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