RUGBY league fans who get their hands on tickets to watch the Wynnum Manly Seagulls take on the Papua New Guinea Hunters in Maryborough later this month will be able to mix and mingle with legends of the game.
Former players Steve Renouf, Petero Civoniceva and Willie Tonga will watch the Intrust Super Cup fixture at the venue on July 31.
Current Queensland NRL Women’s player Tamika Upton will also attend the match at Eskdale Park in Maryborough.
Renouf, Civoniceva, Tonga and Upton are all ambassadors for the Deadly Choices program that aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. The program will also be promoted during the build up to the game.
Meanwhile, tickets for the match are now available.
They can be bought online via EventBrite or at the main gate on the day.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for pensioners. Entry is free for children 15-years and younger.
A full day of family fun is planned. The curtain raiser to the main game will be a Murri U16s game between the Goori Storm and Sunshine Coast Bunyas.
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Matches start at 10am and an opening ceremony will be held at 1.15pm. The main game kicks off at 2.10pm.
Fraser Coast Division 8 Councillor Denis Chapman said hosting a game of Queensland’s premier state-wide rugby league competition every year for the next three years would help cement the Fraser Coast’s growing reputation as a major sports destination.
“The Intrust Super Cup competition is a pathway to the NRL for elite rugby league players in Queensland and it will be fantastic for local fans and players to see such high-level games in their own backyard,” Cr Chapman said.
He said the games would boost tourism in the region, as the team would bring their players and supporters to the Fraser Coast. The main event will also be televised for free to an expected 50,000 people on Kayo.
“Eskdale Park has a strong league history with the ground hosting games between Brisbane and Maryborough in the very first Queensland rugby league competition in 1909.
“It’s fantastic news that the Wynnum Manly Seagulls have chosen to play one of their home games here this year,” concluded Cr Chapman.