All Stars match announced

Friday, December 14, 2012

The AFL is pleased to announce the Indigenous All Stars will play the Richmond Football Club on Friday February 8 at Traegar Park in Alice Springs.

Tickets to the match go on sale today and can be purchased by calling 08 8980 4801 or 08 8952 1670, or from the following outlets:

  • Centralian Sports, Ansett Building, Parsons Street, Alice Springs
  • Dymocks Book Shop, Alice Springs Plaza, Alice Springs
  • Hot Stuff 4 the Sporting Buff, Shop 6/10 Polana Centre, Alice Springs

Michael O’Loughlin will coach the All Stars and will be assisted by Roger Hayden, Troy Cook and Andrew McLeod.

The match will follow the AFLPA Indigenous Player Camp that will also be conducted in Alice Springs from February 5 to 7.

AFL National Community Engagement Manager Jason Mifsud said the biennial camp and match are an opportunity to bring all 67 Indigenous players together.

"Indigenous players look forward to the AFLPA camp and All Star match to reinforce, celebrate and strengthen cultural identity, create awareness of personal development opportunities and engage with the Aboriginal communities of central Australia.

"The players will conduct clinics and visits in Alice Springs and surrounding communities prior to the match.

"In addition to the All Stars program, we are again inviting key staff from AFL Clubs to attend to further develop their capacity and cultural understanding of Indigenous people," Mr Mifsud said.

Richmond Football Club CEO Brendan Gale said the club is looking forward to playing the match at the conclusion of their Australia Post AFL Community Camp.

"We are proud to be involved in the Indigenous All-Stars match. It’s important that we celebrate the outstanding contribution the Indigenous community has made to our game and the All-Stars game is a great way to do that.

"Playing the game in conjunction with our Australia Post Community Camp will also allow us to build on the work we have been undertaking in Alice Springs and surrounding communities for quite some time."

The match is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government.

Northern Territory Sports Minister Matt Conlan said the Northern Territory Government is a proud supporter of the AFL and values the sporting passion it brings to the community.

"AFL is extremely popular among Territorians and the game is certainly one to mark in the calendar.

"Crowds flock from across Central Australia for this highly anticipated event."

An Indigenous All Star squad will be announced in the new year.

 

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