State of Origin
What does everyone think about the State of Origin? I used to love watching Victoria-South Australia matches. They were passionate and exciting, and brought a real sense of pride over the state.
I do not understand why State of Origin football is no longer and why many of the 'higher powers' in the AFL have said that it won't be back.
EJ Whitten would be turning in his grave right now. I remember the 1995 State of Origin match at the MCG, when good old Teddy was doing a lap of honour for the last time before he died. Tens of thousands of Victorians and even the South Australians were clapping and many were crying as it was such an emotional moment.
I think that if the AFL goes back to the drawing board and comes up with a consistant and fair system, then State of Origin could be alive again.
Firstly, they need to make it a competition and not just a one off match between Victoria and South Australia. Try and get everyone involved as this is an Australian game, not just a Victorian one.
Secondly, sort of proper teams not not go changing it every year. (one year all the states participated, then we had the Allies then then just two teams...) Make 6 teams and stick by it. Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. If Tasmania isn't as strong as the others than maybe they can merge with ACT and NT to make an Allied team.
Thirdly, schedule it for the end of the season and not in between the season. The main reason interest died down was because players weren't committed to their state during the year and many big players didn't play.
What does everyone think?
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