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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Duff and Quarters: Could State of Origin return - and would WA win?

It happens the same time every year.
NRL State of Origin fever hits the nation and AFL supporters are left thinking of the good old days when Victoria, WA, South Australia and the Allies went head-to-head.
In the Duff and Quarters AFL Podcast, The West Australian chief football writer Mark Duffield and The Sunday Times sports editor Glen Quartermain discuss the likelihood of the concept ever returning to AFL, and who would win.
“We don’t play AFL State of Origin anymore which I think you and I both agree is a shame, but we also agree that it’s probably never coming back,” Duffield said.
Quartermain was more optimistic, and felt there was a small window before the start of the season to make it happen.
“I still think a week before the season would work,” he said.
“I don’t think you need to muck around with Queensland and New South Wales, I’d like to see WA, South Australia and Victoria play.
“I wouldn’t mind seeing it but probably not on an annual basis, maybe every second or fourth year.”
Both Duffield and Quartermain were confident the Sandgropers could knock off the ‘Big V’ right now, especially if it was played at Optus Stadium.
Duff and Quarters listener Alex Paull had the likes of Lance Franklin, Nic Naitanui, Jeremy McGovern and Nat Fyfe in his starting 18 for WA.


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