News

Football fans snap up Socceroos merchandise

SHOWING SUPPORT: Sportscene Gladstone staff member Charlie Ibell with some 2014 FIFA World Cup merchandise that has been selling fast.
SHOWING SUPPORT: Sportscene Gladstone staff member Charlie Ibell with some 2014 FIFA World Cup merchandise that has been selling fast. Luka Kauzlaric

FOOTBALL fever has swept through Gladstone, with people cleaning out Socceroos merchandise from local suppliers across the city.

Sportscene Gladstone on Toolooa Street is down to its last official soccer ball and has been selling a lot of scarves, hats and T-shirts.

>> Miss a match? Replays light up local screens

Staff member Charlie Ibell said the Brazuca balls, which were a replica of the official ball used in the competition, were among the items popular with customers.

"It's really good to see the support for the Australians as they go over for the World Cup," he said.

"There is a fair bit of support behind soccer in Gladstone."

>> World Cup kicks off with protests in Sao Paulo

Sportspower at Gladstone Central Shopping Centre also sold out of the official Socceroos jerseys, with only the away strip still in stock.

Store owner Kristy Claridge said a lot people were getting on board early to support Australia when it played its first game on Saturday.

She said the sale of football boots and related stock was pretty constant throughout the year, which reflected how popular the sport was in Gladstone.

"It's pretty fanatical," she said. "Because of the influx of people to Gladstone, I think some of the soccer clubs around town have had to turn kids away this year."

People are also reading up on their football facts ahead of the major competition, with Kmart selling many of its 2014 FIFA Brazil Official Book and also copies of The History of Football in Australia.

Kmart store manager Martin Jahnke said Gladstone was getting excited.

"Everyone's buzzing," he said. "We've got the soccer balls with all the different countries on it and they're been selling well."

Best and Less assistant manager Sarah Smith said it wasn't surpising that the World Cup merchandise was selling well, with the amount of football fans calling Gladstone home.

"In central Queensland soccer is a pretty well known sport," she said.

Topics:  football, soccer, socceroos, sport, world cup 2014



'Loaded' hourly rates could replace penalty rates

PENALTY RATES: Workers could get more an hour to fore go weekend penalty rates.

DO YOU rely on penalty rates to make ends meet?

BREAKING: Gladstone man flees court

Police are looking for this man

33-year-old man wanted by police

Emergency services held up in woman's rail line 'sieges'

Police generic

Woman's late night antics puts Gladstone rail under 'siege'

Local Partners

Sludge metal heaven served up across Australia

Black Rheno bring their stripped back sludge metal through regional Australia.

Black Rheno to hit a town near you

Prog metal upstarts to tour Australia

Caligula’s Horse, one of the country’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, will hit the road for a national tour in November.

Australian prog masters announce national tour

Debra Messing wants to do a 'naughty' Will and Grace reunion

'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing wants a "naughty" reunion

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'