Big day to open club season a Clifton-hanger

Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014

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Bigger, brighter and better.

That's what Rugby, Beats and Eats organiser David Casey is promising as Waitara's Camp Reserve turns on a carnival day for the start of the premier competition today.

"Last year we only had about three weeks to organise things because the draw changed so many times, so we had to slap it together pretty quickly," he said.

"This year we thought, why can't we make it an annual event to kick off the season and get everyone fired up for the rest of the season?

"It's a marketing day, as I see it, for Clifton rugby and we hope we can put it on in front of a big audience."

More than 1200 turned up last year when Clifton beat Inglewood, with Casey hoping as many as 2000 will come through the gate today to sample plenty of food, enjoy some music and, of course, the rugby - a rematch of last year's grand final between Clifton and Southern.

"It's also about bringing rugby back to its old stomping ground and we hope we get a big walk-up crowd. This is what this place was always famous for because it's the highest point in Waitara, we want the noise to circulate around the town."

The colts and premier two matches will be the curtain-raisers for the main game, which kicks off at 2.45pm.

The TSB Superscreen will be at the reserve, as will Grassroots Rugby, filming for their show on Sky Television.

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