Keary Eligibility reaches Kickstarter
South Sydney Rabbitohs five-eight Luke Keary’s eligibility has seen crowdfunding app Kickstarter used as tool in the annual rivalry around State of Origin. A group of Queenslander‘s calling themselves the ‘Queensland Sports Fans’ have launched an early and jovial attack on their rivals south of the border in a very unusal way. The Queenslanders have used crowdfunding website Kickstarter to raise funds to supply Luke Keary with a perosnalised Queensland State of Origin Jersey.
Keary was last year ruled to be a NSW eligible player despite his roots in Queensland and a lifetime on cheering on the Maroons and his favourite player Wally Lewis. Keary, who moved to Sydney as a boy, represented New South Wales as a school boy and after bursting onto the scene last year with the Premiers was called into the Emerging Blues squad that Laurie Daley assembles each year. Reports that Keary pleaded with the ARL Commission to allow him to be eligible for Queensland apparently fell on deaf ears.
The Queensland Sports Fans have said on their Kickstart Project page “As passionate Queenslanders we feel for Keary that he will never have the opportunity to wear the Queensland Maroon on the field so we have turned to the Queensland Community to chip in and give our southern Cane Toad comrade a small consolation prize of a Personalised Queensland Maroons State of Origin Jersey.”
The Kickstarter website states that cut off to contribute to teh $300 goal by Wednesday 6th May 2015. Donations can be made at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/queenslandsportsfans/queensland-state-of-origin-jersey-for-luke-keary
Online Sports Store Your Jersey has already pledged $100 towards the project.