Cit­rus show­down be­tween towns set to be one bat­tle to al­ways re­mem­ber

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

WHILE Queens­land and New South Wales are get­ting over the first State of Ori­gin clash, Mundubbera and Gayndah are pre­par­ing to bat­tle it out for the State of Or­anges.

Rugby league com­men­ta­tor Gavin Ford said the match be­tween the Mundubbera Tigers and the Gayndah Gla­di­a­tors on Satur­day was a game not to be missed.

“State of Or­anges is the grudge match of the year and both teams lift a gear to bat­tle for the Cit­rus Cap­i­tal crown,” Mr Ford said.

“Mundubbera Tigers won the last four years and have won four games from six this year and with the home ground ad­van­tage will go in as favourites.

“Though like in the past it all de­pends on who takes the field and both sides are com­ing off bruis­ing losses and have play­ers that have nig­gling in­juries.”

Mr Ford said the game was sim­i­lar to a Grand Fi­nal in that the two teams had so much pride to play for.

“Any­thing could hap­pen,” he said.

“The first State of Or­anges took place in 1981 and was won by the Gayndah team.

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

Gayndah have won the com­pe­ti­tion 11 times, while Mundubbera have won it 17 times.

Mr Ford said it would be a tight game.

“Gayndah haven’t won a game yet this sea­son,” he said.

“Though the last time Mundubbera and Gayndah played, it was a 6 or 8 point dif­fer­ence, it was a close game.”

The 2016 game will kick off at the Martin Love Oval in Mundubbera at 6pm.

“It’s fol­low­ing the Eidsvold Races, so it gives peo­ple time to get back from the races and get straight down to the foot­ball,” Mr Ford said.

Win­ning His­tory

 1981 Gayndah 

1982-83 Mundubbera 

1984-88 Gayndah 

1989-99 Mundubbera 

2000 Gayndah 

2008-11 Gayndah 

2012-15 Mundubbera

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

SHOW­DOWN: The Mundubbera Tigers will bat­tle for State of Or­anges glory on Satur­day.

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