This week’s True Blue HQ Fan of the Week, presented by Barfoot & Thompson, is Dan West (@thetidykiwi)!
Read about why Dan is such a massive Blues fan below.
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How long have you been a Blues fan for?
Funny story although I was born in Auckland, I was raised in The Bay of Plenty, so naturally I followed the Steamers (Luke Braid FAN) , but when I was a young fella in 1996 I went to watch The Blues v The Chiefs with a few mates and his dad at Eden Park, they all followed the chiefs but I was like well I’m from Auckland so GO THE BLUES.
I remember the Blues won (had to look it up to see what year it was, and that’s all I remember god knows who was playing or who I got signatures of). So you could say from then. The second Blues game I attended was 17 years later, living back in Auckland Round one 2012 Blues v Crusaders at Eden Park.
In my younger days I was not one to follow / watch rugby, just a background supporter maybe the odd NPC game or test match, I spent all my time with cars and stuff. I got back into following rugby in 2011 & went to every game I could in 2012 Test, Super NPC you name it.
What makes you such an avid fan of the Blues?
Last year 2012 I was waiting for the super season to start after the RWC final. I got my true blue pass (for Christmas from my partner), my blues jersey, went to the meet the blues at Orakei, and the pre season game at Unitec where I met Keven Mealamu & Piri Weepu and was hooked all year.
Although it was an unlucky year, I stuck to it and enjoyed going to every home game and cheering the boys on! I’ve done the same this year starting with True Blue passes & heading up to the preseason games in Whangarei, the Eden Park open day, the meet the Blues at North Harbour & thus far have not missed a home game, made some pretty good mates in the #TrueBlueHQ.
Also last year my partner had our twins and so we looked forward to every Friday/ Saturday Super Rugby game, whether we watched it on TV or went to the game, it helped get us through that first year of extreme sleep deprivation and sacrificing pretty much all our luxuries. Watching and/or going to the rugby was our luxury.
What’s your game day routine, where do you travel from and where do you sit at Eden Park during the match?
OK GAME DAY routine? Nothing unusual, jump on the train from Ranui to Kingsland, find a seat n get into it. This year has been a wee bit different though. My #1 must do is LIKE the FB Blues post & Retweet The Blues support. Then face paint on, lug my #BetterNeverStops “billboard” on the train and sit with the boys n gals in the #TrueBlueHQ in section #333 upper west stand.
How do you enjoy using social media to chat with players, fellow passionate Blues fans and keep up to date with all Blues news?
I only started using twitter towards the very end of last year and was gutted to find out there was so much Blues twitter interaction going on. As far as social media goes it’s great, I follow all the teams & like getting stuck into things like the #TrueBlueChat & sending supporting tweets to players & teams alike. I like twitter more so than FB it’s got that personal touch to it, this year I decided to go all out n see how far I get on Pinterest, Instagram, FB, and Twitter.
What have you made of the Blues’ performances so far this season, and how do you think they’ll go this year?
I had my doubts at the start of the season thinking it would be more of a research & development type of year even S.J.K said it: “I’m pretty surprised. If you had said to Ali and I when we were sitting having a cappuccino talking about him being captain and me being coach three months ago that we’d be on ten points after our first two games I would have given you a million dollars to be honest…… but if the way we’re going is a sign of things to come, then the rest of the year will be awesome and next year will be excellent.”
Dan West (@thetidykiwi)