Duo proves in great Origin form in touch football comp
JAYDEN Benbow and Greta Doherty are a deadly combination.
The talented Rockhampton touch football players proved the perfect pair on the touch football field at the Sunshine Coast over the weekend to guide their Queensland Open Mixed team to State of Origin glory with a 2-1 victory over rivals New South Wales.
Benbow, who clinched Queensland Player's Player honours made his debut in the Open competition and said it was an experience he looked forward to repeating for many years to come.
"I'm feeling pretty good about it, it was a tough campaign and we had a short preparation; only about six weeks whereas New South Wales had about three months to prepare," Benbow said.
"It felt pretty good to get all the acknowledgments from other players.
"I scored two tries, one in the first game and one in the decider so it was good to get a few tries and contribute to the team. I played in the under-20's two years ago but this was my first open event so hopefully I have a few more left in me yet."
The 21-year-old was one of the youngest players in the Queensland squad but team- mate Doherty said it didn't stop him from dominating.
"We have a few shining stars in our team up-and-coming. We had two really young players in Jayden Benbow being one and Adam Pride from the Gold Coast being the other," Doherty said.
"They're both really young and have really stepped up for Origin to Open's. Jayden carved up the Australian players at times."
Doherty, who had represented Queensland in the sport on numerous occasions, said it felt great to walk away from one of the toughest contests touch footy had to offer with a gold medal around her neck.
"It's excellent. I was a part of the last State of Origin team two years ago and we lost that one so it's a much better feeling to get the win this time and it's always good to beat the Blues," the 31-year-old said.
Doherty said the cherry on top of her State of Origin campaign was a game-two hat-trick.
"I was pretty lucky, being on the wing you get a lot of long balls and a lot more scoring opportunities so I was pretty happy to get a few," she said.
Fellow Rockhampton touch players Dan Withers, Trevor Moran, Dave Zanette and Justin Mitchell represented Queensland in the Open Men's squad while James Western, James Baartz and Lachlan and Cormac Hoch played for the Under-20 Men's team, Gavin Shuker played for the Men's 30s team, Matt Barclay, Cameron Upton and Clynton Wastell played in the Men's 40s team and Neville Norris represented the Men's 45s team.
Rocky women's representatives included Wendy Evans, Tracy Upton, Tanya Shuker and Tracey Williamson in the Women's 35s team with Upton claiming Player's Player honours while Lisa Norris contested the Women's 40s division.
STATE OF ORIGIN
Mixed Open - Queensland won the series 2-1
Men's Open - NSW won the series 2-1
Women's Open - NSW won the series 2-1