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Clarence up for Country v City

Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn denies the deal is done for Coffs Harbour to host the 2013 Country-City Origin match.
Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn denies the deal is done for Coffs Harbour to host the 2013 Country-City Origin match.

THE Clarence Valley is still holding onto hope the 2013 AAMI Country versus City Origin match will be held here.

Mayor Richie Williamson said he understood the region was still "in the mix" to host the rugby league showdown and that Country Rugby League delegates would be coming to the area to look at the facilities.

"We're feeling positive and obviously this would come at a time when we need cheering up," Cr Williamson said.

"It would highlight the Clarence Valley and we need a bit of cele- bration and a get-together as a community to release the pressure valve a little bit as well."

His optimism was overshadowed by a Twitter post by sports commentator Andrew Voss:

"@AndrewVoss9: City v country next year locked in for april 21 at coffs harbour," it read on Friday.

However Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn said the decision hadn't been made and there would be another meeting on August 24 to pick the venue.

"We are hoping to visit the area again," Mr Quinn said.

"The chairman and deputy vice president went up there to inspect the grounds but didn't get to meet the Mayor."

Clarence Valley Council's submission to host the rugby league showdown in the region started with: "One thing is for sure about the Clarence Valley, we love rugby league. Rugby league has woven itself into the fabric of our community since its beginnings."

Previously Cr Williamson said he felt the Valley was the perfect location for the crunch match.

"We could have the City team train in the city of Grafton and the Country side training in Yamba, with the game played in Maclean," Cr Williamson said.

Cost to the council would be mainly "in kind" and include things like traffic control and the use of the sporting facilities.

Cr Williamson said informal estimates were valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

However the financial boost for tourism was incalculable, he said.

Topics:  clarence valley, country v city, rugby league


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