THE CSU Mungoes Yellow could not have picked a better time to post their biggest win of the 2014 Centennial Coal Cup season thus far, defeating Orange Barbarians 62-10 at Diggings Oval on Saturday.
Not only did the big crowd, dominated by Mungoes supporters, get to enjoy the action unfold, but league fans across the state did too as the popular radio 2GB Continuous Call Team looked on and broadcast the match.
Earlier in the afternoon in a Bathurst derby, the Mungoes Blue team came from behind to pip the Villages United outfit 30-26 and with the Eglinton Eels playing a couple of junior matches on the day as well, there was a jovial atmosphere at the ground.
CSU co-president James Dunston couldn't have been happier with the overall outcome.
"I think it has been a huge success," Dunston said of the initiative, sparked by club-mate Dean Hodges and an email he sent to 2GB.
"We got two great results, the Blue boys were struggling there for a while and it looked like they might go down, but they managed to fight back and get the win.
"For the Yellow boys, they were in pretty good form from the start of the match. It probably blew out a little bit in the end, but guys like Brad Dewar and Terrance Lindsay are good footballers and were on fire today.
"To get a crowd here like this was awesome, there must have been 800 or 900 people here at one stage, which for us is huge. Making a real occasion or combining different themes is something I'd love to do again next year."
Fullback Lindsay and Dewar each crossed for three tries in the Barbarians match, with halfback Dewar earning the man of the match award from the Continuous Call Team.
The result keeps Yellow unbeaten after five rounds, while Blue have two wins and three losses.
After the visiting commentary team broadcast the match against the Barbarians, rugby league immortal and Call Team member Bob Fulton spoke of his enthusiasm for exercises such as Saturday's.
"We do this reasonably often, probably 10 or 12 times in the last five or six years I guess," he said.
"They're just normal games in the bush or in areas where people don't get to have their games commentated live, and it is a great way of promoting the game at all levels.
"They're university sides here playing in a local competition, which is great, and we always see good crowds when we do this, like the one here today.
"We still get a big buzz out of doing it, and if the crowd and players are having fun then we are too. The players often look like they're listening to the commentary out on the ground and even getting advice from Ray [Hadley] and Blocker [Steve Roach]."