The Holden Women's State of Origin match will be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on November 13. Queensland players Karina Brown and Annette Brander ready the game. Picture: Warren Lynam
The Holden Women's State of Origin match will be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on November 13. Queensland players Karina Brown and Annette Brander ready the game. Picture: Warren Lynam

Coast stadium locks in State of Origin blockbuster

In a major coup for the region's rugby league fans, the Sunshine Coast will get to proudly host an Origin blockbuster in November.

On the back of a massive few months with Melbourne Storm, Sunshine Coast Stadium will also get to welcome the women's State of Origin on November 13.

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The Bokarina venue had been due to hold the event in June this year, but COVID-19 not only postponed the clash but clouded it's future.

However, the Stadium on Tuesday will be confirmed as the venue for the spicy battle.

Rugby League Sunshine Coast president Glenn Peatling said it would be a big boon for the game.

"It's great for not only women's sport but women's rugby league and I dare say off the back of that it's only going to help grow the female game, not only here on the Sunshine Coast but Queensland," he said.

 

 

The Holden Women's State of Origin match will be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. Queensland players Karina Brown and Annette Brander at the Stadium last year. Picture: Warren Lynam
The Holden Women's State of Origin match will be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. Queensland players Karina Brown and Annette Brander at the Stadium last year. Picture: Warren Lynam

He expected plenty would turn out in support of the Origin clash.

"Off the back off the Storm playing out of the Stadium this year and people looking for sport orientated things to do I think not only will they travel from far and wide but the Sunshine Coast will get along and cheer the ladies on at the Origin level for sure."

He said the female numbers in the sport had been slowly rising over the years, and was hopeful the match would generate further interest and help get an U18 division off the ground.

"Probably in the last four years we've gone from having three (women's) teams up to six teams," he said.

"I know the junior girls are getting bigger and stronger and there's a lot more interest and we're obviously looking to expand and close the gap between juniors and seniors women's.

Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the game would be a boost to the local economy.

"The women's Origin series has grown hugely in popularity in recent years," she said.

"By growing the major events portfolio here, we can encourage thousands more Queenslanders to head to the Sunny Coast.

"This help supports local businesses and supporting local jobs."



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