Rugby league is finally back and for the Storm NYC Thunderbolts this weekend represents much more than just the start of a new season.
This Sunday will mark the first time the team will play for points in front of its new home and fans at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
The day will kickoff at 12.40pm with the Falcons beginning their 2016 Queensland Cup campaign against Northern Pride.
The Thunderbolts will then take on the Dragons at 2.30pm as they begin their season under new coach Eric Smith.
“Pre-season has flown passed pretty quickly, this (Round 1) seems like it was a long way off back in November,” Smith said.
“From where we were in November as a squad and as individuals, the players have really come a long way and I couldn’t be prouder of what they have put in.
“They have worked really hard and they are excited for the games to start this year.”
The opportunity to open the season on the Sunshine Coast marks yet another chapter in the exciting changes for Storm’s Under-20s side.
Plenty of kids activities will be available during Sunday’s double-header including a jumping castle, face-painting and laser skirmish.
Storm Queensland-based members will also get in for free (upon presentation of membership card), making this weekend’s two-for-one rugby league showcase an ideal Sunday afternoon.
“The guys are really excited, I think it is fitting that we get to play our first game based here on the Sunshine Coast,” Smith said.
“We’re hoping it is going to be a really good turn out for us and hoping that we are get the results we’re after.”
11.40am Gates Open/Box Office Open
12.40pm Sunshine Coast Falcons v Northern Pride
2.30pm Melbourne Storm NYC V St George Illawarra Dragons
Tickets available here.