The Sunshine Coast's greatest Origin 1-13 revealed
ON STATE of Origin eve, the Daily has named its all-star line-up of former and current greats of the game to take the field.
The 1-13 team includes Sunshine Coast juniors and ones we've adopted. Some are true greats of the game, from both Queensland and New South Wales.
Allan Langer will captain the side with Steve Price his deputy. We will get Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen on board to steer the ship.
1. Dale Shearer
Peregian Springs resident Dale Shearer featured 26 times for the mighty Maroons and relished playing on the highest stage. Equally adept at fullback, wing or the centres, the man known as Rowdy lit up the Origin arena, crossing the chalk for 12 meat pies. In 2008, Shearer was named on the wing for the Indigenous Team of the Century.
2. Adam Mogg
One of the more bizarre Origin selections of all time, Adam Mogg, who was dubbed 'Adam Who' by Sydney media, had the last laugh in 2006, scoring a try with his backside. He only played twice but scored three times. He helped Queensland clinch the series, which would be the start of the eight-in-a-row period. He entered the coaching ranks and led the Sunshine Coast Falcons before his current role with the Redcliffe Dolphins.
3. Michael O'Connor
First of all, the Daily apologises for picking a Blue, but we couldn't leave out this dual international centre. The Noosa man became a prolific point scorer in his 19 games in the sky blue, scoring 11 times.
4. Casey McGuire
The Nambour-born, Caloundra-raised halfback might be picked out of position in the backline but we're confident he can do the job. For years he was Brisbane's Mr Fix It and wouldn't look out of place. His two games for the Maroons saw him come from the bench, similar to the role of Michael Morgan this series.
5. Willie Carne
Noosaville real estate agent Willie Carne was just 19 when he was first picked for the Maroons. He'd only played five times in the top grade, but it was enough. In an era where tall, powerful wingers were the norm, he stood out.
6. Scott Hill
Sorry, another Blue. Noosa businessman Scott Hill was at the peak of his powers when he debuted for NSW. He featured five times as a five-eighth or lock forward and later won a place in the Australian team.
7. Allan Langer
Caloundra's Little General and the first player on this list selected. He is quite simply one of Queensland's greatest players.
8. Steve Price
One of the great modern day forwards of the generation, Price enjoyed 11 seasons for 28 games as a Maroon, consistently doing his job as expected. His front row partnership with Petero Civoniceva is the stuff of legend. He now resides on the Sunshine Coast.
9. Kerrod Walters
Twin brother of current Maroons coach Kevin, Walters appeared seven times for his state across five seasons. The Broncos' hooker relished playing with his little mate Alfie and later went on to the test arena.
10. Ben Ross
Nambour's Ben Ross never won a series, up against a NSW side packed with talent. He won six caps for the Maroons and did his job, unlucky to be dropped for the 2006 series, the start of the Maroons' dynasty.
11. Matt Gillett
The Bribie Island Warrigals junior and mainstay of the current Maroons set-up, after Alfie, Gillett was one of the first chosen. Unfortunately he will miss tomorrow night's opener but, if not for injury, he'd be there. A certain to be selected upon return, he has never let his state down.
12. Chris Flannery
Another no fuss, Mr Reliable type player, Flannery was picked for his hard work and hole running ability and featured for his state 10 times. Now the CEO of the Sunshine Coast Falcons, Flannery has led the Q-Cup side with distinction.
13. Billy Moore
Coast resident Billy Moore and the man behind the iconic "Queenslander" catchcry was a 17-game veteran when he hung up the boots in 1998. He now co-owns Mooloolaba's Augello's Ristorante and works as a commentator. One of the most passionate Maroons around.
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