READY TO RUMBLE: The State of Origin will be seen on a big screen at the Jack Stokes Oval, Gympie Junior Rugby League grounds. Club president Nathan O’Neill (left) with Gympie Devils Seniors secretary Lisa Marshall and Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran ham it up before the event.
READY TO RUMBLE: The State of Origin will be seen on a big screen at the Jack Stokes Oval, Gympie Junior Rugby League grounds. Club president Nathan O’Neill (left) with Gympie Devils Seniors secretary Lisa Marshall and Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran ham it up before the event. Greg Miller

Catch Origin two on the big screen at Jack Stokes Oval

GAME II of the State of Origin will be shown on the big screen at Jack Stokes Oval tonight.

Gympie Regional Council has joined forces with the Gympie Junior Rugby League so league fans of all ages can enjoy the bone-crunching action.

The club will screen the big match from 6pm and if rain does eventuate the free event will still be on, with organisers moving fans into the club house.

Gympie Junior Rugby League Club president Nathan O'Neill said he was expecting a huge turnout.

He said the club had some good feedback about the event and he urged both Queensland and New South Wales fans to support junior league by coming along to the game.

The club had seen screenings done at the Coast and O'Neill said they wanted to make this a great community event for all of Gympie.

Gympie Rugby League Club vice-president Michael Torrens agreed with O'Neill, saying the State of Origin games were the three biggest of the year.

He said as a football club, Gympie thought it should host an event and Gympie Regional Council came on board to supply the big screen.

"The council has been kind enough to take away the financial burden," Torrens said.

Along with the match there will be plenty of activities for the family to do before and during the game.

Kids can have their faces painted, play bubble soccer and jump on inflatable rides as well as the usual football, food and drink.

There is even a licensed area for adults.

O'Neill said anyone wanting to help set up the event could come along to Jack Stokes Oval today.

"Volunteers are always needed and anyone that would like to help out is always welcome," O'Neill said.

"It will make setting up a lot easier," he said.

Another screening will also be held for Game 3 on Wednesday, July 8.

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