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Fame game will be one-off: Demetriou

By Roger Vaughan 10/05/2008 11:31:00 PM Comments (0)

The AFL remains adamant the Hall Of Fame tribute match will be a one-off, despite the success of the concept.

Nine years after the last State Of Origin game, nearly 70,000 fans were at the MCG to watch Victoria beat a composite Dream Team by 17 points.

The players have strongly supported the match and the AFL was delighted with how the night unfolded, but league chief executive Andrew Demetriou insisted there are no plans to somehow make it an ongoing fixture.

"We went to the players and pitched it as a one-off, we wanted to celebrate the 150 years (of Australian football)," he said.

"The fact that this hasn't happened for a number of years has contributed to the success of the night.

"It's not on our radar to do it again next year, but I just again reiterate that we got to see probably 46 of the best 50 players going around.

"We've had a few injuries, not many, and it was just fantastic to see them running around.

"The joy and the pleasure that the players got out of it was something that was really significant, I think."

Victorian and Collingwood ruckman Josh Fraser injured his knee, while Dream Team and West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr was taken to hospital for precautionary scans on a lower leg injury.

Despite the success of the night, the difficulty of making this concept a regular match was underlined late in the last term when the crowd launched into a Mexican Wave.

While the match was entertaining, it lacked the passion of a club game or the old Victoria v South Australia interstate battles.

Demetriou also conceded had given the league food for thought.

"Of course you think about things, because you think about how fantastic it is to see a group of talented players, the best players, running around.

"You think about how fantastic it is to see the players enjoying it so much.

"It was an incredible success and we're particularly grateful to all the people who came out tonight.

"The players have been fantastic since day one ... the support we had from the coaches and clubs and the support staff, it's just been phenomenal."

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