Queensland is the winner either way
A LEGION of Bundaberg NRL fans is making the pilgrimage to Sydney for tomorrow's grand final to witness the first all-Queensland affair, with early preparations paying off.
Booking his tickets months ago, Warren Hess said it was just luck the Cowboys and Broncos were the last two teams standing.
The icing on the cake for Mr Hess would have been seeing his son Coen line up in the Holden Cup under 20s grand final before the main game, but unfortunately the North Queensland Cowboys were bundled out of the preliminary final last weekend.
"It's a shame, they lost to Manly by one point the week before, they had one more game to make it to the grand final, Coen was shattered," he said.
"But Coen trained with the A-grade side during the week."
With the family link to the Cowboys there's no doubt who Mr Hess would be backing tomorrow.
"The Cowboys for sure. The Broncos have had a fair crack at it, they should just give it to North Queensland," he said.
"I'm a Raiders fan through and through but ever since my boy's tied up with the Cowboys they're my second favourite team."
A huge fan of all things rugby league, Mr Hess said the game was ingrained in his family and there was nothing better than being a part of the grand final, regardless of whom you support.
"We usually make a family thing of it, it a regular occurrence for us to get down there," he said.
"I went to the Brisbane and Melbourne one and I went last year and watched Souths win it fro the first time in 40-odd years. I just love the game."
Another Bundy fan heading south is Bundaberg Rugby League president Mike Ireland; who will form part of a small contingent from the BRL travelling to Sydney today.
"We just enjoy the weekend down there, go to the races on the Saturday and the grand final on the Sunday," he said.
"The atmosphere is probably going to be a bit different this year; it's probably going to be more of a Cowboys crowd because there's no Sydney side. Sydney fans certainly won't be going for the Broncos.
"I'm a Broncos fan but I'll be happy because at least a Queensland side is going to win. It's probably the Cowboys' turn."
Either way Mr Ireland is tipping a close game