Qld out to reclaim women's Origin shield

Ed Jackson
·2-min read

After four years of NSW dominance, Queensland are hoping a return home will bring them women's State of Origin glory.

The Maroons host NSW in the one-off interstate clash at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday, in the first women's clash under the Origin banner to be held in Queensland.

NSW are on a four-game winning run against Queensland, having won the past two interstate challenges before Origin format was launched in 2018.

The Blues have won both Origin clashes, held on home soil at North Sydney Oval, but Queensland winger Karina Brown believes the time has come for the Maroons to reclaim the shield.

"Queensland had won 17 in a row before we had the draw up in Townsville and then sort of New South Wales has had the last four years run but it's absolutely huge for us to get that trophy back where it belongs," Brown told AAP.

"There's no better time than this Friday night with finally our home crowd to support us.

"I just think it's time that, like I said, we bring that trophy home."

Brown, with eight Origin appearances, is the most experienced member of Queensland's backline, which is stacked with players from NRLW premiership-winners Brisbane.

There are 12 Broncos in the Queensland line-up, including Dally M winner Ali Brigginshaw and Karen Murphy Medal winner Amber Hall.

The Maroons are boosted by the form of halfback Zahara Temara, who led the Sydney Roosters to this year's NRLW grand final.

Friday's game will be the first time a women's Origin has been played over 35-minute halves, which Brown feels will add an additional quality to the match.

"It's gonna be a true Origin where it's not so much about the flashy plays, it's just about grit and determination and who can stay in the grind the longest," she said.

NSW head into the match with several players either dropped or unavailable but were given a boost with skipper Kezie Apps and centre Isabelle Kelly both cleared to play despite injury concerns.