First of all, I DID NOT write the following. It was written by a Rugby League fan and one can only assume he had been drinking at the time. It was written by someone on one of the forums I sometimes frequent. I know them only as Ser. Here, unedited except for some nice photos, is his spin on Queensland’s much vaunted state passion:
Queenslanders have long regarded state pride and passion their domain, something that no other state can match, and it is apparently exemplified during the yearly SoO campaign. Time and again we hear that it was passion that got them over the line, that Queenslanders somehow acquire more skills, stamina and doggedness when wearing maroon, that NSW cannot match Queensland for passion either within the team or even within the stadium. We’ve seen numerous NSW identities also buy this bunkum and trot it out as an excuse for a NSW game or series loss – “I wish NSW would show the same passion….”, “Qeenslanders believe in each other….” etc.
You want the truth? If you are a Queensland supporter chances are you cannot handle the truth, but here it is nonetheless. It ain’t passion, it’s fear. Fear of failure. Fear of NSW dominance. Fear of a loss of identity.
Queensland RL rightly fears failure. At a state level, through no fault of their own, NSW HAS dominated Qld over the last century. This is due to rules made by NSWelshmen that ensured Queensland had to compete without those players who were talented enough to make it in THE BIG LEAGUE. This uneven playing field lasted for a third of the century of League in Australia. There was also failure at club level. Queensland provided Australia with the first Rugby League club – is this recognised? Nope. Why not? Because the QRL did not become the DOMINANT competition in Australia, that honour goes to…… yep, NSW under the NSWRL banner. The victors in any form of competition get to write the history, whether it is correct or not. Who wouldn’t be afraid of failing in those circumstances….again.
Now, who in their right mind would want to return to that? Queenslanders have pride in their state, no argument in that, and, being proud would anyone want to see dominance on such a scale that the very idea of even competing at state level became unpalatable. Who wouldn’t be afraid of returning to being dominated….again.
Name two of the most reconisable Rugby League identifiers? NSW and Queensland SoO teams would have to be right up there. I admit that without Queensland laudable contribution, SoO would be dead but without SoO what does Queensland RL have? A second tier club competition, just like Newcastle, the Central Coast, the Riverina etc. State pride INSISTS on more than that. Who would want to lose such a powerful vision that Queensland has in their State Of Origin performances?
The Queenslanders are shaking their heads, faces growing redder than their necks right now, but, here is the proof.
A NSW side loses Origin. It hurts, hurts like hell, but guess what? Even after a loss they can still say “At least we play in the worlds best club competition, which was whelped in NSW and grew to national dominance and a club competition where, since 1988 NSW teams have won 63% of the time”
A Qld side loses Origin. It hurts, hurts like hell, but guess what? After a loss they can still say “At least we play in the worlds best club competition, which was whelped in NSW and grew to national dominance where, since 1988 Qld teams have won 26% of the time…….DOH!!!”
Who has more to lose in Origin therefore more reason for fear? Queensland
Fear does not equal passion.
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