Connect with us


Thailand, Malaysia to face off at Aussie Rules match in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: It has been 19 years since the first international match of Australian Rules was played in Thailand, between the Thailand Tigers and the Hong Kong Dragons at Bangkok’s Kasetsart University. Since then, the sport has grown significantly in the Kingdom, and it is now coming to Phuket.

Saturday, March 7 will see the first-ever Aussie Rules football match played in Phuket with the


country’s oldest club, the Thailand Tigers, taking on the Malaysian Warriors.

“We’ve been planning a game in Phuket for quite some time and there are a few reasons for this,” explains Rut Ngarnarayakul from Thailand Tigers, who is responsible for local development of the sport.

“First, there are a lot of Aussies in Phuket, both expats and tourists. We’re hoping people will come to watch the game and parents will bring their kids for the Auskick session in the morning.

“Second, it’s a great destination for a tour. Most of the teams we play have visited Bangkok multiple times, but this gives our opponent a chance to enjoy the wonderful island of Phuket.”

According to Rut, Aussie Rules – which is formally known as Australian football or AFL, after the Australian Football League – does very well in Thailand. The Tigers play about three to four internationals per year, plus annual tournaments: the Indochina Cup, which features Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar; and the AFL Asian Championships, which takes place each year and hosts approximately 12 teams from all over Asia.

“Part of our club’s focus is to expand and promote the game beyond our current membership base,” says Rut, adding that goal is part of the drive behind the Phuket exposition match.

“While it’s an Australian game, we currently have many different nationalities playing with us, so we encourage all ages and nationalities to join in.


“We’re especially interested in expanding our local base by encouraging more Thais to play the game.”

To help achieve that goal, the upcoming international in Phuket will be preceded by an Auskick clinic in the hope of finding Phuket-based AFL enthusiasts who would like to get involved and take part in regular Auskick sessions.

“Our club is open for anyone interested in the game. Some people grew up with the game and enjoy the chance to continue playing in Thailand. Others may not have played before, but enjoy the fitness side of the game and learning a new sport,” concludes Rut.

The first Aussie Rules international game in Phuket will take place at the Alan Cooke Ground on March 7.

The game starts at 1pm and is preceded by an Auskick Junior AFL Clinic at 11:30am.

All juniors interested in joining in can email

For more information, visit


— Maciek Klimowicz


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Bangkok4 hours ago

Bang Sue Station begins 150k vaccine booster shots tomorrow

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Expat “dual pricing” at Thai hospital lawsuit; Patong bars raided | September 23

Economy5 hours ago

PM Prayut announces a 5-point plan for the future economy

Sponsored1 day ago

HOMA is now offering fully-serviced, affordable lifestyle apartments in Phuket Town.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand5 hours ago

Khon Kaen restaurant busted for allegedly serving alcohol

Kanchanaburi6 hours ago

14 Burmese migrant workers arrested for allegedly illegally crossing the border

Chiang Mai7 hours ago

Cyclist unable to take steep hill plunges to his death in Chiang Mai ravine

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand7 hours ago

Thaiger Bites | The eye of the Thaiger | Ep. 24

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 13,256 new cases; provincial totals

Pattaya8 hours ago

Pattaya Man goes looking for food, later found dead in graveyard

Phuket8 hours ago

Minor Phuket entry revision: Covid-19 test within 7 days, not 3

News9 hours ago

Grenade attack kills ranger in Pattani

Pattaya9 hours ago

Reopening Pattaya: Will it happen next week or not?

Thailand10 hours ago

5 police kiosks set on fire in Bangkok, no injuries reported

Pattaya10 hours ago

Pattaya restaurant busted selling alcohol, 15 arrested

Thailand10 hours ago

Decision on Hua Hin Hospital “dual pricing” case set for next week

Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11