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