the crow wrote:
Anthony G wrote:
an area between ipswich and brisbane
...to be know as scrag fight territory..
what could be better than 2 pissed ugly moles grabbing a fist full of hair punching on in a carpark...
truely a QLD sport, and a tradition to be proud of
Living on the north side of brissy I have no intentions of standing up for bris west/ipswich
also... This was in todays Sunshine Coast daily
Push for Coast NRL team
14 July 2007
| By Peter Gardiner
Former Maroon Origin greats Billy Moore and Dale Shearer have called for the Sunshine Coast to take a punt on fielding its own team in the National Rugby League.
NRL boss David Gallop this week opened the door for a fourth Queensland-based team in the national competition some time in the next decade, naming Ipswich as one possible venue.
But Coast sporting heavyweights said the fast-growing, league-loving Sunshine Coast and its planned 25,000-seat Quad Park Stadium should be at the head of the queue.
Moore, the famous Queenslander who these days runs the Sunshine Coast Rugby League, said: “We definitely should be throwing out hat in the ring.”
He was supported by Quad Park general manager Roger Desailly.
“It has always been our long term goal to get an NRL team here one day,” Mr Desailly said.
The new Quad Park playing service is world class and the 12,000 seat stadium that will be in place next year has been designed for an expansion to 25,000, putting it on a par with Dairy Farmers Stadium, where the Cowboys last night hosted the Broncos in front of a sold-out crowd.
Mr Desailly said a Coast team would have the pulling power for people as far away as Bundaberg and the Wide Bay region.
“We should be putting our hands up now and saying look at us.”
Gallop is reportedly thinking about the expansion based on the massive pulling power of the Broncos, the Titans and the Cowboys, but his gaze at the moment is on the growth corridor out Ipswich way.
Mr Moore commended the NRL on its foresight, but wants the league powerbrokers to start focussing a little further north for the interest of the game.
“That corridor out there (in Ipswich) is pretty crammed with the Broncos and the Titans just down the road.
“From a strategic point of view it would be a lot smarter to set up a fourth franchise on the Sunshine Coast.”
Mr Moore said the Brisbane Lions already had their AFL reserves based here, while the QRU already backed the local Stingrays in the Brisbane rugby union competition and he believed there were designs for soccer to kick off state-wide.
“I’m sure they would have the Coast in mind, so we have to have something to give the locals.”
Shearer agreed. The man known as Rowdy said the Coast would have a lot of hard work ahead, but scoring an NRL home team would be a massive boost for the region.
“I reckon there is a huge gap between Brisbane and Townsville and the Coast is the place to fill that gap.”
Both former stars said the Coast would be the ideal place to attract NRL quality players and coaching staff, and was a huge growth area in its own right.
But the big stumbling block would be money.
“It takes around $10 million a year to run a team in the NRL at the moment and in another 10 years that would be about $15 million,” Mr Moore said.
“You’d also need to have as a first step a side in the Queensland Cup playing competitive football for at least three to five years.”
Mr Moore said without a major leagues club to help fund a Coast side, the only other options would be the Newcastle example of huge crowd support and a serious corporate backing at a local and national level.
“Of course if you got your foot in the door the national companies would get enormous exposure from a local NRL team.”
An NRL spokesman yesterday said that his organisation had no set plans to expand as yet, but was looking at a number of areas in south-east Queensland, including Narangba to Brisbane’s north.
A few points i picked up.
1. Id imagine the ipswich bris west corridor has a bigger population and easier access to the corporate dollar compared to sunny coast
2. They said that the sunshine coast was the ideal location between brisbane and townsville, for those not educated on the size of qld, the sunshine coast to bris is about 2hrs drive. the sunshine coast to townsville would exceed 14hrs drive, and the saying that the coast team could draw fans from bundaberg is a joke
3. At the end they mention narangba to brisbanes north, if they are looking at that area they should put the team at redcliffe, as the areas sourounding narangba arent all that flash
Im all for extra qld teams, but they must be strategicially placed. ipswich and redcliffe should be top of the qld list, then sunny coast