GAME PLAN: The Grand’s functions manager, Celina Solis, and venue manager Shane Stewart with a passing competition cut-out of Wally Lewis to be used tonight during the 100th Origin match.
GAME PLAN: The Grand’s functions manager, Celina Solis, and venue manager Shane Stewart with a passing competition cut-out of Wally Lewis to be used tonight during the 100th Origin match. Jake Jones

Fun and games at The Grand during State of Origin clash

MOST pubs would not hesitate to boot you out if you were to start kicking footballs in the bar, but tonight, The Grand is encouraging the act.

Holding, passing and kicking competitions throughout the night to promote the 100th State of Origin match, The Grand will be one place encouraging people to be like the stars on the television.

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"We are going to be holding a passing competition and they have got to get it through three times at three different distances," venue manager Shane Stewart said.

"If they get it through three times they win a free drink."

The same goes for the kicking competition, for which Stewart has constructed a set of big goal posts to try to get the ball through - once again three times.

All of the upstairs rooms at The Grand will be playing the game, with a massive projector screen making sure no one will be unable to see the big match.

Among other bits of fun The Grand is offering are a raffle, with a prize of the "corporate box" and other prizes to be won.

"I have a couch coming in that seats two people, you get entries before the game then we will draw it," Stewart said.

"That person and a friend get free drinks and nibbles for the game as well as a good seat."

This will be the first time The Grand has held the event since Stewart arrived earlier in the year.

He has had success in other places with the scheme and will run it for all three of the matches.

"I have run it everywhere I have been, the passing and kicking are a gold coin entry," he said.

"It is a really great night."



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