first_imgThe game was the first of two Origin Touch matches to be played, with the second one to tie in with the second State of Origin on Wednesday, 16 June. There will only be two matches played as Parliament isn’t sitting when the third State of Origin will be contested. New South Wales took a one-nil lead in its quest to win back the AMP Trophy following last year’s defeat to Queensland. Graham Perrett, Federal Member for Moreton (Queensland) and Alex Hawke, Federal Member for Mitchell (New South Wales) were two of the politicians to compete on Wednesday morning. Despite the bad weather conditions, both Members enjoyed the game. “It was certainly fast and lively. What I liked about it was that there was not as much cheating as there normally is when it’s the politicians without a referee so you guys (TFA) really lifted the standards immediately.”“It was pretty fast, I was pretty impressed with it,” Perrett said. Each Wednesday morning in sitting weeks, the politicians take to Senate Oval to battle it out on the Touch Football field.“There is a high standard of sledging, and a low standard of Touch,” Perrett said. “We’re here every week when Parliament sits, we have a Touch game in the morning with staff, MP’s. You have to perform pretty well to get a run,” Hawke said. “Touch is a great game, we love it,” Hawke said.  “It’s always played in a pretty good spirit, no one really spits the dummy. It’s a good message to the Australian people, that we can play as a team altogether,” Perrett said. And while it’s always competitive when the politicians take to the field, Wednesday’s Origin clash raised the stakes.“It didn’t matter what party you were in. It didn’t matter if you were Labor, Liberal, National, you just line up on those state borders immediately,” Perrett said. “It’s a good way to get to know your political opponents, in a way that isn’t confronting,” Hawke said. Perrett and Hawke named Barnaby Joyce, Susan O’Connor, Darren Chester and Bryce Wilson as some of the stand outs of the game. The focus now shifts to the next clash in three weeks time, and Perrett is hoping Queensland can level the series at one-all. “It’s a chance to regain some dignity. We might have to rustle up a few more Queenslanders,” Perrett said. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website for footage of the first Origin game.last_img