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1979 Perth State of Origin Carnival

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1979 Perth State of Origin Carnival

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.

Section Two

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.


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.

Leading goal-kickers

  • Michael Roach (TAS) - 9 goals
  • Richard Rushbrook (QLD) - 8 goals
  • Tony Buhagiar (WA) - 7 goals
  • Barry Clarke (QLD) - 7 goals
  • Peter Hudson (TAS) - 7 goals
  • Peter Spencer (WA) - 7 goals
  • Garry Wilson (VIC) - 7 goals
  • Tassie Medalist

    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


    1979 Perth State of Origin Carnival Wikipedia

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