M'boro, Bay footy teams out for blood - for a good cause
BLOOD will spill when fierce rivals Hervey Bay Seagulls and Maryborough Wallaroos face off on Saturday - but it will be for a good cause.
Both rugby league clubs are behind a push to get more people on the Fraser Coast to donate blood as part of the Red Cross Borough versus Bay competition.
The teams have not only challenged each other to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood, but the losing team of Saturday's A-grade clash at Stafford Park will also be rolling up their sleeves to donate.
The challenge is set to reignite old town rivalries, and Seagulls backrower Anthony Lindeberg, 22, said the players were thrilled to get behind the cause.
"Over the last 12 months the Seagulls playing group has done many great community things and this was another thing the players were happy to do and roll up their sleeves," he said.
Wallaroos young gun George Major, 20, felt giving blood was a great way for people to show community pride and help their town win the Borough versus Bay title.
"To give blood to people who need it means a lot to them and should mean a lot to the boys who donate as well," he said.
"The boys don't like needles but I'm sure they can tough it out."
The Borough versus Bay blood drive is already in full swing with more than 2000 donations and 200 new blood donors needed during the campaign, which runs until the end of next month.
Maryborough is just in front, with 15% of the blood needed during the two month campaign collected to date, ahead of Hervey Bay on 13%.
Saturday's A-grade match kicks off at 4.30pm at Hervey Bay's Stafford Park.