The Bulldogs will play a home match against Gold Coast Suns in Cairns next season.
The Western Bulldogs today announced it will play a home game in Cairns next season, ahead of the AFL’s official fixture release tomorrow.
The Round 17 clash will take place at Cazaly’s Stadium against Gold Coast on a Saturday afternoon and will replace the Club’s previous home fixture in Darwin.
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Chief Executive Simon Garlick said that although the Club’s future aim was to return all home games back to Victoria, the Cairns fixture provided a great opportunity to play in front of local Bulldogs fans, and to continue the AFL’s association with Far North Queensland.
“While we will continue to work towards bringing all home fixtures back to Victoria, we are really pleased to be playing a home game in Cairns, and to be part of the AFL’s continued growth in North Queensland in 2014,” Garlick said.
“On balance we have determined that it was in the Club’s interests to host an interstate match in 2014, and we look forward to playing in front of new and old Bulldog fans alike.”
AFL General Manager Broadcasting, Scheduling and Major Projects Simon Lethlean said the AFL was greatly appreciative of the support of the Western Bulldogs and Tourism Events Queensland for the AFL to again stage a match for premiership points at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns as part of the 2014 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
“The AFL is committed to growing our game across all parts of Australia and a match in northern Queensland is extremely important for the long-term development of the code and taking matches to fans who cannot access traditional capital city areas.
“The Bulldogs showed tremendous late-season form in 2013 and their meeting with the Suns – a young team also on the rise – will be a keen test of the development of both clubs as they build towards competing for finals positions,” he said.
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