This week’s True Blue HQ Fan of the Week, presented by Barfoot & Thompson, is Caprice Stevenson (@capricest)!
Read Caprice’s story about why she is such a passionate Blues fan below.
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Let me start off by pointing out the obvious, I am not your everyday garden variety girl. I am sports mad, (rugby in particular) always have been and always will be.
As the youngest child of four and the only girl, you can imagine I shadowed my three big brothers, did what they did, played with (and broke) their toys and of course watched them play footy from a very early age. Mum even knitted whole teams jerseys for many years.
As my brothers grew up, their attentions turned to cars and other stuff, I however still loved rugby the best and could often be found with my nose buried in Dad’s prized books like the Men In Black series, Ebony and Ivory, Fergie and many more, most of which only the *ahem* more mature folks will remember.
Even as a wee pig-tailed girl, knowing, understanding and interpreting the rules was very important to me and I often had whole sections of stadium nodding and grinning as I yelled ‘he’s offside ref.’ These days I am an analyst and I know my skills were honed in such ways as comparing relative talents of number 8s (notably Buck vs Zinny) or debating the most necessary skills of wingers or looking at key stats about centres.
I have long been an advocate of flair in rugby and I believe Auckland and the Blues have always gone about their business with an eye to crowd pleasing. King Carlos is of course my favourite exponent of running, exciting rugby and I will remember his feats in Christchurch in 2004 as long as I live – thanks Sir Ted for bringing him to Auckland!
I have been lucky to have seen my beloved Blues go through both the absolute best and the worst of times, and even though it has been particularly tough at times to sit in a nearly empty Eden Park cheering for my team, I always continue to cheer and be supportive because as fans we must understand if it sucks for us, it most definitely sucks 100 times more for the players and management!
I am loving the honesty and passion that Sir JK brings to the table and am encouraged by the undeniable potential for this team to be back to its magnificent best very very soon.
Until then and forever I remain #trueblue and will continue to enjoy the tries, the scrums, the lineouts and everything in between.
Thanks Blues for creating so many unforgettable memories – keep up the good work †#betterneverstops