NSW has produced no shortage of memorable State of Origin moments.
There was captain Steve Mortimer sinking to his knees on the SCG turf after the Blues won their first series in 1985, Michael O’Connor’s sideline conversion in the pouring rain to win Game Two in 1991, Brad Fittler coming out of representative retirement to help set up a series win in 2004, and Andrew Johns returning from injury to also spark a series win in 2005.
But according to Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues advisor and True Blue Greg Alexander, NSW’s greatest moment came might have come in Game Three of this year’s series when Blake Ferguson made a break down the sideline in the final minute before finding James Tedesco in support to score the match-winner and seal a stunning series win.
It was the first time NSW had defended the Shield since 2005, the first time that the Blues had come from a game down to win an Origin series also since 2005 and drew comparisons with the miracle try that Mark Coyne scored for Queensland to win Game One of the 1994 series.
“I think what NSW have had to go through over the last 15 years, and that’s not win many series, in the context of things it’s been that much of a dry spell in NSW that apart from Steve Mortimer’s efforts in captaining the first NSW side to a series victory at the SCG it’s NSW’s greatest moment,” Alexander said.
“I really do and I haven’t been involved for a long time, and I was involved as a player back when Queensland was strong the days of Wally (Lewis) and Gene (Miles) and Alf (Allan Langer) and all those great Queenslanders, but have sat in the lounge room and watched most of the other series and it doesn’t get any better than what happened in Game Three.”