Blues to receive the keys to the city

THE triumphant NSW Blues will be presented with the keys to the city when the State of Origin victors return to Coffs Harbour next week ahead of Origin Game III in Brisbane.

After eight long years the Blues are preparing to lift the shield at Suncorp Stadium after the third and final game, a series deadrubber.

Coach Laurie Daley says the decision to make Coffs Harbour's Novotel Pacific Bay the Blues training base this year has been a factor in the team's success.

Daley and the players will make a special appearance in the city square next Wednesday at 4.30pm.

"We want to thank the Blues for giving the whole of NSW this historic victory and for truly putting Coffs Harbour in the spotlight by crediting the time they've spent here before each game as being the magic ingredient that saw them clinch the series," Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight said.

"We also want to thank the community for getting behind the team and showing their support by turning Coffs Harbour into Blues Harbour before each of the first two games - and, of course, Jodie Evans and the team at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort for bringing the Blues to town in the first place.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole community to come along, meet their Blues heroes and show their support once again. Let's show them just how proud we are of the team."

The team will arrive in City Square in vintage cars provided by C.ex Coffs Ex-services Sports Touring and Classic Car Club and Laurie Daley will be presented with the official key to the city.

Each member of the Blues Team will also receive a commemorative replica key, which have been crafted by the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed.



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