NSW end Queensland run
IT has taken six years, but NSW has finally etched its name on the National Touch Rugby Association State of Origin shield.
The Blues ended six years of defeat at the hands of the Queenslanders at Advocate Park on Saturday, winning the series seven grades to four.
"It's an awesome result for NSW," NTRA National secretary Donna Reeves said.
"I know the NSW directors are very happy about it and all the players are to be congratulated."
Donna said NSW can now build towards dominating the series like Queensland did.
"We have changed our selection policy for next year and that will only make us stronger," she said.
"Instead of holding our trials in winter when a lot of the players can not attend, we will hold them in February, mean- ing we will be able to select the best possible sides."
A number of the NSW sides produced better than expected results on Saturday, including the Under-16 mixed side, made up entirely of Coffs Harbour players.
"They lost the first match quite convincingly, but turned is around and won the series," Donna said.
"I am pretty sure they were the only side that did that, the rest of the grades were won by the side that won the first match."
The victory was also a triumph for Coffs Harbour players and officials.
A record number of Coffs Harbour players took part in the series and a number were rewarded for their performances with selection in Australian sides.
Yesterday, a full list of Australian sides was unavailable, but the Coffs Coast Advocate will print a full list of the sides at a later date.
Under-16 mixed, NSW won 2-1.
Under-20 mens, NSW won 2-1.
Open mens, NSW won 2.5-0.5.
Open womens, Qld won 3-0.
Open mixed, Qld won 2-1.
Over-27 womens, Qld won 2-1.
Over-30 mens, Qld won 2-1.
Senior mixed, NSW won 3-0.
Over-40 mens, NSW won 2-1.
Over-45 mens, NSW won 3-0.
Over-50 mens, NSW won 2-1.