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AFL to host All Stars match to raise funds for bushfire relief


The AFL has announced it will host an All Stars match to raise funds for the Australian bushfire disaster relief fund.

Victoria will play an All Stars team at Marvel Stadium on Friday, February 28.

The AFL ($1.35m) – in association with the clubs ($900,000) and AFL Players Association ($250,000) – have committed a $2.5 million donation.

Damien Hardwick will coach Victoria.

John Longmire will coach the All Stars.

There will be a maximum of three players per club allowed to play.

There will be an AFLW clash between Collingwood and Melbourne beforehand.

“Our industry has a really good track records in times like this, which is fortunately not too often,” Travis Auld said on 3AW Drive

“Our players and people quickly remember where they come from.”

The AFL’s general manager of clubs and broadcasting said he was confident the league’s star players would nominate to play in the game.

“This has been led largely by the playing groups,” Auld said.

“Clearly there’ll be some players who aren’t available to play because there preparation is not where it needs to be.

“But given it’s led by the players, with the support of the clubs and various football departments, then I’m confident we’ll have the best players playing.”

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