Origin battle: Family loyalties divided by blue and maroon
FAMILY loyalties will be put aside when a Chinderah brother and sister battle for touch football State of Origin supremacy in Sydney come September.
While Sammy-Jo Curtis, 20 and brother Jesse, 18, will both be cheering for the cockroaches in Origin Two, it’s adifferent matter when they take to the field with their under-20s NSW and Queensland touch football sides in three months’ time.
The pair said things were heating up under the family roof, with the siblings trying to get one over the other for their representative states.
“I hid Sammy-Jo’s Queensland gear today so she couldn’t find it,” Jesse said with a smile.
The prank is just one of many, with the border rivalry an ongoing battle between the two.
The pair have a long excelled in touch for both Queensland and NSW, but when it comes to playing Origin, Sammy-Jo shines in maroon while Jesse bleeds blue.
“I was born in NSW and I’ve always gone for them since I was little,” Jesse said of his true allegiances.
“I’ve played for Queensland and a lot of my mates play for them, but I feel better putting on a Blues jersey.” Sammy-Jo said her viewing loyalties lay with NSW, but had long chosen to play for Queensland.
“I go for NSW in Origin, but with university and commitments, it’s easier to play for Queensland,” she said.
“My coach in Queensland is my mentor and while I made both Queensland and NSW squads for the last Origin, I had to pick, so I went with Queensland.
Aside from winning Griffith University’s Athlete of the Year award last year, Sammy-Jo represented NSW at Combined High School (CHS) titles, played rep football for Queensland and south Queensland, the Titans Elite Eight and regional sides ahead of her selection for Queensland’s under-20s.
Jesse’s efforts are equally impressive, with the Tweed River High student playing touch for NSW, CHS, Queensland and south Queensland, Murwillumbah Mavericks, as well as this year’s Origin side.
Jesse has also been selected in the Australian under 19s squad and will play in the CHS titles before they head to Sydney for September’s Origin.