Paint not enough to quell Storm
THE support of the Murwillumbah Colts under-16s was not quite enough to get Parramatta over the line in the NRL grand final on Sunday.
After months of raffles and fundraisers, the team and supporters headed down to Sydney ready to barrack for the Eels, who share the same jersey colour as the Colts.
Yesterday, Jackson Wood said the atmosphere had been “exhilarating” and “electric”.
“It was good, we were all going for the Eels though, so we were 'devo'ed',” he said.
With bodies painted in blue and gold house paint, the boys found themselves in the middle of the Melbourne Storm supporters area of the grandstand.
With a body sign calling for “Hayne Train” magic painted on, they were no doubt copping it from the Storm faithful.
Jackson said that when the excitement rose on the field, the crowd really got into the game, though the house-paint may not have been have been the best choice.
Jackson admitted they had struggled to get it off yesterday morning before they headed out for a jet-boat ride.
Jackson, the group 18 under-16 player of the year, said the team had been playing football together since they were young kids.
“We have been together since the start; under-9s was when we all started playing together,” he said.