Ori­gin de­cider will be spe­cial

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

I KNOW I’ve said it be­fore, but re­ceiv­ing this op­por­tu­nity to play for Queens­land again was some­thing I def­i­nitely was not ex­pect­ing.

I didn’t get that many op­por­tu­ni­ties in Game Two, so I’m very grate­ful to be get­ting another go and I’m rel­ish­ing my time here in camp.

I feel a lot more com­fort­able and noth­ing much has changed be­cause the faces are the same and we are go­ing about our prepa­ra­tions the same way.

It goes with­out say­ing that next week’s game is go­ing to be spe­cial, and it will be the big­gest game of my ca­reer.

But it’s still early days yet so I’m just go­ing to ap­proach it like a nor­mal game and not over­think it dur­ing the week. I’ll be fo­cused on my job and go­ing out and do­ing that for the team.

We def­i­nitely weren’t happy with parts of our game in Game Two, but we have an op­por­tu­nity to seal the se­ries in front of our home fans.

Get­ting our prepa­ra­tion right is prob­a­bly the big­gest thing and we started our first train­ing ses­sions yesterday af­ter­noon fol­low­ing our pro­mo­tional work through­out the last cou­ple of days.

We had a great trip to Proser­pine on Tues­day and the re­cep­tion we re­ceived just blew us away. The main street was packed and we couldn’t be­lieve how many peo­ple had turned out to welcome us, but it was a real priv­i­lege to meet lo­cals who are so pas­sion­ate about the game and love to see Queens­land win.

I’m also look­ing for­ward to watch­ing our boys take on the Dragons in Wol­lon­gong to­mor­row.

They per­formed well against the Wests Tigers a few weeks ago, and per­son­ally I’ve got full con­fi­dence in them to get the job done again. I’ll be watch­ing on Satur­day and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get be­hind the boys.

I’m also sure that Rob Lui and Ray Thompson will play well in the halves to­gether. They played to­gether dur­ing their ju­nior days in Townsville and they’re also great mates, so I’m sure they’ll do well to steer the boys around.

Lastly I’d like to con­grat­u­late ev­ery player who took part in last week’s Lau­rie Spina Shield. It’s a great car­ni­val to be in­volved in and I’m sure it was a lot of fun.

Pic­ture: BRADLEY KA­NARIS

THAT’S GOLD: Ma­roons debu­tant Dane Ga­gai poses with fans at Proser­pine.

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