RARE OPPORTUNITY: Queensland captain Cameron Smith with the Central West Fillies ladies’ rugby league team.
RARE OPPORTUNITY: Queensland captain Cameron Smith with the Central West Fillies ladies’ rugby league team. Zac Luke Ememaroons

Maroons get Longreach excited

THE impact the Maroons' visit to Longreach had on the community was obvious and enormous.

Local fan Josh Smith was very grateful for the squad's effort in making the trip.

"It's a big commitment from the team," Smith said.

"It shows that they value what people from out here think of them."

Smith appreciated the rarity of such an event in Longreach.

"It's pretty good because not many other towns get a whole Origin team to come out and visit them," he said.

"It's not every day."

And he was sure to make the most of the one-off chance to meet some of his favourite players such as Matt Scott.

"I got photos with some of the players," he said.

Central West Rugby League secretary Charmain Acton said the day meant a great deal to the region.

"For something like this, being a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity out here, it is a good idea for people to come out here and support the day," Acton said.

"Everyone is excited and glad the Queensland Origin team could be here."

Acton said people could forget the drought for a day.

"It's an opportunity to put the drought aside for the moment and come and enjoy the company of the Queensland Origin team being here, just to try to give them a bit of spirit and to lift them," she said.

"It just shows in the central west, for a day like this, they can come together and support the team.

"I believe that it was a big crowd, which is really good."


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