Origin 3 kick-off bingo: What time will State of Origin Game 3 actually start?

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    Tonight’s meeting between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues wraps up the 2018 series. Kick-off bingo has become a favourite game in the lead-up to kick-off and you can tell us when the game will start below.

    UPDATE: The match started at 8:12pm.

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    The game is advertised to kick-off at 8pm (AEST), but as we know all too well, the chances of that actually happen are as slim as Parramatta’s finals hopes this season.

    The Queensland faithful will farewell several influential captains of it’s past, in an event that is sure to drag on the wait until the official kick-off time.

    Queensland sensation Amy Shark also performs in the lead-up to Game 3, with her hit singles ‘I Said Hi’ and ‘Weekends’ set to feature.

    Both teams are set to enter the stadium at 7:55pm (AEST), before the national anthem is performed. Kick-off will follow shortly after that. That’s if things went to the advertised schedule. So, not going to happen.

    So far this year, both games have failed to begin at the advertised time.

    Game 1 kicked off 14 minutes late while the second instalment of this year’s series was 12 minutes behind schedule. We could even say they are slowly improving, but then, Game 2 is hard to get a read on given it was on a Sunday rather than the usual Wednesday.

    Will they finally get it right this time? Most likely not. Let us know on the form below what time you think kick-off will be and we will have the answer at 7:50pm. That’s the advertised time anyway!

    You can also check back to see how close you were by following The Roar’s live blog of the match.

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    The Crowd Says (15)

    • Roar Guru

      July 11th 2018 @ 2:25pm
      Scott Pryde said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

      8:16. I mean, two minutes earlier than Game 1 for Game 2, two minutes later for Game 3… Right?

    • Editor

      July 11th 2018 @ 2:26pm
      Benjamin Conkey said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:26pm | ! Report

      If it was a decider I’d say 8:28pm as pre-game would be dragged out even more, but a dead rubber might speed things up. I’ll say 8:17pm.

    • Editor

      July 11th 2018 @ 2:27pm
      Daniel Jeffrey said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

      Gonna go early on this one – 8:09. Can’t be as delayed as Game 2, surely

      • Roar Guru

        July 11th 2018 @ 2:28pm
        Scott Pryde said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

        Tell ‘im he’s dreamin’!

      • July 11th 2018 @ 2:49pm
        shirtpants said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

        Your logic is flawed considering game 1 was later than game 2!

        • Editor

          July 11th 2018 @ 3:29pm
          Daniel Jeffrey said | July 11th 2018 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

          Well, that’s the last time I state something like that based solely on my memory without double-checking

    • Roar Guru

      July 11th 2018 @ 2:29pm
      Mr X said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

      The Queenslanders will try to draw away from the fact that the series is lost by taking ages to go on about how good they were when they farewell their past captains. I’ll go 8.14.

    • July 11th 2018 @ 2:39pm
      Phil said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

      Whenever ch9 has exclusive rights kickoff will always be late. The reason explained to me a few years ago was ch9 know they have the audience where they want them and so cram more ads in. Apparently ad fees are more expensive during high profile sport events so they make the most of it.

      • July 11th 2018 @ 2:50pm
        shirtpants said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

        Of course advertising costs are higher during peak viewing as the reach is far greater than your 1am slot

    • Roar Guru

      July 11th 2018 @ 3:14pm
      Cadfael said | July 11th 2018 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

      The kick off will be put ,on hold as long as Nine can milk it for commercials.

      8.30 pm

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