WINNERS: Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith of the Maroons celebrate winning State of Origin after game III last year.
WINNERS: Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith of the Maroons celebrate winning State of Origin after game III last year. DARREN ENGLAND

OPINION: Time to flip this script

DO YOU smell that?

Maybe if you've grown up north of the border your nose isn't as sensitive, but my nostrils have filled my body with hope.

Hope the pain will finally end, hope a dynasty collapses and hope we haven't thrown a young halfback into a baptism of fire too early once more.

It's no secret that State of Origin has been a horrendous time for cockroaches over the last 12 years.

Each series teased us that it would be the start of a new chapter, yet the Maroons were always the ones controlling the script.

But if the tide is ever going to turn, it's right now.

Queensland has lost two future immortals and one of the greatest halfbacks ever from its side; a trio that so often dragged their state over the line in the clutch moments.

Think of Johnathan Thurston's kick from the sideline to win game two last year.

Cooper Cronk's 40m field goal in the 75th minute that won them the series in 2012.

But now it's time for the young tearaways chosen for New South Wales to snatch the quill and write their own dynasty. This one has gone on far too long.

Oh and I hear a bloke from Dalby is getting a run for Queensland ... I hope he goes well. But not too well.


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