Panthers supporters Sharron Sharp and Alahna and Jacqui Hey paint the town red, white and green.
Panthers supporters Sharron Sharp and Alahna and Jacqui Hey paint the town red, white and green.

Panthers paint town

By BIANCA CLARE

FOR Sharron Sharp pain is all part of winning the game.

Ms Sharp ? a passionate Sawtell Panthers supporter ? spent the last three days stapling more than a 1000 green, red and white posters on power poles across Sawtell.

And she doesn't care that her thumbs are killing her.

"I have supported the Panthers for more than 30 years, it's the least I could do to help build community spirit," she said. "It's been 28 years since the team was in a grand final match, I wanted to let the players know the Sawtell community is behind them all the way."

Her passion for the Sawtell Panthers is in her blood ? her father Barry McLaughlin played for the team in the 1970s.

"I can remember the grand final in 1978 at Brelsford Park," she said. "I reckon this Sunday's match is going to be just as nail-biting."

The Sawtell Panthers play Port Macquarie Sharks tomorrow in the grand final of the Group 2 Rugby League.

Ms Sharp said if she can get away with it, she will put her Sawtell Panthers coloured posters up in Port Macquarie early tomorrow.



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