Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

In no particular these are my 10 biggest stories of 2015. Good, bad and in between, they have defined the game in season 2015.

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The bid to allow Origin players to represent other countries appears to have been quietly defeated.

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Chief executive Dave Smith has hailed the NRL’s new broadcast deal with Channel Nine as a boon for fans with twice as many games to be shown on free-to-air TV as previously.

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NSW captain Paul Gallen is officially available for State of Origin selection next year after finally reaching an agreement with Cronulla.

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The celebrations accompanying Cameron Smith’s 300th NRL appearance last Friday night not only honoured a remarkable achievement and resilient football club, but highlighted the massive imbalance fuelling Queensland’s State of Origin dominance.

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As a reader of The Roar’s rugby league content, you probably know more about the history of the game in Australia than the average fellow in row 47 at ANZ Stadium tonight.

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In the week or so that has passed since NSW were granted field level seats to witness Queensland put on a rugby league clinic at Suncorp Stadium, an awful lot has been said about just how incredible this Queensland side are.

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Des Hasler reckons the State of Origin series was the making of David Klemmer as a bona fide NRL star.

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The State of Origin concept is a very simple yet successful formula. However, for many years, each time the series approaches many people have doubted whether it can continue to be so successful.

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Josh Dugan admits a taxing State of Origin campaign has taken its toll as he seeks to overcome the physical and mental anguish of NSW’s humiliating loss in the interstate decider.

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There is now no doubt that State Of Origin belongs to Queensland.

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No, really, I’m fine. Just because I continue discussing the subject as I rock back and forth in the corner crying out for mother, I am totally at ease with last Wednesday’s State of Origin thumping at the hands of Queensland.

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As Queensland continue to celebrate regaining the State of Origin shield after having their eight-year dynasty ended by New South Wales in 2014, the post-mortems have begun south of the Tweed as to where it all went terribly wrong.

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On Wednesday night, Michael Ennis said to referee Gerard Sutton, “you’re getting overwhelmed by the crowd mate”.

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52-6. It should be a Blues recurring nightmare, an unwanted record that might just survive for a few decades to come.

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Has there ever been a more complete performance by any representative team? I think not. Wow. Simply wow.

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Watching last night’s game I was trying to figure out what I should write about. I could analyse the Blues tries, but then I wouldn’t have an article.

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After NSW finally received the inevitable State of Origin hammering that has been looming for years a much needed player clean-out will begin in the hopes of securing a bright future for the Blues.

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As the State of Origin period comes to a close, NRL fans and coaches breathe a sigh of relief.

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As the dust settles from this year’s State of Origin, NSW will travel back home thinking, ‘what happened there? We didn’t expect that’.

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