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The AFL wishes to advise the opening match in round one of the 2011 Foxtel Cup, between Queensland’s Morningside and the NT Thunder, will be re-scheduled to AAMI Stadium this Saturday, March 26, as a curtain-raiser to the Adelaide Crows v Hawthorn match.
The game will commence at 3.05pm local time, with a broadcast that afternoon on Fox Sports.
This match is the opening game in the new competition which brings together 16 teams from the various state leagues across the country to play in a knockout format - Swan Districts (WA), Claremont (WA), East Perth (WA), North Ballarat (Vic), Northern Bullants (Vic), Williamstown (Vic), West Adelaide (SA), North Adelaide (SA), Port Adelaide Magpies (SA), Morningside (Qld), Labrador (Qld), NT Thunder (NT), Clarence (Tasmania), Ainslie (ACT), the East Coast Eagles (NSW) and the Greater Western Sydney Giants, who will participate in 2011 only before their entry to the AFL competition in 2012.
The game was re-scheduled from the Gabba to AAMI Stadium, to allow the ground to have maximum time to be prepared for the changeover to the AFL season from cricket, and the opening match of the season for the Brisbane Lions against Fremantle.
AAMI Stadium is well-placed to host a curtain-raiser match and the NT Thunder side will feature champion Adelaide Crows’ player Andrew McLeod in its playing ranks, as the Crows celebrate the 20-year milestone of the club’s first match in the AFL competition in 1991.
The Foxtel Cup was designed to spread the load for the clubs during the course of their stage league seasons, and will be run as follows:
Eight round one knockout matches to be played in the period between March 26-May 21. Each match to be played on a Saturday afternoon, with seven of the games to played as curtain-raisers to an AFL match, and one match as a stand-alone match at a state-league venue.
Four round two knockout matches to be played in the period between May 28-June 18. One game would be played per week on a Saturday afternoon, with the aim to play each match as a curtain-raiser to an AFL match or as a stand-alone match at a state-league venue.
Two knockout semi-final matches to be played over the weekends of July 9 and July 16. One game would be played per week on a Saturday afternoon, with the aim to play each match as a curtain-raiser to an AFL match or as a stand-alone match at a state-league venue.
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