No amount of rain or floodwater was going to stop Cowboys Home Star member Craig Sichter from detouring an epic 727km by road to cheer the boys on for their first win of the season!
The Tully local had been counting down the days to the Round 1 milestone match since April last year (Thurston 300 NRL games), but when the northern part of the state was inundated by heavy rain and widespread flooding, the chances of being able to make the journey looked slim.
“My work mate texted me asking if I wanted to go on an adventure…[and] at first I thought he was joking,” Craig said.
As a courier driver, Craig is no stranger to long distance road trips, but given the main highway was blocked by floodwaters, the alternative meant an eight-hour journey inland.
“I’ve always been a JT fan and when he got injured last year before his 300th game we knew the celebrations would have to be put on hold … so when I realised my mate was serious I couldn’t wait to start the drive knowing then we had all day to get there … no flood was going to stop us.”
The father of two made it to the game with time to spare, and says the spectacle was definitely worth the trip.
“To actually make it to the game was a pretty big buzz, but to get the win was the icing on the cake, and Jess Mauboy was a great way to finish the night.”
Born-and-bred North Queenslander Craig has been a Home Star member since 2013, and makes the journey to watch a game live when he can, though wishes it was more often.
“I’m only a one-game member because I can’t get there as often as I would like… but feeling like you are a part of this great club and the benefits that go with it are the best thing about being a member.”
Thanks Craig – and many other North Queenslanders – for making the special effort to celebrate our first home game! Look forward to sharing the ride with you this season!
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