Wednesday, 25 May 2011

State of Origin

It's State of Origin 1st night in Brisbane tonight.

The city is decked out in maroon today, even the public transport buses got into the spirit. Suncorp Stadium and the suburb of Paddington had a carnival atmosphere when I drove past on my home from work this evening.

cup cakes from Vanilla Pod in Ascot

So what is it all about?

State of Origin is a series of three rugby league games. The teams represent the states of Queensland and New South Wales and the players play for the state where they started their senior rugby career - hence the name State of Origin.
The Queensland team are usually referred to as the Maroons and the New South Wales team are known as the Blues. Now I know accents can make words sounds different, but I don't quite 'get' the way Australians pronounce Maroons! They say "Maroans"'s Marooooons!!

Anyhow, whatever the way you pronounce the names of the teams there is tremendous rivalry between these two states and State of Origin is fiercely contested.
Tickets are sold out, parties are held, even some of the local cinemas are showing the game, supermarkets remind everyone of all the 'essential' foods that you need for the evening and pizza take away places make a fortune.

Neil is there somewhere amongst the 52,000 fans cheering on his adopted state. I have the TV on and keep scouring the crowd shots, but everyone looks the same in their maroon tops with a few blue ones dotted around.

Tomorrow's morning tea conversations will inevitably be an analysis of the game, so maybe I should concentrate a little more...

"Go the Marooooons!"

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9 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Beth, you are so patriotic! My hubby is watching it as I type this (he's now yelling at the TV...what is it with that?) with a big mug of PG tips tea and a packet of Arnott's choc monty's.

    I have just finished watching that Bethenny show on cable and have been blogging...I will do anything to avoid watching it!

    Best wishes,

    PS I also agree with you on the pronunciation of maroons...Men!!!

  2. This post made me smile! Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays. Those cupcakes looks so cute and yummy!

  3. I leant something new here today about Rugby and pronunciation :)

  4. Hehe, I love that you're watching State of Origin Beth (although I'd have to support the blues cause I used to live in Sydney!) I think that 'maroans' is a particularly Queensland way of saying it, so I think you've definitely captured their accent there! The cupcakes look great! Melissa x

  5. Well I'm glad you explained about it after saying it cos I would never have known - I bet my husband wouldve though!
    Hope your hubby enjoys himself!
    Thanks for your comment! Poodles are so cute arent they? Can just imagine your's strutting her stuff afterwards - they are such poised, elegant little dogs one minute, and thne race around like hoodlums the next!

  6. Hey Beth, always scan the crowds on telly for year Paul was at an AFL grand final at the MCG and as we were taping it for him we spotted him and his Dad right at the front waving their arms in the air after the mighty Dons had scored a goal!! You just never know! Robx
    p.s. yes I brought all my 'crap' with me (that's what hubby calls it), including 3 dinner sets...we knew we could be renting for years and I was determined to have my stuff all around me...and yes I have of course been adding to my collection....England is full of a lot a great old crap!

  7. Loved the serendipity
    in your comment on P&H;
    I still need to see
    that movie! Funny, the
    Aussie pronunciation of
    maroon almost sounds
    Scottish, the way you've
    spelled it out. Hope you
    had a lovely, relaxing
    evening to yourself!
    xx Suzanne

  8. My husband is out tonight watching Manchester United and Barcelona. I am afraid I won't be watching it on the t.v. I much prefer to blog. or go on Pinterest, or clean! Cool cupcakes. I hope our husbands teams win. Thankyou for your kind comments. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, love Linda x