The second blockbuster Women’s State of Origin has been confirmed for the National Rugby League’s representative weekend on Friday, June 21.
The event will again be hosted at North Sydney Oval, with tickets on sale this week for the massive showing of rugby league.
Last year’s stand-alone match saw the Blues walk away 16-10 victors, with the Hunter’s Isabelle Kelly bagging woman of the match in the inaugural fixture. Newcastle and the Hunter were further represented in the historic game by Bec Young, Holli Wheeler and Hannah Southwell, all of whom played off the bench.
NRL general manager of the women’s elite program Tiffany Slater has said she is expecting another “fantastic” installment of the women’s Origin history after a perfect start to the interstate challenge’s lifespan in 2018.
“Close to 750,000 viewers watched the women’s Origin on television last year, with 7,000 fans flocking through the gates to take in all the action live,” Ms Slater said.
“The match was played at an incredibly high pace and standard and preparations are well under way across both teams to ensure that the 2019 encounter will be just as enthralling.
“There’s nothing quite like Origin – it’s a rivalry without rival and it’s fantastic for our women’s Origin teams to be opening the representative weekend of rugby league.”
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Incoming Blues coach Andrew Patmore – who was originally Ben Cross’ assistant coach in 2018 before the outgoing helsman stepped from from the position at the beginning of the year – said that while North Sydney Oval was a great venue, moving to a massive arena was an important step for the game in the future.
“Down the track we want it see it go to a bigger venue – that’s the next stage for it,” Patmore said.
“The buzz from the free-to-air media was enormous about the number of people watching the game. Some people had doubts about the women’s game but after seeing it, were bitten by it, and thought it was a fantastic game of footy.”
Tickets have been confirmed to remain at 2018 prices – $10 for adults, and free for those under the age of 15. To purchase tickets head to www.nrl.com/tickets.