TODAY we get Michael Treacy's thoughts on the Queensland side as they prepare for next Wednesday's big stoush with the Blues.---1. Matt BowenBowen was very harshly treated by Australian selectors for the Anzac Test but he will get his chance to shine in Origin. Criticism of his skill under the high ball has been somewhat unwarranted. However, I suspect that he will switch with Greg Inglis at some stage of the match to confuse the NSW kickers. I?d anticipate Bowen?s role during the match would be to use his speed against the big forwards and backs from NSW, searching for that inside ball off Lockyer or Thurston. This combination will be pivotal this series.2. Greg InglisGreg Inglis has lived up to the hype he received pre-season as the next big thing. He has speed, strength, agility and the brains of a veteran. He is the complete footballer. Even though he is on the wing, he will still in my opinion play fullback at some stage during the match. I?d expect Inglis to come searching for work at the back end of each half trying to exploit fatigued defenders from NSW. I can?t wait to see this kid play Origin. It should be something to behold as we have all seen how exciting he is. 3. Justin HodgesHodges has definitely resurrected his career since returning to Brisbane last year. His football just keeps improving and hopefully this time around we won?t see any passes in the in-goal. He has been dynamic at centre this year, breaking tackles at will and creating many opportunities for his winger. I believe the left side of Inglis and Hodges will see the majority of ball from Lockyer and Thurston due to the Brisbane connection and also due to the fact this is where most of the inroads for tries will present themselves against Grothe and Tahu.4. Brent TateI, like many others, believed that Tate and Steve Bell would be switched around in this side, however selectors thought differently. Tate has just recently returned from injury but no one can doubt his ability. He is a strong hole runner and solid defender and basically a back that was made to play origin football. 5. Steven BellSteve Bell is in my opinion the second best centre in the competition this season. Bell just quietly goes about his business leaving devastation in his wake. He is the NRL equal top try scorer and on top for line breaks this season. Bell?s selection for QLD is long overdue but he will finally get his chance to shine in the Origin arena. How he?ll go at winger is anyone?s guess. However, I?m of the opinion that he will play centre come game time and so he should. 6. Darren Lockyer (c)Lockyer?s form since the Test Match has just been magnificent, it seemed to really give him the boost of confidence he needed. He has a renewed vigour and bounce in his step and his vision during a game is as sharp as ever. The 6 and 7 for QLD has it all over NSW and this will be a determining factor in the result of this series. 7. Jonathon ThurstonThurston has been dominant figure in the NRL this season and the reason the Cowboys have fared so well. While last season Thurston first wore the QLD jersey, I believe he has improved substantially since that time. Last series, he looked nervous - as though he didn?t know if he could match it. He has now had experience in big games and big arenas. He now knows that he deserves to be in this quality of football. This will only help his football and the QLD side 8. Steve PriceSteve Price has been going well for the Warriors. While the team seems inconsistent, you can always be assured Price will be giving 110%. He loves this Maroon jersey and in big matches he always takes his game to another level and I expect the same thing this time around. He?ll be the pivotal go forward player and his experience will help the younger forwards playing their debut Origin series. 9. Cameron SmithCameron Smith has yet again taken his game to another level this year. Melbourne?s perennial rise over the last month and a half is predominately on the back of his and Inglis?s good work and vision during play. His in-field kicking will be a prominent feature of his game this series as well as his dummy half running and ability to sniff out a weakness. I believe this will be the series where Smith stamps his authority on Origin. 10. Petero CivoniceivaWhile Petero is the veteran of the team, it won?t be a tag that sits kindly with the giant from Brisbane. He had an indifferent start to the season but gradually he began to regain form. He, along with Webcke, has laid a solid foundation for Brisbane with tremendous go forward and tenacity in defence. Both Civoniceiva and Price will be crucial in leading the way and setting a good example for the younger players in the team. 11. Matthew ScottWhat a year it has been for Matthew Scott, not even the barnstorming prop himself could imagine the great start to the season he has had. Scott has proven he could not only fill the void left by Paul Rauhihi, but improve the team. His hard running, strong defence and great mental application to the game have paved the way for his debut in Origin.12. David StaggI was a firm believer Stagg should have been selected last season as I believe he was playing better football last season. When viewing his selection I thought maybe I would rather an impact player such as Canberra?s Tom Learoyd-Lars but then you have to think of the role the player will have in the game. QLD will most definitely use both Johnson and Stagg for the entire 80 minutes, allowing a solid rotation policy with the other three forwards. Stagg?s selection is overdue and I hope he can cement his spot for future Origin series. 13. Dallas JohnsonDo my eyes deceive me? Where is TBA! On a serious note, Dallas Johnson?s selection is a year overdue. The tenacious lock has once again been in brilliant form for Melbourne and finally he has been rewarded with selection. I?d expect Dallas to play the entire 80 minutes and be an integral part of Mal Meninga?s defensive structure to nullify the NSW big men. Interchange:14. Shaun BerriganWhile many may question Berrigan?s selection, he is a utility player of the highest order. He has the ability to cover centre, five-eighth, half and hooker with ease and his versatility will only be of benefit to QLD. He will rotate with Cameron Smith and later in the game possibly Johnson or Stagg should fatigue set in, allowing another dummy half runner. 15. Carl WebbI have always been of the belief Carl Webb is a great bench impact player. With O?Meley coming off the bench for NSW, you can be sure to expect fireworks when they clash. Webb v O?Meley will be one of the highlights of the series. 16. Sam ThaidayPlaying for Toowoomba early in the season, Thaiday emerged in round 5 and six rounds later has impressed enough to secure an Origin jersey. I?m hoping he has the same hard running attitude in origin that he has shown so far this season. 17. Nate MylesNate Myles?s selection may have come as a shock to some, but I have been a tremendous supporter of his. He is exactly the type of forward Origin needs and will provide great impact off the bench with penetrating runs and bone shattering defence.
FRIDAY, 19th May 2006Penrith v Parramatta at CUA Stadium, 7.30pmPanthers: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Danny Galea, Lee Hookey, Luke Rooney, Luke Lewis, Preston Campbell, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Matthew Cross, Frank Pritchard, Tony Puletua (c), Trent WaterhouseInterchange: Frank Puletua, Craig Stapleton, Matthew Bell, Paul AitonEels: Wade McKinnon, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Delaney, Luke O'Dwyer, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Jeremy Smith, Fuifui Moimoi, PJ Marsh, Paul Stringer, Daniel Wagon, Chad Robinson, Glenn Morrison (c)Interchange: Zeb Taia, Dean Widders, Josh Cordoba, Michael VellaReferee: S ClarkSaturday, 20th May 2006New Zealand v Wests at Ericsson Stadium, 5.30pmWarriors: Brent Webb, Manu Vatuvei, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Misi Taulapapa, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki (c), Nathan Fien, Evarn Tuimavave, Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Sione FaumuinaInterchange: George Gatis, Sam Rapira, Louis Anderson, Micheal LuckTigers: Shannon McDonnell, Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Shane Elford, Benji Marshall, Scott Prince (c), Todd Payten, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Bryce Gibbs, Anthony Laffranchi, Jamaal LolesiInterchange: Chris Heighington, Dene Halatau, Keith Galloway, Ryan O'Hara, Taniela Tuiaki (one to be omitted)Referee: J MaxwellNewcastle v Canberra at Energy Australia Stadium, 7.30pmKnights: David Seage, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Riley Brown, Adam Woolnough, Kirk Reynoldson, Todd Lowrie, Reegan TannerInterchange: Luke Davico, Jarrod Mullen, Josh Perry, Chris BaileyRaiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Andrew Lomu, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Thom Learoyd-Lars, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Marshall Chalk, Ben Jones, Michael Hodgson, Jason WilliamsReferee: J RobinsonManly v Melbourne at Brookvale Oval, 7.30pmSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Paul Stephenson, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Mark Bryant, Michael Monaghan, Phil Morwood, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Luke Williamson.Interchange: Shane Dunley, Nathan Tutt, George Rose, Jason Wells, Mailangi Styles (one to be omitted)Storm: Steve Turner, Matt Geyer, Jake Webster, Chris Walker, Smith Samau, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garrett Crossman, Nathan Friend, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Jeremy SmithInterchange: Ian Donnelly, Jamie Feeney, Antonio Kaufusi, Adam Blair, Ben Cross, Mat Bartlett (two to be omitted)Referee: G BadgerSunday, 21st May 2006Canterbury v Cronulla at Telstra Stadium, 2.30pmBulldogs: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Cameron Phelps, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Chris Armit, Corey Hughes, Roy Asotasi, Tony Grimaldi (c), Sonny Bill Williams, Reni MaituaInterchange: Billy Ngawini, Dallas McIlwain, Brad Morrin, Jarrad HickeySharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Beau Scott, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Greg Bird, Brett Kearney, James Stosic, Kevin Kingston, Luke Douglas, Reece Williams, Cameron Ciraldo, Paul GallenInterchange: Hutch Maiava, Matt Hilder, Richard Villasanti, Tevita Latu, Brett Kimmorley (one to be omitted)Referee: T ArcherSydney v South Sydney at Aussie Stadium, 3.00pmRoosters: Amos Roberts, Vince Mellars, Setaimata Sa, Chris Flannery, Sam Perrett, Ashley Harrison, Brett Finch, Adrian Morley, John Doyle, David Shillington, Nigel Plum, Craig Fitzgibbon, Anthony TupouInterchange: Heath L'estrange, Lopini Paea, Charles Tonga, Glenn HallSouth Sydney: Luke MacDougall, Nathan Merritt, John Sutton, Adam MacDougall, Shannon Hegarty, Ben Rogers, Joe Williams, Peter Cusack (c), Shane Walker, Jaiman Lowe, David Faalogo, Joe Galuvao, Stuart WebbInterchange: Mark Minichiello, Michael Greenfield, Manase Manuokafoa, Shane RigonReferee: S HayneThe Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and St George Illawarra Dragons have the bye in Round 11.