I think Rowan Atkinson hit the nail on the head.
I grew up in central west NSW in a town that was in Group 14 and in those days they had the Balmain colours. So from the day I understood what rugby league was I was a Tigers supporter.
My best mate and I in our last year at primary school in 1969 had bets with the teachers on the GF result. We were silly to take even money and the teachers thought they’d teach us a lesson and take our money. Happily the joke was on them!
From our winnings on the GF we had enough to start a book at school on that year’s Melbourne Cup (our parents always reckoned we learnt to read from a form guide). The teachers turned a blind eye and a few even had bets with us. Our book was virtually balanced - there was only one losing result - Rain Lover.
We’d thought we were pretty safe though because the last time a horse had won back to back MC’s was Archer in the 2nd ever MC in 1862 and Rain Lover was carrying more than 60kg. Several girls had backed Rain Lover and sure enough cleaned us out.
I went to the 88 and 89 GF’s. Hanley being poleaxed, Benny hitting the black dot with the FG attempt, Blocker and Sironen not able to come back on after being subbed etc, etc. I couldn’t believe how quickly the Raiders got their Championship tee-shirts printed so quickly after the game!
I lived in Melboune from 87 'til 2001 and the only way in the first few years to see NRL games live on TV was to drive up the Hume to Wagga Wagga (about 6 hrs) which I did plenty of times.
Anyway, sorry for the ramble but I now barrack for the Tigers in any sport I take an interest in. Only having to buy one scarf has its advantages.
God knows why I’m commenting in this thread (I’ve been an interested observer) but I’m pleased that in my electorate Helen Haines has become the first independent ever to be elected after a previous independent held the seat.
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