OZTAG ORIGIN: Rockhampton players selected in the Queensland oztag teams include (back row, left to right) Liane Stabb, Bradley Spreadborough, Tiana O’Rourke, Kirsty Gorman and Briana Shillingsworth; (front row, from left) Tiana Cunningham, Nathaniel Lehr, Mooki House and Amber Shephard.
OZTAG ORIGIN: Rockhampton players selected in the Queensland oztag teams include (back row, left to right) Liane Stabb, Bradley Spreadborough, Tiana O’Rourke, Kirsty Gorman and Briana Shillingsworth; (front row, from left) Tiana Cunningham, Nathaniel Lehr, Mooki House and Amber Shephard. CONTRIBUTED

Oztag players set for State of Origin series of their own

LIANE Stabb loves the intensity and rivalry of rugby league's State of Origin series.

Now the 22-year-old will have the chance to take part in oztag's equivalent as a member of the Queensland mixed open team.

Stabb is one of 10 Rockhampton representatives chosen for the Oztag State of Origin series to be played in Blacktown, New South Wales, on June 18. Three other Rocky reps were named as shadows.

Their selection came on the back of strong performances at the Senior State Cup played at the Sunshine Coast in March.

The Rockhampton mixed open team in which Stabb played made it to the quarter finals, finishing eighth overall out of the 18 teams involved.

Stabb obviously impressed selectors as the team's inside link.

"I was really excited," she said of the moment she learned she had made the state team.

"I didn't think I was going to make it because they only choose eight girls and there were so many teams at the State Cup.

"I'm really looking forward to the State of Origin series. I can see it being a lot more competitive and harder than anything I've experienced so far."

This is not Stabb's first Queensland duty; she was selected in the Queensland indoor hockey team several years ago but made the decision to focus her sporting energies on oztag.

It has been a rapid rise in the sport for Stabb, who only started playing in 2014.

"One of my friends played and she was looking for players to join her team. I really enjoyed it and seemed to pick it up quite well," she said. "Everyone is really supportive and it's a just a fun sport to play."

Stabb said eye-hand co-ordination, speed and good communication skills were vital.

She plays two nights a week in the Rockhampton competition.

There are four rounds remaining in the Rockhampton autumn season before finals, and the winter comp starts in May. Anyone interested in playing can contact Ryan Scott on 0419741678.

STATE HONOURS

Rockhampton players selected for oztag's State of Origin:

Under-18 girls: Tiana O'Rourke, Amber Shephard, Briana Shillingsworth, Tashina Ketchup, Mooki House; shadow Kirsty Gorman

Under-17 boys: Jess Burkhardt

Open women: Stephanie Spence; shadow Tiana Cunningham

Open mixed: Nathanial Lehr, Liane Stabb; shadow Bradley Spreadborough

Senior mixed: Thomas Edgecock



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