Pictured: Maroons stars Matt Scott and Sam Thaiday with RFDS staff Clayton Judd (Flight Nurse), Capt. Ryan Cuthel (Line Pilot) and Marie Rayner (Flight Nurse)
Sam Thaiday and Matt Scott are two of the biggest names in rugby league.
Between them, they’ve played 44 Origins and 45 Tests … not bad for two guys who started their rugby league journeys on local fields in country Queensland.
Scott played his junior footy for the Longreach Tigers and Gemfield Giants in the central west, while Thaiday started out with Townsville Brothers.
With strong tries to remote and rural Queensland, it should come as no surprise that the Maroons stars jumped at the chance to take part in a photo shoot with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The RFDS are one of the major beneficiaries of this weekend’s ‘Get in the Game’ Country Week, with a percentage of gate takings from all Intrust Super Cup matches to be donated to the organisation.
Games will be played in Charters Towers, Dalby, Blackall, Bundaberg, Innisfail and Stanthorpe.
Below is some Queensland Cup/Intrust Super Cup history on each of the venues:
Charters Towers (1) - 7/5/2005 Nth Qld 14 drew Tweed 14 - Matt Scott, Scott Bolton and Gavin Cooper played for NQ in this game.
Bundaberg (20) - Home ground for Bundaberg 1996 & 1998; 27/5/2006 Norths 26 def Central 14; 9/5/2009 Central 34 def Sunshine Coast 32 - David Taylor (Cent) and Trent Hodkinson (SC) played in this game.
Blackall (0) - first game.
Dalby (2) - 24/4/2000 Toowoomba 34 def Central 16; 30/6/2001 Toowoomba 64 def Wests 4 - Justin Hodges scored 26 points in this game (3t,7g)
Stanthorpe (1) - 19/6/1999 - Toowoomba 44 def Ipswich 32 - Future origin players Shaun Berrigan, Dane Carlaw, Luke Priddis (NSW), Peter Ryan and Lote Tuqiri all played in this game.
Innisfail (6) - 26/7/1997 Redcliffe 18 def Cairns 10; 13/6/1998 Cairns 18 def Wests 10; 15/4/2000 Toowoomba 34 def Cairns 12; 8/6/2002 NQ 48 def Souths 24; 6/4/2013 Tweed 24 def Pride 14; 5/4/2014 Pride 24 def Norths 22