30 September, 2016. 12:10
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
With only two sleeps until an imminent fairytale NRL Grand Final, fans across the country are beginning feel the nerves.
Rugby league royalty will take to the pitch on Sunday afternoon, with only two possible outcomes. Either the Melbourne Storm establishes itself as the greatest non-founding rugby league franchise in the NRL, or the Cronulla Sharks win their first ever premiership in a unified rugby league competition.
However, while the Sutherland Shire is currently awash with black, light blue and white posters and shopfronts – back down in the Victorian capital fans are preparing for the match in a very different way.
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,”
As one of 188 registered club members, Mr Decaux says that while the Storm fans aren’t ‘rabid lowbreeds’ like other NRL fans, it doesn’t mean he’s not fired up about this match.
“Carn the Stormies” he says.
“We have blind faith in our captain Cameron Cronk. He’s a future mortal,”
“This will be a footballing spectacle, this will be ballet meets live combat!”
Watch his interview below (Via: our friends from Streets Of Sydney)
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