Cowboys and Titans confirmed to take on Territory Eels

The Parramatta ‘Territory’ Eels will face the North Queensland Cowboys (Darwin) and the Gold Coast Titans (Alice Springs) in an action-packed year of rugby league in 2017.

The Round 14 matchup on Friday, 10 June 2017, against the Cowboys will attract a huge crowd to TIO Stadium, with the 2015 NRL Premiers boasting some of the biggest names in the competition such as Johnathan Thurston and last years’ Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo.

Not to be outdone, Alice Springs will host a blockbuster pre-season clash between the Eels and Titans with former Eels’ star Jarryd Hayne set to line up against his former club on Saturday, 11 February 2017. 

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, said both matches – which are taking place thanks to the NT Government’s partnership with the Eels - would again be a highlight on the local sports calendar.

“Territorians will have an amazing opportunity to see some of the best NRL players in the world right here in the Northern Territory in 2017,” Ms Moss said.

“The Northern Territory Government is committed to bringing top-level sport to Territorians to add to the great lifestyle we enjoy and keep people living here.

“It increases active participation, promotes tourism and business and keeps the Territory firmly on the national sporting radar.

“I’m sure the Cowboys and Titans will enjoy their time in the Northern Territory and I am personally looking forward to seeing all three teams in action next year.”

Along with the two NRL games in the Northern Territory, the Parramatta Eels will continue their fantastic community engagement program in 2017, visiting Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin to conduct coaching and skills clinics, coaching courses and school visits.

“What I have loved about the Territory Eels’ agreement over the past three years is how they get the community so involved with what they do,” Ms Moss said.

“Children and adults love having the chance to get up close and personal with the players and I have no doubt we will see some fantastic initiatives again in 2017.”

NRL NT General Manager Nigel Roy said the Eels versus Cowboys matchup in Darwin would provide something different than recent years.

“I’m extremely excited to have the North Queensland Cowboys come to Darwin, not only because of their recent on-field success, but also because of their close proximity to the Top End,” Mr Roy said.

“Here in Darwin, we have a strong Queensland representation and I’m sure fans from both sides will flock into TIO Stadium for the game.

“The Eels have not lost in Darwin over the past three years, the Cowboys will be comfortable with the conditions and have played here before, it sets up a wonderful contest.”

Tickets for both matches will go on sale in 2017.