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With the Canberra Raiders safely accounted for on Monday night, attention quickly turned to the Rabbitohs’ next opponents in the form of the Newcastle Knights and the match dubbed ‘The Big Show @ Barlow’ in Cairns this Sunday.
Excitement has begun to build among the Rabbitohs camp for what will be the second instalment of Rabbitohs home-game action in Cairns in 2014, with playmaker, Luke Keary, excited to be heading back to the place the Rabbitohs now call their Queensland home.
“The boys and I are really excited,” said Keary.
“We went up and took on the Titans last year in Cairns and it was just a really enjoyable game in so many ways, and the locals really took us in as well, so it was just a great atmosphere out there at Barlow Park.”
A crowd of over 16,000 fans – many of whom wore red and green – was on hand in Cairns in 2013. But the Rabbitoh mania wasn’t confined to Barlow Park, with Club jerseys, flags and bumper stickers filling Cairns for the duration of the Rabbitohs’ stay in the tropical conditions. A signing session post-match that saw a line hundreds of metres long solidified the feeling of support for Keary and his teammates.
“It was a bit surprising for me personally to see just how much support we were getting up there,” said Keary.
“I hadn’t played up there during my time with the Club before and I don’t think the boys had either, but we got up there and the town was buzzing and that just made us feel really at home.”
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The Rabbitohs ran away with a 30-24 victory over the Titans in 2013 in the ‘Rumble at the Reef’– a match that in hindsight, Keary dubbed an exciting and high-scoring affair.
“It was a bit of a high scoring game there last year now that I think about it,” laughed Keary.
“I guess the game sort of opens up a bit more up there with the harder track and the change of conditions. It makes for an enjoyable game and I’m sure it’ll be more of the same this time around.”
Now just three games back from a pectoral injury sustained before season kick-off, Keary told Rabbitohs.com.au that he was now looking forward to spending some bonding time with his teammates in Cairns and getting an all-important win.
“We’re just looking forward to getting up there,” said Keary.
“It’s a great trip for us – we don’t get to go away too often to places like Cairns, so it gives us the chance to bond a little more as a team as well as doing our bit in bringing the NRL to that part of the world.
“Having said that, we’re focussed on winning the game first and foremost – all the rest is obviously a bonus for us.”
With the Barlow Park grandstand now full and seats still available – including a new and improved Try Zone that is even closer to the NRL action this year – a massive crowd is expected to again throw their support behind the Rabbitohs this time as they take on Wayne Bennett’s Knights.
“Hopefully we can get a full house there with plenty of Rabbitohs Members and supporters,” said Keary.
“It was an outstanding atmosphere last year – something the boys and I won’t be forgetting easily – so we’re looking forward to more of the same.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Newcastle Knights in the Big Show at Barlow on August 3rd 2014 at Barlow Park in Cairns. You can purchase tickets via the following methods:
Ph: 07 4053 8333
BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB, Anderson Street, Manunda
FULLER SPORTS CLUB, Armstrong Street, Edmonton
CDRL OFFICE, Barlow Park (General Admission Only)
STOCKLAND EARVILLE, Mulgrave Road (General Admission Only)