AFL state-of-origin match nears sellout after ticket sale spike


Along with Martin, coaches Damien Hardwick and John Longmire have assembled a stunning line-up of talent for the match including nine of last year’s Brownlow Medal top 10.

Players such as Brodie Grundy, Stephen Coniglio, Patrick Dangerfield, Nat Fyfe, Jack Riewoldt, Scott Pendlebury, Jeremy Cameron, Tom Hawkins and Patrick Cripps headline those squads.

North Melbourne’s Shaun Higgins in the Big V ahead of the AFL’s state-of-origin bushfire fundraising match.Credit:Getty Images

Players have already donated $250,000 to the bushfire relief effort and those playing will also forgo match payments for the clash. There will be further fundraising efforts on the day.

Injured players to miss out include Joel Selwood, Jeremy McGovern, Max Gawn and Lance Franklin, while Tom Mitchell is still recovering from his broken leg.

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It is the first state-of-origin game since the 2008 Hall of Fame Tribute Match where Victoria beat the Dream Team by 17 points at the MCG.

Each player for the All-Stars will have their home state or country above their playing number with eight coming from Western Australia, six from South Australia, five from NSW, three from Queensland and Tasmania plus two internationals (Ireland’s Zach Tuohy and South Africa’s Jason Johannisen).

The only selection criteria was that each club have at least one player in the game.

The Collingwood v Melbourne AFLW game will be a curtain raiser.



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