It’s that time of year again, State of Origin time that’s what it is and this evening will be the first match of the representative football event when the New South Wales (NSW) Blues and the Queensland (QLD) Maroons meet on the field of play, and Papua New Guineans fans hold on to their seats.
For the fans here in the country, it’s a time to put on the outfits, paint faces and fly those flags high, either on vehicles, homes and even on top of the trees. No matter where they are placed, they show your colour; Blues or Maroons.
A look around the city of Port Moresby today saw vendors as well making use of this time of the year to make some bucks with the sale of flags, caps, T- shirts with some even setting up little booths or stalls or just finding a nice spot on the pavement to provide face painting service to the loyal fans. But perhaps the biggest winner to make money today would be the betting houses.
PNG HAUBUNG also chatted with some fans going about their business today to hear out what they have to say about who they think is going to win the first match this evening. There were mixed responses.
Therefore, the only way to find out how the match tonight will go and that is to watch the game or listen in on the radio for those who cannot find a television set to watch. The Ampol State of Origin Game 1 will kick off at 8:05pm at the Adelaide Oval.