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Maroon Queens go for glory, again

Springfield locals Suzanne Johnson and Erin Elliott will be playing for the ARL Queensland women’s State of Origin team. The women’s Queensland side have been undefeated for 11 years.
Springfield locals Suzanne Johnson and Erin Elliott will be playing for the ARL Queensland women’s State of Origin team. The women’s Queensland side have been undefeated for 11 years. Claudia Baxter

WHEN you talk about great rugby league dynasties it is hard to go past the Queensland State of Origin side...the women's team that is.

While the men can be justifiably proud of winning five series in a row, the women will go in search of their 12th consecutive series triumph when they run out on Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday at 4.20pm.

Springfield's Erin Elliott and Suzanne Johnson, teammates for Centenary, will line up for Queensland.

It is the first time the girls have played an Origin game as a curtain raiser to the men so the match is eagerly anticipated.

Ms Johnson, who has represented Australia and Queensland for four years, will wear the number 12 jersey just like her idol Sam Thaiday and has promised not to hold back when she runs out on Suncorp Stadium.

“I normally play in the centres but for the last couple of years I've been in the second-row. Sam is someone that I watch closely. I watch his angled runs and the hits that he puts on,” she said.

“It is mate against mate because we do know a lot of the NSW girls from playing alongside them for Australia, but when you put the Maroon jersey on it is a different story.

“I am a bit competitive myself, so I guess that streak comes out in me a bit.”

Ms Johnson said she was “excited and nervous” about the history-making occasion.

“We've won it for the past 11 years and this is the 12th year that we are looking to take the trophy away, but it has never been played on the same day as the men's game.”

Ms Elliott will be playing five-eighth for the Maroons.

She has been playing for Queensland for 10 years and has not lost a game.

“Hopefully we'll keep it that way,” she said.

“The competitive streak comes out and I don't mind a bit of contact.

“We get out there and put on the big hits as well.”

 

INVINCIBLE MAROONS:

The Queensland women’s rugby league team is aiming for a 12th consecutive series win when they take on NSW at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, May 25.

The match kicks off at 4.20pm.

Topics:  state of origin


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