become the NRL’s newest ground in 2009.

    “I’m as certain as you can be about anything in life,” Desailly said when asked if work on the stadium would begin this year.

    “We’re just waiting on one piece of documentation to come through from the federal government and then work will begin.

    “Having Manly play an official game here is not that far away.

    “We’ve had them here for trials for the past two seasons, we have the agreement with Manly and the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles and a game in the premiership is the next step.

    “I’m confident we’d get an 18,000 sellout, especially if it was against a Queensland team.”

    Officials are hopeful that tonight’s crowd will come close to matching the 8196 who turned out to watch Manly and the Melbourne Storm last year.
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    The club seems determined to keep taking home games away from brookvale oval. 

    Very ordinary way to treat the locals.
  3. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +1,324 /37
    Boo hoo... poor locals.

    But HELLO QLDers!!!!  ;D
  4. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +1,324 /37
    BTW, what time is kickoff for this trial?
  5. nodd

    nodd Well-Known Member

    +105 /5
    Plenty of support up here, especially on the sunshine coast.

    It's because all you bloody NSW'elshman realise how good it is up here, and you keep bloody migrating and clogging up our welfare system.

    We have enough bludgers up here, without you cockroaches.

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