Copenhagen inaugurate their posts from the Goal Post Grant

The Copenhagen Australian Football club is the newest member to the Danish League. In 2013, they applied to the AFL Europe Start-Up Club Program and received balls to start training and launch the club. This year their application for a Goal Post Grant was also successful which enabled them to receive funding from AFL Europe to get new goal posts.

In April, their first game in the DAFL against the Farum Cats inaugurated their new posts and pitch. Scott O’Hara tells us about their experience.

“Copenhagen Australian Football played their first official DAFL against reining premiers Farum Cats. In a closely fought contest, they managed to take it up to the champs for the entire game, sadly falling just 5 points short at the final whistle. It was a great first game with new coach Stephen Stewart at the helm.

The match was played at our new ground at Festpladsen in Valby Park and marked the first outing of our brand new goal posts, which we were able to purchase thanks to the help of a Goal Post Grant from AFL Europe. We are very grateful for the posts and the benefits they will give to the club for many years to come. We look forward to kicking many more Goals through them.”

Also, Copenhagen Australian Football Club have recently launched a junior program to make the club grow at the youth level. This is very encouraging for their future.

If you think your club is eligible for the Goal Post Grant, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Algarve 9’s Update – Your Ultimate Footy Trip!

Is your footy club yet to plan its end-of-year footy trip? Is your local team looking for a challenge and fun in the same event?

2014 will again provide an end of season event to cater for clubs, teams and players who will not be participating in the Axios Euro Cup in London. Following the success of the 2013 edition of this packaged end of season Footy trip, we’ve again teamed up with one of Europe’s premier warm weather sports resorts in the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal for AFL Europe Algarve 9s.

Fully Packaged

  • 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.

+ Extras available on request: additional nights, airport transfers, fun activities. More details on the resort can be found at www.browns-club.com.

All details available here: Aussie Rules 9 a side Tournament – Algarve 9’s.

The Tournament

The tournament will take place on Saturday October 18th in a blitz format (see Program AFL Europe Browns Algarve 9s 2014) and 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.

Booking

To secure your team’s place in the 2014 AFL Europe Algarve 9s, teams need to contact Stefan Uusitalo at the resort (E-Mail: stefan@browns-club.com). Deposit of €100 due on team confirmation and full payment due 3 months before the event, July 18th. You must stay at the resort in order to participate.

Limited space available – Make sure you book asap to ensure your team will be there!

Getting There

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

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Free Footy online in Round 11

In a exciting new development the Watch AFL coverage moved to HD streaming last weekend and we can attest that the quality of viewing has increased for the better. This will ensure that members will get optimal streaming definition for your connection, as the stream adapts to the bandwidth available to you in order to deliver the best available picture. Users on high speed connections will now benefit from a maximum streaming bitrate of 3000 kbps.
DVR technology gives viewers the ultimate control through the ability to pause and rewind during live matches to view an amazing hanger or goal, or just pause the live action so you don’t miss a moment. To use this function just move the “scrubber” bar in the player controls to drag back and forth for instant replays of your favourite moments. Please note DVR functionality is supported only on desktops and laptops.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

For those who are not yet subscribers WatchAFL will be providing FREE ACCESS to Round 11 matches (Thursday May 29th – Sunday June 1st . Indigenous Round)

There should be some fantastic games in Round 11, kicking off with Sydney v Geelong . The showcase game – Dreamtime at the G between Essendon and Richmond will also be available.

Elks put preparation on track with win over Dynamite

by Jeremy Darke

The Swedish Elks’ strong second half comeback ensured that they will head into the 2014 International Cup high on confidence after beating the Stockholm Dynamite by 3 points, on a beautiful Australian like day for footy at Skarpnäck Fältet, on Saturday, May 17th.

The Elks showed that they had courage and fight within, coming back from an 18 point deficit at the main break to overpower the Dynamite 9.13.67 to  9.10.64, kicking four-goals-to-one in the final term to win the match.

The Elks came into the match seeking redemption from their meeting against Denmark three weeks earlier, where their rookie-filled team took a hiding from a well-drilled and very experience Danish team.

The drubbing from the Danes was just the spark that the young Swedish team needed to get their International Cup preparations back on track, using their embarrassment to fuel the fire when they took on the Stockholm Dynamite.

The Dynamite, which were made up of a combination of some of the best Australian players in Stockholm and a few Swedes that were looking to prove themselves in front of national coach Dan McClaer, came out of the blocks with intention in their eyes, outscoring the Elks 4.3.27 to 0.5.5 in the first quarter, taking advantage of a nervous start from the national team.

Dynamite captain Rob Young, controlled the play from his half-back position, feeding the midfield and forward line with quality ball and weathering any form of Elk attack with perfect defensive placement, giving his team a handy 3 goal lead at halftime.

Inaccuracy was a big reason why the Elks went in to the main break trailing, kicking only 1 goal and 9 behinds in the first half of football.

Although, the Elks began to get their act together in the third quarter, trading their wobbly boots for a pair that had sniper-like radar, kicking 4 goals in both the third and the fourth quarter.

They found a better balance in the second half of the game and displayed a much more dynamic style of football.

“We moved a few players around at halftime which gave us a much better balance on the pitch. It allowed us to play a more dynamic game and we started making wiser decisions out there,” explained Elks coach Dan McClaer.

The inspirational revival was led by Mick Larsson and Elks captain, Hampus Olsson, who kicked 3 of his team’s 9 goals. The pair consistently provided the outlet in the midfield, getting as many possessions as possible and dishing off the ball up-front to their forwards.

The Elks were able to transition rock solid defence, from Christopher Mårtensson and Jacob Nilsson, into attacking opportunities with some slick midfield movements which delivered the footy inside 40.

Two late goals from, 17 year-old Buster Sund and Björn ‘Jesus’ Sundqvist put the Elks in front and ensured a nail-biting finish for the Swedish fans, who cheered on their team while enjoying the luxury of the first summer sunshine in Stockholm.

After a little deliberation between the two goal umpires, the score was confirmed, giving the Elks their first win of 2014.

“It was great to pick up the win, but more important than the result was that we were able to achieve the goals that we set out before the match, objectives that had nothing to do with the score line, said coach McClaer.

“It will do our confidence a world of good. It is also great that the boys were able to learn to how to win together and get that ‘winning’ feeling as a group, as we build towards IC 14 in August.”

elks and dynamite

Spanish Bulls horns not quite sharp enough to spear a Clansmen

AFL Scotland and AFL España recently completed the first in a home-away series of test matches between both national sides.

The first test took place on the 10th of May in Madrid where both teams fielded strong sides. The preparation and organisation for the test match shows how much respect both sides showed one another. With AFL Scotland holding a training camp a month before the game to select its strongest side and volunteering to travel first up they are looking to put its best foot forward in the international community and be respected with the professional attitude everyone involved emulates.

AFL Scotland President John McIntyre had this to say on the Test Series, “We had an internal review of our progress in regards to our National team and we felt we hadn’t put the 100% effort playing and administrating which is demanded at participating at this level so we decided that to move forward we would actively seek to play teams each year which could challenge where we thought we sat in terms of the talent in Europe internationally. The AFL Scotland board spoke with the coaches and also sought the opinions of the players as to where we all thought we sat. It was decided that Spain were the ideal opponents to test ourselves against, we consider them a good side one that has done well in recent Euro Cups. We contacted Dani Ribas to see if they would be receptive of the idea and Dani was more than happy with the plan. “

The match on the day was a tough affair both sides battling hard at each contest, a spirited Scotland side were not deterred by the heat on the day and the match ended with a score line which flattered the Clansmen 77-37.

The Spanish Bulls are set for the return leg of the series in 2015 the date still to be confirmed.

Tyne Tees Tigers Ladies victorious at the Haggis Cup

Pictures ©Duncan Gray

Tigers Victorious in their 1st Women’s Australian Rules Football Match

Glasgow Sharks 14 pts. defeated by Tyne Tees Tigers 30 pts.

On Saturday the 12th of April, England’s first female Aussie Rules club-side travelled to Glasgow to take on the Glasgow Sharks Ladies in the 2014 Haggis Cup. This is the first time two British clubs have played a women’s game. The Tigers ladies who had only picked up an Aussie rules ball for the first time 12 weeks previously were excited with the anticipation of playing in this historic game.

The game was played as 8-a-side with 4 x 15 minute quarters on a full size rugby pitch. With the home side having a large interchange bench (in Aussie Rules players can sub on and off at anytime) and the Tigers having none over the course of the game the Tigers fitness would be tested.

The first quarter was a cagey affair as each side sussed each other out. The Tigers created plenty of opportunities but only managed to kick 2 behinds (worth 1 pt.) and a late Glasgow goal (worth 6 points) saw the home team go into the 1st break 4 points ahead. The second quarter saw the Tigers start to look more composed with Lynn Mitchell kicking the Tigers first competitive goal to take the lead. The high quality of the marking and kicking game of Tiger players Lisa McHugh and Polly Moane caught the eye of the spectators and coaches alike.

The Tigers worked hard for each other in the third quarter adding another goal seeing them take a 5 point lead into the final break. With one quarter remaining and less than a single goal between the sides, would the Tiger legs tire and allow the larger Glasgow squad to escape with the victory? Instead of fading the Tigers grew stronger moving the ball quickly with some long kicking, good marks and quick hands to kicking another two goals extending their lead and eventually running out the winners by 16 points.

Haggis Cup Ladies 2014 -3 ©Duncan Gray

Afterwards Tigers Captain Lucy Kavanagh talked of her pride in being involved in England’s first Aussie Rules team “I felt extremely proud to be representing the Tyne Tees Tigers in the Haggis cup. Not only did we make history by becoming the first ever women’s English AFL team we won the Haggis cup! What an amazing day!”

Tigers Coach Ian Baxter “I’m very proud of what the girls have achieved today. It’s not easy to take up an entirely new sport, but to be pioneers of the game is a fantastic achievement. To play as well as they have is a credit to them and the hard work they’ve put in.”

Given the success of the day both the Tigers and the Glasgow Sharks are looking to hold a return match in Newcastle with dates in the late spring/early summer currently being discussed.

Haggis Cup Ladies 2014 -2 ©Duncan Gray

Quotes from some of the girls after playing their first games

Lucy Kavanagh (Tyne Tees Tigers Captain)

“Being involved in setting up a ladies team has been very rewarding. Hopefully we can stick at it at training and continue to develop the team! I felt extremely proud to be representing the Tyne Tees Tigers in the Haggis cup. Not only did we make history by becoming the first ever women’s English AFL team we won the Haggis cup! What an amazing day! I hope to continue the good work at training and push forward in strengthening the ladies team as a whole!! “

Nicola Mclaughlin (Tyne Tees Tigers)

“I like Aussie rules for the skills and that the game is fast paced. The game on Saturday was a good introduction and hopefully over the next few months we can keep working on our skills and raise the profile of the women’s team. The more women we get on board the more chance we have of raising the profile of Aussie rules so we can get a few matches. The haggis cup weekend was brilliant great banter with all the teams!”

Lynn Mitchell (Tyne Tees Tigers)

“It was amazing to be a part of and win the Haggis, especially because we are such a small team. Hopefully this will help to get some more people interested in the sport. For a team/club that has not been together long there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie. It feels great to have our first game over and to get the win against a team that would have been the favourites. It is just brilliant and I can’t wait for the next one. “

Lisa McHugh (Tyne Tees Tigers)

“Great weekend! It was all very well organised and gave us a real taste for Aussie rules! Feel very proud to be the First Ladies team in England and to have brought the Haggis Cup home to Newcastle. Hopefully it will be the first of many!!”

Polly Moane (Tyne Tees Tigers)

“It was an amazing experience to play our first game of Aussie rules and come away with a trophy! Everyone worked really hard and all our training with the men’s team paid off! Hopefully this is the start of big things for the tigers women and men’s teams!

Stacey Hughes (Glasgow Sharks Captain)

“Today was a great day for women’s Aussie Rules in Britain. It’s the third year that the Haggis Cup has included a women’s match of some sort and to welcome Tyne Tees, a brand new team, to Glasgow and have so many of our players playing their first ever game of Aussie rules today was great for the development of the game. I’m proud of the effort from all my girls today but unfortunately Tyne Tees were too strong for us on the day. I feel the wind and luck played a big factor in the outcome of the game but it was a fiercely fought contest and there are lots of positives for us to take from the match. I look forward to coming up against Tyne Tees in the future and wish them the best of luck developing the women’s side of their club.”

Haggis Cup Ladies 2014 -1 ©Duncan Gray

In the next couple of months, 3 games are planned in Great Britain:
June 7th – Newcastle hosted by Tyne Tees Tigers
June 21st – London Wimbledon Hawks Ladies Day
July 26th/27th – Doncaster (provisional) as curtain raiser to AFLCNE Men’s Grand Final
Any British women interested in joining please drop an email to Ian Baxter ianjamesbaxter@gmail.com

The next European women’s competition will be the Axios Euro Cup in London on the 4th/5th of October. Please get in touch with your country’s coordinator for more information.

Haggis Cup Ladies 2014 -5 ©Duncan Gray

2014 AFL Europe Grant Recipients

In 2014 we recorded the best response to the program so far with a high quality and number of applications. This is a fantastic measure of how the sport is growing in the European community.

The aim of the Grant Program is to provide clubs/leagues who are full or affiliated members of AFL Europe through their national bodies with funding under the Goal Post Grant (GPG) or Start-up Club Program (SCP).

The GPG hopes to increase visual presence of Australian Football in local communities as well as providing clubs with quality goal posts. It is with the GPG that we hope to be able to increase the professional image of our sport in Europe.

In terms of the SCP the primary goal is to provide resource assistance to start- up clubs across Europe. With the use of this funding we provide free resources to start-up clubs in Europe and hope to increase the number of new clubs across Europe each year.

We are pleased to announce the recipients in the 2014 Grant Program:

Goal Post Grant (GPG)

Slavonski Brod Tigers

SAFF

South East London Giants

Copenhagen X-Men

West London Wildcats

Start- up Club Program (SCP)

Northern Regional College

DCU

Wearside Wallabies

Exeter University

Slavonski Brod Tigers

 

Photo’s of the grants in action to follow in the coming weeks