All eyes on Origin


A big weekend ahead for AFL with the grand final rematch between Geelong and Collingwood on tonight and Dreamtime at the G tomorrow night.

And in league, it’s just five sleeps until Origin One with both teams training in Melbourne today.

Jane Buckle reports.

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The Maroons are after a seventh consecutive series win but they’re not letting it get to their heads.

Petero Civoniceva, Maroons Prop: “That’s something we’re worried about all the time, because you know if we start to get complacent in terms of our preparation, you know, that’ll be our downfall.”

On the other side, Blues Captain Paul Gallen is still yet to complete a full training session after injuring his knee in a game against South Sydney.

But his team is confident he’ll play next Wednesday.

Josh Morris, Blues Centre: “I hope so. We’re not too worried about Gallen not training today, he knows what his body is capable of. I’m sure that tomorrow he’ll do some sort of training and we’ll look for hhim to pick that up leading up to the game.”

In the AFL, Collingwood will face Geelong in the grand final rematch tonight with expected crowds of 80,000.

Liam Jurrah will play the first game of the season for The Melbourne Demons tomorrow night at the SCG despite being hit with four charges yesterday for an alleged brawl in Alice Springs.

The Demons coach is confident Jurrah’s mind will be in the game regardless.

Mark Neeld, Demons Coach: “We’ve been dealing with that on an ongoing basis for quite a while and Liam’s the same. He’s done everything possible to earn his spot on the side.”

And Essendon will verse Richmond in Dreamtime at the G tomorrow night with estimated record-breaking crowds of more than 85,000.

Jane Buckle, QUT news.