Eagle Boys preparing for Origin
GYMPIE’S Richard Plukaard is ready to deliver on State of Origin.
The owner manager of Eagle Boys Pizza and dedicated Maroons supporter was in training yesterday for tonight’s Origin kick-off.
With his team bolstered and extra supplies waiting in the wings, Mr Plukaard is ready to get your pizzas out of the oven and to your door before the first whistle blows.
“We’re really focused on getting all orders out hard and fast,” he said.
“This is our first State of Origin since we opened our doors. We will be working but our customers will know how the game’s going. I’m sure they will tell us what the score is.”
With commentators predicting one of the tightest series in years, interest in the game is expected to soar as pizza sauce flies thick and fast.
Eagle Boys, Dominoes and Pizza Hut are all braced for the expected onslaught of football fans who pack the stores every year on Origin nights.
They have been busy today preparing for the first of three biggest pizza-selling nights of the year.
Mr Plukaard was tipping the three nights to be the busiest so far for his business.
“If it’s anything like what I’ve been told, the phones will go crazy in the hours leading up to the kick-off,” he said.
Eagle Boys Pizza is expecting to make more than 150,000 pizzas, double the normal Wednesday night. To get across the line on the night, stores will use more than 21 tonnes of mozzarella cheese, 13.5 tonnes of pizza sauce and truckloads of fresh ingredients.
“We expect the Eagle Boy Works, The Caveman and BBQ Meatlovers to be the pizzas of the match,” Mr Plukaard said.
“For those celebrating on the night, the best match tip I can give them is to get orders in early by either phoning the store or ordering online.”
Gympie hotels are also getting prepared for the expected influx of patrons tonight.
For supporters looking for a crowd, the game can be viewed in Gympie at the Empire, Royal, Freemasons, Charlies, Aussie, Mt Pleasant, and Victory hotels.