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PostSubject: It's China Time   Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:42 am

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26379003-5018851,00.html

The AFL has announced details of its first match in China, with Melbourne Demons and Brisbane Lions set to clash in an exhibition match in Shanghai.

The teams will play on October 17 at the 30,000-seat Jiangwan Sports Centre as part of the city's World Expo.

The government of Victoria is investing $6 million into the six-month long World Expo, with the game between the two sides one of its key planks.
Victorian premier John Brumby and new Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy made the official announcement of the game in Melbourne's Chinatown on Saturday morning.

While the AFL has pushed its international expansion through games in Dubai, South Africa and Canada, it has never played a match in China.

AFL national and international development manager David Matthews committed to the game at a signing ceremony in Shanghai on Friday.

Matthews said the AFL believed playing in China was the perfect way to showcase the game internationally.

"We are extremely excited to be able to bring Australia's indigenous game and all its unique skills to Shanghai as we continue to develop the code internationally," Matthews said.

"This is a great way to position ourselves as we keep ramping up our international strategy.

"We will see what the opportunities are across the world.

"Jason Akermanis put on a kicking display to the schoolkids at the signing ceremony here in Shanghai and he was amazing. He just has universal appeal."

The Demons and Lions will play for the Kaspersky AFL Cup, named after Melbourne's major sponsor, with Kaspersky open to funding a yearly game in a different international location.

Melbourne have been committed to the project through their links with China, but at one stage the Gold Coast side was flagged as their opponent.

Instead Brisbane were picked for what should be a marquee match-up between a young Demons side and a Brisbane line-up featuring Jonathan Brown and Brendan Fevola.

AFL officials are hoping both sides will be close to full strength, but inevitably young players will get opportunities with many players recovering from off-season surgery.

The Demons plan to fly over their entire playing list as part of a relationship-building exercise with China.

Former chief executive Steve Harris fostered the club's relationship with China, introducing an international membership scheme and sending nine players there in 2008.

Melbourne CEO Cameron Schwab said the game was an outstanding opportunity to further develop relationships it formed during a visit to China in 2008.

"To be part of an event like this, which showcases our club and the game on the world stage, is very special. We also see this trip as an amazing cultural experience to benefit both our players and staff," Schwab said.
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Gives me something to look forward to in the off season Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: It's China Time   Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:46 am

Demetriou lets face it afl will never be international sorry guys i cant see it happening Thinking
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PostSubject: Re: It's China Time   Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:10 am

Did Demetriou just pick a random country and just say go play an exibition over there?
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PostSubject: Re: It's China Time   Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:12 am

Tonks wrote:
Did Demetriou just pick a random country and just say go play an exibition over there?

probaley just closed his eyes and spun a globe and touched where we would play the game lol
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PostSubject: Re: It's China Time   Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:15 am

Haha probeley did hes that much of a dumbass.
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