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Get set for Roar-some week on the Fraser Coast

16 September 2019

Football fever will hit the Fraser Coast this week with the region playing host to the Brisbane Roar squad and internationally renowned new coach Robbie Fowler.

The Brisbane Roar will arrive on Wednesday afternoon with their trip to include a number of community engagements and a pre-season match against a Wide Bay Select team on Saturday 21 September at 5pm at the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour encouraged everyone in the community to make the most of having an elite football team on the Fraser Coast for five days.

“The completion of the first stage of the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct has meant better facilities for local football players and a stronger ability to attract major events that require high-quality sporting fields,” he said.

“This visit will be a major boost for the entire Fraser Coast football community – the junior and senior players, their families, the coaches and the fans.

“For those wanting to see how elite footballers practice and prepare, the Roar will have open training sessions at the sports precinct on Thursday and Friday while they will also be visiting Maryborough State High School on Friday.

“There is also a Brisbane Roar Team Dinner hosted by the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce at the Hervey Bay RSL on Thursday night, a coaching clinic on Saturday morning at the sports precinct with the team concluding their visit with a whale watching experience on Sunday morning.”

Football Wide Bay’s Technical Director Dale Paxton said all of the local footballers in the Wide Bay Select team were excited to compete with the Brisbane Roar on Saturday evening.

“We have an amazing array of local talent in the Wide Bay and this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to mix it with some of the best footballers in Australia,” he said.

“Our young Wide Bay footballers will also have a big involvement in the day with a range of fixtures throughout Saturday afternoon featuring Under 10 to Under 16 teams.”

Brisbane Roar CEO David Pourre, who visited Hervey Bay earlier this month to inspect the sports precinct grounds and facilities, said the pre-season trip will provide a great chance for more Queenslanders to see the State’s only Hyundai A-League squad up close and personal.

“We recognise that we are not only a club for Brisbane, but for the whole of Queensland and we’re delighted to be heading to the Fraser Coast,” he said.

“We would like to thank the Fraser Coast Regional Council for its support, and we can’t wait to head to the region this week.”

Cr Seymour said more than 2000 people had already registered to attend the match between the Brisbane Roar and the Wide Bay Select team.

“Tickets for the game are free but we are asking those who will be attending to please register to help us gauge numbers,” he said.

“It promises to be a great event and I encourage everyone to get along to support our local footballers and watch the best of the best in action at our fantastic new sports precinct.”

Register for free tickets to the Brisbane Roar game against a Wide Bay Select Team on Saturday 21 September at 5pm at the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct here

Tickets to the Brisbane Roar Team Dinner on Thursday 19 September at the Hervey Bay RSL, which includes a buffet dinner and dessert, are $49.95 for adults and $29.95 for children under 12, and can be purchased here.

To register for the $30 three-hour Roar Active Clinic starting at 8.30am at the sports precinct on Saturday, contact Andy Pinches at apinches@brisbaneroar.com.au or 0402 634 774.

The schedule for the Brisbane Roar visit is available on Council’s website