by Peter Carruthers
CHRIS Harvey is a Proserpinian, he is a Rotarian but most importantly at this time of year he is a North Queensland Cowboys supporter.
Nine times this year he has rented a bus when the Cowboys are playing at home, he collects enough coin to cover the fuel and drives to 1300 Smiles Stadium because he loves the sport and loves the team.
"Its just friends and family and people who support the Cowboys who just jump on," he said.
"I don't do it to make money, I just do it because it a good time and everybody likes it."
Last Saturday he was at ANZ Stadium to see his heroes take out the Eels, 24-16, when a Channel 9 camera operator zoomed in on him in the crowd while checking his Facebook.
He got a barrage of texts from Cowboys supporters in Proserpine telling him to get off the phone.
On Saturday night returning to Sydney to see the Cowboys take on the Roosters at Allianz Stadium he came prepared.
Chris went to Tropic Signs and asked them to make him a placard which read "not on my phone this week Proserpine".
Chris arrived at Allianz Stadium straight from the airport, he was seated in the first few rows and was minding seats for friends who didn't arrive until 10 minutes before kickoff.
"I had half a row empty," he said.
The next minute Chris was mobbed by girls in skirts and stockings.
"The cheerleaders wanted to get a crowd photo and all came and lined up beside me," he said.
The image of Chris and his sign was beamed around the country via Channel 9 on Saturday night.
As if the night wasn't good enough the Cowboys went on to beat the Roosters 29-16.
Against all odds Chris' heroes have booked a spot in the grand final against the Melbourne Storm to be played at ANZ Stadium next Sunday.
For the third time in as many weeks Chris is planning grand final dash to Sydney to watch the game.
Chris is hoping for a repeat of the epic 2015 grand final when the golden boot of Johnathan Thurston in extra time sealed a one-point victory for the Cowboys over the Brisbane Broncos.
"Everyone cheered when the field goal got kicked," he said.
"It wasn't us versus them everyone cheered together. And I think the atmosphere next weekend will be similar.
"I don't think a lot of Sydney-siders will go because there are no NSW teams and they are both well-liked teams," Chris said.
Tune in at 7.15pm on Sunday October 1 to cheer on the North Queensland Cowboys.