Rabbitohs Taking Home Games to Dubbo, Sunshine Coast and Central Coast in 2021


Rabbitohs Taking Home Games to Dubbo, Sunshine Coast and Central Coast in 2021

Thu 8 Oct 2020, 09:28 AM

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced that the Club will take three home games to regional centres in season 2021 including Apex Oval in Dubbo, Sunshine Coast Stadium in Queensland and Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.

The Rabbitohs will play nine home games each season at ANZ Stadium (pending a 12 home game, 12 away game season), a venue which the Rabbitohs have called home since 2006.

As in previous years and in addition to the nine games at ANZ Stadium each year, the Rabbitohs will take three home matches to regional areas to help spread the Rabbitohs spirit and take games to some of the heartland areas of Rugby League.

In addition to the annual Charity Shield match against the Dragons which is being played in Mudgee in 2021, as well as taking into consideration potential COVID-19 restrictions, the Rabbitohs plan on playing home games at Sunshine Coast Stadium in south-east Queensland and Central Coast Stadium in Gosford over the next two years.

The Club is excited to announce that the Rabbitohs will travel to Apex Oval in Dubbo for home games, one in each of the 2021 and 2022 seasons, which will see the Rabbitohs further strengthen its ties to central west New South Wales.

Rabbitohs CEO, Blake Solly, says Club is very keen to take games to the NSW Central West hub of Dubbo as well as return to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and the Central Coast of New South Wales.

“We’re excited to be reconnecting with our vast numbers of Members and fans on the Sunshine Coast and Central Coast in 2021, and we can’t wait to bring the team to Dubbo for the first of what we hope will be many games at Apex Oval,” Mr Solly said.

“Apex Oval has seen many of the games greats perform on its turf including Rabbitohs like Les Davidson, Terry Fahey, David Peachey and Joe Williams to name just a few. It’s hosted Test matches and has been the home of Rugby League in Dubbo for decades.

Cody Walker bagged four tries the last time the Rabbitohs held a game in the Sunshine Coast.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders MP, and the State government; as well as the Mayor of Dubbo, Cr Ben Shields, and the team at Dubbo Regional Council; on bringing a game to Dubbo and we’re sure it will be a great trip for our Members and supporters to jump on www.wotif.com/rabbitohs and book themselves a mid-year break in the central west of New South Wales, as well as other trips to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and my home region of the Central Coast.

“It’s also important for the sport to support those that support us, and the people in regional areas have shown they love their Rugby League, hence why we’re happy to do our part to take some of our games to these regional centres. All NRL clubs have an obligation to ensure that Rugby League outside of Sydney is strong.”

“We’re looking forward to finishing off season 2020 in style and then focusing on delivering some fantastic match day experiences at ANZ Stadium, Apex Oval, Sunshine Coast Stadium and Central Coast Stadium in 2021 and beyond.”

Member for the Dubbo electorate and chairman of the NSW Government’s Regional NRL taskforce, Dugald Saunders MP, has liaised with the Club, the NRL and Dubbo Regional Council to ensure top flight football returns to the city for the first time since the 2014 Country-City match.

“Dubbo deserves NRL games, and I thank the NRL, South Sydney and Dubbo Regional Council for working with the taskforce to make this happen,” Mr Saunders said.

“When I was made chairman of the taskforce I made a pledge that Dubbo would have an NRL game in 2021, and the great news is we’ve been able to lock the Bunnies in for two years.

Campbell Graham scored a hat-trick the last time the Rabbitohs held a game in the Central Coast.

“The Rabbitohs are also looking to create meaningful ties in the city through the ‘Souths Cares’ program, and I look forward to helping in those endeavours.

“This is the first domino to fall as part of the taskforce’s push to take more games to regional NSW, and I look forward to making further announcements in that regard.”

Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, said: “I am very excited that the Rabbitohs have elected to bring a match to Dubbo in 2021 and 2022.

“There is a very passionate following for the Red and Green in Western NSW and the team and its Sydney fans will be welcomed with open arms.

“We look forward to hosting everyone in mid-2021 for the first of what will hopefully be many games.”

Sunshine Coast Council Economy Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said: “We are very pleased to welcome the Rabbitohs back to the Sunshine Coast after their fantastic and entertaining win at the first ever NRL regular season game hosted in our region back in 2019.

We have a legion of footy fans on the Coast who would love to come along and support the Rabbitohs at these games.

Jason O’Pray Sunshine Coast Council Economy Portfolio Councillor

“This historic match was the first part of a highly successful three year arrangement with SSFC, SSC and TEQ, demonstrating our region’s ability to host the highest levels of Australian professional sport.

“Unfortunately COVID caused the relocation of the planned 2020 SSFC fixture scheduled for the Sunshine Coast Stadium, so we can’t wait to welcome back visitors and locals to another fabulous NRL event on the Sunshine Coast next year.”

Mayor Lisa Matthews said the Central Coast Stadium was thrilled to be partnering with the Rabbitohs to bring elite Rugby League games to the Coast.

“We have a legion of footy fans on the Coast who would love to come along and support the Rabbitohs at these games.

“The stadium is the best venue to watch quality sport and I for one can’t wait to see the Rabbitohs in action.”

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I expected a few future first graders from the Central-West then.

I believe Penrith have had a few?

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Season ticket holders kicked in the back side once again!.

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I think a lot of season ticket holders will possibly attend these games, the central coast one isn’t overly difficult
But I see it as a shrewd commercial decision, we’ve obviously taken a hit this year & all clubs will lose money so taking games & promoting whole districts in the process is lucrative for us in a few different ways
Has to be done

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The match in Dubbo we’ll be playing for the O’Neill-Schloss Cup

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Now that I live in Queensland I really like that we have a Sunshine Coast game. I maintain my season ticket despite living up here, and people in Sydney get plenty of games. We could only play GC and Brisbane once next year and it might be in Sydney, so it’s good to have a guaranteed game.

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I personally like the strategy of bringing games to the regional areas. Yes I am a season ticket member and have been for years but I’m pretty happy to sacrifice a couple for the sake of the club. Plus it might have to coincide with a holiday :+1:

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Or the O’Neill Schloss Golden Shoe perhaps

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Central Coast is close for me. Dubbo is only 3hrs down the Golden Highway from Singo.

it would be nice to go to the Sunshine Coast and visit some friends as well.

Also a Brisbane game and possibly a Gold Coast game would also be good away games.

The bigger question will be, will they open up the Queensland border in time???

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An absolute no brainer.

Souths fans in Sydney rarely go to home games in big numbers.

So why not play sonewhere where the team will be appreciated rather than being taken for granted.

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Not really, if all our home games were at ANZ we would not generate enough income to keep the club running.
We don’t have pokies or a leagues club to fill the coffers.
Taking three games away each year brings in mega mega $$$$$$ for the club.
As a member I am all for it.

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We are contracted for 9 games at ANZ each year… we always take 3 games to different locations… I don’t understand what everyone complains about… Like you Mountain, I think this is great publicity and income for the club

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I have no problem with taking home matches away from Sydney. The only issue I have is when we do stupid things like play the Cowboys in Cairns (basically giving them home ground advantage)

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Better not play the Storm at the Sunny Coast

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As a regional ticket holding member I really appreciate that we will get two games close to home and not the normal eight hour round trip or an overnight stay. The Rabbitohs have a very large number of members and supporters in the bush so I thank you South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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Is that also known as the “poo in the shoe cup?” :poop: :athletic_shoe: :trophy:

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RED AND GREEN: Dugald Saunders, Ben Shields, Blake Solly, Joe Williams with Lawson and Spencer Marchant at the announcement today. PHOTO: BELINDA SOOLE.

South Sydney Rabbitohs playing in Dubbo in 2021, 2022!

Dugald Saunders MP
Oct 7, 2020

For more than a year now I’ve been working with the National Rugby League to bring more games to regional areas and securing a game for Dubbo has been a top priority. My appointment as Chair of the NRL Regional Taskforce was a huge honour and I’ve continued working tirelessly behind the scenes ever since. So I was really excited to be joined by South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly, my fellow taskforce member Joe Williams and Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Ben Shields to announce that the Rabbitohs will bring a game to Dubbo in 2021 and again in 2022! This is a huge win for our entire region, the game will boost morale and Dubbo’s economy! This regional game will be the first of many so stay tuned for future announcements!!

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Missed my CC game this year

Agree!
That’s why we stopped going to Cairns because we had to play Cowboys each year, totally stupid. Hence the move to Sunshine Coast to play Warriors last year, no home ground advantage to them.

Well i reckon if the tickets were to go on sale for the Dubbo one now, it may well sell out before the gf this year! :flushed::+1:

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