Almanac Rugby League – Women’s State of Origin, Game 2: Missing the obvious omens



The 2024 Women’s State of Origin series will go to a decided in Townsville on June 27 after Queensland stole a famous win over NSW at the death in last night’s Game 2 at a wet McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.


It was pouring rain at the start and it only got worse as the match progressed. Sodden, drenched, waterlogged – call it what you will and then multiply by a few. Full credit to the 34 players who took the field to provide such an absorbing clash for the record crowd of 25,782. It was always going to be low scoring, it was always going to be bruising, it was always going to come down to a critical moment or two.


And so it unfolded. NSW looked the better for most of the match but didn’t have the predicted comfortable passage in front of a hugely supportive crowd as the Maroons, hurting after their poor Game 1 effort, dug deep to stay in the game for long enough to keep a sniff of hope alive even when they were behind by 6 points with about 10 minutes to play – it takes two scores to win from there. Aiken then produced a taunting run to create a gap in the defence and that’s all she need to slice through. Lauren Brown showed nerves befitting the city of steel to knock over the conversion with 6 minutes on the clock. A NSW fumble gave the Maroons possession with the clock down to three minutes. Debutant Siena Lofipo provided the surging run to set up an opportunity for a field goal which Brown nailed to snatch the win. Brown later said that she was surprised that the ball bounced sufficiently for her to even complete a drop kick.


Here are the match highlights:



The bookies and most tipsters had NSW as winners, as did I. Maybe we should have all gone to Specsavers because we missed the two omens sitting right in front of us: firstly, the game was played on June 6 which is Queensland Day; secondly, Maroons fullback Tamika Upton has never lost a match she’s played in at McDonald Jones Stadium.


Elementary, my dear Watson!


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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A loyal Queenslander, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. Enjoys travel, coffee and cake, reading, and has been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. One of Footy Almanac's online editors who enjoys the occasional editing opportunity to assist aspiring writers.

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