Wallaroos supporters and players giving blood after they lost a bet with rival rugby league team Hervey Bay Seagulls. (From left) Drew Morrison, Alex Morrison, Damien Otto, Billy Connell, Dan Thompson, Daniel Poppi, Mitch Meyers, Brook Dening and Matt Walker.
Wallaroos supporters and players giving blood after they lost a bet with rival rugby league team Hervey Bay Seagulls. (From left) Drew Morrison, Alex Morrison, Damien Otto, Billy Connell, Dan Thompson, Daniel Poppi, Mitch Meyers, Brook Dening and Matt Walker. Tracey Joynson

M'boro footballers line up for bleeding good cause

HOW much does it hurt to give blood?

Not as much as losing a football match and a bet, according to Wallaroos vice-captain Damien Otto.

He was among a group of players and supporters who fronted up to the Maryborough blood bank on Wednesday to donate.

They were making good on a bet with rugby league rivals Hervey Bay Seagulls - whichever team lost the match, played earlier this month, had to donate blood and the Wallaroos went down 12 to 24.

It was Mr Otto's first time giving blood but he said many of the players had donated before.

"It's a good thing," he said.

"It's going to a good cause."

Their donations will boost Maryborough's total in the Borough v The Bay Blood Drive.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Barry Lynch said the team's effort would certainly help their city in the competition.

"It's very, very close," he said.

"Every single donation is going to make a difference."

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