Port Adelaide chairman David Koch.
Port Adelaide chairman David Koch. JULIAN SMITH

Power and Suns confirmed for Shanghai showdown

AFL: Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has hailed next year's first game for premiership points outside Australia as a landmark moment.

The Power will take on the Gold Coast Suns in Shanghai, China, in round eight next year and Koch said it was a moment many thought would not happen, let alone be played as early as May 14, 2017.

"The AFL will become the first elite foreign competition to play a regular-season game for points in China, beating the likes of the NBA, English Premier League, Major League Baseball and NFL,” he said.

"That is a monumental achievement in itself and speaks volumes of the strength of the relationship between our two nations.

"This is so much more significant than just playing a game for premiership points on foreign soil. This is a landmark moment in the development of Australia's sporting, cultural, political, economic and tourism ties with China.”

Suns chairman Tony Cochrane said the club was honoured to be involved in the milestone match.

"We are extremely proud to be selected to play in the first ever AFL premiership match in China. We thank both the Port Adelaide Football Club and the AFL for this privilege,” he said.

"This is a historical moment for our game and we are excited by the opportunity that awaits, not only in China but also for us on the Gold Coast.

"China is the No.1 international tourism market for the city of the Gold Coast, and increasingly both China and the Gold Coast enjoy a strong tourism and business relationship.”

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