State of Origin Appointments and NRL Debut

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. 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)
NRL Debut Member and Year
Liam Kennedy2018
Nick Morel2015Chris Butler2014
Clayton Sharpe2010Brett Suttor2010
Micheal Wise2010Peter Kirby1997
Adam Neale*1995Robert Irwin*1995
Tony Maksoud*1991Peter Murray*1991
Shane Woodward*1991David Manson*1990
Tim Mander*1990Jim Cox*1989
David Gorner*1989Eddie Ward*1989
Don Lancashire*1959Laurie Kearey1910*
* New South Wales Rugby League

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