The last time the Maroons had a team of Queensland-born players, the year was 1991.
Since 1980, more than 17% of Queensland’s State of Origin points were not scored by Queensland-born players. 13% of these points were scored by players from New South Wales.
When the Maroons last fielded a completely QLD team in 1991, the annual median price of a house in Queensland was $94 900.
In the twelve months leading to February 2015, the median price of a property in Queensland was $440,000, representing a staggering 463.65% increase over this time.
NSW property prices have witnessed an even higher increase of 474% from $115,825 to $550,000 from 1991 to 2015.
We wonder whether the relative affordability of Queensland’s property prices, (and peachy weather), have enabled the Maroons to convert their NSW counterparts to play their side of the field.
Out of 23 of 33 full series, Queensland fielded more NSW players than NSW fielded QLD players. Since 1995, in 15 of the 20 series, it is estimated that roughly 25% of the QLD team have not been Queenslanders.
Combined with this, the 13% of QLD points scored by NSW-originating players throws a spanner in the works when it comes to appreciating the meaning of Origin.
Also in 1991
The average weekly earnings for Queensland households in 1991 was $541.50 and the standard variable mortgage interest rate was 13.0%. This contributed to historically low levels of housing affordability.
The 1991 Queensland State of Origin Squad
|Five-Eighth||Wally Lewis (c)|
|Second Row||Andrew Gee|
|Second Row||Mike McLean|