Could shortening games help facilitate the return of State of Origin football?
That’s the idea floated by Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield, saying reducing games to 100 minutes could help State of Origin become a regular fixture in the future.
While Dangerfield is in favour of representative football, he still regards it as a “one-off” for now.
“I love it, I love the whole concept. I think the cause behind it is at the hearts of the majority of Australians,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“It is a challenge. Where you do put it if it was to become a regular fixture item? And that speaks to the argument of if you were to reduce game time from where it sits currently at 125 to 130 minutes for an entire game.
“If you reduce it to 100, could you actually increase the number of games you have throughout the season? Which would arguably make the fixture more equitable.
“But then the challenge we have is availability of grounds around Australia, giving cricket and AFLW its own platform to succeed on. There’s a whole lot of different factors that come into more games or State of Origin fixtures.”
The Brownlow Medallist says there’s a “healthy appetite” from the players to revive the State of Origin format.
“There’s no doubt there’s an appetite for it,” Dangerfield said.
“When we’ve had our delegate conferences in the past and when it’s been raised, there’s been a huge amount of support for it.
“I think there’s a healthy appetite for it.”
The State of Origin-style bushfire relief match will be played on February 28 at Marvel Stadium.
Listen to Patrick Dangerfield’s chat on SEN Breakfast in the player below