Our biggest fan’s ode to Maroons
BARGARA resident Barry Dahl is in no doubt who will win the Origin decider tonight - just look at the front of his house.
Mr Dahl supports the Maroons and five-eighth Johnathan Thurston so strongly he has fashioned himself a plaque commemorating the side and star JT.
The Carlyle Gardens resident proudly displays his trophy, made from cuttings from the NewsMail and plywood, in his garden as a sign of respect.
Mr Dahl has taken the steps necessary, with marine ply and waterproofing, to ensure his homemade statue will last as long as possible outdoors and can be displayed for what he hopes is a long time, a symbol of the great respect and admiration he has for Thurston.
With the third and final game of this year's State of Origin set to kick off tonight, fans from across the state are rushing to clad themselves in more maroon than would be considered fashionable by critics and will barrack their lungs out over pubs and taverns state wide.
Game 3 is set to be a decider with the Queensland team barely scraping by in Game 1, thanks to a field goal from Cooper Cronk late in the second half and an 8-point loss in Game 2, it seems Queensland will need all the support they can get to avoid a repeat of last year's loss.
Despite the loss of teammate Cooper Cronk for Game 2, as well as Thurston's plans to follow his Origin playbook, Cronk has been listed to return for Game 3 and with him a chance at success for Queensland and an excuse to celebrate for fans all over the state.
Supporters as strong as Mr Dahl are few and far between but might possibly mean the difference between the Maroons coming home with the State of Origin trophy or spending another year without.