Old enough for school yet never seen Blues win series
THESE kids don't know what it means for the Maroons to lose State of Origin.
Born in 2007 and 2008, the Prep class at Coolum Beach Christian College are too young to have seen Queensland lose a series.
The last time the Blues won was in 2005.
On the other hand, the state's cutest cheerleaders have little idea of what State of Origin is, either.
With a little help from their teacher, Katrina Vagg, the Prep class was quick to comprehend that State of Origin is that thing that will have dad (and probably mum) glued to the telly tonight.
And they had an idea, not necessarily an accurate one, who the Blues are.
For Jai Collins, the Blues are simply "a different team from us".
But he doesn't support them. "I go for the Cats," he said.
As far as Jessica Roberts is concerned the Blues might be people, but they are not from this country.
"They are the people who are not Australian and from Queensland," she said.
Flynn Caust has an idea - but he might have our colours mixed.
"They (the Blues) are a team. Our team is red though," he said.
Ava Dwyer had the answer Queensland would want to hear.
"They play football and they are good," she said.
While bedtime for most Preppies is around 7pm, these kids know tomorrow is no ordinary early-to-bed night.
Mavrik Morris gets to watch the game "sometimes, when my daddy puts it on".
Solomon Leslie is more hopeful.
"I watch football with my dad, but only sometimes,'' he said.
"I think I am going to watch it."
Finnley Hinson has the dad advantage as he watches it "mostly with my dad 'cause he played it before and he was in the NFL team".
Jessica Roberts might watch the game, unless MasterChef is on.
Even though Ava Dwyer knows Queensland is the good team, she's going to have to cheer for the Blues "cause my daddy likes them".
As for Mrs Vagg, she might not know many of the rules, but she loves the "spirit of the State of Origin and the excitement that goes with it - especially for a decider".
"Go Queensland," she said.