State of Origin troublemaker who infamously ran onto the field in nothing but sneakers is back in the spotlight - as the streaker face
State of Origin troublemaker who infamously ran onto the field in nothing but sneakers is back in the spotlight – as the streaker faces drug charges
- A man who streaked during the 2013 State of Origin is scheduled to front court
- Wati Holmwood, 40, jumped the fence during the final minutes of Game Three
- He has caught the eye of police again, scheduled to front court on July 15
- Mr Holmwood has been charged with possessing a prohibited drug
A man who famously sprinted onto the field during a 2013 State of Origin football match wearing nothing but sneakers has caught the eye of police again.
Wati Holmwood, who was then 33-years-old, was imprinted on that year’s State of Origin series decider after he hauled his frame for 90 metres across Sydney’s ANZ stadium.
Mr Holmwood has now run into trouble again, scheduled to front Waverley Local Court on July 15 charged with possessing a prohibited drug, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Wati Holmwood, who was then 33-years-old, was imprinted on that year’s State of Origin series decider after he hauled his frame for 90 metres across Sydney’s ANZ stadium
A pitch invader is escorted off the field during Game III of the 2013 State of Origin rugby league series at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The 40-year-old is yet to make his first appearance in court over the charge – meaning details of the alleged offence are scant at this stage.
Mr Holmwood’s 2013 streaking escapade was witnessed by more than 83,000 spectators in the stadium and millions more watching on live television.
He had somehow ditched his threads, save for a pair of sneakers, and hopped the fence past security to run almost the entire length of the field during the final minutes of the game.
The Blues had been making a comeback, however, Holmwood’s interference meant that play had to be stopped and their momentum was broken, allowing Queensland to chalk up their eight consecutive series win.
The incident earned him a three month jail sentence after he plead guilty to entering a playing field without authorisation, and wilful and obscene exposure in a public place.
The court heard it was not the first occassion Mr Holmwood had streaked having previously done so at a 2011 Warriors versus Tigers NRL match and at a New South Wales Campsite in 2012.
He eventually had the sentence reduced to two months on appeal.
Wati Holmwood leaves Burwood Local Court, Sydney, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Holmwood pleaded guilty to wilful and obscene exposure after streaking during the third State of Origin match