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Archive for October 12th, 2010

Dees and Lions ready for Shanghai

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 12, 2010

The Kaspersky Cup. Bring on the Shanghai Showdown!

The countdown has well and truly started for this weekend’s mega fix of footy in Asia: the 11th Asian Championships on Saturday followed by Sunday’s Shanghai Showdown between Melbourne and Brisbane.

The AFL’s website, , has just posted the following report:

A CROWD of up to 10,000 spectators are expected to watch Melbourne and the Brisbane Lions go head to head in an exhibition match in the AFL’s first live foray into the Shanghai region this Sunday.

The match will be held at the Jiangwan Sports Centre and will follow a curtain raiser involving teams from Japan and China.

AFL general manager national and international development David Matthews said the match was a wonderful opportunity to showcase Australian football while Melbourne CEO Cameron Schwab said the timing of the trip was perfect for the Demons’ developing list.

“Our time in China is about growing and building trust. The key to any form of development is openness, which in itself is a learned skill and is one of the key outcomes we are seeking from our time away,” Schwab said.

“The core of this group will be together for at least the next 10 years.”

The Kaspersky Cup coincides with World Expo in Shanghai, at which Australia has a significant presence.

On Saturday, 12 Australian football teams from across Asia will also compete in the Asian championships at Jiangwan Stadium.

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AFL says thanks re 2010 Asian Championships

Posted by Vietnam Swans on October 12, 2010

The 2010 Asian Champs starts on Saturday - and the AFL says thanks

David Matthews is the AFL’s General Manager of National and International Development. He has just written to the the Asian Football Clubs thanking us for scheduling our 2010 Asian Championships alongside the Kaspersky Cup in Shanghai. The Champs will be held in four days time on 16 October 2010.

All, a short note to say thanks for your efforts in scheduling the Asian Championships this coming weekend to coincide with the Kaspersky Cup between Brisbane and Melbourne. The AFL is excited to have both events in Shanghai and it represents great opportunities for all.

I have met some of you and others I am still to meet but I do see the weekend as an opportunity to share views both ways on international development of the game. Several AFL Commissioners and AFL Execs will be in Shanghai as will be the recently appointed International Development Manager Tony Woods.  I am also aware you guys have been in regular contact with Andrew Cadzow and Andrew Sawitsch.

Looking forward to a successful weekend.

Regards, David Matthews

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