I first went to the All Blacks Supporters Club Sydney when I was 21, start of 2000. I had moved to Sydney not really knowing any one, and was put on to the club by uncle, who introduced me to Mick and Paul.
The club was awesome for me, meeting down the Jade to start with, everyone was friendly and welcomed me like I was part of the family. At one stage we were having such a good time you would almost forget there is a game of rugby coming up, speaking with everyone, I was blow-in away by how far people had travelled, some from a farm over the Blue Mountains, Newcastle, all travelling hours just to come and watch a game, but soon realised it was the atmosphere and the people they were coming for.
I moved on from Sydney after 3 years, went to UK, I came back after a couple of years and still the same, good people running it and same atmosphere as usual. Couldn’t believe my luck, needless to say the fun continued, but they had got bigger and had been talking to Jock Hobbs about going to the captains run on the Friday.
That I could Hardly believe
But we Did meet the players, Apart from Richie who was doing interviews, and got a few pics, awesome experience been at the stadium with about 100 people and the All Blacks, up front and personal
I’ve now settled in WA but still get over for the odd game, and it’s always a blast catching up and sharing a few stories, accompanied with a couple of cold beers and watching the blacks go
Look forward to the next time, it’s good to see how far the clubs gone and if you love rugby and the All Blacks and you’re in the Sydney area, there’s only one place to watch it
Ryan Hastie, WA