MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 27: Matt Crouch, Rory Sloane and Taylor Walker of the Crows walk down the race after winning the round 6 AFL match between St Kilda and Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Even though it’s been 20 years since the last official State of Origin game was played, picking your state’s team remains one of footy’s great debates.
Who makes Victoria’s midfield? How many talls can you fit into Western Australia’s stacked forward line? Will Adelaide’s entire backline make up South Australia’s defensive six? And how many of the traditional footy states could a talented Allies teams knock off?
AFL Media selected the most likely candidates from the Adelaide playing list to make either the Victorian, South Australian, Western Australian or Allies team.
South Australia: Defenders Rory Laird, Brodie Smith and Luke Brown would all be in the mix. Cam Ellis-Yolmen could get a spot in the midfield while Bryce Gibbs might also be considered despite an inconsistent season. Wayne Milera would’ve been there, but he’s sidelined with an AC joint injury.
Victoria: It’s a tough side to crack, so will be hard for the Crows to feature. Midfield roles are especially hot, with Rory Sloane, Matt Crouch and Brad Crouch potentially missing out. Tom Lynch has started the season off strong up forward for the Crows, but again, there’s plenty of competition.
Western Australia: The Crows don’t have any players who qualify for WA.
In a nutshell: The Crows have a strong representation in the SA team while Walker is rewarded for his resurgence this year to get a spot with the Allies.