As the Magpies steady themselves for their Air New Zealand Cup rugby opener against Wellington tonight, BayBuzz are launching ‘Fame at McLean’ – a search for McLean Park’s best streaker in 2008.
To encourage participation we’ve penned a few ground rules for beginners, including ideas on how to impress our judges:
* Never streak while the ball’s in play. Your brief is to complement the game, (halftime is ideal, as are injury breaks). Generally speaking, the ref’s whistle is your cue to thrill.
* Security personnel numbers are limited – so form a team and stagger your starts. Guards will move quickly to the first offender, while your teammate steps into the fray from the McKenzie stand, another from the Harris, the embankment and so forth.
* Get creative. Run on and join the Electrotech Dancers’ routine (be respectful), attempt a few star-jumps under the sticks, a naked haka (“naka”) or nonchalantly walk round the dead-ball area with a half-time hotdog.
* An unfortunate element crept into the pastime last year, in the guise of fully clothed “streakers.” These people were charlatans. Either perform without a stitch – or don’t bother.
* Never interact with players – or any other persons not involved in your act (remember Andrew Symonds…).
* Evasion is paramount. Just like a rodeo, the longer you ride the better you score. Anyone lasting more than 60 seconds in the ring gets a bonus point.
* Despite the above rule, if caught or surrounded, surrender. In this scenario create instant pathos by curling up in the foetal position, you’ll look as cute as a giant hairy newborn.
Should the Magpies make this year’s finals, extra points will be awarded during these games. At season’s end, Fame at Mclean champion will receive a BayBuzz t-shirt and a full interview on the website (with guaranteed anonymity should they still be evading authorities).
BayBuzz will be at all home games this year with our camera. So c’mon the Bay – do your part in establishing McLean Park as the pitch invasion capital of New Zealand.
NB – All Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union employees and their families are ineligible to enter.