Just hair raising
Blatchys Blues member in 2014, now NSW enforcer
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.