1979 Perth State of Origin Carnival

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Subiaco Oval

The 1979 Perth State of Origin Carnival was the 20th Australian National Football Carnival, an Australian rules football competition. It was the first carnival to take place under the State of Origin format.

All of the Section One finals were played on Subiaco Oval, in October. Western Australia won the final, defeating Victoria. WA's captain, Brian Peake won the Tassie Medal as the tournament's best player.[1]

Results[edit]

Section One[edit]

Game Winning team Winning team score Losing team Losing team score Ground Crowd Date
Qualification Play Off Tasmania 17.20 (122) Queensland 13.12 (90) Perth Oval - 4 October 1979
Semi Final 1 Western Australia 23.33 (171) Tasmania 9.10 (64) Subiaco Oval - 6 October 1979
Semi Final 2 Victoria 25.30 (180) South Australia 20.15 (135) Subiaco Oval 15,186 6 October 1979
3rd Place Playoff South Australia 22.20 (152) Tasmania 17.11 (113) Subiaco Oval - 8 October 1979
Final Western Australia 17.21 (123) Victoria 16.12 (108) Subiaco Oval 30,876 8 October 1979

Section Two[edit]

The ACT, coached by Kevin Delmenico, had only two players with VFL experience in their team - captain Kevin Neale and Fitzroy's Michael Conlan. Their only match was against Warren Roper's Queensland, who had failed to qualify for Section One. The Canberrans themselves had qualified for the Section Two Final by winning a play-off against the Australian Amateurs, New South Wales and Northern Territory earlier in the year.

Round Winning team Winning team score Losing team Losing team score Ground Crowd Date
Final Queensland 23.13 (151) ACT 18.12 (120) Leederville Oval - 7 October 1979 [2]

Section Two Qualifying[edit]

Round Winning team Winning team score Losing team Losing team score Ground Crowd Date
Qualifying Semi-Final Australian Amateurs 27.17 (179) Northern Territory 13.15 (93) VFL Park - 28 July 1979 [3]
Qualifying Semi-Final Australian Capital Territory 22.12 (144) New South Wales 19.21 (135) Manuka Oval - 29 July 1979 [4]
Qualifying Final Australian Capital Territory 16.21 (117) Australian Amateurs 16.15 (111) Manuka Oval - 5 August 1979 [5]

Squads[edit]

Section One[edit]

South Australia[6] Tasmania Victoria[7][8] Western Australia

Coach: Neil Kerley

Coach: Barry Lawrence

Coach: David Parkin

Coach: Barry Cable

Section Two[edit]

Queensland [2] ACT [9][10][11] Australian Amateurs [12] New South Wales [9] Northern Territory [13]

Coach: Warren Roper

  • Barry Clarke (captain)
  • Wayne Banfield
  • Mal Gillespie
  • Peter Ives
  • Warren Jones
  • Barry Karklis
  • Petty
  • Richie Rushbrook
  • John Stackpoole
  • Staff
  • Thompson

Coach: Kevin Delmenico

Coach: Peter O'Donohue

  • Ian Cordner (captain)
  • Ross Haslam (vice-captain)
  • Noel Annear
  • Bruce Bourne
  • Bryan Chute
  • Simon Costello
  • Joe Doolan
  • Will Hamilton
  • John Houghton
  • Chris Hunter
  • Glenn Hurst
  • Pat McCann
  • Richard O'Shannassy
  • Bill Parousis
  • Richard Pisarski
  • Joe Pittorino
  • Fiji Skorzewski
  • Michael Sleeman
  • Jim Smith
  • David Steinepreis
  • Greg Wade
  • Greg Wright
  • Ian Harrison
  • Frank Marchesani

Coach: Allan Jeans

Coach: Bob Elix

  • Tony Dragun (captain)
  • Grant Boucher
  • Robbie Cooper
  • Joe Daby
  • Billy Ellis
  • John Green
  • Hans Heystraten
  • Peter Lauritsen
  • Dennis Lew-Fatt
  • Peter March
  • Keith Nickels
  • Alan Oates
  • John Patterson
  • John Pepperill
  • Greg Peris
  • Ian Smith
  • Leslie Turner
  • John Tye
  • Gus Wanganeen
  • Lance White

Honours[edit]

All-Australians[edit]

At the conclusion of the tournament, the best players were selected in the All-Australian team. It was the first All-Australian team named since 1972. Victoria had the most representatives chosen, with seven, with Western Australia and South Australia each having five players selected.[14]

1979 All-Australian team
B: Des James (Sandy Bay, Tas) Gary Malarkey (Geelong, WA) Kelvin Moore (Hawthorn, Vic)
HB: Bruce Doull (Carlton, Vic) Darryl Sutton (North Melbourne, Tas) Ken Hunter (Claremont, WA)
C: Michael Turner (Geelong, Vic) Brian Peake (East Fremantle, WA) (captain) Geoff Morris (West Adelaide, SA)
HF: Peter Jonas (Central District, SA) David Cloke (Richmond, Vic) Graham Cornes (Glenelg, SA)
F: Peter Carey (Glenelg, SA) Michael Roach (Richmond, Tas) Tony Buhagiar (East Fremantle, WA)
Foll: Peter Moore (Collingwood, Vic) Michael Tuck (Hawthorn, Vic) Garry Wilson (Fitzroy, Vic) (vice-captain)
Int: Kym Hodgeman (Glenelg, SA ) Bruce Monteath (Richmond, WA)
Coach: Barry Cable (Western Australia


Leading goal-kickers[edit]

Tassie Medalist[edit]

  1. Brian Peake (WA) - 11 votes
  2. Bruce Monteath (WA) - 7 votes
  3. Robert Flower (Vic) - 6 votes
  4. Kym Hodgeman (SA) - 5 votes
  5. Ken Hunter (WA) - 4 votes
  6. Bruce Lindsay - 3 votes
  7. David Cloke (Vic) - 2 votes
  8. Geoff Raines (Vic) - 2 votes
  9. Kevin Bartlett (Vic) - 2 votes
  10. Michael Roach (Tas) - 2 votes
  11. Peter Jonas (SA) - 1 vote
  12. Graham Cornes (SA) - 1 vote
  13. Darryl Sutton (Vic) - 1 vote
  14. Robert Shaw (Tas) - 1 vote

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1979 Perth State of Origin Carnival". Full Points Footy. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Rollings, Barry (8 October 1979). "Queensland too fit, too fast". The Canberra Times. p. Sport:16. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Bidmeade, Robert (5 August 1979). "ACT Must Attack: Coach". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Bidmeade, Robert (30 July 1979). "Lucky to win: Coach". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Bidmeade, Robert (6 August 1979). "Last Quarter Changes Pave Way For ACT". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Four Vics. in SA squad". The Age. 3 October 1979. 
  7. ^ Carter, Ron (1 October 1979). "Kink on report". The Age. 
  8. ^ Grant, Trevor (2 October 1979). "Kink guilty – out six". The Age. 
  9. ^ a b "Pen pictures of teams". The Canberra Times. 29 July 1979. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Bidmeade, Robert (6 August 1979). "Last-quarter changes pave way for ACT". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Rollings, Barry (7 October 1979). "Davey only 'surprise' for ACT". The Canberra Times. pp. Sport:6–7. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Experienced Players in Amateurs Squad". The Canberra Times. 5 August 1979. p. Sport:3. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Barfoot, Michael; Lee, David (December 1995). History of the NTFL (Online). Darwin: Northern Territory Football League. p. 148. ISBN 0-646-26754-X. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Carter, Ron (9 October 1979). "Our seven make Australian team". The Age.