Dogs to play Port in London

Sportal July 20, 2012, 12:42 pm
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The Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide will play a one-off exhibition match in London later this year.

AFL football hasn't featured in England's capital since Port Adelaide and Geelong played in 2006, but the traditional overseas clash will be reignited on November 3 at The Oval in London.

Matches in London have been played as far back as the 1980s and the AFL's General Manager of National and International Development and General Counsel, Andrew Dillon, said it was important to continue the tradition.

"The staging of a match between two AFL clubs continues to promote our game internationally and enables us to continue to build the returns from overseas broadcast rights that flow into both game development here in Australia and overseas," he said.

"The games in London over some two decades have been extremely valuable in building awareness of our sport, while both the Bulldogs and the Power will be able to tie in a key preparation period for the 2013 season to help develop their younger players in particular."

Western Bulldogs CEO Simon Garlick said the match will form an important part of the club's pre-season for 2013.

"The Western Bulldogs are viewing the clash as a unique opportunity to not only promote our great game but to also kick-start our 2013 pre-season campaign," Garlick said.

"We will most certainly be taking the opportunity while in Europe to take advantage of the professional development opportunities available to the club and our players overseas."

Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas echoed Garlick's thoughts and said his young team will be looking forward to the match.

"For Port Adelaide, this trip is an exceptional development opportunity for our young squad to share the experience of training, playing and learning in some of the most outstanding sporting environments in the world as we build for next year and beyond," Thomas said.

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