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Photo of the week - State of Origin

By Margaret Warren | 5 June 2013

The staff who describe the digitised photographs in our collection select a photo each week that is added to SLQ’s Flickr Commons Photo of the week 2013set.  This week our photo of the week is the mighty Maroons from 1931. The caption from this newspaper photograph describes The Queensland Rugby League players who defeated New South Wales in the fourth Test 1931. It shows that the interstate rivalry has existed long before the State of Origin games began in the 1980s. This match was reported in the Rockhampton Bulletin of June 28, 1931:


Queensland Wins A Dour Struggle

After being overwhelmingly outpointed in the first and third games in Sydney, Queensland dramatically turned the tables on New South Wales in the fourth Rugby League test match of the interstate series at the Exhibition Ground, Brisbane on Saturday. In recording victory by 15 points to 8, the Maroons did not give a scintillating display, but their football had many delightful attacking touches and their defence was immeasurably superior to the attack of the visitors, despite then being favoured with a greater share of the ball. A crowd of 9705 contributed a gate of £400.

We wonder what the newspaper report will be tomorrow, following the first match of the 2013 season.

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