Fans rise early for a shot at NRL rematch tickets
BUNDABERG footy fans were up bright and early to get their hands on tickets to the upcoming NRL rematch to be held in the city.
The Cowboys and the Broncos will battle at Salter Oval in a rematch of this year's NRL Grand Final on February 6 at 6.30pm, with tickets going on sale on Monday, November 23.
From 9am, fans could purchase tickets online at bundabergregion.info.
Tickets also went on sale at the Bundaberg, Gin Gin, and Childers information centres.
True blue (or maroon) fans were lining up from about 4.30am.
Mother and daughter Cowboys fans Denise and Sarah Anderson were the first in line for the tickets.
"I reckon it's going to be a close game," Mrs Anderson said.
She said she was ready to see the Cowboys power on through what had been a successful era for the team.
"I'm so happy as a Cowboys supporter now, we've done it," she said.
Miss Anderson, who was born in Townsville, said she was still riding high from their NRL grand final win.
"The grand final was the best gift ever, I was at a Broncos party and I was the only Cowboys supporter," she said.
The pair said they'd chosen to get their tickets in real life because they were worried the online booking site would crash.
Their concern was echoed by many who were lined up for tickets.
Donna Templeman said she was also lining up because she believed the website would most likely crash as fans rushed to get tickets.
The Melbourne Storm fan said while her husband and son would be gearing up for the rematch, she was excited to see her brother Matthew Templeman play in the local game.
While Ms Templeman said she enjoyed the greats like Thurston and Sam Thaiday, she wouldn't be bothered if she saw up-and-coming players in the rematch.
"I've watched young guns play and I've enjoyed it," she said.
She said sport in the region needed to be taken seriously, and said there was plenty of potential for all forms of sport in the region to become bigger.
"The council need to get behind it," she said.
"It's not the people. You need the council behind the sport in town."
Broncos supporter Clinton Rayner said he was happy to get to see a professional game on local soil.
"I was here at about 4.55am," he said.
"There was about six people,"
Mr Rayner said when he lived in Brisbane he'd go to as many games as possible, and even though he and his wife would be supporting his enemies, their rivalry only made their bond stronger.
"My wife's a Cowboys supporter so there's a bit of rivalry," he said.
"We'd go to every game we could - it keeps the relationship happy."