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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 July 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 31 SPORT Queensland reclaims Origin honours With his back to the wall, Maroons captain Cameron Smith led his team to a record-breaking 52-6 win over the Blues in Origin III After a week in which Queensland captain Cameron Smith featured in the media for all the wrong reasons, his Maroon teammates led a demolition against the New South Wales Blues to salvage their series loss last year. Despite two close games in Origin I and II, Queensland's record-breaking win, at Suncorp Stadium, took it to nine series triumphs out of the past 10. The Maroons came out of the blocks early, letting little pass their defensive line as they took a 22-2 lead at half-time. Despite scoring the open- ing two points of the match, a rattled Blues side could do little to stop the rampage as Queensland piled on a further 30 points in the second half. Smith put the big win down to what he described as a lacklustre effort in Origin II in Melbourne last month. "Coming off a pretty difficult loss in Melbourne, our Game Two wasn't the best by our standards," he told the ABC's Grandstand. "We had to be brutally honest with our review at the start of this week. I think it shows the quality of this side and the way we all played for each other and stood up for each other ... it's quite a proud moment." The scoreline wasn't the only record setting event for the night with Johnathan Thurston - deemed Man of the Match - managing nine conversions from as many attempts. Queensland coach Mal Meninga celebrated his 55th birthday the same day, and said he couldn't have asked for a better gift. "It was the best birthday present ever," he said. "It was an outstanding ef- fort, coming from great intent, great attitude in defence and we sent out Hodgo (Justin Hodges) the way he deserved." Centre Justin Hodges celebrated his 23rd and final Origin match in style, converting the final try for the match. Source: ABC Australian ultimate frisbee team wins US Open The Melbournebased team defeats American opponent in two point game The Ellipsis has set a new record becoming the first nonNorth American side to take out honours at the sports US Open. Ranked 12th out of 12 teams, the team competed in the mixed division champion- ship, led by captain Catherine Phillips. The non-contact sport - described as a cross between netball and rugby with a frisbee - comprises seven players-a-side vying to score goals on either side of a rectangular field, much like a try in rugby, and like netball players cannot run with the frisbee. But unlike most competitive sports there is no adjudicating referee/umpire, rather players negotiate with their opponents when they feel a foul is warranted. "You have to be really fit, it's very high intensity," Ms Phillips said. "You learn to negotiate well, you learn to play fairly, and it's all about being fair and respecting your opponent." The team donated half of its $2,000 prize money to Ultimate Peace, a charity that runs ultimate frisbee camps for Jewish, Arab and Palestinian children in the West Bank and Israel. Source: ABC Queensland players celebrate their State of Origin Game triumph. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DAVE HUNT. Cameron Smith to air his response to Alex McKinnon controversy Cameron Smith will finally break his silence on Alex McKinnon's scathing public criticism in an interview with Fox Sports. The Queensland and Test skipper will do a one-onone interview with Peter Sterling in response to the Nine Network's explosive 60 Minutes program dedicated to McKinnon. In the hour-long program run on Sunday night, paralysed ex-Newcastle forward McKinnon was upset over on-field comments Melbourne's Smith made following the tackle that left him paralysed in March last year. He said he believed Smith had implied the Knights forward had been somewhat to blame for the spinal injury he suffered in a three-man tackle. An angry Smith turned down an offer by Nine this week to respond to McKinnon's controversial remarks and maintained his vow not to speak to the network during Wednesday night's State of Origin series decider, after it failed to grant him a right of reply on the initial program. The interview is expected to be screened today. Source: AAP Hawthorn Spartans look to secure double chance The ultimate frisbee US Open. PHOTO: ABC/WWW.F-GO.US: STEPHEN KOTVIS. The Spartans were back on the winners list last week with a come from behind win against Ivanhoe in very wet conditions. The win consolidated the side’s spot in second place on the ladder with three games remaining for the season. A top two finish will ensure the double chance. The side has a bye this week, and will feature again next Saturday against ladder leaders the Old Xaverians, who remain undefeated this season, at their home ground at Rathmines Reserve at 11.40 am. Cameron Smith captaining the Queensland Maroons in State of Origin Game III on Wednesday night. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DAVE HUNT.
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