Confessions of a Queenslander turned to the Blues

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    I love Queensland. I love the weather, I love Brisbane, I love the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Country Towns the northern tropics and countless other things. However, the one time I don’t love Queensland is during State of Origin.

    Now before you thrash around claims that I am a Sydney-sider and New South Welshman in disguise, I’m not.

    Born and bred in Brisbane, travelled all around Queensland, had holidays on the nearby Gold and Sunshine Coasts and lived in Rockhampton for a couple of years.

    I am a sports fan, I particularly love football (soccer). I proudly support my local sides; Brisbane Roar, Queensland Reds, Brisbane Lions and Queensland Bulls.

    But there is something about the Queensland rugby league that doesn’t click with me.

    I don’t have anything against rugby league, I actually played the sport a few times in my school years, and watch it on television.

    But there are some serious attitude problems that don’t sit with me in terms of the Broncos and Queensland Maroons.

    I started to pay attention to State of Origin in 2002. The forst Origin game that i watched from start to finish was the epic 18-18 draw in game 3, 2002. I remember yelling my head off at Dane Carlaw, egging him over the line.

    It was a great moment and I was proud to be a Queenslander. The next three years was difficult as a newly converted fan of Queensland rugby league.

    I became aware of a certain New South Welshman called Andrew Johns who I openly despised. We had no answer to him in the first two games of the series of 2003, and he would always pull something out of the bag.

    I was ragingly jealous of the New South Wales fans. We would end up losing that series.

    The next year, hopes were up again and at 8-8 in game one I was praying that Lockyer could pull something out of the bag. Sadly, it didn’t eventuate, and a forward of all people in Shaun Timmins would score a drop-goal.

    We won the second game, and I had my mates around to watch the third game. Another crushing defeat, some old veteran called Brad Fittler charged Lockyer down to score a try at the death.

    Wasn’t Lockyer one of the best in the competition? Anyway, even the best can have a rough day.

    The next series I heard that Johns was out of game one, giving us a huge chance.

    With the game locked at 20-20, up popped a little Matty Bowen with an intercept, YOU LITTLE BEAUTY! The trophy coming back to us at last! But no, Johns was back for origin two and three and to be frank he dominated those two matches better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and it still remains.

    2006 State of Origin. Brett Finch won the first match with a field goal, bringing back haunting memories of Shaun Timmins a few years earlier.

    However, Queensland stormed over New South Wales in the second match and confidence was high leading into the third.

    Late in the game, a stray pass pops up into Lockyer’s arms and we win!! Amazing, finally a win!

    However, since then my allegiance in rugby league has changed, here are the key moments attaining to that change:

    – Game 2 2007. Queensland win after a blatant forward pass is allowed for the match and series winning try.

    Yet for reason there is no mention of it in the Courier Mail, or the importance it had in the series.

    – Game 1 2008. After New South Wales are comfortably the better side in a surprise victory in the opening game of the series, Mal Meninga can only complain that New South Wales weren’t back the ten and the referees need to blow more penalties.

    – Game 2 2008. The referees do exactly that. The same referee who officiated the first game blows a 11-3 penalty count. Meninga clearly influenced the referees with his post match whinge.

    – Game 1 2009. Jarryd Hayne is controversially disallowed a try in the opening minutes of the match. The video referee looked at the replays for at least two minutes then ruled no try.

    The fact is, if they are going to need to look at a decision for that long there is clear doubt. Hence it is a benefit of the doubt try. It would have shot New South Wales out to a possible 8-0 lead, with confidence high.

    Queensland went on to win the game with a very solid display. Queensland media label New South Wales a bunch of whingers.

    Highly ironic considering the nature of the decision and the fact the Meninga clearly complained about decisions the series earlier.

    – The infamous game 3 2009. New South Wales ended up winning the game but it would be the final two minutes that would forever be remembered. This game is probably the largest contributor to my change of allegiance.

    The ‘Dog Act’ calls from Queensland were embarrassingly incorrect and showed both arrogance and ignorance. Steve Price knees Brett White in the head during a tackle in the 78th minute, causing White to get pretty annoyed with him.

    They are both at each other’s throats and start swinging. White knocks Price out cold he is then fallen on by Trent Waterhouse. Upon watching the video it becomes obvious that Waterhouse was going to try and separate them.

    However Price was knocked out just as he arrived collapsing underneath him, giving the impression that Waterhouse tackled him.

    Yes, Waterhouse should have been more focused on separating his own player however, there was nothing cheap about the whole incident, as the knockout blow was administered by White who Price was fighting.

    It was the next part of the match that was about cheap shots.

    Cameron Smith bombed the ball up, with fullback Kurt Gidley bravely claiming the ball. With the ball in the air, Thaiday tackled a New South Wales player from behind, resulting in him being sent off. Tackling someone from behind; that’s a cheap shot.

    Gidley caught the ball and was then seized upon by four Queensland players, who were all punching him.

    Four-on-one against a fullback who had done nothing wrong; that is what known as cheap. Creagh was also sent off in the resulting scuffle.

    The Courier Mail’s claims of cheap New South Wales were pathetic and untrue. From this game on, I was to follow the NSW Blues.

    – Origin 1, 2011. The pre match discussion was embarrassingly arrogant from Queensland.

    The whole “we’ll smash them” attitude was pretty immature. As usual, Meninga would have a pre-match whinge to the referees, begging them to keep it clean and prevent any dirty tactics from NSW.

    Instantly, the referee is then expecting dirty tactics from NSW, which is what Meninga hopes to achieve.

    An entertaining game takes place, but it isn’t without the usual head scratches in favour of Queensland.

    Josh Dugan is tackled in the air – that’s a penalty – but nothing from the refs. The first pass in the second half is called forward, replays show it was flatter than a pancake.

    Cameron Smith then proceeds to throw every second pass forward without any punishment.

    So there you go, the last five years of pathetic one-eyed-ness, arrogance and ridiculous favouritism has been enough to turn a passionate Queensland fan into a New South Wales fan, even at a time when it would seem to be mighty attractive to be a Queensland fan.

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    • June 10th 2011 @ 9:29am
      Mals said | June 10th 2011 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Roarlover, you’re a very rare breed, perhaps the only Blues convert from Queensland this century! A brave move, welcome aboard!

      • June 10th 2011 @ 9:44am
        Manuwatu said | June 10th 2011 @ 9:44am | ! Report

        Roar lover,
        This is sad, and if you are a genuine QLD’er, then you must be the loneliest one in the world!!!

        • June 10th 2011 @ 10:07am
          Davo said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:07am | ! Report

        • June 10th 2011 @ 10:09am
          roarlover34 said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:09am | ! Report

          nah mate, i watch the origin with all my mates and we have a right old laugh and banter

          • June 10th 2011 @ 1:23pm
            train said | June 10th 2011 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

            your article is highly illogical.
            genuine supporters never change their allegiance. looks like you weren’t a geniune supporter to start with.
            awful lot of whinging in that article too, are you one of those people who just aren’t happy unless they are unhappy? good luck with your recovery

            • June 10th 2011 @ 10:36pm
              Dean - Surry Hills said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:36pm | ! Report

              train – there are few people that I’ve met in QLD with a level head on their shoulders – roarlover34 is obviously another, and clearly demonstrates a superior IQ to most Northerners by his ability to recognise the truth. One day, you to may see the light, and step from the path of evil and onto the path of righteousness.

              • June 11th 2011 @ 12:02pm
                oikee said | June 11th 2011 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

                Come on knumbnuts, your kidding ain’t you. Intelligence, australia, you missed the boat, look queensland are by far above your average IQ. first off, we live in the greatest country in the world, it’s all in the name. Queens—land.

                We are bogans, no miss-reading that, we are proud, obviously, we are what every state admires to be, or this case, become. Rock on Queenslanders, ya the bomb.

                P.S dont give any state a even chance, suckers were born every day, long live queensland spirit, and pride, Full-stop.

              • June 11th 2011 @ 1:41pm
                Jimbo said | June 11th 2011 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

                The parallels between Qld and the redneck Southern states of the US are quite interesting. Both seem to have a completely misplaced sense of superiority about themselves, with no rational reason behind such thinking. A BBC report described Queenslanders as thinking of themselves as ‘super-Australians’, which just about nails it. Meanwhile, just like in the US, the rest of the country is quietly sniggering at you. Must be something about living closer to the equator.

              • June 11th 2011 @ 2:20pm
                Dean - Surry Hills said | June 11th 2011 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

                Oikee – Queensland – come on champ – that’s about as camp as a name could possibly be. Elizabeth loves it though, as does Charles, Pippa, and Kate.

                Time to get the monarchy off your back.
                Time for The Blues to get the monkey off theirs.

              • June 12th 2011 @ 1:37am
                Mushi said | June 12th 2011 @ 1:37am | ! Report

                Oikee your not helping our cause with regards to intellect calling queensland a country and giving the state an iq of it’s own

              • October 10th 2011 @ 5:12pm
                train said | October 10th 2011 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

                yeh and nsw might win!!!

    • June 10th 2011 @ 9:32am
      NF said | June 10th 2011 @ 9:32am | ! Report

      roarlover

      North QLD Cowboys are a pretty humble team to be apart of compared to the Broncos. So feel free to hop on the bandwagon sure they made be some hard times but when it’s good it’s excellent like at the moment. Broncos 2012 and beyond will have some hard times without Lockyer it ain’t that 80’s to early 90’s where the Broncos could transition from Wally Lewis to Langer no-one can replace Lockyer.

      • June 10th 2011 @ 10:13am
        roarlover34 said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:13am | ! Report

        yeah mate, i don’t mind the cowboys, u get the feeling that the whole of townsville is right behind them at every game. I loved the Fury as well, too bad they were cut from the competition

        • June 10th 2011 @ 10:34am
          NF said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:34am | ! Report

          Same about the Fury they had potential and I wish they were given more time the FFA admin makes the NRL admin look competent that’s saying alot considering the incompetence of both.

    • June 10th 2011 @ 9:53am
      Skinner said | June 10th 2011 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      Roar lover I must admit I am in the same boat.

      But I really want NSW so that thier is some interest back into the game.

    • June 10th 2011 @ 9:57am
      formeropenside said | June 10th 2011 @ 9:57am | ! Report

      Love the State, not the players or the ref. If you can’t cheer for Qld, dont watch. Cheering for NSW cannot be healthy.

    • June 10th 2011 @ 10:01am
      tru blu said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:01am | ! Report

      Absolutely loved this especially the explanation around Price getting knocked out. Two of the worst offenders are Thaiday and Hodges. Thaiday is notrious for being the 3rd man in and pushing people in the BACK closely followed by Slater and for Hodges to come out and call it a ‘dog act’ is a joke. If you watched him througout his career he is one of the dirtiest ‘dogs’ himself. If the tables had been turned and White was knocked out there is no doubt in my mind that Hodges would’ve been gloating like the dirty dog he is.

      • June 10th 2011 @ 10:14am
        Brett McKay said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        “Third Man Thaiday” is one of the better tags applied in Origin folklore, or NSW Origin folklore at the very least.

        Roarlover, I say you’re a brave man(?). My NSW-supporting brother-in-law has worked up in the mines around Emerald and Blackwater for the last few years, and it’s fair to say the six weeks between Games 1 and 3 are not his favourite time of the year. They do tend to get a bit parochial up there….

        • June 10th 2011 @ 10:33am
          roarlover34 said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          haha as i said, we have a good laugh and banter wathcing the games. I think i would be much less popular if the Blues actually started winning though!

        • June 10th 2011 @ 11:26am
          soapit said | June 10th 2011 @ 11:26am | ! Report

          i think someones had a word to him about it tho. he hasnt been doing it this year. he needed to cut it out if he was serious about all his wanting to be captain talk.

      • June 11th 2011 @ 11:36am
        Aljay said | June 11th 2011 @ 11:36am | ! Report

        Thaiday can;t be any worse than Matt “Coward” Sing

    • June 10th 2011 @ 10:23am
      oikee said | June 10th 2011 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      Mate, what has happened to you. You got rocks in your head. Look, let me help you get back to the bright side. Mate when White knocked out Price, a player picked him up while he lay unconscience on the ground and then dropped him? Pricey mate, dropped Pricey like a rag doll while laying knocked clean out, and then Whitey smiled about it, come-on.

      And no forward passes by Smith, well i recall a forward pass to Matt Scott, with the game on the line, i even remember Gus saying this is the turning point Rabs, rabs, you listening my blue buddy.

      Grasshopper, you have alot to learn. Just last nite i watched the 1992 game 2. Geyer was playing in this his one and only origin game, they had Blocker Roach, Cement Gallespie, The Cheif Harragon, and Big Bad Roberts all smashing the Queenslanders from pillar to post, and back door Benny getting away with more cheap shots and dropped ball than you could throw a stick at.
      Geyer made about 20 tackles that game, nearly every one was above the shoulders, and he took out about 3 players and we only lost by 2.

      Now mate, to bring you back to the right side, i surgest you watch this game and you will never ever have these terrible emotions again. Anyone who has similar thoughts, i recommend you watch this game, your heart will melt and your blood will bleed Maroon, not that you needed any insurence if you live or have moved to Queensland, the best country in the world, yeah baby.
      Bring on game 2, lets get it on.

      Just on Lockyer, you seem to have doubt’s about him, go back to 2006 game 3 in Melbourne, against all odds and bad calls, even Gus Gould was going to jump off the grandstands with the bad calls against Queensland, he pulled out the most remarkable victory ever, and has never looked back, now that is enormous, and is why he is loved by Queenslanders.

      The tide will turn one day, now i really want you to think about this, when Queenslanders are down and being kicked from pillar to post, down in the gutter without a friend in the world, bar ourselves, how will you feel to be the only guy happy, while the rest of us are suffering, lying there bleeding and beaten,? we will still be together, you my friend will still be all alone. Join us , join us now our fellow brother, before your soul is lost to the dark side forever. 🙂

      • June 10th 2011 @ 11:01am
        BennO said | June 10th 2011 @ 11:01am | ! Report

        Too right, this bloke reckons it was 1991 but have a look at Geyer’s elbow on Hauff…

        How the bloke who wrote this can cheer for a team like this…it’s just beyond me.

        Think I’ll have to ponder this later on over a pot o gold and some steak and chips.

        • June 10th 2011 @ 11:05am
          oikee said | June 10th 2011 @ 11:05am | ! Report

          Sorry, it was 1991 second game, yes your right. Backdoor Benny dropped about 5 balls at the dummy half, each one was let go. Mate, these young blokes need to be shown some facts, not fiction.
          But what a game it was, Lewis was outstanding and i feft his pain, along with every other Queensland player.

          Geyer was rubbed out for that, but he should have been sent off.

        • June 11th 2011 @ 12:08pm
          oikee said | June 11th 2011 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

          Geyer, put 2 elbows on Hoff, and another swinging arm on the head of Wally, and stayed on the field.

          Mate, come on, any one who is anyone, Queensland, we rock your world, we give hope to the masses, the down and out, the no-hopers. We are your knights in shining armour, your gladiators, we do the impossible, and even in defeat, we bring you pride.
          We are, Queenslanders.

      • June 10th 2011 @ 11:33am
        roarlover34 said | June 10th 2011 @ 11:33am | ! Report

        good comments oikee, but i don’t think i’ll be changing back any time soon.

        If there was ever a time i would change back to been a QLD fan it would be now wouldn’t it? when we have won 5 in a row.

        Sadly, the same old poor attitudes has alienated me from this side and i can’t see myself changing back any time soon

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