Sunshine Coast to host Women’s State of Origin
  • Monday 28 October 2019

Thousands of fans are expected to descend on the Sunshine Coast next June, as the Queensland Government, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and NRL yesterday confirmed the 2020 Women’s State of Origin match will be hosted at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said securing the Women’s State of Origin event for the Sunshine Coast is further evidence of the region’s growing reputation in the NRL, on the back of securing NRL fixture matches with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Cronulla Sharks to be played at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

“Hosting this exciting NRL event on the Sunshine Coast further reinforces our region’s reputation as a leading regional location for elite sporting teams and competition events,” Mr Jamieson said.

“The NRL Women’s State of Origin has seen rapid growth since its launch in 2018, and we are proud to host the Queensland Maroons and showcase elite women’s sport on our Sunshine Coast.

“It is only fitting that the Women’s State of Origin – the NRL’s leading women’s sport event - is played on the Sunshine Coast, given our region is also home to Australia’s most successful start-up, national competition sporting team in the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

“We can’t wait to welcome footy fans to the Sunshine Coast in June 2020, and encourage them to plan ahead to secure accommodation and flights between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast.”

NRL head of elte football Graham Annesley said the time was right for the fixture to head to Queensland.

“This is a major event for the Sunshine Coast. It will bring visitors from across the country and inject significant money into the local economy,” he said.

“The Sunshine Coast is a growing area with the perfect stadium for Women’s State of Origin which is why we chose the region.”

“North Sydney Oval was at capacity for Women’s State of Origin this year and we are confident the Sunshine Coast community will support the match just as strongly.”

NRL General Manager of Elite Women’s Programs, Tiffany Slater, said Origin was a key driver in the continued rise of women’s rugby league.

“The rapid growth of the women’s game has been tremendous, a lot of which can be attributed to this fixture, as well of course from the Holden Women’s Premiership and the Jillaroos,” Ms Slater said.

The Women’s State of Origin match is staged as part of the Holden State of Origin Series, which in 2020 will be hosted across four cities – Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney for the men’s matches and the Sunshine Coast for the women’s match.

The staging of the Women’s State of Origin event on the Sunshine Coast is due to a growing partnership between Sunshine Coast Council, National Rugby League Ltd (NRL) and the Queensland Government.  The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the NRL Women’s State of Origin clash between the New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons, which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.