From dog­house to pent­house for young Ma­roons

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

THE “Val­ley Eight” are now the Su­per Six, ready to lead Queens­land to Ori­gin glory.

Six of the eight promis­ing play­ers em­broiled in last year’s Emerg­ing Ori­gin camp cur­few con­tro­versy have grad­u­ated to Ma­roons jer­seys this se­ries.

Debu­tant Cameron Mun­ster and Test flyer Valen­tine Holmes will unite for the first time in the Ori­gin arena since be­com­ing caught up in the For­ti­tude Val­ley drama.

Holmes at­tracted the at­ten­tion of po­lice that night but he has trans­formed into Queens­land’s most marked man on the wing with his freak­ish play.

After be­ing con­firmed as Johnathan Thurston’s re­place­ment in the No. 6 jersey, Mun­ster will link up with Holmes on Queens­land’s left edge.

And Holmes said they were ready to put last year’s drama be­hind them and be­gin a new era of Queens­land dom­i­nance.

“We are all good,” Holmes said. “He is def­i­nitely in the team now ( after be­ing 18th man for Game Two) and I’m very happy for him.

“I’m ex­cited for him. I can’t wait to play along­side him.

Any fric­tion be­tween last year’s banned play­ers has dis- solved with coach Kevin Wal­ters blood­ing An­thony Milford, Jar­rod Wallace, Dy­lan Napa, Holmes and now Ben Hunt and Mun­ster this se­ries.

Holmes, 21, put his Ori­gin omis­sion be­hind him last year to win the NRL pre­mier­ship with Cronulla and make his Test de­but for the Kan­ga­roos.

And with­out that dis­ci­pline he be­lieves he may never have reached the heights he did.

“It’s def­i­nitely been a learn­ing curve for my­self and most of the play­ers,” he said.

Wal­ters has been one of Hunt’s great­est sup­port­ers, work­ing closely with the Bron­cos half­back dur­ing Bris­bane’s grand fi­nal sea­son of 2015.

“He is a big part of get­ting me to where I am now and I am ap­pre­cia­tive of that and that he’s given me the chance,” Hunt said.

Ma­roons back Valen­tine Holmes.

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