European Legion team finalised

The 2013 Easter Series will this year be held in Guildford, England and Copenhagen, Denmark. Tickets now available at http://afleasterseries.eventbrite.co.uk/

The first leg will be played between the European Legion and the AIS AFL Academy.

Below is the team selected to proudly represent Europe against the best from Australia in the 1st game.

European Legion:

Jens Djernes – Denmark

Mathias Biron – Denmark

Mikkel Kjoege – Denmark

Jakob Jung – Germany

Wilfried Houvion – France

Cameron Cope – England

Luke Booth – England

Levi Fernandez – England

Tom Exton – Scotland

Victor Petersen – Denmark

Rene Palsgaard – Denmark

Sean Walton – England

Shane Walsh – Ireland

Shane Carthy – Ireland

Niall Scully – Ireland

Daniel Flynn – Ireland

Craig Degville – England

Paddy Brophy – Ireland

Padraig Lucey – Ireland

Ethan Rafferty – Ireland

Hampus Ollson – Sweden

Sean Hurley – Ireland

 

Tadhg Kennelly – Coach

Brad Ottens – Coach

Ian Mitchell – Assistant Coach

Palli Finnson – Assistant Coach

Kolja Koracak – Team Manager

Ciaran O’Hara – Communications

Jane Potter – Physio

 

Croatia aiming high in 2013

Following the disappointment of the 2012 Euro Cup for the national team the leaders of Australian Football in Croatia (CAAF) have been very busy. Along with announcing Richmond Tigers Ruckman and cult hero of all men with “Mullets” Ivan Maric as its Ambassador the CAAF have just secured a major coup.

After extensive research and years of conversations with land owners in Zagreb the President of CAAF, Josip Kravar recently announced the league has been provided with land to construct the first Australian Football oval by the Faculty of Kinesiology  at the University of Zagreb.

The Faculty of Kinesiology has noticed the efforts of the CAAF and it’s hard working volunteers to develop the sport which is orientated to young people and getting them active. CAAF have the ambitious plan to construct the field within the next month to be ready for its clash with Oxford University on the 14th April. This match is likely to attract national media. Judging by the determination shown by players of the Croatian national team and the administrators of the sport no one would be surprised if they meet the deadline.

The support from the University extends to the local league with the formation of a new club “Academic Club of Australian Rules Football Zagreb” that will in time participate in the National League. They have also granted access for the CAAF to go into lectures and promote the sport.

AFL Europe would like to join CAAF in thanking the Faculty of Kinesiology at Zagreb University as this will have a major positive affect on the development of the league and ability to attract new juniors to the sport.

Sometimes disappointment is the catalyst for change and action. Certainly the CAAF and the the national team the Croatian Knights have been working hard by all accounts to put 2012 behind them and it won’t be a shock if they come and surprise a few teams at the AFL European Championships in Dublin this August. Watch this space!

CAAF are currently looking for sponsors to assist in the completion of this groundbreaking project for the sport in Europe. If you want to help please get in touch with AFL Europe at info@afleurope.org

 

Easter Series Showcase Copenhagen – Squad Annoucement

In an exciting extension of the Easter Series 2013 will see a match played in Copenhagen on the 10th April. The squad chosen will be split in two and be allocated to either the Kennelly or O’Loughlin team which will also include the AIS AFL Academy (half in each team).

Europeans selected:

Thore Lauritzen – Denmark

Bjarke Lauritzen – Denmark

Nicolai Secher – Denmark

Joakim Secher – Denmark

Joost Van Der Hulst – Holland

Johan Lantz – Sweden

Troels Ottesen – Denmark

Martin Hinchey – England

Natis Johansson – Sweden

Kevin McSorley – Ireland

Benny McDevitt – Ireland

Matthew Kilheeny – England

Chris Martensson – Sweden

Mikkel Kjoege – Denmark

Victor Petersen – Denmark

Nicolo Di Giorgio – Italy

Andy Smith – Scotland

 

All players need to be available for a meeting in the evening of Tuesday 9th April in Copenhagen.

Please confirm your availability by the 20th March via email to info@afleurope.org

Accommodation for Tuesday 9th April and Wednesday 10th April will be arranged for those requiring it.

 

ARFLI Share The Shake

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Irish On Song In NAB Cup

The St Patricks Weekend NAB Cup Final will have a special significance for two of the AFL’s best Irish players. Pearce Hanley’s Brisbane will meet Zach Tuohy’s Carlton in the final. The Lions overcame Collingwood in their semi-final with both Hanley and rising star Caolan Mooney goaling in the game. Tuohy’s Carlton team lost to Adelaide but proceed to the final. Setanta O hAilpín featured prominently on his return for the GWS Giants, while his Sydney neighbour Tommy Walshy missed out due to injury. Add Marty Clarke in to the mix who has featured prominently for Collingwood  and it looks like it will be a big year for the Irish in the AFL, with Niall McKeever also expected to feature for Brisbane again this year.

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NAB Cup Round 2 – Match Highlights

All the highlights from Round 2 of the NAB Cup. Don’t forget to watch live or in full on delay for free, you can do so on AFL TV.

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