Suite deal: NRL to open rugby league-themed hotel in Brisbane

  • ARL Commission acquires Gambaro Hotel near Suncorp Stadium
  • Establishment’s rooms to be named after ‘the game’s legendary players’

Queenslanders who need more of Wally Lewis than his statue can offer will soon be able to get into bed with him, with a suite to be named after the rugby league great in an NRL-themed hotel.

The ARL Commission has just completed a reported $25m acquisition of Brisbane’s Gambaro Hotel 300 metres up the road from Suncorp Stadium.

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Winners and losers in footy radio ratings war

The former sports stars are kicking goals on Sunday Sport, a two-hour show which covers all sports in the lead-up to the station’s AFL coverage.Bartel is highly regarded by 3AW and was a summer fill-in for breakfast while Allen has recently sat alongside Ross Stevenson in the coveted early morning seat.The Sunday Sport program has been a slow burn with Bartel and Carlton’s AFLW coach and former Hawthorn star Daniel Harford kicking it off in 2018.Herald Sun chief football writer Mark Robinson was a part of the show last year as it continued to spike in the ratings.The early Sunday afternoon time slot had traditionally been a wasteland for 3AW with ratings of around 6 but the sports show has proven to be a winning combination, rating 12.4.Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >Bartel has been thrown up as a potential replacement for iconic broadcaster Gerard Healy should he decide to step away from his Sportsday show which is being rebranded under the Wide World of Sports banner in November.There has also been speculation that Allen, a former pro golfer, could be getting a bigger role at 3AW after his impressive stint in the co-host role on the breakfast show.The fourth ratings survey of the year reinforced that 3AW and Triple M are the big winners in AFL coverage with both posting pleasing numbers.It was a strange survey for SEN with the sports network staying the same at 2.7 overall despite the football season being its prime time.SEN boss Craig Hutchison isn’t a fan of the traditional ratings system which is probably a good thing although there were small increases for the Garry & Tim Breakfast show (2.9 up 0.2) and Gerard Whately’s morning show (2.7 up 0.2).RSN 927 also came down in the ratings with its sports breakfast show coming in at 0.5.AFL APPOINTS NEW MEDIA MANAGER THE AFL has looked to the Victorian government to fill its media manager role.Stephanie Jones, a senior adviser to the Office of the Premier, has been lured to the AFL after four years helping Dan Andrews.Jones, who will start at the end of the month, replaces Nadine Rabah who recently left the league to become Collingwood’s media boss.She has also previously worked at the Arts Centre, Channel 9 and Crown Casino.WAS CORNES ONTO SOMETHING AGAIN? KANE Cornes might be onto something again.The controversial Channel 9 commentator had a go at Hawthorn last week saying they’d become the “irrelevant team of the competition”.His timing was interesting given last week’s press conference with coach Sam Mitchell didn’t happen, or should we say, there is no record of it.There were no cameras or reporters at Waverley Park at the time Hawks wheeled Mitchell out and then even an attempt by the club’s own media team to get a few lines for the faithful to put on their own website also didn’t happen.Some technical issues with the recording equipment meant that didn’t happen also.

‘Job is not done’: Club’s ‘belief’ in AFL coach

The Suns on Wednesday confirmed Dew’s retention until at least the end of the 2024 AFL season.Having joined the Suns ahead of the 2018 campaign, Dew is the Suns’ longest-serving coach.“I’m immensely proud to coach the Gold Coast Suns and I think with the help of some fantastic people around me we’ve laid some exciting foundations to build on in the coming years,” Dew said.“We have had an unprecedented level of commitment, support and dedication from everyone involved to create a connection to a journey that people believed in. “I love this club and the game, and it gives me all the love back.“We want to be a club that our members and supporters can be proud of. The support we have received from our community has been nothing short of incredible and will always be valued by myself and the playing group.“It’s our goal to chase down ‘firsts’ for this football club. A first AFL finals campaign, winning our first AFL final and of course chasing our first premiership.“The job is not done, and the best is yet to come.” Suns chairman Tony Cochrane said the club’s ambition, improvement and progression under Dew was “clear for everyone to see”.“We’ve had real clarity from the start of this season on what our expectations were as a football club and our belief in our senior coach Stuart Dew,” Cochrane said.“Stuey has worked tirelessly alongside a number of others to create an environment that sets our players, and this football club, up for success both on and off the field and we look forward to him taking us forward on that journey as we continue to build a strong culture and a winning environment.”The Suns can ill-afford a defeat in their chase for a top-eight berth when they host Richmond on Saturday at Metricon Stadium.

‘Petulant’ Dusty sparks Twitter squabble

The former Port Adelaide star gave Martin a bake on Wednesday after video emerged of the Tigers star snubbing a TV reporter.Martin went in for scans earlier this week after he injured his hamstring during the Tigers win over West Coast.The club confirmed after the scans that Martin will miss the Tigers’ trip to play the Suns on the Gold Coast this weekend.Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >Channel 7’s Mitch Cleary approached Martin on the street ahead of the scan and asked how the 31-year-old was feeling.Martin walked past the reporter and cameraman without giving any response. The display prompted a brutal takedown from Cornes. “It’s pretty petulant, don’t you think? I thought it was petulant from Dustin Martin,” Cornes told SEN SA Breakfast.“You’ve got the game’s biggest star refusing to talk to basically Channel 7’s number one footy reporter, the host broadcaster, and looking at him with genuine disdain and completely ignoring him.“There is a level of respect on how to treat people. A lot of footy fans don’t rate the media and a lot of players don’t too, but I think it’s more about how you treat people and if you’re going to accept a $1.2 million cheque per year basically from media rights, I think there’s a real arrogance about that, and some people would say that’s overdoing it, but he refuses to do on-ground interviews after.“You’re the game’s biggest star, I just reckon it’s not hard to just say, ‘Hey Mitch, I’m not sure mate, we’ll find out later in the week’. That’s all you’ve got to say.“You’re speaking to the supporters as well. You may hate the media — but you’re speaking to the 100,000 Richmond members who never hear (from you).”Collingwood legend Nathan Buckley on Wednesday spoke out in defence of Martin in a post on Twitter.Buckley said the 7 News piece “got what it deserved”.“No comment? Nothing to add to the story? Then what was the purpose of running the vision,” he questioned.“Door stopping is the height of disrespect. It violates personal and private space and is no fun for the journos asked to do it, nor for the targets. “It got the treatment it deserves.”Cleary responded: “Didn’t run on the news, only social media. “You know Dusty is 100-1 to stop but it doesn’t mean 100-1 winners don’t ever get up.“Your former Pies boys often give great content on the doorstop.”Martin has previously been criticised for refusing to speak to reporters, including AFL broadcast rights holders Fox Footy and Channel 7.Martin was earlier this week making headlines for his uncertain future at Richmond and rumoured links to the Sydney Swans. 3AW’s Sportsday reporter Sam McClure said on Monday he wasn’t sure if Martin would stay at Punt Road.“I think as we sit here right now there’s a very large chance Dustin Martin won’t be playing at Richmond next year,” he said on Sportsday.“Sydney keeps getting mentioned … he’s had a love of Sydney and if he wanted to go there, they would move heaven and earth to make it happen.“Damien Hardwick was on record not long ago saying if (Dustin Martin) wanted to go, he would go with (Hardwick’s) blessing.“But he has two years left on his deal, so it’s easier said than done.”

Lane Johnson praises Jalen Hurts, calls him a “great leader”

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