Just hair rais­ing

Blatchys Blues mem­ber in 2014, now NSW en­forcer

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - DAVID RICCIO CHIEF SPORTS WRITER

THREE years ago at ANZ Sta­dium, Manly’s Jake Tr­bo­je­vic was just one of the many thou­sand-strong hys­ter­i­cal Blatchys Blues.

On Wed­nes­day night, he’s plan­ning to help pro­vide the party.

As if liv­ing the dream of ev­ery NSW fan, the one-time blue wig-wear­ing Tr­bo­je­vic has told how he went “crazy” from the north­ern end of the Olympic sta­dium, the night NSW broke their Ori­gin drought in 2014.

“It’s pretty sur­real,’’ Tr­bo­je­vic, who was 20 at the time, said.

“I was there at ANZ in the Blatchys Blues when we last won. I went with a cou­ple of mates. It was epic, every­one was go­ing men­tal when we won.’’

The sea of blue T-shirts and wigs which en­veloped Jar­ryd Hayne as the full-time siren sounded to clinch the se­ries is per­ma­nently etched in the minds of NSW sup­port­ers.

“I was just to the side of where Jar­ryd ran,’’ the Blues bench for­ward said. “It was in­cred­i­ble.’’

With a lit­tle more than 80,000 spec­ta­tors ex­pected for Wed­nes­day night’s shot at NSW glory, Tr­bo­je­vic said it would be the big­gest crowd he’s played in front of.

“I’ll be pretty ner­vous but hope­fully the noise gets me go­ing,’’ he said. Only three cur­rent Blues played in that win­ning match at ANZ Sta­dium in 2014: Hayne, cen­tre Josh Dugan and prop Aaron Woods.

For the vis­i­tors, Billy Slater, Dar­ius Boyd, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Gillett and skip­per Cameron Smith sat on en­emy ground and witnessed the last se­ries de­feat for the Ma­roons.

Some 12,000 Blatchys Blues will again con­verge on ANZ Sta­dium with their wigs set to turn elec­tric blue be­fore kick- off, while they will also be able to take a live broad­cast feed of the match and spe­cial in­sights from coach Lau­rie Daley.

Jake Tr­bo­je­vic was just an­other face in the crowd three years ago.

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