Dingo's Ben Hunt gets the Origin call-up
THE telephone service in the small town of Dingo may be shot, but it was probably unnecessary on Monday night with the screams of delight no doubt heard between houses when local product Ben Hunt was named in the Queensland State of Origin squad.
When the phone did ring at the Hunt household in the early morning, excitement at the news had to be contained until the official Origin list was announced at 8pm on Monday night.
Hunt said he was "over the moon" after a stellar performance with the Brisbane Broncos this season led to his chance to don the maroon jersey.
He told southern media he was surprised at his chance to be a part of Origin football.
"I never expected this to happen, so I'll give it everything I've got," he said.
"I'm just going to go in to camp and try and learn as much as I can off the great players.
"I'll prepare like I am going to play and if I get put in there, I will do my best for the team."
It's a sterling debut for the Dingo lad, if an injury rules out Daly Cherry-Evans.
But regardless, Queensland squad selector Des Morris told the ABC Hunt earnt his spot.
"Benny Hunt's playing the house down," Morris said.
"(He's) certainly made the most of the opportunity he's been given at the Broncos at halfback and can certainly cover the dummy-half role, as well - if that's required."
Hunt entered the Origin camp on Tuesday morning, and will physically and mentally prepare for the field in the event he is called on to play.
The State of Origin series Game II plays out at Sydney's ANZ Stadium next Wednesday, June 18.