TheMelbourne Demons are back in Alice Springs this weekend as part of theTerritory Governments $1.7 million per annum five-year partnership agreementwith AFL.
TheDemons take on reigning premiers West Coast Eagles in the Toyota AFLPremiership Round 18 match this Sunday 21 July at TIO Traeger Park from 2.50pmACST.
TheEagles return to the Red Centre after more than six years, with AFL fans fromacross the Territory and Australia snapping up tickets fast.
Localfans will get a chance to meet the Demons players as they host a series of clinicsand community visits later this week.
Entryis free for children 14 years and under but will you need an allocated ticketfor entry, so secure your ticket now at www.ntix.com.au.
Getalong early for the Redtails vs Top End Storm curtain-raiser, the second yearin a row that local Territory footballers will play the lead-in game whichkicks off at 11.10am ACST.
As noted by Minister for Tourism, Sport and CultureLauren Moss:
Bringingsporting matches of this calibre to the Red Centre is something the TerritoryLabor Government prides itself on and this blockbuster game between theMelbourne Demons and the reigning Premiers, West Coast Eagles, is a huge boostfor Alice Springs.
Hostingtop tier sporting fixtures in the Territory increases visitation, boosts theeconomy and supports local business, which is why we continue to invest inthese events.
Thisweekends game is expected to be hotly contested, so I would urge visitors andlocals alike to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid missingout.
As noted by CEO of AFLNT, Stuart Totham:
Itsfantastic to see Melbourne back in the Northern Territory to play against theWest Coast Eagles in Round 18 of the Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
Footballis huge in the Territory, and I have no doubt TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springswill be packed with people of all ages for the much-anticipated Red Centrefixture.
Itsexciting that the Demons are partaking in a number of community activities inthe lead up to the game, which not only gives local and visiting fans thechance to meet their favourite players, but also inspires the next generationof football stars to pursue their sporting goals.
As noted by Melbourne Football Club Co-Captain, NathanJones:
Wereally love the opportunity to play football in the Red Centre, and hope thatplaying AFL matches in the Northern Territory will also encourage participationat all levels to grow the game from a broader perspective.
Thisis also a great chance for kids in the nations heartland to see their heroesplay in Alice Springs.
Weare really looking forward to this unique opportunity and cant wait to meetfans in the local community.