A TALE OF TWO TRIBES

Ahh, weekend sport.

The time-honoured tradition of rugging up for rugby. Standing on the sidelines with a sausage sizzle in your hand as you drip sauce down your front and smear it around a bit with a cheap, nasty serviette. It does not matter what you look like. You are a rugby mum and the sauce is a badge of honour.

Or is it?

 width=Kim & Kath, Prue & Trude… which tribe are you?

It all comes down to whom you play for. And I have recently been exposed to both the Kath & Kim and the Prue & Trude school of spectating.

The weekend just gone saw me observing my nephew’s team playing Rugby. The sausage sizzle had been consumed and I must admit, the hosting club was well aware about the onion/sausage ratio. Not too much, not too little, but just right. I also appreciated the freshness of the bread. It is the little things that make all the difference.

The game started and my attention was not on the ball, but on the sideline activity.

My nephew plays for a team from an area of Sydney famed for drive-by shootings and cannabis cultivation. The parents of the players favoured tracksuits and thongs, as well as smoking and drinking Coke. I hung out with these parents and was impressed with their passion and knowledge of the game.

 width=The team we were playing were of more refined behaviour, with their supporters decked out in GANT and COUNTRY ROAD and CASHMERE.

They preferred a quieter type of encouragement, politely clapping and sharing lovely anecdotes of weekend skiing trips and boating activities between tries.

People-watching is always one of the most fascinating thing you can do when you are slightly bored, and I made some generalised observations on the scenario.

Dogs are a must at a rugby game. The Kath & Kim canines are of mixed breed and are leash-less, running around sniffing crotches and eating abandoned sausage sizzles. The Prue & Trude dogs are small, are of breeds ending in “oodle” and are on tartan leashes. And a lot of them are white.

Did you know that rat-tails did not die out in the 80s? In fact they were alive and well on the Kath & Kim side of the field. Really, really long ones, either plaited, free flowing, or even cheekily popping out of a MONSTER FLAT CAP.

The Prue & True preferred hairstyle is a bob. Full stop. No further correspondence is to be entered into.

The names being shouted onto the field were also well defined in style. There was Jayden, Brayden, Blayde, Caden, Cruise, Swayze and… Barry.( Not really, I made that last one up.) On the other team there was William, Will and Billy.

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