QUEENSLAND-born New South Wales supporter Josh Gaschk's painted blue face was full of optimism as he and hundreds of other footy fans watched last night's State of Origin decider at the HumeRidge Church of Christ.
When the 24-year-old Toowoomba man was asked to explain his defection to south of the border he replied with two words: Nathan Hindmarsh. "He's just a great character of the game," Mr Gaschk said.
"Always a hard worker."
The fact that his favourite player was not on field for this year's series didn't stop Mr Gaschk from searching for Hindmarsh's characteristics.
"You sort of see that character in Paul Gallen and Greg Bird. They are just tough competitors."
Devout Maroons supporter Jason Higlett said he was confident Queensland would win its seventh straight series.
"No question," he said.
HumeRidge Church of Christ staff member Jamie Patikura said all money raised would go towards helping charity Hagar International.
Mr Patikura said attendance at the annual fundraiser had risen from 70 people to more than 700 people in the past nine years.
He said he hoped to top last year's total of $13,000.