While the big boys will battle it out for State of Origin honours at Suncorp Stadium, U10’s teams from the junior clubs of Maroon’s captain Cameron Smith and Blue’s star David Klemmer will go head-to-head in the 2017 Holden Junior State of Origin.
The U10’s Logan Brothers and Toongabbie Tigers teams received a surprise visit from Smith and Klemmer recently bearing news that they would be playing at half time of Game I of the 2017 Holden State of Origin.
The experience will be the icing on the cake for the young hopefuls who respectively attended the Blue’s team official breakfast in Sydney and an exclusive training session with the newly named Maroons side in Brisbane.
Cameron Smith said he’s hoping the QLD juniors will give NSW a run for their money.
“It’s a pretty phenomenal opportunity that Holden is giving these kids and I’d love it if the mini Maroons came out on top!” Cameron said.
David Klemmer was equally optimistic.
“My junior club gave me the inspiration and guidance to compete at an elite level so I’m hoping the U10s Tigers get out there and make the most of it,” he said.
Ahead of their Suncorp Stadium debut, the young protégés will also take part in a one-on-one training session with their heroes Smith and Klemmer who will no doubt leave a lasting impression on them!
On game day, the QLD co-captains 9-year-old Makayla Ellis and 10-year-old Izaak Moggridge will get to toss the coin and deliver the match balls alongside NSW co-captains 9-year-old Bailey Vang and 8-year-old Lilianah Lewis.
Their teammates will also form a guard of honour for the State of Origin players.
Holden’s General Manager – Brand, Media and Sponsorships, Emma Pinwill said Holden was excited to offer the opportunity to another two junior teams for the second year.
“There was such an incredible response to the inaugural Holden Junior State of Origin in 2016, that we simply had to do it again,” she said.
“Holden is a long-time proud partner of Rugby League in Australia and we’re thrilled to extend our partenership beyond the elite level to make this opportunity possible for junior players.”