NSW has the Snowies, Queensland’s got the Reef. We’ve got Byron Bay, they’ve got Noosa. Sydney has the Sydney Opera House, Queensland has, um, the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. NSW has the tiny border town of Jennings, pop. 130, Queensland’s got the neighbouring town of Wallangarra, pop. 385.

In the town where Billy Moore grew up, even the bloody railway station is a shade of maroon

Wallangwhere? Wallangarra, thank you very much, the town which is the symbolic home of the one Queensland commodity which NSW can never seem to match. Passion.

Wallangarra is where Qld State of Origin legend Billy Moore grew up. Actually, he was born in Tenterfield NSW, because the base hospital is closer than the one in Stanthorpe, on the Qld side of the border. But as Moore told The Punch this morning, “my Mum assures me I was rushed over the border before the oxygen had time to affect my lungs.”

Moore represented Queensland in 17 Origin matches between 1992 and ’97. Solid but rarely brilliant onfield, he’s best remembered for his impassioned, throaty call of “Queenslander” as he took the field for an Origin game in 1995.

Many people think Moore invented the chant. Not so. It had actually been around for a decade or so, and was – and still is – an onfield rallying call when the Maroons really need to dig deep.

That fateful day in 1995, the entire team was doing the call in the sheds before the game. But for one reason or another, Moore was the only bloke still doing it as he walked through the tunnel. He admits it’s possible he was in a trance. Either way, he’s happy to be remembered for that moment.

Moore played his entire 211 game NRL career in Sydney with the now defunct North Sydney Bears, so he’s seen life on both sides of the border. For him, Queensland’s superior passion is a classic case of big brother/little brother syndrome.

“Things that big brothers get complacent about and take for granted, little brothers don’t,” he explains.

“Everyone talks about how much more a State of Origin victory means to Queenslanders, and [NSW coach] Ricky Stuart is trying to flip it around this year. It’s worked too, which is why the stadium is a sell out tonight.

“But passion is something ingrained in Queenslanders. Each year, we go out there with something to prove, and no amount of words can change that.”

No less a rugby league entity than Wayne Bennett weighed into the passion debate in today’s Daily Telegraph.

“NSW has a passion for it but not the tribalism of Queensland,” he wrote. “It’s the opposite with club football. The fans of clubs down here are more tribal than the fans of Queensland club sides.”

Bennett’s point about tribalism at club level rings true. Go to an NRL game in Sydney, and even though you won’t see the numbers of an AFL match in Melbourne, you will feel genuine love for club and hate for opposition. Some of the feuds date back a century, and you can feel it.

At State of Origin matches in Sydney, the emotion is not quite the same. Queensland are portrayed as the hideously ugly cane toads you’d like to whack back over the border with a seven iron, but in truth, they’re more of an annoyance to most fans, like the mossie you want to flick off your leg.

The Origin hate used to run as strong and deep as the Darling in a good year when Wally Lewis was around, for never did a more loathsome apparition rear its head upon a sporting field. But since Wally retired, Origin for the NSW fan has been a case of “Whatever. I hope we win. The sun’ll still rise tomorrow if we don’t.”

As Billy Moore rightly points out, Ricky Stuart has tried to change that, in cahoots with a bunch of NSW Origin legends who are trying to drag the passion of the 80s heyday into Origin’s fourth decade, and infect the public. Whether that passion takes hold permanently south of the Tweed remains to be seen.

For all this, there is one other reason why Queenslanders have such passion, be it for their sporting teams or their state in general. Victorians have it too, and the clue is in the names.

Both “Victorian” and “Queenslander” are one-word names. They roll off the tongue and make a perfect war cry, as Billy Moore so succinctly displayed in 1995, and Bill Lawry has showed countless times in his cricket commentary.

The term “New South Welshman” is hopelessly cumbersome. It also doesn’t include the female half of the population. It never has been, and never could be, a word for the masses to rally around.

Maybe we should change the name of our state. What part of South Wales did Botany Bay remind that old bastard Captain Cook of anyway?

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    • fairsfair says:

      01:26pm | 15/06/11

      So true Ant. The entire issue is the fact that you are New South Welshmen. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      Go Queensland! I might drive past the Meringa BSES this afternoon (the site where the toads were actually initially released) and scream QUEENSLANDER (average day really). Woohoo!

      Lovin’ the Half Dozen!

    • Tim says:

      01:41pm | 15/06/11

      Or more correctly the fact that you’re Queenslanders with a chip on your shoulder.
      Don’t worry fairs, when NSW win tonight 22-12 we won’t tease you too much tomorrow.

    • fairsfair says:

      01:51pm | 15/06/11

      I love the irrepresible spirit of the new south welchy - you are all such losers, but you never let that get in the way.  You always think you can win.

      That quality should be taught in schools.

      wink

    • Kika says:

      02:47pm | 15/06/11

      Oh Tim… Tim Tim Tim. All I can say is “look at the scoreboard”

      Where do you get such confidence?

    • Tim says:

      03:35pm | 15/06/11

      KIKA,
      I’m looking at the scoreboard.
      Seems to have not moved in a while. Still 0-0.
      Perhaps wait until the game starts?

      As for where I get my confidence, all I have to do is look at the nearest Queenslander.

    • Septimus says:

      05:52pm | 15/06/11

      Lol fairsfair….

      Tim got owned!!!

    • JK says:

      08:00am | 16/06/11

      Get on the BLUE boys!!!!

      I’m a west aussie but i just hate seeing QLD win you are all so annoying when you win and whiney when you lose. Sore winners and sore losers so in essence just losers.

      NSW to win at Suncorp

    • Tim says:

      09:23am | 16/06/11

      Hmmmm,
      Scoreboard?

    • Reggie says:

      09:48am | 16/06/11

      JK, as a Queenslander living in Sydney for 31 years, I can assure you that the worst winners and losers come from NSW. Their pain and joy is dreadful to behold.

      The greatest delight comes from my total disinterest in the match while observing the depths of despair the locals can sink to over a GAME. It is my personal opinion that the whole Queensland versus NSW thing should be scrapped in an attempt to rescue the mental equilibrium of the endangered pseudo Welshmen and Tim. smile

    • Punters Pal says:

      12:26pm | 16/06/11

      The main difference is that New South Welshmen consider themselves Australians first and NSWelshmen or Sydneysiders second. For Queenslanders, being Queenslander is more important than being an Australian. Each of their own, I suppose.

    • James1 says:

      01:29pm | 15/06/11

      “The term “New South Welshman” is hopelessly cumbersome. It also doesn’t include the female half of the population. It never has been, and never could be, a word for the masses to rally around.”

      Queensland has already solved that problem for you.  They use the simple term “Mexicans”.  Feel free to adopt it.

    • Anthony Sharwood

      Anthony Sharwood says:

      01:41pm | 15/06/11

      Nah, NSW folk call Victorians Mexicans. We’re in the middle. Like New Mexico.

      As for you Fairsfair, the half dozen is not yours yet. It is still only five series and one foot in the door this year. But not six yet you cocky bloody cane toad you

    • Tim says:

      01:44pm | 15/06/11

      Ant is right James1,
      there is only one lot of Mexicans in Australia and it’s the aerial ping pong loving Victorians.

    • Mathias says:

      01:49pm | 15/06/11

      You call Victorians Mexicans??? That would imply that we actually want to cross the border…

    • fairsfair says:

      01:55pm | 15/06/11

      You listen here Ant, and you listen good… NEVER use the word “cocky” about a Queenslander come Origin time. You roaches will do anything to have your team even indirectly associated with winning.

      Its quite sad actually wink

      But you are right sir, yes. I am reasonably confident in my teams ability to take home the sixth consecutive title this year. That second foot is on its way!

    • James1 says:

      01:58pm | 15/06/11

      Woah hold on a second guys.  You mean there is something south of NSW?  Quick - someone tell QLD…

    • Craig says:

      02:01pm | 15/06/11

      NSWers call Victorians Mexicans.  Queenslanders call NSWers Mexicans.

      Confused the hell out of the girl from Sydney that moved up here during high school.

    • Kika says:

      02:49pm | 15/06/11

      Anthony - No. You are wrong. Mexican applies to all of you. Including NSW. Victoria is El Salvador. They don’t call Tweed Heads “Border Town” for nothing.

    • Dave-o says:

      04:48pm | 15/06/11

      The term “Mexican” came to pass during the lead up to the 2000 Olympics when FNQ residents were expressing their dismay about the torch relay. Directing their anger against “Mexicans”. The insult is not simply used to describe somebody south of the border but also the large numbers of NSW, Vic, Tassie and Crow eaters who ran across the southern border in large numbers unabated for decades before.

      Typically, NSW can not doing without the Queenslanders propping them up. Thats why the best players to ever play league in Sydney were Queenslanders. The best insults were imported from Queensland. The best Union players in the country hailed from Queensland. Large portions of Queensland GST revenue are poured into the bankrupt NSW government.

      So tonight when you watch the sixth straight series slip through your fingers. Remember to thank a Queenslander because with out us you’d be having the rings run around you by Benji Marshall and co. and that would be just plain embarrassing.

    • Tequila says:

      10:08am | 16/06/11

      No it doesn’t Dave-O

      I think it’s originally a cricketing term between the poncey powder baby clothes NSW “blues” and the harder-than-baked-nails, bite-your-face-off Navy Blue Victorian Bushrangers.
      Merv Hughes used to do promotional stuff dressed as Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, with his huge moustacka and a sombrero & gun belts. That’s back in the 80’s, way before Sydney Olympics.

    • Mahhrat says:

      01:29pm | 15/06/11

      The problem with NSW these days is nobody really looks past Sydney when judging it.

      I reckon they should just run a kay-wide barrier between Canberra & Sydney, call all of that the ACT, and then let NSW grow properly.

    • Elphaba says:

      01:37pm | 15/06/11

      I don’t care.  I tried, but… *ohh look, something shiny*

    • James1 says:

      01:56pm | 15/06/11

      I’m fascinated - tell us more about this shiny thing.

    • Elphaba says:

      02:07pm | 15/06/11

      What shiny thing?

      tongue laugh

      Damn my short attention span!

    • Johnny Cash is a friend of mine says:

      02:07pm | 15/06/11

      How big is the shiny thing? Is it pretty?

    • ausspud says:

      03:12pm | 15/06/11

      its probably the sun bouncing off ants nogin.

    • Bilby says:

      03:27pm | 15/06/11

      It’s not that I don’t care, it’s more that I fear any actual knowledge of the game may adversely effect my tipping performance.

    • Super D says:

      02:02pm | 15/06/11

      The “passion” found in Queenslanders is actually a genetic defect resulting fromdiamond shaped family trees.

    • Kika says:

      02:51pm | 15/06/11

      Everyone has a diamond shaped family tree? Who has a square? Or a Circle? 2 parents - kids - more grandkids - their grandkids. Write yours down. A diamond, isn’t it?

      Oh wait you’re trying to be smart and trying to say we interbreed, right? Well considering our state is bigger than yours, and most of us have ancestors who come from down south I’d say we’re not more interbred than the original convict city - Sydney and the original colony - NSW.

    • Muttley says:

      04:36pm | 15/06/11

      larger, yes. More people, no. So if you look at the numbers, statistically, Qlders are more likely to be buck toothed banjo players.

    • Liam says:

      10:20am | 16/06/11

      Yes and based on Population trends, Melbourne will out populate Sydney within 20 years and QLD will be the countries most populous state by the end of the century, When NSW struggle to beat an underpopulated QLD at the moment, it doesn’t look good for the future

    • Mahhrat says:

      02:07pm | 15/06/11

      The only reason QLD is “Passionate” about this game is it’s only between two teams. 

      Throw another couple teams into the “origin” mix (I’m thinking a team for the rest of Oz and another for internationals) and you’d the “passion” drop away faster than the Lions stocks post-Fevola.

    • Kika says:

      02:57pm | 15/06/11

      Doubt it. We’re passionate about our state through and through. We have QLD-ethnic pride up here. If you aren’t born here, went to school here it’s been said you’ll find it hard to really fit in. We can tell. It’s the attitude. You need a little bit of guts to be a Queenslander. Look at the flood recovery. We’re a tough bunch. Not like you little soft cockroaches. Look at our mascot - the cane toad. Aint nobody stopping them! They eat cockroaches for snacks.

    • Muttley says:

      04:38pm | 15/06/11

      Cane toad as a mascot. How appropriate. Toxic little pests. Sums it up nicely. But you are right about one thing. You can always pick one of us, we have five fingers on each hand.

    • Liam says:

      10:24am | 16/06/11

      @Kika, while as a Victorian, I support QLD and hate NSW just as much, I’m sick of QLDers just thinking flooding happened there!!
      Dont forget Northern and Central NSW flooded and Northern, Western and Central Victoria flooded as well.
      The only reason QLD had more media attention is because brisbane flooded!

    • Mick says:

      02:12pm | 15/06/11

      As with all good Queenslanders, Billy Moore was born in NSW, Tenterfield to be precise.

    • Queenslander says:

      03:17pm | 15/06/11

      I’ll take your Billy Moore and raise you a Peter Sterling (born in Toowoomba)

    • PTom says:

      03:49pm | 15/06/11

      I see ya a Greg Inglis (Born in Kempsey)

    • TheRealDave says:

      04:13pm | 15/06/11

      And I’ll show you and Adrian Lam born in…oh wait…PNG…that doesn’t really count then….

    • BK says:

      05:07pm | 15/06/11

      Billy Moore also captained NSW under 19s.

    • Anubis says:

      02:15pm | 15/06/11

      If the Maroons can run on to the field shouting “Queenslander” at the top of their voices then why can’t the Blues run up the race screeching “cockroaches” at the top of their voices ?

    • Reggie says:

      10:00am | 16/06/11

      ‘Cos there’s too many dark syllables in “cockroaches” for them to say, let alone screech.

      Say it like you’ve got a mouth-full of crisps.  See, you’ve got it. wink

    • XXXX tastes like sh!t says:

      02:23pm | 15/06/11

      Billy Moore is from NSW, he can claim whatever he bloody well wants to (like half the ‘Qld’ players ever picked) but the facts are facts - BILLY MOORE WAS BORN IN NSW. Just like Adrian Lam was born in PNG, Tonie Carroll was born in New Zealand and Greg Inglis was born in NSW. So from that I guess we can take 1 of 2 things away - Queenslanders can’t spell (even when a word is abbreviated to 3 letters!) or they are simply not up to breeding a full team (which seems odd, cause the state is full of d**ks and c**ts). Take your pick.

      Also the only reason Billy boy was so passionate about representing Queensland is because he had a chance of actually winning something, not a lot of players who played for possibly the worst league side in history - the North Sydney Bears can ever say they won anything, so its understandable he was so fired up over a competition that only involves 2 teams.

    • Gamer says:

      02:47pm | 15/06/11

      XXXX:

      1. Ken Nagas (Bundaberg) 2. James McManus (Scotland) 3. John Hopoate (Tonga) 4. Timana Tahu (Melbourne) 5. Hazem El Masri (Lebanon) 6. Peter Wallace (Melbourne) 7. Peter Sterling (Toowoomba) 8. Dean Pay (Melbourne) 9. Ben Elias (Lebanon) 10. Justine Poore (Bunbury, WA) 11. Ian Roberts (London) 12. Willie Mason (Auckland) 13. Mario Fenech (Malta).

      Interchange: Brad Clyde (Canberra), Joel Monaghan (Canberra), Ryan Hoffman (Canberra), Craig Polla-Mounter (Ipswich Grammar, via Melbourne).

      full team of NSW players not born in NSW. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, or in your case spit the dummy.

    • Kika says:

      02:53pm | 15/06/11

      Do you know the rules? It is determined on where you play your senior footy - not where you are born. Duh Fred. Otherwise Greg Inglis would be playing for you too.  Get your facts straight before shooting your mouth off!! Otherwise you look like a goose.

    • Jade says:

      03:07pm | 15/06/11

      I was born in Melbourne, but I am not a Victorian.  I am a Queenslander!  Where you’re born has no effect on the team you go for, I think its where you grow up that does and that’s all that counts smile

      XXXX isn’t so bad, its that VB shit you have to watch out for!

    • PTom says:

      03:54pm | 15/06/11

      Kika,
      “It is determined on where you play your senior footy - not where you are born.”

      And that is your first game at 16 correct?

      So why is Greg Inglis playing for QLD. I guess you guys forget to move him up there before like you did with Izzy.

    • TheRealDave says:

      04:23pm | 15/06/11

      Bollocks Jade.

      I was born in Syderneeleft there aged 10 and have resided here in Brisvegas for the last 28 years.

      I despise Sydernee for the degenerate third world shithole it is. Wild horses couldn’t drag me back there - even on a bet. My kids are Qlders and they will be cheering on the Morons…I mean Moroons tonight while I’ll be downing the odd ice cold XXXX or nine.

      Me, I’d cut my own block and tackle off before I ever barrack for the Maroons.

      GO THE BLUES!

      Victorians have laways been posers, pretending to be QLders ... thats akin to someone from Toowoomba pretending he doesn’t have two heads…..or someone from Gympie pretending his defacto isn’t actually his sister….

    • Flutz says:

      09:15am | 16/06/11

      @PT the “first game at age 16” rule was introduced by the very NSW-aligned ARL after Inglis was deemed eligible for Qld.  Prior to that Origin eligibility was determined by where you played your first Grade game of footy and Inglis’ first grade game was for Brisbane Norths in the Qld Cup.

    • Rover of North Cooma says:

      02:40pm | 15/06/11

      Ant, I respectfully disagree that New South Welshpersons don’t care about Origin.
      In fact, I am prepared to wager that should Queensland lose tonight, I will cop a pasting as I leave the stadium with my fellow banana benders.
      I watched the first Origin in a club in Canberra where the crowd was pretty evenly balanced. You should have heard the Blues fans once the game got close. They were fairly passionate.
      This is just another article trying to say that Origin doesn’t matter to NSW when the truth is, if NSW had won the past five series, it would be Queenslanders trying to pretend that they didn’t care.

    • Kika says:

      03:03pm | 15/06/11

      I’ve always found the NSW fans to be quick on the pride when they are winning, but just like their cattle dog friends run away with their tail between their legs when they lose. Queenslanders never give up - just like our cane toad friends. You can whack a cane toad with a golf club and a few hours later it will be hopping around again. You squish a cockroach - dead as a doornail, with all the white stuff smushed everywhere.

      Heaps of Mexicans have migrated over the years, and on origin days there used to be a good split between maroon and blue jerseys around town. These days you’d hardly find anyone with Blues gear at all.

    • Tim says:

      03:47pm | 15/06/11

      Is that why when NSW had won a few series in a row, the QLDers were saying that the Origin concept was dead and the whole world wasn’t fair?
      Yeah they really stick solid. haha.

    • TheRealDave says:

      04:17pm | 15/06/11

      Exactly Tim, back when Joey and the boys were throwing cockroach bombs in the field celebrating embarrasing scorelines you couldn’t find anyone wearing a Qld jersey in the Queen St Mall during Origin time. The Courier Mail led by ‘Crash Craddock’ and friends were calling it the death of Origin and calling the side an embarrasment.

      Short memories…..

      The only thing worse than a Qld supporter is a Qld/Broncos supporter. Dead set, they are almost Seth Efrican with the amount they whinge and bitch when they don’t get their own way.

      wink

    • ausspud says:

      03:19pm | 15/06/11

      After watching nsw prep with all the bromance and crying we are def screwed.and whoever came up with “cane toads”&“cochroaches” should be shot.

    • Quinton Stanley says:

      03:22pm | 15/06/11

      Wooo! Stanthorpe got a mention! lol

    • AFR says:

      03:56pm | 15/06/11

      I love rugby league, and have been a season ticket holder for a few years…. but to be honest, SOO doesn’t really do it for me. I’ve been to it live twice, and found it pretty underwhelming. Footy is about the club. The people in my office who seem to bang on about SOO the most are those who wouldn’t know Brett Morris from Josh. I’m not dissing those who watch SOO, but in Sydney, it seems to be more for occassional watchers rather than regulars.

    • fairsfair says:

      04:16pm | 15/06/11

      Deadset in the fair dinkum department AFR, it is a bandwagon that is jumped on by everyone! I think that is what makes it different though (both pro and con). It is watching all the never watchers get all wrapped up in it that makes it seem like it means something.

      I won’t lie to you though, the next day conversations are a bit hairy when you have some bird in accounts come up to you and say “how was the ref when that hot guy kicked the ball and it went really high in the air, I loved that bit”. Bless them, they try.

      My all time favourite period was when the 40/20 kick was attempted all the time. I think it was right before Joey retired. I remember losing it after the receptionist said “.... and then I said, why didn’t they just go the 40/20?”. It is hilarious! I don’t know the rule book back to front, but I just think it the best thing in the world when occasional watchers get all up in the SOO spirit.

    • NicoleG says:

      04:06pm | 15/06/11

      @Elphaba, I’m with you! Just the thought of watching a whole bunch of pumped up boofheads running around, hugging eachother, rolling all over the ground and bum sniffing, is not rather appealing. I’d rather watch pain dry.

    • Tim says:

      04:41pm | 15/06/11

      Watching pain dry?
      Is that some sort of new S&M fetish?

    • Muttley says:

      04:44pm | 15/06/11

      then go and watch paint dry. You wont be missed.

    • NicoleG says:

      07:41pm | 15/06/11

      Tim, hmmm could be.

      Muttley, that’s not nice! I would be missed.

    • Jon says:

      01:59pm | 16/06/11

      No Nicole, you really wouldn’t.

    • Morgan says:

      04:19pm | 15/06/11

      Many thanks to Ant for finally alerting Punchers to the power and the passion that is Wallangarra.  In the 10 years I’ve lived here, rarely indeed has our edgy village of passion featured in any MSM beyond Stanthorpe. 

      Is it mere coincidence that the once-mighty Wallangarra Rams have re-formed this year, to resume their place in the Border Rugby League?

      Go the Might Rams! 

      QQQQUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEENSSSSLLLLAAAAAAANDEEEERRRRR!

      (In that order)

    • Anthony Sharwood

      Anthony Sharwood says:

      05:34pm | 15/06/11

      And we are excited to have a reader from Wallangarra, Morgan. Now get back to your TV screen and watching the Blues win

    • Morgan says:

      06:39pm | 15/06/11

      LOL @ Ant. 

      Used to be funny here at SOO time, when the publican at the Jennings Hotel was a Maroons supporter and the Queensland publican was a diehard Blues supporter.  Consequently, the NSW pub would be bedecked in Maroon ribbons & balloons, while the Qld pub was all Blue.

      Two other fascinating facts about the Wallyworld of Passion:

      When Mark Twain passed through in the late 19th century, he referred to the town as “a paralysis of intellect”, due to the break of rail gauge between Qld and NSW that led to the town’s establishment.  We like to think the term is no longer applicable…

      Also, Wallangarra is the coldest place in mainland Australia! (just kidding on that one, but we are often the coldest place in Qld).  It actually snows here sometimes, but not for some time now…

      Lastly, XXXX beer is shit.  Cane Toads to win, anyway wink

    • greg says:

      04:30pm | 15/06/11

      I love my league and love watching the broncos play but the SOO is kind of dying in the arse for me. I still like to watch the game but something doesnt really stir in me anymore. I usually watch SOO live every 2nd year when I can get a ticket. But to make it interesting I actually want the cockroaches to win.

      I think club is far more important and state or country for league.

    • The Badger says:

      05:52pm | 15/06/11

      NSW to win by 17 runs.

    • S.L says:

      06:07pm | 15/06/11

      I think the reason League State of Origin survives where AFLs flounders is the fact there’s only 2 teams. Every year it’s the Blue V Maroons. Not NSW V QLD V Vic (for example) tri series. There’s 1 team to support but more importantly only 1 team to hate!
      Then you factor in 1 sided refs like the legendary “Grasshopper” and king Wally getting man of the match so often even he was getting embarrassed!
      State of Origin representation has developed into a higher honour than wearing the Green and Gold…...a rare achievement!

    • Davo from St Kilda says:

      07:07pm | 15/06/11

      Who cares about rugby? The only sport worth watching is AFL - as will be proven this weekend when there’ll be more than double the number of fans watching real footy at the ground and more people watching on TV… smile

    • Tim says:

      09:21am | 16/06/11

      Awww Diddums,
      Is Bubby feeling a little left out?
      I’d like to stay and chat about the 82000 fans at the game and 2.5million odd people watching on TV, but us people in the important states have better things to do than chat with Mexicans who have an inferiority complex.

    • Liam says:

      10:51am | 16/06/11

      Timmy, that will be 1 of only 2 matches this year that get past 80k for the NRL, The AFL has had 4 already, with many more in the 60-70k range.

      And as for the TV audience, 2.5m is a pretty good number, but its only for 3 games a year this year!
      It cant really help the regular season belting that the NRL is getting week in, week out!
      http://www.talkingfooty.com/tv_ratings_2011.php

    • Tim says:

      12:55pm | 16/06/11

      Liam,
      First of all I’m not like Davo who needs to “beat” the other sport. As a true sports fan, i like all sports.
      And can AFL fans stop posting links to TV ratings that only include the 5 capital city figure? Without regional figures they mean nothing.

    • Luke says:

      07:15pm | 15/06/11

      I dunno Ant, i come from the Hunter Valley and if you wear a maroon jumper in that part of NSW you would likely to be hung from a lamppost!

    • mike j says:

      07:17pm | 15/06/11

      My understanding, regarding the iconic sound bite from Billy Moore that we’re all familiar with, was that NSW had said they were going to biff the first guy to yell ‘Queenslander’ on the field. Or, at least, that’s what Fattie told the Queenslanders.

      So twenty minutes later, I’ll come back to this comment, equally ill-informed. Thanks, internet.

      Daily Telegraph reckons Billy Moore’s famous ‘Queenslander’ call came ‘before the first 1995 Origin’ (sport/origin-memories-that-last-forever/story-e6freyoi-1111113535124), while SMH says it was the second half of the first game (news/sport/sporting-battle-cries/2007/02/09/1170524302684). Wikipedia attributes it to game 2 (wiki/1995_State_of_Origin_series).

      My initial impression no doubt came from this segment of the ‘25 Years of Origin’ doco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUI1_PtFr6Q

      Best footage of the call I can find is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hEZV6pvGqs

      Definitely looks second-half. But “as he took the field for an Origin game” would imply first half, wouldn’t it? Anthony?

      Anyone?

    • bikinis on top says:

      08:42pm | 15/06/11

      sport is rubbish.
      sport divides australians.
      why should queenslanders and new south wales people hate each other for any real reason?
      sport is bulldust,fair dinkum.
      we have enough trouble without sport.

    • Anthony G says:

      08:46pm | 15/06/11

      The reason there is no afl state of origin is because the players didn’t want to jeopardize their teams chance of winning a flag by playing and getting injured in a mid season comp. It costs 40 million to field a side. sponsors teams and supporters want to see their own teams do well

    • TimB says:

      09:52pm | 15/06/11

      And that’s a win!

      Suck it Queenslanders smile

    • Davo from St Kilda says:

      11:07pm | 15/06/11

      @ TimB - the vast majority of Aussies couldn’t care less about rugby. Suck THAT!

    • TimB says:

      07:37am | 16/06/11

      Hmm. I detect either a butthurt Queenslander ex-pat, or more likely an AFL troll. Either way it’s rather sad.

      PS. The majority of Australian’s don’t give a damn about AFL either. So there.

    • TChong says:

      09:55pm | 15/06/11

      GO THE MIGHTY BLUES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Davo from St Kilda says:

      11:13pm | 15/06/11

      @ TChong - I see that you support Carlton, the greatest footy club in the world! 16 flags and another one on the way this year…

    • CJ says:

      11:36am | 16/06/11

      @Davo,

      What is this flag you talk about? I think you’re in the wrong forum to be spruiking AFL.
      I actually like watching both codes for different reasons.
      Clearly you’re not passionate about sport or you would at least be open to the concept of other ball games outside of AFL..
      Go the BLUES, Go the KNIGHTS, Go FREO!

    • Tim says:

      09:57pm | 15/06/11

      YEEEHHAWWW!!!!!!
      Go the Blues!

    • TChong says:

      11:02pm | 15/06/11

      ‘Tis a grande sentiment indeed Tim and young Tim B.
                            smile

    • Michael says:

      11:12pm | 15/06/11

      Sharwood is clueless. Anyone with half an eye on the last 5 years knows that only one factor changed Origin from being a even-money bet to a Queensland romp: Greg Inglis. And now that Inglis’ form is ordinary, quess what? Origin returns to an even contest. All those who claim the Blues lack passion just show their ignorance of the game.

    • Who cares.... says:

      11:30pm | 15/06/11

      Rugby League is only eclipsed in the boring and banality stakes by American Football.

 

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