When State of Origin first kicked off, it was seen by many as a gimmick. Bob Fulton once called it “the greatest non-event of the century”. 40 years later it is the highest rating event on Australian television, it delivers millions in revenue to the game and is seen as the pinnacle of the sport.
The men have had the good fortune of leading the way. They were able to do away with the old interstate residency rules that were instituted in 1908 and take part in what has become the showpiece event.
But for the women who ply their trade in the greatest game of all, they had to wait until 2018 to finally play in an official Origin match.
A history of women’s Origin
While the first official women’s Origin took place at North Sydney Oval in 2018, the women’s interstate challenge began in 1999 and it was dominated by Queensland.