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Titans boss wants fight to keep AllStars

Laine Clark 05/08/2011 06:41:34 PM Comments (0)

The man who helped inspire the All Stars game says it will be "very disappointing" if the Gold Coast lost the traditional NRL season opener.

Titans boss Michael Searle said he was chuffed that the All Stars match had become so successful that NRL boss David Gallop could not guarantee it would remain on the Gold Coast after 2012.

But Searle said keeping the crowd puller on the tourist strip would be a reward for the people who inspired the concept, as well as the battling Gold Coast economy.

"With my rugby league hat on, I am excited that it would go to another stadium. But by the same token this community came up with the concept, they embraced it and I would hope that we can keep it here," Searle told AAP.

"But that is not going to be a decision we have a say in.

"The Gold Coast needs all the help it can get with the local economy - losing the event would be very disappointing."

Master coach Wayne Bennett was a vocal supporter of moving the game to a bigger venue after leading the NRL All Stars to a 28-12 win over the Indigenous team this year, squaring the ledger at 1-1 since its 2010 inception.

The match will again be held at Skilled Park on February 4 2012, ending a three-year deal locking in the event at the venue.

Since Searle and veteran Titans playmaker Preston Campbell first came up with the concept three years ago, the All Stars game has grown into much more than a season opener.

Gallop attended a special press conference in Brisbane on Wednesday to detail the stunning impact of rugby league-based school to work programs in indigenous communities that the All Stars game had helped set up.

Money raised by the 2011 game alone helped clubs take education, reading, mentoring, leadership, goal-setting, health and welfare programs to more than 24,000 students of all cultural backgrounds.

But Gallop conceded the game could be relocated in 2013.

"Certainly there is potential that it will outgrow that stadium," he said.

Searle hoped "all stake holders" fought hard to keep the event, singling out the Gold Coast City Council, who pumped $23 million into the construction of the AFL club Gold Coast Suns' new Carrara Stadium.

"It is an important asset on the Gold Coast's events calendar," Searle said.

"I would hope all stake holders fight hard to keep it here.

"The Gold Coast City Council stumped up a fair amount of money to support AFL here - I would hope they contribute to keeping it on the Gold Coast as well."

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