I am a Wests Tigers supporter and I used to be a Parramatta supporter. My allegiances changed when I had a few years of not following Rugby League due to having a young family. I moved with my family to the Campbelltown area the same year that the Wests Magpies moved to Campbelltown and my interest was re-ignited. Over a couple of years, I became a firm Wests supporter and have been ever since.
MY father, a dedicated League fan and an ex-bush player, who had once played against the great Poppa Clay, decided that his 13-year-old son, a dedicated League fan and semi-dedicated Soccer player, should try League. After much parental ?convincing?, his son agreed to his request. A quick call to the local under 14?s coach later and my Rugby League career was born.
I was sitting at my keyboard trying to think of what State of Origin meant to me so that I could write about it and I came up with the following:
SATURDAY, June 5 2004. Essendon versus Hawthorn in the Australian Football League.
TEN years ago, whilst working at a company in Western Sydney, a nondescript delivery truck pulled up in the company?s despatch area whilst I was deep in discussion with a colleague. I took no real notice until the driver of the truck alighted and moved toward us. As a Rugby League fan of long standing I knew who he was immediately, it was difficult not to recognise him.