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
NameRefereeTouch JudgeVideo RefereeIn-Goal Judge
E. Ward1992 (3), 1993 (2), 1995 (1,2), 1997 (3)1980 (1)2000 (2), 2001 (2), 2002 (2), 2003 (1,3)
W. Giebel1981 (1), 1985 (2,3), 1987 (1), 1989 (2,3)
K. Bichel1982 (1), 1983 (2,3)
D. Manson1989 (2), 1990 (1,3), 1991 (2), 1992 (1), 1995 (1), 1996 (1-3), 1997 (2)1982 (1), 1988 (3), 1989 (1)
L. Sainsbury1982 (3), 1983 (2)
I. Irwin1984 (1-3), 1986 (1), 1989 (3), (1991) (3)
B. Grant1985 (1)
R. Leis1986 (1), 1990 (1), 1991 (2)1991 (1)
D. Goener1987 (1,2)
S. Woodward1988 (1), 1990 (3)
G. Long1988 (3)
T. Maksoud1990 (3)
J. Cox1994 (1,3)1991 (1)
A. Fortesque1991(3)
T. Wyer1992 (2), 1993 (1)
E. Harris1992 (2)
G. Albert1992 (3)
D. Stubbins1993 (3)
G. McGreggor1993 (3)
I. Blank1994 (3)
P. Lorenti1994 (3)
R. Barnsley1994 (3)
P. Murray1995 (1)1996 (3)
T. Mander2003 (3), 2004 (2), 2007 (1), 2008 (1-3), 2009 (1-2), 2011 (1)
B. Suttor2015 (1-3), 2016 (2), 2017 (1-3), 2018 (1-3)
M. Wise2016 (3)
C. Butler2017 (1-3), 2018 (3)

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