RUGBY LEAGUE: The Melbourne Storm will clash with the New Zealand Warriors in a pre-season trial at Sunshine Coast Stadium on February 11.
The Storm, which is affiliated with the Sunshine Coast Falcons, will make their first appearance of the year in the game, which will kick-off at 5pm.
It's not yet known which players will lace-up but fans will hope to see legendary fullback Billy Slater make his long-awaited return to the game.
The clash could see one of the biggest crowds at a rugby league match in the region for years, with the expected completion of a redevelopment of the Bokarina-based stadium which should accommodate 10,000 spectators.
It will be the second time the Storm and Warriors have played on the Coast and the game will be held on the same weekend as the Sunshine Coast Lightning's two trial matches against Southern Steel on February 10 and February 12.
The Suncorp Super Netball team is owned by the Storm and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
"The festival of sport weekend in February will be an exciting opportunity for Storm, Lightning and the local community,” Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said in a club press release.
"Melbourne Storm has a close connection with the Sunshine Coast and we are committed to strengthening that in 2017,” he said.
Lightning coach Noeline Taurua will face her former club.
The netball games will be held at the redeveloped USC Sports Stadium as the teams enter final preparations before round one.
"We are looking forward to seeing our players run out in Lightning colours and showcasing the team to the community on what will be a landmark weekend for sport on the Sunshine Coast,” Lightning CEO Danielle Smith said.
The bumper weekend of trans-Tasman clashes is a coup for the region.
"This will be three days of high-level sport unlike any other we've seen in our region,” Sunshine Coast Tourism, Events and Sport Portfolio Cr Jason O'Pray said.
More to come.
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