Fighting broke out at a rural town meeting bordering Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) this week when someone in the crowd put the idea of a “super state” to the ultimate test – deciding on which code of footy it would follow.
The super state, labelled “Rexit” for “regional exit”, was first suggested in 2018 and calls for country Victoria and NSW to join forces and split from their capitals.
Under the proposal, major Victorian regional centres such as Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Wodonga and Shepparton would band together with Wagga Wagga, Albury, Orange, Bathurst and Griffith. All of this sounded like a logical plan – create a bulwark against the larger economies by joining forces – until a heckler in the crowd asked what the AFL team name would be.
“You mean NRL, right?” asked another Rexit supporter.
“No, AFL,” they said.
After a solid 20 minutes of a Donny brook police arrived, with both sides of the divide coming together briefly to chant, “You’re going home in the back of divvy van”, the room and border residents were split straight down the middle.
While this dispute seems no closer to being resolved, NSW residents are confident they can hold out longer as the southerners have a larger incentive driving them into their arms – Chairman Dan Andrews and his snap lockdowns.
Conflict resolution experts have been sent to get talks back on track, starting with the olive branch that both sides won’t have to support Rugby Union so that Aussies never have to answer Kiwis questions about the latest Bledisloe Cup match.