Ingham community buoyed by Country Week blockbuster

Herbert River Crushers president of four years Joe Pennisi said the community of Ingham had been buoyed by Townsville Blackhawks and Burleigh Bears playing at A.R. "Artie" Gofton Oval. 

"It's absolutely massive for our juniors and seniors," Pennisi said. 

"We don’t get to see much top quality football. We can go to Townsville to watch the North Queensland Cowboys and Blackhawks, but to have it here in our home town, it’s a really big boost for us for next year for kids playing football."

Pennisi said the game was particularly important for the community, given they were devastated by floods earlier this year. 

"It’s been pretty hard to get everything organised, but we got the ground ready with a big community effort and with the support of council. It's great," Pennisi said. 

Football kicked off at 11am with Herbert River Crushers and Charters Towers Miners facing off in two games.

"What a great day for the family to spend some quality time together," Pennisi said. 

"Our Under 19 Crushers haven’t won a game this year and it looked like they were going to draw but the referee called it back on the last pass there. 

"Reserve grade are hanging on the edge of top four so a win today should help get them back in there."

Pennisi said the players were so excited to play the curtain raiser games for the Intrust Super Cup game.

“It’s massive. They have been really buzzing all week. They have trained really hard. Our A grade had an extra training session to try and make sure we put on a good show," Pennisi said. 

“Having the game here will 100 per cent inspire the kids here.

"Good quality football lifts all of our players so I think it’s a really big thing both the teams have come here to show us how to get to that next level. What it’s like.

"I want to thank the Blackhawks and Burleigh for making the effort and Queensland Rugby League for making the effort with Country Week. It’s great."