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Gold Coast to host Ireland game

21/07/2011 02:13:39 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast will host Australia's International Rules match against Ireland on November 4, the AFL announced on Thursday.

The first game in the two-match series will be played at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on October 28.

"It's the first time that an International Rules match has been played in our state so this is a coup for Queensland and the Gold Coast," Queensland Sports Minister Phil Reeves said.

"As we saw last weekend at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns, with the inaugural Gold Coast Suns and Richmond Tigers premiership match for the region, Queenslanders are right behind their AFL from the Cape to Coolangatta."

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou said Metricon Stadium, which opened in 2011, had proved to be a wonderful venue for the Suns in their debut season in the AFL.

"It will be a highlight of our year to see a deciding Test match between Australia and Ireland contested on our newest venue in front of a passionate capacity Queensland crowd," Demetriou said.

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