Wow, and I genuinely thought Rugby League IN Australia was the first sport to hold any ANZAC game and games some 40+ years before the VFL even thought of it, btw, I don't follow AFL, but it's Essendon vs Collingwood.
Also, did you know that when you first stated the test would not reach 20,000, they'd already sold 24,000?
I think the last 5 ANZAC tests have sold out, Melbourne, Newcastle, SCG, Melbourne and Canberra, obviously not in that order.
One other thing to add, and I will back this up in a day or two when they come out, every time an ANZAC test is played on FTA TV in Australia, it just so happens to rate higher than every NRL, AFL game outside the finals series, and sometimes they don't even come close, the only sports to beat those ratings on FTA each year are the AFL grand final, the NRL grand final and the 3 SOO matches. Once in a while a Union or Soccer WC will be on and if Australia is going well, those ratings beat the ANZAC test.
Yep, that one of the International fixtures we don't care about, Mid week Lions tour would kill them all.
Thanks for your pedantic-ism, I did mention in the very next post that I meant Collingwood. The fact that RL played it 40 years ago is not valid to the argument. My point was that this annual series in its present format was set up following the success of the Anzac Day AFL match.
Hey look, great, sold out. Another point I conceded that perhaps I was going to be wrong. But nice of you to bring that up again.
I have doubts that the last five have been sell outs but I will take your word as it doesn't alter my opinion. I hazard to guess that 2008 and 2009 were not sell outs after looking at Wiki.
My opinion is that this game was meaningless. What was the point of it? Will the Kiwis really be that aggrieved they lost? I doubt it. Would the Aussies? maybe a bit more than the kiwis. 2013 is the World Cup year and that is all any of the nations will care about.