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The 1988 Adelaide Bicentennial Carnival was the 22nd edition of the Australian National Football Carnival, an Australian rules football State of Origin competition. Australia was celebrating it's Bicentenary in 1988 so the carnival was known as the 'Bicentennial Carnival'. It took place in March and the matches were played at either Football Park or Norwood Oval.

At the carnival, ten teams competed, including all the state of territories, making in the most heavily contested ever. They were divided into two sections, with South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales. Although traditionally the Tasmanians had enjoyed more success in the interstate arena than New South Wales, the latter had 22 VFL players in their squad compared to the island state's 15 which helped get them that final Section One spot.

Section Two was occupied by the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and two non regional teams. The Australian Amateurs were one of those, a squad made up amateur players from across the country's leagues. Finally, the Victorian Football Association representative team made up the group but selection was not restricted to VFA players. If a footballer, now competing elsewhere, had started their career in the VFA, like Terry Wallace for example, then they were eligible to join the squad. The same rules applied to the other teams, so if a Tasmanian born player had started their career at West Perth then they could be selected for either Tasmania or Western Australia.



Game Section Winning team Score Losing team Score
1. Two Northern Territory 19.20 (134) Tasmania 10.8 (68)
2. Two Australian Amateurs 14.12 (96) Australian Capital Territory 12.11 (83)
3. One Victoria 20.13 (133) Western Australia 10.13 (73)
4. Two Victorian Football Association 17.9 (111) Queensland 4.11 (35)
5. Two Northern Territory 11.19 (85) Australian Amateurs 8.9 (59)
6. One South Australia 12.8 (80) New South Wales 8.11 (59)
7. Two Tasmania 11.16 (82) Queensland 10.10. (70)
8. Two Victorian Football Association 18.20 (128) Australian Capital Territory 9.16 (70)
9. Two Northern Territory 17.10 (112) Victorian Football Association 9.13 (67)
10. One New South Wales 10.8 (68) Western Australia 9.12 (66)
11. One South Australia 15.12 (102) Victoria 6.6 (42)





All-Australian coach Graham Cornes
1988 All-Australian Team
Name State Club
Terry Daniher New South Wales Essendon
David Murphy New South Wales Sydney
Michael Long Northern Territory St Marys
Michael McLean Northern Territory Footscray
Maurice Rioli Northern Territory St Marys
Tony Hall South Australia Glenelg
Danny Hughes South Australia Melbourne
Stephen Kernahan South Australia Carlton
Martin Leslie South Australia Port Adelaide
Bruce Lindner South Australia Geelong
Tony McGuinness South Australia Footscray
Mark Mickan South Australia Brisbane Bears
John Platten South Australia Hawthorn
Greg Whittlesea South Australia Sturt
Graham Cornes South Australia Glenelg (Coach)
Terry Wallace Victoria Footscray
Danny Frawley Victoria St Kilda
Gerard Healy Victoria Sydney
Simon Madden Victoria Essendon
Paul Roos Victoria Fitzroy
Paul Salmon Victoria Essendon
Dale Weightman Victoria Richmond
Steve Malaxos Western Australia West Coast

Leading goal-kickers


Fos Williams Medals

Simpson Medal

Tassie Medal



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