PNG fans excited for Hunters' shot at glory in Gladstone
MARCELLA Kramer is going to be the loudest member of the crowd at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday.
She will be cheering on her Papua New Guinea Hunters side with absolute delight.
Mrs Kramer never though she would get the opportunity to see a PNG team play in Gladstone, which is why she is going to be front and centre to will the Hunters over the line.
"I am just excited my country's people are playing here for the first time," she said.
"I never thought the day would come. I am so proud, this is the day of my life."
When Mrs Kramer came to Australia from Papua New Guinea and arrived in Gladstone in 1986, she thought the opportunity may be gone forever to see her countrymen play in the flesh.
A Capras fan and rugby league fanatic, the central Queensland side will now take a back seat for a week so Mrs Kramer can finally see her team play, having followed their progress vigorously for the beginning of the season.
"I have never seen them play, but it should be a good game," she said.
"I am just so happy, I never thought I would see the day."
Another Papua New Guinean fan who is heading to the game to support PNG is Ruby Chase, who has close ties to rugby league and is also beaming the PNG team are in town.
Her brother being former NRL player Neville Costigan, she is also keen to be in the crowd screaming for PNG to topple the Capras.
"It is a very good thing for PNG, they are big NRL fans, I am taking my son Casey who is seven years old," she said.