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Like any­thing rugby league-re­lated in Queens­land, an­tic­i­pa­tion is al­ready at fever­pitch among the lo­cals for this fix­ture. Ac­cord­ing to Toowoomba’s Chron­i­cle, 40 of the 150 cor­po­rate seats of­fered by the West­ern Mus­tangs were snapped up al­most im­me­di­ately upon their re­lease.

Named af­ter lo­cal phi­lan­thropist and for­mer lo­cal mayor Clive Berghofer, the venue used to be called the Toowoomba Sports Ground and for­merly fea­tured a struc­ture adorned with the sign: E.S. “N---- Brown” Stand, in hon­our of the fair-skinned, An­glo-Aussie 1920s Kan­ga­roo tourist Ed­win Stan­ley Brown. The ground was re­de­vel­oped roughly ten years ago, with Ed­win Stan­ley’s ref­er­ence never re­sumed.

This match will come off the back of a Bron­cos-Ti­tans trial game here, likely be­ing played as you read this just-re­leased is­sue of In­side Sport. How­ever, our Ti­tans-Dragons round three clash should still at­tract the big­gest NRL-level crowd at the Berghofer since the Bron­cos played the Storm here in a trial back in ’04, in front of what was es­ti­mated to be 10,000 fans.

Hav­ing al­ready met his for­mer team, the Bron­cos, in the NRL sea­son-opener, the Dragons’ star sign­ing Ben Hunt will play his first NRL game in Queens­land since switch­ing clubs over the off-sea­son. We’re sure the Queens­lan­ders will have the “Wel­come Back Home” mat out for Hunt's re­turn to the Sun­shine State.

Match: Ti­tans vs Dragons Lo­ca­tion: Clive Berghofer Sta­dium, Qld Ca­pac­ity: 9,000 Off the field: Check out Pic­nic Point dur­ing the day, be­fore pok­ing your head into the his­toric Em­pire Theatre, which hosts top-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment all year-round.

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