State of Origin

In 8 days and 6 hours the State of Origin will commence...


For those who may not be aware, the State of Origin series is the annual best-of-three Australian rugby league football match series between Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues. The State of Origin series is one of Australia's and the region's premier sporting events, attracting huge television audiences and usually selling out the stadiums in which the games are played. Despite the existence of international tournaments and State of Origin being a domestic competition, it is frequently cited as being the highest-level of rugby league played anywhere in the world.

A bit of history...

Players are selected to represent the Australian state in which they played their first senior rugby league game, hence the name 'state of origin'. Prior to 1980 players were only selected for interstate matches on the basis of where they were playing their club football at the time. In both 1980 and 1981 there were two interstate matches under the old selection rules and one experimental "State of Origin" match. From 1982 onwards a best-of-three match series has been played around the middle of the rugby league season for the State of Origin shield. Since its inception, total victories for each side were once extraordinarily even, however between 2006 and 2013 Queensland won every series. New South Wales reclaimed the series shield in 2014, putting an end to their opposition's record of eight series wins in a row. Queensland reclaimed the Shield in 2015.

We are excited to see who will come out on top at the first game being played on Wednesday, 01.06.2016 at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

The third State of Origin game is set to be played in mid July, hopefully our Whale Watching Hervey Bay season will be underway with these gorgeous animals spending their days relaxing in our beautilful waters of Hervey Bay.