Cowboys player Johnathan Thurston.
Cowboys player Johnathan Thurston. Brenda Strong

How Toowoomba helped Maroons win Origin

BEFORE he was kicking game-winning points in State Of Origin, Maroons legend Johnathan Thurston was honing his skills with the boot on the fields of Glenholme Park.

St Mary's College rugby league team including Johnathan Thurston and Jaiman Lowe practice for St Brendan's Yeppoon Centenary match in this file photograph from April 1999.
St Mary's College rugby league team including Johnathan Thurston and Jaiman Lowe practice for St Brendan's Yeppoon Centenary match in this file photograph from April 1999. Errol Anderson

The city can lay claim to producing one of the best kicking talents Queensland has ever seen, and anyone watching the dramatic 18-16 win over New South Wales last night will have seen shades of the boy who dominated with All Whites, now known as Brothers Rugby League Club.

Social media has been buzzing with users quick to point out where the future rugby league immortal learned his trade.

The victory was made even sweeter for the city when Thurston's last minute kick silenced Toowoomba-born New South Wales convert Peter Stirling.

The former St Mary's College student will surely have Toowoomba to thank for the god-given abilities he forged during his younger years on the Darling Downs, with the rest of the state owing the city a debt of gratitude.

While his antics on the Origin stage have earned him countless accolades, nothing quite compares to being named in the All White/Brothers Rugby League team of the century.



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