State of Origin streaker a social media hero

03:25, Jul 18 2013
British streaker Mark Roberts jumps over the net of the central court during the final of the French tennis open at Roland Garros stadium in 2003.
NEW BALLS PLEASE: British streaker Mark Roberts jumps over the net of the central court during the final of the French tennis open at Roland Garros stadium in 2003.
A streaker runs past the All Blacks during their Tri-Nations rugby union test against Australia in Sydney in 2002.
NAKED HAKA: A streaker runs past the All Blacks during their Tri-Nations rugby union test against Australia in Sydney in 2002.
A streaker is caught by his underwear by a pursuing security guard after the man ran onto the pitch during the Coca Cola Cup final at Wembley Stadium between Leicester City and Middlesbrough.
STRETCHING IT: A streaker is caught by his underwear by a pursuing security guard after the man ran onto the pitch during the Coca Cola Cup final at Wembley Stadium between Leicester City and Middlesbrough.
A streaker invades the field as Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (right) stops bowling against England to watch during the first day's play of the second test match in Colombo in 2007.
TOP DELIVERY: A streaker invades the field as Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (right) stops bowling against England to watch during the first day's play of the second test match in Colombo in 2007.
A streaker who ran onto the field surrenders as security moves in during an exhibition football match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Whitecaps in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2007.
HANDCUFFS PLEASE: A streaker who ran onto the field surrenders as security moves in during an exhibition football match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Whitecaps in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2007.
England opening batsman Alec Stewart (left) watches a streaker hurdle the stumps during the one day match against the West Indies at Chester-Le-Street.
ALL CLEAR: England opening batsman Alec Stewart (left) watches a streaker hurdle the stumps during the one day match against the West Indies at Chester-Le-Street.
A streaker invades the high jump area during the 2002 Commonwealth Games at Manchester City Stadium.
FOR THE HIGH JUMP: A streaker invades the high jump area during the 2002 Commonwealth Games at Manchester City Stadium.
A streaker dives over the net during the men's singles final between Argentina's David Nalbandian and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt at the Wimbledon tennis championships in 2002.
SERVICE ERROR: A streaker dives over the net during the men's singles final between Argentina's David Nalbandian and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt at the Wimbledon tennis championships in 2002.
A streaker parades in front of the wicket during the fourth day of the first test between England and New Zealand at Lord's in London in 2004.
STICKY WICKET: A streaker parades in front of the wicket during the fourth day of the first test between England and New Zealand at Lord's in London in 2004.
A streaker is chased by a policeman at the beginning of the second half of the UEFA final match between Valencia and Olympique Marseille's at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg in 2004.
ON THE RUN: A streaker is chased by a policeman at the beginning of the second half of the UEFA final match between Valencia and Olympique Marseille's at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg in 2004.
 A streaker wearing a mask is removed by stadium personnel during a rain delay in the Cincinnati Reds-Philadelphia Phillies Major League baseball game at the Ballpark in Philadelphia in 2004.
IN CUSTODY: A streaker wearing a mask is removed by stadium personnel during a rain delay in the Cincinnati Reds-Philadelphia Phillies Major League baseball game at the Ballpark in Philadelphia in 2004.
Streakers run on the field during the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in 2008.
WHERE'S WALLY: Streakers run on the field during the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in 2008.
A combination of pictures shows Australia's Andrew Symonds knocking over a streaker during the second final of the tri-series one-day international cricket match against India in Brisbane in 2008.
YOU'RE OUT: A combination of pictures shows Australia's Andrew Symonds knocking over a streaker during the second final of the tri-series one-day international cricket match against India in Brisbane in 2008.
A streaker makes his way across the field during opening ceremonies for Gay Games VII in Chicago in 2006.
GAY RUN: A streaker makes his way across the field during opening ceremonies for Gay Games VII in Chicago in 2006.
A streaker bares all on the pitch as England play against Argentina in a rugby international at Twickenham.
GLORY BE: A streaker bares all on the pitch as England play against Argentina in a rugby international at Twickenham.
A streaker disrupts play during the final between North Harbour and Counties Manukau,  at the New Zealand National Sevens rugby tournament in Queenstown in 2009.
ALL CLEAR: A streaker disrupts play during the final between North Harbour and Counties Manukau, at the New Zealand National Sevens rugby tournament in Queenstown in 2009.
A naked supporter runs alongside cyclists during the 93rd Tour de France in 2006.
SMILE AND WAVE: A naked supporter runs alongside cyclists during the 93rd Tour de France in 2006.
A streaker dives into the water by the 18th green as Paul McGinley (right) of Europe shakes hands with JJ Henry of USA after they halved their match on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club in Ireland.
FINAL HOLE: A streaker dives into the water by the 18th green as Paul McGinley (right) of Europe shakes hands with JJ Henry of USA after they halved their match on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club in Ireland.
BALL 'N ALL: A streaker is tackled by security officers during the NRL qualifying final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park in 2007.
BALL 'N ALL: A streaker is tackled by security officers during the NRL qualifying final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park in 2007.
'Serial streaker' Mark Roberts performs 'push-ups' on the field of play during the NFL Bridgestone International Series match between New York Giants and  Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in 2007.
DROP AND GIVE ME 20: 'Serial streaker' Mark Roberts performs 'push-ups' on the field of play during the NFL Bridgestone International Series match between New York Giants and Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in 2007.
A streaker out runs security guards during one day international cricket match in Napier.
RUNNING THREE: A streaker out runs security guards during one day international cricket match in Napier.
Iain Balshaw of Gloucester is confronted by a streaker during the Guinness Premiership match between Bristol and Gloucester at the Memorial Ground in Bristol in 2008.
FRONTING UP: Iain Balshaw of Gloucester is confronted by a streaker during the Guinness Premiership match between Bristol and Gloucester at the Memorial Ground in Bristol in 2008.
A streaker invades the pitch during the third test between England and South Africa at Edgbaston in 2008.
PITCHING IN: A streaker invades the pitch during the third test between England and South Africa at Edgbaston in 2008.
A streaker runs onto the field after the final siren during the round 14 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm in Perth in 2009.
AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE: A streaker runs onto the field after the final siren during the round 14 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm in Perth in 2009.
A streaker is shown a red card by the referee during the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham Stadium in 2009.
RED CARD: A topless streaker is shown a red card by the referee during the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham Stadium in 2009.
A streaker invades pitch and leaps the stumps during an English county one-day match between Somerset and Durham at the County Cricket Ground in Taunton.
ALL CLEAR: A streaker invades pitch and leaps the stumps during an English county one-day match between Somerset and Durham at the County Cricket Ground in Taunton.
A streaker runs across the field during a Super 14 trial match between the Hurricanes and Blues at Mangatainoka Rugby grounds in 2010.
YEAH, RIGHT: A streaker runs across the field during a Super 14 trial match between the Hurricanes and Blues at Mangatainoka Rugby grounds in 2010.
A streaker invades the pitch in the match between Australia and Scotland during day one of the Wellington IRB Sevens at Westpac Stadium.
EXTRA MAN: A streaker invades the pitch in the match between Australia and Scotland during day one of the Wellington IRB Sevens at Westpac Stadium.
A streaker carrying a New Zealand flag makes his way onto the ground during the second One Day International between New Zealand and Bangladesh at University Oval in Dunedin.
PATRIOTIC: A streaker carrying a New Zealand flag makes his way onto the ground during the second One Day International between New Zealand and Bangladesh at University Oval in Dunedin.
A streaker runs onto the pitch during the Coca-Cola Championship football match between Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster Rovers at Loftus Road in London.
RED SMUGGLER: A streaker runs onto the pitch during the Coca-Cola Championship football match between Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster Rovers at Loftus Road in London.
Actors playing the roles of a security guard and a streaker chase each other as part of the pre-game entertainment before the an AFL Game between Victoria and the All Stars at Etihad Stadium in 2010.
NOT THE REAL THING: Actors playing the roles of a security guard and a streaker chase each other as part of the pre-game entertainment before the an AFL Game between Victoria and the All Stars at Etihad Stadium in 2010.
A streaker flees Wellington's Basin Reserve after running across the ground day one of the First Test between New Zealand and Australia in 2010.
EARLY EXIT: A streaker flees Wellington's Basin Reserve after running across the ground day one of the First Test between New Zealand and Australia in 2010.
A streaker runs past players during the third day of the second cricket test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Wellington.
NICE SWORD: A streaker runs past players during the third day of the second cricket test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Wellington.
One of the streakers that plaqued the 2006 NZ v West Indies Twenty20 match at Eden Park.
SOCK IT TO ME: One of the streakers that plaqued the 2006 NZ v West Indies Twenty20 match at Eden Park.
Maia Lewis lines up a semi-streaker during a women's cricket match in Wellington in 2002.
BATTER UP: Maia Lewis lines up a semi-streaker during a women's cricket match in Wellington in 2002.
Presidents Cup streaker
AMERICAN GLORY: A streaker runs past US team captain Fred Couples on the 18th hole during the Presidents Cup at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.
Ruben Wiki streaker
TOP TACKLE: Warriors trainer Ruben Wiki tackles a pitch invader during his side's trial game against the Broncos in Dunedin.
Dunedin streaker
EASY AND BREEZY: It was all fun and games for this streaker during this year's All Blacks v England test in Dunedin until he was smashed in a tackle by a security guard.
Auckland Nines streaker
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: A streaker is chased down by security after invading the pitch during the inaugural Auckland Nines rugby league tournament held at Eden Park.
Origin streaker
ORIGIN THRILLER: A streaker runs onto the field in the final minutes during game three of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last year.
Rose Kupa streaker
IT'S COLD OUT HERE: Rose Kupa disrupted Napier's first All Blacks test in almost two decades and sparked security concerns last Saturday night.

Police have branded the actions of a Kiwi serial streaker who interrupted the dying moments of Wednesday night's Origin decider as ''idiotic and senseless'', but Wati Holmwood has emerged as an unlikely hero on social media following his 90-metre nude dash.

No one wants to see a grown man running around naked at a footy match and this man can expect to not only feel the wrath of the crowd but also a magistrate. 

The tubby 33-year-old, originally from Nelson, is being described online variously as a ''legend'' and a hero who ''deserves a medal'' after he hurdled the fence at ANZ Stadium and sprinted nearly the length of the field before falling over in front of the goal posts, where he was pounced upon by security.

Paul Gallen and Nate Myles
New South Wales captain Paul Gallen (left) throws unprovoked punches at Queensland's Nate Myles.
Paul Gallen and Greg Inglis
Greg Inglis confronts Paul Gallen after the NSW captain was put on report for fighting.
Luke Lewis
New South Wales' Luke Lewis is tripped up and up-ended in a tackle during the first half.
Darius Boyd
Queensland's Darius Boyd, under a pile of bodies, in bundled into touch just short of the corner flag.
Jarryd Hayne
Jarryd Hayne reaches out to score the game's first try in the tackle of Billy Slater.
James Tamou
Blues prop James Tamou is wrapped up in a high-tackle from Sam Thaiday.
Nate Myles
Queensland's Nate Myles loses the ball forward in the tackle.
New South Wales fans
Blues fans and players celebrate Jarryd Hayne's first half try.
New South Wales fans
Blue body paint and wigs were the norm for NSW fans at ANZ Stadium.
Billy Slater
Queensland fullback Billy Slater is consoled by team-mates Greg Inglis (left) and Darius Boyd.
Queensland fan
A lonely Queensland fan stands among New South Wales fans during Game 1.
Darius Boyd
Darius Boyd dots down for Queensland's late consolation try.
Paul Gallen
Paul Gallen high-fives New South Wales fans after a Game 1 victory.
Mitchell Pearce
Blues No 7 Mitchell Pearce pumps his fist at the ANZ Stadium crowd after victory.

At least eight Facebook pages have been set up dedicated to the serial streaker, including one page with more than 18,000 followers who are being encouraged to donate money to pay for his expected $5500 fine.

''You can donate 5c, $1 or how ever much you want,'' the page says.

Dozens of memes also have been posted online, including one in which Holmwood is shown streaking across the finishing line of a 100-metre sprint in front of Usain Bolt.

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Queensland players
Queensland players celebrate after Darius Boyd's second try in State of Origin II.
Sam Thaiday
Sam Thaiday is mobbed by Queensland team-mates after opening the scoring.
Josh Dugan and Cameron Smith
Queensland captain Cameron Smith clings desperately to Josh Dugan's jersey.
Darius Boyd
Darius Boyd celebrates his first try, that gave Queensland a 14-0 lead.
Josh Dugan
Josh Dugan gets a forearm into Matthew Scott's chin as he attempts to break a tackle.
Brent Tate
Brent Tate is lifted in the tackle by Brett Morris and Michael Jennings.
Andrew Fafita
Andrew Fafita sprints away from the Queensland defence.
Ryan Hoffman
Ryan Hoffman loses the ball as he's tackled by Matthew Scott and Cameron Smith.
Billy Slater
Billy Slater knocks the ball out of play during the second half.
State of Origin fight
Queensland and New South Wales players scuffle during the second half.
Brent Tate and Justin Hodges
Queensland's Justin Hodges and Brent Tate get sent to the sinbin.
Greg Bird
NSW's Greg Bird gets his 10-minutes in the bin, joining team-mate Trent Merrin.
Nathan Merritt and Billy Slater
Billy Slater dives to make a tackle on Nathan Merritt.
Cooper Cronk and Greg Inglis
Cooper Cronk and Greg Inglis high-five after taking care of business in Game 2.

Holmwood, who was charged after a similar stunt during a sudden-death clash between the Wests Tigers and New Zealand Warriors in 2011, had smeared himself in a Vaseline-like substance on Wednesday night before hurdling onto the field to make it harder for security to tackle him.

But police, and some Origin players, are less than impressed with his actions."No one wants to see a grown man running around naked at a footy match and this man can expect to not only feel the wrath of the crowd but also a magistrate,'' said Chief Superintendent Peter Gillam, who was in charge of the police operation at ANZ Stadium.

''Sadly one man's actions disrupted the game during a crucial time. His running onto the field and into the middle of the play was not only dangerous but also idiotic and senseless.''

Queensland Maroons
Queensland players pile on Justin Hodges after his second half try extended the Maroons lead to 12-4.
Queensland Maroons
Queensland players celebrate their eight straight series victory, while Michael Jennings falls to his knees.
Justin Hodges
Justin Hodges leaps in the air after his second half try.
Origin streaker
A streaker runs onto the field late in the match, which ruled out a try for Queensland's Matt Scott.
Dejected NSW players
Dejected New South Wales players react at the final whistle.
ANZ Stadium
A game three record crowd of 83,813 were on hand at ANZ Stadium.
Boyd Cordner
Debutant Boyd Cordner is tackled off his feet.
Trent Merrin
Trent Merrin celebrates after scoring to close the gap to two points.
James McManus
New South Wales' James McManus goes over in the tackle of Cameron Smith.
Brent Tate
OUT OF CONTEXT: Queensland winger Brent Tate is disappointed at the backlash to his comments concerning Josh Reynolds' controversial tackle on him during Origin I.
Queensland
Queensland celebrate with the State of Origin trophy.
Daly Cherry-Evans
Daly Cherry-Evans high-fives Queensland fans.

Other social media users have blasted Holmwood's streak, which came just two minutes and 10 seconds before the final siren.

His stunt meant match officials were forced to restart play in the form of a scrum - and a further set of six tackles - to the Maroons, denying the Blues the chance to snatch victory.

Some fans were furious, saying he ruined the game and should cop a bigger fine for his actions.

State of Origin streaker
Streaker Wati Holmwood made a daring nude run across Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the closing minutes of the Origin decider.
State of Origin streaker
Streaker Wati Holmwood made a daring nude run across Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the closing minutes of the Origin decider.
State of Origin streaker
Streaker Wati Holmwood made a daring nude run across Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the closing minutes of the Origin decider.
State of Origin streaker
Streaker Wati Holmwood made a daring nude run across Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the closing minutes of the Origin decider.
State of Origin streaker
Streaker Wati Holmwood made a daring nude run across Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the closing minutes of the Origin decider.
State of Origin streaker
Streaker Wati Holmwood made a daring nude run across Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the closing minutes of the Origin decider.
State of Origin streaker
Streaker Wati Holmwood made a daring nude run across Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the closing minutes of the Origin decider.

And it wasn't just the fans and players at the stadium who where surprised.

The Holmwood family was sitting in front of the television watching the Origin showdown at their Kogarah home when they saw a big, bald, naked man streak across their screen in nothing but a pair of joggers.

Straight away they knew it was cousin Wati, up to his old tricks again

State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker.
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker.
State of Origin streaker
Social media is awash with memes of the State of Origin streaker. Here he looks like Merv Hughes off the long run.

''As soon as I saw the bald head and dark-coloured skin, I knew that it was him. I just laughed,'' said Wati's cousin Ebony-Rose Holmwood on Thursday morning.

''I'm not sure why he did it. We just all found it quite hilarious.''

Holmwood had not warned his family that he was planning to make an unforgettable entrance onto one of Australian sport's biggest stages.

They might have averted their eyes if he had.

Ebony-Rose said she had not spoken to her cousin since his nether-regions were covered with a blanket and he was marched off the turf at ANZ Stadium by a team of security officers and police.

But she was not surprised by his actions, this time around at least.

''I knew he did it for the first time in 2011. That all shocked us,'' she said, referring to Wati's previous streak.

''He's actually a nice guy, to be honest. He's quite mellow, the quiet one, someone you can have a nice chat to. I think that's why it shocked us [after his first streak]. He's not the type of person you would think to see out there.''We always had a giggle about it after the first time, and kind of made fun of it.''

She's not sure what possessed the Blues fan to make a public exhibition of himself again, but she has some suspicions.

''From my point of view, I think he's maybe been with his mates and wanted to have a laugh,'' she said.

''He goes for NSW. Maybe that's why he jumped in at that last moment, to try to interfere with the Queensland try.

''I think he did it purely just for a laugh and to get his five minutes of fame.''

Another of Holmwood's cousins, Doreen Brennan, said from Nelson, that she was surprised he had streaked.

''He's a nice boy. He was a ratbag when he was younger but he's grown up now,'' she said.

Wati was the oldest of five Holmwood brothers and a sister who had moved to Sydney and had been there about 10 years, she said.''They live a really good life,'' she said.

A family friend, Grace Saxton, said she wouldn't have believed he would streak.

''Maybe one of the others but not Wati.  He was reserved and would not do something impromptu.''

Holmwood was charged with wilful and obscene exposure, and entering or remaining on a playing field without authorisation.

Police said he also would be banned from all future events at ANZ Stadium, while it is understood the NRL will impose a life-time ban on him for all rugby league matches.

He is due to appear in Burwood Local Court on August 6.

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