AMAZING EXPERIENCE: Bundy footy fans who attended the NRL grand final said the crowd was unbelievable. Photo Matthew McInerney
AMAZING EXPERIENCE: Bundy footy fans who attended the NRL grand final said the crowd was unbelievable. Photo Matthew McInerney Jim Alouat

Bundy fans enjoy Thurston's exploits in NRL grand final

IT'S being hailed as one of the greatest NRL grand finals of all time and some lucky Bundaberg fans were there to witness the North Queensland Cowboys claim their maiden premiership.

The 17-16 fairytale win against Brisbane in golden point extra time is being compared to the '89 final between Canberra and Balmain and the '97 classic when Newcastle scored in the dying minutes against overwhelming favourites Manly.

A Canberra Raiders fan, Warren Hess had a personal reason for supporting the Cowboys - his son Coen Hess plays for the Cowboys under 20s team.

Hess said the atmosphere at ANZ Stadium in Sydney was incredible.

"We were right on halfway,' he said.

"The one thing that struck a chord with everyone was the camaraderie between the Broncos supporters and the Cowboys supporters.

"We had Broncos to our right and Cowboys to our left and everyone got along and there was no sledging."

Hess said the dynamic between the clubs had shifted.

"Cowboys are no longer the little brother," he said.

"The population of young rugby league players will now inspire to play at the Cowboys."

Bundaberg Rugby League president Mike Ireland was at the game and said it was the best grand final he had been to, with the crowd slightly in favour of the Cowboys.

"The crowd and the whole night was fantastic."

"It was probably 60-40 in favour of Cowboys."



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