Mixed Open Success for New South Wales

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales claimed their first Mixed Open State of Origin division since 2004 after they won their deciding match 10-6 against Queensland.Cameron Nicholls led the way with three touchdowns as the Blues put their second game loss behind them.Unlike the first two matches where no team dominated the match, NSW came out firing and posted six touchdowns in the first half.Both teams went on to score four touchdowns each in the second half.New South Wales Mixed Open co-captain Kylie Hilder said it was a fantastic way to finish off the series. “It’s actually awesome,” she said.“I didn’t realise until we came into this series New South Wales hadn’t won the division for three series in a row so to come in here with the team we had – we had a few hiccups along the way with training – it feels awesome.“After we played in the second game we were a bit concerned coming into the third but we finally played some Touch we knew we could.“The nucleus of this team just came off a Test series in Mudgee and to win another thing with them is awesome.”New South Wales took out the Men’s 20s division in a clean sweep following their 8-4 victory in the dead-rubber.A hat-trick to Madalitso Masache was the backbone for the Blues’ win.New South Wales also had a clean sweep in the women’s 40’s.The Blues scored all their touchdowns in the first half and were strong in defence to deny Queensland more than one touchdown in the second half.The Women’s 35’s was another thriller but unlike the first two matches, a drop-off was not needed to decide the winner.Queensland claimed the division 3-0 with a 3-2 victory in the third game.In the corresponding Men’s match, New South Wales ran rampant in the first half.The Blues scored seven touchdowns to two, which set-up their victory.Darren Reynoldson scored three touchdowns in the 9-3 win.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksNSW’s Mixed Opens successlast_img