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Spirit cheerleaders Samantha and Brittany are friendly rivals this week as they bid to become the Cowboys’ representative in the final 16 of the Big League Cheerleader of the Year competition.

The duo star in this week’s magazine, available at newsagents from Thursday and at 1300SMILES Stadium on Monday evening, and you can help decide who moves on to the next stage of voting.

Last year, thanks to the great support of Cowboys members and supporters, Spirit squad member Prue made it all the way through to the grand final.

Samantha, 21, is in her fourth season as a cheerleader for North Queensland and says keeping fit and healthy while cheering the Cowboys on from the sideline is the best thing about being a member of the Spirit.

As well as cheering on North Queensland at each home game and at special club events, Samantha works as a teacher’s aide and is also a tertiary student.

Brittany, 20, has been with the Spirit for two seasons after spending eight years having fun and learning her skills with the junior squads.

She’s currently in her final year at university and says Josh Hannay is her favourite Cowboy of all time.

You can read more about the two girls in this week’s Big League.

TO VOTE in the Cheerleader of the Year competition, and enter the draw for the major prize of a trip to two to the NRL Grand Final with accommodation and flights included, text either Samantha or Brittany to 19 992 220.

Voters can only SMS once from one unique number. Each SMS costs 55 cents (incl GST).

A voter will be randomly selected this week to win a Sony Music CD.

The Cowboys’ winner, to be announced next week, will join winners from the 15 other clubs in the next round of voting.

Good luck to our finalists!

Terms & conditions: Salmat. Helpdesk 1300 131 276. SMS Cost $0.55 (incl GST). If you are under 18 you must ask the account holder before using this service Competition opens 27/03/14 and closes 08/09/14 at 23:59 (AEST). Total prize pool value is $4,130. Major Prize winner drawn 2pm on 09/09/14, at Salmat, Level 2, 116 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060. Winner notified by mail and published in The Australian on 16/09/14. Permit numbers NSW Permit No. LTPS/14/01701. ACT Permit No. TP 14/00718. Terms and conditions available at Privacy Statement available at Promoter is News Limited of 2 Holt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.

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