DAILY Mercury sports editor Chris Lees chats to North Queensland Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner about making the grand final.
Tonner on the feeling around the club:
Everyone is pumped.
We've been waiting for a long time to get a second shot at it and we're keen to put our best foot forward.
On the feeling after Saturday's win against the Storm:
Such jubilation to win, it's such a really big achievement to make a grand final and I think the players played so well.
North Queensland is going to be on the stage Australia wide on Sunday night and that's what we want.
On how important making the grand final is for the regions:
I think (it's great) for country Queensland. The big states probably don't get a chance to see what we can do. We're working as a club with Sydney now to get them behind North Queensland.
I'm really excited for the region.
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On his first year at the club and the Cowboys' 20th:
When you pick a job, you want to pick a job that's got opportunity and potential and my instinct has been right.
On his celebrations if they win:
I haven't really thought about it.
Should we win I'd imagine I'll be like I was on Saturday night, I'll be exhausted but jubilant and I might have a light beer.
On the airline price hikes for the grand final weekend:
My view on it is we need to reach out to the leaders of these airlines and the government to ensure that north Queensland is not disadvantaged.
We have to keep working and showing the value of north Queensland to the greater Australia and the need to keep investing and supporting regional services.
On the chance of more Cowboys games in Mackay:
I'm very keen to make sure we get all of north Queensland involved in the Cowboys. This year by now qualifying for the grand final, we'll qualify to go to the UK... so I think it's going to wipe out any pre-season (games).
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