Time to end a 30- year hoodoo or per­ish

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

QUEENS­LAND must over­come a 30-year Ori­gin hoodoo if they are to save the se­ries and set up a Sun­corp Sta­dium de­cider.

Not since the fa­mous “Queens­lan­der” call was coined in 1987 have the Ma­roons res­cued a se­ries in Syd­ney af­ter los­ing game one in Brisbane.

That is the moun­tain Kevin Wal­ters’ crew must climb as he pre­pares to field Queens­land’s least- ex­pe­ri­enced team in seven years at ANZ Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter ax­ing veter­ans Nate Myles, Sam Thai­day and Ja­cob Lil­ly­man, Wal­ters will roll out a team with four debu­tants and 197 games of Ori­gin ex­pe­ri­ence.

But youth could be the an­swer. The last time Queens­land went into a se­ries with less ex­pe­ri­ence was 2010 and Mal Meninga’s men romped home with a clean-sweep vic­tory.

In 1987, the Wayne Ben­nett-coached Ma­roons were star­ing at a third straight se­ries de­feat af­ter los­ing the opener in Brisbane, prompt­ing the team to come up with the in­spi­ra­tional “Queens­lan­der” call.

The Ma­roons went on to win the next eight games — a record that still stands.

“Lead­ing up to that game we came up with the Queens­lan­der call,” for­mer Ma­roons full­back Gary Belcher said.

“We were in a meet­ing at Rush­cut­ters Bay Trav­elodge and Fatty (Paul Vautin) came up with the call. There was so much on the line and Wayne made that clear. That could have been the third se­ries in a row we lost.

“It would have been the end of our Ori­gin ca­reers for a bunch of us. That was made pretty clear. We cer­tainly knew NSW were on the verge of big things. It was des­per­ate stuff and we had to play that way.”

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