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St Kilda firms for future Wellington involvement


As reported in the local Dominion Post newspaper , Wellington is in the boxseat to host the first AFL competition game outside Australia, perhaps as soon as next year, as St Kilda search for a home away from home.

This has been previously reported on WFN arousing much debate about the merits of playing a game for Premiership points internationally but it seems what was once a pipe dream now seems as Elvis would say "On the edge of reality".

The Saints, with encouragement from the AFL, are in talks with Wellington City Council about developing a relationship similar to Hawthorn's deal with the Tasmanian Government.

Wellington Council sports and events portfolio leader and former NZ cricketer John Morrison sees potential for a mutually beneficial arrangement between Wellington and St Kilda.

Morrison and businessman John Dow – a key figure behind Wellington hosting three pre-season AFL games between 1998 and 2001 – have accepted an invitation to attend the Anzac Day blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG next week.

Morrison hoped "two or three major meetings" in Melbourne would advance already-positive discussions towards St Kilda "hosting" an Anzac Day game in Wellington next year. It would mark the first time a competition game has been played outside Australia.

"We've got both the AFL and St Kilda looking at a proposition," Morrison said.

"It's still got a fair way to travel but we've had positive talks about St Kilda being associated with Wellington and looking to play up to two, maybe even three, major club games against opposition like Collingwood, Essendon or whoever.

"So the two factors make it pretty interesting, that we've got a club who wishes to be in partnership with us and we've got the governing body. We're talking about this partnership arrangement kicking off next year with an Anzac Day game here. I think that's a particularly good marketing ploy."

"The potential is to start with 10,000 Aussies coming into town and there's a lot of other fans around New Zealand. There's still question marks around how the money is split up but the good thing is they are very serious and so are we."

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St Kilda firms for future Wellington involvement
Authored by: zuess26 on Tuesday, April 17 2012 @ 11:48 pm ACST

 Bring a game to Europe!

I know, ''walk before you can run'' etc. etc., but it'd be a great promo for the game here. There are plenty of stadiums in Europe with facilities for a game, and the fanbase is growing. Maybe even tie it in with the European Championships in 2013, or a Euro Cup some year?

I'm sure the AFL lads would love a trip to Europe, and sure if they're stuck, i've a spare couch in my place!

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St Kilda firms for future Wellington involvement
Authored by: Tobietta Rhyman on Wednesday, April 18 2012 @ 05:28 am ACST

This is St Kilda we're talking about. Offer them your couch for the night and they'll take it the wrong way!!

Little Pommy Girl
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St Kilda firms for future Wellington involvement
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, April 18 2012 @ 03:06 pm ACST

Nice one (centurion) Tobi


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St Kilda firms for future Wellington involvement
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, April 18 2012 @ 02:57 pm ACST

It would be great for a game in Europe too, but in terms of a match during the regular premiership season, the travel issues are so much greater than a quick trip across to NZ.  Clubs don't even like travelling from the east coast to Perth, let alone the best part of a day to Europe.  Not likely to happen in season any time soon.  Really hoping the NZ match happens as soon as 2013 and becomes a regular fixture.

Would also be nice to activate Sheedy's idea from a few years back of having an NZ vs PNG curtain raiser on ANZAC Day.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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St Kilda firms for future Wellington involvement
Authored by: Rory Slater on Wednesday, April 18 2012 @ 11:09 am ACST


demographics i.e Canbera the nations capital still being fed the scraps by the expedient AFL while foreign demographics i.e NZ are being touted for serious fixtures of the calibre of Essendon and Collingwood! This is extremely disenfranchising and smacks of double standards on the part of the AFL if allowed to proceed.

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St Kilda firms for future Wellington involvement
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, April 18 2012 @ 04:23 pm ACST


I reckon you'd be better off directing your comments directly to the AFL, WFN is an website that reports about Aussie Rules as is played all around the world and wish that the AFL wasn't as Melbournecentric and Australiacentric as it is as the quasi world body, but ,we also accept that the AFL has has to direct its efforts where the money and the "demographics" are, as well as promote the game overseas.


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