Pirates triple treat kicks off

Making up for the disappointment of no Senior competition in 2020, the Noosa Pirates are back with a vengeance

this Saturday afternoon (February 27) as they take on Southern Suburbs Toowoomba in Division 1 and 2 with the

Under 18’s battling the Coolum Colts. Plus, Saturday’s game will see the return of former Australian and

Queensland Origin player David Shillington in his comeback game as he pulls on a Pirates jersey for the first time!

This weekend’s trial games kick off three weeks of wall-to-wall action at Pirate Park, with the club hosting the

Sunshine Coast Falcons’ trial against Norths Devils on March 6 and then Round 1 of Sunshine Coast Rugby League

action on Saturday March 13 where the Pirates will face off against defending Premiers Stanley Rivers.

“How good is it to finally have Senior rugby league action back in our town!” declared Noosa Pirates President

Paul Dwyer.

“Too much footy is never enough and our community is ready to get back into its stride and have some fun by

getting behind their local team.”

With the disappointment of not being able to host some key events earlier in the season that are major

fundraisers for the club, the Pirates were keen to hook up with the Sunshine Coast Falcons and promote both

brands and showcase the pathways on offer for players in their own backyard. And President Paul Dwyer was

happy to highlight what that means for the club.

“In the Falcons’ ISC and Colts teams we have around 7-8 Pirates’ aligned players that will play at the March 6 trial.

It is also likely that they will turn out for us in 2021 at some stage too, so that’s a win/win.”

“Plus, there are 5-6 of our boys in the Mal Meninga squad from our 2020 premiership winning U/16 team that are

playing for the Falcons. They are an important part of our club DNA these days where we have State League and

NRL pathways opportunities for our players.“

But for now, the focus is on this Saturday’s Division 1 trial game against the Toowoomba tourists. Head Coach

Brett Winkler was quick to add that there are only a few weeks to go to the competition start and it was vital for a

good early season start.

“!t’s getting pretty serious now, so we need this trial to go well as our last game lead in. Having Shillo go round will

be great for the spectators but it will be a big boost for the players personally. Dave has a big presence on the

field, but it is his presence off field the field that will also make a difference to how we perform as a team unit.”

If any aspiring young Pirates would like to meet David Shillington for a photo or an autograph, he will be available

in the clubhouse from 5-6pm before the main game kick off, as part of our Junior teams’ sign-on event at the


Main game kick off for Division 1 for this Saturday night is 7pm, with Division 2 playing from 5.30pm with Under

18’s starting the day off from 4.30pm.

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