Brisbane Broncos Faithful in for Thrilling Ride with 2024 NRL Fixtures

The Brisbane Broncos will embark on a historic 2024 NRL Telstra Premiership season, with games scheduled in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The Broncos home season begins against the Rabbitohs in Round 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Milton.

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Vegas opener sets stage for homecoming blockbusters

The Broncos will face the Sydney Roosters in Las Vegas in the “main event” season opener double header on March 2. They will make history as one of just two NRL sides to play in Australia, New Zealand and the United States in one season

After a bye week, Brisbane will welcome fellow USA travellers the South Sydney Rabbitohs on March 14. The Broncos then travel to Penrith for a Grand Final rematch before the Queensland XXXX Derby against the Cowboys on March 29 — with the game being a tribute to legend Carl Webb.

Opens 2024 ‘Battle’ against Dolphins at home

The Broncos’ first three home games conclude with a bang when they host the Dolphins on April 12 for the first “Battle of Brisbane” matchup of 2024. This rivalry will be put on hold after Round 6, as the Queensland foes will not meet again until the penultimate round of the regular season.

To add fuel to the fire, Herbie Farnworth and Thomas Flegler will now suit up for the Dolphins after joining them in the offseason. Both will aim to prove themselves against their ex-club, while former teammates are eager to show the Farnworth and Flegler what they’re missing.

Reynolds re-signs through 2025

Adam Reynolds
Captain Adam Reynolds before their flight to Vegas. Photo Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Broncos

In other news, the Broncos have just secured a major coup with star halfback and team captain Adam Reynolds inking a one-year extension through 2025.

The veteran playmaker will finish his illustrious career in Brisbane at age 35 after re-upping his contract prior to the 2024 Vegas opener.

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Friday Night Lights and strong home stretch

The Broncos are scheduled for the most Friday night home games in 2024, with five Friday night matches set for Suncorp Stadium.

They will also play most of their last ten matches in Queensland, with just one out-of-state trip to Newcastle scheduled during the run home. See their full schedule here.

Published 24-February-2024

Kerr Runner-Up in 2023 Ballon d’Or as Two Matildas Recognized Among World’s Best

Ten weeks after their Women’s World Cup exit at Lang Park, Matildas stars Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso were back in the spotlight as finalists for the 2023 Ballon d’Or Feminin in Paris. This marks the first time two Australians have ever made the coveted shortlist.

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Kerr narrowly misses out on top prize

Chelsea's Sam Kerr
Photo Credit: Instagram/Chelsea FC Women

Australian captain Sam Kerr finished second in voting for the prestigious award, coming up just short behind Spain’s Aitana Bonmatí. Kerr is the only player to have been nominated for each of the five Ballon d’Or Feminin awards since its inception in 2018, having now finished third twice and runner-up once.

The Chelsea forward led the Blues to a third successive FA Women’s Super League (WSL) title in 2022-23, scoring 12 goals in 21 league appearances. She also netted a memorable goal for the Matildas in their World Cup semi-final defeat to England, despite missing much of the tournament through injury.

Kerr has continued her superstar form for Chelsea, who currently sit second in the WSL table after four games. Kerr has a goal and an assist in just three games this season.

Raso also recognized among nominees

Real Madrid's Hayley Raso
Photo Credit: Instagram/Real Madrid C.F.

Fellow Matilda Hayley Raso was also among the 30 players nominated for the Ballon d’Or. The Real Madrid winger finished 17th in the final voting

Raso has made a solid start to the season, scoring once as Real Madrid chase the Spanish title.

Bonmatí, Messi win 2023 Ballon d’Or

World Cup Golden Ball winner Bonmati claimed the top prize after a trophy-laden year for club and country. Her Ballon d’Or triumph means that Spanish players have won the last three awards, with Alexia Putellas winning the last two.

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In the men’s category, Argentina star Lionel Messi’s World Cup heroics earned him a record eighth Ballon d’Or.

Published 2 November 2023

Broncos Lose to Bogey Team Storm on Final Day, Face Rematch in Qualifying Final

The Brisbane Broncos lost their final regular season game 32-22 to the Melbourne Storm to miss out on the minor premiership. The Storm remain a bogey team for the Broncos, who will now face them again in the preliminary final.

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Inspired Melbourne comeback

In what turned out to be a glimpse of the qualifying final, the Storm had to come from behind on three separate occasions at Lang Park. In the end, Melbourne had too much quality even though both sides rested most of their stars.

Grant Anderson scored a double before halftime to make it 14-12 in favour of Melbourne.

Broncos second-half rally falls short

Pereira’s second try briefly restored Brisbane’s lead early in the second half. But penalties and late tries from Papenhuyzen, Reimis Smith and Faalogo’s second try proved too much to overcome.

Brisbane battled but made too many errors, completing just 72% of their sets to Melbourne’s 82%. Critical errors at key moments ultimately cost the Broncos.

Regular season ends with familiar foe waiting in the wings

The loss means Brisbane have now incredibly lost 14 straight matches to Melbourne dating back to 2016. And the Broncos’ finals campaign begins with the worst possible matchup, as they face the Storm once again in the preliminary final at Lang Park on Friday, September 8.

Coach Kevin Walters praised his team’s effort despite the defeat: “Effort was great, just not quite so smart on a few plays and we just weren’t good enough tonight.”

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But to make the finals, Brisbane will need to produce something special to end their long losing streak against Melbourne. After so many defeats, can the Broncos finally exorcise their bogey team this Friday?

Published 4 September 2023

Australia and Sweden Seek Podium Finish After Semis Exits

Australia and Sweden will play for third place at Lang Park on Saturday, after both teams lost in the semi-finals at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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The Matildas lost 3-1 to England in Sydney, while Sweden were beaten 2-1 by Spain. England’s victory over Australia sets up a meeting with Spain in the Final.

Kerr’s Stunner Not Enough as England End Australia’s Run

Sam Kerr scores a worldie
Sam Kerr scores a screamer to level the match 1-1. Photo Credit: Instagram/CommBank Matildas

A sensational long-range strike from Matildas captain Sam Kerr was not enough to see Australia past England and into their first Women’s World Cup final. Kerr’s 20-metre screamer levelled the scores after England had taken a 1-0 lead in the matchup. However, goals from Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo put England back in front as the Lionesses held on for a 3-1 victory.

The loss ended Australia’s thrilling run through the knockout stage that saw them prevail on penalties against France. Despite their disappointment, the Matildas have surely inspired the nation with their performances.

Matildas Earn Plaudits Despite Defeat

Australia exits in the semis
Photo Credit: Instagram/CommBank Matildas

The Matildas have drawn praise for their efforts during the World Cup, overcoming adversity and captivating fans across the country. After initial concerns over Kerr’s fitness, the team rallied to escape the group stage before finding their form in the knockouts.

The support of the Australian public has been a bright spot for Kerr and her teammates. Record crowds have turned out to back the Matildas, underlining the growth of the women’s game.

Kerr Calls for Investment to Take Game to Next Level

After Australia’s semi-final defeat, Kerr stressed the need for more funding and resources to develop women’s football. She wants this World Cup to be the start of real change.

“We need funding in our development, we need funding in our grassroots… We need funding everywhere,” Kerr said.

Both Kerr and coach Tony Gustavsson emphasised that while the Matildas have made the most of their current resources, more investment is needed at the grassroots level for Australia to truly compete with the top women’s sides.

Gustavsson said: “Let’s invest more and be genuine contenders for medals and tournaments moving forward as well.”

The team hope their inspiring performances will lead to more support to take Australian women’s football to even greater heights

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Kerr added that the tournament wasn’t a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity despite the home advantage. “If you bring the product to Australia, we’ll go out there and support it. And hopefully, we’ve got a few more fans that will stick around.”

The team hopes their inspiring performances will drive increased support to take Australian women’s football to even greater heights. For now, the Matildas will look to finish their tournament on a high note against Sweden.

Published 17 August 2023

Matildas Create History with Thrilling Penalty Shootout Win Over France

Buoyed by a spirited home crowd at Lang Park, the Matildas etched their name into the annals of Women’s World Cup history with a nerve-wracking penalty shootout victory over France in the quarter-finals. Playing on home soil, Australia became the first host nation to reach the semi-finals since the USA in 2003.

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Shootout Drama Follows Tense 120 Minute Draw

Cortnee Vine
Cortnee Vine, the winning penalty shooter. Photo Credit: Instagram/CommBank Matildas

Normal time and extra time failed to produce a goal in the Brisbane Stadium clash between two formidable sides. Australia and France battled through a scoreless 90 minutes before two intense periods of extra time. Fatigue set in late on, and a shootout between the deadlocked sides seemed inevitable.

The shootout provided non-stop drama and set a record for the longest shootout in World Cup history for both men’s and women’s matches. Australian goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold made a crucial save from Selma Bacha’s opening effort to give France the early advantage. After a series of saves and misses, Australia’s 10th shooter, Cortnee Vine, slotted home the winning penalty as the home crowd went wild.

Semifinal Spot Creates Matildas Legacy

Mackenzie Arnold
Mackenzie Arnold was awarded Player of the Match for her crucial saves in the shooutout. Photo Credit: Instagram/CommBank Matildas

The victory sends Australia through to the semi-finals for the first time ever. They’ll face classic sporting rivals England, 2-1 winners over Colombia, at Stadium Australia on Wednesday.

Beyond this milestone, Australia’s World Cup run marks a watershed moment for women’s sport in the country.

Their penalty shootout victory attracted the biggest Australian TV audience since Cathy Freeman’s Olympic gold medal in 2000. The audience was reported to be the largest for more than two decades, averaging a staggering 4.23 million viewers. These figures do not include the throngs of fans who gathered in fan parks, pubs and around big screens to cheer on the Matildas.

John Aloisi, whose penalty in 2005 sent the Socceroos to their first World Cup since 1974, remarked: “This achievement will undoubtedly inspire future generations. That’s what the girls spoke about before the tournament, that’s what they’ve been speaking about during the tournament. And they’re living this moment.”

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Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

After years of heartbreak and falling just short, this victory propels the Matildas into uncharted territory. The demons of the past have been exorcised, the bitter memories of their devastating penalty shootout exit at the Round of 16 in France 2019 now a distant memory.

In the three World Cups prior to 2019, they reached the quarter-finals without fail, but progressed no further. The quarter-finals had long acted as the glass ceiling for the Tillies. Not anymore.

Published 14 August 2023

From Penal Settlement to Lang Park – Tracking the Transformation of the Suncorp Stadium

Did you know that Lang Park in Milton was once a penal settlement, a cemetery and a circus before transforming into a world-class sports centre, now popularly known as the Suncorp Stadium?

Before the 1840s, the Milton grounds were once part of an established Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. When the land became accessible, free settlers turned part of the area into the North Brisbane Burial Grounds. 

The North Brisbane Burial Grounds

From 1843 to 1875, this cemetery was the main burial site of the city, which inevitably became unsustainable. To address the overcrowding, burials were no longer done at the North Brisbane Burial Grounds following the opening of a new cemetery in Toowong. Essentially, the old burial site became redundant and under-maintained. 

By 1910, the Queensland Government planned the site’s redevelopment as a recreational area to cater to the city’s growing population thus the North Brisbane Burial Grounds was sealed off. Relatives were asked to move their deceased loved ones’ remains at the expense of the government.

Renamed To Lang Park, the Recreational Grounds

By 1914, the site was renamed after Reverend John Dunmore Lang, an advocate of Australian republicanism and the founder of the Presbyterian Scots in New South Wales. He was also instrumental in helping migrants move to Brisbane.

During World War I, Lang Park was a familiar parade ground for the locals. Other events, such as the Wirths’ Circus and the athletics carnivals, were also mounted on this open area.

The Queensland Amateur Athletics Association then leased the park for its sports events. Lang Park became the official home of the Queensland Soccer Council and the Latrobe Soccer Club until the mid-1930s. 

By the 1950s, the Queensland Rugby League chose Lang Park as its headquarters. With additional funding from the government, improvements were undertaken to provide the site with the spectators’ area, the Frank Burke Stand.

Three decades later, Lang Park hosted NSWRL/ARL games but by the 1990s the leagues moved on to other locations due to a number of issues and factors, including the opening of the ANZ Stadium on Kessels Road in Nathan.

Lang park rugby
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The Suncorp Stadium

In the late 1990s, Brisbane officials hatched a $280-million plan for a state-of-the-art stadium in Milton. During this time, Lang Park was already sponsored by Suncorp-Metway and its stadium was renamed the Suncorp-Metway. 

Following the upgrades, Suncorp-Metway Stadium was again renamed and simplified to the Suncorp Stadium, now boasting a capacity of 52,500. As part of its expansion, the trolley-bus depot within the site had to be demolished along with a number of buildings on Milton Road. 

The site’s redevelopment was finished in time for the 2001 State of Origin Series. The very first game hosted at the new Suncorp Stadium was between the Brisbane Broncos and the Newcastle Knights. The 2003 Rugby World Cup was hosted at the stadium and has since become the traditional home of the state’s rugby league. 

By 2006, the Suncorp Stadium hosted its first concert with Robbie Williams performing for two nights to a full house.

The Suncorp Stadium is marked for another major redevelopment in the coming years as Brisbane prepares to host the 2032 Olympics. 

Published 30 March 2023

Number of Concerts per Year at Suncorp Stadium Could Potentially Double

Suncorp Stadium in Milton could temporarily increase the number of concerts it hosts per year from the current six to 12. A recent survey was also done to determine whether the community supports the proposal.

In mid-September 2022, the State Government released a survey asking the community if they would consider allowing the venue to double the number of concerts it will host per year after the last cap was eased. Currently, Suncorp Stadium is allowed to host up to six concerts only per year.

The survey is meant to help the State Government to understand whether local residents and businesses would support the proposed temporary increase in the number of concerts held at the Milton venue.

In 2015, the concert cap at Suncorp Stadium was increased to six from the previous four as a result of an eight-week online survey that showed that more than 83 per cent of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed to allow the move.

The latest community consultation which aims to determine if residents and local businesses agree to the proposal of having more than six concerts held at the stadium each year or not has already concluded. The responses are now already being considered.

Guns N' Roses is coming to Suncorp Stadium this 22nd November
Guns N’ Roses is coming to Suncorp Stadium this 22nd November | Photo credit: Facebook / Suncorp Stadium 

Within the next six months, there are seven concerts already lined up for the venue – Guns N’ Roses, Justin Bieber, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

The proposed increase is a temporary measure in anticipation of the increase in the number of concert tours by major acts following the easing of pandemic-induced restrictions in many countries.

Also known as Brisbane Stadium and Lang Park, the Suncorp Stadium was built in the 1910s. The Stadiums Queensland-owned 52,500-seat stadium accommodates a range of uses including Rugby League, Rugby Union, soccer, concerts, boxing, and extreme sports. 

In late September 2022, the Queensland Government re-appointed ASM Global as manager of the stadium for five more years. ASM Global runs stadiums across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.