The NSW and QLD Women will go head to head at the Gold Coast’s CBUS Stadium at 3pm on Saturday before the Holden Cup and NRL games between Parramatta Eels and the Gold Coast Titans.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The QLD and NSW women played each other last year in Townsville, North Queensland 1300SMILES Stadium with the ladies drawing the game 4 all.
QLD had the advantage of the home crowd cheering them home after they scored in the first half. This applied a lot of pressure on NSW to ensure they maintained possession and to make fewer errors in their half so they could even up the scores.
It took NSW 65 minutes to get on the scoreboard following QLD’s terrific defensive efforts, but NSW was able to stop QLD’s 16 consecutive victories in the State of Origin.
Kody House had a brilliant game in the maroon as she took on the NSW line and made good tackles for QLD. Throughout the game Allana Ferguson also impressed in the halves for NSW. It was a fast paced, intense match as both teams were determined to win.
Chelsea Baker (on her QLD debut) and Isabelle Kelly (NSW) were the try- scorers in last year’s match who both deserved to go over the line after a great attacking effort. Chelsea Baker had a great impact in her first State of Origin game last year and will be looking to have the same impact this year for her maroon’s side.
With 80 minutes of fast football played, neither team managed to capitalise on their opportunities with any more points as each team ended with one try each and a score of 4-4. Both sides will have definitely been practicing their conversions as that may be the difference in points this year.
An unusual feeling for QLD in last year’s match as they only know how it feels to win but they will be determined to take back the consecutive wins after having a draw.
The key match up will be between both fullbacks, Sammy Bremner (NSW) and Karina Brown (QLD). The Jillaroo teammates will be very familiar with each other’s playing game and both will be looking to make an impact from the back.
It will be fundamental they catch high balls and find space to make up metres for their side.
Whoever is able to capitalise the best with the opportunities given will have a bigger influence on their team’s result.
Queensland was shaken up by the draw last year, as they didn’t know any other way than winning. They will be rattled they couldn’t make it their 17th consecutive win in 2015 and NSW will be very determined to finally get a victory. The NSW women have been working hard and will be looking to win their first State of Origin match, NSW Blues by 8.
NSW Blues: 1. Samantha Bremner 2. Isabelle Kelly 3. Corban McGregor 4. Caitlin Moran 5. Nakia Davis- Welsh 6. Allana Ferguson 7. Maddie Studdon 8. Ruan Sims 9. Rebecca Riley 10. Elianna Walton 11. Kezie Apps 12. Vanessa Foliaki 13. Simaima Taufa Interchange 14. Lavina Phillips 15. Jennifer Latu 16. Jasmin Allende 17. Rebecca Young 18. Ruby Ewe
Coach: Ben Cross
QLD Maroons: 1. Karina Brown 2. Chelsea Baker 3. Amelia Kuk 4. Annette Brander 5. Kody House 6. Ali Brigginshaw 7. Courtney Lockwood 8. Steph Hancock 9. Brittany Breayley 10. Heather Ballinger 11. Renae Kunst 12. Tazmin Gray 13. Rona Peters Interchange 14. Libby Cook- Black 15. Steph Gallagher 16. Selena Tranter 17. Tegan Rolfe 18. Sarah Walker
Coach: Brad Donald