Sport in Australia » Queensland http://iafc-au.org Is Australian Football Cool? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:21:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 The history of the State of Origin /2013/03/01/the-history-of-the-state-of-origin/ /2013/03/01/the-history-of-the-state-of-origin/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:27:02 +0000 /?p=197 Queensland Maroons

Any self respecting sports fan knows about one of the greatest sports rivalries in the history of any sport. Forget the cricketing rivalries between Australia and England or India and Pakistan. The soccer or football rivalries of Europe and South America are nothing compared to the rivalry between two of rugby’s greatest teams; the Blues […]]]>
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Any self respecting sports fan knows about one of the greatest sports rivalries in the history of any sport. Forget the cricketing rivalries between Australia and England or India and Pakistan. The soccer or football rivalries of Europe and South America are nothing compared to the rivalry between two of rugby’s greatest teams; the Blues and the Maroons.The two states that fight out in this epic battle are the states of New South Wales(NSW) or the Blues and the state of Queensland(QLD) or the Maroons.

A fine showcase of sportsmanship, talent and intense passion, the State of Origin series is widely considered to be one of the premiere events to take place in the world of rugby. Dividing players, organizers and fans alike, this sporting event attracts the best talent in the rugby world.The selection procedure aims at making players represent the state in which they played their first game in the senior rugby league. The name of the series comes from this procedure. The selection procedure was not always this way. It all started at the turn of the century when one reported questioned why Stephen Spragg – one of rugby’s all time greats, could not play for his home state of NSW.

Initially, during the early 1900′s, players for the league rugby were chosen from the clubs in the state and not from the states in which the players themselves originated. All that changed in 1982, when the new rule came into effect, basically compelling players to play for state in where they made their senior rugby league debut.

Many of rugby’s greatest players have made appearances in the series. Many have even played more than a few matches and have contributed to their team’s win.

A large number of records have been created and surpassed in this State of Origin series, all the while making it even more competitive and intense as the years roll by.

One of the players to have represented the Maroons is Darren Lockyer. This great player currently holds the record for most number of games played in the State of the Origin series, as well as in the national Australian team and his home club, the Brisbane Broncos. In 2008 he was included in the list of Australia’s Greatest Players. A statue of Darren was commissioned in 2011 and is installed outside Lang Park alongside fellow Maroon player Wally Lewis aka The King.

Wally Lewis is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in rugby’s history and he represented the state of Queensland in 31 State of Origin games. This is slightly under the record of 36 games held by Darren Lockyer. He played for Queensland from 1980 -1991, eleven long years. In 1999, he was inducted in the widely respected list of The Immortals and in 2008 his name appeared in the list of Greatest Players. Wally has won 8 man of the match awards and this is a record in itself.

There have been greats who have represented the Blues too. One of them is a player who is considered the greatest dummy half or acting half of the modern era, Danny Buderus. He has captained New South Wales for a record number of games, 15 to be exact. Brad Fittler, another great player of the Blues, holds the record for being its most capped player.

These past few years have seen the Maroons emerge to be the better of the two teams, having won 49 of its games compared to 43 games that NSW have won. QLD also leads in the number of series won with the numbers standing at 17 series wins for the Maroons and 12 for the Blues.

This amazing run has been intermittently punctuated with a streak of losses. The level of coaching given to the Maroons as well as the number of international players in its side has contributed immensely to its spectacular run post 2006. The year 2009 was a significant year for the QLD players as they took home the State of Origin shield for the fourth year in a row. The sheer experience of the Maroons was no match for the relatively new members in the NSW squad and they were obliterated.

The Maroons now hold the record for most number of series won consecutively with a jaw dropping tally of 7 series wins, starting in 2006 and ending in 2012. The 2013 series is yet to be played and QLD would be keen to keep the shield for the eight time.

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Renting a Car in Queensland-driving Through Paradise /2011/08/02/renting-a-car-in-queensland-driving-through-paradise/ /2011/08/02/renting-a-car-in-queensland-driving-through-paradise/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 07:43:23 +0000 /?p=155 photo

Renting a car, van, truck or four wheel drive vehicle is the best way to visit and sightsee in Queensland, Australia, the beautiful seaside province located in the northeast tropics of Australia where the Coral Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Thrifty are waiting to serve you at more than ten car […]]]>
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Renting a car, van, truck or four wheel drive vehicle is the best way to visit and sightsee in Queensland, Australia, the beautiful seaside province located in the northeast tropics of Australia where the Coral Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Thrifty are waiting to serve you at more than ten car rental Queensland centers at airports located throughout Queensland.

Queensland is known throughout the world for its very long stretches of turquoise seas, beaches and coastline, along with over three hundred days of sunshine a year, and year round swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. It boasts a remote and exotic wilderness, and dazzling offshore islands.

The best way to see it all is to hire a car and set off on a tour that offers a million settings for the picture perfect postcard.

Pick up a vehicle at the Brisbane Airport in Queensland’s capitol city, or at the airports conveniently located in Coolangatta, Surfer’s Paradise, and the Sunshine Coast. A four wheel drive vehicle is ideal for exploring the untamed regions of Cape York, and a wide spacious van will serve you well while roaming through Australia’s famous Outback. A lot of tourists like to take a cross country trip through Australia from coast to coast. It can take a up to a week to drive through this beautiful country; you can visit small little beach towns, reserve a room through Expedia in Brisbane for a few nights, or camp on the beach for a night.

Creating your own travel itinerary for a trip through Queensland is easy, because there is simply so much to see and do.

You will find Aboriginal artwork on caves and mountain walls in Carnavan Gorge, crocodiles in the rivers and streams that lace the coastline, and abundant precious stones in Opalton. Coolangatta features crystal clear, sparkling waters, gentle surf rolling onto pristine white sands, and the majestic Rainbow Bay, which highlights some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets.

Visit the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway where you can ride through the majestic, fertile and lush forest which straddles the Barron Gorge National Park. Airlie Beach lies in the pulsating nucleus of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The reef stretches two thousand kilometers along the continent, and is the home to some of the planet’s most beautiful and mysterious underwater life. Divers are sure to experience sights they will never encounter anywhere else in the world.

Drive your car into the Bunya Mountains and The Great Dividing Range for a full day of sightseeing alongside imposing lookouts, roaring waterfalls, and secluded picnic areas. Or, give the kids a thrill and choose from amongst Queensland’s five theme parks featuring water rides and live whales.

Hidden amongst the natural beauty of Queensland, you’ll find the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and near Brisbane, the Koala Sanctuary. The Australia Zoo is adjacent to Beerwah. Learn how animals that originated over ten thousand years ago live in their native habitats.

Banana plantations offer guided tours and all the free bananas you can eat. Drive over to Shute Harbour and embark on a boat to Whitsunday Island, where Captain Cook landed in the 1700’s.

Brisbane, the ocean city with its own meandering Brisbane River, is perched along the beaches of the south coast of Queensland. It is a vibrant, modern city, created in the some mold as American and western European metropolises. It is full of art, music, theatres, live concerts, restaurants and bars. Rick’s Café Bar on Brunswick Street has nightly performances and a terrific DJ upstairs.

Families love to explore the tropical greenery along the Brisbane River in the heart of the city, and enjoy sandwiches on the benches in New Farm Park. The Brisbane Art Gallery is home to the works of Picasso and Rubens. Shopping is a pleasure in the South Bank section.

Whether you’re arriving at the Brisbane Airport, the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, or the terminal in Cairns, rent a car and take in all of the natural beauty that Queensland has to offer. Queensland is also the home to a great system of national highways.

Car hire Queensland can create a trip full of memories to last you a lifetime.

 

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