Keith Harris of Footy Fever believes 2011 will be the year the Blues regain the State of Origin.
Keith Harris of Footy Fever believes 2011 will be the year the Blues regain the State of Origin.

Blue and Maroon Fever spreads fast

IT'S more than a game of footy.

For every blue-blooded New South Welshman and every Queenslander, pride is on the line tonight in game one of the 2011 State of Origin Series when the Blues and Maroons face off again in one of sport's greatest rivalries.

And if retail sales at Grafton Shoppingworld's Footy Fever are any indication, it appears the fan support is once again going to the team north of the border.

“The amount of Queensland supporters' stock I've sold is unbelievable,” said Keith Harris, owner of Footy Fever.

“Grafton isn't that far from the state border and a lot of people who live here support the Maroons. Queensland jerseys have been walking out the door.

“The ratio of Maroons gear sold in comparison to Blues stock is about 14 to 4.”

When asked which team would be victorious in the 2011 series, Keith was adamant the Blues had more to play for.

“I think Queensland will win game one by 6 points in a tight finish. NSW will win the second, the decider and the series.”

Go to the back page and dailyexaminer.com.au for more State of Origin news.



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