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Origin night Madang style

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

In Madang, Papua New Guinea at origin time there is only one topic that carries any weight in conversation. Telephone calls finish with a “happy origin day” salutation and every available garment of a colour approaching maroon or blue is deployed.

The heavy cloth jerseys, beanies and scarfs are dutifully worn despite temperatures above 30 and humidity that builds to a crushing crescendo around an hour before kick off.

The public mini buses have flags hanging from their aerials indicating which team the driver supports. Supermarket promotions all offer blues or Maroons merchandise to the lucky winner and electrical goods ads promise origin on a bigger or better screen if you come into the store and buy today.

Everyone's staunch for origin in PNG