Ruck Stefan Martin will play against his Brisbane Lions teammates when he represents Victoria in the AFL’s State of Origin match for bushfire relief next Friday night at Marvel Stadium. Proud Queenslanders Captain Dayne Zorko, Vice-Captain Harris Andrews and Charlie Cameron have been named for the All Stars team, alongside Lachie Neale.
Zorko said he is looking forward to playing in his first State of Origin match.
“It’s good to be able to give a little bit back and hopefully some joy to the communities and people who have had such a traumatic time in the past three months,” Zorko said.
“Harris, Charlie and I will want to do Queensland proud.”
The Victorian side will be coached by Richmond’s Damien Hardwick and the All Stars coached by Ross Lyon.
About the event
The State of Origin for Bushfire Relief match was announced as a double header with the NAB AFL Women’s Round 4 match between Collingwood and Melbourne, with all proceeds from tickets sales and any additional donations to 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.
This supports the $2.5m already donated by the AFL, its 18 Clubs and AFL / AFLW players through the AFL Players’ Association, to support communities impacted by the bushfires across Australia.
A donation of $1 million will go towards immediate relief efforts on the ground through the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund. A further $1.5 million has been contributed into the Community Relief Fund, as identified above, that directly supports the local football clubs and families in these impacted communities nationally.
Friday 28 February
NAB AFL Women’s
Collingwood vs Melbourne
State for Origin for Bushfire Relief
Victoria vs All-Stars
Tickets, now available through Ticketmaster, with all proceeds going to the Community Relief Fund set up by the AFL. This fund is to support the local communities in fire affected areas to repair and rebuild their football clubs, including helping footballing families in these impacted communities.