June 11: Turvey's Blue heaven; Freddy reigns supreme

On this day in league history, Steve 'Turvey' Mortimer kisses the SCG turf after the Blues broke their Origin drought and Brad Fittler takes the coveted top gong in the annual RLW players' poll

1972

Kiwis legend Stephen Kearney is born. Kearney played 45 Tests for New Zealand and also won an NRL premiership with the Storm in 1999.

1985

Steve Mortimer leads New South Wales to their first State of Origin series victory over Queensland. The Blues win 21-14 and Mortimer falls to his knees at full-time to kiss the turf as the magnitude of the achievement sinks in.

1988

Led by Wally Lewis, Australia beat Great Britain 17-6 at the SFS in the 100th Test between the traditional rivals. It is the first Test match played at the stadium. 

Wally Lewis enjoyed a magnificent Test career for the Kangaroos.
Wally Lewis enjoyed a magnificent Test career for the Kangaroos.

1997

Rugby League Week’s annual players’ poll again installs Brad Fittler as the No.1 player in the game.

2003

New South Wales take opening honours in the first State of Origin match, winning 25-12. Anthony Minichiello bags a double for the Blues while Luke Bailey takes man of the match honours. The Suncorp Stadium clash is rated one of the best Origin games of all.

Maroons legend Greg Inglis.
Maroons legend Greg Inglis. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

2008

Queensland rout New South Wales 30-0 in one of the most emphatic performances in State of Origin history. Centre Greg Inglis tends a commanding display to outshine his opposite Mark Gasnier and claim man-of-the-match honours.

2009

The NRL confirm that the Round 14 match between Brisbane and the Bulldogs will go ahead as scheduled despite Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt returning a positive test for swine flu.

Karmichael Hunt on the fly for the Broncos.
Karmichael Hunt on the fly for the Broncos.

2015

Ben Ross suffers a broken arm during an arm wrestle with Wendell Sailor on Channel Nine's the Footy Show. Ross described the incident as "the most excruciating thing I've ever felt".

2016

Winger David Fusitu’a crosses for four tries as the Warriors crush Newcastle 50-14 at Hunter Stadium. The haul is one short of Francis Meli's club record of five in one game against the Bulldogs in September 2003.

 

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.