Queenslanders will have the opportunity to own a piece of Suncorp Stadium which will be forever associated with Rugby League legend Darren Lockyer, Sports Minister Steve Dickson announced today.
Mr Dickson said the last act of Mr Lockyer’s record breaking NRL career was a golden point field goal to knock the St. George Illawarra Dragons out of the 2011 finals series, undertaken with a fractured eye socket suffered earlier in the game.
As a result of that injury, Mr Lockyer was unable to play in the finals the following week and the Broncos were eliminated, meaning that field goal officially brought down the curtain on the NRL career of the Broncos legend, appropriately at Suncorp Stadium.
“Fittingly, ahead of this Sunday’s home game against St. George, we are commemorating the exact spot on the field where the field goal was kicked, with the square of turf to be cut from the ground and auctioned for charity,” Mr Dickson said.
“This is a chance to own a one-off, unique piece of Broncos history."
“There have been some special on-field moments in the 10 years of the redeveloped venue, and the Lockyer field goal features prominently in debates about the best of them."
“What helped make it special was that we didn’t know at the time that it would be last time we’d see Darren in action here, and it was fitting that it happened at Suncorp Stadium where he wore the jerseys of his club, state and country with distinction.”
Mr Lockyer said he was pleased about the recognition, particularly as it would help good causes.
“That spot will always be very special to me as it was the last thing I ever did on Suncorp Stadium,” Mr Lockyer said.
“While it was tough to accept it was my last play in NRL, it was a great moment for Broncos fans."
“I was very lucky to have some wonderful moments on the field, and that one against the Dragons will always sit up there and I’m very honoured that the State Government and the Stadium have seen fit to mark this special spot."
“Even better, the great range of groups the Brisbane Broncos’ Charities Fund partner with will feel the benefit when it is auctioned.”
Mr Dickson said he was looking forward to the Broncos and Dragons game which is the first Sunday afternoon home game of the 2013 season. “Sunday afternoon games are part of Rugby League tradition and typically allow more families to attend."
“No matter where these two teams are on the ladder, Broncos and Dragons games always deliver free flowing, entertaining Rugby League, so what better reason to bring the family to Suncorp Stadium this Sunday.”