AFL Bushfire Relief State of Origin Match

Australian football hall of fame legend Leigh Matthews will present Victorian players with their jumpers at a team dinner on Thursday night ahead of Friday night’s state of origin bushfire relief match.

And fellow hall of famer Ross Glendinning has been invited to do the same for the All-Stars when the composite side convenes 24 hours out from the historic clash at Marvel Stadium.

Matthews, 67, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, was not only a champion across his 332-game career for Hawthorn but also represented Victoria 14 times, captaining his state in 1980. Matthews also coached the ‘Big V’ to origin wins against South Australia in 1997 and The Allies in 1998 before making his successful return to club coaching with the Brisbane Lions ahead of the 1999 season.

Flashback: Leigh Matthews as Victorian coach with Matthew Knights and Rohan Smith.Credit:Joe Armao

West Australian great Glendinning, 63, was himself a decorated representative player for the Sandgropers, while also coaching WA in 1996 and 1997 to losses against The Allies and The Croweaters. In addition to his 14 matches for WA, Glendinning also represented Victoria twice during an era in which state football was not based on state of origin.


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