Afl confirms 2013 rematch
Published 05/11/2011 | 05:00
Doubts about its future surfaced this week, arising from the disappointing attendance (22,921) at the first Test in Melbourne. It was even worse in Gold Coast yesterday, where the official attendance was given as 12,545, although, frankly, it looked smaller.
Despite the collapse in attendances, the AFL is anxious to continue with the series. Following a meeting yesterday between GAA director general Paraic Duffy and his AFL counterpart Andrew Demetriou, it was confirmed that the Australians would definitely travel to Ireland in 2013, with Ireland heading Down Under in 2014.
The Australians accepted that they got a number of things wrong this year, including playing the first, rather than the second Test in Melbourne, while also failing to line up enough big names for the squad.
"He (Demetriou) said the AFL are absolutely committed to the series and I accept his word. The proposal is to have another two-year cycle in 2013-14, after which it will be reviewed," said Duffy.
He said the Australians remained convinced they can revive interest in the series, while he believes that the Irish public will continue to support the hybrid game when it next comes to Ireland in two years' time.