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Published 23 July 2021
In a huge coup for local footy fans, the Moreton Bay Region will host its first NRL fixture as NSW based clubs relocate amid the Covid outbreak in Sydney.
Redcliffe-born skipper Daly Cherry-Evans and his Manly Sea Eagles will face a top-eight clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Moreton Daily Stadium next Sunday.
Mayor Flannery welcomes the decision, saying the match will be a cherry on top of what’s shaping up to be a bumper weekend in the region.
“It’s been a long time between courses, but the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival is back and with the NRL game falling on the same weekend, it’s going to be one hell of a party!,” Mayor Flannery said.
“It’s great to be able to celebrate after a tough year and this is a treat Moreton Bay earned and deserves.
“Council is proud to partner with the NRL and the Dolphins to make this happen, providing a boost to local businesses recovering from the latest Covid lockdown.
“I’m urging locals to come out in droves and show the NRL why the Moreton Bay Dolphins deserve to be the next NRL team - we are passionate, we have the best facilities and are already working alongside the NRL to make sure the competition can continue in 2022.
“Moreton Bay is already recognised as a national sporting destination and hosting this match will really reinforce that fact.
“We had a sell-out crowd when we hosted the Broncos and Cowboys trial match earlier in the year and I know this game will be just as successful.
“We’re predicting thousands of NRL fans to converge on Moreton Daily Stadium to watch the match, which will be a huge benefit for our local economy.
“There’ll also be millions of viewers tuning into Channel Nine’s free coverage of the game to show the world what Moreton Bay really is - the ultimate heartland of Rugby League!
"This may not be the only NRL match to be played in Moreton Bay this season - so watch this space!
“Council has been the single biggest investor into the recent stadium upgrades, contributing a total of $8.4 million, and I am proud that it’s paying dividends for the entire region."