It’s all in the headline, ain’t it? NSW, the mighty Blues, just handed it to Queensland‘s Maroons, 16-10, in the first-ever Women’s State of Origin at North Sydney Oval.
It’s not the first time the two state sides have come up against each other – they’ve actually been battling it out since 1999 in Interstate Challenges – but it’s the first time the game’s been deemed a State of Origin match-up.
But it is the first time such a match has made it to free-to-air telly, the game tonight airing on Channel 9.
The result means that NSW can continue to lord their rugby league mastery over their southern rivals – it’s their third win in a row against the Maroons.
The Blues’ centre Isabelle Kelly scored two tries for NSW, and was later dubbed ‘Woman of the Match’ for her outstanding effort.
The State of Origin game comes ahead of the debut of the Women’s NRL Premiership later this year, with the Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Warriors set to take the field.
6,824 people turned out to the Oval to support the teams in the landmark contest. And so did people on the line, because of course:
Women’s State Of Origin!! Come at me!!— The Peanut Gallery (@_shanmoho) June 22, 2018
Loving the women’s state of origin this has been along time coming the skills and so physical well done girls killing it ????????— Wendell Sailor (@RealBigDell) June 22, 2018
Loving this women’s state of origin game! So good to see the girls able to show how good they are on national tv. ????????— Georgia Yeoman-Dale (@gyeomandale) June 22, 2018
Amazing game of footy. NSW Women’s beat QLD in the State of Origin. #uptheblues— David Warner (@davidwarner31) June 22, 2018
can’t believe we’re in a world where i get to wear the origin jacket twice in one week. there are little girls killing it on the field, an all-female playlist over the speakers, and soon the women’s state of origin teams (!!!) are gonna be out – and broadcast nationally! ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/zqxBaCzu2k— A.H. Cayley (@ahcayley) June 22, 2018
If you’re still interested in Men’s State of Origin, Game II is set for this Sunday evening at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, with the Blues coming in confident, having trounced Queensland in Game I, 22-12. You can catch it on Channel 9.
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