Stadium a winner at first NRL trial

Cowboy Johnathan Thurston sets up a move in the NRL trial against the Gold Coast Titans in Mackay on Saturday.
Cowboy Johnathan Thurston sets up a move in the NRL trial against the Gold Coast Titans in Mackay on Saturday. Peter Holt

MACKAY'S Virgin Australia Stadium was the centre of national attention on Saturday night as the stars of the NRL gave the venue its first major workout.

Titans captain Scott Prince and Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston gave the stadium the thumbs up after the Gold Coast won the NRL trial 36-28 in front of a packed house of 8000 fans.

>> Latest sport news

Prince said the atmosphere in the big crowd was awesome, while Thurston had praise for the stadium.

"It's a good field, actually," Thurston said.

"The hill gave it a really good atmosphere. It's an excellent stadium for a regional city."

Popular local band Chasing the Jeffrey belted out a tune to add to the buzz of the crowd, which built up to the big game with curtain-raisers in which the Skills Training Mackay Cutters whitewashed the CQ Capras 30-0, and the Cowboys Toyota Cup team got up by two points over the Titans.

Stadium executive officer Clinton Begg said consistently good feedback on the venue had been received from both teams, and from police on the crowd's behaviour.

While the crowd tested the stadium's facilities, notably food and beverages, Begg said improvements would be made for future events.

"It was the first time for such a big event and we're always going to learn from that," he said.

Topics:  cowboys gold coast titans mackay nrl rugby league virgin australia stadium

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Local Partners