2018 Women's State of Origin

The 2018 Women's State of Origin was the first State of Origin rugby league match between the New South Wales and Queensland women's teams played at North Sydney Oval on 22 June 2018.

2018 (2018) Women's State of Origin  ()
12 Total
NSW New South Wales colours.svg 610 16
QLD Queensland colours.svg 64 10
Date22 June 2018
StadiumNorth Sydney Oval
LocationSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nellie Doherty MedalIsabelle Kelly
RefereesJon Stone, Peter Gough
Broadcast partners
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The game was the first played under the State of Origin banner. Prior to 2018, the teams played each other annually in the Women's Interstate Challenge before being rebranded as State of Origin.[1][2] New South Wales defeated Queensland 16–10 to record their third straight win over the Maroons. New South Wales centre Isabelle Kelly was awarded the Nellie Doherty Medal for Player of the Match.[3]


On 6 December 2017, the National Rugby League announced that the Women's Interstate Challenge, which ran from 1999 to 2017, would be rebranded as the Women's State of Origin.[4] The game which, was previously played as a curtain-raiser, would now be a standalone fixture broadcast on the Nine Network and Fox Sports.[5]


New South Wales Position Queensland
  Sam Bremner Fullback Chelsea Baker  
  Taleena Simon Wing Karina Brown (c)  
  Corban McGregor Centre Amelia Kuk  
  Isabelle Kelly Centre Meg Ward  
  Nakia Davis-Welsh Wing Rhiannon Revell-Blair  
  Lavina O'Mealey Five-Eighth Zahara Temara  
  Maddie Studdon (c) Halfback Ali Brigginshaw  
  Simaima Taufa Prop Rona Peters  
  Rebecca Riley Hooker Brittany Breayley  
  Elianna Walton Prop Heather Ballinger  
  Talesha Quinn 2nd Row Tazmin Gray  
  Kezie Apps 2nd Row Maitua Feterika  
  Vanessa Foliaki Lock Annette Brander  
  Nita Maynard Interchange Mariah Storch  
  Rebecca Young Interchange Steph Hancock  
  Holli Wheeler Interchange Kody House  
  Hannah Southwell Interchange Tallisha Harden  
  Ben Cross Coach Jason Hetherington  

Match summaryEdit

Friday, 22 June
7:40 pm (AEDT)
New South Wales   16 – 10   Queensland
Isabelle Kelly (7', 54') 2
Nakia Davis-Welsh (36') 1
Maddie Studdon 2/3
(9', 55')
1st: 6 – 6
2nd: 10 – 4
2 (12', 45') Karina Brown
1/2 Chelsea Baker
North Sydney Oval
Attendance: 6,824
Nellie Doherty Medal: Isabelle Kelly
Referee: Jon Stone, Peter Gough


  1. ^ "NRL Women's Premiership set to launch". NRL. 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Tickets on sale for Women's State of Origin". QRL. 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Isabelle Kelly the hero as NSW beat Queensland in Women's State of Origin". National Rugby League. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  4. ^ "NRL Women's Premiership set to launch". NRL. 6 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Unprecedented: Women on Friday night prime time". QRL. 18 May 2018.