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Premiers keep State of Origin bet alive

25/05/2010 09:08:02 AM Comments (0)

On the 30th anniversary of rugby league's State of Origin, the two female premiers have added a new twist to the annual bet on the series outcome.

The traditional bet involving the losing state flying the winner's flag - either on Sydney Harbour Bridge or Brisbane's Story Bridge - started in 1999 with a wager between Queensland's Peter Beattie and NSW's Bob Carr, when the maroons won the series.

However, Premier Anna Bligh said she and NSW Premier Kristina Keneally had decided to add to the equation in 2010.

"To give the bet more purpose the losing premier will host a footy breakfast fundraiser to benefit breast cancer with the proceeds to be equally split between breast cancer charities in each state," Ms Bligh said.

Over the past decade there has been some controversy, including in 2002 when Mr Carr refused to fly the flag when Queensland retained the Origin shield through a drawn series.

In recent years a signed Queensland jersey has hung in the NSW premier's office as a sign of Queensland's dominance.

"I say to Kristina: start organising your fund raiser now and get the Sydney Bridge ready for the magnificent Queensland flag," Ms Bligh said.

"I know Darren Lockyer and the boys will do us proud and make it five series in a row to Queensland."

Since the annual premiers' wager started in 1999 Queensland has won seven series and New South Wales four.

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