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SEQ Celebrates AFL at Burpengary

By Jason Dunne

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $14 million Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex – AFL Precinct kicked off on Saturday March 8, 2014 with a Festival of Football featuring a first grade Brisbane Lions versus Sydney Swans showdown and the battle for the Councillor Cup.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said 6,500 turned out for the official opening of South East Queensland’s newest AFL facility at Burpengary and a feast of great football.

“For AFL fans across the South East, the opening of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s newest sporting precinct delivered a unique opportunity to witness the Swans’ $10 million man Lance “Buddy” Franklin play on Queensland soil for the first time in a red and white guernsey,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Not only was the Festival of Football an excellent mix of community, state and elite professional sport, it was the perfect way to showcase the Moreton Bay Region’s new home of AFL. “A Lions conquest proved elusive for Brisbane, but not for the Caboolture Lions with a 17 point win over the Redcliffe Tigers to reclaim the Councillor Cup.

“It was a fitting victory for the Caboolture Lions’ first hit out on their new home ground and a nice addition to the clubhouse silverware for the season ahead.”

The Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex – AFL Precinct at Burpengary features a purpose built clubhouse, change rooms, umpires’ room and two lit, full sized ovals laid with 41,000 m2 of elite competition standard turf.

The 11 hectare precinct has space for a third field in future stages, Mayor Sutherland said the Festival of Football demonstrated the capabilities of the venue and the strength of support from the local community and AFL supporters.

“I’m confident we’ll be seeing more football greats storming out onto the main oval in the future with the AFL Precinct proving itself as a red-hot contender for preseason matches,” The Mayor said.

“The support from AFL headquarters, AFLQ and the Brisbane Lions for the Moreton Bay Region’s new home of AFL has been spectacular.

“It was a good turn-out for a great day of back-to-back Aussie Rules football.”

The Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex – AFL Precinct is part of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $54 million investment in sport, recreation and parks in 2013/14.

News from MBRC Website 11 MArch 2014

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