Primary producers, regional communities and volunteers will be the focus of the AFL’s Round 8 match between Essendon and Geelong.
The football match will be played as a dedication to country footy and netball clubs and the people behind the clubs that bring regional communities together.
Known as the ‘Country Festival AFL Game’, the match will be played on Saturday May 13 at the MCG, tying in with national Volunteer Week.
Essendon and Geelong, in partnership with the AFL will provide more than 5,000 free tickets to regional communities across Victoria to attend the match.
They will be distributed to Victorian farmers, country football and netball clubs and state volunteer organisations including; the Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Services (SES), Life Saving Victoria, Royal Flying Doctors, Victorian Farmers Federation and AFL Victoria.
A pre-match on ground ceremony, huge country festival, ute muster and farmers market in Yarra Park, headlined by a twilight concert featuring Australian music stars Lee Kernaghan, Shannon Noll and Sara Storer, will all be part of the event.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said “Aussie Rules is synonymous with regional and rural Victoria and so often the lifeblood of the community.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is thrilled to back the Country Festival AFL game between Essendon and Geelong that puts our farmers and regional communities front and centre.”
“With the Country AFL Round an integral part of National Volunteer Week, it is a fitting tribute to the thousands of volunteers behind Victoria’s hundreds of regional football and netball club.”
Although the match will be played in Melbourne, AFL is making its way to regional Victoria, with a Premiership League game being played at Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium on August 22.
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