Chelsea Baker at a recent Touch training session.
Chelsea Baker at a recent Touch training session. Mike Richards GLA040816TRUG

Verastile Chelsea stars in Origin Touch Series

TOUCH FOOTBALL: Chelsea Baker led the Queensland Touch Football team to a State of Origin clean sweep against New South Wales in Sydney on Friday and Saturday.

She won the Player of the Series and says it came as a pleasant shock.

"It was very surprising and a few of the players were stirring me up that I would win it,” Baker said.

Baker, who also played in the Gladstone and Districts Rugby League women's grand final against Emu Park on Sunday, says played in a position she enjoys.

"I played in the centre and was happy to attack,” Baker said.

Queensland won the series 3-0 and Baker added the best game was the first.

"The first game was on Friday and we won 6-2,” she said.

"New South Wales were tough and strong.”

Baker scored two tries in Queensland's 5-3 win in the second game.

The series was played at the Canterbury Velodrome and Baker said it was a tough final match on Saturday.

Sydney's recent big wet resulted in a muddy playing field.

"We won 3-2 in the third game outside of the velodrome and the mud was something like six inches deep,” Baker said.

As for preparing for the grand final on Sunday after three tough Touch Football games, Baker said that she coped only she knows how.

"I had plenty of coffee and just had four hours of sleep,” Baker said just before she stepped out in Wallabys colours in Sunday's grand final at Marley Brown Oval.

And for the record, Baker completed a weekend many can just dream of by guiding her beloved Wallabys to the premiership.



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