Cowboys' Captain Gavin Cooper celebrates with the team after beating the Broncos in the final. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

Last days for Nines jersey auction!

The Buy a Bale campaign to support drought-affected farming families is set to receive more than $15,000 from the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ NRL Auckland Nines online jersey auction which is about to enter its final day.

The reserve prices have been reached on all 17 jerseys that were worn by the Cowboys squad in their historic victory, with Rob Lui’s No.7 jersey currently attracting the highest bid of $1,600.

To date, there have been more than 200 bids placed on the jerseys which have been individually signed by the victorious Cowboys.

Member for Mundingburra David Crisafulli today called on Cowboys fans and avid collectors to bid on the unique memorabilia ahead of the close of the auction at 5pm tomorrow.

“North Queenslanders have a great sense of compassion for the plight of our drought-stricken farmers across the state,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Just as we battle the forces of mother nature each year during the storm season, similarly our farmers are facing the toughest battle yet, to survive the crippling drought.

“This is a great opportunity to grab a piece of Cowboys history while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause.”

Cowboys hooker Ray Thompson said the Buy a Bale campaign was a cause that struck a cord with everyone.

“When our farmers are in trouble, it’s only human nature to think that we would all do what we can to lend a hand,” Thompson said.

“We are all indebted to them, so it’s great to think that by auctioning off our jerseys, we can help raise some money to help them survive the drought.”

Mr Crisafulli said the generosity shown by the club and players spoke volumes about the character of the Cowboys that North Queenslanders already know so well.

“They are always ready to give back to the community, and this latest gesture will no doubt be well supported and appreciated by many.”