Five best Origin moments: Queensland

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    The history of State of Origin is littered with more amazing memories than the Lang Park surface with beer cans post Wally Lewis sin-binning.

    With all the big hits, big names and the big hype, you can be assured that each series is going to see have its share of, ummm, big moments.

    Of course as the dominant state in the series, most of these talking points are famous Maroon miracles.

    Here are five of the best.

    5. Matt Bowen intercept try, Game 1 2005
    Despite playing ten games for the Maroons over the course of his illustrious career, Matty ‘Mango’ Bowen was often given scant opportunity to show what he was truly capable of by being made to mostly sit on the bench or shuffle around the Queensland backline to accommodate ‘bigger’ players.

    Bowen once again found himself out wide during extra time in Origin I 2005, after club mate Johnathan Thurston managed to drag the Toads into golden point after they had uncharacteristically blown a 19–0 lead.

    When Newcastle’s favourite stepson Brett Kimmorley threw an ill-thought out cut-out pass, Bowen was there to pick it off like the low hanging fruit that it was, leaving the Lang Park crowd in raptures and Kimmorley to be blacklisted from any future Origin appearances (well, until the Blues hit another halves crisis a few years later anyway).

    4. Carl Webb try, Game 1 2001
    Queensland morale was at an all-time low after falling on a grenade in the 2000 series whitewash. When Wayne Bennett named a team containing way too many Neville North Queensland nuffies to play in the side for Game 1 the following season, many wondered whether the great mentor had lost his marbles.

    But, with nothing to lose, the Maroons hit the ground at a million miles a minute. They found themselves holding a borderline comfortable lead when young Bronco Carl Webb got the ball down the blindside on a fairly nothing play and steamrolled the Blues players like the hotel buffet bar.

    Queensland would go onto reclaim the series, however Webb’s Origin future would be an up and down affair before he eventually followed in his hero Arthur Beetson’s footsteps by finishing his playing days in the Parramatta reserves.

    3. Cooper Cronk field goal, Game 3 2012
    The 2012 Origin series will potentially go down as the best chance that NSW has had to break Queensland’s dominance of the series since the invention of Facebook, with Game 3 being the best of all.

    With scores locked at 20 all with less than ten minutes remaining and Queensland working the ball away from their own 20-metre line, the Blues were looking half a chance with Maroons legend Darren Lockyer now relegated to giving whispered interviews to the coach before the game.

    Enter the most professional set of six you will ever see in a game of rugby league, followed by Cooper ‘Clutch’ Cronk banging over an absolute belter of a field goal and following it up with the most bizarre post match interview of all time.

    NSW coach on the night Ricky Stuart hasn’t been the same since.

    2. Darren Lockyer try, Game 3 2006
    In 2006 after a succession of NSW series victories and the selection of Adam Mogg (who replaced Greg Inglis), the Origin concept had many alarmist types looking to scrap the series in favour of a super-sized City versus Country.

    But, after thrashing NSW in Game 2, Queensland had battled gamely in the third match only to be behind by four with just over six minutes to play after Darren Lockyer had earlier been denied a try under the most dubious of circumstances.

    Yes, things were looking dire, until a Brett Hodgson pass from dummy-half – so bad it would make the Warilla Gorillas Under 12s coach cry – hit the deck. The Queensland captain went over under the posts for the easiest of tries. It kick started a dynasty, the likes of which Origin had never seen.

    Warning: NSW fans are best to mute the Ben Ikin section of this clip if any sharp objects are nearby.

    1. The Mark Coyne miracle try, Game 1 1994
    C’mon, we all know this is the only reason you’re reading this article!

    Play it again Rabs! For bonus enjoyment pause at the 25-second mark to see the exact moment Ricky Stuart’s heart rips in two.

    Chris Chard
    Chris Chard

    Chris Chard is a sports humour writer commenting on the often absurd nature of professional sport. A rugby league fan boy with a good blend of youth and experience taking things one week at a time, Chris has written for The Roar since 2011. Tweet him @Vic_Arious

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    • Roar Rookie

      May 22nd 2014 @ 8:38am
      josh said | May 22nd 2014 @ 8:38am | ! Report

      What about the the entire 1995 series?



      • May 22nd 2014 @ 10:52am
        Queenslander Lover said | May 22nd 2014 @ 10:52am | ! Report

        I agree, the ‘Miracle Try’ was certainly a great moment, but the ‘Miracle Team’ of 1995 winning 3 nil after QLD losing the previous 3 series, and all the defections to Super League, was the greatest Queenslander team moment.

        • Roar Rookie

          May 22nd 2014 @ 3:50pm
          Squidward said | May 22nd 2014 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

          Fattys Neville’s I think is the name they got

      • Columnist

        May 22nd 2014 @ 3:13pm
        Chris Chard said | May 22nd 2014 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

        Yeh it was hard mate, the Brett Dallas try to seal game 2 deserved to be in there for sure

    • Roar Guru

      May 22nd 2014 @ 8:39am
      DingoGray said | May 22nd 2014 @ 8:39am | ! Report

      The only time Fatty will ever bring goose bumps to my body…….

      “that’s not a Try, that’s a miracle….oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

    • Columnist

      May 22nd 2014 @ 9:12am
      Kris Swales said | May 22nd 2014 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      1984 – Dowling catches ricochet from Wally chip kick off the crossbar to slide under the posts in the SCG mud.

      1991 – Lang Park ground announcer tells crowd it’s Wally’s last Origin game with the clock counting down and series on the line. Crowd goes bezerk. Qld win.

      1992 – Alfie kicks a field goal in the pouring rain for Qld to win 5-4. Complete strangers hug each other on the cement concourse.

      1998 – Kevvie Walters long-range bomb sets up 100 metre press for Tonie Carroll to score the equaliser under the posts. Lockyer converts. Victory.

      2006-present – Pretty much all of it.

      • May 22nd 2014 @ 9:41am
        therugbyfan said | May 22nd 2014 @ 9:41am | ! Report

        yeah agree, pretty much 06-present

      • Columnist

        May 22nd 2014 @ 3:15pm
        Chris Chard said | May 22nd 2014 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

        Ahh some great games there…after SL that 98 game was a belter, real see-sawing contest

      • May 22nd 2014 @ 5:04pm
        up in the north said | May 22nd 2014 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

        Hey Kris,

        I will never forget that ’84 game. In fact I think I’m still scarred from it.
        Don’t know if you know of it, but forex used that clip in an ad a few years later. And they did a fade out to the xxxx logo at the time the ball hits the crossbar, then it comes back to Dowling catching the ball then scoring.
        It used to drive me nuts.
        Was that the same game where Noel Cleal attempted a line dropout and the ball got -basically- bogged on the ground and he did a gianormous air swing, then the bloody Queenslanders got a penalty?

        • Columnist

          May 23rd 2014 @ 7:26am
          Kris Swales said | May 23rd 2014 @ 7:26am | ! Report

          It was the same game – also had the epic all-in brawl on the second tackle of the match where Choppy Close lost his jersey.

          And here’s that ad for you. I think this was my favourite song of 1984!

    • May 22nd 2014 @ 9:55am
      Adrien said | May 22nd 2014 @ 9:55am | ! Report

      Chris I think you’re a bit harsh on Mogg especially if you remember that a young and fresh 30 year old Steven bell played in the 06 series too.

    • May 22nd 2014 @ 10:52am
      Jay C said | May 22nd 2014 @ 10:52am | ! Report

      Chris mate your a champ.

    • May 22nd 2014 @ 11:08am
      Sir Jamie Lyon said | May 22nd 2014 @ 11:08am | ! Report

      I think the inglis rebound try should be up there because without that try there would be no 8 year dominance. It proved very crucial

      • Roar Guru

        May 22nd 2014 @ 11:31am
        djcooper said | May 22nd 2014 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        Or what about the dodgy calls in the 06 decider that lead to two NSW try’s? Without them QLD would not have started their dominance….oh hang on a minute.

        • May 22nd 2014 @ 11:53am
          Jackson Henry said | May 22nd 2014 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          Yeah, Qld thoroughly deserved that victory. I was with Sterlo on that Clark/Hodgson knock-on – “a disgraceful decision”.

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