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University gets a touch of Origin fever


Published on 18 May 2012

18 May 2012

There will be plenty of interstate rivalry on show – with classmate versus classmate – at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s inaugural State of Origin mixed touch football match on Monday 21 May.

Two teams of 11 talented players have signed up for the match, with 2011 Cobras Cup National Touch competitor Cameron Sullivan captaining the Maroons and Stingrays rugby union player Josh Atherton leading out the Blues.

The match will kick off at 6pm at USC’s Field 1.

Sullivan, who was also selected for the Australian Universities mixed touch team last year, said he was looking forward to the match.

“It’s going to be a tough game because there are some pretty talented players lining up for both sides,” he said.

“There is definitely some friendly rivalry going on in the lead-up. A lot of us are good mates and classmates, but we’re also very loyal to the State we’re representing.”

USC Sport spokesman Gary Moore said the match should prove very entertaining for spectators, with all participants having played sport at a representative level.

He said a good crowd was likely, as USC Sport usually holds social touch games for students on a Monday evening.

Touch is one of USC’s strongest representative sports, with its mixed touch team winning a silver medal at last year’s Australian University Games.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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