TO COACH Country to another win over City was good enough for Trent Barrett, but to do it just down the road from where he grew up was even better.
Although he didn’t want to take to much credit for the win, the Temora boy was thrilled to do it in the Riverina.
“Being home is special and I’ve still got family here at Temora and out at Marrar and through the area,” Barrett said.
He described the week in Wagga as awesome.
“Wagga was fantastic and the crowd there today (Sunday) there was actually a real atmosphere,” Barrett said.
“They’ve been really welcoming of the boys all week."
City coach Brad Fittler was equally forthcoming with his praise of Wagga’s hospitality.
“It was great – look at the weather, perfect,” Fittler said.
“I always hear a lot of complaints we don’t do enough for country footy.
“I’ve got to say I watched the Cairns game and the Bathurst game and it was nothing on this.
“This was chockers. People were spilling out over the edges.
“It would be great if we did have NRL matches here we had the same vibe because it’s been absolutely brilliant.”
It’s been a massive sporting week in Wagga with the Gold Cup carnival, but Fittler thought that only made Sunday’s crowd even better.
“I know it’s been a big week with the Gold Cup, but to fill it up and people here from 12 o’clock for the earlier game was just wonderful.”
“It was a fantastic experience for our boys.”
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