It’s going to be a double header with plenty at stake at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.
While the Aquis Titans have a tough task against the Eels to protect our seventh spot on the ladder, the magic Maroons women team play the preliminary match against NSW in the State of Origin showdown.
While the greater league world celebrates Queensland’s 10 series victories in 11 years in the men’s Origin contest, the Maroons have not been beaten in 17 years in the women’s equivalent.
For the second time the interstate clash will be played as an NRL preliminary clash. Last year the teams fought out a 4-all draw before the Cowboys-Sharks NRL match in Townsville and the Blues are going to ensure they will not give Queensland any leeway this Saturday either.
Local player Selina Tranter, a former Australian rugby evens player who won a World Cup with Blues captain Ruan Sims in 2010, attended a media call today and spoke about the opportunity to play before a local crowd.
The NSW side was announced today also. And it is a strong outfit that includes nine Jillaroos who are intent on putting an end to the Queensland’s stranglehold of the Nellie Doherty Cup.
The Queensland side was confirmed today with one change to the originally selected squad. Jillaroo Kody House will start in place of the injured Casey Karklis, while Sarah Walker has been added to the squad.
The Queensland team, which is missing last year’s inaugural Dally M Medal winner Jenni-Sue Hoepper who is unavailable while pregnant, has four Burleigh Bears included Selena Tranter, Karina Brown, Tazmin Gray and Rona Peters.
The Maroons will be captained by Jillaroos skipper Steph Hancock.
NOTE: Our under-20s clash with the Eels will be played at Pizzey Park at 1.30pm.
1. Samantha Bremner (Cronulla-Caringbah)
2. Isabelle Kelly (Berkeley Vale)
3. Corban McGregor (Cronulla-Caringbah)
4. Caitlin Moran (Hunter Stars)
5. Nakia Davis-Welsh (Redfern All-Blacks)
6. Allana Ferguson (Cronulla-Caringbah)
7. Maddie Studdon (Cronulla-Caringbah)
8. Ruan Sims (Cronulla-Caringbah)
9. Rebecca Riley (Redfern All-Blacks)
10. Elianna Walton (Greenacre)
11. Kezie Apps (Helensburgh)
12. Vanessa Foliaki (Mounties)
13. Simaima Taufa (Mounties)
14. Lavina Phillips (Redfern All-Blacks)
15. Jennifer Latu (Cronulla-Caringbah)
16. Jasmin Allende (Redfern All-Blacks)
17. Rebecca Young (Hunter Stars)
18. Ruby Ewe (Cronulla-Caringbah)
Coach: Ben Cross
1. Karina Brown
2. Chelsea Baker
3. Amelia Kuk
4. Annette Brander
5. Kody House
6. Ali Brigginshaw
7. Courtney Lockwood
8. Steph Hancock
9. Brittany Breayley
10. Heather Ballinger
11. Renae Kunst
12. Tazmin Gray
13. Rona Peters
14. Libby Cook-Black
15. Steph Gallagher
16. Selena Tranter
17. Tegan Rolfe
18. Sarah Walker