State of Origin Appointments

After Queensland lost the first two interstate matches in 1980 (35–3 and 17–7, the second game in front of only 1,638 spectators) it was announced that a ‘state of origin’ match would take place on 8 July at Lang Park in Brisbane. The media gave both the event, and Queensland’s chance of winning it, little credence. The Queensland Rugby League led by Senator Ron MacAullife however, was now committed to the concept and vigorously promoted the match. Thousands of tickets were sold before the game had been officially sanctioned. Although interstate matches in Brisbane had still been well attended (24,653 had attended the opening match of the 1979 series), few expected the sell-out crowd of 33,210, delighted to see their heroes in the likes of Arthur Beetson representing their home state for the first time ever. Queensland convincingly beat New South Wales 20–10.

BRLRA State of Origin Appointments
Name Year (Game)
Referee Touch Judge Video Referee In-Goal Judge
E. Ward 1992 (3), 1993 (2), 1995 (1,2), 1997 (3) 1980 (1) 2000 (2), 2001 (2), 2002 (2), 2003 (1,3)
W. Giebel 1981 (1), 1985 (2,3), 1987 (1), 1989 (2,3)
K. Bichel 1982 (1), 1983 (2,3)
D. Manson 1989 (2), 1990 (1,3), 1991 (2), 1992 (1), 1995 (1), 1996 (1-3), 1997 (2) 1982 (1), 1988 (3), 1989 (1)
L. Sainsbury 1982 (3), 1983 (2)
I. Irwin 1984 (1-3), 1986 (1), 1989 (3), (1991) (3)
B. Grant 1985 (1)
R. Leis 1986 (1), 1990 (1), 1991 (2) 1991 (1)
D. Goener 1987 (1,2)
S. Woodward 1988 (1), 1990 (3)
G. Long 1988 (3)
T. Maksoud 1990 (3)
J. Cox 1994 (1,3) 1991 (1)
A. Fortesque 1991(3)
T. Wyer 1992 (2), 1993 (1)
E. Harris 1992 (2)
G. Albert 1992 (3)
D. Stubbins 1993 (3)
G. McGreggor 1993 (3)
I. Blank 1994 (3)
P. Lorenti 1994 (3)
R. Barnsley 1994 (3)
P. Murray 1995 (1) 1996 (3)
T. Mander 2003 (3), 2004 (2), 2007 (1), 2008 (1-3), 2009 (1-2), 2011 (1)
B. Suttor 2015 (1-3), 2016 (2), 2017 (1-3)
M. Wise 2016 (3)
C. Butler 2017 (1-3)

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