COREY’S STORM RE­MATCH

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Tick­ets will go on sale from to­mor­row for a 2017 Na­tional Rugby League grand fi­nal re­match at Sun­corp Sta­dium in Bris­bane next year.

The Queens­land State Govern­ment and the NRL have agreed to a grand fi­nal re­match between the Mel­bourne Storm and North Queens­land Cow­boys in Fe­bru­ary.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said the re­match would be a thank you to the cap­tains of both sides, Queens­land Ori­gin le­gends Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston.

“Cameron and Johnathan are out­stand­ing am­bas­sadors for their club, their state, their coun­try and the game of rugby league. They are also self­less con­trib­u­tors off-the-field,” the premier said.

“The game will be pro­moted as ‘A Night with Cameron Smith and JT’, and raise funds for the play­ers’ re­spec­tive char­i­ties Ovar­ian Can­cer Aus­tralia and Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion and The NRL Cow­boys House.”

To­gether they have played 10 All Stars games, 79 Ori­gin games for the Ma­roons, 88 games for Aus­tralia and a to­tal of 657 games for their NRL clubs.

Com­bined, these pro­lific try-scor­ers and goal kick­ers have scored more than 5000 points.

To put that into per­spec­tive, the top eight teams, in­clud­ing the Storm and Cow­boys, scored a com­bined 4225 points dur­ing the reg­u­lar 24-round 2017 sea­son.

To­gether, they have won six Dally M Medals, five Wally Lewis Medals, four NRL pre­mier­ships and two World Cups.

The premier said she ex­pected a full house at Sun­corp Sta­dium for the grand fi­nal re­match, and that would fur­ther strengthen Queens­land’s case to host a fu­ture NRL grand fi­nal.

“Cameron and Johnathan are 34 years young and can turn a game, in­deed a sea­son, in their side’s favour. Cameron held the NRL tro­phy aloft this year and JT did the same with Matt Scott in 2015,” she said.

Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ma­jor Events Kate Jones said the fix­ture was a fit­ting way to recog­nise two of Queens­land’s great­est rugby league play­ers.

“This game will be a spec­ta­cle to re­mem­ber for rugby league fans for years to come,” she said.

“In re­cent years, Johnathan and Cameron have ce­mented their rep­u­ta­tions as true im­mor­tals of the sport.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for Queens­lan­ders to see these greats of the game take the field at the state’s home of rugby league Sun­corp Sta­dium,” she said.

PHOTO: DAVE HUNT

RE­MATCH: North Queens­land Cow­boys’ star Johnathan Thurston and the Storm’s Cameron Smith.

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