CHEERS: Noosa Pirates players Zane McCarthy and Luke Giacca enjoying a limited edition Noosa Pirates XXXX Gold after training.
CHEERS: Noosa Pirates players Zane McCarthy and Luke Giacca enjoying a limited edition Noosa Pirates XXXX Gold after training. Darryn Smith

League club featured on XXXX as State of Origin looms

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Noosa Rugby League Club has got a taste for State of Origin.

The Pirates are one of 12 Queensland clubs represented on limited edition XXXX cans and bottle caps, in recognition of the brand's 27-year partnership with Queensland Rugby League and the Maroons.

If you grab a can in specially marked carton or pull off a bottle cap, each one will have one of 12 letters printed, along with the name of one of these clubs. When the 12 letters are combined they spell out the ultimate Origin battle cry, Queenslander.

"It's awesome for country footy," Noosa president Greg Christensen said.

It's a boost to the Pirates, given the club has battled to field an A-grade team in the Sunshine Coast competition in recent seasons.

"It couldn't come up a better time for us, to try and get our name back out there again," Christensen said.

Other clubs featured include the Quilpie Magpies, University Saints - JCU, Eastern Suburbs Magpies, Emu Park Emus, Souths Mackay Sharks, Logan Brothers, Atherton Roosters, Normanton Stingers, Dalby Diehards, Eidsvold Eagles and Roma Cities Gladiators.

Christensen said Noosa club members were eagerly anticipating the series.

"I think everyone looks forward to those three games. They are the pinnacle of the league year."

"Even people who don't follow rugby league like to tune in and watch State of Origin.

"We normally have it on the big screen at the clubhouse and we get quite a good crowd in there, with players and supporters."

His club has a 12-pack of cans already which will go on display.

"But we'll order a pallet for the clubhouse and and hopefully there's a few Ns in each carton."

One player who has been a part of the Maroons during the past decade developed a passion for the sport at Noosa home games.

Billy Slater was ball boy for the Pirates as a young four and five-year-old in the early 1980s, when his father Ron played for the team.

Ron is regarded as one of the best five-eighths Noosa has had.


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