Four Europeans make World XVIII team

In a first for AFL Europe and the region, 4 players have been selected to represent the World XVIII in the 2013 NAB U/16 National Championships in Australia this July. In a show of the progression being made in Europe and the work of the talent staff, coaches and benefits of the Easter Series the record 4 players will arrive in Sydney in early July for a short training camp before taking on the best kids in Australia and the Pacific.

Meet the representatives:

Cameron Cope

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DOB: 8/10/1994

Height: 180cm

Weight: 75kg

An explosive athlete that has learnt the game in the English equivalent of a football factory under coach Ian Mitchell in Wolverhampton. Cameron has represented England at the Euro Cup and is sure to be a star of the national team for many years to come. His performances at the 2013 AFL Europe Combine in Ireland and then the Easter Series have shown that he has all the tools to impress on the trip to Australia and is sure turn some heads with his blistering pace and athletic jump.

Victor Petersen

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Our youngest ever representative on the European Legion team in 2013 Victor made a big first impression. His work throughout the week and willingness to learn puts him on a path to follow in the footsteps of Danish trailblazers like Aksel Bang and Mikkel Kjoege that have made the trip to Australia before him. His big frame and strength over the ball will be a feature and with good pedigree (Dad still plays in the DAFL) he is one to watch as a future leader of the Danish Vikings.

Club: Farum Cats

DOB: 23/8/1996

Height: 186cm

Weight: 81kg

Colin Kenny

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Colin came to the attention of our talent identification team in Ireland during his school, Gallen CS’ run to All Ireland victory. An outstanding athlete he has won county U14 and U16 Gaelic Football titles with his club, but he has also impressed on the Rugby field. This year he has been a part of Connacht Rugby’s U-16 Development squad, something which should aid him tremendously in adapting to the oval ball and mean the tackle will not present him with any fears.

Club: Ferbane/Belmont GAA(Offaly)

DOB: 18/1/1997

Height: 185cm

Weight: 89kg

 

David McGivney

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It’s been quite a start to 2013 for David McGivney, in February he was part of the Longford Vocational Schools team which won the Leinster Championship, a month later he captained his school Cnoc Mhuire, Granard to a one point win in the All Ireland U18 Final in Croke Park, and he has been dominating in his second year on the Longford Minor team. All of that success has followed on from a League and Championship double with his U16 Club team, Northern Gaels in 2012. David has shown tremendous leadership for such a young player and will bring height, determination and tremendous stamina to the World XVIII this year. His neighbour from Longford, Michael Quinn holds the distinction of having the fastest debut in the AFL for Essendon, who knows maybe this young man is set to follow in his footsteps.

Club: Northern Gaels GAA(Longford)

DOB: 9/2/1996

Height: 189cm

Weight: 90kg

 

 

 

2014 International Cup dates confirmed

2014 International Cup dates announced

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The AFL today announced the 2014 International Cup will be held in Melbourne from Saturday August 9 to Saturday August 23 2014.

The fifth International Cup carnival will include two AFL curtain-raiser matches, matches played at AFL and VFL venues, a men’s and women’s competition, a standalone AFL 9s fixture and matches linked with community football leagues.

AFL International Development Manager Tony Woods said the aim was to make IC14 the biggest International Cup to date.

“We are committed to building on the success of IC11 and we believe we can once again deliver a great experience for all participating nations by hosting this event in the AFL’s heartland.

“By basing the carnival in Melbourne we are able to engage with the broader football community including the AFL, VFL and suburban leagues.

“We look forward to welcoming countries from Oceania, North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. While the countries have various playing standards and local development programs, the common denominator is all the participants share our love of playing our great game,” he said.

“It’s quite magical to witness firsthand the cultural and language interpretation and expression of AFL as it is developed and nurtured in the arms of communities all over the world.”

The International Cup is a feature in the AFL International calendar and plays a role in supporting the growth of AFL internationally. The concept grew from the passion of committed individuals from both Australia and abroad following successful smaller carnivals with international participation.

The International Cup is played every three years. No expatriate Australians are eligible to play. Teams comprise solely of amateurs who must be nationals of the country they represent.

The International Cup has significantly grown from the first carnival in 2002 where 11 countries competed. In 2011 there were 23 teams – 18 men’s teams across two divisions and five women’s teams that traveled to Sydney and Melbourne.

2011 Men’s teams: Canada, China, Denmark, Fiji, France, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peace Team, South Africa, Sweden, Timor-Leste, Tonga and USA. 2011 Women’s teams: Canada, Ireland, Indigenous/Multicultural, Papua New Guinea and USA.

The 2014 edition will include an AFL 9’s (similar to our Euro Cup) component for the first time. This is an exciting and new evolution to the AFL International Cup with an objective of providing an entry level opportunity for a greater number of countries and teams to be involved without diluting the strength of main tournament. Given the modified nature of the matches the AFL 9’s event will run from Friday 15th of August through to Saturday 23rd August. 

In its inaugural year AFL 9’s will cater for new developing countries, therefore in order to be eligible you must have either competed in Division 2 Men’s of IC11 or not have participated in IC11 at all.

Further details about the 2014 International Cup can be found here: www.aflic14.com.au

Please return completed nomination form to Peter Romaniw peter.romaniw@afl.com.au by Friday August 30, 20132014 AFL International Cup – Country Nomination Form

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