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June 07, 2019

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons 2019 squad

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons selectors have named the squad to take on New South Wales in this year’s Holden State of Origin match.

The team will be guided by the experience of veterans Steph Hancock and Heather Ballinger; alongside their inaugural NRLW premiership-winning Brisbane Broncos team mates Ali Brigginshaw and Brittany Breayley.

There are also four debutants in the squad, with Queensland Country players Steph Mooka and Elle Stitt and South East Queensland’s Jessika Elliston forcing their way into the side following impressive showings at the recent Harvey Norman Women’s National Championships.

Burleigh Bears and Broncos centre Amber Pilley has been part of the Queensland Women’s extended training squad and has impressed in previous representative outings for the NRL Women’s Indigenous All Stars teams.

Two recent past Queensland representatives Jenni-Sue Hoepper (Queensland Country) and Chelsea Lenarduzzi (South East Queensland) return to the fold after their strong performances in the championships.

Queensland Women’s Representative player Rona Peters has also been named in the side, following a review of her eligibility. While she was previously ruled out of contention due to her past representative career with the Kiwi Ferns, the application of “the grandfather rule” (not retrospectively applying eligibility guidelines) for players who have represented in interstate matches for two or more years has ensured her passage into the 2019 team.

The Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons will enter camp on the Gold Coast next Friday in preparation for their State of Origin match at North Sydney Oval on Friday, June 21.

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons squad 2019

Player Name National Championships Club Team
Chelsea Baker Queensland Country Gladstone Wallabys
Heather Ballinger Queensland Country West Brisbane Panthers
Annette Brander Queensland Country Souths Logan Magpies
Brittany Breayley Queensland Country Brothers Ipswich
Ali Brigginshaw South East Queensland Brothers Ipswich
Karina Brown South East Queensland Easts Tigers
Jessika Elliston* South East Queensland Tweed Seagulls
Tazmin Gray South East Queensland Burleigh Bears
Steph Hancock Queensland Country Souths Logan Magpies
Tallisha Harden South East Queensland Burleigh Bears
Jenni-Sue Hoepper Queensland Country Northern Marlins / Townsville
Chelsea Lenarduzzi South East Queensland Burleigh Bears
Steph Mooka* Queensland Country Northern Marlins / Cairns
Rona Peters South East Queensland Runaway Bay
Amber Pilley* South East Queensland Burleigh Bears
Elle Stitt* Queensland Country Emerald Cowboys
Amy Turner South East Queensland West Brisbane Panthers
Meg Ward Australian Defence Force Souths Logan Magpies
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