Posts Tagged "Suncorp Stadium"

On Thursday night, the Socceroos will play China on a pitch in Brisbane that is undeserving of an Asian Cup quarter final. It’s a scenario that should never again be repeated in this country.

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Before you deride me as a deluded football fan preaching to the converted, know that I am chiefly a rugby fan. But Sunday’s A-League grand final was the best atmosphere Suncorp Stadium has ever seen.

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Brisbane Roar have claimed their third title in four years with a 2-1 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers after extra time in the A-League grand final at a packed out Suncorp Stadium.

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Another game, another controversy for the NRL. South Sydney benefited from two dubious calls to hold out Brisbane and claim a remarkable 28-26 NRL win at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

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Brisbane Roar can go a long way to clinching the Premiers Plate tonight in the blockbuster first versus second match against Western Sydney Wanderers.

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At the risk of giving the impression I have an unhealthy fixation with scrums I fear that’s where the Wallabies could come unstuck, big time, in tonight’s Test series opener against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane.

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Rain is forecast for Friday, tapering to showers on Saturday, but let’s say Suncorp will still be relatively fast.

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In our modern Australian football ecosystem, travelling for fixtures has become an intrinsic component of the profession.

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3,185. It was the difference between the attendance figures at the home games of Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar on the weekend. The difference in atmosphere, however, was huge.

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This week was David Gallop’s first in the job since taking over as chief executive of Football Federation Australia from Ben Buckley, and fans have had plenty to say about his appointment.

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How many codes do you know that have a hoodoo, a wizard and a cauldron? Rugby league has mystical figures at club, state and international levels, making the game mysterious and unpredictable.

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“Full house? Not likely. I live in Brisbane and totally forgot the game was on, and I’ve already got tickets,” read the start of a response to a suggestion Australia’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Japan will sell out.

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Football Federation Australia is often criticised, but one thing it has got right is the venue for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Japan.

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Brisbane Roar’s 2-0 victory in the first leg of the major semi-final over the Central Coast Mariners was a good result for the Roar and their fans. What wasn’t such a good result was the crowd of 15,000.

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It’sbeen announced that the Sydney Cricket Ground will be upgraded, with funding from the Australian Federal Government of $50 million, the New South Wales State Government of $86 million, and the SGC Trust spending $50 million.

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Our star players are back, it’s a competitive clash, and hopefully the start of a journey which leads to Brazil in 2014. So will the Brisbane public get behind the Socceroos, or will tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Thailand become the victim of sports fixture fatigue?

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Super Rugby’s table-topping Reds have joined their cross-code Queensland counterparts, the Maroons, in feeling 10-foot tall and bullet proof at their Suncorp Stadium fortress.

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State against state, mate against mate, crate against crate. Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium was as much a battleground for brewers as footballers this week, when rival State of Origin brands VB and XXXX went head to head just like the Blues and Maroons.

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Seeing the Broncos and Cowboys take to the field at Suncorp Stadium was a triumph for all involved.

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A packed Suncorp Stadium may provide more than just moral support for the cash-strapped Brisbane Roar in Sunday’s A-League grand final.

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