Monday, 15 June 2009

AFL, Union unite with Football.

Great to hear that the first person to ring Frank Lowy to congratulate him on Socceroos qualifying for the 2010 World Cup was fmr football boss and head of Australian Rugby Union...John O'Neill. We need more of this.

And even Andrew Dimitriou, (see quote below) AFL Supremo has come out and has said AFL supports the Aussie World Cup bid. Of course most AFL fans do, but sometime Andrew has said some pretty strange things in regard to football.

I'd love to see the Wallabies and Socceroos working more closely together as our true International codes and would love to see some huge AFL games in and around the World Cup to give our International friends a taste of the unique Aussie game.

Football is never going to lose out on this, but we have a lot to gain, and quick, if we can assist the other codes with their growth.

Rugby League..well not sure we have much to offer them, or they us...but we'll see.

AFL supports soccer World Cup bid
June 15, 2009 - 2:24PM .

The AFL has thrown its support behind Australia's bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 soccer World Cup despite the potential clash between the rival codes.

Soccer's biggest party coming to Australia would present its challenges for the AFL in terms of the use of stadia during winter, competing for fans, and vying for the next generation of footballers and followers.

But a spokesman for AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said the league was right behind Australia's bid.

"We're very supportive of it," he said.


chris said...


Eamonn said...

Frank Lowy mentioned the O'Neill thing today at the NPC, I was there and Brisbane Times for Dimitriou