Stage is set for State of Origin 2014

first_imgBy BEN HARRISWhat will the 2014 State of Origin series deliver?That is the question many are wondering as the hours tick down to the opening games of the 11th series.Australia’s greatest sporting rivalries – New South Wales and Queensland – go head-to-head across 14 divisions, three matches in each grade and over two days of exhilarating, adrenaline-charged touch football of the highest order.Sunshine Coast Stadium will not know what has hit it as mateship is put aside and replaced by state pride.Much like Queensland in that “other” State of Origin series during the rugby league season, it has been a domination for one state.New South Wales have won the past four State of Origin series, however, the 2012 series in Port Macquarie saw the rise of the Queenslanders.New South Wales won the series seven divisions to six but lost the open divisions 2-1 with Queensland winning men and women’s open competitions.It was the first time Queensland took the men-women open double in 10 years.Across the 14 divisions, there are four divisions that are separated by one win – mixed open, women’s 20s, women’s 35s and men’s 45s.Queensland lead 11-10 in the head-to-head stakes in mixed open and women’s 20s, while it’s the reverse for women’s 35s and men’s 45s.So tight the mixed open, women’s 20s and women’s 35s competitions have been, not a lot separate the teams in terms of touchdowns in those particular divisions.Queensland have scored three more touchdowns than New South Wales in women’s 20s and women’s 35s, while they have scored four more than the players in blue in the mixed open.So whoever you support, two questions will be answered at the conclusion of the series – Will New South Wales continue their domination? Can Queensland win on home soil?There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – Related LinksState of Origin previewlast_img