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Local Melbourne Storm fan, Art Decaux (29) says the fan culture in Victoria is more about laying low and only mentioning the fact you support rugby league when presented with a conversation about AFL.
“We’ve got a more European vibe down here,” he says.
“We don’t paint our shop fronts, in fact if they didn’t release this purple scarf I probably wouldn’t wear any colours at all. We are humble fan base,”
“But that doesn’t mean that we don’t get a bit hot-blooded when we hear about Sydney clubs trying to pinch our players – I can’t believe the hide they have to be sniffing around Cameron Cronk”
Follwoing the news that reigning Dally M medallist Cooper Cronk will leave the Melbourne Storm to move to Sydney at the end of the 2017 NRL season, Mr Decaux says he is mortified and horrified.
“It’s a real, how do you say, shocker” he says.
“A real body blow to our defence and backline”
The premiership-winning half-back re-signed with Melbourne in August last year, on a deal that was supposed to take him through 2018 with the club.
However, that two year extension, gave Cronk the freedom to make his own choice for the 2018 season and he opted to move for personal reasons.
“They should have locked him in, godarnit” says Decaux.
“He’s our captain for goodness sake”
As one of 188 registered club members, Mr Decaux says that while the Storm fans aren’t ‘rabid lowbreeds’ like other NRL fans – they have a much easier time supporting their club than the ‘rest of the leaguey landscape’
“Carn the Stormies” he says.
“We have blind faith in our captain Cooper Slater. He’s a future mortal,”
“Victorian rugby league a footballing spectacle, this will be ballet meets live combat!”
See Mr Decaux interviewed below (Via: our friends from Streets Of Sydney)