The first-ever broadcast of a Women’s State of Origin will take place this Friday from North Sydney Oval.
Host James Bracey will be joined by injured NSW captain Ruan Sims and former Jillaroo Allana Ferguson for pre and post-game analysis. In the commentary box are Mat Thompson, former Jillaroo Jo Barrett and Phil Gould.
Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “We are incredibly excited to be broadcasting the first ever Women’s State of Origin on Nine. Wide World of Sports has led the way in women’s sport through our association with the Southern Stars and the Jillaroos, and of course Super Netball.
“Along with our broadcast partners Holden and Harvey Norman, we are so proud to be part of this great initiative from the NRL – the first ever, stand-alone Women’s State of Origin. How good is that!”
This match promises to dish up every bit of intensity that the NSW versus Queensland rivalry has produced over more than 30 years, a fast, physical and skilful game on what is a historic night for women’s rugby league.
New South Wales will have Maddie Studdon navigating a path to victory for the home team, along with seasoned stars Sam Bremner and Kezie Apps. The Queenslanders will draw on the experience of Steph Hancock and the playmaking skills of Zahara Temara.
Nine’s expert commentator, Ruan Sims, said: “There are a number of great match-ups across the park, but keep an eye on the halves pairings of Ali Brigginshaw and Zahara Temara for Queensland, and Maddie Studdon and Lavina O’Mealey for NSW. The Blues will rely on current Dally M winner Simaima Taufa and former winner Kezie Apps to show the way in the forwards.
“The Queenslanders will relish the opportunity to wrestle back the title, with Brittany Breayley and Karina Brown completing a lethal spine for the Maroons.”
Friday, June 22, 2018
New South Wales vs Queensland
Sydney 7.30pm Live on Nine
Brisbane 7.30pm Live on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm Live on 9GEM
Adelaide 7.00pm Live on 9GEM
Perth 5.30pm Live on 9GEM
Check local guides for details.