2014 Easter Series Update

The 4th edition of the Easter Series will take place from the 6th to the 12th of April 2014 in Harrow, London. During the week, the players from AIS-AFL Academy and the European Legion will attend a high performance training camp. They will play an compilation practice game on Wednesday the 9th of April at 11:00 am in Harrow.

On the 12th of April at 2:00 pm, the European Legion team will play against the AIS-AFL Academy. The GB Bulldogs and the Australian Ex-pats will compete in the curtain raiser game at 11:30 am.

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European Legion squad: 

Germany: Jacob Jung
Denmark: Aksel Bang, Mathias Biron, Mikkel Kjoege, Nathan Campion, Chris Campion, William Anderson
Great Britain: Sean Walton, Cameron Cope, Sam Willatt, Ollie Dilieto
Sweden: Hampus Ollson
Croatia: Zvonimir Murkovic, Josip Habljak, Filip Lenic
Ireland: Shehroz Akram, Conor McKenna, Stephen Coen, Ciaron O’Hanlon, Peter Cooke, Colin O’Riordan, Luke Flynn, Paddy Brophy, Padraig Lucey, Sean Hurley, Daniel Flynn

Entry is free so make sure your family and friends coming along as well! A bar and a barbecue will be available on game day.

We are still looking for volunteers to deliver this high quality event. Some spots are still available so if you are interested in contributing to the success of the Easter Series please get in touch with Tia  tia.bool@afleurope.org.

Directions to get to the ground: 

Address of the ground: Garlands Lane, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3GF, Upper Redding Fields 3 & 4

Harrow map

  • Tube Station Harrow-On-The-Hill
  • Exit station via stairs on the left (Lowlands Road and Roxeth Exit)
  • At the first intersection turn left and follow sign to Harrow School
  • Follow road all the way to traffic lights
  • Turn right at traffic lights onto Peterborough Road
  • Continue along Peterborough road and turn left into Garlands Lane
  • Turn Left at the end of Garlands Lane
  • Follow to the end of path

The closest tube station to the ground is Harrow-On-The-Hill. If you are coming by car, there is a car park at the bottom of Garlands Lane.

Here is the map of Harrow School: Harrow School Sports – How to Find Us

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook page, Twitter & Instagram (afl_europe) to catch up with all the updates and the players’ activities during the Easter Series week.

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See you there!

Croatian league continues to grow – Slavonski Brod Tigers

Michael McCormick

There are many passionate Australian footballing nations in Europe, but none seemingly more so than Croatia. The addition of a new team, the Slavonski Brod Tigers, greatly strengthens the nation’s pursuit to have the strongest AFL national team in Europe, and the first full sized football field in Eastern Europe.

Current Tigers President and passionate AFL supporter, Tomislav Vlaović explained that he was ecstatic when a co-worker told him about the new club’s establishment in January, 2014.

“I actually thought he was kidding as all of them know how I love this game and go on and on how it’s by far the best game in the world,” stated Vlaović.

Born and raised in Melbourne,  Vlaović and his family left for Croatia 19 years ago and settled in Staro Petrovo Selo where he currently works as a Junior Sportsbook Manager at Sport-bet.  Along with the founding members, Luka Đukić and Zvonimir Marinović, have already made exceptional progress with the club, even securing a partnership with their namesake, the Richmond Tigers.

“We named the club after the Richmond Tigers in honor of Ivan Maric becoming the Croatian Ambassador for Aussie rules in 2013,” explained Vlaović.

“We tried to contact Richmond to see if they would accept us a brother club. They responded almost instantly, accepting the partnership and even offering to send us a full set of Richmond jumpers.”

Albeit a strong start, the club has already felt the pinch of financial pressure, having to self fund all of their endeavours so far.

“Times are tough in Croatia, we are getting no financial assistance from the town council of Slavonski Brod, stated Vlaović. The boys are showing unbelievable enthusiasm and will and we are moving forwards step by step.”

The club is taking huge steps having recently received permission to build their own dedicated oval and are currently in the grant application process with AFL Europe to attain goal posts. This would allow the club of around 20 players to hone their skills in front of goal.

“Our league starts on the 5th of April and the first round will be played on our home ground so we want the advantage.”

The Slavonski Brod Tigers will fit into the well established HLAN league which already consists of three clubs from Zagreb and one from Graz, Austria, and will be looking to expand by two more in 2015.

The founders of the club are both representatives of the national team, the Croatian Knights who are currently trying to raise funds to bring their team to Australia for the International Cup in August.

“They simple can’t afford to carry the costs themselves and also get very little support from governing bodies as Aussie rules is not a recognized sport in Croatia,” stated Vlaović.

If you can contribute or sponsor the Croatian Knights to enable them to get to Australia, get in contact with them via their website, http://www.sanh.hr/en/index.php or contact AFL Europe.

AFL Europe partnership with Watch AFL Global Pass

AFL Europe is excited to announce a partnership with Watch AFL Global Pass where you can watch every match of the AFL season (including finals) live online for £79.00! Most importantly for every subscription purchased across Europe 10% of the proceeds will be reinvested into the growth of football in Europe. Please tell all your friends about how they can support the growth of the game in our market.

Just click here to ensure your purchase is recognised as one through this promotion. We thank you in advance for your support.

Volunteers Needed for the Easter Series – 6-12 April

The Easter Series is an elite talent program that will take place from the 6 – 12 of April in Harrow School (HA1 3GF). The AIS–AFL Academy will play against the European Legion on Saturday the 12th of April. The GB Bulldogs and the Australian Ex-pats will compete in the curtain raiser game.

This is a real highlight on the AFL calendar in Europe and a not to be missed event for any footy fan. To deliver the highest of quality event we require volunteers to help us.

All week we require 2 sports masseurs for afternoon sessions (students welcome).

On Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th we need 2 qualified sports trainers.

On Saturday 12th we will need assistance in the following areas:

– Crowd assistants

– Entrance controllers

– Bar and BBQ staff

– Scorers, Time Keepers, Waterboys/girls

Any help will be much appreciated. All the volunteers will get a free lunch and an AFL Europe staff polo.

If you would like to get involved in the Easter Series game day, get in touch with Tia at tia.bool@afleurope.org

Thank you.

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