You just have to love a State of Origin battle in which the Maroons go with an 8 string team made up of a Cockroach (David Van Dyke), a Mexican (John Symons), three Kiwis (Laming, Laxon, T. Sears) and three Clydesdales (Lipp, Gollan, M Sears).
It gets even better when two of them – Sears Snr and Jr – have just been raided by the Major Crime Squad, another – Laming – is training on a stay of proceedings pending the hearing of his charges for tubing a horse on race day, and yet another – Van Dyke – is charged with doping Alligator Blood on a day that it competed in and won a $2 million race on Magic Millions day.
It’s a great advertisement for Queensland, and an even better one racing.
I’m sure you will all agree.
All we need now is Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean to make a cameo appearance in the Maroon jersey, Robert Smerdon to coach, J-Mac as the team’s integrity manager, Gerald Ryan in charge of youth development, Matt Rudolph in charge of fan relationships, George Pell as Chairman of the Board, and Damion Flower as our major sponsor, and then Bob will be everyone’s uncle.