Sunday 18 March 2018

60,000-plus expected for second semi-final

Cats coach Chris Scott. Photo by Jason O'Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images
Cats coach Chris Scott. Photo by Jason O'Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Another 60,000 plus crowd is expected in Croke Park this weekend as Munster hurling champions Cork and Waterford meet in the second All-Ireland hurling semi-final.

With almost 190,000 attending over the three days last weekend, the crowd surge at games this year looks set to continue with hopes that the 61,753 who were at the 2006 semi-final between the counties can be bettered on the back of Cork's hurling resurgence this summer.

The Rebels have drawn crowds of almost 120,000 for their three Munster Championship games to date.

Tickets for the All-Ireland football semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone, another certain sell-out, are expected to go on sale later today at official outlets.

Meanwhile, the dates and venues for the forthcoming International Rules series in Australia have been confirmed.

The AFL have opted for Adelaide and Perth as the venues with the first Test taking place on Sunday, November 12 at the Adelaide Oval and the second Test at the Domain Stadium in Perth on Saturday, November 18, the last game that will be played there.

Melbourne, which has the greatest concentration of AFL teams, has been overlooked as a two-Test series resumes.

Geelong coach Chris Scott will take charge of the AFL team for the series.

Scott was an assistant to Alistair Clarkson in the Australian set-up in 2015.


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