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Women’s State of Origin

Tough. Uncompromising. Competitive. This is Origin.

When it comes to exhilarating moments in sport, few can go past the spectacle that is State of Origin.

Interstate rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland began in 1999 but wasn't officially called State of Origin until 2018.

The standalone event consists of just one game for the women to chase bragging rights and claim the newly-made women's Origin shield.

The shield replaced the Nellie Doherty Cup with the player of the match recipient now receiving the Nellie Doherty medal.

Nellie Doherty was a former player and pioneer from NSW and in 1921 helped launch women's rugby league in Australia.

Previous winners of the medal include NSW pair Maddie Studdon (2019) and Isabelle Kelly (2018).

Queensland are the current State of Origin champions following a history-making 24-18 victory over NSW on the Sunshine Coast in November.

Prior to that, NSW won the previous four matches, including the first two years under the Origin banner. 

Year Winners Score Venue Nellie Doherty Medal
2020 Queensland 24-18 Sunshine Coast Stadium Tarryn Aiken (Queensland)
2019 NSW 14-4 North Sydney Oval Maddie Studdon (NSW)
2018 NSW 16-10 North Sydney Oval Isabelle Kelly (NSW)