NEVER had Clare Thompson been prouder to live in north Queensland.
Even though her road to the NRL grand final on Sunday night was paved with as many ups and downs as the match itself, she would do it all again in a heartbeat.
"I had the best, best, best, best time," Ms Thompson said.
"With five minutes to go, I was in tears actually. I thought we'd lost.
"Then it all just went so fast, I just have no idea how it happened, but it was magic."
Last Wednesday, Ms Thompson and friend Joanne Spence sat at number 363 and 364 in line for a flight from Townsville.
But with their dreams of attending an NRL grand final hanging in the balance, the pair decided to leave their husbands at home, and splurge on secure tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime event.
"We didn't want to risk waiting (for the flight from Townsville)," Ms Thompson said.
"We ummed and ahhed about what to do and decided we could probably afford to go if we didn't take our husbands.
"It's been our dream for so long and it was better than we could have imagined."
Ms Thompson said she didn't have time to see how the rest of the crowd reacted as Jonathon Thurston kicked the field goal that sealed her team the match.
"I was so caught up in the moment I don't know what happened," she said.