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International Games Venues

Demonstration Games Overseas.
Demonstration games, usually as part of end of season trips, have been played in many countries, including Japan, Canada, USA, U.K., New Zealand,  Greece and South Africa. A summary of the venues (from Wikipedia) is below.

Year Location Stadium Teams
2006 London, England The Oval Geelong v. Port Adelaide
2006 Los Angeles, USA Intramural Field, UCLA Kangaroos v. Sydney
2005 London, England The Oval West Coast v. Fremantle
2003 London, England The Oval Collingwood v. Fremantle
2002 London, England The Oval Richmond v. Essendon
2001 Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium Brisbane Lions v. Adelaide
2000 London, England The Oval Melbourne v. Adelaide
2000 Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium Western Bulldogs v. Hawthorn
1999 London, England The Oval Essendon v. Hawthorn
1998 London, England The Oval Western Bulldogs v. St Kilda
1998 Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve Melbourne v. Sydney
1998 Cape Town, South Africa . Brisbane v. Fremantle
1997 London, England The Oval West Coast v. Collingwood
1996 London, England The Oval West Coast v. Adelaide
1994 London, England The Oval Richmond v. Carlton
1991 London, England The Oval West Coast v. Hawthorn
1991 Auckland, New Zealand . Geelong v. St Kilda
1990 London, England The Oval Collingwood v. Essendon
1990 Portland, USA Civic Stadium Melbourne v. West Coast
1989 Toronto, Canada Toronto Skydome Geelong v. Melbourne
1989 Miami, USA Joe Robbie Stadium Essendon v. Hawthorn
1989 London, England The Oval Melbourne v. Essendon
1988 Toronto, Canada Varsity Stadium Collingwood v. Hawthorn
1988 London, England The Oval Hawthorn v. Carlton
1988 Miami, USA Joe Robbie Stadium Collingwood v. Geelong
1987 Vancouver, Canada . Collingwood v. Hawthorn
1987 Vancouver, Canada . Melbourne v. North Melbourne
1987 Vancouver, Canada B.C. Place Melbourne v. Sydney
1987 London, England The Oval Carlton v. North Melbourne
1987 Tokyo, Japan Yokohama Stadium Hawthorn v. Essendon
1986 Tokyo, Japan Yokohama Stadium Carlton v. Hawthorn
1972 London, England The Oval Carlton v. Orlando All-Stars
1972 Athens, Greece . Carlton v. Orlando All-Stars
1972 Singapore . Carlton v. Orlando All-Stars
1963 San Francisco, USA . Geelong v. Melbourne
1963 Honolulu . Geelong v. Melbourne

The Oval
Since 1986 end of season exhibitions games have been played in the UK usually at Kennington Oval better known as "The Oval". It was the venue for the first Test match between Australia and England played in 1880 and celebrated with
a commemorative cover in 1980. Australia's cricketing links were commemorated in 1988, Australia's Bicentenary year, with a joint stamp issue and commemorative cover. In 1997 a commemorative cover was released for the ODI at the Oval.

Special post marks for the Oval are the 1973 Centenary of English County Cricket, 1980 Centenary of the Ashes, 1982 Centenary of the Ashes Obituary,  1988 Australian Bicentenary and 1989 Ashes Series

Miniature Sheet The Oval

The above Miniature Sheet  was released to mark England's retaking of the Ashes at the Oval in 2005. Multiple covers were released. They included two official postmarks on Royal Mail covers of the Test Venues and Urn & Stamps. Another postmark was from Hambleton, the Birthplace of cricket. Benham released a series of covers for the miniature sheet and individual stamps including Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3 and Cover 4. Norvic Philatelic released a cover postmarked at the Oval

Liberia joined in the celebrations with a miniature sheet of Freddie Flintoff. (Note the baseball) Benin issued 2 miniature sheets for the 2006-2007 Ashes series, one showing Michael Hussey and the other Ian Bell, scoring a chanceless hundred in the first test against Pakistan at Lord's in 2006. (Note the cricket balls)

Fremantle defeated Collingwood at the 2003 London Exhibition match on Saturday October 11, continuing the strong links the AMP Oval has established with AFL Football.  

It was also the site for early Soccer test matches including a game between Scotland and England in 1879 which was commemorated on this Sharjah Stamp.

The Toronto Skydome
The Skydome, now known as the Rogers Centre, is the home of the Toronto Bluejays and Argonauts. It is dwarfed by the CN Tower. It played host to a game between Geelong and Melbourne in 1989. Its unusual shape as a football ground must have caused some unique tactics.

The miniature sheet below was issued for the Capex International Stamp Exhibition in 1996.

Miniature Sheet Capex 96

Westpac Stadium
The westpac Stadium is Wellington New Zealand's new multipurpose stadium. It is used for ODI and Cricket Test Matches along with Rugby Union. It was portrayed on the Joint Hong Kong - New Zealand Rugby Sevens Issue in 2003. The ground was displayed on the cover and the $2.00 New Zealand Stamp and the $5.00 Hong Kong Stamp and Postcard