Melbourne To Host Rules Test Match

Melbourne To Host Rules Test Match

Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher

The Irish Are Coming – Another Major Events Win For Melbourne

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher announced that Melbourne has secured the right to hold another key major event with the first test of the 2011 International Rules Series to be played at Etihad Stadium on Friday 28 October this year.

“Major events are a key part of what makes Melbourne a great city, and I am delighted that Melbourne has won the right to host the first International Rules Test.” Ms. Asher said.

The International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland is keenly contested, providing elite footballers in the AFL and Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association competition with a unique opportunity to represent their country on the football field.

The Cormac McAnallen Cup is presented to the International Rules Series winner and Australia currently holds the trophy. The International Rules Test is set to occur on the eve of Derby Day, the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“Hosting the test during the spring racing season presents an ideal opportunity for our Irish and interstate visitors to stay a little longer and join in the festivities of the Melbourne spring events calendar.” Ms. Asher said.

“The national broadcast and the broadcast into Ireland, an important tourism market will promote Melbourne as a great place to visit.” Ms. Asher added.

AFL CEO, Andrew Demetriou thanked the Victorian Coalition Government for its commitment to Australian football and International Rules.

“I am delighted that the first Test will be played at Etihad Stadium and I want to thank the Victorian Coalition Government and the Victorian Major Events Company for their continued support of our sport.” Mr. Demetriou said.

The International Rules Test joins Melbourne’s award-winning calendar of major events, which in 2011 includes The Presidents Cup, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at Melbourne Museum, the premiere season of Love Never Dies, the Australian Masters Golf and the Boxing Day Test, bringing thousands of visitors to Melbourne from all over Australia and around the world.

“Major events contribute to the vibrancy and liveability of Victoria. The Coalition Government is proud to deliver great sporting events. Victoria’s award-winning major events calendar offers all Australians the chance to experience the world’s best in sport, culture and entertainment.” Ms. Asher said.

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou