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History belongs to the Maroons following their comprehensive 22-6 win over the Sky Blues on Thursday night, which saw them retain state bragging rights with victory in the first ever Women's Origin three-game series. 

Well beaten in the opener, before requiring a clutch field goal off the boot of Lauren Brown to keep them alive in Game Two, Queensland were in devastating touch as they sealed the deal in front of 22,819 fans on home soil at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

It followed on from their triumph on points differential in last year's two-game series 

After being among her side's heroes in Game Two with a late try, five-eighth Tarryn Aiken was a standout under the Townsville rain, despite her late intercept gifting NSW a try. 

Aiken set up the opening try with a divine no-look pass before providing the kick to set up Julia Robinson's four-pointer just before the break, in addition to running the ball for 88 metres. 

Julia Robinson Try

Workaholic front-rower Shannon Mato churned through 151 run metres on the night to top the yardage count for her side for the third time in as many games and she was later recognised for her efforts with the Nellie Doherty Medal as player of the series.

Made to pay for a slow start in Game One and very nearly again in Game Two, Queensland couldn't have dreamed of a better opening this time around.

After her side forced error from Emma Tonegato on New South Wales' first carry,  Aiken sent Evania Pelite over on the ensuing scrum. 

Tonegato's tough start continued with a wayward pass at the other end minutes later and from that possession Queensland headed back down field and found another two points after forcing a repeat set, with Rachael Pearson drilling a dropout out on the full and gifting them a penalty from in front. 

The Maroons claim the win on an historic evening in Townsville

The Sky Blues were getting plenty of chances with the ball in attacking territory, but their nine errors through the first half hour helped ensure it didn't convert into points.

A muddled kick defusal from Tonegato then presented Robinson with a free ball to dive on for the Maroons' second try, which Brown converted to give the hosts a 14-0 lead at the half. 

A booming 40/20 from Ali Brigginshaw in her 11th interstate game got the Maroons back on the attack early in the second half and when referee Belinda Sharpe pinged the Sky Blues for a strip Queensland opted to stretch the lead by another two. 

Brigginshaw nails a 40/20

With the game under control and the clock ticking down to the final 11 minutes, Aiken's speculative pass saw Jaime Chapman go on a brilliant 90-metre run, evading several defenders along the way, to reduce the gap to 10. 

But there was to be no miraculous comeback, with the Maroons keeping their cool and icing a famous victory with a try to veteran forward Tazmin Rapana. 

Match Snapshot

  • The Maroons are the first ever winners of a three-game Women's Origin series and are the first team to win back-to-back titles since they did so in 2020-2021. 
  • The overall Origin honour roll (not including series played pre-2016) now sits 4-3 in Queensland's favour. NSW won the Shield in 2018, 2019 and 2022, and Queensland in 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024.
  • After keeping Queensland scoreless through the first halves of both the opening two games, New South Wales gave up a try just two minutes into the decider. 
  • Thanks to a 151 metre effort in Game Three, Shannon Mato topped the yardage count for the Maroons in all three games and was named the Nellie Doherty Medal winner as player of the series. 
  • Evania Pelite scored the opening try, made five tackle busts and came up with a handful of telling defensive plays for the Maroons on her way to player of the match honours. 
  • Queensland won despite missing 45 tackles to New South Wales' 20 in Townsville. 
  • Maroons forward Tazmin Rapana went on report in the first half, while Sky Blues back-rower Yasmin Clydsdale was cited for making contact with a kicker in the second period. 

Play of the Game

After such a long build up to one of the most anticipated games in Women's Origin history, this play just two minutes in would have knocked the wind out of New South Wales. It was a thing of beauty from Tarryn Aiken, who lined her attack up just right and then executed perfectly, with her eyes selling the Sky Blues on a pass going out the back before she squared up to send Evania Pelite through with a flat ball. 

Evania Pelite Try

What They Said

"Queensland were a much better team than us tonight... I know that this [NSW] team are better than what they just presented, it's really disappointing and I know the girls are hurting as much as anyone else." – Sky Blues coach Kylie Hilder.

Sky Blues: Game 3

"The energy was definitely there from the start and it's something we'd spoken about throughout the week. They just brought it tonight, I couldn't be prouder, they were absolutely amazing... they are just so strong, they are so connected as a team, so they always are out there to play for each other. " – Maroons coach Tahnee Norris. 

Maroons: Game 3

Acknowledgement of Country

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