On our team at QSMC, we are very lucky to have the QLD Maroons State of Origin Physiotherapist, Rob Godbolt. Rob has worked with the Maroons for the past 3 years and been involved Rugby League for over 17 years. This year he has given us some incredible insights into what happens in the lead up to Game 1 of the 2019 series. Here’s what he said:
Well it is finally here. After a 10 day camp, Game Day has arrived. But before that, here is a brief summary of what we got up to during Camp 1.
Day 1: Monday 27th of May – Team Assembles.
Today we went through the admin work like gear fitting, and media commitments for players. As well, the team had player medicals (the important bit) and finally, the Series Launch, which was held at the Howard Smith Wharves.
Day 2: Tuesday 28th of May
The team flew out to Charleville for the annual “Fan Day”. This was really well received by the community. It was particularly special for Kurt Campwell who joined the squad as our 19th player. Kurt plays in the NRL for the Cronulla Sharks and was born and raised in Charleville.
Day 3: Wednesday 29th of May
Players had a scheduled morning off. The afternoon was filled with meetings and some more media commitments.
Day 4&5: Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of May
These days were our first training days. We had a field and gym session on the Thursday, and then an “opposed” field session against the Queensland Under 18 Squad who also played NSW on State of Origin night.
Day 6: Saturday 1st of June
Day 7: Sunday 2nd of June
We had a double day of training again. Gym was in the morning and then we had another opposed session under lights against the “Ipswich Jets” Q-Cup side.
Day 8: Monday 3rd of June
Day 9: Tuesday 4th of June
With the bulk of training now completed, the shorter “Captains Run” session took place on Tuesday morning. This final run was completed at Suncorp Stadium and allows fine tuning of set plays and game scenarios.
Day 10: Wednesday 5th of June
GAME DAY! After the traditional team walk and game of kick tennis where the Forwards played the Backs (Backs won 2-1), there was a team stretch session and lunch. The players then have the afternoon off leading into the game.
So, all of the preparation paid off! Queensland were victorious, winning Game One 18-14. It was an awesome match and we can’t wait to get back into it and get ready for Game Two.