State of Origin III pre-game prep took a laughable turn on Friday morning as Liam Martin’s mother Maxine took to the airwaves to defend her son against claims he was a dirty player .
The Mail Mail this week released a series of photos highlighting incidents from the Blues’ 16-10 loss at Origin I, accusing Martin of being a ‘worm’.
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The storyline continued to make headlines ahead of Sunday night’s clash in Perth, with the NSW back rower taking it all in his stride and the Blues even suggesting they should follow his lead after the adviser from team Greg Alexander said they were “too nice” in the series opener in Sydney.
Speaking in a light segment on 2Day FM Hughesy, Ed and ErinMaxine rushed to her son’s defense.
“When it happened, it was like the mama bear came out inside me,” Maxine said.
“I said, when you watch a game, there are more facial massages than a beauty salon. They’re hustling all the time.
“I immediately called my kids when I read it, and they banned me. I’m banned from reading on the internet, banned from social media. I’m banned! Can you ban parents?
“It’s so out of left field.
“It’s not a pretty label – public enemy No. 1 … or the food – it’s not a pretty label and I think, ‘Woah, what’s going on here?’
“When it first came out, I had a sleepless night on it.”
Ed Kavalee, co-host of the radio show alongside Erin Molan and Dave Hughes, then had a blast as the Queensland supporter took the mickey out of the situation, agreeing Maxine should wear a t-shirt with “grub raiser” written on it.
“I am happy to do this as a Queensland supporter. Maxine, your son is a larva,” Kavalee said, tongue firmly planted in cheek. “Your son is a huge worm.
“But he is exactly what the Blues need because the others were too nice.
“Let his elbows lead the way. “Follow me behind my knees and elbows, lads, straight into the Queenslanders face and throat.”
Kavalee then made sure everyone knew he was obviously joking, adding: “Maxine is a beauty, it’s just original nonsense, they do it every year.
“Queensland, pick somebody and say, ‘Okay, that’s the guy we’re looking for’.”
Martin laughed off the ‘food’ accusations earlier this week and suggested NSW manager Brad Fittler wanted him to show even more half-breeds in Perth on Sunday night.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Martin told nswrl.com.au. “I didn’t mind. I think mom was more shaken up than me. She was like, ‘You’re not a chow’ and I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know’.
“Even ‘Freddy’ (Fittler) said he loved it and just wanted to bring it back.
“He said, ‘Why did it take 65 minutes to start doing this?’ We may have to start doing that from minute one.
“I find both teams play with that passion and I grew up watching Paul Gallen and Nate Myles go there, so I tried to emulate that and I’ll probably bring it back.
“It’s football after all, it’s played aggressively and things are going to happen. If you don’t do those kinds of things, you’re probably not giving your all.