The Brisbane Roar launched their A-League football season today, pulling a Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft.

The ultimate tug-of-war challenge will be seen again at this weekend’s first match of the season in Perth.

Matilda Butler reports.


The aircraft, weighing approximately 5.5 tonnes was pulled collectively by the team, weighing in at 1.5 tonnes.

Later three team-mates took the challenge to the next level.

Besart Berisha, Brisbane Roar striker: “No it was not easy, it was really hard to pull the plane. But I can see now the boys are very strong and they are ready for the game.”

Despite having new coach Rado Vidosic on board, expectations for another successful season are high.

New additions to the team, midfielder Ben Halloran and striker Dong-Hyun Do should add extra depth.

Besart Berisha, Brisbane Roar striker: “For us it’s important to not just look at one player but to look at us – what we’re doing to reach the next level, how we train, how we prepare for the game. I think the boys are very ready. We’ve had a tough pre-season, a lot of games, I think they’re ready.”

The Roar have added to their already potent attack with two new strikers and Berisha says he is excited about the team’s prospects.

Matilda Butler, QUT News.