They are venues that could not be more contrasting – Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island and Cbus Super Stadium – but they will be the venues of successive Tweed Heads Seagulls Intrust Super Cup games this season.
Seagulls CEO Scott Clark made the announcement today that, in a wide-reaching promotional opportunity for the Seagulls and the Queensland Rugby League’s statewide competition, the round three and round four games will be moved away from Piggabeen Sports Complex.
The round three clash with Wynnum-Manly (March 19) will be taken to North Straddie in whole-of-game promotional activity and a wonderful community initiative by the two Seagulls clubs, Wynnum and Tweed, Redlands City Council, Deadly Choices and Stradbroke Ferries, to promote Stradbroke Island as a holiday destination and the game of rugby league.
The following weekend, when the Gulls are drawn to play the Central Queensland Capras, the match will be played as a curtain-raiser to the NRL clash between the Titans and Cowboys on Saturday evening (March 25) – a great opportunity to showcase the Gulls’ talent in front of a crowd of thousands.
“The game on North Straddie will be a highly-anticipated event for the people of the island who have gone through some tough economic difficulties and also a great initiative by the game,” said Clark.
“On the Saturday before the Sunday match, both teams will participate in an NRL development clinic and Deadly Choices running a community day to coincide with Sunday’s clash, and it will promote healthy lifestyles and life choices.
“The game will be televised by Channel 9 so it will get good exposure and it’s also a chance for Gulls supporters to have a weekend away at a great destination, or just head up for the day, while supporting the team in an historic match.
“To be able to play in front of the big crowd before the Titans’ Queensland derby is a great opportunity for NRL fans to see our team in action and, also, a wonderful opportunity for our players to play on the big stage.
“With four of our first five games scheduled as home games, we thought it was a chance to do something different and take the Seagulls to new markets.”
The Seagulls kick-off season 2017 against Ipswich Jets on Sunday week at Piggabeen before heading to Mackay the following weekend to take on the Cutters.