Posted: 28 January, 2011
Legends Of Origin Thriller
What a game! In true State Of Origin fashion the inaugural Legends Of Origin match went right down to the wire.
What a game! In true State Of Origin fashion the inaugural Legends Of Origin match went right down to the wire with the Maroons staving off a late comeback to beat the Blues 20-16 to take out the Jordan Rice Shield.
The Legends Of Origin was a fundraiser - organised by Mark "MG" Geyer from Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team - for the victims of the Queensland floods with a sell out crowd of 20,000 mad footy fans packing Parramatta Stadium to see former Origin greats turn back the clock.
The match was played over 15-minute quarters with Maroons legends like Gorden Tallis, Mal Meninga, Wendell Sailor and Blues counterparts like Brad Fittler, Ben Elias and, of course, "MG" getting stuck into it like it was only yesterday.
It was a great game that went from end-to-end and side-to-side but what everyone really loved was how intense the game was. Everyone was up for it with some old rivalries re-kindled.
There was no biffo or cry of "cattle-dog" but there were still some big hits. Blues legend Mario Fenech was on the receiving end of a bell-ringer from Maroons hard-man Kevin Campion, while Blues halfback Brett Kimmorley copped a shiner and team-mate Greg Alexander a split lip.
Indeed, there were some sore and sorry bodies in the sheds after the game. "I'm sorer now than any Origin I played, probably because I haven't done fitness for eight years. I didn't think you could pull cellulite," laughed superstar Gorden Tallis after the game.
But in the end the players and crowd loved every minute of it - and while the Maroons may have won, all the fans were cheering the incredible $380,000 raised for the Queensland Flood Appeal.