Cowboys superfan who flies 1,000km to watch every home game says she’s ‘spending the kids’ inheritance’ on her NRL team after shelling out $22,000 to see her club this year alone
- North Queensland Cowboys superfan flies 1000km to attend every home game
- Ms Murphy has already spent $22k alone this year watching her team play
- She says she’s worked hard all our life and it’s only the kids’ inheritance
- She already has tickets to the final even though the Cowboys aren’t yet through
Ronaleen ‘Crocky’ Murphy is a North Queensland diehard who has already spent more than $22,000 to see the team play this year – but jokes the expense is fine because it’s only her kid’s inheritance that she’s spending.
Murphy has been a hardcore Cowboys fan since the club formed in 1995 and flies 1000km to Townsville from her outback home in Mount Isa for every home game.
Ms Murphy has been a hardcore North Queensland Cowboys fan since the club formed in 1995 and flies 1000km to Townsville from her outback home in Mount Isa for every home game
Ms Murphy says she has already spent more than $22,000 this year watching her team play
‘It’s a lot [of money] — flights, accommodation, meals, our memberships. Oh, and my husband likes to have a beer at the games,’ she told the ABC.
‘We’ve worked hard all our lives, so who cares? It’s only the kids’ inheritance.’
The footy-mad Queenslander has also invested in some important lucky charms including a blue watch, a ring, and her bejewelled Cowboys cross.
‘Some people have tried to buy it off me but no price could ever see me part with it,’ she said of the cross.
Ms Murphy was praying for a miracle watching the Cowboys play the Sharks – and then Valentine Holmes kicked a 92nd minute long-range field
The super-fan runs a business in Mount Isa and has even designed the firm’s uniform in blue and gold as a tribute to the team she loves.
Murphy says she was praying for a miracle when her side was losing to Cronulla in this year’s qualifying final.
‘We were down in points, but I was praying with my Cowboys cross, which I hold every time they play,’ she said.
‘I just knew they had the guts and tenacity to come back and win that game.’
The footy-mad Cowboys fan will be at Friday’s game against Parramatta Eels and is so confident her team will win that she’s already booked flights and game tickets to the final
The Cowboys won 32-30 when Valentine Holmes slotted home a long-range field goal in the 92nd minute after two periods of extra time – and Ms Murphy was over the moon.
She secured her ticket to the preliminary final clash at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, where her team will take on the Parramatta Eels on Friday night – and she’s so confident of victory she has already booked flights and tickets for the grand final.
‘I go for the boys and my tickets are refundable. So, if they don’t get in [to the grand final], they’ll go back for someone else to enjoy.’