One-eyed Queensland supporters Mark Paterson, left, and John ?Wicka? White,  show their true colours.
One-eyed Queensland supporters Mark Paterson, left, and John ?Wicka? White, show their true colours.

A ?Croweater? picks over Origin II

By ADRIAN MILLER

BEING a 'Croweater' from South Australia, every year I cop two questions at this time of the rugby league season.

Why do they wear such short shorts in the AFL, and especially since I moved to New South Wales, how could I even consider supporting the hated Maroons?

And, year after year, the answers remain the same.

They wear short shorts because they are metrosexuals trying to impress the ladies, and I can't really explain why I support Queensland. I just do.

It relates to the underdog tag, the passion they bring to the contest, and the deep-seated desire of every Australian, not from New South Wales, to see them get trounced. And after moving to the Clarence Valley, I thought I'd have to repress those feelings.

But thankfully that is not the case.

Mark Paterson, the owner of Purple Haze cafe in Grafton, is one man not afraid to wear his Queensland heart on his sleeve.

Along with John 'Wicka' White, he posed out the front of his cafe yesterday, decked out in his Queensland jumper, a large flag hanging from the window.

The two are proud 'Canetoad' supporters, and love the banter that comes with supporting the enemy. Both said they were confident of victory tonight, and predicted a 3-0 whitewash. The customers of Purple Haze had it easy yesterday when compared to the patrons at the Rest Point Hotel in Copmanhurst.

A barbecue was held for the first game of the series at the hotel to cheer on the Blues. But the party was crashed by a busload of Queenslanders from Redland Bay in Brisbane, who enjoyed serving it up to their hosts, loyal NSW supporters. And although we were all cheering into our XXXX stubbies three weeks ago, tonight's game could be different. I hope not. Go Queensland.



Relief for students after HSC change

Relief for students after HSC change

HSC now within reach for all students after amendment

Young band ready to strum the last Verse

Young band ready to strum the last Verse

Last show for Grafton three-piece

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