For footy lovers, State of Origin has to be one of the most exciting times of the year.
The build-up, the tension and the intense rivalry that exists between Queensland and New South Wales in rugby league is almost unrivalled in Australian sport and occupies the hearts and minds of people for more than two months every year.
But for the first time in many years the dominant Queensland side’s selection choices have been called into question and it has caused something of a divide within the Queensland rugby league community.
Coach Kevin Walters’ selection has put many fans in one of two camps – Team Slater or Team Boyd.
A story posted on the Beaudesert Times website this week that announced the selection of Darius Boyd at fullback for game one over Billy Slater caused severe consternation from some readers.
The selection headache pits arguably the greatest fullback of all time against arguably the greatest fullback of the past two years.
Whatever your opinion on the matter, there is no doubting that Queensland will face a tough task against an energised Blues outfit hungry for redemption.
And with two games still to go after next Wednesday’s clash, there still may be a chance to see Slater and Boyd in the same side.
Beaudesert has had a number of ties to the Queensland side over the years, most notably Chris “Choppy” Close who was educated for a time here and of course Andrew Gee who was born and raised here and still maintains close ties with the region.
The Gee family legacy continues through the Beaudesert Kingfishers, as Keith and his three sons Alex, Sam and Charlie continue to impress for the local side.
The three brothers played alongside each other for the first time earlier this month and have become key components in the side’s push toward premiership glory.
In particular the youngest member of the trio, Charlie, has impressed this season and on the weekend scored four tries for the under 19 side before backing up for reserve grade in their victory over Runaway Bay.
Here at the Beaudesert Times we hope the Gee clan can continue their red hot form for the Kingfishers for many years to come.
Hopefully, they will create a dynasty similar to that which Queensland has held over their cockroach counterparts for the past 11 years.