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THEY SAY THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF NEW SOUTH WALES IS THE ROAD TO QUEENSLAND. NOW IT’S TIME TO PROVE OUR FOOTY PLAY­ERS DO IT BET­TER, TOO

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DAVE

State against state, mate against mate. It’s the footy game that has the abil­ity to bring even the big­gest sport-hat­ing fan to the pub to watch a footy game. If Queens­lan­ders speak as loudly as they did in the re­cent elec­tion, I’m pretty sure the NSW team has got a fight on its hands. I love the pas­sion and ri­valry, es­pe­cially in a world where we seem to be get­ting more and more vanilla. It’s nice to have some­thing to get revved up about. I love the hype that comes along with it all. Se­ri­ously, ev­ery­thing from Queensland coach Kevin Wal­ters say­ing: “this is war, we are ready” to the slow-mo­tion footage of the play­ers look­ing like a trailer for the next Marvel movie. You can eas­ily sit back and say the build-up and emo­tion is lame, but don’t do that this time. En­joy the ride, paint your face, have your friends over to watch the game and get into it. Can I tell you a funny lit­tle footy story that I re­cently told on the ra­dio? I went to have cof­fee with my el­dest sis­ter. She went up to or­der her cof­fee and asked for a “try laté”. Of course she meant a chai laté, but un­for­tu­nately for her, she has thought it was “try” her whole life. I just love the thought of her name be­ing called out to col­lect her cof­fee by the great Ray “Rabs” Warren the way he com­ments on a New Zealand War­riors game. “What an in­ter­cept by the white sugar right in to warma-laté, here it comes and gotta-put-a-lid-on”. Any­way I’m re­ally ex­cited about this year’s Ori­gin, so let’s get into it. Queens­lan­der!

SAM

There has been a lot of smack talk about this year’s Queensland State of Ori­gin team. That coach Kevvy is “too emo­tional”, that they “have no chance with­out the fab­u­lous 5 (JT, Cronk, Smith, Inglis and Slater)” and, “on paper NSW have the big­ger, bet­ter side”. Well you know what, it’s that kinda’ talk that ex­cites me ahead of this year’s 38th se­ries. State of Ori­gin is the ul­ti­mate ex­po­nent of the game of rugby league, the pin­na­cle of what is ar­guably the last glad­i­a­to­rial sport. State against state, mate against mate. For the first time in more than a decade, Queensland will go in as un­der­dogs and I couldn’t be hap­pier. Let’s face it, belt­ing NSW year in year out was get­ting a tad bor­ing. Sure, win­ning is fun, but it was start­ing to feel like Clive Palmer v Grant Denyer in a see-saw com­pe­ti­tion. In true Queensland spirit when they run out onto Lang Park on Wed­nes­day night, the blood will run ma­roon and we will get swept up in the colour, ex­cite­ment and emo­tion of it all. Re­gard­less of what the pun­dits south of the bor­der say, it’s the same num­ber of play­ers on both sides, play­ing on the same field with the same ball. In the end it’ll come down to heart, head and hands align­ing. The team that wants it more, the team that plays as one and the team pre­pared to put it all on the line for their mates. The cul­ture cre­ated by Mal Meninga, a cul­ture of mate­ship, self-be­lief and re­spect of where they have come from. So while there is no Slater or Thurston, the stage is set for the new breed of su­per­stars to stamp their au­thor­ity on the game. Be­fore you know it, we will be us­ing names like Ponga and Noosa prod­uct Mbye to start the next dy­nasty... sorry NSW.

ASH

As Queens­lan­ders it’s in our blood, we love footy. When I think of win­ter, I think of snug­gles on the couch with a hot roast and a good game of footy. So, when there is mid-week footy, it’s even more ex­cit­ing. State of Ori­gin game one hap­pens this Wed­nes­day night with the first game kick­ing off in Bris­bane, the next in Perth then we will round up the se­ries in Syd­ney. I know you just went back to re-read that last sen­tence…perth? What the? Yep, they’re try­ing to ex­pand the game by send­ing it to Perth on a Sun­day arvo. Now, while I don’t mind that it’s on neu­tral ground, I don’t know if you can take it as far away as Perth un­less you’re go­ing to take the game to great lengths by pro­mot­ing the heck out of it. Perth is such an Afl-mad city that it’s go­ing to be a hard one to turn around. If you haven’t had a chance to read the team lists go­ing into game one, then get ex­cited. It’s a younger squad but I’m re­ally ex­cited to see Moses Mbye play. He’s a Sunny Coast boy, hav­ing played out of the Noosa Pi­rates and he will de­but for the Ma­roons in num­ber 14 as a util­ity. The coaches said Moses was a very ex­cit­ing player and that he was so ver­sa­tile, which earned him his place in the squad. It seems to be out with the old and in with the new. Af­ter so many years of great lead­er­ship from the Ma­roons and amaz­ing play­ers who have given us count­less ti­tles, it’s now over to the young ones to bring us home the tro­phy.

TUNE IN FOR DAVE, SAM AND ASH ON HOT 91.1 ON WEEKDAYS FOR BREAK­FAST FROM 5.30AM.

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