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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 women's Origin shield.

The shield replaced the Nellie Doherty Cup in 2018 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 Queenslanders Tazmin Gray (2021), Tarryn Aiken (2020) and NSW pair Maddie Studdon (2019) and Isabelle Kelly (2018).

Queensland are the current State of Origin champions after retaining the title with an 8-6 victory over NSW on the Sunshine Coast in June.

Year Winners Score Venue Nellie Doherty Medal
2021 Queensland 8-6 Sunshine Coast Stadium Tazmin Gray (Queensland)
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)