Why juniors are the true winners of Nanango's Q Cup game
SOUTH Burnett's young footy fans now have new teams to barrack for.
Sunday's Intrust Super Cup game in Nanango between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Norths Devils left a big impression on many young players.
Nanango club president Rebecca Jackson said it was a great event for the host club and the broader community.
"I had parents sending me photos of their kids going to bed on Sunday night wearing Devils and Falcons gear,” Jackson said.
"I want to say a special thanks to Sunny Coast and Devils for the way they treated our children and stayed on hours after the game taking photos.
"The Devils came on Saturday afternoon and kicked a ball with the kids and we can't thank them enough.”
Jackson said the final tally of the number of people through the gates on Sunday was was yet to be finalised, but she estimated 1000 people had headed to the fields.
The day, part of Queensland Rugby League's Country Week, was not only a great boost to the town and club on the day, but will have a long-lasting effect.
"The money raised from one day will triple our bank account,” Jackson said.
"One day puts our club and our fundraising years ahead.”
The club reaped the biggest reward from the gate takings, as well as the two canteens, bar and raffle.
Jackson said the money raised would be reinvested into the club through infrastructure.
While the elite players put on a show, Jackson said the highlight of the day came before the Q Cup sides took the field.
The under-14 Nanango Stags rose to the occasion against the Chinchilla Bulldogs.
Down 26 points to nil at half-time the home team put in a stellar effort to lose by just two points, 30-28.
"People who got there early would have agreed the U14 game was the best,” Jackson said.
"The crowd was supportive towards them and I think that was what helped them try and win.”