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4%
  
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daveyg 11:35 Wed Nov 18
State of Origin
Bloody hell,good on those Aussie's.
The hardest game in sport is played out in front of a capacity crowd in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Full house and due to a closed border with NSW and other states only Queenslanders alowed in.
Having spent 10yrs in OZ grew to love and appreciate this tough,tough game.
Brad Fittler and Wayne Bennett,legends in their sport are the coaches.
Even Ray Warren and Phil Gould are the commentators ,product placing duo if ever there was a couple.
Enjoy with no masks,brilliant.

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Ronald_antly 11:41 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
REPORTED cases.

If you don't like lunacy then don't practice it.

Darby_ 10:57 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
No, it wasn’t just luck. That’s the opposite of what I said.

You’re arguing Queensland developed herd immunity with only 2,000 reported cases, yet Sweden hasn’t with 200,000 cases? Or the US with 12 million?

This is getting a bit loony, so I’ll leave it there.

Ronald_antly 10:15 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
"Queensland has been luckier, .."

Ah, so it wasn't astute lockdownship, it was just LUCK?

Actually, it was neither, it was simply not performing routine PCR tests as happens elsewhere.
If QLD had done so, it would have had lots of positive results too.

Herd immunity rules. Try some.

Darby_ 9:57 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
"Even what you posted there says that Queensland's border wasn't "closed to the rest of the world"."

On 20 March, Australia closed its borders to all non-residents and non-Australian citizens.[3][177] With limited exceptions, a ban was imposed on Australians travelling overseas.[178]

Interstate border closures began on 19 March, with Tasmania imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all "non-essential" travellers to the state, including returning residents.[183] On 24 March, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory closed their borders, with all interstate arrivals being required to self-isolate for 14 days.[184] On 11 April, Queensland banned interstate arrivals, with only Queensland residents and those granted 'exemption' being allowed entry.[185]



"If lockdowns were so effective, Victoria would have been back to normal months ago.
Instead, the premier of that state insisted on going full retard."

I don't think you understand how lockdowns work, Ronald0. They're not magic. They don't magically make the virus disappear forever. At best they just end the current wave, and after that you hope it doesn't creep back through the borders. The virus started up again by escaping hotel quarantine in Melbourne. They were unlucky. Queensland has been luckier, which is why life has returned to normal there. It wouldn't have returned to normal without border closures and lockdown.

Has life returned to normal in the UK? In America? In Sweden?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-teaches-sweden-that-it-is-not-a-nation-apart-trjnnrb5w

Nope, normal life is very rare around the world right now.

Ronald_antly 9:20 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
Even what you posted there says that Queensland's border wasn't "closed to the rest of the world".

As for those dates stated, the April dates are about right, as well as restrictions, but it was very short lived compared to other states and countries.
Within a few weeks the only difference to normal was perspex screens and stickers on the floor in the shops, and a bit more spacing in restaurants.
Behaviours of some changed for a short time in late March/early April, but most quickly returned pretty much to normal.
Very few people have worn masks here at any time.
It's been like there's a pandemic because .... well there just IS!

As for January 29th, they should have let the general public know, because NOTHING changed until late March.

If lockdowns were so effective, Victoria would have been back to normal months ago.
Instead, the premier of that state insisted on going full retard.

Darby_ 1:01 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
I think most people would know more about what’s going on than you, Ronaldo.

You’re telling me that Queensland didn’t have a lockdown and close their borders to the rest of the world?

Ronald_antly 12:45 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
Yeah, YOU know better about what's going on here than I do.

CHRIST ALMIGHTY!

Darby_ 12:21 Fri Nov 20
Re: State of Origin
“Ronald_antly wrote...

Re: State of Origin
If you haven't seen it, DO SO!

Not necessarily for the game itself, but for the fact that somewhere in the world people are being allowed to live their fucking lives”

This place, Ronaldo?

“Queensland

On 29 January, Queensland was the first to declare a public health emergency.[234]

The legislation was strengthened on 6 February by the Public Health (Declared Public Health Emergencies) Amendment Bill 2020.[235]

Key directions made under the Public Health Act 2005 include:

2 April – A person must not leave their principal place of residence except for essential needs including work, food, medical and exercise, outdoor gatherings only up to 2 persons or with members of household, receiving only to 2 visitors at a residence, and no gatherings in non-residences.[236]

9 April – "Non-essential" business, activity or undertaking must not be operated. "Non-esssential" businesses include cinemas, casinos, concerts, indoor sports, gyms, playgrounds, campgrounds, libraries. Restrictions also apply to restaurants (take away or delivery only), churches, hairdressers etc. However, most construction, mining, manufacturing and retail businesses continued to operate.[237]

Restricted entry into Queensland was introduced, with only Queensland residents and those considered an 'exempt person' being allowed to enter Queensland by air, sea, rail or road from another state or territory.”

And now they can fill a stadium with 50k people without worrying about COVID. It’s almost as if these measures worked.

Cheezey Bell-End 12:17 Thu Nov 19
Re: State of Origin
Burgess retired ages ago. Could probably still play union though.

Ronald_antly 12:04 Thu Nov 19
Re: State of Origin
If you haven't seen it, DO SO!

Not necessarily for the game itself, but for the fact that somewhere in the world people are being allowed to live their fucking lives.
That might motivate some of you to resist the fucking nonsense going on where you live.

It probably won't, but one can but hope.

Mr Kenzo 11:52 Thu Nov 19
Re: State of Origin
Will be a great spectacle for LBGT fans.

Northern Sold 11:46 Thu Nov 19
Re: State of Origin
muskie 9:09 Thu Nov 19
Re: State of Origin
What about the state of "SLAMMING SAM"?

Couldn't cut it in Union and it's been down hill ever since.



Too thick for Union... couldn't get his head around teh rules...

Vexed 11:33 Thu Nov 19
Re: State of Origin
Hardest game in sport? Shoulder pads Rugby?

Ho ho

muskie 9:09 Thu Nov 19
Re: State of Origin
What about the state of "SLAMMING SAM"?

Couldn't cut it in Union and it's been down hill ever since.

Cheezey Bell-End 8:57 Wed Nov 18
Re: State of Origin
They've had few cases but are being extra strict. I'm still waiting for Melbourne to open and will likely have to spend 2 weeks in a hotel doing quarantine.
The players have spent months in a bubble with limited contact with he outside so they could finish the season. Especially tough on the NZ team.

Crazy In Cremonese 8:19 Wed Nov 18
Re: State of Origin
About 10 years ago I watched Brisbane play North QLD at Suncorp in front of a full house - amazing stadium.

Staggering that the game today had 52,000 in attendance! Interesting how few COVID deaths there have been in Oz - WA hasn't had a single case for 7 months.

Sven Roeder 3:53 Wed Nov 18
Re: State of Origin
NSW & Qld are the only true rugby league states and coming from WA dont recall anyone from other states picking a side.

The problem in Aust sport at the moment isnt really about getting people into grounds in some states its about the closed borders and quarantine requirements between states.
The AFL & NRL managed to get their seasons done with players going into hubs mainly in Qld, WA & SA.
The big money maker is the Aust v India Test series and they are having to bend over backwards to get players in the right places to get that done.

Cheezey Bell-End 3:32 Wed Nov 18
Re: State of Origin
I like Ray Warren, but can't stand Gould. He talks so much shit.

They tried a similar formula to SoO in England with the Roses games between Lancs and Yorks, but it didn't take off.

daveyg 1:13 Wed Nov 18
Re: STATE OF ORIGIN
Good win for the Maroons.
Looking at the winning moments and the players congratulating each other,hugging,exchanging bodily fluids. Great to see a crowd. As thought this year's problems had never occured.

fraser 11:40 Wed Nov 18
Re: STATE OF ORIGIN
No covid in WA either, won't last.

As for Origin never felt tempted to watch, another bizarre Aussie tradition where people who aren't from either state seem to have an allegiance to one or the other.

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