Pastors Fred Muys (left) and Jay Beatty team up to host State of Origin screenings at the Tivoli Drive-In.
Pastors Fred Muys (left) and Jay Beatty team up to host State of Origin screenings at the Tivoli Drive-In. David Nielsen

Origin action at the drive-in!

IT'S a massive night for rugby league fans and it deserves big-screen coverage.

State of Origin is also an opportunity for families to get together and barrack for their favourite team, whether it's in the Maroons or Blues camp.

The Tivoli Drive In is hosting this season's State of Origin games on the giant screen, starting tomorrow.

Drive-in event organiser Pastor Fred Muys said the next best thing to watching at Tivoli would be to have a corporate box in Melbourne on game night.

"Along with lots of other people across the community, we love watching the rugby league and the 'big' games are simply bigger when you watch them on the big screen," he said.

"State of Origin matches are football games which bring mates and families together in front of the TVs in the homes and clubs with the largest screens across Ipswich.

"Watching the game on our towering 45-metre-high, 30-metre-wide screen is simply watching the game surrounded by cheering fans on the biggest TV in town. It's going to be awesome."

It will take more than a case of influenza to put a dent in Queensland's bid for a seventh straight State-of-Origin series.

Several of the Queensland squad was laid low at the weekend, including captain Cameron Smith, who has the task of filling the retired Darren Lockyer's considerable shoes as skipper.

But team manager, former Origin great and Ipswich product Steve Walters, insists the Maroons are on track for game one in Melbourne tomorrow night.

"It's been a busy week," Walters said. "They always are.

"But the guys have been training well."

If anything could threaten the Maroons, Walters believes it is the determination of the New South Welshmen not to be known as the team that lost seven series straight.

 

FOOTY FUN NIGHT

Gates open at 6pm with the cafe running until 9pm at the Tivoli Drive In, 50 Coal Rd, Chuwar.

Organisers would like to see an alcohol-free event, because Origin watching is a family night.



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