Rowey’s All For The AFL Bushfire Fundraiser, But Don’t Call It State Of Origin!

Jan 24, 2020


FIVEaa’s Stephen Rowe is getting behind the AFL’s bushfire recovery game, but he says the fixture doesn’t deserve to be billed as “state of origin”.

Rowey told the FIVEaa sports show:

“The bushfire relief game is Victoria -- the Big V -- vs. the rest of us, known as the All-Stars…

“I love the AFL industry getting behind bushfire relief. I think that is absolutely superb, but this is my big but. Why are we playing the Big V? I think it should’ve been two all-star teams -- north vs. south or east vs. west or pick two captains, two teams…

“They get the honour of wearing the Big V and I think for me it’s another example of a Victoria-centric comp. Don’t call it state of origin, it ain’t state of origin. It is the Big V vs. the rest of us and I don’t think they deserve that right.

“It should’ve been two all-star teams… why do they get to play in their jumper and we can’t play in ours? Give me a spell.”

State of Origin for Bushfire Relief:

Date - Fri 28 Feb 2020 @ 7:50 pm
Venue    - Marvel Stadium, Docklands, VIC

Event Info
All proceeds from tickets sales and any additional donations will go into a Community Relief Fund set up by the AFL to support the local communities in fire affected areas to repair and rebuild their football clubs, including helping footballing families in these impacted communities.

Running Times:
5:40pm - 2020 NAB AFL Women's Competition (Collingwood v Melbourne)
7:50pm - State of Origin for Bushfire Relief (Victoria v All-Stars)