State of Origin news 2023

Canterbury Bulldogs supremo Phil Gould has offered a solution to the women’s State of Origin schedule as the spectacle prepares to be played over two games for the first time in history.

Both games will take place next month with Game I in Sydney on 1 June and the next match in Townsville on 22 June.

Traditionally, the game has been played as a one-off annual fixture.

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Speaking during Nine’s coverage of the Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys fixture, Gould expressed his confusion over the two-game structure.

“So it’s a two-match series, what if it’s 1-1?” He asked.

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When told that it would be based on aggregate marks, Gould was even more surprised.

“Total points? I’ll campaign for a decider, don’t worry girls I’ll get you a decider,” he said. “Let’s total a game then, please.”

The Bulldogs’ general manager offered the club’s home ground for the decider.

“I’ll find a ground for them, come and play at Belmore if you want, I’ll put it up,” he said.

“Being 1-1 will be decisive, we’ve got a game somewhere.”

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After the game, host James Bracey explained the overall system, with the title of winner coming down to most points, and if they are level on points it would be most tries, then most goals, most field goals, less Less than a penalty and eventually the first try scorer.

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“Seriously? Just give it to Gus, Gus will sort it out,” she said.

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Despite indicating their intention for a three-match series, dual international and Channel Nine commentator Allana Ferguson viewed the move from one game to two as positive.

“It’s step one, we’re not on three yet, let’s do it ASAP, but the fact there are two games this year is great because we’ve got a winner from 2023 State of Origin, so we can take Will take positive,” she said.

“The positive of this is that they are clearly committed to two sports.”

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