STATE OF ORIGIN & INTERSTATE CHALLENGE ROUND 2
Saturday, August 14, 2004

Following NSW's brilliant start to the 2004 State of Origin and Interstate Challenge, here are the results as Queensland try to keep the series alive.

These results will be updated regularly throughout the day.

Results and statistics for the State of Origin and Interstate Challenge can also be accessed via the following link:

STATE OF ORIGIN/INTERSTATE CHALLENGE RESULTS/STATISTICS

State of Origin and Interstate Challenge Results and Summary

Round 2:
Mixed Open: NSW def Qld 5-3
Touchdowns NSW: Belinda Patterson (2), Nash Beeby, Dave Stewart, Brent Powell
Touchdowns Qld: Luke Feldman, Adam Falzon, Rebecca Houston
Series: 2-0 NSW

Womens 20's: Qld defeated NSW 3-2 (drop-off)
Touchdowns Qld: Rebecca Knight (2), Natasha Fry
Touchdowns NSW: Kristen Boss, Gemma Carey
Series: 1-1

Mens 20's: Qld defeated NSW 6-5
Touchdowns Qld: Brendan Thimble, Gian Guerra, Matthew Baker, David Denning, Sebe Rey, James Harrington
Touchdowns NSW: Andrew Baggio, Daniel Brown, Pat Smith, Glen De Witt, Joesph Karam
Series: 2-0 Qld

Womens 30's: NSW def Qld 4-3
Touchdowns NSW: Kirsty Inglis, Chantel Byrnes, Renee Sealey, Cristy Hornery
Touchdowns Qld: Brenda Johnston, Simone Pearce, Kerry Strasser
Series: 2-0 NSW

Mens 30's: Qld defeated NSW 4-3
Touchdowns Qld: Wayne Grant, Kevin Ekersley, Craig Morrow, Scott Pierce
Touchdowns NSW: Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Scott Danswan
Series: 1-1

Womens 35's: Qld defeated NSW 3-1
Touchdowns Qld: Kay Lenitschek (2), Haylene Grogan
Touchdowns NSW: Lyn Eason
Series: 1-1

Mens 35's: NSW defeated Qld 7-3
Touchdowns NSW: David McDonald (3), Kim Sojun (2), Lenny Ryan, Mick Lennon
Touchdowns Qld: Sean Slinger, Greg Lisle, Tere Wotherspoon
Series: 2-0 NSW

Womens 40's: NSW defeated Qld 4-2
Touchdowns NSW: Michelle Schmidt, Kim Wiles, Rowena Hines, Cherie Green
Touchdowns Qld: Debbie Jukes, Joyce Sills
Series: 2-0 NSW

Mens 40's: NSW def Qld 6-3
Touchdowns NSW: Brett Gillard (2), Andrew Proust (2) Mark Jannson, Mark Hearndon
Touchdowns Qld: David Kafoa, Mark Heironymus, Ashley Taylor
Series: 2-0 NSW

Mens 45's: Qld defeated NSW 4-3 (drop-off)
Touchdowns Qld: Tony Lacaze (2), John Mason, Michael Thoars
Touchdowns NSW: Mark Nichols, Ron Wall
Series: 2-0 Qld

Mens 50's: NSW def Qld 3-0
Touchdowns NSW: Paul Healey, Colin Thomas, Peter Vincent
Touchdowns Qld: -
Series: 2-0 NSW

Womens Open: NSW defeated 9-1
Touchdowns NSW: Melissa Pitfield (2), Natalie Conway, Bo De La Cruz, Rachael Holden, Kirsty Jenkins, Stephanie Sorrenson, Amanda Judd, Kristy Judd
Touchdowns Qld: Kate Adams
Series: 2-0 NSW

Mens Open: NSW defeated Qld 7-6
Touchdowns NSW: Jamie Stowe, Jason Yee, Anthony Ziade, Jason Stanton, Dean Wilbow, Garry Sonda, Joel Willoughby
Touchdowns Qld: Chris Farrow, Beaudene Currie, Craig Searston, Troy Clark, Gavin Shuker, Stephen Swan
Series: 2-0 NSW

INTERSTATE CHALLENGE SERIES:
After Queensland's less than brilliant start yesterday, only winning two of the thirteen round one games, they were out to take as many of the divisions as possible to a third and deciding match.

In the Womens 30's, the Mens 40's and Mens 50's NSW once again controlled the match, taking all three of those series' to an unbeatable 2-1 lead.

However, the Queenslanders were not about to let that trend continue.

The Queensland Womens 20's fought back from yesterday's 3-2 loss, keeping their series alive with another 3-2 scoreline. This time though, it was Queensland who left the field cheering, winning in an exciting drop-off.

The Womens 35's also recorded a win to keep their series alive, Kay Lenitschek scoring twice to help them to a 3-1 victory.

The Queensland Mens 30's scored what many considered to be an upset, beating NSW 4-3 and taking their series to a deciding match.

It was in the Mens 20's that Queensland broke the NSW winning trend, taking an unbeatable series lead, with a 6-5 win. The young men provided 11 individual scorers in that match, highlighting the depth of talent in Australia's youth.

The Mens 45's also provided excitement for the crowd, a win in the drop-off giving them the series win for their division.

NSW's Mens 35's cruised to an unbeatable lead in their series, after three touchdowns by David McDonald gave them a comfortable 7-3 win.


STATE OF ORIGIN SUMMARY:
Their 2003 title defense and the 2004 title was on the line for the Queensland Mens and Womens Open sides in round two.

The Queensland Women, were unfortunately, outclassed by the Blues from beginning to end. The 9-1 whitewash an excellent result for the NSW but slightly more than disappointing for the Queenslanders.

Melissa Pitfield scored twice for NSW, but it was the depth of Australian representatives such as Bo De La Cruz, Rachael Holden, Kirsty Jenkins and the Judd sisters, that gave NSW the win.

The Mens round two match promised excitement after the close match last night.

Queensland took an early lead 2-0 before Joel Willoughby brought one back for the Blue. Desperate touches and great fingertip control provided great touch for the 2000 people that packed out the grandstand and surrounds of the Canterbury Velodrome.

Jason Stanton was virtually unstoppable for NSW, assisting as well as scoring himself.

When NSW scored again for a 7-4 lead it looked as though Queensland were out of chances.

The sin-binning of Jamie Stowe and the following penalty touchdown brought the Queenslanders hope and after scoring again, the score was back to 7-6.

While Queensland looked in with a shot at stealing the match and bringing the series to a deciding third match, they ran out of time.

With one match in both the Mens and Womens still to play, NSW have claimed the 2004 State of Origin title. A well deserved win.

By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au