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COOPER READY TO TAKE HIS CHANCE

February 17th, 2017|

GAVIN Cooper has waited too long, and been too patient, to lose it all now. It took 10 years for the Cowboys' no-nonsense back-rower to finally clinch the Queensland Origin jumper that always cruelly seemed just out of reach. But after finally cracking the most dominant team in State of Origin history last season, Cooper

MAROONS HOLD THEIR HEADS HIGH IN DEFEAT

July 14th, 2016|

THE battle for a clean-sweep may have been lost, but Queensland still won the State of Origin series war and a clear moral victory with a lesson in sportsmanship after being handed an 18-14 loss by NSW in Game 3 at ANZ Stadium. Queensland, the series and Origin shield already in their keeping, had been

COWBOY COOPER FINALLY EARNS HIS ORIGIN SPURS

July 4th, 2016|

GAVIN Cooper has earned the ultimate reward for perseverance, winning his first Queensland jersey as part of the Maroons team for State of Origin III on July 13. Cooper, a premiership-winning second-rower with the North Queensland Cowboys, was one of two injury-enforced changes announced by Queensland coach Kevin Walters for Game 3, after the Maroons

MARVELLOUS MAROONS GET THE JOB DONE AGAIN

June 23rd, 2016|

A SERIES whitewash and another slice of State of Origin history beckon for the Maroons after Queensland wrapped up the 2016 series with a 26-16 win over NSW in Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium. Kevin Walters now stands on the cusp of joining Paul Vautin in the rarefied air of finishing their first series as

LILLYMAN EARNS RECALL FOR RETURN TO SUNCORP

June 14th, 2016|

JACOB Lillyman will return to the scene of his finest hour after being recalled to the Queensland State of Origin team for Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium. Lillyman, enjoying a great year for the resurgent Warriors in the NRL, is the only change to Kevin Walters’ Maroons from the squad that got the job done

KEVVIE’S BRAVE MAROONS DELIVER GOODS IN SYDNEY

June 2nd, 2016|

QUEENSLAND’S latest State of Origin era has begun, with Kevin Walters’ new-look Maroons scoring a gripping 6-4 win over NSW in Sydney to take a 1-0 lead in this year’s series. All the questions about how Queensland would fare in the post-Mal Meninga era have been answered, with the gutsy Maroons repelling wave after wave

MAROONS’ NEW BREED READY FOR ORIGIN 1

May 25th, 2016|

QUEENSLAND’S new State of Origin era has begun, with rookie coach Kevin Walters naming two debutants among a new-look Maroons squad for Game 1 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on June 1. While the core of the Queensland team that humiliated NSW 52-6 in Game 3 of last year’s series remains intact, there is no denying

JUSTIN WAITING TO HIT THE ORIGIN JACKPOT

May 16th, 2016|

JUSTIN O’Neill is entitled to feel like the potential Powerball winner who finished one number shy of a million-dollar windfall. In a footballing context, O’Neill believed he was about to hit the jackpot when he received a phone call to join Queensland’s State of Origin camp before the series opener in 2013. Maroons winger Darius

FAMILY STILL COMES FIRST FOR KEV

April 13th, 2016|

QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters says the way he analyses games has not changed since he became the Maroons’ boss. He’s still watching out for “the family”. With anticipation building towards this year’s State of Origin series, which begins in June, Walters has been doing his homework – watching the form of all Queensland contenders who

KEV SAYS LOSING BILLY A BIG BLOW FOR MAROONS

March 23rd, 2016|

QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters has challenged his Maroons to step up another notch in this year’s State of Origin series to cover for the loss of injured fullback Billy Slater. In a devastating blow for Slater, who missed most of last season after a shoulder reconstruction in June, the Melbourne Storm star has been told

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