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CommBank Stadium lights up Green & Gold as football fans welcome home Socceroos heroes on Friday night

The Socceroos play Ecuador on Friday night at CommBank Stadium, the match billed as something of a “Thank You” to fans who so lifted the team on their memorable run to the Round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

And for sure there’ll be mutual admiration from players to fans and back again. It was a brilliant journey for the nation and with a bit of luck Australia could’ve gone deeper – how we leapt in the air when Garang Kuol nearly slid one past Argentina goal-keeper Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez.

Today Kuol, 18, is but one of the storylines among those picked by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold. And while 20 of the 26-man squad were in Qatar, there’s plenty of interest in how uncapped young ones go.

Consider Alexander Robertson. The 19-year-old played junior football with Hakoah Sydney City East FC before heading to the UK to play youth team football at famous Manchester United.

He was then poached by cross-town rivals Manchester City, where he currently trains as a midfielder under Pep Guardiola and alongside superstars Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne.

Robertson also represented England at several junior levels and qualifies to represent Scotland and Peru. Yet when Arnold called ahead of the Socceroos game against Ecuador on Friday night at CommBank Stadium, Robertson was all in for Australia.

A family matter, you see. If he gets on the field, Robertson will follow in the footsteps of father Mark (who debuted for the Socceroos in 2001) and grandfather Alex Snr (1984).

“To be a third generation to pull on that Socceroos jersey would be something special,” Robertson says.

On the players he’s largely meeting for the first time this week, Robertson says he can’t wait to be a part of what appears such a strong and happy camp.

“I feel like the whole group and the camp itself, looking from the outside, looks really strong. They all look ‘together’ as a team and you saw that at the World Cup.

“Me going in there, I can’t wait to go and play with good players. I just want to add my qualities and values to the team and then hopefully we can get some more success in the future,” Robertson says.

Fans will have a first peak at that future on Friday night at CommBank Stadium when the Socceroos campaign for the FIFA World Cup 2026™ in North America and Mexico begins.

While this match is being promoted as a homecoming, it’s three years from when Arnold will have a good idea of his squad. Thus every match in the green-and-gold is a chance to impress the gaffer.

Along with established stars jetting in from leagues around the world – names like Maty Ryan, Milos Degenek, Aaron Mooy and Mitch Duke were on front and back pages last year – Arnold has picked several uncapped players along with Robertson, notably Aiden O’Neill (24, Melbourne City), Joe Gauci (22, Adelaide United) and Jordan Bos (20, Melbourne City).

The exotically-named Nestory Irankunda – a goal-scoring winger from Adelaide United who turned 17 in February – has been brought into the squad as a “train-on” player. Arnold, though, has hinted Irankunda might spend some minutes on the field.

And if that happens and the Tanzanian teengager does half of what Kuol did for the A-Leagues All Stars in last year’s match against Barcelona, Arnold will have found another hot one.

And another great story of Australia.

Arnold says Irankunda has “special qualities”.

“For a kid at the age of 17 . . . the physique on him, the speed on him – it’s exciting.

“He’s coming in for an experience but that’s not ruling out game time,” Arnold says.

While important to his forward planning for 2026, for Arnold the match is also a chance to give back to fans. The Socceroos took the country on a trip in Qatar in 2022 and the players and officials were very aware of the buzz they created back home. Indeed they thrived on it.

“We saw the scenes back home in Australia during the World Cup and it would be wonderful to recreate that buzz and excitement during this upcoming series, where football fans can thank the players for their efforts and together, we can reminisce on a special moment in Australian sporting history,” Arnold says.

Confirmed! Socceroos’ Homecoming Match at CommBank Stadium in March

The Subway Socceroos will return home to Australia for the first time since their history-making feats at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ when they host Ecuador at CommBank Stadium in Sydney on Friday 24 March (8pm kick-off).

With most of the Subway Socceroos’ squad returning to their respective club sides around the world straight after the Round of 16 match against Argentina, the March FIFA International window will be the first time the squad has been able to come home to Australia to celebrate with family, friends, and fans.

“What the Subway Socceroos achieved in Qatar both on and off the pitch was history-making and truly united the nation like no other team could, so it’s fantastic Australian football fans finally get the opportunity to celebrate with the team on home soil with these two matches against Ecuador,” said Football Australia CEO James Johnson.

“Ecuador is a team that competed at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year and has good World Cup pedigree. These are the types of matches we will seek to secure for the Subway Socceroos in this next FIFA World Cup cycle and as the team moves towards the upcoming AFC Asian Cup.

“During the FIFA World Cup, we witnessed unrivalled scenes of support with live sites across the country including capacity crowds at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, and we look forward to celebrating together on Friday 24 March at CommBank Stadium.

“Football Australia would like to thank the NSW Government, through their tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, for their continued support of Australian football and our senior national football teams.

“Without the support of such committed event partners over many years, hosting international matches such as these would not be possible,” concluded Johnson.

Subway Socceroos’ Head Coach Graham Arnold said this homecoming series is an opportunity for Australian football and football fans to finally celebrate together the achievements of this team in Qatar.

“It’s fantastic we get this opportunity to gather again as a squad and reflect upon what we achieved at the

FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” Arnold said.

“Throughout the FIFA World Cup, we saw the incredible support the team was receiving back in Australia, and we are very much looking forward to finally celebrating together.”

Subject to availability, Arnold plans to call up a similar looking squad to that which represented Australia with such distinction in Qatar, while acknowledging that this series also presents a strong test on the park for the Subway Socceroos, whose quest to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026 starts this November and the AFC Asian Cup™ in early 2024.

“Selection for these two matches is our way of showing our gratitude for what the players sacrificed during the qualifying campaign and their achievements at the World Cup. As further reward, these players will be given the first opportunity to impress the coaching staff and get on the blank selection sheet as we move forward into the next cycle,” concluded Arnold.

NSW Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said the match would be a fantastic opportunity for football fans to come together to cheer on their local heroes.

“Sydney is celebrating football in a big way, so it is fantastic that the Subway Socceroos will be playing their first home game since the FIFA World Cup 2022TM right here in the Harbour City,” Mr Franklin said.

“Sydney certainly has football fever, and we can’t wait to welcome the players, officials and fans to CommBank Stadium for this exciting match.”

NSW Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said NSW has a huge participation and supporter base for football.

“We recently welcomed home the CommBank Matildas for the Cup of Nations tournament across NSW and later this year Sydney will host the most games of any city for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023TM including

the Final,” Mr Henskens said.

“International football is front of mind for Sydney and NSW right now and it is a privilege to see our national teams play in our state, uniting fans in celebration and inspiring players of all levels and demographics.”

Tickets for Subway Socceroos v Ecuador in Sydney will go on sale to Football Account holders at 9am (AEDT) Friday 3 March, and to the General Public from 9am Monday 6 March. Tickets will start at $10 for Juniors and $20 for Adults with Concessions starting at $15.

Football Australia can confirm that $1 from every ticket sold for both matches will be donated to the CommBank Pararoos. The CommBank Pararoos are Australia’s national men’s football team for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, or symptoms acquired from stroke.


Match Day One

Date: Friday 24 March

Venue: CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Time: 8pm (AEDT)


Broadcast: Live on 10 in Sydney and Melbourne, 10 Bold in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth, and on 10 Play and Paramount+.

Match Day Two

Date: Tuesday 28 March

Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Time: 7:30pm (AEDT)


Broadcast: Live on 10 Bold, 10 Play and Paramount+

It’s Jones v Cheika as Wallabies to take on Argentina at Sydney’s CommBank Stadium

The Wallabies will take on Argentina in their first Test match in Australia this year at CommBank Stadium on Saturday 15 July – a mouth-watering Test that will pit new coach Eddie Jones against former Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika.

Australia has confirmed its 2023 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup fixtures for 2023, which will set the foundations for their Rugby World Cup preparations which kicks off in France in September.

In a truncated version of the competition due to the sport’s showpiece tournament, the Wallabies will start their campaign against current World Champions South Africa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on July 8.

Then all eyes will be on CommBank Stadium in Western Sydney when Australia take on the Cheika-coached Argentina. The last time Argentina played at CommBank Stadium they pulled off a historic first-ever victory over the All Blacks (25-15 in November 2020).

The Australia v Argentina eToro Rugby Championship match at CommBank Stadium in Sydney on Saturday 15 July is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

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The 2023 international schedule then sees Bledisloe Cup fixtures played back-to-back with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday July 29. The MCG has only hosted just three Tests in the past, the last time back in 2007 where the Wallabies defeated New Zealand 20-15 in front of nearly 80,000 spectators. The team will then cross the ditch and run out at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for the return clash on August 5, hoping to get their hands on the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.

Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos said: “2023 is a big year for our men in gold as we look ahead to the Rugby World Cup in France. The eToro Rugby Championship home fixtures are an important part of this preparation as we look forward to welcoming the Pumas and All Blacks to our backyard.

“With the Pumas at CommBank Stadium and All Blacks at the MCG there is a lot of exciting rugby ahead.

“With the Rugby World Cup less than nine months away I know the team will be wanting to get hold of some silverware before then and these matches will provide the perfect platform for this.”

“With a new Wallabies coach in charge and being the last coach to have won the Bledisloe Cup, expectations will be high throughout the international series.

“We would like to thank all of our partners and broadcasters for their continued support, as well as the State Governments for their ongoing support and co-operation in delivering world-class sporting events in Australia.”

Wallabies Head Coach Eddie Jones said: “The Rugby Championship is one of the toughest competitions in the world and to play against high-quality sides in South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina in a World Cup year is perfect preparation for our team.

“To be able to play in Sydney at CommBank Stadium against the Pumas is going to be a great hit-out and then you’ve got the MCG which is one of the most iconic stadiums in the world with 100,000 Wallabies supporters there cheering us on.

“There’s plenty to be done between now and then but I can’t wait to bring the team together and get to work.”

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2023 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Fixtures

  • Wallabies v South Africa, 5:05pm SAST/1:05am AEST, Saturday 8 July at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
  • Wallabies v Argentina, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 15 July at CommBank Stadium, Sydney
  • Wallabies v New Zealand, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 29 July at Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Wallabies v New Zealand, 2:35pm NZST/12:35pm AEST Saturday 5 August at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Western Sydney Long Lunch at CommBank Stadium to feature Australian food icon Matt Moran and superstar vocal group Human Nature

Western Sydney is OPEN FOR LUNCH . . . and to kick off a huge summer of outdoor events and world-class dining, CommBank Stadium has been chosen as the venue for a mouth-watering long lunch on Friday 2 December.

Promoted by Destination NSW – the State’s lead agency in support of tourism and events – Western Sydney Long Lunch at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta will feature a menu curated by Australian food icon Matt Moran and entertainment featuring Australia’s hugely popular vocal group Human Nature.

CommBank Stadium, the venue better known for hosting elite athletes and sporting events, will be the home ground for stars of another kind as Sydney’s hospitality royalty become the champions of summer.

On arrival, guests will be treated to an array of live stations showcasing the flavours of multicultural Western Sydney with food and beverages from some of the City of Parramatta’s finest restaurants, including Misc.Parramatta and Julian Cincotta’s Butter – the latter currently looking for new premises in the city.

Guests will then have the opportunity to delight in a wonderful paddock-to-plate experience designed by Western Sydney born and raised, Matt Moran, who is now Culinary Ambassador at CommBank Stadium.

The day will also feature a Motown’s Greatest Hits special by popular Australian band Human Nature.

Australian band Human Nature dressed in black tie and singing into old fashioned microphones.
Popular Australian band Human Nature will perform a Motown’s Greatest Hits feature at Western Sydney Long Lunch

Western Sydney Long Lunch will coincide with four separate OPEN FOR LUNCH events in Sydney’s CBD.

Four individual event precincts, spanning George Street from Park to Hunter Street, will see the diverse nature of Sydney’s dining scene come to life in a manner never before seen.

Open For Lunch is more than a Friday lunch outing. It promises to be a larger-than-life celebration of what Western Sydney does best: food, entertainment, and bringing people together. Diners will enjoy an amazing lunchtime event for only $65 per person (plus booking fee).

Interested diners can secure their seats at from 9am Friday 18 November. But move fast, as tickets are limited.

OPEN FOR LUNCH is secured by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. Open For Lunch is just one of the NSW Government’s Summer in Sydney event series. To find out more, plan your summer at

Western Sydney Long Lunch

CommBank Stadium, Parramatta  
Friday 2 December 
12noon to 3pm
Bookings are essential!

At only $65 per person (plus booking fee), this is an event not to be missed and tickets will sell out fast.

Parra Eels to kick off NRL season against Storm at CommBank Stadium before all eyes on Grand Final rematch against Panthers in Round 4

THE Parramatta Eels will host the opening game of the 2023 NRL season at CommBank Stadium with a blockbuster Thursday Night Footy clash against the Melbourne Storm on 2 March.

The Eels will also be at their spiritual home in Round 2, with a Friday night 6pm match-up against the Sharks on 10 March.

Then bring on Round 4 and a massive Grand Final rematch against Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium on Thursday 23 March (7:50pm)!

As the NRL released its much-anticipated season draw for 2023, the Eels were locked in for 11 huge home games at CommBank Stadium.

The Parramatta Eels (20,015) boasted the highest Sydney NRL average attendance of the regular-season in 2022 and the stage is set for another run of capacity crowds at CommBank Stadium in season 2023.

The Blue and Gold Army will be out in force for the clash with the Panthers as the mighty Eels get the chance to redeem themselves against the benchmark team of 2021-22.

Wests Tigers will play two home games at CommBank Stadium in season 2023 – against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Round 19 on Thursday 6 July (7:50pm) and against new club the Dolphins in Round 25 on Saturday 19 August.

The Tigers will host the traditional Easter Monday game against the Parra Eels at nearby Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park on 10 April.

The Easter Monday blockbuster traditionally draws one of the largest NRL club attendances of the season.

Among other home stadium highlights for the Parramatta Eels in season 2023:

  • The Eels will host great rivals the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in a cracking Round 7 Sunday afternoon game at CommBank Stadium on 16 April (4pm);
  • Parra’s final two home games of the regular-season loom as vital in the context of the club’s season . . . against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday 6 August (2pm) and the Sydney Roosters on Friday 18 August (8pm).

See the full 2023 NRL Draw here

Forever Everton Superfan Gears Up For The Sydney Super Cup

Story and pictures by Ayush Kumar

Maybe it was the fact Ian Butler was driving his blue Mustang down Everton Rd that gave it away. The number plate EVRTON probably helped too.

Just days out from Everton FC’s arrival for the Sydney Super Cup series, we’ve found a serious contender for the title of No.1 Everton superfan in Australia.

Ian, a 62-year-old father of two from Kellyville in Sydney’s north-west, has followed the storied English Premier League club for more than 50 years. He’s often seen driving his Blues-dedicated Mustang through the streets of Sydney, and even his family dog is called Seamus after the Everton club captain.

Everton FC are coming to Australia for the first time in 12 years to play in the Sydney Super Cup series, with matches against Scottish Premier League champions Celtic FC at Accor Stadium on Sunday 20 November and then Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday 23 November.

Born and raised in the UK, at a working-class town called Crewe just 50km from Everton’s home ground Goodison Park, Ian was just eight years old when a local lorry driver started telling him stories about the blue side of Merseyside.

The rusted-on Toffees supporter, who delivered coal to the family farm, took the youngster to his first ever Everton game . . . against Leeds United at Goodison Park in 1968.

There was no turning back from that point and Ian has been a true Blues supporter ever since. He recalls catching the train with high-school mates to every home game to watch Everton play. He even enrolled at the University of Liverpool primarily so he could keep going to every Everton home game.

Ian’s love for Everton FC runs deep in his family as he describes his sons as even more passionate fans of the football club than himself.

The family home at Kellyville features a grand old team poster on the living room wall and there’s also a massive Everton badge on the wall in the TV room. “My wife doesn’t like it very much but it keeps the whole Everton theme going and I think my wife has just accepted it and it’s never going away now,” he said

The Butler family recently got a dog who they named Séamus after the Everton captain Seamus Coleman.

“My eldest boy used to have an Everton number plate as well when he was in NSW but had to give it away when he moved to Victoria as he could not get the same number plate there,” said Butler. “My sons’ rooms are Everton themed as well and they have all the kits, shirts and memorabilia.”

The last time Ian saw Everton play in a stadium was back in 2017 when he visited the UK with his family and witnessed Wayne Rooney score a screamer from the halfway mark against West Ham.

He says he’s counting the days till Everton arrives Down Under for the Sydney Super Cup matches.

“I don’t know which team wins here but I believe we have a good chance of winning both the games. However, honestly I am just really looking forward to see them play live again,” he said.

“Hopefully they bring a good strong side and we’re going to have two exciting contests. I’m especially looking forward to the match against the Wanderers at Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium, with the RBB at one end and us Everton fans behind the goal at the southern end.

“I’m really looking forward to both games and experiencing a live Everton match again.”

While fans keenly wait to see who is selected to play in Sydney as World Cup national selections are also finalised, Ian talks about passionately the players he hopes to see play in Sydney.

“I’d love to see Séamus Coleman obviously and Jordan Pickford, but unlikely this time around due to him being England’s first-choice goalkeeper and will be in the World Cup squad. He looks like he gets a bit emotional so I’d like to see him in real life. It’s also a new team compared to what we saw in the UK in 2017, so it’s a good opportunity to see a new group of players play.”

Leading in to the Sydney Super Cup matches, Ian and every other Everton supporter will be able to get up close and personal to the Blues stars when they appear at an Everton Open Training Session and Fan Party at Accor Stadium from 6:30pm on Friday 18 November.

Tickets and information about the Sydney Super Cup are available at

Sydney Super Cup fans can ‘Hit the Spot’ to win

Australian football fans have the opportunity to step up to the spot and score a great range of prizes with the launch of the ‘Hit The Spot’ arcade game as part of the Sydney Super Cup.

The game, developed by leading technology, data and gamification company GTG Network, will test fans’ ability to beat the ‘keeper while representing their Sydney Super Cup team; Celtic FC, Everton FC, Sydney FC or Western Sydney Wanderers FC.

Fans can play, score goals and hit bonus targets using a range of techniques, tricks and bonuses – with their combined 10 best scores determining their ranking on the leaderboard.

However, it’s not just club pride on the line, with awesome prizes up for grabs to the top three scorers.

The top three will secure a great range of prizes, with first place securing a $500 Accor Hotels eGift Card. Second place will take home either a signed Celtic FC or Everton FC jersey and a Sydney Super Cup match ball, with third scoring a match ball.

The competition will close at 12-noon on Sunday 20 November, the same afternoon that Celtic FC take on Everton FC at Accor Stadium, with the winner to be announced at the game.

GTG delivers highly bespoke products which focus on customer and fan engagement. With core divisions comprising data insights, automated sports content and gamification, GTG works with the biggest brands in the world to deliver uniquely better experiences and maximise value in direct relationships and broad scale partnerships.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Sydney Super Cup to help promote these exciting events. GTG Network’s ability to deliver custom arcade games for event promotion is adding further excitement to the Sydney Super Cup. The team have been terrific to work with and we look forward to some great games of soccer,” GTG Co-Founder and Partner Nathan Rothschild said.

Tickets and Corporate Hospitality for the Sydney Super Cup are still available and can be purchased here, including the Everton v Western Sydney Wanderers game at CommBank Stadium.

Think you’ve got what it takes to win it all? Play Hit The Spot here.

Sydney takes on Blue hue as Everton fans unveil a week of Super Cup celebrations

The Australian-based Everton supporters’ club has unveiled a spectacular week of events to coincide with the famous English Premier League club’s first Aussie visit in 12 years.

Everton FC will play two huge games as part of the four-club Sydney Super Cup series – taking on Scottish Premier League champions Celtic FC at Accor Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday 20 November and then Western Sydney Wanderers at their Parramatta home base of CommBank Stadium on Wednesday 23 November.

Chair of the Everton Supporters’ Club Australia, John Kelly, said excitement is building within the club’s fan base as they prepare to come together to cheer on the Blues.

“We can’t wait to welcome fans from around the world to Sydney,” he said.

“I’d encourage everyone who is coming into town for Everton’s Sydney Super Cup games to come along to our events, consume everything Everton with fellow Blues, and then cheer on the team against Celtic and Western Sydney Wanderers.”

Everton’s First Team squad will hold an Open Training Session at Accor Stadium on Friday 18 November (6:30pm). The session will allow supporters to see the Blues’ stars put through their paces in the lead-up to their clash with Celtic at the same venue. No tickets are required for the free event, which is open to fans of all ages.

Everton superfans Carolyn Polley-Peters and Kosman Thaengthong at CommBank Stadium in the countdown to the Sydney Super Cup games. Picture: Ayush Kumar

The day before the Celtic game, on Saturday 19 November, supporters will have the opportunity of a lifetime by joining other Blues for a cruise around the famous Sydney Harbour. The two-hour cruise will take in some of Australia’s most recognised sights – sailing past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

The Everton-themed cruise will also feature a Q&A with Everton legends, music and access to a cash bar. Organised by Evertonians, for Evertonians, the two chartered cruises are available at a special price of $69 AUD (around £40) and will depart from Commissioner’s Steps on Circular Quay at 12noon and 2pm (AEDT). With both cruises expected to sell out, supporters are advised to book early.

Supporters are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the fact all tickets to both of Everton’s Sydney Super Cup fixtures include return train travel to the game-day precincts of Olympic Park (versus Celtic) and Parramatta (v Western Sydney Wanderers).

Tickets for both of Everton’s Sydney Super Cup matches in Australia are now on general sale. Evertonians wishing to attend the game against Celtic at the Accor Stadium can purchase tickets in block 141, 142 and 143. Click here to buy tickets for Everton v Celtic

An Everton section will also be in place at the CommBank Stadium leg with supporters guided to purchase tickets in blocks 104, 105 and 106. Click here to buy tickets for Everton v Western Sydney Wanderers


A full list of Everton Supporters’ Events for Sydney Super Cup

(All times AEDT)

Friday 18 November, 6:30pm
Open Training
Accor Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.
No tickets required, free event, supporters of all ages welcome.

Saturday 19 November, 12noon and 2:15pm
Blues’ Cruise around Sydney Harbour
Commissioner’s Steps on Circular Quay.
Click here to book tickets

Saturday 19 November, 5pm
ESCA Welcome Drinks for all Evertonians
The Argyle, 11 Argyle St, The Rocks
No tickets required. Everyone welcome

Sunday 20 November, 10am and post-match
Everton Pre-Match Fan Pub
Aurora Bar
324 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
No tickets required everyone welcome

Sunday 20 November. Gates Open 1:10pm. Warm-Ups 2pm, Kick-Off 2:45pm
Match Day: Everton v Celtic
Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Click here to buy tickets for Everton v Celtic

Monday 21 November, 10pm
England v Iran: watch-along including Q&A Everton Legends
Cheers Sports Bar & Grill, 561 George St, Sydney
Ticket details will be confirmed in due course

Wednesday 23 November, 4pm
Everton Pre-Match Fan Pub
The Commercial Hotel, 2 Hassall St, Parramatta
No tickets required. Everyone welcome

Wednesday 23 November. Gates Open 6:30pm. Warm-Ups 7pm. Kick-Off 7:45pm
Match Day: Everton v Western Sydney Wanderers
CommBank Stadium, O’Connell St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Click here to buy tickets for Everton v Western Sydney Wanderers

Everton-Aussie Superfans Ready To Bring The Noise To Sydney Super Cup Games This November

Everton superfans Carolyn Polley-Peters and Kosman Thaengthong at CommBank Stadium in the countdown to the Sydney Super Cup games. Pictures: Ayush Kumar

They have followed English Premier League club Everton their entire lives and now superfans Carolyn Polley-Peters and Kosman Thaengthong have called on Blues supporters across Australia to bring the famous Evertonian energy to upcoming Sydney Super Cup games.

Carolyn, from Sydney, and Kosman, from Thailand, are members of the Australian-based Everton Supporters Club and say scores of passionate Blues fans will turn out to see their team play historic games in Sydney.

“It’s really exciting because the last time they were here was 12 years ago, so we’re all pumped to see Everton in Sydney for these games,” said Kosman.

Carolyn reiterated Kosman’s sentiments, saying: “Oh man, it’s amazing, I’ve never seen them play live and I can’t wait to see them beat Celtic and then the Wanderers.”

Everton FC will take on Scottish Premier League champions Celtic at Accor Stadium on Sunday 20 August before lining up against the Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday 23 November.

These games are part of a blockbuster three-match Sydney Super Cup series, which will open with Celtic FC taking on Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Thursday 17 November.

The Everton-Aussie superfans are aware that the Wanderers have one of the most passionate supporter groups in the A-Leagues so the atmosphere should be amazing when the series comes to a conclusion at CommBank Stadium on 23 November.

Kosman has travelled around Asia to see Everton play in Singapore & Thailand before travelling to Liverpool to watch them play at the famous Goodison Park.

“I like their team spirit,” Kosman said of why he started supporting the Toffees.

For Carolyn, she may have never seen an Everton game live, but she is a football fanatic, having travelled around the world and attended the last four FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Her love for Everton started early: “A girl in Grade 4 who came from England told me you have to go for Everton, so I said, `OK I’ll go for Everton’ and the rest is history, I’m 56 now,” said Carolyn.

The 2022 Sydney Super Cup Schedule is:

Thursday 17 November: Celtic FC v Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

Sunday 20 November: Celtic FC v Everton FC at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

Wednesday 23 November: Everton FC v Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium, Parramatta

All the event information and tickets can be accessed at

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Everything you need to know about the 2022 Australia Cup Final

From 750 teams down to 2. It’s the Australia Cup Final at CommBank Stadium.

NSW NPL side Sydney United 58 FC will go up against A-League club Macarthur FC with the winner being crowned the 2022 Australia Cup champions.

Here is everything you need to know:

Australia Cup Final
Sydney United 58 FC v Macarthur FC
Tickets here
Saturday 1 October
Gates open: 6:30pm
Australia Cup Final: 7:30pm

Sydney United 58 FC – National Premier League

Macarthur FC – A-League Men’s

Your Game Plan:

  • Arrive early! To avoid queues at the gate and ensure you don’t miss any of the action, it is recommended you arrive at least one hour before kick-off.
  • Public transport is the best way to get to the footy. Plan your trip to CommBank Stadium using the Transport for NSW tool here.
  • If you need to drive, consider your parking options. There is no public parking at the stadium, but there are a number of parking stations within walking distance, including half-price parking after 6pm at the Station Car Park in City of Parramatta. Pre-booking encouraged. Click here for our advice.
  • Pre-purchase your ticket. To avoid disappointment and lines at the box office, we recommend buying your tickets online. Don’t forget to share them digitally or physically with your group before arriving at the gates.

Food and Beverage:

There are a number of food and beverage retail options available at the stadium. New items available include the Lamb Snack Pack, Pizzas and Jam Donuts. For a full list, including menu items, click here.


The forecast for Parramatta on Saturday evening is currently fine, with a temperature of around 15C forecast for kick-off.

Transport to and parking near CommBank Stadium:

Attendees are encouraged to make their way to the Stadium via public transport, including bus, train and ferry. Transport is not included in matchday tickets. Plan to get here early using the Transport for NSW Trip Planner.

If you need to drive, please allow extra time for traffic as there will be a large number of people in the area. There is no public parking available on site at the Stadium, but there is a number of public parking stations close to the venue. Booking is strongly recommended where possible. For more information click here.

More information on various council and commercial car parks and car parks for vehicles with mobility parking permits is available here.

Please note: if you are planning to use a taxi or ride share service after the game, there will be a number of road closures in place for up to half an hour after full time.

Entry requirements:

All bags will be subject to the security screening process. To help avoid delays, it’s best to leave your bag at home. On all event days bag sizes are limited to 30x40cm. Umbrellas are permitted but for the comfort of other patrons, they should not be opened in the seating bowl. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the stadium. Please note: No glass or cans are permitted. For more information on conditions of entry, please click here.

Be there to cheer on your team; only one team will win the 2022 Australia Cup Championship. Tickets are available here.

Parra Eels Grand Final Live Site CONFIRMED for Commbank Stadium this Sunday

THE National Rugby League has announced that Grand Final Day featuring the historic #BattleOfTheWest NRL Grand Final between Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels and the NRLW Grand Final between Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels has sold out.

The last tickets were sold shortly after the final General Public allocation was released Tuesday morning . . . 5 days ahead of the Grand Final!

With the matches now sold out, both Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers will host live sites for Members and supporters who missed out on tickets to Grand Final Day.

Details of the live sites are:

Parramatta Eels Live Site

  • CommBank Stadium – Eastern Grandstand
  • Gates open from 3:30pm Sunday
  • Tickets available here

Penrith Panthers Live Site

  • Watch the Grand Final in The Backyard
  • Panthers Leagues Club
  • Doors open from 1pm
  • Tickets will be available here

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said: “The Grand Final teams represent the beating heart of rugby league. Clubs that represent modern day Australia. Confident, vibrant and growing communities. Heartland areas that have more kids picking up a football for the first time than ever before.

“The demand for tickets has been overwhelming. I would like to thank rugby league fans for their loyalty and support.

“There is much to look forward to this Sunday – a traditional rivalry that has never been played on the NRL Grand Final stage before and an NRLW Grand Final between two teams in just their second Premiership seasons. History will be made.

“We are delighted that Clubs will be celebrating community based live sites for fans.”

Gates will open at Accor Stadium at 1:00pm. Fans are encouraged to use public transport with free public transport (via integrated ticketing) for the event at Accor Stadium.

Fans are encouraged to plan ahead, arrive early in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and enjoy the NRL State Championship Grand Final between Penrith Panthers and Norths Devils at 1:20pm, the NRL Women’s Telstra Premiership Grand Final at 3:55pm as well as local venues, pubs, restaurants and local parklands.

The NRLW Grand Final will also be honoured with its own Pre-Game show as powerhouse soul and blues vocalist Mahalia Barnes, Western Sydney’s new queen of hip-hop and RnB, A.GIRL, and Emma Donovan team up to deliver a re-imagining of iconic Aussie classic, The Real Thing.

The NRL Grand Final Pre-Game Show will be headlined by the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll, Jimmy Barnes, with friends including ARIA-winning singer-songwriters Diesel and special guest Josh Teskey, alongside award-winning Indigenous singer-songwriter Emma Donovan.

Eurovision 2022 star Sheldon Riley and Australian hip-hop legends Bliss n Eso (featuring JOY.) will also perform.

NRL Fan Fest will also launch Wednesday in Martin Place, and operate until Friday between 9am and 4:30pm each day. The NRL teams will feature at 12noon on Thursday and NRLW teams at 12noon on Friday. There will be several activations and give-aways for fans.

The NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW.

Everything you need to know about NSWRL Grand Final Day at CommBank Stadium

By Makayla Muscat

It’s one of the biggest days on the NSW Rugby League calendar… a trifecta of Grand Finals to be played at CommBank Stadium this Sunday 25 September.

It all kicks off with the state’s best amateur clubs battling it out for the President’s Cup.

The unique semi-professional Rugby League competition involves metropolitan and regional teams and is played over nine rounds.

The Clubs represented include North Sydney Bears, Dubbo CYMS, Thirroul Butchers, Wests Illawarra, Western Rams, Hills Bulls, Wentworthville Magpie, Maitland Pickers and Glebe-Burwood Wolves.

In the afternoon, the under 21’s will play their biggest game (Jersey Flegg Cup) ahead of the showpiece event, the Knock on Effect NSW Cup (men’s open age competition).

The NSW Cup champions will take on the winner of the Hostplus Cup in the curtain raiser at Accor Stadium, ahead of the NRL Telstra Premiership on Sunday 2 October.

As a bonus, ticket holders to Saturday night’s NRL Preliminary Final between Penrith Panthers and South Sydney at Accor Stadium can attend all three games for free. All fans need to do is retain their ticket and scan it at the gate at CommBank Stadium.

Grand Final Day Schedule:

10:45 am         Gates Open

11:00 am         Kick Off: President’s Cup Grand Final – Hills Bulls v Maitland Pickers

1:00 pm           Kick Off: Jersey Flegg Cup Grand Final – Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers

3:00 pm           Kick Off: Knock on Effect NSW Cup Grand Final – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers

Your Game Plan:

Tickets are now on sale. Purchase yours now to avoid any queues at the gates.

Arrive in the precinct early! Plan your travel and give yourself additional time for the Stadium Entry Process.

Public transport is the best way to get to the footy! O’Connell Street is within walking distance of Parramatta Station, so avoid gameday traffic and get to the footy without the stress of parking. Plan your trip to CommBank Stadium here.

If you need to drive, consider your parking options. There will be public parking in the Stadium’s northern and southern carparks. There are also a number of parking stations close to the venue.

Head down to Eat Street! Church Street in Parramatta is one of Sydney’s most exciting dining precincts and it’s full of restaurants, bars, and cafés where you can eat after the game.


Head here for NSWRL Grand Final Day tickets.

The best way to secure your tickets is to pre-purchase them online via Ticketek and avoid queues at the box office. If you are a ticket holder from Saturday night’s NRL Preliminary Final at Accor Stadium, you can use your ticket for free entry; simply retain it and scan it at the gates. Ticketed members of Penrith Panthers and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs can also access this game for free – bring your card and scan it at the gates.

Food and Beverage:

There are a number of food and beverage retail options available at the stadium. For a full list of menu items, click here.


The forecast for Parramatta on Sunday afternoon is partly cloudy, with a temperature of around 21C forecast. For up to date weather information, please click here.

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