Isabelle Kelly’s late try clinches women’s State of Origin in DRAMATIC fashion for New South Wales
Isabelle Kelly’s late try DRAMATICALLY takes women’s State of Origin for New South Wales after bunker ruled out Queensland’s match-winning score minutes earlier
- New South Wales defeated Queensland 20-14 to win the Origin Series
- Isabelle Kelly scored a late try for the Blues to secure a dramatic win
- Queensland had been denied a match-winning attempt a few minutes earlier
- It marks New South Wales’ first win in the women’s series since 2019
- The match was played in front of a record crowd of Origin women in Canberra
New South Wales has won the Women’s State of Origin series in dramatic fashion, thanks to a last-ditch effort from Isabelle Kelly, just after Queensland appeared to have scored its own match-winning try.
Kelly crossed over in the last minute to give the Blues a 20-14 win in front of a record women’s Origin crowd of 11,321 at GIO Stadium in Canberra to win the series.
It marks New South Wales’ first win in the inter-state rivalry since 2019, after Queensland won in the past two years.
New South Wales won the women’s home state with a dramatic 20-14 win over Queensland
The Maroons appeared to have made it three runs in a row as Shenae Ciesiolka crossed the intersection with just minutes left to give Queensland a 20-16 lead, but the celebrations were stopped by the bunker.
Video referee Adam Gee ruled Julia Robinson was offside after a kick from Ali Brigginshaw before rallying de Steeden to feed Ciesiolka.
Instead, it was up to Kelly to seal the match, with the Blues center crossing over late in the match to cap off a magnificent personal performance in which she won the Nellie Doherty Medal after 186 yards to go with her 10 tackle breaks.
Blues coach Kylie Hilder praised Kelly after the game.
Isabelle Kelly scored the match-winning try in the closing moments of the match on Friday
The Blues Center was awarded the Nellie Doherty Medal after a dominant performance
“We’ve been building this for two years,” she says.
“The bond we have, not only as a team but also off the field, is very important and I think that showed when they got on the field.
“Every time Izzy comes out and plays a game that’s how she performs, she gives it her all and I’m just so lucky to have her play by my side.”
Queensland came out of the gate fastest, taking the lead after eight minutes with a try from Destiny Brill, before Emma Tonegato – who hit 163 meters and three linebreaks – continued her brilliant NRLW debut season by tying the score shortly afterwards.
Queensland narrowed the gap to two points in the second half thanks to the try by Evania Pelite
The series win is New South Wales’ first women’s Origin since 2019
Three minutes later, Blues five-eighth Kira Dibb scored the second try of the game in New South Wales before, with Rachael Pearson’s conversion extending the lead to 12-4.
Queensland struck back almost immediately as Tarryn Aiken led Brigginshaw and added a conversion to make it 14-10 at halftime – the best scoring half in women’s Origin history.
Pearson’s second penalty of the game extended the lead to six points in the second half, before the Maroons narrowed the gap to two points thanks to star center Evania Pelite.
There was still time for Blues Tiana Penitani to turn down a forward pass attempt, before the dramatic finale capped an Origin classic.