Blake Leary - QRL Intrust Super Cup - Round 11 Tweed Heads Seagulls V Northern Pride at Piggabeen Sports Oval, Tweed Heads. 2.00pm Sunday May 11, 2014. PHOTO: Scott Powick - SMP IMAGES

The Northern Pride is expecting to break its record crowd attendance at The Jungle (Barlow Park, Cairns) for their historic first ever Intrust Super Cup home clash against PNG Hunters this Sunday.

Thousands are expected to attend The Jungle this weekend for the 2.10pm kick-off, which could mean Pride’s record home crowd of 3,200, held against Mackay Cutters two years ago, could be broken.

Papua New Guinea’s entry into the Intrust Super Cup this year has attracted huge interest from rugby league fans all over the world.

And with a large PNG community living in Cairns, Pride Chief Executive Officer Brock Schaefer has urged Pride fans to get along to the game to provide support against the large number of PNG fans which are expected to descend on The Jungle.

“I know PNG Hunters will be thinking this will be like a home game for them, with the number of PNG nationals living in Cairns,” Mr Schaefer said.

“In fact, from previous trial games against PNG sides, they’ll be very confident they’ll see PNG fans outnumber Pride fans.

“So, we need your support Cairns! Get down to The Jungle this Sunday and cheer on the Pride, and let’s remind Hunters fans whose home game it is.

“We’re top of the ladder and looking great for a finals berth. It’s Sunday footy and the start of the school holidays, so what better way to spend your Sunday.”

Another huge factor making this an even more special occasion is the fact the game will be held live on WIN Television, Channel 9 and Imparja, reaching audiences across Australia.

“This is a great opportunity to show the viewing public on TV how much we love our footy up here in Far North Queensland, which for me is the true heartland of rugby league in Australia,” said Mr Schaefer.

“Ticket sales have already been very strong, especially in the grandstand area, and I’d encourage anyone who wants to secure their place to watch this historic game to get in early and avoid queues on the gate.

“It’s going to be an incredible afternoon for everyone.”

Tickets for the game can be bought at www.ticketscairns.com.au

Mr Schaefer also urged families to start the school holidays in style by attending the game, and enjoying The Jungle’s famous family game day experience:

·         Meet Pride’s mascot – Barlow the Lion!

·         Autograph opportunities with Pride players

·         Inflatable amusement park – free to use for all ticket holders

·         New pre-game and half-time entertainment – lots of prizes on offer

·         Flares and fireworks – new pyrotechnic show at every home game.

Pride became the first team to beat PNG Hunters on their home ground of Kokopo, when they won their Round 4 clash 34-18 earlier in the season.

Jason Demetriou’s side also sit five points clear at the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder, with PNG Hunters in sixth spot, but just two points behind second-placed Tweed Heads.