Coach Craig Bellamy today launched the Aussie Blues’ 2010 Harvey Norman State of Origin campaign declaring NSW have never in the past 30 years of Origin been more determined to win.<br><br>Bellamy joined incumbent skipper Kurt Gidley, whose courage under the high ball in an emotion-charged finale to Game 3 last year is now part of Origin folklore, and Blues legend Andrew Johns at ANZ Stadium to kick-off plans to end Queensland’s four-year dominance of the series and showcase the 2010 Harvey Norman State of Origin advertising campaign.<br><br>“It starts from today,” Bellamy said about the build-up to Game 1 of the Harvey Norman State of Origin Series at ANZ Stadium on May 26.<br><br>“All of NSW wants to win back the shield, no one more than me, my staff and the players that will represent the Aussie Blues.<br><br>“I know there has already been plenty of debate as to who will make the side and that just shows the passion Blues fans have for Origin.<br><br>“Myself and the selectors are certainly looking for blokes to put their hand up and say ‘pick me’ in the coming weeks.<br><br>“Some will get their chance in the Test, others in City-Country, some with their form in the NRL, but everyone who wants to represent the Blues is on notice that they will have to earn their spot.”<br><br>In regards to debate over the NSW captaincy, Bellamy added: “The NSWRL Board will make that decision but I do know that Kurt did an outstanding job last year and would do so again.”<br><br>Gidley, who is desperate to return to the field from injury to press his own selection claims, says the heartache of last year’s series loss will be a driving force for the team this year.<br><br>“A number of guys have experienced Origin now and will know what to expect this time,” Gidley said, referring to last year’s series when 12 players made their debut for NSW.<br><br>“I know how much it would mean to me to be part of a winning series, how much it would mean to all the boys involved, and that’s what will be driving us this year.<br><br>“We have two games at home and with our fans behind us I know the boys can get the job done and bring the shield back to NSW.”<br><br>Tickets for Games 1 and 3 of the Harvey Norman State of Origin Series at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium are on sale now through Ticketek on 132 849, at Ticketek outlets or online at <b><a href="www.ticketek.com.au/origin2010" target="_blank">www.ticketek.com.au/origin2010</a></b>. <br><br>A two-game combo ticket for Games 1 and 3 is also available, saving fans up to 20 per cent. Tickets include travel to and from the venue on public transport. <br><br>Tickets for the Blatchy’s Blues supporter areas are also selling fast. For just $99, fans can secure seats to Games 1 and 3 of the series, plus receive a t-shirt and wig in their team colours for each game. For one match it is just $60. Fans can collect their wigs and t-shirts at the venue.<br><br>Packages are on sale now but are only available online through Ticketek at <a href="www.ticketek.com.au" target="_blank">www.ticketek.com.au</a>. <br><br>Game 1 of the Harvey Norman State of Origin Series kicks off at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, May 26, with Game 2 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, June 16, and Game 3 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, July 7.<br>
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