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Roar 'level pegging' with big guns

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou is keen to see a big crowd turn out for the A-League pre-season game against Melbourne Heart on June 25.
Roar coach Ange Postecoglou is keen to see a big crowd turn out for the A-League pre-season game against Melbourne Heart on June 25. Bev Lacey

ROAR coach Ange Postecoglou says he wants Queenslanders to look at his team the same way they look at the Maroons.

For years football has been the poorer cousin of its rival codes, but Postecoglou says that has changed, thanks to the Roar's epic A-League grand final victory over the Central Coast Mariners.

A record 50,000-strong crowd filled Suncorp Stadium for the game, most decked out in the team's bright orange in a spectacular show of support, the likes of which has never been seen in Queensland.

While the Maroons, Broncos, Reds and Lions enjoy fervent support from their fan bases, Postecoglou said his team was now on a level pegging.

Speaking to The Daily ahead of the Roar's pre-season showdown with the Sunshine Coast Fire at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, he said he wanted to keep the ball rolling and take his team to the people.

“Queenslanders are very parochial about their league and union,” he said.

“We wanted to be a part of that. We wanted the people of Queensland to be parochial about us as a club and the code.

“To do that we knew we had to have respect and to have runs on the board.

“I think we did that last year and I think they see us in the same light as some of the other codes and some of the other clubs.

"I think that's great – that's what we want.”

Postecoglou promised the Roar would field its A line-up against the Fire, including Matt McKay, Kosta Barbarouses, Michael Theoklitos, Thomas Broich, Shane Stefanutto and Matt Smith.

The club has managed to retain 17 of its 20-man squad that won last year's A-League premiership and championship.

While Postecoglou said he would not be reading too much into the Roar's pre-season hit-out with the Fire, the signs were strong the club could go back to back.

 

GAME DAY

SUNSHINE COAST v BRISBANE ROAR

Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunday, 2pm.

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