Win tastes sweeter

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

GAYN­DAH is hop­ing for sweet re­venge in the Cit­rus Cup.

Mun­dub­bera Tigers won last year but this year the Gla­di­a­tors will have home ad­van­tage and a mas­sive Gayn­dah Or­ange Fes­ti­val crowd be­hind them.

While Queens­land and New SouthWales pre­pare for the State of Ori­gin, Cen­tral and North Bur­nett know the real deal is our own State of Or­anges.

State of Or­anges is the grudge match of the year.

Both teams come into the game with good form af­ter wins in last week’s reg­u­lar sea­son matches.

Mayor Don Waugh said the game was the high­light of the rugby league sea­son.

“It’s such a spe­cial event,” he said.

“It’s prob­a­bly con­sid­ered more im­por­tant than the ac­tual State of Ori­gin in this area.”

Gayn­dah won the first State of Or­anges in 1981.

Brag­ging rights shifted back and forth be­tween the two cit­rus grow­ing neigh­bours ever since.

The fiery 2012 match is sure to be fresh in the minds of both teams af­ter an all-in-brawl had a Tiger player sin­binned.

The Tigers won that thrilling en­counter by two points.

This year’s game is a chance for the two flood-hit towns to have some fun again.

The Aus­tralia Day floods hit the lo­cal cit­rus in­dus­try hard and many or­chards are strug­gling due to lower re­turns for dam­aged fruit.

State of Or­anges is a chance to show off the re­gion and show vis­i­tors that Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera are still the cit­rus cap­i­tals.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STATE OF OR­ANGES: Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors thrilled an al­most record crowd last fes­ti­val to claim the Cit­rus Cup.

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