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By BEN HARRISWith the 2012 State of Origin series only 24 hours away, I’ve decided to go back in time and look at the last meeting New South Wales and Queensland had in the mate versus mate tournament.The year was 2008, and what a year it was.The then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, said “sorry” to the Stolen Generation, Americans went Obama-crazy for their 44th President and this reporter sported a hair-do that rivalled Elvis.But enough of the other “highlights”, the real event of the year was in August – no, not the Beijing Olympics – but Touch Football’s State of Origin held at Tempe on August 22 and 23.The nation’s fiercest rivals in sport went head-to-head in 13 divisions from women’s 20s to men’s 50s.After two days of spectacular touchdowns, intense matches and close score lines, NSW won nine of the 13 divisions.This is what went down in history in each of those divisions.Men’s Opens: NSW 2-1After losing to Queensland 2-1 in 2006, NSW were out for revenge in the 2008 version.Game one was as thrilling as you could have got with NSW winning 9-8 in game one.NSW legend Jamie Stowe bagged four touchdowns in the game, which is a record in the men’s competition.Game two and Queensland struck back with an 8-5 victory. Chris Farrow and Nathan Jones scoring two touchdowns each, and NSW player Anthony Ziade grabbing three.With the division on the line, the final match was a beauty with both teams trading touchdowns. But in the end it was the boys in blue that won 7-5.Women’s Opens: NSW 2-1NSW took out game one of the women’s opens with ease, defeating Queensland 5-2.However, the next two matches were tight and low-scoring.NSW were able to wrap up the division with a 3-2 win in the second match but Queensland came back in the third to deny their rivals a clean sweep.Nikki Etheridge and Greta Perkins scoring touchdowns for the maroons as they won 2-1.Mixed Opens: Queensland 3-0Queensland were unstoppable in the mixed opens by winning all three games.Their romp started with an 8-5 victory on day one and it was followed it up with another comfortable win in game two, 10-5.The third match, NSW tried hard to deny Queensland of a clean sweep but they were beaten 6-5.Men’s 20s: NSW 3-0The “babies” of the squads always throw up an exciting and enthralling show for the crowd, and there were no exceptions.NSW’s Dylan Thompson found the Touchdown Zone on three occasions as his side went home 7-4 winners.Game two also went the way of the boys from NSW but only by the skin of their teeth, 8-7.Thompson was again in the thick of the action as his double and a pair to Michael Singh gave NSW a 3-0 division win when they won the third match 9-5.Women’s 20s: NSW 2-1Only one touchdown separated the two teams in 2006 and 2008 was no different.Both teams could barely be separated in each match.Queensland won the first match 2-1 but NSW returned the favour taking out game two 3-2.The third game was end-to-end stuff with both teams finding the Touchdown Zone on several occasions.But it was NSW who won the decider 6-5 with a double to Ashleigh Dind.Men’s 30s: NSW 3-0Only one word can describe the men’s 30s division in 2008 – domination.Unfortunately for Queensland, they were on the wrong end of some cricket-like scores.NSW player Adam Fahim scored a SOO record nine touchdowns – six in game two – from three matches.NSW won the division 3-0 after racking up scores of 12-0, 15-4 and 15-3.Women’s 30s: NSW 2-1As it was in the women’s 20s, only one touchdown was the difference after three gruelling matches.NSW took out the first game 2-1 thanks to touchdowns to Rachel Byrne and Melanie Harrison.Queensland got it back to 1-1 in the division following a 1-0 win in game two.However, NSW were able to overcome that defeat and record a 3-2 victory in the deciding match.Men’s 35s: NSW 3-0NSW swept this division with three wins but they were pushed all the way by their rivals in each game.NSW took out the opening two matches with the same score line, 4-3, but the third game was a lot higher scoring.The boys from the “first state” winning 8-7 with Matthew Russell scoring two touchdowns.Women’s 35s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had a reason to smile in this division, taking it out 2-1.They won the first match 4-2 but were shocked in game two when NSW fought back and recorded a 3-1 win.However, Queensland were soon back on top, winning the third match 4-1.Men’s 40s: NSW 3-0It was the Darren Currie and Brandon McDonald show in the opening two matches of this division.The NSW players scored three touchdowns each in game one and two respectively.NSW were completely dominant in the first two matches, claiming a 9-3 win match one and 9-1 in match two.Queensland put on a spirited effort in the third match but they were beaten 3-2.Women’s 40s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had revenge on their mind in this division after losing the 2006 series.After winning the first game 2-1, Queensland were confident of taking out the second.In an exciting match that saw Doreen Kearney score three touchdowns for NSW, Queensland won the second match 6-4.Not going home without a win, NSW fought back to claim the third game 4-3.Men’s 45s: NSW 3-0With rugby league great Cliff Lyons in their mix, NSW were too strong for Queensland in the men’s 45s, claiming the division 3-0.NSW took out the first game 7-3 then followed it up with a 6-1 victory in game two and an 8-3 win in the final match.Men’s 50s: Queensland 3-0The “veterans” of the competition can still produce some exciting touch football.And although the score line in the first two games show Queensland were dominant – 6-2 win game one and 7-3 victory in game two – the third match was tight.Rob McCarthy’s two touchdowns proved to be the difference and Queensland’s saving grace as they won 4-3 to clinch a 3-0 clean sweep.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: SOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksLast time they met
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking feedback from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) on the Sunshine Coast. Below is a link to the TFA Event Survey and we would encourage those that attended to complete by clicking on the link below: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013_NYC TFA is committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at its national events, and your responses to the questions within this survey will greatly assist us in this regard. Please let us know through the survey process any issues you experienced so we can try and resolve them for the 2014 and 2015 NYC events.Related LinksNYC Event Survey
Kayo will be the only place you can watch all broadcasted games. Games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo. Sign up using this link: goto.kayosports.com.au/c/1396894/585543/9635?sharedid=artGame 1 (Saturday 6th April) and all other Saturday games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo, as well as NRL.com. (The NRL.com stream will be able to be viewed globally.)All Sunday games will be broadcast live on Fox League and live and on-demand on Kayo.In New Zealand, all Fox League games will also run on Sky Sport. We’re pleased to announce our four broadcast partners for the #NRLTouchPremiership: Kayo, Fox League, NRL.com and Sky Sport.