First AFL Game to be Played Outside Australia - St Kilda v Sydney Swans
Date of Record: 25/04/2013
Making Australian history and witnessed by a crowd of 22,546, St Kilda and the Sydney Swans played an exciting first AFL game to be played outside Australia.
About 4,500 St Kilda and Sydney fans made the trip across the Tasman sea contributing to an electric atmosphere, enjoyed not only by them, but the New Zealand crowd who made their way to Wellington.
The greasy conditions made the game tougher for the players resulting in a low scoring game, with the overall result being Sydney Swans 79 to St Kilda 63.
The Sydney Swans made 97 tackles, with St Kilda putting in 89. They're big figures making it a healthy competition.
Former New Zealand cricketer, who is now a Wellington city councillor John Morrison, enjoyed the honour of flipping a coin to open proceedings and the entire crowd roared as the first ball was bounced.
St Kilda's forward/ruckman Justin Koschitzke had the honour of booting the first AFL goal on foreign soil.
Among the Swans' best were Daniel Hannebery, Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy and Jarrad McVeigh.
St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt also played strongly and booted two goals while Swans skipper and league convert Kieren Jack showed off his great talent.
Statistics: Sydney Swans 3.3 6.7 9.13 11.13 (79) St Kilda 3.1 5.3 6.6 9.9 (63)
Goals: Sydney: B McGlynn 2, L Parker 2, A Goodes, J Bolton, J Kennedy, J McVeigh, K Jack, S Mumford, T Richards. St Kilda: L Montagna 2, N Riewoldt 2, J Geary, J Koschitzke, J Steven, S Ross, T Dennis-Lane.
Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
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