Demons take on the Eagles this weekend in the Red Centre 16 July 2019 The Melbourne Demons are back in Alice Springs this weekend as part of the Territory Government’s $1.7 million per annum five-year partnership agreement with AFL. The Demons take on reigning premiers West Coast Eagles in the Toyota AFL Premiership Round 18 match this Sunday, 21 July at TIO Traeger Park from 2.50pm ACST. The Eagles return to the Red Centre after more than six years, with AFL fans from across the Territory and Australia snapping up tickets fast. AFL NT CEO Stuart Totham said it was fantastic to see Melbourne back in the Northern Territory. “Football is huge in the Territory, and I have no doubt TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs will be packed with people of all ages for the much-anticipated Red Centre fixture,” he said. “It’s exciting that the Demons are partaking in a number of community activities in the lead up to the game, which not only gives local and visiting fans the chance to meet their favourite players, but also inspires the next generation of football stars to pursue their sporting goals.” Melbourne Football Club Co-Captain Nathan Jones said the team loves playing football in the Red Centre. “We hope that playing AFL matches in the Northern Territory will also encourage participation at all levels to grow the game from a broader perspective,” he said. “This is also a great chance for kids in the nation’s heartland to see their heroes play in Alice Springs. “We are really looking forward to this unique opportunity and can’t wait to meet fans in the local community.” Local fans will get a chance to meet the Demons players as they host a series of clinics and community visits later this week. Entry is free for children 14 years and under but will you need an allocated ticket for entry, so secure your tickets now at www.ntix.com.au. Get along early for the Redtails vs Top End Storm curtain-raiser, the second year in a row that local Territory footballers will play the lead-in game which kicks off at 11.10am ACST.