The Golden Square FNC is proud to be hosting the Indian National AFL team for their lead up preparation for the International AFL Cup being held in Melbourne.
It will also be the venue for the ‘grudge match’ between India and Pakistan on Friday August 11th at 7:30 pm under lights at Wade St.
This is an official International Cup match transferred from Etihad Stadium to Wade St. It will also be a great opportunity to connect with the Indian and Pakistani community of Bendigo.
It is exciting to be able to continue and strengthen our relationship with AFL India which has come about through GSFNC trips for Bendigo sports people to Kolkata to help them run their National Championships every January.
The 17 players who have come from India will be billeted by families from the GSFNC community for their weeklong stay in Bendigo.
Golden Square hope to have a welcome dinner for the team after their first training day together on Sunday July 30th.
At times they will be joined by another 8 players from Melbourne and spend time training with Golden Square during their stay from Saturday July 29th to Saturday August 5th.
There will be an Indian team practice match against a team made up of some of the younger GSFNC players on Tuesday evening August 1st at Wade St to help them prepare for their big clash against Pakistan under lights at FurLife Oval, Wade St Golden Square on Friday 11th. Entry free in what should be a great night for the Bendigo community.
The 2017 AFL International Cup (IC17) will be held in Melbourne, from August 5-19. It will be the sixth International Cup and will include both men’s and women’s competitions. The AFL International Cup is played every three years. No expatriate Australians are eligible to play. Teams comprise solely of amateurs who must be nationals of the country they represent.
In 2014 there were 25 teams (18 men’s and seven women’s) representing 18 nations. Papua New Guinea won the men’s event, while Canada was victorious in the women’s.