Big night just what Ir­ish doc or­dered

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

A TOWNSVILLE pub will hand out “med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates” to fans fol­low­ing the State of Ori­gin de­cider tonight.

“I’m sure the boss will un­der­stand,” the Ir­ish Fin­negan’s at Cannon Park Face­book page says, winky- face in­cluded.

Venue man­ager Phil Kiehne said the mock med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates would be signed by “Dr Phil”.

“This is the first time we have done it,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one loves the State of Ori­gin but they never want to ad­mit they are hung- over the next day.

“So, for a bit of a laugh, we will pro­vide them with an ail­ment, signed off by ‘ Dr Phil’, with ‘ venue man­ager’ crossed out and re­placed with ‘ med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner’.”

The venue will also set up a “lit­tle Blues cor­ner” and is en­cour­ag­ing fans to register their name and team prior to kick off to be in the run­ning to win prizes.

Mr Kiehne be­lieves Ma­roons fans will be the loud­est in the crowd tonight, fu­elled by a pas­sion to see the shield re­turned to its right­ful state.

Else­where, The Brew­ery has “Steak of Ori­gin” – a $ 25 steak with a lo­cally brewed beer for hun­gry and thirsty fans.

And the Mad Cow Tav­ern will have hot dogs, pizza, and has placed sig­nif­i­cant em­pha­sis on its “cold beer”.

The Seav­iew Ho­tel duty man­ager Karen Dennis said the venue had been packed for the first two games and staff were ex­pect­ing Game Three to be even big­ger.

“Go­ing by those first two games, tonight will be a big night,” she said.

“The big screen will be on and we get a good crowd of fans sup­port­ing both sides.”

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