It just keeps getting better

My last column was written Pre State of Origin 1 and so now we in the beautiful post game euphoric place of being 1 up and 2 to play. I watch most SOO games in my own lounge room where talking is banned for this game and the only thing to look at or listen to is the plasma screen.  Pure footy concentration!

This year, I was fortunate enough to attend Suncorp and watch the SOO 1 live. Seriously, there are not too many better things to do if you are passionate about Rugby League. Even this experience was not enough for me so I watched the replay later that night. Like most Queenslanders, I find Gus Gould a bit hard to take. We used to call blokes like Gus, “new shoes” because they were hard to wear or “show bags” because they were full of you know what. But I love the Gus call of “WOW” because when it comes out of the speakers you know something special has happened. And it did.

With about 8 minutes to go, the Steeden went from Smith to Thurston to Lockyer to Slater and it was “game over”. The so called “big four” or the “great spine” performed their magic and secured a win for all Queenslanders to celebrate. Personally I knew it was coming. Sure, the Big four finished but the real damage was done by our big CQ man, Matty Scott, in the play before. He busted the blues middle like a bowling ball through a set of nine pins. The blues were scattered everywhere and going backwards and I said to my footy mate, “It’s on out here, so where’s Billy the Kid?” He was just behind Locky but at the last moment he stepped off his left to the inside and a perfect inside ball left Gallen tackling the cold Suncorp air with that painful look of astonishment on his face – “it’s over” was his expression. I love Origin

In the lead up game our Maroons under 16 just got pipped by a massive and very smooth NSW blues team. We produced some magic moments during that game and the four Central Queenslanders were standouts.

For SOO 2 in Sydney the warm-up game is the Marrons versus the Blues under 18 game. This is always a classic contest with big hits and open fast Rugby League movements. Two wonderful young men will proudly represent Central Queensland in the Maroons team. Stephen Coombe from Nankin which is near Emu Park and Kurt Mann from Longreach will play vital roles in the front row and half back positions respectively.

The Central Queensland Rugby League production line roles on! One day soon, these young men and those following will be given the opportunity to play the game they love from “home” in their own CQ NRL Team.

Regional Corporate Partnership Launches and Bid Updates

In my next article I will cover the fantastic recent Corporate Partnership Launches in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Moranbah as well as the ones planned for Winton, Longreach and Barcaldine.

Please support your own NRL team in Central Queensland by getting on line at www.cqnrlbid.com.au and become a Bid or Corporate Member.

From the desk of the CEO – Denis Keeffe

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