Brisbane Roar makes return to Mackay in pre-season series
MACKAY will welcome back the state’s only A-League club for a pre-season training camp when the Brisbane Roar arrives next month.
With the support of the Mackay Regional Council and the Magpies Sporting Club, the five-day training camp will be the club’s first return to the sugar city since 2018.
The camp, which will include a number of community-based activities in the Mackay region run by the Roar’s players and coaches, will culminate in a pre-season fixture between the Roar and local outfit Magpies Crusaders United at Soliginkin Oval on Saturday, November 14. Kick off will be at 6.30pm.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Mackay for the second time in three pre-seasons,” Brisbane Roar CEO David Pourre said.
“We are a team for all of Queensland and we thoroughly enjoy travelling into communities throughout the state as we have in Mackay, Gladstone and the Fraser Coast in recent seasons.
“Brisbane Roar would like to thank the Mackay Regional Council and the Magpies Sporting Club for their support in making this camp possible.”
Brisbane Roar head coach Warren Moon said the club was Queensland’s only team and the “opportunity for our squad to continue our A-League season preparations in Mackay is both a terrific opportunity for our squad and for the local football fraternity”.
“We’re looking forward to seeing plenty of passionate Brisbane Roar fans throughout the trip and at what will be a strong test for our squad against Magpies Crusaders United on November 14,” he said.
The Roar last ventured to Mackay in July 2018 for a week-long camp, which included a 5-0 win against Magpies Crusaders in front of more than 3100 passionate local supporters.
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said it was an exciting opportunity for the region to welcome the Roar back once again.
“The last time the Roar were in Mackay it was a wonderful evening of football when they took on the Magpies Crusaders in a friendly,” he said.
“This will be a treat for Mackay fans and a great opportunity for our Magpies Crusaders players to test themselves against A-League opposition before returning to the NPL Qld next season.”
Magpies Crusaders chairman Barry Jansen said it was an opportunity to continue the partnership with the council, as well as build and strengthen the club’s relationship with Brisbane Roar “which is something that Magpies Crusaders feel strongly about”.
“Giving back to the community through this type of opportunity with the major support of the council is important considering the year that 2020 has been,” he said.
“This will be a week-long festival to round off the season and help Brisbane Roar prepare for theirs.”
Magpies Sporting Club general manager Darren Smith was looking forward to the visit.
“It will be a great occasion for Brisbane Roar and Magpies Crusaders United to play at our premier facility, Soliginkin Oval,” he said.
“Having a top-class professional outfit train and play in Mackay is something Magpies Sporting Club is proud they can facilitate.”
Ticketing details and information around community events are set to be confirmed in the near future.