State of Origin Legends Come Together to Celebrate Memorable Origin Moments
State of Origin Legends Adam Mogg and Scott Hill are set to go head to head as they relive some of State of Origins Most Memorable Moments at the launch this years Locker Room lunch series at the Duporth Hotel Maroochydore.
Mogg, one of the oldest players to make an origin debut was instrumental in Queensland producing one of its greatest miracles to steal the State of Origin series from the grasp of New South Wales in 2006.
It was in that game that he scored the opening try of the night when he lept above Eric Grothe Jnr after a perfectly timed kick from Johnathan Thurston to score millimetres within the sidelines.
As for Scott Hill, he was regarded as one of the most talented and skillful players in world rugby league and it was his skill that earned him a number of representative honours including being a member of the first Blues team to whitewash an Origin series in 2000.
A sneak peak at other memorable Origin moments include:
Game 1, 1994 - The 'Miracle'
Queensland appeared down and out in the opening game of the 1994 series as they trailed NSW 12-4 late in the game. With five minutes of play remaining, a try to Willie Carne and conversion by Mal Meninga brought the score to 12-10.
From the kick-off NSW trapped Queensland deep in their territory. With less than a minute on the clock Queensland launched one last attack. The play travelled more than 80 metres and went through nine sets of hands (including Langer’s, twice). The last man with the ball was centre Mark Coyne, who beat Brad Fittler, Ricky Stuart and Benny Elias to score, stunning the Sydney crowd into an eerie silence.
Game 2, 1989 - The last men standing
A victory considered by many, including Wally Lewis, to be Queensland’s greatest ever Origin performance.
Before half-time Queensland lost Allan Langer, Mal Meninga and Paul Vautin to injuries. Early in the second half they also lost Michael Hancock and were left with no reserves. Bob Lindner played much of the second half with a fractured ankle, coming off with five minutes to play during which time Queensland held on with 12 men to claim a series victory.
Game 3, 2001 - Allan Langer returns
With the series locked at 1-1, much fanfare surrounded NSW captain Brad Fittler who would be playing his last game for the Blues. All the while, Queensland coach Wayne Bennett needed to find himself a playmaker and hatched a fitting send-off for Allan Langer. Langer was plying his trade in England at the time after retiring from the Broncos in 1999.
‘Alf’ set up three tries in the first half and scored one in the second. Queensland went on to win the match 40-14 in one of the more dominating displays in Origin history, giving Langer a fitting farewell from representative football.
The lunch is on Friday the 20th of May. Tickets are only $75 but are selling fast. To book your tickets please contact Brett McCall on 0407 705709 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Locker Room lunch series
Duporth Hotel Maroochydore
Friday the 20th of May
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