2013 is proving to be a very busy year for European Footy, and we’re proud to announce yet another end of season event to cater for clubs, teams and players who will not be participating in the Axios EuroCup in Bordeaux. Conscious of the desire for a packaged end of season Footy trip, we’ve teamed up with one of Europe’s premier warm weather sports resorts in the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal to launch the AFL Europe Algarve 9s.
- Tournament Registration.
- 2 Nights Accommodation.
- Complimentary Breakfasts.
- Tournament Draw & BBQ.
- Post Carnival Presentation & BBQ.
- Use of select on site sports facilities.
- Use of Jacuzzi, Sauna and Turkish Bath.
- Photo Library DVD of Event.
The package cost is €140 per person, and extras such as additional nights, Airport transfers and fun activities such as Paintball, Go Karting, Crazy Golf, Boat/Fishing Trips and Golf can be arranged on request. There are resort images below and more details can be found at www.browns-club.com
The tournament which will take place on Saturday September 14th in a blitz format, is open to a limited number of club or composite teams, with a maximum squad size of 15 and a minimum of 12, there will be no limit on the participation of Australian players.
Vilamoura is a short distance from Faro Airport, which is served by the following airlines and airports.
- Aer Lingus – Belfast, Cork & Dublin
- Air Berlin – Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf, Munich
- ArkeFly – Amsterdam
- British Airways – London Gatwick
- Easyjet – Belfast International, Bristol, Glasgow International, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Southend, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Paris-Orly.
- Jet2.com – East Midlands, Glasgow International, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
- Lufthansa – Frankfurt, Munich.
- Monarch Airlines – Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester.
- Norwegian Air Shuttle – Copenhagen, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
- Ryanair – Beauvais, Bristol, Cherleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow-Prestwick.
- TAP Portugal – Lisbon
- Transavia.com – Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen
To secure your team’s place in the inaugural AFL Europe Algarve 9s, teams need to contact Stefan Uusitalo at the resort (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Payment is made by the team in stages with 30%(€42pp) due on June 16th, once your team’s participation is confirmed, 30%(€42pp) due on July 16th and the remaining 40%(€54) payable on August 24th. You must stay at the resort in order to participate.
‘For a long time the SAFF have been looking for a larger field with permanent goal posts to be used as our home ground. So far we have been limited to playing 9 a-side on rugby fields or setting up temporary posts on open access fields of low quality. In 2011 Daniel “Jordo” Jordan (Club stalwart and all round nice guy) was appointed development officer of the SAFF. Initially he was working on another field at Stockholm University (which is actually owned by the Swedish king). After we got a hold of around 100 truckloads of dirt for free, the owners leveled the field and planted new grass.
Although we have rights to use the field and put up permanent goal posts the problem is that we don’t have access to changing rooms so this field has been put on hold for now. In parallel Jordo was speaking to the people at the Stockholm Council that are responsible for the sporting facilities at Skarpnäck (a suburb close to Stockholm) and managed to get approval for us to develop our own field there as well. Apart from soccer this area is home to other smaller sports like grid iron, frisbee and baseball and they were happy to take on another ‘odd’ sport. They even mark out all the lines for us so now we’re playing with a boundary, center, goal squares and a 50m arc.
Jordo made the design of where to set up the field and how to put up the goal posts. The field runs across two soccer fields with the goal posts placed just outside the side boundary lines. In addition to the goal posts we also had to put up a protective net behind one of the goals so that the balls won’t damage an allotment next to the field. All in all according to Jordo’s design we had to acquire 10 posts and a big net. Well, Jordo managed to find 10 second hand flag poles, the only problem was that the flag poles had to be transported 200 km to Stockholm.
Luckily one of our sponsors is a big chain selling construction material so Jordo got them to transport the flag poles to us for free. The net is a bird protection net purchased online. The caretaker of the field made measurements to align the posts properly and in the beginning of the 2012 season the club organized a couple working bees to dig the holes, concrete the foundations for the flag poles and then to erect the posts and put up the net. We can use the lines for the flag poles to take up and down the net.
The first game was played there on the 10th of August 2012, Södermalm Blues vs. Norrtälje Dockers, umpired by Jordo. After all of his hard work the oval will be called: The JCG (Jordo Cricket Ground).
Needless to say Jordo’s work contacts in the building industry and access to building equipment have been invaluable.
The bulk of the money so far has been supplied by Södermalm AFC. In addition, sponsorship by the company Jordo started (Buyfooty), Södermalms Trä and of course AFL Europe for the Goal Post Padding.
With the goal post pads the field has been finalized and at the moment we are working on building a club house next to the field where we also can store equipment and have BBQs. Hopefully this will be done before the end of the season’.
Look out for next years Goal Post Grant and tell us your story!
If you want to join Södermalm AFC, visit their web-page for further information http://www.sodermalmafc.se/about/
Friday and Saturday were two fairly easy days with some light training and a bit of tactics for the weekends upcoming games. On the Saturday the NEAFL boys including me had a short session at the oval in Blacktown before the game Sunday against Sydney Swans reserves.
Sunday started really early because the NEAFL match started at 9:30am. In order for us to get there and do all the preparation in time I had to leave the house at 7:30am.
At the oval we did all the pre-game preparations and were told the lineup. I started on the bench and during the game I would be rotating with the forwards. It wasn’t long into the 1st quarter before I had to rotate in and have my first appearance for the Giants. It was a great feeling being on the field with so many great players and they all did a great job helping me out with positioning myself in the right spots.
I wasn’t really nervous or anything I was just determined to go out and give it a 100% in every tackle, chase and contest. Throughout the game I started to gain more and more confidence and I had a few good tackles and a few touches. I even had a few shots at goal, one of them I should have kicked a goal but just a lack of concentration or maybe I was just too surprised that I actually had the opportunity to kick a goal and therefore I missed. I’m still a bit angry at myself for that.
The game continued and I played almost the whole 3rd quarter up in the forward line and had a few tackles and touches. Unfortunately Sydney were playing really good footy the whole game and we were only doing it for 5-8 minutes and the we would fall behind a bit. It all ended up with a loss 11-12-78 to 19-13-127 (Sydney are currently on top of the NEAFL Eastern ladder). Personally I had two behinds and a few good tackles and chases to put to my name. It was heaps of fun playing for the GWS Giants reserves and I’ve definitely made some great new memories out at the oval in Blacktown.
After the game we headed into Skoda stadium to see the first team take on the Adelaide Crows. Unfortunately it was a big win for the crows 29-13-187 to 7-10-52. After the game everyone headed up to the members bar for a post match function, and I got to say goodbye to everyone from club.
I’m now on my way to the airport and looking back it just seems like I arrived yesterday. It’s been a great time here in Sydney with the GWS Giants and everyone made me feel very welcome. Ahead of me is a 24 hour flight before I’ll be back in Denmark for one day to see my family and after that it’s straight back to Afghanistan for the last 3 months of deployment. It’s been a busy leave period from Afghanistan but I wouldn’t do it any different.
Thanks to AFL Europe for making this possible. Thanks to everyone at and around GWS Giants and a special thanks to Dylan Shiel and Adam Kennedy for having me in their home during my stay.
As of the start of 2013 AFL Europe has signed a deal with Sherrin to become the Official ball supplier of AFL Europe. We will be the only place to purchase Sherrin balls in Europe. We have doen everything in our power to keep costs low and bring quality balls into Europe at an affordable price. We would like to thank Sherrin for partnering with us on this exciting journey of growing Australian Football in Europe.
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After a relaxing day off I was more than ready to have a Wednesday with a bit of training.
We stared out with a training session at Skoda stadium where the Giants usually play their home games. This great venue is also where they take on the Adelaide Crows next Sunday. It was a good training and a very hard session where we got to do skills, tackling, spoiling and goal kicking. Besides that we had a really intense handball game and 18 v 18 at the end.
After the session we had a great ice-bath and lunch before we headed back to the club for weights and Pilates.
In the evening the whole team went out to a great restaurant called Noi Dui for an amazing dinner.
Thursday was a bit more relaxing but we still had to do a boxing session which was really hard on your shoulders but still was a lot of fun. After that we went straight to weight training where the main focus was on the upper body region.
We were also told which team we are going to play with on the weekend and I’m going to play for the NEAFL team against Sydney Swans on Sunday before the Seniors take on the Adelaide Crows.
The NEAFL are going to play out in Blacktown were I have played before with the The Danish Vikings during IC11 and scored my first goal for our national team. I already have great memories from this oval and after next Sunday I’ll have many more.
Thanks for everyones support and messages on Facebook.
I’m back in Sydney after a great couple of days in Melbourne catching up with friends and watching footy at Etihad stadium.
Unfortunately the GWS Giants were not able to end high-flying Essendon’s winning streak and bring the first defeat to them this season even though the Giants played really great 1st and 2nd quarters and were in front at half time.
Essendon had a great 3rd quarter and after that it seemed like everything just worked their way and they ended up winning 120-81.
Monday started at 8am for the boys who didn’t play on the weekend with a training session at the new training ground Tom Wills oval (he was a 19th-century sportsman who is considered one of the pioneers of the sport of Australian rules football). Afterwards we had a short pool session and then we headed back to the club for review of the Essendon match and weight’s training.
Adam Kennedy and I were invited to dinner at Nick Walsh’s (fitness trainer at the club) and we had a really good evening with him and his girlfriend.
Tuesday was a day off so I spent the day looking around in Sydney and catching up with a friend of mine. A good relaxing day so I’m ready for a great day of training tomorrow.
Tuesday is normally a day off for the GWS Giants and this week was no exception. So while my housemates Adam and Dylan went to university to do some work I had a relaxing day back at the house.
Wednesday was the first day where I was supposed to have an on ground footy session with the boys. I was really looking forward to being back on field and a part of the great game of footy which I haven’t played since the Euro Cup 2012 in Edinburgh.
After a good warm-up we had a few kicking/leading drills and I got to feel the speed and skill level of professional AFL football. It was an amazing thing to be a part of, the players and coaches were really helpful with me during the drills that were all totally new to me.
I was training with the midfielders during this session and we had a little handball game which was quite intense! The session ended with a 18 aside full field match which was a lot of fun. After the session we had a bit of a stretch and ice-bath before we headed back to the club for lunch, pilates and leg weights training.The whole day ended with a team meeting where Kevin Sheedy announced the team for the match against Essendon.
Sheeds gave the guys an extra day to rest, so the only thing we had to do Thursday was massages and then enjoy the rest of the day. I also had a bit of media at the Skoda stadium which was kinda fun to try. See his interview here
I’ve been granted to go down to Melbourne and watch the boys play against Essendon this weekend and visit some friends since the reserves aren’t playing, so that’ll be a really good experience and a good match to watch at Ethiad stadium in Melbourne.