LISTEN: Origin starts tomorrow as Maroons want revenge
TOUCH FOOTBALL: Queensland will put on a collective front in an attempt to wrest back the State of Origin trophy from New South Wales in Redcliffe.
And three Gladstone players will be key to the outcome according to Queensland's open men's team manager Gary Benbow.
Justin Cridland will represent the Maroons' open men's team, while Chelsea Baker will switch codes from league to Touch Football for the Queensland women 30s side and multi-talented youngster Sophie Duff is in the Queensland 20s team.
"I'm very pleased for Justin and his work ethic has been really high right through his junior career and to make his debut in the Origin open men's side is just a credit to him," Benbow said.
"He's well-respected in the community and I think Justin's going to do really well."
Cridland has had a big week with university exams and Benbow said he adapts really well whatever challenges are thrown at him.
Benbow also added Cridland's best attributes lie in defence.
"He's got a good head on his shoulders and whatever we tell Justin to do, he does do to a tee," he said.
Benbow also had plenty of positive things to say about Baker and Duff.
"Whatever Chelsea throws her hand at, she'll give 110 per cent and she'll adapt really well to it," he said.
"She'll just chalk another one up...she's a brilliant player."
Benbow said for Duff to play senior Touch at just 15 years of age augers well for her future.
Open Men: 6.35pm tmw; 11.45am and 5.05pm Sat - Justin Cridland
Women 30: 2.55pm tmw; 9am and 1.35pm Sat - Chelsea Baker
Women 20: 2.55pm tmw; 9am and 12.40pm Sat - Sophie Duff
Games will be streamed live on the Queensland Touch Football Facebook site