Loo South Wales: Pete puts NSW in its place (the toilet)

LOO SOUTH WALES: Maroons fan Peter Brown has created a cheeky tribute to NSW in his toilet.
LOO SOUTH WALES: Maroons fan Peter Brown has created a cheeky tribute to NSW in his toilet. Claudia Baxter

 

Ipswich's, if not Queensland's, biggest Maroons fan Peter Brown in his appropriately themed toilet. The view into the toilet bowl. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Ipswich's, if not Queensland's, biggest Maroons fan Peter Brown in his appropriately themed toilet. The view into the toilet bowl. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

TO describe Flinders View grandfather Peter Brown as a Queensland State of Origin supporter is a bit like saying Black Caviar is a good racehorse.

Mr Brown has turned his pool room into a shrine to the mighty Maroons.

The walls are painted maroon, the stubbie coolers in the adjoining bar are maroon, even the felt on the billiard table is - yep, you guessed it - maroon.

About the only place where the NSW Cockroaches get any recognition is the toilet.

The Blues emblem is strategically adhered to the inside of the toilet bowl - much to the amusement of Queensland visitors who find the need to relieve themselves.

"For my family, it's just a toilet, but for guests who visit, it's one of the attractions of the room," Mr Brown said.

"When people come over they are always eager to check it out."

The 49-year-old's house has long been regarded as 'the home of Origin', not only among friends and family, but the wider community as well.

Draped over his concrete fence, Queensland banners proudly hang below a row of souvenir maroon flags - one for each year of Origin.

"When Queensland wins a game my family and friends take part in a ritual called 'walk the wall'," Mr Brown explained.

"Each person grabs a flag to wave and takes a celebratory walk along the wall while screaming the 'Queenslander' chant at the top of their lungs."

Mr Brown claimed that his home's Origin celebrations might even rival the atmosphere at the game itself.

His pool room and adjoining bar has every piece of Queensland origin memorabilia imaginable.

There's even a replica of the 'King' Wally Lewis's statue that proudly stands outside Suncorp Stadium.

But the crowning jewel of his collection is his $2000 limited edition framed print, personally signed by the greatest Origin players of both sides.

He said the last seven years of hosting his Origin parties had been particularly enjoyable with Queensland's long-time dominance.

"My oldest granddaughter Ellie is six years old, so she's never experienced a series loss," he said. "I've become so used to the Maroons winning now that I think I would react badly if we lost this year."

Mr Brown, who appropriately is the hotel manager of a venue called The Queenslander, said what he liked most about Origin was the passion it generated.

He said his favourite Maroons player was Wally Lewis and invited the King to come along to his origin party next week.



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