Why Does Everyone Else In Australia Hate New South Wales?
The NSW Blues play the Queensland Maroons in Perth this Sunday night. The location is new, but something else is more familiar
The overwhelming support for Queensland.
Yes, it seems wherever the poor old Blues go, everyone cheers for Queensland, and Perth is no exception.
You can understand the support for the Maroons on the eight occasions the NSW/Qld rugby league showpiece has been played in Melbourne -- because so many Queenslanders have played for the Melbourne Storm.
But in Perth? Yep, there too.
"At the press conference we went to today, they were saying they'd actually done a survey and support was 60/40 in Queensland's favour," 10 news First sports reporter Emma Lawrence told 10 daily from Perth, where she's covering the big game.
As you can see in the video at the top of this story, thousands turned out at the Queensland fan day.
"These men in maroon were made to feel right at home," 10 News First Perth reported.
Indeed they were. But why?
This reporter has a theory, and it basically boils down to the classic Aussie tall poppy syndrome. After all, NSW has Australia's most famous city Sydney, and is our most populous state. Everyone wants to knock NSW down a notch.
Or maybe it's more simple than that. In NSW, there's not a lot of overt state parochialism. People in NSW rarely base their sense of identity on their state of origin.
Queensland has plenty of parochialism, and people in equally proud states like WA and VIC can sense that. So they naturally get behind the Queenslanders.
Whatever the case, there's little doubt the sell-out crowd of 60,000 in Optus Stadium on Sunday night will be pro-maroon.
Even WA Tourism minister Paul Papalia said he'd be supporting Queensland. Though according to 10 news First reporter Emma Lawrence, he was sitting next to NSW captain Boyd Cordner when he said that, and was a bit worried!