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Bra Boys amused by Home and Away homage

Author: Jo Casamento
Date: 06/02/2011
Words: 337
Source: SHD
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: News
Page: 13
WITH tattoos around their necks, buff pecs and an opening episode that features them starting a bar brawl, there is little doubt the newest Home and Away cast members are a direct take on the Bra Boys.

Even if the Seven Network's official line about their latest storyline surrounding surfing tribe brothers, Brax, Heath and Casey Braxton (the River Boys), is purely "fiction" - the thinly veiled reference has left members of the original gang amused.

For Sunny Abberton, Bra Boy founding member and eldest brother of the Maroubra surf tribe's most famous family which includes Jai and Koby, being immortalised in a soap is "flattering in a funny way".

"What can you do? As long as it's not making it into a negative thing about being territorial on the beach, and perpetuating that image that we don't want anyone else on our beach - which can get a little bit boring," Abberton told The Sun-Herald. "We don't want that portrayed."

The Bra Boys gained notoriety over the years through violent clashes with police. They also held meetings after the 2005 Cronulla riots to ease tensions and open dialogue between the groups. The fact they have infiltrated popular culture is also amusing to the filmmaker, who is hoping to get into acting. Abberton joked that producers should have "given me a call". "I saw some of the stuff and had to laugh - it's a blatant rip-off of the [Bra Boys] movie - they even have the tattoo in the middle of the neck."

The Braxton boys, played by Steve Peacocke, Dan Ewing and Lincoln Younes, spend two hours in make-up every day getting their "Blood and Sand" tattooed on their bodies. Northern Beaches boy Ewing, 25, who plays volatile middle brother Heath, says looking to the Bra Boys as inspiration was a no-brainer. His role debuts on February 14.

"From what I've gathered they're nice blokes, and really look after their community. I don't think they're the bad arses they're made out to be."

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