NSW just don’t get State of Origin

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    As the players shook hands and the presentations were made after State of Origin Game 3 on Wednesday night, you could be forgiven for thinking NSW had not just plucked defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Although clearly not happy, the Blues players and staff were in a somewhat positive mood, as if their hearts hadn’t just been ripped from their chests.

    Do NSW even get Origin?

    Origin began in 1980 when, at long last, Queensland were able to use players who had gone to play club football south of the Tweed for bigger pay days.

    These were different times – gambling was not legal in Queensland and as such, leagues clubs in NSW (where gambling was legalised) could generate significantly more cash flow, and thus attract the best players around the country.

    As such, some of Queensland’s finest players – including Arthur Beetson, Rod Reddy and Kerry Boustead – wore blue and played against their beloved home state. It’s something current NSW fans seem to forget when they accuse Queensland of ‘poaching their own’.

    This is where the true concept of State of Origin and a hate for NSW by Queensland fans was born. NSW had ruled the interstate series year after year and were using Queensland’s own players to do it. Queensland had had enough and by the time the first State of Origin game in 1980 was played, Maroon fans were ready for revenge.

    Even after 11 series wins in the last 12 years, Queensland fans remember what it was like to be demolished every single year for decades. Now the tides have turned!

    With this in mind, Andrew Johns’ comments on Channel Nine’s post-match show become even more important, saying, “I still don’t think NSW get it.”

    If history is anything to go by, he’s spot on! NSW simply do not have the burning desire to see their state triumph over the other at any cost. Chances are they probably won’t get it for another decade.

    Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston are some of the greatest footballers to every play the game. But the bigger factor is that these men have been raised in a culture of passion and will. A burning desire to see Queensland triumph over NSW at all cost!

    Chances are guys like Smith and Cronk grew up listening to stories from their family about how the Blues used to humiliate the Maroons year after year – with Queensland’s own players!

    Do NSW get Origin? At this point in time, it’s difficult to say they do. Queensland get it, but only because they were subject to some of the most humiliating beatdowns in sporting history.

    Chances are that in ten years’ time, NSW will produce players who may have only seen their state win the 2014 series. At that point, NSW will finally understand State of Origin.

    It’s a genuine burning passion to see your state drive the opposition into the ground. It’s about doing whatever it takes to make sure you win, because losing is not an option!

    That is what State of Origin is all about. At the moment, NSW just don’t get it.

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    • July 14th 2017 @ 5:42am
      Roger of Sydney said | July 14th 2017 @ 5:42am | ! Report

      To be asked to play for QLD is an honour and a privilege which is returned in kind by the players. To be asked to play for NSW is also an honour and a privilege, except the players think NSW should be honoured to have them play for them. Please bow as we enter the room, example, The Hayne plane never saw this as a big deal, just wandered around looking for a couple of big hero moments, never ran his heart out never got in the scrum, just in the promotional shoot. cant see this changing until NSW gets rid of the players who think they deserve to be there because they are big names.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 14th 2017 @ 6:33am
      up in the north said | July 14th 2017 @ 6:33am | ! Report

      I think if you asked the Queensland players if they’d play for free, just for the privilege of representing their state, most, if not all, would jump at the chance. I doubt that the blues response would be the same.

      • July 14th 2017 @ 8:40am
        Jeff dustby said | July 14th 2017 @ 8:40am | ! Report

        No idea

    • Roar Rookie

      July 14th 2017 @ 6:50am
      Dogs Boddy said | July 14th 2017 @ 6:50am | ! Report

      We see this same stupid article every year.

      Of course they bloody get origin. QLD do not have a stranglehold on passion for their state or the game. What a load of rubbish.

      • Roar Pro

        July 14th 2017 @ 6:55am
        Ben Sewell said | July 14th 2017 @ 6:55am | ! Report

        Probably because the results remain the same every year 😉

        • July 14th 2017 @ 7:36am
          Gurudoright said | July 14th 2017 @ 7:36am | ! Report

          Although player’s ability alone isn’t enough to win Origin, it does help that Queensland have 3 if not 4 potential Immortals playing ( maybe not all together this year) in the same squad. That’s not saying Queensland wouldn’t win without them but it is hard to match that caliber of players in the heat of Origin.

        • Roar Rookie

          July 14th 2017 @ 7:37am
          Dogs Boddy said | July 14th 2017 @ 7:37am | ! Report

          Hahahaha unfortunately yes. It’s been a tough decade and a bit.

          Mind you if NSW had of won the last 15 SOO would we still be trawling out this kind of stupid article?? Do they truly believe that QLD just want it more?? Or that it’s all about pride and passion??

          Give me a break, and give the NSW team and administration more credit and that.

          • Roar Pro

            July 14th 2017 @ 7:47am
            Ben Sewell said | July 14th 2017 @ 7:47am | ! Report

            NSW haven’t even won 15 series since the inception of State of Origin, it’s a moot point.

            • Roar Guru

              July 14th 2017 @ 9:17am
              Joey Johns said | July 14th 2017 @ 9:17am | ! Report

              Jeff, what an absolutely terrible, immature and childish response.

              This website is The Roar: Your sports opinion.

              Play the ball, not the man.

            • Roar Guru

              July 14th 2017 @ 1:29pm
              Nat said | July 14th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

              HAHAHAHA. Drop the mic Ben

    • July 14th 2017 @ 7:12am
      BennO said | July 14th 2017 @ 7:12am | ! Report

      Some will say NSW have as much passion as QLD and while that might be true to an extent, the claim is further evidence of mot getting it.

      There’s no doubt the players are passionate about winning and in particular, winning in a rep team. They’re competitors after all. What that misses though, is all of the off field stuff. The brotherhood, the mateship. When a new player is picked they’re treated as a brother from the start and welcomed into the team. But it’s not a team, it’s more than that. It’s like a family with the elders remaining close to pass on the important traditions and ensure the new arrivals understand what came before and what they’re playing for today.

      These are the reasons QLDers play out of their skin at origin. It’s why Adam Mogg is a legend who outplayed the more fancied Mark Gasnier. It’s why Glasby is now considered a certain starter. It’s why the series wins were level before the dynasty began, despite NSW almost always having the superior players on paper. It’s why Fatty’s team won 3-0 despite being a team of no-hopers to the outside world. The list goes on. And the reason is passion.

      And NSW doesn’t get that. The blues players are passionate about each game itself, no doubt. But the state hasn’t figured out what passion actually means for origin.

      Now you might read this as the ravings of a small minded lunatic drunk on the success of his state and that’s fine, it would prove my point, but look at the difference in the set ups and look at results. There’s something different between the two states that isn’t about results and it will take a long time to bridge that gap.

      • July 14th 2017 @ 8:43am
        Jeff dustby said | July 14th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

        Mogg scored a couple of tries when out in the clear
        Glasby missed 2 bad tackles straight away and has done nothing of note – just like you

        • July 14th 2017 @ 9:17am
          BennO said | July 14th 2017 @ 9:17am | ! Report

          Hehe. Nice one 🙂

          • Roar Guru

            July 14th 2017 @ 9:19am
            Joey Johns said | July 14th 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

            Mogg scored one of the greatest and miraculous tries ever seen in Origin history.

            No one else in Origin history has laid an egg mid-air and bagged 4 points.

            • Roar Guru

              July 14th 2017 @ 3:01pm
              Nat said | July 14th 2017 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

              Which would you rate better: Sensational Mogg or unbelievable Falou (08)? Both were ridiculous

    • July 14th 2017 @ 7:45am
      Republican said | July 14th 2017 @ 7:45am | ! Report

      Qld as with WA are probably the most parochial of any states, to the extent they have been threatening secession exclusively, since the inception of Federation most likely.
      Qlders place more status on being Qlders than they do Australians while this is so of WA.
      in respect of League, if the Kangaroos played for their country with the same passion as they do when they don the Maroons guernsey the national side would prove invincible.
      The SOO is a boring ground hog day outside of Qld, akin to what it has always been for the Wallabies v All Blacks contests.

      • July 14th 2017 @ 4:05pm
        matth said | July 14th 2017 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

        And don’t forget the North Queenslanders have been threatening secession from South Queensland for almost as long.

    • July 14th 2017 @ 7:57am
      Nico said | July 14th 2017 @ 7:57am | ! Report

      Worth remembering that even in pre-Origin times when QLD lost about 20 years straight in the old interstate games at, Lang Park consistently attracted crowds of around 25000 for these clashes – there’s your passion. NSW despite all their dominance ended up playing out of Leichardt Oval and struggled to attract more than 5000 to a game.

      • Roar Pro

        July 14th 2017 @ 8:00am
        Ben Sewell said | July 14th 2017 @ 8:00am | ! Report


      • July 14th 2017 @ 8:44am
        Jeff dustby said | July 14th 2017 @ 8:44am | ! Report

        Nico – that is an absolute fabrication

      • July 14th 2017 @ 8:58am
        bear54 said | July 14th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report


        Big crowds prior to Origin were because it was one of the very few chances Brisbane residents got to see the best players in the country….. even if they were wearing Blue.

        • July 14th 2017 @ 4:06pm
          matth said | July 14th 2017 @ 4:06pm | ! Report

          You tell yourself that. It was to see the local players Stick it up em, so to speak, even if we knew they would run out of puff after 50 minutes.

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