RUGBY LEAGUE: The North Queensland Cowboys almost seemed overwhelmed by our community's support during their tour of Mackay.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Victoria St for a tickertape parade and then they packed into Bluewater Quay to welcome their National Rugby League premiers.
Co-captain Johnathan Thurston was clearly a fan favourite and the huge crowd cheered as he spoke at the civic reception.
"It's been great as you can see from the turnout, we've got a lot of support from this region," he said.
"We played our trial here at the start of the year so we know what the Cowboys mean to this community, so it's great to bring the trophy here."
Thurston said the past two weeks since the club's groundbreaking win had been amazing.
"It's been really good and a lot of fun," he said.
Mackay country music legend Graeme Connors perform the Cowboys' club anthem as the players showed their prize - the NRL premiership trophy.
Apart from JT, one of the biggest roars for any of the players went to Jason Taumalolo.
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Taumalolo was part of the Mackay Cutters team that won the 2013 Intrust Super Cup grand final.
"This has been crazy, it's a fortnight ago that we won the premiership and obviously the town and the whole of the region is still buzzing," Taumalolo said.
"The turnout here has been amazing, the reception we've had here, it only happens once in a lifetime."
Taumalolo said winning a premiership with the Cutters and then doing it with the Cowboys two years later had been "amazing".
"To be back here (Mackay) is truly amazing, it shows how far we've come and the journey to get here has been one heck of a ride, I've enjoyed every minute of it," he said.
Mackay Regional Council Deputy Mayor Kevin Casey said the day just showed the support the Cowboys had.
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