Easter football given green light as QLD COVID restrictions ease

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The Easter Saturday A-league clash between Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers will go ahead after Queensland’s COVID-19 lockdown was lifted.

The three-day lockdown in the Greater Brisbane region raised concerns the match at Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium would not be played as scheduled.

With both the NRL and AFL shifting Queensland based side’s south of the boarder, the Roar are the only professional sporting team in the river city this weekend.

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Roar CEO David Pourre said it was a fantastic opportunity for Queensland sports fans to embrace football over the Easter break.

“We’re delighted to be able to stage this match at our home venue at Moreton Daily Stadium and with a full Brisbane Roar fanbase behind us,” he said.

“With no other professional sport happening in Brisbane this weekend, this is a great opportunity for families to get out and see some high-quality live sport.”

Australian Professional Leagues Commissioner Greg O’Rourke said the decision was a win for football fans in the Sunshine State.

“The pandemic continues to challenge us all and we are grateful that the situation evolved in a way that the snap lockdown in Greater Brisbane could conclude,” he said.

“It is fantastic that we are now able to stage the match as scheduled for the benefit of the fans.”

The Roar will be hoping to come away with the chocolates this Easter weekend, having not picked up three points since their 5-2 win against Melbourne Victory almost two months ago.

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Whilst the A-League side has struggled, the Roar W-League team have secured a top-two finish and will host Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon at Lions Stadium.

Pourre has urged Roar fans to get out in force and is confident the side can go one step further to face either Sydney FC or Canberra United in the W-League Grand Final.

“Jake and the team have had an outstanding season and we’re very confident they will get us through to the Grand Final,” he said.

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As all four teams have taken points off each other throughout the W-League regular season, it ensures an exciting and competitive finals series ahead.

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