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State of Origin: Mal Meninga says Queensland has huge talent bank

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Jan 30, 2014.

By Jethro on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM
  1. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Depth is looking so good for eight-time defending State of Origin champions Queensland that coach Mal Meninga reckons even inspirational skipper Cameron Smith can be replaced.


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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Jan 30, 2014.

    1. Jethro

      Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Depth is looking so good for eight-time defending State of Origin champions Queensland that coach Mal Meninga reckons even inspirational skipper Cameron Smith can be replaced.

      Eyebrows w[​IMG]ere raised when the man expected to slot in for recovering Maroons veteran Justin Hodges (Achilles) for the bulk of this year's series - Newcastle centre Dane Gagai - had a line put through his name after a discipline breach at the recent Emerging Origin squad camp.

      But Meninga is confident about Queensland's back-up ranks, saying the Maroons even have a ready replacement for former Golden Boot winner Smith- Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend.

      ''Most pleasing is the depth of talent that we now have at our disposal across all positions, thanks to the development work that has been done as part of our future planning,'' Meninga said.

      ''Even someone as irreplaceable to our team as our captain Cameron Smith, if the worst was to happen and he was not available through injury, we have a guy like Jake Friend waiting in the wings who, to me, looks tailor-made for Origin footy.

      ''And behind Jake, we had [Penrith's] James Segeyaro in the Emerging Origin program as well, so that gives you an idea of the quality of depth we are talking about. There is that quality across all of the positions, and we have a number of players ready to establish themselves as Queensland Origin players for the next five to 10 years.''

      Melbourne's Justin O'Neill and Will Chambers - who have both served as 18th man for the Maroons - are expected to get the jump on Gagai, who Meninga said would have to serve a ''penance'' for his breach before being considered again.

      Meninga admitted a changing of the guard in his experienced squad loomed but moves were already in place to ease into that transition.

      ''We are now getting to the stage where we will have to start making some tough calls,'' he said. ''[But] we had two players from the Emerging squad step up to make their Origin debuts in Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Papalii, and there is no reason to think guys from this year's program could not follow the same path.''

      AAP - Laine Clark

      http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/state-of-origin-mal-meninga-says-queensland-has-huge-talent-bank-20140130-31pnv.html
       
    2. Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Looks like Matty Ballin has fallen off the QLD radar according to Mal.
       
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    3. mozgrame

      mozgrame Well-Known Member

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      And how many are from CQ ?

      Travis WADDELL Proserpine
      Ben HUNT Dingo
      Josh HOFFMAN Mackay
      Daly CHERRY-EVANS Mackay
      Dave Taylor Mackay
      Ben BARBA Mackay
      Brett SEYMOUR Mackay
      Luke CAPEWELL Charleville
      Jharal YOW YEH Yeppoon
      Ben RIDGE Yeppoon/Roma
      Matt SCOTT Ilfracombe
      Dane NIELSEN Mackay
      Antonio KAUFUSI Bundaberg
      Maurice BLAIR Maryborough
      Neville COSTIGAN Mackay
      Nick EMMETT Hervey Bay
      Gavin COOPER Murgon
      Chris SANDOW Cherbourg
      Willie TONGA Cherbourg
      Matt BALLIN Kingaroy
      Jacob LILLYMAN Richmond
      Jamie SIMPSON Rockhampton
      Chris MCQUEEN Kingaroy
      Dane GAGAI Mackay
      Tom HUMBLE Blackwater
      Corey OATES Baralaba
      Javarn WHITE Rockhampton
      Rhyse MARTIN Proserpine
      Corey Parker Mackay

      I'm sure I've missed a few.

      And what about the old CQ Guard?

      Gary Larson Gladstone
      Jason Hetherington Baralaba
      PJ Marsh Blackwater
      Clinton Schifcofske Moranbah
      Mal Meninga Monto
      Sid Domic Rockhampton
      Rhys Wesser Rockhampton
      Rod Reddy Rockhampton
      Dale Shearer Sarina
      Martin Bella Sarina
      Alan McIndoe Emerald
      Steve Jackson Mackay
      Steve Renouf Murgon
      Brett Dallas Mackay
      Julian O’Neill Yeppoon
      Trevor Gillmeister Gladstone
      Adrian Vowles Charleville
      Matt Sing Dysart
      Kevin Campion Sarina
      Wendell Sailor Sarina
      Steven Bell Emerald
      Josh Hannay Moranbah
      Travis Norton Moranbah
      John Doyle Yeppoon
      Stuart Kelly Taroom
      Jamie Goddard Mt Isa
      Owen Cunningham Mackay
      Darren Fritz Rockhampton
      Les Kiss Bundaberg
      Brad Tessmann Kingaroy
      Paul Bowman Proserpine, Yeppoon
      Russell Bawden Mt. Isa
      Carl Webb Mt. Isa

      Again, I bet I've missed some.

      Bloody hell...give us a team already!! The CQ region demands a team to call their own! I demand a team for CQ!!!


      Then I can at least once a year drive 5 mins into town to watch the greatest team to ever pull on a jersey. MANLY!!!!
       
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    4. Lord Eagleton

      Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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      Lol please tell me you are joking, there is a town called Dingo in this country?
       
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    5. mozgrame

      mozgrame Well-Known Member

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      We also have an Emu Park. lol
       
    6. SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Dingo is a small town in outback Queensland.
      "Dingo holds the annual World Championship Dingo Trap Throwing and Picnic Races in July. For more information, just ask at the 24 hour service station on the Highway."
      Can't understand how you've never heard of it :s
       
    7. Shoe1

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      How's Yeppoon? Nice spot?
       
    8. mozgrame

      mozgrame Well-Known Member

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      Dingo would be described as "Outback" only by someone who has never been in the bush. Bloody hell...it's about 2 hours from the coast. LOL
       
    9. globaleagle

      globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      That's just up the road from Eagle rock!
       
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    10. mozgrame

      mozgrame Well-Known Member

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      Not at the moment. 100km wind gusts, pissing down rain. On the upside, it's not Bowen. Last week people were praying for a little rain lol. Oh well, it's all part of the price we pay for living in paradise.

      I think Evil Eddie summed it up best in his song - Queensland.

      NOW LET ME
      WELCOME EVERYONE TO THE BLEACH SANDS OF QUEENSLAND STINKING HOT DAYS COLD BEERS AND CHEAP LAND
      BIKINI CLAD BACKPACKERS AND WEED PLANTS
      CALIFORNIA BEACH TANS BUT INSTEAD OF STREET GANGS
      AND GOLD BLING OR GETTING CAPPED ON YOUR STEPS
      HERE YOU CAN PAT A STINGRAY AND MAYBE GET A STAB IN THE CHEST FROM WHAT INHABITS THE DEPTHS OF THE REEF
      CAUSE EVERY CREATURE IN OUR HABITAT HAS VENOM OR TEETH
      IN BRIEF WE GOT FLYS THE SIZE OF ZIPPO LIGHTERS
      MOSQUITOS BITING US RIFE WITH HEPATITIS
      NO LIE WE GOT THE HIGHEST COUNT OF VENOMOUS SNAKES
      AND POISONOUS ARACHNOIDS THAN ANY OTHER PLACE
      WE GOT WEATHER EXTREMES IN EVERY SENSE IT CAN MEAN
      FAMINES AND BUSHFIRES DEATH AND DISEASE
      WE GOT COWS WE GOT MUD WE GOT DROUGHTS WE GOT FLOOD
      WE GOT CYCLONES RIPPING UP OUR HOUSES AND PUBS
      STILL THERE’S OUNCES OF BUD THAT LOCAL OUTLAWS
      GIVE HUGE AMOUNTS OF LOVE GROWIN’ OUTDOORS
      SO THIS IS GOING OUT YALL ON MY NEW LP
      TO EVERY CORNER OF THE SAUNA CALLED THE QLD

      CAUSE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE WHERE FUN TIMES AWAIT
      AND THE COPS DON’T GET NO DUMBER
      EVEN YA BIG CITY STREETS THAT ARE BRINGING THE HEAT
      HAVE GOT NOTHING ON A QUEENSLAND SUMMER

      THIS IS QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
      LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
      FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’
      QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
      LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
      FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’

      SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
      SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
      SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
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      SO NOW THAT WE’RE THE STATE YA SCHOOLIES COME FOR HOLIDAYS
      TO GET DEBAUCHED LIKE GEORGE BUSH’S COLLEGE DAYS
      WE GOT THE GIRLS AND THE SUN AND SURF AND THERE’S
      NO OTHER PLACE ON EARTH I’D RATHER CALL MY HOME TURF
      SINCE BIRTH I BEEN IN BRISSY WORLD’S MOST LIVEABLE CITY
      WE’RE CALLING POTS WHAT SYDNEY CALLS A MIDI
      IT’S HARDLY ANY DRAMA THOUGH WE ONLY ORDER SCHOONERS
      AND GROW BANANAS LIKE CHERNOBYL’S GROWING TUMOURS
      YA HEARD SO MANY RUMOURS GROWING UP ABOUT THE DROP BEARS LIKE THE SCOTT’S DO THE MONSTER IN THE LOCH NESS
      THAT WHEN A CROC TEARS PEOPLE TO SHREDS
      YA DON’T FLINCH EVEN IF IT’S EATIN’ EACH OF YA LEGS
      THE POLICE ARE IN BED WITH ALL THE CRIMINAL TYPES
      AND LET EM DO WHATEVER WITH MINIMAL HYPE
      POLITICIANS TO CRIME ARE LIKE PENISES TO FOETUSES
      WHEN PEOPLE VOTE YOUR LEADERS IN LIKE JOH BJELKE PETERSON
      BUT EVEN WITH NO REASONING I’D GIVE IT UP
      TO THE PLACE I LIVE IT UP AND STATE I GIVE A ****
      SO MATE FROM WYNNUM UP TO CAPE YORK PENINSULA
      I’M BIGGIN UP THE WHOLE FRIGGIN STATE WHEN I RIP IT UP

      CAUSE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE WHERE FUN TIMES AWAIT
      AND THE COPS DON’T GET NO DUMBER
      EVEN YA BIG CITY STREETS THAT ARE BRINGING THE HEAT
      HAVE GOT NOTHING ON A QUEENSLAND SUMMER

      THIS IS QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
      LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
      FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’
      QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
      LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
      FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’

      SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
      SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
      SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
      SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
       
    11. COMMANDER

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      Dingo.

      That's in Queensland!
       
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