NSW and Queensland will be battling it out again as they look to claim the State of Origin title, which is being held at Waterworth Park, Tempe on August 13-14. NSW will be out for revenge against the Queenslanders, who claimed the 2003 State of Origin title, winning both the Mens and Womens Open series. With NSW and Queensland being Australia’s leading touch football states, both the NSW and Queensland Mens and Womens sides are almost all present Australian representatives and promising for an extremely high standard of touch football. The 2003 Interstate Challenge includes Mixed Open, Mens and Womens 20’s, 30’s, 35’s, 40’s and Mens 45’s and 50’s. In 2003 the Interstate Challenge was an even affair with NSW claiming six of the eleven titles; the Mixed Open, Womens 20 years, Mens 30 years, Mens 35 years, Womens 30 years and Womens 35 years titles. Queensland claimed the remaining five Interstate Challenge titles; Mens 20 years, Mens 40 years, Womens 40 years, Mens 45 years and Mens 50 years. The State of Origin and Interstate Challenge include three games for each division. Game one in each division will be played on the afternoon of Friday the 13th with games two and three being held on Saturday the 14th. The NSW and Queensland Under 20’s sides are also full of young players who have been selected in the Australian 20 years squads for the 2005 Youth World Cup. The 2005 Youth World Cup is being held at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast from January 19-23. A final selection camp will be held for the 20 years Australian squads on Sunday August 15. This will follow the Interstate Challenge series. Keep updated on results and stories through the ATA website or come down to Waterworth Park and support the players and series. DRAW: Game 1: 2:00pm F1 Womens 35’s F2 Mens 40’s 3:00pm: F1 Womens 30’s F2 Mens 50’s 4:00pm: F1 Mens 30’s F2 Mens 35’s F3 Womens 40’s 5:00pm: F1 Womens 20’s F2 Mens 45’s 6:00pm: F1 Mixed Open F2 Mens 20’s 6:50pm Opening Ceremony 7:00pm: F1 Womens Open 8:00pm: F2 Mens Open Saturday, August 14 Game 2: 9:00am: F1 Mens 40’s F2 Womens 30’s F3 Mens 50’s F4 Womens 35’s 10:00am: F1 Mens 20’s F2 Mens 30’s F3 Womens 20’s F4 Womens 40’s 11:00am: F1 Womens Open F2 Mixed Open F3 Mens 35’s 12:00pm: F1 Mens Open F2 Mens 45’s F3 Mens 50’s Game 3: 1:00pm: F1 Womens 30’s F2 Mens 40’s F3 Mens 20’s F4 Womens 35’s 2:00pm: F1 Mixed Open F2 Mens 30’s F3 Womens 20’s F4 Womens 40’s 3:00pm: F1 Womens Open F2 Mens 45’s F3 Mens 35’s 4:00pm: F1 Mens Open Function starts 7:00pm, University of NSW Round House By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]
QSST went into the final as favourite after taking out the previous three NYC titles, while NSWCCC went into the final after causing an upset over New South Wales Combined High Schools in the semi final. The opening five minutes was tight, with both teams showing great talent and intensity. But it was the Queensland girls that impressed early and it didn’t take long for that to show on the scoreboard. Captain Emily Reed led by example in the 8th minute, when she crossed for her team after a CCC error, to score the first touchdown of the match. CCC was quick to hit back however, with Sinead Bailey scoring in the next set of six to level the game at one touchdown a piece. Emilee Cherry scored over in the far corner after she was set up by Kate McCarthy following a penalty to take the lead for QSST again. NSW captain Alicia Quirk was dangerous in attack throughout the first half but the team was unable to capitalize on their opportunities, to trail at the half-time break, 2-1.Strong defence by CCC kept them in the game early in the second half, but it was QSST that made their mark on the scoreboard, when Kate McCarthy crossed to give her side some breathing space.Anna Hicks was over for QSST not long after off the back of some great attacking play by QSST, to take their lead out to three touchdowns. Lauren Rynehart hit back for CCC two minutes later, after a great run by Quirk, to bring the NSW side back within two. It was short lived however, with Alysha Tupua scoring in the next set of six to take QSST’s lead out to 5-2. The NSW girls didn’t give up, scoring with just under two minutes remaining to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns. It was too little too late, however, with QSST taking back to back titles and going through the championships undefeated. McCarthy was rewarded for her strong game, being named Player of the Match, while Quirk was named Player of the Series. The two captains were full of praise for their respective team’s performances over the past week.“I couldn’t be more proud you, you are a good bunch and you did amazing all carnival, to Peta (Rogerson – QSST coach) you’re a deadest inspiration to all of us, I couldn’t ask for a better coach,” Reed said. “To my girls, I couldn’t be more proud of you, to make the grand final was such an awesome effort and you did yourselves so proud all week,” Quirk said.