The Queensland Times - - Sport -

IN Game one 1988, I was only in grade four but it was the first se­ries I re­ally watched. I loved Al­lan Langer. He was from the same city and he was a bit on the small side like me. If only he had red hair. I re-watched the game to find Alf’s best Ori­gin mo­ments.

It was the first time Queens­land played an Ori­gin game mi­nus their King “Wally’’ Lewis and coach Wayne Ben­nett gave the trea­sured num­ber six to Peter Jack­son.

I spoke to Wayne Ben­nett about why he ar­rived at Jack­son.

“I chose Peter Jack­son be­cause he was an ex­tro­vert and I knew he would not lack in con­fi­dence,’’ Ben­nett said. “I was right. He did a great job and we had a great win.”

How did you think no Wally would af­fect Alf? “I did not think it would af­fect him at all,’’ Ben­nett said. “I was more con­cerned that this was the first Ori­gin game Wally missed.”

The game starts with a near empty Syd­ney Foot­ball Sta­dium. Dar­rell Eastlake is go­ing on about the ridicu­lous $34 ticket price. I won­der what he would say about the $200 we pay to­day.

Paul Vautin’s first act as cap­tain is to kick from dummy half on the fifth. It was a bold move. “Grasshop­per’’ (the ref­eree) finds a penalty and Gary Belcher take the two points.

Alf comes into the game on the fifth with a lit­tle kick ahead, comes out the other side and kicks it again but in the scram­ble for the ball, it goes loose. Bob Lind­ner got in his way.

Alf goes the short kick again. It’s a dud bounce and could not get it back.

Do you think New South Wales are notic­ing a pat­tern with Alf yet?

Gene Miles tries to off­load and drops it, from the scrum the ball comes out Queens­land and Alf is off for the corner be­fore any­one can re­act step­ping past Peter Ster­ling on the way. That is Alf’s first try in Ori­gin.

Just be­fore half­time, it’s a bit of scrappy play and Alf takes the ball at first re­ceiver, kicks ahead be­tween two tired for­wards. He bends down to pick it up and just de­cides to kick ahead and kicks it again. Now it’s a race with Blues’ full­back Jonathan Dock­ing and Alf wins.

It was Alf’s sec­ond Ori­gin try and his sec­ond man-of-the match-in his fourth game. Queens­land won 26-18.

“I can­not re­mem­ber much about the game ex­pect Peter Jack­son played re­ally well and we won when ev­ery­body wrote us off be­cause Wally was not play­ing,’’ Ben­nett said. “We won that se­ries three nil.”

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