Moreton Bay lands another national sporting team

Published 27 October 2022

Bowls Premier League

Not only will Moreton Bay host one of Australia’s fastest growing sporting events next month - the action-packed T20-style Bowls Premier League (BPL) competition - but we’re also home to premier Queensland team.

Living up to their name, the Pirates have jumped ship and rebranded under the ‘Moreton Bay’ banner - formerly the Brisbane Pirates.

Mayor Peter Flannery announced that Queensland’s premier team, Brisbane Pirates, has rebranded to the Moreton Bay Pirates heading into the Bowls Premier League competition at Club Pine Rivers this November 7-11.

“I’m pleased to announce the home team has rebranded themselves the Moreton Bay Pirates - formerly Brisbane Pirates - in the lead up to taking on the world’s best at the Bowl’s Premier League competition at Club Pine Rivers next month,” he said.

“We are proud to be home to the Pirates and the Pirates will now proudly tell the world where they are from every time they compete.

“And they should, because Moreton Bay is fast becoming a contender for the sporting capital of Queensland - with the Brisbane Roar women moving to Moreton Bay, The Dolphins will soon join the NRL, the Roar men play their home games here and earlier this year we hosted the first ever standalone NRLW Grand Final.

“Moreton Bay is the third largest Council in Australia and the our economy is booming, so it’s a no brainer for sports club to not only rebrand under the Moreton Bay banner but expand here too.

“This change has come about thanks to the advocacy of Bowls Premier League hosts and passionate local Moreton Bay business, Club Pine Rivers.

“Their effort to lobby this change with Bowls Australia is one which Council threw its full support behind.

“We see the enormous growth potential in both the Pirates and the Bowls Premier League as an up and coming sports event.

“The BPL is a fast-growing format of bowls, much like the T20 for cricket.

“It’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s a great live spectacle with all the entertainment they put on during competition.

“In fact, this event attracts roughly 1,000 visitors to the region over five days of action, which is great for local shops, cafes, restaurants and tourism providers.

“And the whole thing is broadcast live on Fox Sports, Kayo and Sky Sport New Zealand, which alone is worth $2 million to our local economy in promotional value.

“Our tourism, sport and major events priority industry is highly developed with a visitor economy worth more than $1 billion.

“So please come down to Club Pine Rivers to cheer on the mighty Moreton Bay Pirates or tune in to see them take on the best in the world.”

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