TASHA Baggow has been to two State of Origin matches and next week she’ll be at her third – playing out in the middle.
Baggow is one of four Mackay players selected for the Queensland women’s team, which for the first time will play NSW at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday on the night of the first clash of the series between the two states.
Fullback Teegan Sullivan and bench player Kaitlin Moss, who now live at Capella and Rockhampton, and Brisbane’s Renae Kunst are all ex-Mackay players who will be reunited in the Queensland women’s side.
“Normally our game is played as a curtain-raiser to a Queensland Bushrangers or an NRL game,” Baggow said.
“It will be huge. It’s the first time they’ve ever had us playing on State of Origin night.”
Moranbah’s Harry Pondkas has been named in the Queensland under-16 team, which also will take on NSW next Wednesday.
Baggow said she was in the crowd when the little master Allan “Alfie” Langer made his comeback to Origin for Queensland in 2002.
“I also attended an early one in 1996 at the old Lang Park,” she said.
The four were selected for the Origin match following the women’s state championships at the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast beat Northern in the final.
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