TWO AFL teams will take to the MCG next season to help out struggling Australian farmers.
Essendon and Geelong will play off in a marquee “Country Game” in round four on Saturday April 16.
According to the AFL’S official website the precinct will be turned into a country festival prior to the game.
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The match will feature a live concert, farmers market and field shows.
Essendon great Kevin Sheedy came up with the idea. He told the Bombers’ website “the people across regional Australia don’t get enough recognition for their tireless work”.
The former Bombers coach also said he hoped the country-themed game would become the next blockbuster on the AFL calendar.
The Anzac day clash and Dreamtime at the ‘G, were both dreamed up by Sheedy.
He wrapped up by saying “a full MCG would send a very powerful message to those on the land who are doing it tough.”
As well, Essendon and Geelong will also play a yearly NAB Challenge game at a regional venue to raise awareness of issues facing rural and regional Australians.
Next year’s pre-season game will be played in Shepparton on Saturday, March 5.