Round 3: Community Round saturday 16th august

The 2014 International Cup is starting to heat up with many teams playing competition defining matches this weekend.  This is the third and last round of pool matches before teams are split into divisions and begin to play off for the grand title of IC14 champions.

Community Round gives international teams the chance to play at a local football club and truly experience and celebrate the role Australian Rules Football plays in the community. The matches will be played at clubs  including Ballarat, St Albans, Diggers Rest, Bulleen, Bendigo and more.

The European matches on Saturday are:

Saturday August 16th Community Round

11:10am China v Finland (Mens)
Eureka Stadium – Creswick Road, Ballarat, VIC, 3350

11:40am GB v Fiji (Mens)
Koonung Res – Corner Allen & Furneaux Grove, Bulleen, VIC, 3105

11:45am Canada v Sweden (Mens)
Ben Kavanagh Reserve – McDonald St, Mordialloc, VIC, 3195

12:00pm France v Indonesia (Mens)
Diggers Rest Reserve – Plumpton Road, Diggers Rest, VIC, 3427

2:00pm Ireland v USA Liberty (Womens)
Plenty Park, Cnr Yan Yean road and Memorial Drive,  Plenty

5:15pm Ireland v Nauru (Mens)
Queen Elizabeth Oval – Corner of View and Barnard St – Bendigo, VIC, 3550

For all the results of these matches be sure to follow the AFL Europe Twitter and Facebook to find out how the #euroreps go.

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Results from Day 2 of the IC14

Day two of the IC14 saw the European teams battling it out again against some tough opponents. A mixed bag of results and some very memorable matches played.
Ireland Banshees vs Tonga
Right from the outset Ireland looked determined to carry out the coaches instructions to be hard at the football and Tonga had the same ideas. It was tough and uncompromising for the whole 4 quarters and both teams are sure to be nursing some bruises tonight.
Ireland dominated for periods locking the ball in the forward 50 without really doing the damage on the scoreboard. The banshees roll on to tougher games from this point and a couple of injuries may impact the ambitions of the team. They are clearly improving and are being closely watched by the USA and Canada who will be their major competition.

Ireland: 3.1 5.6 7.8 9.9 (63)

Tonga: 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 (8)


Ireland: Corrigan 3, Hazley 2, Brogan, McGahon, Mahony

Tonga: Folauhola.I.V.Timani

Best players

Ireland: Hazley, Mahony, McCann, Keatley, Cassidy, Kelly, Dempsey

Tonga: Folauhola.I.V.Timani, Finau, Faka’ilota’u, Ongolea, Motuliki, Afuha’amango

The big bodied Nauru looked the more likely to kick away in the first quarter but defensive efforts from Will Worthington for GB kept the margin at a respectable 5 points heading into the quarter time break. Nauru had a player sent off right on 1/4 time and played with 17 players from that point.
The electrifying pace of Dagiaro Pilo for Nauru caused a lot of headaches for GB in the second quarter but it didn’t stop them from getting a goal back and going into half time trailing by only two points.
With a 17 point lead midway through the third quarter things started to look grim for GB. Two late goals to Harmeston and McGeever brought GB within four points and lifted the whole group. It looked GBs to lose.
Nauru shot out of the blocks in the final quarter with two quick goals to Opponheimer Kenneth in the first few minutes. Tempers ran high and a fight broke out in the Nauru forward line and some undisciplined acts by GB players gifted Nauru a third goal and the final nail in the coffin.
The scoreboard did not reflect the hard fought contest at the end of the match with GB eventually going down by twenty-one points. Anthony Trigg was instrumental in the ruck and Luke Matias didn’t stop running and tackling all day. This will be a disappointing result to the bulldogs who had hoped to improve greatly on their 7th place from 2011.

Nauru: 1.2 1.6 3.9 6.14 (50)

Great Britain: 0.3 1.4 3.5 4.5 (29)


Nauru: Kenneth 2, German, Charles, Tipung, Pilo

Great Britain: Willatt, Harmeston, McGeever, Maguire

Best players

Nauru: Tiana, Malinson, Jonas, Donatello, Dave, German

Great Britain: Ballard, Aburto, Worthington, Matias, Walton, Maguire

The reigning champions and one of the favourites to take home the International Cup rolled out like a freight train in their match against the 2013 Euro Cup runners up, France.
Within the first ten minutes they had piled on five goals to France’s none and the game looked likely to blow out for there. The French midfield held strong lead by L’Hotellier and they went into quarter time six goals down.
The French picked up their game in the second quarter and had several opportunities to get on the scoreboard but were unable to convert. The Irish defence maintained control and sent it forward where their towering full forward, Padraig Lucey and utility Mick Finn, dominated and slotted a few goals to keep the French at bay.
The third quarter saw a French charge which the scoreboard didn’t reflect. They registered only two behinds despite the ball spending a lot of time in their forward line. French captain, Grégoire Patacq kept France in the competition but the game was all but lost by this point.
The final quarter was completely controlled and dominated by the Irish as they piled on another five goals to win by over one hundred points. The Irish are starting to hit their stride as the pointy end if the competition approaches.

Ireland: 6.2 10.5 12.7 17.9 (111)

France: 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 (2)


Ireland: Lucey 6, Finn 3, O’Regan 2, P. O’Halloran, McSorley, McCloskey, C. O’Halloran, Browne, Skelly


Ireland: P.O’Halloran, Skelly, Finn, Stynes, Browne, Lucey

France: Canonici, Gazeau, David, Denerf, L’Hotellier, Gil

Sweden vs Finland
Traditional rivals went head to head with talk that the loser may not return home. Emotions ran high early and Sweden seemed to control their efforts at the football and reaped the benefits with a first half to remember. The run and spread of the swedes really troubled the Finns.
The third quarter was a highlight of the Finns campaign so far when they halved the period with the swedes at 2 goals each. They celebrated the goals in style.
Sweden proved too strong for the majority of the day and sung the song with gusto in front of their traveling fans.

Sweden:  4.5 8.8 10.10 13.13 (91)

Finland: 0.0 0.1 2.1 2.2 (14)


Sweden: Brenmo 4, Lindgren 2, Martensson 2, Sund, Kvarnstrom, Skarlen, Gogu, Svensson

Finland: Kalliojarvi, Kupila


Sweden: Navarro, Svensson, Brenmo, Magnusson, Martensson, Tellstron

Finland: Karlsson, Nurmikoski, Kupila, Puntilla, Lampi, Heiskanen



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Round two European game times

Chris Martensson (Sweden) and  Mika Kupila (Finland)

Image courtesy

The AFL IC 14 got off to a big start on sunday with all 6 European teams playing. On wednesday the 13th all European teams prepare to play again.  First up in round two the GB Bulldogs face Nauru and the Ireland Banshees come up against Tonga.  In the afternoon we have two big European play offs between Ireland and France and Sweden and Finland.

There will be no streaming available tomorrow so make sure you tune into the @AFL_Europe twitter handle to hear all the updates and lives scores.

Ransford Oval 

11:30 am Nauru v GB mens

1:30 pm Ireland v France mens

McAlister Oval

11:30 am Ireland v Tonga womens

1:30 pm Sweden v Finland mens

(All times in Australian Eastern Standard Time)


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AFL IC14 Day 1

We are underway here in Royal Park, Melbourne, Australia after a huge build up with the Launch and Parade of nations into the home of football, the MCG, yesterday.

The European teams started the day in mixed fashion with the Finns coming up against a strong USA outfit and the Irish Banshees getting away to a strong start against new kids on the block Fiji.

Match reports below:


The USA got off to a blistering start in the opening term kicking the first 9 Goals of the game in the first quarter. Their big full forward, Chet Ridenour booted a bag and Kevin Stanley also looked dangerous up forward with two long goals. The height of team USA seemed to be giving the Icebreakers the most trouble with their three tall forwards proving too much for the Finland defence.

In the second quarter, the USA again shot away kicking the first goal within seconds of the siren sounding. Finland looked stronger in defence and they appeared to be slowing down the USA’s run initially. The Icebreakers’ pressure caused the USA to kick a number of behinds but to little prevail as the USA continued to pile on the majors.

Much of the same was shown by both teams in the third term with the USA well and truly staking their claim as one of the contenders for International Cup glory. The majority of the play remained in the Revolution’s forward half which allowed the Finnish defence a chance to stand up.

Kaj Karlsson showed precision with his kicking on both sides of his body and never gave up in defence however the dominance of the USA forwards continued.

The USA gave away nothing in the final quarter and they eventually ran out comfortable winners. Mika Kupila was a standout player for Finland and for the USA, Ben Carpenter-Nwanyanwu was dominant through the midfield.

Finland Icebreakers: 0.1  0.1  0.1 0.1 (1)

USA Revolution: 9.1  16.6  21.8  27.17  (182)

USA: Werner 4, Dragus 3, Wallach 3, Johnson 3, Floyd 2, McClure 2, Fischer 2, Fashant 2, Stanley 1, Wilhelm 1, Levesque1, Lehane 1

Best Players
USA: McGettigan, Fashant, Floyd, Tyebjee, Werner, Levesque
Finland: Aalto, Romar, Puntilla, Karlsson, Nurmikoski, Saarinen



Ireland came out pumped up and scored 3 goals in the first 3 minutes in what looked like ominous signs for the rest of the match. The Fijian’s who were playing their first ever game of AFL together began to realise their strength lay in the physical aspects of play. The rest of the game became a tightly contested match.

Whilst there was some good link up play with handball it was a mostly scrappy affair until the final quarter when the banshees begun to shake off their cobwebs.

The banshee’s will need to improve over the tournament in order to defend it’s title from 2011 but time is on their side.

Ireland Banshees: 5.1  5.6  7.7  10.7  (67)

Fiji Vonu: 0.0  0.0  0.0  1.0  (6)

Ireland: Rafferty 2, Dempsey 2, Mahony 1, McGahon, Lousie Hazley, L Corrigan, Roarty, Shrubsall
Fiji: Bale

Best players
Ireland: Corrigan, Kelly, Keatley, Rafferty, Dempsey, McCann
Fiji: Nabalarua, Matanisigadrau, Buidravo, Katonivere, Matakibau, Tadrau



GB entered the match with a much improved squad from 3 years ago and some confidence of a good showing. The French had been in Australia for the best part of a week holding numerous training sessions to bring their squad together for this grudge match.
The Bulldogs brought an uncompromising game with them from the outset and at times were physically dominant. The French played in patches of good form but were unable to sustain the effort for long enough periods to really bother the sharp GB side.
With many players on he the GB side having benefitted from the last three Easter series and Titans matches the youth really showed the way with Walton, Ballard, Willat and Scotsman Andy Smith.
France have a tough draw at this tournament and will need to bring their best form into the next two matches to ensure an improved result from 2011. With the support from their ambassador Dan Jackson (Richmond FC) on the sidelines it is sure to happen.

GB also have another couple of gears to find if they want to best some of the best performing teams this year such as USA, NZ, PNG, Ireland and Canada who all looked very sharp on Day 1.

Great Britain Bulldogs: 5.5  8.10  10.13  12.18 (90)

French Coqs:  0.0  0.1  0.1  1.1 (7)

Great Britain: Pitman 2, Rymer 2, Mitchell 2, Maguire 2, Saunders, Brown, Smith, Talbot
France: Martinez

Best players
Great Britain: Rymer, Mitchell, Trigg, Maguire, Matias, Ryland
France: Patacq, Schieber, David, Gazeau, L, Hotellier, Dandaleix



A big crowd gathered at the start of the match for what is sure to be one of the games of the first round. The New Zealand Hawks kicked off festivities with the Haka and the first goal of the match, kicked by Shane Leat. Strong defensive efforts from both teams resulted in an entertaining first quarter in which Sweden were unable to register a score.

Christopher Mundell kicked off proceedings for NZ in the second quarter booting a couple of majors. Despite the occasional flashes of brilliance from the Elks, the Hawks were completely in control of the game and went into the half time break with a 12 goal lead.

The final half followed the same pattern as the first with NZ continuing to pile on the goals. The Swedes fought gallantly but were completely outplayed in this first round match.

Sweden: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0)

New Zealand: 5.4 11.8 17.14 24.18 (162)


New Zealand: Christensen 4, Van Wijk 3, Mundell 3, Tipene-Thomas 2, Baker-Thomas 2, Inglis 2, Toomer 2, Clark 2, Leat 1, McKenzie 1, Roughan 1, Simpson 1.

Best players

Sweden: Persson, Tellstrom, Koinberg, Magnusson, Navarro, Nilsson

New Zealand: Christensen, Miller, Roughan, Leat, Van Wijk, Rattenbury



Defending champions Ireland had a stern test first up playing a tough and physical Fijian side that win division 2 last time around and by all reports had improved significantly over the last three years.
Fiji set the tone for the match when 2 minutes into the game their key defender clashed hard and high with young gun Murius Bartley leaving him slightly concussed and receiving a red card for the incident. Thankfully Bartley was soon spotted up and about later. The Fijians were forced to play the rest of the game with 17 players which proved difficult.
Ireland’s field kicking and ball movement was ok throughout the game but they will very much see this match as blowing out the cobwebs. Other gears will need to be found as the tournament progresses if this team is to return to the Emerald Isle with the cup.
The local players will need to gel with the Australian based guys quickly to ensure the team performances lift. Fiji will rue the early send off and now hope to win the remaining group games.

Ireland: 2.1 4.2 7.6 9.8 (62)

Fiji: 0.1 1.2 1.2 1.4 (10)


Ireland: Finn 3, McCloskey 1, Joyce 1, Leavy 1, Tubridy, Faning, Henry

Fiji: Koroi

Best players

Ireland: Finn, O’Regan, Tubridy, Geraghty, Browne, Skelly

Fiji: Wolfgramm, Vunitabua, Valetri, Vateeitei, Raida, Ratu

IC14 Update- The Official Launch is here!

The European representatives France, Great Britain, Finland, Sweden and Ireland (men’s and women’s) have now arrived in Australia.

The IC14 starts with a bang on Saturday the 9th of August with the Official IC14 Launch, Parade of Nations and AFL Match. All teams will begin the march at Federation Square in Melbourne and make their way to the MCG to complete a lap of honour before the first bounce.

On Sunday all 6 European teams kick start their International Cup campaign.

GB, Ire time Fra, Swe time Fin time
Women’s Ireland v Fiji 9:30am McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville 0:30am 1:30am 2:30am
Men’s USA v Finland 9:30am Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville 0:30am 1:30am 2:30am
Men’s Ireland v Fiji 11:30am McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville 2:30am 3:30am 4:30am
Men’s NZ v Sweden 11:30am Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville 2:30am 3:30am 4:30am
Men’s GB v France 3:30pm McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville 6:30am 7:30am 8:30am

Make sure you tune into to catch all the action.

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IC14 live streaming link

In a first for the AFL International Cup, 25 matches will be streamed LIVE and also be available on demand, including both Grand Finals. These will be available world-wide at no charge on the AFLIC14 website here:

The following International Cup matches will be streamed live and on demand:

  • All matches on McAlister, Ransford and Western ovals on Sunday August 10 (Round 1 matches)
  • All matches on McAlister, Ransford and Western ovals on Friday August 22 (Finals Round)
  • Women’s Grand Final at Punt Road Oval on Saturday August 22nd
  • Men’s Grand Final at MCG on Saturday August 22nd
  • USA Liberty v Canada Midnight Suns on Wednesday 20th August (Liberty have a BYE in round 1, this will ensure that they get at least 1 match filmed and streamed).
Match Time Venue
Sunday, August 10
Women’s Ireland v Fiji 9:30am McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s Ireland v Fiji 11:30am McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s Nauru v Indo 1:30pm McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s GB v France 3:30pm McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s Tonga v India 9:30am Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Women’s Tonga v Canada M Suns 11:30am Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s SA v Pakistan 1:30pm Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s PNG v Japan 3:30pm Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s USA v Finland 9:30am Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s NZ v Sweden 11:30am Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Women’s Canada N Lights v USA Freedom 1:30pm Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s Canada v China 3:30pm Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Wednesday, August 20
Women’s Canada M Suns v USA Liberty 12:00pm Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Friday, August 22
Men’s 13 v 14 (Div 2 Playoff) 9:00am Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Women’s 3 v 4 11:00am Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s 3 v 4 (3rd place Playoff) 1:00pm Ransford Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Women’s 5 v 6 9:00am McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s 7 v 8 11:00am McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s 5 v 6 (Div 1  Playoff) 1:00pm McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s 15 v16 9:00am Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s 9 v10 11:00am Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s 11 v 12 1:00pm Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Men’s 17 v 18 3:00pm Western Oval, Royal Park, Parkville
Saturday, August 23 (Grand Finals)
Women’s Women’s IC14 Grand Final 2:10pm Richmond FC – Punt Road Oval
Men’s Men’s IC14 Grand Final 4:50pm MCG

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Bartel jumps on board the Elks and AFL Sweden

Jimmy Bartel has recently agreed to become AFL Sweden’s Ambassador which will also extend to supporting the Swedish Elks on their quest for success at IC14 in Australia this August. Bartel has a long affinity with the game in Scandinavia having made a number of trips there in the past. Many Swedes support the Geelong Cats due to these previous visits and the ambassador role further highlights Bartel’s willingness to support the growth of the game internationally. His record in AFL is exceptional having won three premierships and a brown low medal so far.
“I am really excited to support the Swedish Elks and hope they have success in IC14 but more importantly enjoy the game of AFL so they can encourage more of their friends back home to get involved in the game in the future.” Bartel said recently.
Jorg Pareigis, AFL Sweden President said “AFL Sweden are so excited to form this relationship with a true star of the game. Jimmy has long supported our efforts here in Sweden and we can’t wait to hopefully meet him again in Melbourne. If our young players can use him as a role model then the future of our sport in Sweden is bright”.
“To have Jimmy as an Ambassador for the Elks is outstanding. We met previously on one of his trips to Sweden and his enthusiasm for what we are trying to do here for the sport impressed us all. People still talk about the experience of talking footy with a legend of the game” National Coach Dan McClaer added.
The Swedish Elks are participating in the International Cup 2014 from the 9th – 23rd August and are aiming to achieve their best result.

Goodes throws full support behind AFL England and the touring GB Bulldogs

Adam Goodes has recently agreed to become AFL England’s Ambassador which will also extend to supporting the GB Bulldogs on their quest for success at IC14 in Australia this August. Goodes has long been interested in the growth of the game internationally including twice representing Australia in the International Rules Series. He has the huge honour of being Australian of the year in 2014 along with searching for his third premiership with the Sydney Swans.
“I am really happy to help grow the game internationally and support the AFL England guys at the IC14 in August. I look forward to watching them perform and supporting the Bulldogs and all the other Nations participating.” Goodes stated recently. 
Adam Bennett, AFL England President said “We are thrilled that someone of Adam’s standing in the game of AFL and the Australian community is prepared to get behind our efforts to grow the game in England and the Bulldogs ambitions in Australia. Adam represents everything that attracts British players to the sport (Athletic, Fair, Mateship) and we look forward to developing the relationship with him”.
“To have Adam on board as an ambassador will give the players a massive boost. For them to know that an AFL superstar is supporting them and watching with interest is a real coup” National Coach Mark Pitura added.
The GB Bulldogs are participating in the International Cup 2014 from the 9th – 23rd August and are aiming to achieve their best result.