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All Stars match has a Queensland home

By Darren Cartwright 10/08/2010 05:50:07 PM Comments (0)

The NRL's popular All Stars match has a home and a future after Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced it would be staged in the Sunshine State for the next three years.

The inaugural match between the Indigenous All Stars and the NRL All Stars was staged this year at Skilled Park and will return to the same venue in 2011.

It will then be held in Queensland until 2013 with tickets for the 2011 All Stars match, to be played on February 12, to go on sale on Wednesday to NRL club members.

Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer compared participating in the match to playing in a grand final and says it has a lot to offer the sport and indigenous communities.

His ideal scenario would be for the All Stars match to be taken to regional areas of Queensland as well.

"It's committed to the Gold Coast next year, but beyond that we could look at taking it to regional areas and help promote the game and the other positives that come with it," Lockyer said.

Titans star Greg Bird was pleased it was returning to Skilled Park for his own reasons, but envisaged it would one day be staged in NSW.

"I live on the Gold Coast so I am happy it's here again," he said.

"I'm sure it will travel to Sydney and a lot of people down there will have the same opportunity as Queenslanders will have for the next three years."

Premier Bligh said the event was an effective tool to attract tourists and also raised $1.5 million which was poured back into community programs with a particular focus on Indigenous areas.

"Indigenous players had dreamt of this opportunity for decades and wore their jersey with tremendous pride," Ms Bligh said.

"They are an enormously positive influence on Australia's indigenous youth."

Celebrations associated with the game include the Bumehla Festival, a free public Indigenous Festival to be held at Broadwater Parklands at Southport from February 11-12.

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