- Title: Port, Suns train in Shanghai ahead of AFL clash
- Date: 13th May 2017
- Summary: SHANGHAI, CHINA (MAY 13, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PORT ADELAIDE PLAYERS WALKING AND RUNNING CAMERAMAN FILMING VARIOUS OF PORT ADELAIDE PLAYERS RUNNING MEDIA VARIOUS OF PORT ADELAIDE PLAYERS THROWING AND KICKING BALL PORT ADELAIDE ASSISTANT COACH MICHAEL VOSS TAKING QUESTIONS FROM MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) PORT ADELAIDE ASSISTANT COACH MICHA EL VOSS SAYING: "Yeah, certainly the focus has not changed. If anything I'd say that their focus has gone up. I think they understand the significance for the club. We are half representing Australia here too so there's a bigger scale here. We want to acquit ourselves as well, we've also got a season to consider about where that all fits and all the energy is going into this game and the significance of this game. We also can't lose sight of the bigger picture where we all sit in the current of competition." CAMERAMAN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PORT ADELAIDE ASSISTANT COACH MICHAEL VOSS SAYING: "And I think what we've also seen since that period of time is that we are seeing the growth of the game, we're seeing teams introduced into the competition, we're seeing clubs expanding where they play both home and away in Tasmania. So clubs are looking for opportunities to be able to expand their business and for us it is one of those opportunities, So that's why it's pretty significant for our club and it's also pretty significant for our players." GOLD COAST SUNS PLAYERS TRAINING ON PITCH GOLD COAST SUNS PLAYERS KICKING FOOTBALL GOLD COAST SUNS PLAYERS TRAINING ON PITCH GOLD COAST SUNS PLAYERS PASSING BALL AND RUNNING CAMERAMEN FILMING VARIOUS OF GOLD COAST SUNS PLAYERS PASSING FOOTBALL TO EACH OTHER GOLD COAST SUNS PLAYERS TRAINING ON PITCH
- Embargoed: 27th May 2017 11:52
- Keywords: Toyota Shanghai Port Adelaide Gold Coast Suns
- Location: SHANGHAI, CHINA
- City: SHANGHAI, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Australian Rules Football,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016GO77ZZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Port Adelaide Power and the Gold Coast Suns held separate training sessions in Shanghai on Saturday (May 13) ahead of the first Aussie Rules (AFL) match for premiership points played in the northern hemisphere.
The Suns were paid A$500,000 ($377,000) by Port to move the May 14 match from their southern Queensland base to Shanghai, but had insisted on wearing their home jerseys, known as "jumpers" or "guernseys" , which share the red and gold colours of the Chinese flag.
With red also regarded as an auspicious colour in China, the Power were concerned that Gold Coast might draw more support from locals and asked the Suns to wear their white away strip. However, the Australian Football League ruled the Queenslanders could wear red jerseys in the first championship match played in China this month.
Port Adelaide have made significant investments in developing a presence in China and are sponsored by a prominent Shanghai property developer, which is also helping to fund the estimated A$4 million cost of the match.
Over 5,000 Australian fans are reported to have travelled to China for the match.
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