Kevin Walters



  • What a top bloke Kevin Walters is. Humble in victory and respectful of everyone involved in both squads.



  • Well, he didn’t do that much to be honest. I mean Smith picked the team for him.



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    Well, he didn’t do that much to be honest. I mean Smith picked the team for him.

    Ye right!



  • Easy to be humble when your juggernaut winning team wins again and you get to keep your job for 2018.

    I’m sure he’s a nice bloke, but coaching the QLD SOO for the last 10 years has been a fairly breezy ride, whether it’s Mick Hagan or Cam Smith writes up your battle plans.



  • Very ballsy of him to take on that role after what Mal had produced. He deserves the accolades of his achievement in winning two series in a row.
    People trying to diminish his accomplishment are a bit sad if you ask me.



  • Look at the team he has at his disposal… lol Laurie could win 2 in a row with that squad.


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    Walters was probably under more pressure…given team selections…deserves credit for the series wins …



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    Walters was probably under more pressure…given team selections…deserves credit for the series wins …

    Fair call I think. It’s easy to trot out the record and the spine (and rightly so), but Walters should be commended for the selections from game 2 onwards given the whole loyalty shtick of the last decade. Definitely had Smith’s fingerprints on Glasby and Munster, but otherwise it was a big move.
    Laurie has free reign to lose as many as he wants as long as the Queensland spine is in tact, Kev had to walk in and win and he did.


  • Banned

    Dont forget, Kev had the balls to ban 6 players from last years series who were good chances to play and stood by his convictions, still steering the squad to victory.
    This year he played game 1 without Thurston, Slater, Scott, Ingliss, got spanked and made hard decisions again axing long time servants of the team to bring in new blood for game 2. Game 3 the squad sans Thurston, Boyd, Scott and Ingliss totally outplayed very good opposition with brilliant tactical play.

    Kev did real well.



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    Dont forget, Kev had the balls to ban 6 players from last years series who were good chances to play and stood by his convictions, still steering the squad to victory.
    This year he played game 1 without Thurston, Slater, Scott, Ingliss, got spanked and made hard decisions again axing long time servants of the team to bring in new blood for game 2. Game 3 the squad sans Thurston, Boyd, Scott and Ingliss totally outplayed very good opposition with brilliant tactical play.

    Kev did real well.

    Agree stryker, on top of that he did his homework on game 3 and capitalised an advantage on the blues who thought it was going to be another grind like 1 and 2 … The blues had no plan B at all…Queensland came out and hit us with everything bar the kitchen sink. Too good!!!



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    Dont forget, Kev had the balls to ban 6 players from last years series who were good chances to play and stood by his convictions, still steering the squad to victory.
    This year he played game 1 without Thurston, Slater, Scott, Ingliss, got spanked and made hard decisions again axing long time servants of the team to bring in new blood for game 2. Game 3 the squad sans Thurston, Boyd, Scott and Ingliss totally outplayed very good opposition with brilliant tactical play.

    Kev did real well.

    I personally don’t think you can congratulate Kevvie for picking a better side Game 2, when they clearly picked the wrong side for Game 1 and were demolished for it. It’s like being saluted for fixing a leak in the pipe you accidentally chopped with your shovel.

    The QLD axings for Game 2 weren’t hard decisions at all; personally awkward ones maybe, but guys like Myles, Thaiday, Lilyman, O’Neill - there was no argument from anyone anywhere that they had to go. They made the ACB mistake of picking blokes from loyalty and not form.

    Much more easily accomplished too when you have blokes like Coen Hess, Gav Cooper and Jarrod Wallace to call up and such a reliable Storm spine to direct them around.

    A better example of a hard decision would have been stopping Boyd Cordner playing injured last night, because he was clearly sub-par and some key and uncharacteristic errors cost NSW dearly.

    Nothing specifically against Walters, I like him quite a lot for a QLDer at this time of year, but I do reckon a lot of coaching types could take QLD to a series win with the squad, dominance and mental advantage they have.


  • Banned

    Its been well documented that Kev was over ruled for game 1 selections and that game 2 and 3 were his sides. He even joked about it with Locky after the game in the sheds. So he fixed the leak in the pipe that someone else hit with the shovel and he used the correct connectors, most of which were banned from use the year previous by him. Get it now?



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    Its been well documented that Kev was over ruled for game 1 selections and that game 2 and 3 were his sides. He even joked about it with Locky after the game in the sheds. So he fixed the leak in the pipe that someone else hit with the shovel and he used the correct connectors, most of which were banned from use the year previous by him. Get it now?

    Sounds like spin to me. So who was to blame for the first team selected and were they also cut from the QLD Origin process?

    Or put it another way, what does it say when the coach gets overruled in his team selection?


  • Banned

    Gene Miles and Darren Lockyer. There may have been some sort of power play at hand, who knows? They got it wrong and leaving a fit Billy Slater out was a monumental blunder. Luckily they righted their wrongs and the rest is history.


  • Banned

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    Gene Miles and Darren Lockyer. There may have been some sort of power play at hand, who knows? They got it wrong and leaving a fit Billy Slater out was a monumental blunder. Luckily they righted their wrongs and the rest is history.

    Stryker, you never striker me as the guy who believed in wrongs being righted then peaches and cream endings - shows I am still learning.


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