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Media Release: AFL China Match Launch Event at Government House Friday 22 March 2019

18 March 2019


AFL China Match Launch Event at Government House Friday 22 March 2019

The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Hon Martin Pakula, ACBC National President, Hon John Brumby AO and AFL CEO, Gil McLachlan will launch the AFL China match at Victorian Government House on Friday 22 March.

The third AFL China match will be played on Sunday 2 June at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai, renamed Adelaide Arena for the AFL match. The 2019 match will be contested by Port Adelaide and St Kilda. Some 11,000 fans are expected to attend, and more than 4 million viewers will tune in to watch the broadcast which will make it the most viewed AFL game in history. The 2018 Grand Final attracted an estimated 3.5 million viewers. Further details about the AFL China match are available here:

In attendance at the launch event will be representatives from both clubs including PAFC President David Koch, PAFC CEO Keith Thomas, St Kilda President Andrew Bassatt, St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis as well as AFL Commissioners and executives, the Chinese Consulate, key stakeholders and sponsors. Players from both clubs will also be in attendance with children from community football clubs.

The Australia China Business Council is proud to continue supporting its members, the AFL, PAFC and St Kilda as they continue their China engagement. ACBC has continuously supported the important role which sports diplomacy plays in strengthening bilateral relations and creating significant trade and investment opportunities.

This event is open to the media. All media attending the launch event must register their attendance with Michelle Denaro via email before 9am Friday 22 March with names and phone numbers of all persons attending. Media are invited to arrive at 10.45am on 22 March to set up and be briefed prior to the opening at 11am with official proceedings commencing at 11.30am.

Key Details:

Date: Friday 22 March

Time: 11:00am – 12.30pm

Address: Government House, Government House Drive, Melbourne


For further information:

Helen Sawczak, National CEO, ACBC, 0407 362 228