If you believe in signs or think omens are a thing this weekend’s sporting victories symbolise positive things for NSW’s winning hopes in State of Origin game 1.
It all kicked off on a crisp autumn Friday night with the NSW Waratahs knocking off NZ Super Rugby conference leaders, the Chiefs 45-25. Michael Hoopers try under the posts on the stroke of half time was crucial and pleased the home fans no end. Notching up a bonus point as well as momentum heading into the June test period window, the Waratahs sent out a clear message to the competition – on their day Daryl Gibson’s boys are hard to handle.
As the weekend progressed and Sunny Sydney redeemed itself after Saturday’s questionable weather output, the NSW Swifts turned out in front of a 13,314 league crowd record to redeem a 10 goal defeat last time they met the reigning ANZ champions. I can personally vouch for the fact that the crowd was impressive in creating a cauldron like atmosphere. The Swifts overcame a 4 goal halftime deficit with a clinical second half shooting performance sparked by an electric performance from Steph Woods, which included a 100% 3rd quarter shooting percentage. In the end, the NSW Swifts downed the Qld Firebirds 58-54.
Where’s the symbolism? Both NSW teams churned out a great victory at home and one of them was against the foe North of the border. The Blues brotherhood can make it three of a kind if they draw first blood this Wednesday at ANZ stadium. The inclusion of Josh Morris provides NSW with stability that they have a man who has consistently marked the great Greg Inglis with success. Morris has always represented his state exceptionally. Who can forget the vision of him grimacing as he received treatment for a sore knee on the sideline to then get up and make a superhuman tackle on a Greg Inglis certain to score?
Only 3 more sleeps until game 1: Bring. It. On.