PRE-GAME EXCITEMENT: The Young family preparing for the State of Origin game.
PRE-GAME EXCITEMENT: The Young family preparing for the State of Origin game. Contributed

Coin-toss fail leads to second Origin

A FLIGHT delay, a confused taxi driver and a communication mix-up meant Maddison Young did not get to toss the coin at the third State of Origin game on Wednesday night.

Maddison and brother Brayden graced the NewsMail front page on Wednesday after they won a Holden competition to toss the coin at the game and the eager duo could not wait to meet the two State of Origin captains and flip the coin.

Instead, mum Amanda Young said her children watched from the grandstands as a Holden rep tossed the coin.

“My children were absolutely devastated and spent the whole 80 minutes in tears,” she said.

“They were freezing their butts off watching some guy toss the coin on the big screens.”

Amanda said the flight was delayed due to bad weather, which meant the family arrived too late.

“We got there before the coin toss, but Channel 9 had pretty strict stipulations about what time we had to be there,” she said.

“When we got there it was peak-hour traffic and the taxi driver didn’t know a lot of the roads were barricaded.

“So we had to run 1.5km up to the stadium with all our luggage but we still didn’t make it.”

The whole night wasn’t a disaster.

Maddison and Brayden were part of the guard of honour as the players ran out of the second half.

Amanda said both Holden and NRL were apologetic for the mishap.

The NRL offered to send two signed Queensland Origin jerseys and a signed All Stars jersey.

Amanda said the Holden rep she had been dealing only found out about the debacle yesterday.

Holden have offered to fly the family down to the State of Origin game in Brisbane next year and allow Maddison to toss the coin.

Amanda said it will be long wait for her children and had only one request with Holden.

“I’ve said can we go down the day before,” she said, laughing.



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