Posted: 16 March, 2012 by Triple M

Wangaratta to host 2013 AFL match

The AFL says an NAB Cup match will be played in Wangaratta in 2013. Well, it's scheduled to be played.

Tags: Wangaratta, NAB Cup, Essendon, St Kilda, Ovens and Murray, afl, Triple M

The AFL says an NAB Cup match will be played in Wangaratta in 2013. Well, it's scheduled to be played.

The league was left red-faced after Essendon failed to arrive for its clash with St Kilda earlier this month when their planes from Melbourne could not land due to the weather.

The 2013 match will be played in Wangaratta at the Showgrounds Oval.

"The AFL has been in regular discussions with the Wangaratta Rural City Council, since the weekend of March 3, and has now locked in a match in next year's NAB Cup," Mr Anderson said.

"The teams to be fixtured for Wangaratta will be subject a final decision when the draw is determined in October but Essendon has indicated it will seek to play as one of the teams scheduled at the venue."

The AFL and Essendon also says the City Council and the two Ovens and Murray football clubs directly involved would not be left with any residual expenses caused by the cancellation of the March 3 match.

"The City Council and local clubs had been preparing for the game for some months and put in considerable work to readying the venue, as well as purchasing food and drinks around the expected crowd for the match.

"The AFL and Essendon have determined to meet those costs incurred by the Council and the clubs, as they should not suffer any penalty for the match not going ahead."

Essendon Chief Executive Ian Robson said the club had planned a number of positive initiatives for the community in Wangaratta.

"We have indicated to the AFL our desire to play a NAB Cup game in the region next year and we will explore other community engagement opportunities," said Robson.

The Wangaratta Rural City Council said it was pleased with the outcome, especially for the two Ovens and Murray clubs involved.

Tags: Wangaratta, NAB Cup, Essendon, St Kilda, Ovens and Murray, afl, Triple M

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