Football Park
Football Park

The 1980 Adelaide State of Origin Carnival was the 21st Australian National Football Carnival, an Australian rules football competition. It was just the second carnival to take place under the State of Origin format.

Four states took part, the hosts South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and the reigning carnival champions Western Australia. Football Park hosted all the fixtures, which took place in October after the football season had ended.


Game Winning team Winning team score Losing team Losing team score Ground Crowd Date
Semi Final 1 South Australia 22.18 (150) Tasmania 8.13 (61) Football Park 10,666 11 October 1980
Semi Final 2 Victoria 14.20 (104) Western Australia 9.15 (69) Football Park 10,666 (double-header) 11 October 1980
3rd Place Final Western Australia 17.23 (125) Tasmania 12.18 (90) Football Park 17,579 13 October 1980
Grand Final Victoria 15.12 (102) South Australia 12.13 (85) Football Park 17,579 (double-header) 13 October 1980


South Australia Tasmania[1] Victoria[2] West Australia
Coach: Neil Kerley 
Captain: Rick Davies
Coach: Peter Daniel 
Captain: Darryl Sutton
(North Melbourne)
Coach: Tom Hafey 
Captain: Kevin Bartlett
Coach: Brad Smith 
Captain: Brian Peake
(East Fremantle)



At the completion of the tournament, the All-Australian team was named, based on performances during the carnival.[3]

1980 State of Origin Carnival Team
B: Ian Nankervis (Vic, Geelong) Keith Kuhlmann (SA, Glenelg) Geoff Southby (Vic, Carlton)
HB: Ken Hunter (WA, Claremont) Greg Phillips (SA, Port Adelaide) Robbert Klomp (SA, Carlton)
C: Robert Flower (Vic, Melbourne) Geoff Raines (Vic, Richmond) Brian Peake (WA, East Fremantle)
HF: Darryl Sutton (Tas, North Melbourne) Rick Davies (captain) (SA, Sturt) Jim Jess (Vic, Richmond)
F: Bruce Duperouzel (WA, St Kilda) John Roberts (SA, South Melbourne) Peter Carey (SA, Glenelg)
Foll: Mark Lee (Vic, Richmond) Graham Cornes (SA, Glenelg) Garry Wilson (Vic, Fitzroy)
Int: Mark Williams (SA, Port Adelaide) Ron Stubbs (Tas, Devonport)
Coach: Tom Hafey (Vic, Collingwood)

Leading goal-kickers

Tassie Medalist


  1. ^ "Tasmania, 'going for a win'". The Canberra Times. Vol. 55, no. 16452. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 11 October 1980. p. 49. Retrieved 9 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Carter, Rod (13 October 1980). "NFL rejects Vic plea on injuries". The Age. p. 34.
  3. ^ "Davies captain of All-Australia". The Canberra Times. Vol. 55, no. 16455. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 14 October 1980. p. 20. Retrieved 9 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.