Followers cheer on Maroons

THERE were a lot of sore heads and sad hearts yesterday in Queensland, but spirits were high as State of Origin supporters gathered to cheer on their state at North Ipswich Reserve the night before.

The event, organised by Ipswich Sports House, was held so that residents and businesses in the community could come together and celebrate the game.

Ipswich Sport House executive officer Troy McGrath said about 120 people had attended, including Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.

"It was a great atmosphere for people to enjoy themselves, meet each other and watch the game on the big-screen televisions," he said.

"Essentially it was like a big, indoor barbecue."

Mr McGrath said it was the second year the annual event had been held, and only happened for the opening Origin game.



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