Wed, Oct 26, 5:10pm by Jake Equid
It’s been a big week for the AFL, with confirmation of a first-ever match to be staged for premiership points in Asia as well as confirming Good Friday footy.
Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast who take the field in the historical first AFL premiership match outside of Australia and New Zealand on May 14 at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai.
Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane, who prematurely announced the Suns would be the Power’s opponents in Shanghai earlier this year, said his club is proud to be part of a historical moment”.
“We are extremely proud to be selected to play in the first ever AFL Toyota Premiership match in China,” Cochrane said.
There are over one million people of Chinese origin living in Australia and Chinese tourists are our number one visitors here, so from a business perspective you can see why the AFL was so keen to make this move.
Of course, we’ve taken a look at the early odds for you and the TAB has installed Port Adelaide at $1.40 and the Gold Coast at $3 for the Round Seven clash.
The other big fixture announcement for the week in undoubtedly the league’s decision to finally play a fixture on Good Friday.
North Melbourne has made no secret of the fact that they should be the pioneers of this fixture after a three-decade long campaign.
They will meet the reigning premier, the Western Bulldogs on April 14 next year and as you’d expect the Dogs are favoured at $1.40 with the Kangaroos at $3.
The first bounce will be at 4:20pm.
The Bulldogs are on the second line of betting at $6 for the 2017 premiership with Port Adelaide at $34 and Gold Coast and North Melbourne at $67.
TAB’s Nick Quinn had this to say about both of the landmark fixtures for next season:
“The Kangaroos will be keen to prove they deserve the blockbuster fixture so punters won’t be ruling them out while the $3.00 on offer for the Suns could be value if Gary Ablett returns to his best form”
The AFL will be releasing the full fixture on Thursday.
AFL Head to Head
$1.40 Western Bulldogs
$3.00 North Melbourne
$1.40 Port Adelaide
$3.00 Gold Coast
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