NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell will tonight flick the switch on the biggest week of Telstra Premiership Grand Final events in history when he lights up Sydney with 80m high images of the 2011 Telstra Premiership Grand Finalists.

The massive pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will host a spectacular Rugby League slide-show when the Premier turns on projectors that will operate each night until the October 2 Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

The 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final week will also include:

  • The One Community Awards night;
  • The announcement of Telstra Premiership Grand Final teams and referees;
  • The Men of League Ball;
  • The Western Sydney Grand Final Breakfast (hosted by the Luke Priddis Foundation);
  • The Telstra Premiership Grand Final Breakfast;
  • The Carbine Club Telstra Premiership Grand Final Lunch;
  • The Telstra Premiership Grand Final Fan Party at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour;
  • The Grand Final Footy Show;
  • The giant Grand Final Telstra Kids to Kangaroos Coaching Clinic at the Olympic Park Athletics Centre and ANZ Stadium;
  • NRL Club Grand Final functions;
  • A Telstra Premiership Grand Final Members Party;
  • A day of NRL Grand Final events and entertainment from 11am on Grand Final morning;
  • Tributes to the game’s retiring champions;
  • The Telstra Premiership, Toyota Cup and NSW Cup Grand Finals.

“The Telstra Premiership Grand Final celebrates the deep connection fans have with Rugby League,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.
“Nothing matches the excitement of having your team in the deciding game but for every fan there is a special feeling about Grand Final week and we have been able to ensure that there is every opportunity for fans to be a part of the countdown to the biggest game of the year.”

From fan activities at parklands stretching from Darling Harbour to Homebush Bay, to charity breakfasts, corporate events, community awards and celebrations of the game’s Grand Final heroes and retiring stars, Sydney will feel alive with excitement amidst the biggest week of Telstra Premiership Grand Final activities ever staged.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said Sydney is the heartland and spiritual home of Rugby League.

“The NSW Government is supporting the NRL to make Grand Final week an event in itself, driving tourism and investment to Sydney at this exciting time of the year for football fans,” he said.

For those still wanting to be at the game, the final release of approximately 14,000 Telstra Premiership Grand Final tickets will go on sale to Ticketed Club Members of the two NRL Grand Final teams from 10am on Monday, September 26, with any remaining tickets to then be made available for public sale from 10am on Tuesday, September 27.

Tickets will be available through Ticketek on 132 849, at Ticketek outlets or online at www.ticketek.com.au.

Further information on 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final events:

Sunday, September 25
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell will flick the switch to light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge with images of NRL stars and the Grand Final teams beamed on to the pylons providing a stunning back-drop to the city’s status as the home of the NRL Grand Final. The day will also feature the presentation of the Col Pearce Medal in honour of the NRL’s referee of the year.


Monday, September 26
One Community Awards, Sydney Town Hall
Amidst the excitement of the Grand Final teams beginning their build-up for the match, on Monday night the NRL will celebrate one of the most inspiring events of the season when the game’s biggest stars join with grassroots volunteers, the game’s most dedicated women and officials who devote themselves to helping others enjoy Rugby League at the annual One Community Awards at Sydney Town Hall.

Award nominees from across Australia will rub shoulders with NRL stars in an event that features the presentation of the coveted Telstra Ken Stephen Medal, awarded to the NRL player who has demonstrated ongoing and exceptional service to the game both on and off the field, as well as the Toyota Volunteer of the Year Award, with both winners to present the Telstra Premiership Trophy at ANZ Stadium on Grand Final day.

Find out more about the nominees at www.nrl.com/awards


Tuesday, September 27
The teams and match officials for the 2011 Telstra Premiership Grand Final are announced.

Men of League Ball, Doltone House, Pyrmont
The Men of League Ball honours past and present players and is a major fundraising event for the Men of League Foundation.  Each year the Ball celebrates a theme and in 2011 it will celebrate the game’s best coaches. NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, will also present new inductee Nathan Hindmarsh with his prestigious ‘300 Club’ ring.

Wednesday, September 29
NRL Western Sydney Grand Final Breakfast, Penrith
The inaugural NRL Western Sydney Grand Final Breakfast will be held in the Exhibition Marquee at Penrith Panthers with all proceeds to support the Luke Priddis Foundation and its quest to maximise the services and opportunities available to autistic and special needs children.

Supported by the NRL and the game’s four western Sydney clubs – the Panthers, Eels, Bulldogs and Wests Tigers – the event is a new opportunity for fans to meet with NRL stars and be part of the Grand Final excitement.
MC Tony Squires will host the event from 7am and special guests will include NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and members of the 1991 and 2003 Panthers Premiership teams. Tickets cost $75 and are available by calling (02) 4736-0313 or emailing donna@lukepriddisfoundation.com �


Thursday, September 30
NRL Grand Final Breakfast, Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre
The Telstra Premiership Grand Final Breakfast is an event steeped in tradition. The breakfast will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and is attended by the two Telstra Premiership Grand Final teams, club officials, NRL guests, sponsor and commercial partners and media.�

Carbine Club NRL Grand Final Lunch, Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre

The Carbine Club NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Lunch is a corporate sales event which celebrates Rugby League. Hosted by Ken Sutcliffe, it also honours the game’s retiring and departing stars.

NRL Grand Final Fan Party, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
A day of family and Rugby League-based interactive activities and entertainment will culminate in a broadcast of The Footy Show, a spectacular fireworks display, appearances by both Telstra Premiership Grand Final teams, autograph sessions with past and current players, junior coaching clinics, cheerleader performances and participation clinics, club mascot appearances, street theatre, entertainment and Rugby League One Community activities.

Free activities will run from 9am-12.30pm and feature some of the NRL’s biggest stars before the venue is transformed ahead of the evening’s activities that includes the parade of the two Grand Final teams.

Tickets range from $5 to $10 and are available now from Ticketek on 132 849, at Ticketek outlets or online at www.ticketek.com.au.

Full event details are available at www.nrl.com/grandfinal


Friday, September 30
Telstra Kids To Kangaroos Coaching Clinic, ANZ Stadium
Working with ARL Development, the NRL will host a school holidays Kids to Kangaroos Grand Final coaching clinic at ANZ Stadium and the Athletics Centre, Homebush Bay. It is expected that 600 boys and girls from 8-13 years of age will participant across the day with two time slots available as part of an online registration process (9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm).  

Kids will be given a behind-the-scenes tour of ANZ Stadium, an on-field Grand Final experience with the Telstra Premiership trophy, lunch, a commemorative gift, meet players from the non-competing NRL clubs and take part in clinic activities. Online registrations are available by clicking here.

NRL Club Members Grand Final Party, Rock Lily, The Star
The NRL will host an exclusive Club Members Party to acknowledge the support of its Ticketed Club Members, with the party involving club officials, Rugby League legends and current NRL stars.

CRL Player of the Year, Doltone House, Pyrmont
The Country Rugby League celebrates its night of nights with the announcement of the AAMI Country Rugby League Player of the Year.


Sunday, October 2
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, ANZ Stadium
The ANZ Stadium precinct will roar to life from 11am with family activities, music, food stalls and appearances by NRL One Community ambassadors providing an exciting prelude to all the footy action that includes the NSW Cup Grand Final at 12pm and the Toyota Cup Grand Final at 2pm ahead of the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final from 5pm.