North Queensland snagged a nail-biting win over their southern counterparts, in their first match up.
In what was their first match as a representative team and it was a fantastic start for them.
They held the lead for most of the day, inching ahead at every break, but South Queensland were biting on their heels the whole afternoon.
The Northerners got off to a perfect start, kicking the first two goals of the match, before South Queensland hit back.
Anthony Corrie’s experience was instrumental for the South Queensland team early, with the forward leading the way.
North Queensland’s speedy transition helped them find space across the ground, and an early lead.
Their conversion tidied up after the first break and gave them some breathing space.
South Queensland started the second perfectly, with a goal in the opening minute, but North Queensland still had more opportunities, and that conversion gave them the upper hand.
Turnovers cost both sides in the midfield, and the South Queensland team stepped up as the quarter went on.
South Queensland’s Andrew Sponneck was instrumental in the back line, giving his side a strong presence in defence.
Jesse Dixon was prominent for North Queensland through the match.
Holding a 12-point lead going into the final quarter, North Queensland held off a strong last quarter charge from the southerners.
South Queensland kicked four goals to three in that fourth quarter, but they couldn’t edge in front, despite that strong end to the match.
The win was a significant one for North Queensland, coming together only the week of the game, unable to train together in the lead-up given the scope of the region.