Representative matches in Australian rules football

Representative matches in Australian rules football are matches between representative teams played under the Australian rules, most notably of the colonies and later Australian states and territories that have been held since 1879. For most of the 20th century, the absence of a national club competition in Australia and international matches meant that intercolonial and later interstate matches were regarded with great importance.

Representative Australian Football
Players contest a mark at the Australian Football Carnival, in 1933, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The teams are New South Wales and Western Australia.
SportAustralian rules football
TypeRepresentative football
First meeting1879
Most winsVictoria (17)

Interstate matches were, in most cases, sanctioned and coordinated by the Australian National Football Council (ANFC), which organised every national championship series from the first-ever national carnival, the Jubilee Australasian Football Carnival in 1908 with the exception of the last-ever series: the 1993 State of Origin Championships, which was run by the AFL Commission. The series took place on approximately three-yearly intervals between 1908 and 1993; these were usually a fortnight-long tournament staged in a single host city, although some – particularly those played in the 1980s – were based on the results of matches played in different cities throughout the year. Between 1937 and 1988, the player judged the best at each of these carnivals was awarded the Tassie Medal; and between 1953 and 1988, the selection of All-Australian Teams was based on the player's performance during Australian Football Carnivals, and the team was named after each carnival concluded.

Until June, 1977, interstate Australian rules football games were played by teams representing the major football leagues or organisations, with players representing the State or Territory they were playing in at the time. From October, 1977 until May, 1999, players were selected for their states under partial or full State of Origin selection rules. Football historian John Devaney has argued that: "some of the state of origin contests which took place during the 1980s constituted arguably the finest expositions of the game ever seen".[1]

There have been no regular representative Australian rules football matches featuring players from the fully professional Australian Football League since 1999. Representatives matches continue to be played annually between teams representing the state or territorial leagues at the second tier or below. One senior women's State of Origin match was played in 2017. Representative matches are played at underage level as part of the men's and women's Underage National Championships, notably the AFL Under-19 Championships and AFL Women's Under-18 Championships.

Throughout its pre–State of Origin history, Victoria, as represented by the Victorian Football League, was the dominant state in representative football, winning 16 of the 19 carnivals up until 1975. Competition was more even during the nine competitions held in the State of Origin selection era, with championships shared among Western Australia (4), South Australia (3) and Victoria (2).


Intercolony / Interstate competition, 1879–1939Edit

Victoria vs South Australia at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1879

Victoria the birthplace of Australian rules and, with contributing factors such as population and finances, dominated the first hundred years of intercolonial and interstate football. This was the case in the first-ever intercolonial representative match, held on Tuesday, 1 July 1879 (a public holiday), at East Melbourne Cricket Ground. The final score was Victoria (represented by the Victorian Football Association) 7.14 to South Australia 0.3. The match was attended by more than 10,000 people.

The third and fourth teams to commence intercolonial competition were New South Wales and Queensland, playing each other in a two-game series in Brisbane in 1884; the result of the series was a one-all draw. Tasmania played its first game, against Victoria, in 1887. New Zealand (Maori) entered the competition with a draw against New South Wales in Sydney, on 29 June 1889.[2]

Victoria's long-term dominance briefly faltered in the 1890s, when other Colonies recorded their first-ever wins over the Victoria: South Australia in Adelaide in 1890 and 1891 and Tasmania in Hobart in 1893 (twice). In 1897, the new Victorian Football League split from the VFA, and the two selected separate representative teams, further weakening Victoria in intercolonial competition, which became interstate competition following Federation of the six British colonies in Australia, in 1901.

Western Australia played its first two interstate games in 1904, including a win over South Australia in Adelaide. The Australasian Football Council was established 1906, and it assumed administration for interstate football.

Queensland vs Tasmania at the Jubilee Carnival in 1908

The VFL's dominance within Victoria was established by the time an interstate carnival was held for the first time – in Melbourne in 1908 – to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of "Australasian football" (as it was known at the time). The widening gap between the three major footballing States/leagues and the others was shown in the organisation of the competition: Victoria (represented by the VFL), South Australia and Western Australia constituted "Section A", and Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand constituted "Section B". The VFA did not take part and the carnival was New Zealand's last appearance in representative football. Victoria went through the competition undefeated.

The second carnival was played in 1911, in Adelaide, which set the pattern of a carnival every three years. South Australia went undefeated and Victoria won three of their four matches. At the Sydney carnival of 1914, Victoria was once again undefeated. Following the onset of World War I interstate matches went into a five-year hiatus.

Action from New South Wales first ever defeat of Victoria by 15 points at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1923
Victoria's "Big V" team of 1928.

Throughout following decades, standalone interstate matches were held every year, and interstate carnivals were held usually every three years, with a few exceptions. In most carnivals following World War II, the stronger states competed separately from the minor states; and on many occasions the stronger states and minor states carnivals were held in separate locations or years. At the peak of its popularity, the carnival was known symbolically as "the Ashes" of Australian rules football.[3][4] Victoria (VFL) continued its dominance in interstate football by winning 17 of the 20 carnivals held between the period 1908 to 1975, and usually winning the individual matches held every year.

Victoria v South Australia at the Australian National Football Council Interstate Carnival Sydney Cricket Ground 1933

Some notable moments during this period were, the 1923 Victorian loss to South Australia, which was described as the state's worst ever defeat.[5] The 1923 South Australian upset loss to an undermanned Tasmania. The championship-deciding game of the 1924 carnival, between Victoria and Western Australia, was reported as being the roughest on record.[6] Also in 1924 South Australia recorded the concepts highest winning score, winning by 268 points to defeat Queensland in Hobart.[7][8] In the 1925 calendar year, Canberra played its first match against New South Wales.[9] In 1923 & 1925 Victoria lost shock upsets to New South Wales.[10] In 1927, in the Australia National Football Carnival Victoria beat Western Australia 11.10 to 10.12, in what has been described as one of the hardest and fiercest games fought in the history of the code.[11] In 1928 Victoria and South Australia participated in the first drawn representative match: the visiting Victorians led for most of the match, with South Australia kicking three late goals to give the state the victory by a point; however, after the match, it was discovered that the scoreboard had failed to record one of Victoria's behinds, and the match was declared a draw.[12]

Post World War II (1945 to 1977)Edit

In the second game between South Australia and Victoria after war, the states participated in the second representative draw, in a high scoring affair with the side locked in at 123 to 123 at full time.[13] In 1948, Victoria played Western Australia for the first time in ten years, which Western Australia went on to win by 38 points, in what was described as a memorable victory.[14]

The Australian National Football Council expanded in 1949, which saw the Victoria Football Association and the Australian Amateur Football Council each re-enter teams in carnival and interstate competitions. The Amateurs were frequent winners of the second division carnivals, and the VFA recorded an upset 8-point win against South Australia at the 1950 interstate carnival.[15] The VFA overall had mixed results while readmitted back, with some wins over some of the main states, and large losses,[15] and established a rivalry with Tasmania against whom it had a number of close results on both sides.[15] In 1959, Victoria beat Western Australia by 178 points, with the loss in Western Australia being taken so badly that it had been reported as potentially being the end of interstate football in the state.[16] Tasmania finished of the decade strongly, with two surprise carnival upsets over South Australia in 1956 and 1958 and Western Australia in 1958.[17]

In the first half of the 1960s saw a brief changing of the guard, with South Australia and Western Australia recording several wins over Victoria,[18] and an upset win by Tasmania over Victoria in 1960, considered one of Tasmanian football's greatest moments.[19] Also the 1963 Tasmanian victory over reigning interstate carnival champions Western Australia.[17] Those were Victoria's last losses of the pre-origin selection era, and Victoria went on a 12-year winning streak against Western Australia and an 18-year winning streak against South Australia.[18]

Neil Kerley and Graham Cornes were of significance in the rivalry between Victoria and South Australia, who played for and coached the South Australia team during this period.[20] Neil Kerley when coaching the South Australian team would engender a hatred for Victoria, telling his players that all Victorian umpires and players cheated.[20] Graham Cornes, who was coached by Kerley for South Australia and was later a coach and central figure in the promotion of interstate football in South Australia, later stated that his hatred for Victoria came from Neil Kerley, and in establishing the culture in South Australia of wanting to prove superiority over Victoria.[20] In the 1963 game, after Victorian Jack Dyer was asked what he would do if he was coaching Victoria, and disrespectfully responded I'd give them a pep talk and go to the races, Kerley opened the match by putting down two Victorians with heavy bumps, and South Australia went on to win by seven points.[21]

In the first half of the 1970s, there were some important games played: in 1970 Western Australia played Victoria in Melbourne, with the home side winning by six points.[22] The match was notable because of a native born Western Australian player, playing for Victoria, being involved in the winning play.[23] After the match with the result not taken well in the west, because of the observation that this had been a regular occurrence, it was first started being mentioned that games should be played on State of Origin criteria.[23] Likewise in the 1974 game between the states, with the same result occurring, with again a Western Australia player being involved in the winning play, it was reported in the west as being the last straw.[24] After the game Western Australia began to negotiate for games to be played under State of Origin criteria.[23]

Also in 1970 after a decade of surprise upsets, and large disappointing defeats, Tasmania recorded a memorable victory over Western Australia.[17] In the lead up to the match, an over confident Western Australian captain Polly Farmer, announced to the media that That his side simply could not countenance anything other than a convincing win, and "If we can't beat Tasmania, we ought to give the game away,.[17] The Tasmanians stormed home in the final moments to win the game by two points.[17] With the game notable, for thousands screaming onto the ground after the final siren.[17] In 1974 the Northern Territory first participated in the concept, with a win over Queensland.[22]

State of Origin competition, 1977–1988Edit

Map of Australia with each state shaded in that state's main jumper colour

By the 1970s, VFL clubs were signing up an increasing number of the best players from other states and Victoria dominated state games. Led by Leon Larkin, marketing manager of the Subiaco Football Club, Western Australia began to campaign for players to be selected according to state-of-origin rules. The (WAFL) negotiated with the (VFL) for two years before agreement was reached on the format. In the first such game, at Subiaco Oval in Perth, on 8 October 1977, Western Australia defeated Victoria, 23.13 (151) to 8.9 (57), a huge reversal of the results in most previous games. In the words of football historian John Devaney:

"A Western Australian team composed entirely of home-based players had, on 25 June, taken on a Victorian team containing many of the same players who would return to Perth three and a half months later for the state of origin clash. The respective scores of the two matches offered a persuasive argument, if such were needed, of the extent to which the VFL had denuded the WAFL of its elite talent:
Western Australia's previous biggest winning margin against a Victorian state team had been a mere 38 points in 1948.
Almost overnight, an inferiority complex was dismantled: Victoria, it seemed, was not intrinsically superior, only wealthier.

Games involving each of the other states soon followed. Western Australia and South Australia began to win more games against Victoria.

A full interstate carnival under state-of-origin selection was held with success in October 1979 in Perth. A second carnival was held the following October in Adelaide, but were a financial disaster for the organisers, with only 28,245 people attending the four games. Following this series, the VFL decided to not participate in any future carnivals, which put the future of the carnival concept in doubt.[26]

Between 1983 and 1987 there was a new format introduced, with only Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia competing, where each team would play each other once during the year, rather than in a standalone carnival, and with a points system and percentage used to declare the winner. Through this period, State of Origin football continued to be popular.[27] However, after 1986, the concept began to wane in popularity in Western Australia, with the entrance of West Coast into the expanded Victorian Football League in 1987.[23] When the 1988 Adelaide Bicentennial Carnival ran at a loss, the carnival concept was considered near finished.[28]

1990s: decline and endEdit

With sponsorship from Carlton and United Breweries and the support of South Australia, the Commission organised for a blockbuster match in 1989, the first between South Australia and Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1971.[29] A record State of Origin crowd of 91,960 at the match (significantly exceeding the VFL's prediction of 70,000) signalled a strong return.[30] The minor-states carnival continued in 1989, although the Northern Territory withdrew due to financial reasons and because the carnival was played outside its conventional summer season timing.[29] The AFL later gained formal affiliations with these states and territories signalling the end of the NFL's involvement in interstate football. The AFL Commission, taking over the role from the NFL in 1991 ruled out the minor states including Queensland and New South Wales from again playing the major states under State of Origin rules.[31] Ad hoc matches continued to be scheduled between 1989 and 1992 without a carnival. With the expansion of the Australian Football League into Western Australia in 1987 and South Australia in 1991, the top Victorian players were now playing football matches in those states every second week as part of club matches, and a major part of the representative football's appeal disappeared.[32]

The last interstate series recognised as a carnival was played in 1993; as a once-off, the AFL season was shortened from 22 rounds to 20 to accommodate it, and two new composite teams QLD/NT and NSW/ACT were introduced.[33] However, from 1992 until 1994, unusual timeslots and high ticket prices made the games inaccessible to many spectators.[34][35] In 1994, Graham Cornes criticised the Commission for its poor promotion of State of Origin in comparison with its rugby league equivalent, while also noting the negative impact that the nationalisation of the AFL had on interstate football's prestige.[36]

In the AFL Commission's five-year plan released in August 1994, the Commission announced further plans to reinvigorate State of Origin, attempting to establish a competition to rival Rugby League's equivalent; this included setting aside a free week in the fixture, and introducing a new composite team to be known as the Allies to represent all states outside Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia and be more competitive against them.[37] Before a large crowd in 1995, between the Victoria and South Australia game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground[38] Ted Whitten, promoter of Victoria and State of Origin, was terminally ill with prostate cancer, and was paraded around the ground prior to the match, with Mariah Carey's Hero being played over the PA system, for his service to the concept and the game, in a moment which has been voted as the most memorable moment in the game's history.[39] However, Tom Hafey noted an increase in clubs discouraging players from playing due to risk of injury, and an increasing reluctance from players themselves.[40]

Two state of origin matches were played on a free weekend in the AFL season each year between 1995 and 1998, featuring the four teams: Allies, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia – but aside from 1997 when a Victoria and South Australia game got a large crowd, low crowds and an annual $800,000 cost to stage the series persisted.[41] Only one match was played in 1999, with Victoria 17.19 (121) defeating South Australia 10.7 (67) before a crowd of 26,063 in rainy conditions; it would prove to be the last state of origin game. The match dropped from the 2000 season because the season's compressed schedule – which saw it played a month earlier than usual to accommodate the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney – did not allow for the week's break;[42] but state of origin never returned to the calendar thereafter.

21st centuryEdit

There have been two once-off representative matches played during the 21st century, each between Victoria and a single composite team representing the rest of Australia under state of origin selection rules. The first was the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match, held on a free weekend in 2008 as part of that season's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Australian rules football. The second was the State of Origin for Bushfire Relief Match, a benefit match played during the 2020 preseason to raise funds for the recovery after the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season.


At its peak, interstate matches were among the most important events on the annual football calendar in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The crowds drawn to interstate matches in those states regularly dwarfed home-and-away crowds, and at times throughout history would match or exceed grand final attendances. In Perth, interstate matches at the 1921 carnival, during the 1929 season, and at the 1937 carnival successively set records as Western Australia's highest-ever sports crowd; the crowd of 40,000 drawn to that 1937 match was more than 10,000 higher than any previous Western Australian crowd[43] and almost double the record club grand final crowd at that time. Likewise in Tasmania, carnival fixtures in 1924,[44] 1947[45] and 1966 each set new Tasmanian state football attendance records,[46] and the 1966 carnival crowd of 23,764 remains the third-highest football attendance in Tasmania's history. State of Origin matches in the 1980s in South Australia and Western Australia regularly drew crowds between 30,000 and 50,000, on par with grand finals in those states during that era; and interstate matches in Tasmania consistently drew crowds which either exceeded or were second only to the Tasmanian league's grand final attendances.[47]

Interstate football was less popular in Victoria than it was in the other states. One match in Victoria in 1989 against South Australia set the national interstate football record crowd of 91,960, with 10,000 people turned away at the gate,[47] and other large crowds at interstate games in Victoria were between 60,000 and 70,000,[48] on par with some large home-and-away games but lower than a typical finals attendance. But, at its lowest, interstate games in Victoria during the 1930s could sometimes fail to draw 10,000 spectators – less than the average home-and-away crowd – at a time when state record crowds were drawn to the matches elsewhere.[49] Eventually, due to these lower levels of public interest, less interstate football came to be played in Victoria: for the majority of the 1980s, when State of Origin football was at its peak, the Victorian team did not play a single match at home.[47] The primary reason for the difference in popularity between Victoria and the other states was the Victorian team's historical dominance in interstate football. Particularly during the pre-State of Origin era, the Victorian team was always expected to win and regularly won easily; therefore, Victorian spectators were disinclined to attend matches because there was little importance on offer for victory and a high chance of a one-sided contest.[50][51] The record crowd of 91,960 in Melbourne in 1989 came after South Australia had beaten Victoria three years in a row, demonstrating that Victorian fans were willing to embrace interstate football when the rivalry and contests were closely fought.[47] Additionally, differences in supporter culture between the states meant that club football and club parochialism had much greater importance in Victoria than in the other states.[52]

Amongst the competing states, the rivalry with Victoria was the strongest. Victoria's long-term dominance of interstate football created a culture of disdain towards it and, as a result, the most popular games always involved Victoria and beating Victoria was considered the pinnacle of interstate football in South Australia and Western Australia.[53] South Australia's rivalry towards Victoria was characterised during the 1980s with the slogan "Kick a Vic".[54]

Players from all states, including Victoria, viewed selection and participation in interstate football with great importance. Ted Whitten, who was widely noted for his involvement in and passion for the Victorian team described how "the players would walk on broken glass to wear the Victorian jumper".[55] Graham Cornes, well known for his involvement in the South Australian team, always spoke equally proudly of the experience of representing his state.[53] John Platten, a highly decorated player, described a drought-breaking victory playing for South Australia, over Victoria, as one of his proudest football moments.[56] Comments from other players included:

  • Matthew Lloyd (Victoria) –immense pride – you feel like you walk a bit taller when you pull on the Big V.[57]
  • Stephen O'Reilly (Western Australia) – State of Origin football is the pinnacle for AFL players.[58]
  • Andrew McKay (South Australia) – I never dreamt of playing VFL/AFL as a child, but I always dreamt of playing for my state.[59]
  • Graham Cornes (South Australia) – pulling the South Australian jumper on is like a dream come true.[60]
  • Tony Lockett (Victoria), who commented after he won the E. J. Whitten Medalthis will probably go down as one of the happiest days of my life, and I'll treasure it forever.[61]

Selection criteriaEdit

The State of Origin eligibility rules varied from game to game, and matches during the 1980s were sometimes played under partial, rather than full, State of Origin rules. This was in large part so that neutral leagues were not disrupted by a stand-alone game between two other states; e.g. VFL clubs would not lose access to interstate origin players on the weekend of a game between South Australia and Western Australia. For example, in the stand-alone 1982 match between South Australia and Victoria, a quota of up to six VFL players of South Australian origin, and no more than one from any VFL club, could play for South Australia; but otherwise, all SANFL and VFL players were eligible to play for South Australia and Victoria respectively – indeed Victoria fielded five VFL players of Western Australian origin in that match, including their captain, Mike Fitzpatrick.[62][63] Jason Dunstall and Terry Daniher, who were born in and recruited from Queensland and New South Wales respectively, both played several partial-origin matches for Victoria; and in a partial-origin match against Victoria in 1990. New South Wales was allowed to be represented by players of New South Welsh origin and any player who had played for the Sydney Swans[64] and Queensland was allowed to be represented by players of Queensland origin and any player who had played for the Brisbane Bears/Lions. Changes made in 1990 set a player's state of origin based on his registered state at age 15.[65]

Roger Merrett has played for and captained both Victoria (1984) and Queensland (1991).

State of Origin in popular mediaEdit

Greg Champion wrote a song, "Don't Let The Big V Down", about the traditional navy blue jumper with a large white V used to represent Victoria in state games. The song is about a young man who is about to play his first state game and is approached by another man, who is Ted Whitten, and tells him to not let the Big V down.

Champion also wrote another song, Came From Adelaide, about two people watching a game between South Australia and Victoria. One of them turns to the other and says that the Croweaters cannot play. The other replies that this is not true and that the South Australians are great.

State & Territory & Representative Teams & ColoursEdit

State/Territory/Representative Team Colours
Allies (M)     
Allies (W)    
All Stars (M)   
Amateurs (M)    
Australian Capital Territory (M & W)    
Dream Team (M)    
Indigenous (M)    
New South Wales (M & W)   
New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (M & W)     
New Zealand (M & W)    
Northern Territory (M & W)    
Queensland (M & W)   
Queensland/Northern Territory (M & W)     
South Australia (M & W)    
Tasmania (M & W)     
Victoria (VFL) (M)   
Victoria (VFA) (M)   
Victoria (W)   
Western Australia (M & W)   
  • (M) = Men
  • (M & W) = Men & Women
  • (W) = Women

State & Territory & Representative Teams & Games PlayedEdit

State/Territory/Representative Team First Game Last Game
Allies (M) 1995 1998
Allies (W) 2017 2017
All Stars (M) 2020 2020
Amateurs (M) 1988 1988
Australian Capital Territory (M & W) 1925 1988
Dream Team (M) 2008 2008
Indigenous (M & W) 1983
New South Wales (M & W) 1881 1992
New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (M & W) 1993 1993
New Zealand (M & W) 1889
Northern Territory (M & W) 1988 1988
Queensland (M & W) 1884 1992
Queensland/Northern Territory (M & W) 1993 1993
South Australia (M & W) 1879 1999
Tasmania (M & W) 1887 1993
Victoria (VFL) (M & W) 1897 2020
Victoria (VFA) (M) 1879 1988
Western Australia (M & W) 1904 1998
  • (M) = Men
  • (M & W) = Men & Women
  • (W) = Women

State & Territory & Representative Teams & Team AwardsEdit

State/Territory/Representative Team Award Winner(s)
Allies (M) Alex Jesaulenko Medal
Allies (W)
All Stars (M)
Amateurs (M)
Australian Capital Territory (M)
Dream Team (M)
Indigenous (M & W)
New South Wales (M & W)
New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (M & W)
New Zealand (M & W)
Northern Territory (M & W)
Queensland (M & W)
Queensland/Northern Territory (M & W)
South Australia (M & W) Fos Williams Medal
Tasmania (M & W) Lefroy Medal
Victoria (VFL) (M & W) E. J. Whitten Medal
Victoria (VFA) (M)
Western Australia (M & W) Simpson Medal (1948–1991), Graham Moss Medal (1995–1998)
  • (M) = Men
  • (M & W) = Men & Women
  • (W) = Women


Victoria vs South AustraliaEdit

The rivalry between Victoria and South Australia was considered the strongest in state football.[66] Although there is a bitter rivalry on both sides, the make up of the rivalry is slightly different:[67] for Victoria, being the most successful state in interstate football, it meant that protecting that reputation was of prominent importance;[68] for South Australia, the rivalry stemmed from dislike, and the feeling that Victorians did not give the state the respect it deserved.[68] Graham Cornes, who was heavily involved in South Australian state football, described the football culture in Victoria as insular having a lack of regard for football outside their state, which drove that feeling.[69]

Many footballers described beating Victoria as one of the top achievements in South Australian football. Neil Kerley ranked beating Victoria above his club premierships.[70] Victorian footballers have commented on the passion and hatred directed towards them in interstate games played in Adelaide. Garry Lyon described the fans as "hostile and maniacal", and "by the time the games came around they were whipped into a frenzy".[71] Paul Roos commented about the first state game he played in South Australia that "when walking up the entrance and onto Football Park was an experience in itself. I quickly realised how much hatred existed towards Victorians and their football."[72]

Victoria vs Western AustraliaEdit

There is also an intense rivalry between Victoria and Western Australia.[73][11] Western Australia's rivalry likewise stemmed from the feeling in Western Australia that Victoria never gave their state the credit it deserved, despite some of the best players of all time coming from the state.[74] The Victorian and Western Australian rivalry was summarised in the early part of the 20th century as a friendly rivalry.[75] In contrast with the Victoria vs South Australia rivalry which is based on hatred.[76] This was evident in the first match between Victoria and Western Australia in Melbourne in 1904, where before the game the home victorians put on a function for the two sides, as a welcome. The function was reported to be well received by both sides.[75] This is in contrast to the previous years Victoria vs South Australia game in Melbourne, where no such function was held.[75] After the rivalry evolved from first to the latter half of the 20th century, when Victoria stated to lure many of Western Australia's best players because of money, the rivalry started to take on dislike from Western Australia's part.[77]

Some games widely regarded as some of the best in the history of Australian football were played between Victoria and Western Australia in the 1980s.[78] Shane Parker a former Western Australia player, said of the rivalry "When I was a kid, the State of Origin games were the greatest ever. It was a really big thing to see the WA side play, particularly against Victoria".[79]

Western Australia vs South AustraliaEdit

There was also an intense rivalry between Western Australia and South Australia,[80] with fans at games between the states always vociferous and parochial.[81]

Queensland vs New South WalesEdit

The two states where rugby football is most popular have a rivalry in rugby and this is reflected also in their Australian rules encounters, having been evenly matched since they first met in the 1880s.[82] While Queensland has shied away from competing in carnivals that include the stronger states, the neighbouring states have played at times annually. The gap narrowed until the 1970s after which on the few occasions they have met, Queensland has once again had the upper hand. State of Origin matches between the two in the 1980s were promoted to capitalise on the popularity of the Rugby League State of Origin.


Australian National Football Carnival (1908–1993)Edit

For most of the 20th century there was a national football carnival usually held every three to five years. Some of the carnivals the format consisted of qualification matches at the start of the tournament, with the winners playing off in a final. In some other carnivals the format was a round-robin format, with a points system in which the team with most points at the end of the tournament was declared the winner.
The national football carnival was played under the State of Residence rules from 1908 to 1975, and then played under the State of Origin rules from 1979 to 1993

Year & Carnival Name City/Cities Winners Tassie Medallist & Team
Section A Section B
Matches played under State of Residency rules
1908 Jubilee Australasian Football Carnival Melbourne Victoria Tasmania
1911 Adelaide Carnival Adelaide South Australia
1914 Sydney Football Carnival Sydney Victoria
1921 Perth Football Carnival Perth Western Australia
1924 Hobart Football Carnival Hobart Victoria
1927 Melbourne Football Carnival Melbourne Victoria
1930 Adelaide Football Carnival Adelaide Victoria
1933 Sydney Football Carnival Sydney Victoria
1937 Perth Football Carnival Perth Victoria Mick Cronin (WA)
1947 Hobart Football Carnival Hobart Victoria Tasmania Les McClements (WA) & Bob Furler (ACT)
1950 Brisbane Football Carnival Brisbane Victoria (VFL) Amateurs Terry Cashion (Tas)
1953 Adelaide Football Carnival Adelaide Victoria (VFL) Merv McIntosh (WA)
1956 Perth Football Carnival Perth Victoria (VFL) Graham Farmer (WA)
1958 Centenary Carnival Melbourne Victoria (VFL) Amateurs Allen Aylett (VFL) & Ted Whitten (VFL)
1960 Minor States Carnival Canberra/Sydney Victoria (VFA)
1961 Brisbane Football Carnival Brisbane Western Australia Brian Dixon (WA)
1966 Hobart Football Carnival Hobart Victoria (VFL) Barry Cable (WA)
1968 Minor States Carnival Canberra Amateurs
1969 Adelaide Football Carnival Adelaide Victoria Peter Eakins (WA) & Graham Molloy (SA)
1972 Perth Football Carnival Perth Victoria Ken McAullay (WA)
1974 Minor States Carnival Sydney Queensland
1975 Knockout Football Carnival Adelaide/Melbourne Victoria
Matches played under State of Origin rules
1979 State of Origin Carnival Perth Western Australia Queensland Brian Peake (WA)
1980 State of Origin Carnival Adelaide Victoria Graham Cornes (SA)
1983 Australian Football Championships Adelaide/Perth Western Australia Stephen Michael (WA)
1984 Australian Football Championships Adelaide/Perth Western Australia Brad Hardie (A)
1985 Australian Football Championships Adelaide/Perth Victoria Dale Weightman (Vic)
1986 Australian Football Championships Adelaide/Perth South Australia Brad Hardie (WA)
1987 Australian Football Championships Adelaide/Perth Western Australia Mark Naley (SA)
1988 Bicentennial Carnival Adelaide South Australia Northern Territory Paul Salmon (Vic)
1993 State of Origin Championships Adelaide/Hobart/Melbourne South Australia Queensland/Northern Territory

Australian Rules State of Residence Matches (1904–2022)Edit

The team names in bold indicate the winning teams.

Year Round Home team Score Away team Score Ground City Crowd Date Time Network
1995 QAFL 9.17 (71) WAFL 14.14 (98) Gabba Brisbane 2,200 2/07/1995
1990 SANFL 17.19 (121) WAFL 24.26 (100) Football Park Adelaide 21,231 8/07/1990
1988 SANFL 17.17 (119) WAFL 11.13 (79) Football Park Adelaide 18,339 24/05/1988[83] Ten
1987 WAFL 9.9 (63) SANFL 18.16 (124) WACA Ground Perth ABC
1986 WAFL 18.19 (127) SANFL 12.16. (88) Football Park Adelaide
[clarification needed]
1985 WAFL 16.15 (111) SANFL 30.18 (198) Subiaco Oval Perth 15/06/1985
1984 SANFL 14.13 (97) WAFL 14.14 (98) Football Park Adelaide 26,649 Seven
1983 WAFL 24.14 (134) SANFL 16.14 (110) Subiaco Oval Perth 04/06/1983 Seven
1977 WAFL 13.12 (90) VFL 23.16 (154) Subiaco Oval Perth 44,891 25/06/1977 Seven

Australian Rules State of Origin Matches (1977–1999)Edit

The team('s) name(s) in bold indicates the winning team(s)

Key - 1979 Perth State of Origin Carnival:

  • S1QPO = Section 1 Qualification Play Off
  • S1SF1 = Section 1 Semi Final 1
  • S1SF2 = Section 1 Semi Final 2
  • S13PP = Section 1 3rd Place Playoff
  • S1GF = Section 1 Grand Final
  • S2GF = Section 2 Grand Final

Key - 1980 Adelaide State of Origin Carnival:

  • SF1 = Semi Final 1
  • SF2 = Semi Final 2
  • 3PF = 3rd Place Final
  • GF = Grand Final

Note - 1980: Double-headers on the 11th of October and on the 13 of October respectively.

Note - 1985: The match between South Australia and Victoria was awarded to South Australia on protest, as a result of Victoria playing with 4 interchange players instead of the permitted 3 interchange players.[3].[84]

Key - 1988 Adelaide Bicentennial Carnival:

  • S1 SF = Section 1 Semi Final
  • S1 3PPO = Section 1 3rd Place Play Off
  • S1 GF = Section 1 Grand Final
  • S2 PS = Section 2 Preliminary Stage
  • S2 WSPO = Section 2 Wooden Spoon Play Off
  • S2 GF = Section 2 Grand Final

Key - 1993 State of Origin Championships:

  • S1 SF1 = Section 1 Semi Final 1
  • S1 SF2 = Section 1 Semi Final 2
  • S1 GF = Section 1 Grand Final
  • S2 GF = Section 2 Grand Final
Year Round Home team Score Away team Score Ground City Crowd Date Time Network
1999 Victoria 17.19 (121) South Australia 10.7 (67) MCG Melbourne 26,063 29/05/1999 2:00 PM Seven
1998 Allies 14.11 (95) Victoria 22.16 (148) Gabba Brisbane 13,977 10/07/1998 7:00 PM Seven
1998 South Australia 22.11 (143) West. Australia 16.11 (107) Football Park Adelaide 18,204 11/07/1998 4:00 PM Seven
1997 South Australia 12.13 (85) Victoria 13.15 (93) Football Park Adelaide 40,595 21/06/1997 8:00 PM Seven
1997 West. Australia 16.12 (108) Allies 18.8 (116) Subiaco Oval Perth 16,795 20/06/1997 6:00 PM Seven
1996 South Australia 20.6 (126) West. Australia 13.13 (91) Football Park Adelaide 16,722 02/06/1996 2:30 PM Seven
1996 Victoria 20.17 (137) Allies 11.18 (84) MCG Melbourne 35,612 01/06/1996 2:10 PM Seven
1995 Victoria 18.12 (120) South Australia 8.9 (57) MCG Melbourne 64,186 17/06/1995 2:00 PM Seven
1995 West. Australia 8.13 (61) Allies 13.14 (92) Subiaco Oval Perth 15,722 18/06/1995 12:00 PM Seven
1994 South Australia 11.9 (75) Victoria 10.13 (73) Football Park Adelaide 44,598 03/05/1994 8:00 PM Seven
1993 S1 SF1 Victoria 19.16 (130) NSW/ACT 8.17 (65) MCG Melbourne 22,409 01/06/1993 7:00 PM Seven
1993 S1 SF2 South Australia 19.13 (127) West. Australia 14.7 (91) Football Park Adelaide 21,487 02/06/1993 8:00 PM Seven
1993 S1 GF Victoria 14.13 (97) South Australia 16.13 (109) MCG Melbourne 31,792 05/06/1993 4:40 PM Seven
1993 S2 GF Tasmania 10.13 (73) Queensland/NT 16.14 (110) Bellerive Oval Hobart 9,660 06/06/1993 12:00 PM Seven
1992 New South Wales 22.9 (141) Queensland 6.12 (48) SCG Sydney 7,223 12/05/1992 7:00 PM Seven
1992 Victoria 23.19 (157) West. Australia 13.12 (90) MCG Melbourne 32,152 26/05/1992 7:00 PM Seven
1992 South Australia 19.19 (133) Victoria 18.12 (120) Football Park Adelaide 33,984 07/07/1992 12:00 PM Seven
1991 Tasmania 14.20 (104) Victoria 17.14 (116) N. Hobart Oval Hobart 16,000 28/05/1991 12:00 PM Seven
1991 South Australia 11.4 (70) Victoria 12.14 (86) Football Park Adelaide 37,277 28/05/1991 8:00 PM Seven
1991 Queensland 23.14 (152) Victoria 15.8 (108) Gabba Brisbane 8,519 16/07/1991 12:00 PM Seven
1991 West. Australia 19.13 (127) Victoria 7.9 (51) WACA Ground Perth 24,397 16/07/1991 12:00 PM Seven
1991 West. Australia 17.20 (122) South Australia 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval Perth Seven
1990 New South Wales 13.8 (86) Victoria 10.16 (76) SCG Sydney 13,482 22/05/1990 8:30 PM Seven
1990 Tasmania 20.14 (134) Victoria 14.17 (101) N. Hobart Oval Hobart 18,649 24/06/1990 12:00 PM Seven
1990 West. Australia 8.12 (60) Victoria 14.13 (97) WACA Ground Perth 21,897 26/06/1990 6:30 PM Seven
1990 South Australia 17.19 (122) West. Australia 14.16 (100) Football Park Adelaide Seven
1989 West. Australia 10.12 (72) Victoria 19.12 (126) WACA Ground Perth 20,993 16/05/1989 12:00 PM Seven
1989 Victoria 22.17 (149) South Australia 9.9 (63) MCG Melbourne 91,960 01/07/1989 2:10 PM Seven
1989 Tasmania 15.7 (107) Victoria 25.13 (163) N. Hobart Oval Hobart 12,342 02/07/1989 12:00 PM Seven
1988 S2 PS North. Territory 19.20 (134) Tasmania 10.8 (68) Football Park Adelaide 02/03/1988 Nine
1988 S2 PS Amateurs 14.12 (96) ACT 12.11 (83) Football Park Adelaide 02/03/1988 Nine
1988 S1 SF Victoria (VFL) 20.13 (133) West. Australia 10.13 (73) Football Park Adelaide 5,195 02/03/1988 Nine
1988 S2 PS Victoria (VFA) 17.10 (112) Queensland 4.11 (35) Football Park Adelaide 03/03/1988 Nine
1988 S2 PS North. Territory 11.19 (85) Amateurs 8.9 (57) Football Park Adelaide 03/03/1988 Nine
1988 S1 SF South Australia 12.8 (80) New South Wales 8.11 (59) Football Park Adelaide 5,755 03/03/1988 Nine
1988 S2 SF Victoria (VFA) 18.20 (128) ACT 9.16 (70) Norwood Oval Adelaide 04/03/1988 Nine
1988 S2 WSPO Tasmania 11.16 (82) Queensland 10.10 (70) Norwood Oval Adelaide 04/03/1988 Nine
1988 S2 GF North. Territory 17.10 (112) Victoria 9.13 (63) Football Park Adelaide 05/03/1988 Nine
1988 S1 3PPO New South Wales 10.8 (68) West. Australia 9.12 (66) Football Park Adelaide 05/03/1988 Nine
1988 S1 GF South Australia 15.12 (102) Victoria (VFL) 6.6 (42) Football Park Adelaide 19,387 05/03/1988 Nine
1988 West. Australia 15.9 (99) Victoria 21.23 (149) Subiaco Oval Perth 23,006 05/07/1988[85]
1988 West. Australia 18.14 (122) South Australia 17.13 (115) BC Place Vancouver Nine
1987 South Australia 12.13 (85) Victoria 11.15 (81) Football Park Adelaide 41,605 27/05/1987 ABC
1987 West. Australia 13.14 (92) Victoria 16.20 (116) Subiaco Oval Perth 22,000 22/07/1987 ABC
1986 South Australia 18.17 (125) Victoria 17.13 (115) Football Park Adelaide 43,143 13/05/1986
1986 West. Australia 21.11 (137) Victoria 20.14 (134) Subiaco Oval Perth 39,863 08/07/1986
1985 South Australia 11.10 (76)* Victoria 20.13 (133) Football Park Adelaide 44,287 14/05/1985
1985 West. Australia 9.11 (65) Victoria 19.16 (130) Subiaco Oval Perth 38,000 16/07/1985
1984 South Australia 16.8 (104) Victoria 16.12 (108) Football Park Adelaide 52,719 15/05/1984 Seven
1984 West. Australia 21.16 (142) Victoria 21.12 (138) Subiaco Oval Perth 42,500 17/07/1984 Seven
1983 South Australia 26.16 (172) Victoria 17.14 (116) Football Park Adelaide 42,521 16/07/1983 Seven
1983 West. Australia 16.22 (118) Victoria 16.19 (115) Subiaco Oval Perth 44,213 12/07/1983 Seven
1982 South Australia 18.19 (127) Victoria 21.13 (139) Football Park Adelaide 40,399 17/05/1982
1982 West. Australia 15.11 (101) Victoria 19.10 (124) Subiaco Oval Perth 29,182 13/07/1982
1982 South Australia 29.23 (197) West. Australia 12.9 (81) Football Park Adelaide 27,283
1982 West. Australia 21.18 (144) South Australia 8.5 (53) Subiaco Oval Perth
1981 West. Australia 16.23 (119) Victoria 13.12 (90) Subiaco Oval Perth 26,000 27/04/1981
1981 Tasmania 16.12 (108) Victoria 31.20 (206) N. Hobart Oval Hobart 6,349 04/07/1981
1981 Queensland 12.18 (90) Victoria 32.29 (221) Gabba Brisbane 9,000 12/07/1981
1980 Victoria 18.15 (123) West. Australia 15.12 (102) VFL Park Melbourne 31,467 05/07/1980
1980 Queensland 16.10 (106) Victoria 28.18 (186) Gabba Brisbane 16,000 06/07/1980
1980 ACT 13.17 (95) Victoria 11.16 (82) Manuka Oval Canberra 10,600 06/07/1980
1980 West. Australia 21.30 (156) South Australia 10.9 (69) Subiaco Oval Perth
1980 SF1 South Australia 22.18 (150) Tasmania 8.13 (61) Football Park Adelaide 10,666 11/10/1980 Seven
1980 SF2 Victoria 14.20 (104) West. Australia 9.15 (69) Football Park Adelaide 10,666 11/10/1980 Seven
1980 3PF West. Australia 17.23 (125) Tasmania 12.18 (90) Football Park Adelaide 17,579 13/10/1980 Seven
1980 GF Victoria 15.12 (102) South Australia 12.13 (85) Football Park Adelaide 17,579 13/10/1980 Seven
1979 South Australia 6.13 (49) Victoria 15.20 (110) Football Park Adelaide 32,054 21/05/1979
1979 Tasmania 8.14 (62) Victoria 26.21 (177) N. Hobart Oval Hobart 12,197 18/06/1979 Seven
1979 S1 QPO Tasmania 17.20 (122) Queensland 13.12 (90) Perth Oval Perth 04/10/1979 Seven
1979 S1 SF1 West. Australia 23.33 (171) Tasmania 9.10 (64) Subiaco Oval Perth 06/10/1979 Seven
1979 S1 SF2 Victoria 25.30 (180) South Australia 20.15 (135) Subiaco Oval Perth 15,186 06/10/1979 Seven
1979 S2 GF Queensland 23.13 (151) ACT 18.12 (120) Leederville Oval Perth 07/10/1979
1979 S1 3PP South Australia 22.20 (152) Tasmania 17.11 (113) Subiaco Oval Perth 08/10/1979 Seven
1979 S1 GF West. Australia 17.21 (123) Victoria 16.12 (108) Subiaco Oval Perth 30,876 08/10/1979 Seven
1978 Tasmania 18.6 (114) Victoria 25.11 (161) N. Hobart Oval Hobart 16,776 10/06/1978[86]
1978 Victoria 25.13 (163) West. Australia 8.15 (63) VFL Park Melbourne 45,192 10/06/1978[87]
1978 ACT 12.11 (83) Victoria 21.21 (147) Manuka Oval Canberra 10,300 11/06/1978
1978 West. Australia 14.17 (101) Victoria 17.13 (115) Subiaco Oval Perth 30,195 07/10/1978 Seven
1977 West. Australia 23.13 (151) Victoria 8.9 (57) Subiaco Oval Perth 25,467 08/10/1977 Seven

AFL Women's State of Origin (2017)Edit

After the success of the inaugural AFL Women's season the AFL announced in mid-July that a State of Origin representative match would be held for AFL Women's players during the AFL season pre-finals bye.[88] A team of players born in Victoria played a single exhibition match against Allies (a team of players from the rest of Australia) at Etihad Stadium on the evening of Saturday 2 September.[89]

AFLW State of Origin
Saturday, 2 September (7:40 pm) Victoria def. Allies Etihad Stadium (crowd: 9,400[90]) Report
0.2.2 (14)
0.8.5 (53)
0.11.7 (73)
 0.17.11 (113)
0.1.1 (7)
0.2.2 (14)
0.2.2 (14)
 0.2.4 (16)
Umpires: Bryce, Cheever, Rodger
Best on ground: Daisy Pearce
Television broadcast: Network Seven, Fox Footy
Super goals: Nil
Garner 5, Blackburn 3, Ashmore 2, Eva, Lambert, Paxman, Kearney, Pearce, D'Arcy, Hope
Goals Super goals: Nil
Harris, Wuetschner
Pearce, Paxman, Donnellan, Garner, Eva, Kearney, Blackburn Best King, Bates, Antonio, Brennan, Marinoff
Lambert (hip) Injuries Harris (knee), Zielke (ribs), Randall (thigh), Bentley (knee)
Nil Reports Nil

AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match (2008)Edit

AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match
Saturday, 10 May 2008 7:40 pm Victoria def. Dream Team MCG (crowd: 69,294)
3.6 (24)
9.8 (62)
14.9 (93)
 21.11 (137)
5.4 (34)
8.6 (54)
15.8 (98)
 18.12 (120)
Umpires: Vozzo, Kennedy, Rosebury, McInerney
Allen Aylett Medal: Brendan Fevola (Victoria)
Fevola 6
J Brown, Johnson, Harvey 3
O'Keefe, Murphy, C Brown, Chapman, Bradshaw, Foley 1
Goals Franklin 4
Davis 3
Motlop, Burton, Goodwin 2
Richardson, Kirk, S Burgoyne, Mooney, Stokes 1
Fevola, Foley, Pendlebury, Goodes, Harvey Best P Burgoyne, McLeod, S Burgoyne, Johncock
Fraser (knee) Injuries Kerr (lower leg)

AFL State of Origin for Bushfire Relief Match (2020)Edit

State of Origin for Bushfire Relief Match
Friday, 28 February 2020 7:50 pm Victoria def. All-Stars Marvel Stadium (crowd: 51,052) Report
4.1 (25)
10.2 (62)
15.7 (97)
 24.10 (154)
4.7 (31)
9.14 (68)
15.16 (106)
 15.18 (108)
Umpires: Fisher, Stephens, Nicholls, Williamson
Best on Ground Medal: Dustin Martin (Victoria)
Papley 5
Kelly, Greene 4
Martin, Gaff, Bontempelli, Gresham 2
Dangerfield, J Cameron, Lynch 1
Goals C Cameron 3
Coniglio, Breust, Riewoldt, Smith 2
Neale, Weller, Walters, Hill 1
Kelly, Martin, Greene, Papley, Pendlebury, Haynes, Cotchin, Dangerfield Best Coniglio, C Cameron, Mills, Cripps, Neale, Johannisen

Other interstate matchesEdit

State league representative matches (1990–present)Edit

With the advent of interstate teams into the expanding VFL and its eventual re-badging and change to a national league in 1990, the state leagues undertook steps to ensure that representative football would not be reserved solely for those players in the Australian Football League. State League Representative matches would allow those players participating in competitions that would be, in later years, categorised as second-tier leagues, to be selected for interstate duties. For the most part during the ensuing years between the inception of State League and the end of Origin, it was the South Australian and Western Australian leagues championing the concept with the two leagues facing off many times. The other state leagues did take part in the concept, but on a far more limited basis. The Queensland, ACT and Tasmanian competitions featured on several occasions, the New South Wales league made scattered appearances while the Northern Territory was far less featured on the interstate stage mainly due to their domestic league being played in a different part of the year. Meetings between those competitions and the SANFL or WAFL were a rare occurrence.

The Victorian Football Association eventually made some appearances of their own at state league level from 1994, but also did not have games against South Australia or Western Australia for a few years. Eventually, after a restructure of that competition in 1996 which saw them adopt the name of the VFL, they faced the SANFL on the MCG in the curtain raiser to what would be the swansong of State of Origin football in 1999. From this day onwards, interstate football would become the domain of the leagues that underpin the AFL. In the years following, the participation of the "non-traditional" football states was not as high as that of South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory continued to play a part, while Tasmania's football system was split in half between north and south, as well as the state team being replaced by a club—Tasmanian Devils—which entered the VFL in 2001. The "Big 3" in the SANFL, WAFL and VFL entered into an agreement in 2003 to adopt a program where they would play each other in a rotational system over three years, which saw one state either sit out interstate football for one season or require that league to find alternative opposition.

Towards the end of the 2000s, the AFL by this time had control of the football administrations across the eastern states and the Northern Territory. Tasmania withdrew from the VFL and relaunched the statewide Tasmanian State League competition in 2009, then in 2011 the AFL created the North East Australian Football League out of established state league teams from New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as reserves sides from the four AFL clubs in those regions. With this, the representative football calendar would virtually encompass all of Australia. At first the NEAFL's conference system would allow two representative sides with Queensland and the Northern Territory making up the Northern conference team and the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory combination forming the Eastern conference side. A couple of years later, the NEAFL would be represented by a single team. How this arrangement fits into the individual state league schedules is still being worked on, but it has largely not disrupted the existing arrangements undertaken by the traditional football states. In fact, what would normally have been a "bye" year for the SANFL, WAFL or VFL allows them to instead play the NEAFL or the TSL.

Under this arrangement, the leagues of New South Wales (AFL Sydney), the Australian Capital Territory (AFL Canberra) and Queensland (QAFL) were effectivelly relegated to third-tier status behind the NEAFL and, as a result, any representative matches involving opposition outside of these territories have involved amateur-level leagues.

The state league representative matches, like State of Origin matches, also have individual best on ground medals:


1991 Football Season
11 June 1991 WAFL 17.20. (122) def. SANFL 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 20,011) [91]

Bold text indicates the home team.

Year Result Venue
1991 WAFL17.20 (122) def. SANFL 11.12 (78) subiaco Oval
1992 SANFL 9.18 (72) def. WAFL 9.12 (66) Football Park
1993 WAFL 15.20 (110) def. SANFL 13.8 (86) WACA Ground
TFL 11.8 (74) def. QFL 9.10 (64) Bellerive Oval
1994 NTFL 15.13(103) def. VFA 12.8 (80) Melbourne
WAFL 10.14 (74) def. SANFL 7.18 (60) Football Park
QFL 18.18 (126) def. TFL 10.10 (70) Brisbane
1995 NTFL 11.11 (77) def. ACTFL 9.16 (70) Canberra
TFL 14.15 (99) def. SANFL 12.12 (84) North Hobart Oval
WAFL 14.14 (98) def. QFL 8.17 (65) Brisbane
VFA 16.15 (111) def. NSWFL 2.7 (19) Melbourne
1996 VFL 15.18 (108) def. TFL 13.8 (86) Melbourne
SANFL 15.20 (110) def. WAFL 6.9 (45) Subiaco Oval
1997 SANFL 13.17 (95) def. ACTFL 8.5 (53) Canberra
VFL 11.25 (91) def. ACTFL 10.6 (66) Canberra
TFL 19.6 (120) def. WAFL 10.13 (73) North Hobart Oval
1998 SANFL 17.13 (115) def. WAFL 10.10 (70) Football Park
TFL 13.10 (88) def. VFL 6.17 (53) North Hobart Oval
1999 SANFL 12.11 (83) def. VFL 8.11 (59) MCG
ACTFL 9.11 (65) def. NSWFL 9.6 (60) Sydney
WAFL 20.12 (132) def. TFL 10.14 (74) Kalgoorlie
2000 SANFL 15.17 (107) def. WAFL 8.17 (65) Adelaide Oval
2001 SANFL 20.14 (134) def. VFL 14.12 (96) Adelaide Oval
2002 VFL 18.17 (125) def. SANFL 10.9 (69) Adelaide Oval
WAFL 24.15 (159) def. QFL 6.12 (48) Fremantle Oval
2003 SANFL 17.16 (118) def. WAFL 8.10 (58) Fremantle Oval
QFL 10.9 (69) def. ACTFL 5.13 (43) Brisbane Cricket Ground
2004 VFL 10.9 (69) def. WAFL 8.10 (58) Leederville Oval
QFL 10.11 (71) def. ACTFL 8.9 (57) Manuka Oval
2005 SANFL 20.8 (128) def. VFL 18.16 (124) TEAC Oval
WAFL 18.21 (129) def. QFL 11.5 (71) Carrara Oval
QFL 18.14 (122) def. ACTFL 12.12 (84) Brisbane Cricket Ground
2006 SANFL 14.14 (98) def. WAFL 12.9 (81) Adelaide Oval
2007 VFL 25.11 (161) def. WAFL 5.12 (42) TEAC Oval
ACTFL 16.11 (107) def. NSWFL 14.9 (93) Manuka Oval
QFL 13.7 (85) def. TAS 10.14 (74) York Park
2008 SANFL 25.11 (161) def. VFL 14.12 (96) Adelaide Oval
WAFL 24.20 (164) def. QFL 14.7 (91) Tony Ireland Stadium
2009 WAFL 12.10 (82) def. SANFL 12.9 (81) Leederville Oval
TFL 20.9 (129) def. QFL 11.14 (80) Bellerive Oval
2010 VFL 20.11 (131) def. WAFL 11.11 (77) Leederville Oval
QFL 23.26 (164) def. TFL 13.7 (85) Fankhauser Reserve
2011 WAFL 16.17 (113) def. NEAFL North 16.11 (107) Rushton Park
2012 SANFL 15.11 (101) def. WAFL 13.9 (87) Glenelg Oval
VFL 20.17 (137) def. TFL 3.11 (29) Bellerive Oval
NEAFL North 31.15 (201) def. NEAFL East 8.8 (56) Fankhauser Reserve
2013 SANFL 21.14 (140) def. NEAFL North 9.4 (58) Richmond Oval
WAFL 17.16 (118) def. VFL 15.11 (101) Jubilee Oval
TFL 15.11 (101) def. NEAFL East 8.13 (61) Skoda Stadium
2014 WAFL 19.18 (132) def. NEAFL 6.11 (47) Blacktown ISP Oval
SANFL 18.10 (118) def. VFL 14.12 (96) North Port Oval
TFL 18.12 (120) def. NEAFL 11.13 (79) Bellerive Oval
2015 WAFL 18.13 (121) def. SANFL 11.10 (76) Lathlain Park
NEAFL 11.11 (77) def. TFL 8.9 (57) Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex
2016 SANFL 16.10 (106) def. VFL 13.9 (87)[92] Adelaide Oval
WAFL 25.14 (164) def. TFL 4.6 (30)[93] Bassendean Oval
2017 WAFL 20.14 (134) def. VFL 10.11 (71)[94] North Port Oval
NEAFL 8.7 (55) def. TFL 5.8 (38) Blundstone Arena
2018 WAFL 15.12 (102) def. SANFL 11.10 (76)[95] Adelaide Oval

Intrastate representative footballEdit

E. J. Whitten Legends Game (1996–present)Edit

Following the death of Ted Whitten – who is regarded as one of the finest ever players of Australian rules – from prostate cancer in 1995, his son Ted Whitten Jr organised an interstate charity match between teams of retired players, to raise money for research into the disease. The only two teams which have taken part in these games are Victoria and the All Stars (similar to the AFL's "Allies"), who represent the rest of Australia. The first E. J. Whitten Legends Game was played at Whitten Oval in 1996, and it has become an annual event. The games have often attracted crowds of over 10,000, and this has resulted in it being moved from the Whitten Oval to Optus Oval, to Adelaide Oval (South Australia) and finally to Etihad Stadium.


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