Rugby league storm coming to Tasmania

Will Hodgman, Premier

13 January 2017

Tasmania will warmly welcome two rugby league powerhouses when Melbourne Storm takes on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs here next month.

While we might not be considered a traditional ‘league state’ the game has many local fans who will enjoy the opportunity to watch first-class rugby league here.

The game adds to our world-class summer festival and our rich sporting and events calendar.

My Government strongly supports securing major events for the State as a key element of our strategy to increase tourist numbers and support our booming visitor economy.

Bringing top quality sporting events here also supports a key aim of Tasmania’s Plan for Physical Activity to encourage more people to participate in sport and recreation.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is providing $40,000 to support the event through the Major Event Partnership Program.

Melbourne Storm is working with one of its major partners, Tigerair to create a buzz around the event and to showcase its Hobart-Melbourne flights.

Tasmania last hosted an NRL match in 2012 when Melbourne Storm beat the Brisbane Broncos in front of 12,000 fans.