LEADING FROM THE FRONT: The Dungog under-9 Warriors, led by Charlotte Baker, will represent NSW in a curtain-raiser to State of Origin one at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
CHARLOTTE Baker has thought aboutwhat a crowd of 80,000 must look and soundlike.
“I reckon it’ll be noisy, loud and screamy,” the Dungog Warriors under-9s captain said.
Charlottewillbe in full voice on Wednesday nightat Sydney’s ANZ Stadium asher teamplaysin acurtain-raiser to State of Origin one.
TheWarriors,featuringtwo girls,willrepresent NSW against Queensland’s Clermont Bears after Charlotte’s entry wona sponsor’s competition.
In scenesless intensethanthe battlebetween the Blues’David Klemmer andMaroonCorey Parker in 2015, Dungog coach Roy Watkins said the teams had become firmfriends on Tuesday’strip to Taronga Zoo.
“On the bus down it was a sea of blue and maroon,” Mr Watkins said.
“They all know each other’s names. Now they’re down hereI think it’shit them, the size of the occasion they’re going to be part of.”
The Warriorsplayers live in Dungog town and onproperties across the shire, and heardthey had won the Holden competition last Thursday over the loudspeakeratBennett Park.
Their prize also includes$10,000 for the junior rugby league club.
Charlotte, who plays dummy-half by her coach’s description and classes herself as acentre, will toss the coin before the State of Origin opener.
The Dungogcoach’sinstructionstohis playersareto “have an absolute blast –it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.