23 July, 2021
Rosters, Eels to go head to head in first of two possible NRL games for Mackay region
The Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters will go head to head in the Round 20 NRL match at BB Print Stadium next Thursday night (July 29). It's expected to be the first of possibly two NRL matches for our region as part of the NRL's Queensland bubble.
The Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters will go head to head in the Round 20 NRL match at BB Print Stadium next Thursday night (July 29).
The NRL announced the team would play in Mackay following news, on July 11, that all NSW NRL rounds would be moved to Queensland in light of the deepening COVID-19 crisis in the state.
The news has been met with a wave of excitement and praise from throughout the community, with pundits adding their two-bobs worth on Mackay's Rugby League and community facebook pages.
When our reporters Jacob Cumner and Shakeira Williams hit the street to ask around this afternoon, they were met with enthusiastic praise for the NRL for selecting Mackay as a game venue.
And, word is, there is a second game believed on the cards for the region, with an announcement expected soon!
Summyt Sports Marketing's Skye Gregory, who is also a Mackay Local News sports columnist, said hosting a game of this level in Mackay was a winning move, whichever way you looked at it.
“It’s great to see the regions enjoying the benefits of the current NRL Queensland bubble and while I’m sure Roosters and Eels fans will be flocking to BB Print Stadium, I think these games will be well attended by football fans in general.
"Mackay has a strong football base and we’ve produced some of the best players the game has seen, so without doubt, I think we’ll have a few players of the future sitting on the sidelines watching their idols next Thursday night.
"The economic benefits not only stem from the game itself, but with Mackay being gifted a Thursday night game, we’re guaranteed free-to-air coverage which reaches a greater number of households across the country.
"I hope local tourism operators capitalise and jump onboard to buy some commercial airtime around the game and highlight how amazing our backyard is.
"I know our tourism and hospitality industry are struggling at the moment with border uncertainties, but a game of this level can have a flow on effect for our region in the months to come”.