The State of Origin games kick off tonight, but the Twitter battles are already underway with hashtags and fan photos stirring up the states.
Both #stateoforigin and #origin have been trending for the last three days. The most popular hashtag so far is #origin, which has the added bonus of seven extra characters to taunt the opposition with.
The origin game is the main topic in Queensland at the moment, with few other topics even coming close. Meanwhile in Sydney, the origin hashtags have been rapidly gaining ground and eating up bandwidth all day for other popular topics.
Origin of the species: It's #9inarow versus #oneinarow. Photo: Getty Images
So far, Queensland is winning the Twitter match, with #9inarow tagged tweets increasing steadily throughout the day.
New South Wales has responded valiantly, with the slightly slower (and less impressive) #oneinarow seeing a tweet every ten minutes or so.
Trending hashtags from Queensland. Photo: Trendsmap
Queensland is also leading the charge when it comes to the pictures they're sharing on the social network.
The official Rugby League News account is midway through a supporter poll, Twitter-style:
State Of Origin 1. Mate Vs Mate. State Vs State. Who will win? RT if you're a proud NSW Blue. Or Favourite if you're a QLD Maroon. #soo1— Rugby League News (@RugbyLeagueNews) May 28, 2014
Trending hashtags from NSW. Photo: Trendsmap
State Of Origin 1. Mate Vs Mate. State Vs State. Who will win? RT if you're a proud NSW Blue. Or Favourite if you're a QLD Maroon. #soo1
The platform is set to be awash with tweets of team spirit, and battle metaphors:
First origin behind enemy lines. Just means more blues to give it too when we win #queenslander— Jeremy Morris (@jeremybim) May 28, 2014
First origin behind enemy lines. Just means more blues to give it too when we win #queenslander
But it’s not all war, or at least not war on empty stomachs.
Maroon/red velvet cupcakes for arvie tea for the girls at Suncorp Bank— Jo Lowe (@JoLowe62) May 28, 2014
Maroon/red velvet cupcakes for arvie tea for the girls at Suncorp Bank
Beyond the demonstrations of culinary flair and team spirit, some Queenslanders are looking for omens as to the outcome of tonight:
Is this a sign? An omen perhaps? Go the— Brendan Taylor (@Warraboy)
Is this a sign? An omen perhaps? Go the
Come on NSW, time to up the Twitter #origin battle.