Topdeck ANZAC Cup Australian Spirit squad announced along with naming rights sponsor

In a huge coup for AFL Europe and the CNFA, Topdeck have committed to the naming rights sponsorship for 2014 Topdeck ANZAC Cup in Villers Bretonneux – France. Topdeck have long been the tour company of choice for ex-pat Australian’s travelling around Europe and are just as popular in Australia for travelling Europeans looking to discover more of Australia.

“It seems a natural fit for a company with such strong connections between Europe and Australia to get involved in a historic event like the ANZAC Cup” Kerry Tate, Sales Manager from Topdeck said.

“We are very excited to further explore the synergies between our companies and how we can assist in the growth of events like the Topdeck ANZAC Cup and connect with both Australian and European travellers when they are booking tours in both regions” Tate continued.

Whilst the deal is for this years event only at the moment there are plans in the works to further extend the partnership.

“AFL Europe is very keen to impress on Topdeck the value of being associated with the strongest sporting brand in Australia and a proud, passionate and growing membership across Europe” AFL Europe CEO, Ben MacCormack said.

“Partnerships like these are what will progress our sport in Europe not too mention the importance of securing the future of this particular event to both the Australian’s and French that have been involved in the past.” MacCormack continued.

Topdeck have tours running through the Western Front for this years ANZAC Day commemorations which include a visit to the Villers Bretonneux memorial. They have many other amazing trips ready for you to book in 2014. Check them all out at  


The team to take on the French in this years Topdeck ANZAC Cup and try and avenge the 40 point loss from 2013 has now been announced. We look forward to getting together with you all in Villers Bretonneux for what is sure to be a memorable experience.

Australian Spirit

Paddy Higgs

David Higgs

Sam Higgs

Brendan Stead

Dale Housden

Matt Hook

Ryan Price

Patrick McGrath

Joe Durling

Todd Davey

Ben Rogers

Phil Clegget

Ben MacCormack

Jack Lawson

Tom Rischbieth


Public are invited to attend the Topdeck ANZAC Cup which will take place at Stade Timmerman from 3pm in the centre of historic Villers Bretonneux. More details coming soon.

OPRO announced as latest sponsor to join the AFL Europe family

OPRO have seen the great value that a sponsorship with AFL Europe offers their growing brand of mouthguard’s and the supply of their product to the growing membership of our exciting, fast paced sport.

If you need a mouthguard or an upgrade of your old mouthguard then please follow this link and go to the Schools, Charities and Club designs tab to purchase your special edition AFL Europe mouthguard.

Opro Mouthgaurd


Profits from sales of the mouthguard will be reinvested into AFL Europe through our sponsorship with OPRO. They will also supply our European Legion squad with their very own custom mouthguard protecting the teeth of our brightest young stars.

We thank them for their support of our sport.

CAFL Pre-Season Launched

The Caledonian Australian Football League (CAFL) has been running for a few years now in Scotland and this month they have launched their website and media outlets.

The three team league based in the west of Scotland has grown from humble beginnings from six players in each team with male players from the Glasgow Sharks and flourished into teams with 10 plus players male and female.

The CAFL accommodates females with their own women’s only league with two teams the Copper Sharks and the Diesel Sharks.


The CAFL teams, the Card Sharks, the Mako Sharks and the Tiger Sharks, made up of both male and female players, obtain their players through the CAFL draft, where new players to the league are entered and systematically chosen by each team. Each team having won a premiership in 3 years shows the draft seems to help the league to develop fair teams.


The CAFL has a high percentage of locals playing the sport of Australian Rules Football in the League and this has been increasing year on year with figures showing that 83% of CAFL 2013 participants were Scottish.

The CAFL keeps its number of playing Australians to a minimum, preferring to have our Australians Coach and develop local players skills and understanding of the sport as opposed to playing it.

With its media outlets the CAFL hope to increase in numbers even more and continue its growth.

The website will be updated continually with new content to keep visitors coming back, filled with team information, match reports and videos of games.

The CAFL use Facebook and Twitter to get more exposure and give its members up to date news and reminders of games and new content on the website.

Via Facebook, they hope to keep Followers up to date with news.

Via Twitter, they hope to keep followers up to date with game day scores and info.

Using Youtube to platform their games fans can watch their games all around the world. One such game from their recent CAFL Cup, a preseason tournament for the teams can be watched here


Hopefully all these developments will help grow the numbers enough to ensure all future European and International competitions have a Scottish presence.