MA­ROON MAS­SACRE

MAL’S MEN SMASH NSW NSW 52 52- 6 TO TAKE BACK SHIELD

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

SHE may have been dressed in the Blues colours but there was a sil­ver lin­ing for Townsville lo­cal Jaymie Ford­ham.

De­spite her un­for­tu­nate at­tire, Ms Ford­ham was sup­port­ing the Queens­land Ma­roons as they dom­i­nated the State of Ori­gin de­cider last night.

“I lost a bet,” she said. “I made a bet with my friend ( NSW sup­porter Rachel But­ler) that Queens­land would win Game Two. We didn’t win so she got to dress me but she had to wear Queens­land colours for Game Two.”

Ms Ford­ham was one of three fi­nal­ists in the best dressed cat­e­gory at the Mad Cow Tav­ern. Sis­ters Stacey Lit­tle, 22, and Ca­ley Lit­tle, 19, took out the top prize thanks to some sparkling Queens­land dresses made by their mother.

By half time the Ma­roons were al­ready lead­ing 22- 2, and the Blues sup­port­ers still wear­ing their colours were silent.

Labourer Steven Jubbs was one of the few NSW sup­port­ers at the Mad Cow last night.

He has lived in Townsville for 10 years af­ter “fall­ing in love with the place”.

“You can take the boy out of NSW but you can’t take the NSW out of the boy,” he said. “But I am feel­ing very out­num­bered and it’s not a good feel­ing cop­ping such a flog­ging.”

Mr Jubbs may be re­think­ing his al­le­giance next year, with the Ma­roons con­tin­u­ing their mas­sacre of the Blues in the sec­ond half.

Even the cheeky Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice were throw­ing the odd sledge over the bor­der last night via their Face­book page.

“Po­lice are con­sid­er­ing open­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cur­rent where­abouts of the NSW # Ori­gin team!” one post read.

The sen­ti­ment was echoed by the few Blues sup­port­ers in Townsville pubs.

At Flynns Ir­ish Bar the de­ci­sion on which team to sup­port was an easy one for French Ir­ish­man Cor­mac Dardis. “If I didn’t go for Queens­land she ( girl­friend Elise Wright) would break up with me,” he said.

Con­sid­er­ing the 52- 6 win to Queens­land, and the shield’s re­turn back to its right­ful home, it was a wise choice.

Jaymie Ford­ham lost a bet and had to wear Blues colours.

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