Citrus showdown between towns set to be one battle to always remember
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.
SHOWDOWN: The Mundubbera Tigers will battle for State of Oranges glory on Saturday.