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2020 AFL State of Origin for Bushfire Relief


24.10 (154) 15.18 (108)
1 2 3 4
VIC 4.1 (25) 10.2 (62) 15.7 (97) 24.10 (154)
AS 4.7 (31) 9.14 (68) 15.16 (106) 15.18 (108)
Date28 February 2020
StadiumMarvel Stadium
UmpiresFisher, Stephens, Nicholls, Williamson
Broadcast in Australia
NetworkSeven Network, Fox Footy
CommentatorsEddie McGuire, Bruce McAvaney, Anthony Hudson and Brian Taylor

The State of Origin for Bushfire Relief Match was a one-off all-star game between two representative sides organised by the Australian Football League to raise funds for recovery efforts following the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season.

The match was played on 28 February 2020 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, between Victoria (the "Big V") and the "All-Stars", with a crowd of 51,052 in attendance. Victoria won the match by 46 points.


See also: Interstate matches in Australian rules football

On 9 January, the AFL announced a one-off benefit match would be played on 28 February 2020, as a fundraiser for the relief effort for the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season.[1] The league donated $2.5 million to disaster relief funds in association with the match.[2] Selection for the two teams was under state of origin rules, and it was the first interstate representative match featuring AFL-listed players since the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match held in 2008.


On 18 February the AFL announced 27-player teams for each of the Victoria and All-Stars side. All AFL teams had at least one player selected in one of the sides. The match was played with an extended interchange bench of nine players instead of four.[3]

Three late changes were made to the side due to injuries between the initial team announcement and the game itself, with Eddie Betts replacing Dayne Zorko in the All-Stars side and Travis Boak and Andrew Gaff replacing Robbie Gray and Ben Cunnington for Victoria.[4]

Damien Hardwick and John Longmire were announced as coaches of Victoria and the All-Stars, respectively, and were also primarily responsible for selecting players for their sides.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe were named to captain Victoria and the All-Stars, respectively.[4]


Victoria captain Trent Cotchin
Victoria captain Trent Cotchin
Marcus Bontempelli
Marcus Bontempelli
Toby Greene
Toby Greene
No. Name AFL club
1 Jade Gresham St Kilda
2 Shaun Higgins North Melbourne
3 Andrew Gaff West Coast
4 Dustin Martin Richmond
5 Toby Greene Greater Western Sydney
6 Lachie Whitfield Greater Western Sydney
7 Marcus Bontempelli Western Bulldogs
8 Travis Boak Port Adelaide
9 Trent Cotchin (c) Richmond
10 Scott Pendlebury Collingwood
11 Jack Macrae Western Bulldogs
12 Tom Papley Sydney
13 Stefan Martin Brisbane Lions
14 Bachar Houli Richmond
18 Jeremy Cameron Greater Western Sydney
19 Tom Lynch Richmond
20 Nick Haynes Greater Western Sydney
21 James Sicily Hawthorn
22 Todd Goldstein North Melbourne
23 Josh Kelly Greater Western Sydney
24 Steele Sidebottom Collingwood
30 Darcy Moore Collingwood
31 Rory Sloane Adelaide
35 Patrick Dangerfield Geelong
42 Adam Saad Essendon
44 Jake Lloyd Sydney
46 Mark Blicavs Geelong
Source: Fox Sports


All-Stars captain Nat Fyfe
All-Stars captain Nat Fyfe
Patrick Cripps
Patrick Cripps
Lachie Neale
Lachie Neale
No. Name AFL club
1 Michael Walters Fremantle
2 Zach Tuohy Geelong
3 Stephen Coniglio Greater Western Sydney
4 Brodie Grundy Collingwood
5 Brad Sheppard West Coast
6 Elliot Yeo West Coast
7 Nat Fyfe (c) Fremantle
8 Jack Riewoldt Richmond
9 Patrick Cripps Carlton
10 Shane Edwards Richmond
12 Callum Mills Sydney
13 Taylor Walker Adelaide
14 Lachie Weller Gold Coast
16 Isaac Smith Hawthorn
17 Lachie Neale Brisbane Lions
18 Scott Lycett Port Adelaide
19 Eddie Betts Carlton
22 Luke Breust Hawthorn
23 Charlie Cameron Brisbane Lions
26 Tom Hawkins Geelong
29 Rory Laird Adelaide
31 Harris Andrews Brisbane Lions
32 Bradley Hill St Kilda
33 Brodie Smith Adelaide
38 Jeremy Howe Collingwood
39 Neville Jetta Melbourne
40 Jason Johannisen Western Bulldogs
Source: Fox Sports

Best-on-ground award

The best-on-ground medal was awarded to Dustin Martin, who kicked two goals and had 23 disposals for Victoria.[5]


State of Origin for Bushfire Relief Match
Friday, 28 February 2020 7:50 pm Victoria def. All-Stars Marvel Stadium (crowd: 51,052) Report
4.1 (25)
10.2 (62)
15.7 (97)
 24.10 (154)
4.7 (31)
9.14 (68)
15.16 (106)
 15.18 (108)
Umpires: Fisher, Stephens, Nicholls, Williamson
Best on Ground Medal: Dustin Martin (Victoria)
Papley 5
Kelly, Greene 4
Martin, Gaff, Bontempelli, Gresham 2
Dangerfield, J Cameron, Lynch 1
Goals C Cameron 3
Coniglio, Breust, Riewoldt, Smith 2
Neale, Weller, Walters, Hill 1
Kelly, Martin, Greene, Papley, Pendlebury, Haynes, Cotchin, Dangerfield Best Coniglio, C Cameron, Mills, Cripps, Neale, Johannisen

See also


  1. ^ Waterworth, Ben. "It's officially back: AFL confirms details for historic one-off Victoria vs Allies clash". Fox Sports. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^ "AFL confirms Victoria vs Allies match, makes massive donation". Australian Football League. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  3. ^ Gaskin, Lee (18 February 2020). "State of Origin squads revealed: Who's in from your club?". AFL Media. Telstra Media. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b Cleary, Mitch (27 February 2020). "WATCH: Captains unveiled, teams train ahead of Bushfire Relief blockbuster". AFL Media. Telstra Media. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Victoria down AFL All Stars in State of Origin clash for bushfire relief". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. AAP. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.