Return of the Titans
THERE'S a good chance the high-flying Gold Coast Titans could play one of their National Rugby League (NRL) pre-season games at Lismore's Oakes Oval next February.
Local rugby league officials and Lismore City Council have been trying to lure them south for about two years now and a meeting will be held with Titans' management in Lismore today to thrash out the finer details.
Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) president Robin Harley confirmed the pre-season game would probably be against the Wests Tigers at Oakes Oval sometime in February.
“Playing a couple of Titans games down here has always been on the cards and we are hoping that we can pull it all together,” he said
“We've always had fairly good dealings with them and it's just been a matter of asking them when they can do it.”
Although it was only a pre-season game, he said it was 'nothing to be sneezed at'.
“Judging by the past when we've hosted Sydney clubs down here we could expect a crowd of about 8000 people,” Harley said.
“That's good for the local clubs because any funds that we raise goes straight to them.”
Lismore City Council's events manager John Bancroft said it was a big thing getting the Titans to play here because they have been getting into the regional community and had a lot of local support.
“Their performances both on and off the field have endeared them to regional football lovers,” he said.
“A lot of people go up and watch them and they are very much considered a local team.
“We need to get something in writing but I am quietly confident. We need to meet with them and find out if, when, why and how. The last few events of this nature have attracted crowds of between 8000 to 10,000.
“The optimum for us would be at least a few school visits, some camps with kids, that would be the best, perhaps some shopping centre visits to build up the excitement.”