Fast and furious dunny racing action
YOU'D be taking the p*** if you thought teams weren't taking this year's Aussie World Dunny Races seriously.
With $5000 prize money up for grabs, the region's sporting teams will take a crack at the throne.
The Sunshine Coast Falcons will be looking to add to their four Dunny Race titles with another win on Thursday at what has become a fixture on the region on the day we celebrate all things Australia.
Sunshine Coast Falcons backrower Tom Geraghty was part of last year's winning team, but was unsure whether he'd get the call-up this week.
"It's all a bit of fun really, we do take it pretty seriously but," he said.
He picked up some of the cash last year as part of the winning side, but it was still a mystery as to who would line-up for the reigning champions this year despite Falcons CEO Chris Flannery hinting Geraghty may have earned himself a recall.
"I've got no idea yet," Geraghty said.
The only thing he was sure about was that pint-sized playmaker Alex Bishop should not be getting the nod.
"Anyone on the team except Bish really," Geraghty said with a laugh.
While the redhead's pace is electric in close range of a tryline, Geraghty rated Bishop's speed over distance as "pretty rubbish".
He was confident whoever lined up for the Falcons would be in good shape to get the job done and seal another title for the region's top rugby league team.
And if they were lucky enough to get the day off from training he expected a few of the lads to get together to enjoy Australia Day.
For the past 24 years the Dunny Races have been one of the most popular Australia Day events among what is always a packed schedule at Downunder Drive.
Free events on the main oval this year include the Dunny Races, Mullet Tossing, Tug of War, Keg Lifting and kids activities including sack races and a bottle toss challenge.
The other Dunny Race heavyweights include the Maroochy Roos (three wins) and Caloundra Panthers (three wins) while the Sunshine Coast Fire, Buderim Retirement Village and Mother Nature, through inclement weather, have all taken the prize previously.
"This year will see local sporting teams competing for $5000 prize money while local charities have the opportunity to win $1000 in their category. Sunshine Coast Falcons will be back again this year to defend their title along with a host of other local sporting teams," Downunder Drive chief operating officer Aaron Flanagan said.
"It's a really fun event and the competition is fierce as the prize money can make a significant difference to the winning club."
Australia Day at Downunder Drive starts at 8am on the main oval with Mix FM broadcasting live, The Pub serving breakfast and a sausage sizzle while The Shed will host a four-hour Aussie music marathon.
AC/DC and Paul Kelly tribute shows will belt out covers of some of the most well-known tracks from homegrown artists with guests able to settle in to the show for $10 per head.
Theme park tickets will be $20 per person for the day for those wishing to kick on in the Aussie World theme park.