'I had tears in my eyes': jubilant Queenslanders bathe in Origin glory

The famous come-from-behind State of Origin series victory amply rewarded those Maroons fans who made the pilgrimage to Suncorp Stadium

After full-time, as supporters spilled out of Suncorp Stadium, Mario De Vecchi emerged grinning ear-to-ear from a sea of maroon. “I just had to give Wally a kiss,” he said, nodding to the iconic Wally Lewis statue. “Amazing – I had tears in my eyes about three times during the game.”De Vecchi, 46, took three days off work and travelled nearly 2,000km to see Queensland win State of Origin Game III and secure their 11th series victory in 12 years. He flew out of Cairns at 9am on Tuesday, caught...