IC17 Player Spotlight – Paul Murphy

Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player who is participating in IC17 and finding out a little more about them, how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and how they feel about the upcoming International Cup.  

Name: Paul Murphy                                                                                     

 

Club: UCC Bombers & Leeside Lions

 

Nationality: Irish

 

What position do you play? Back Pocket

 

AFL team you support & who is your favourite AFL player:

Adelaide Crows & Eddie Betts

 

How did you find out about AFL?

I have former Irish Warrior Eoin Sull to thank for getting me involved. Informed me of the college team and thought me everything I needed to know from there.

 

How long have you been playing for?

Just over 2 years.

 

What is the highlight of your playing career so far?

Both earning my first Warriors cap and captaining UCC Bombers to the Fitzpatrick Cup in 2017 are stand out moments that mean a lot to me personally.

Who is the toughest player you have played on & why? 

Paudie O Connell & Ryan Mc Closkey. Both have the ability to make you look foolish if you’re not on top of your game. They’d also take great pride in doing so.

 

Have you played in the International Cup previously? 

No. But eagerly anticipating the first ball up

 

Who is the player to watch in your team & why?

Davy McEhlone the sheer need to win and the fact that giving anything less than 100% isn’t good enough are key attributes that make up the man and inspire the team to reach such levels.

 

Have you visited Australia before & what are you most excited about seeing?

No but looking forward to being able to see games live.

 

Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?

I’m otherwise known as Fr Stone why I don’t know I can only imagine it’s for my warm sense of humour.

Umpire at Euro Cup 2017 in Bordeaux!

Stop watching from the sidelines… See the game from the middle of the pitch!

AFL Europe need Umpires for their upcoming Euro Cup event held in Bordeaux on Saturday the 7th of October.

Umpires will receive an umpiring uniform for the day, a packed lunch, payment & a great experience in a fantastic city!

If you are new to umpiring or interested in giving it a go for the first time, this is the event for you! New umpires will umpire alongside experienced AFL Europe umpires to ensure you receive guidance and support from the middle of the field.

Please send your expression of interest to AFL Europe via ben.durance@afleurope.org by Friday the 28th of July for your chance to attend this incredible event.

Check out how last year’s Euro Cup played out below

 

 

 

AFL Europe announces Phillipine Airlines as Official Airline Partner

Today Philippine Airlines (PAL) was announced as the Official Airline Partner of AFL Europe. This partnership is going to assist the ongoing development of Australian Football in Europe, whilst supporting PAL’s ongoing growth of its UK & European networks.

David Cochrane, Country Manager UK & Ireland of Philippine Airlines and Ryan Davey, AFL Europe General Manager, were thrilled to announce the partnership.

Cochrane said, “Australian Football unites not only the UK and Australia but also people from all walks of life around the world. AFL Europe’s motto of ‘Structured, United & Respectful In Everything We Do’ embodies the same values we share at PAL. Therefore, we are very proud to be the Official Airline Partner of AFL Europe and we look forward to connecting their players, umpires, administrators and fans with the rest of the world.

Davey echoed Cochrane’s sentiments saying, “AFL Europe is excited to be partnering with Philippine Airlines for the 2017 Season. With their help, we can continue to provide more support to our Australian Football Community throughout Europe and ensure that we can continue to grow this great game of ours.”

PAL currently serves Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne via Manila. Non-stop daily flights from London Heathrow to Manila allow passengers to connect seamlessly to PAL’s Australian destinations via its dedicated terminal.

Philippine Airlines brings the best of the Philippines and the best of the Filipino to their flights – the friendliness of the people, the beauty of the islands, the splendour of the sunset, the wonderful variety of their delicious food, the richness of their history and culture, the fun in their everyday life, the Heart of the Filipino.

IC17 Player Spotlight – Jakob Jung

Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player who is participating in IC17 and finding out a little more about them, how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and how they feel about the upcoming International Cup. 

Name:

Jakob Jung

Club:

Stuttgart Emus

Nationality:

German

What position do you play?

On-Baller

AFL team you support & your favourite AFL player?

Brisbane Lions even though they loose nearly every single game and Richmond Tigers. My favourite players are Todd Banfield and Trent Cotchin.

How did you find out about AFL?

I’ve been to Australia for an exchange student program and stayed on Bribie Island for a year. One of my best mates over there played for Queensland and took me to practice one day. The next day I joined the club, the Bribie Bulldogs and played one season for the Under 18’s.

How long have you been playing for?

Since 2010, so round about for 7 years.

What is the highlight of your playing career so far?

My career highlight are definitely the nominations for the European Legion squad. The practice with the best young blokes of Australia and Europe was just superb and I have learned so much. Another highlight was being part of the curtain raiser of the AFL game in London between Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs. But also reaching third place with the German Eagles in last year’s European Championship and representing my country as a captain of the national team is a thing I’m very proud of.

Who is the toughest player you have played on & why? 

Playing against the AIS-Guns I have to say that Isaac Heeney is by far the toughest and best player I have ever played on. His speed, his agility, his skills were just over the moon. The toughest player in Europe is probably Aksel Bang (best name ever!) from Denmark. He is a really short grown guy, but you should never underestimate him. His strength and his will to succeed is admirable.

Who is the player to watch in your team & why?

Ruben Streicher is a hell of a rock. You don’t want to play against him and definitely not get tackled by him.

Have you visited Australia before & what are you most excited about seeing?

As I said before, I lived on Bribie Island for a year and visited Australia two more times since then. I’m really looking forward to catch up with some mates, who are coming down to Melbourne for a game. But the biggest thing will be leading the German Eagles on an Australian ground as a captain. It just can’t get better than this.

Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?

When I went back to Germany in 2010, my best mate Greeny told me that I have to play AFL in Germany, too. I just laughed at him and told him, that there is no AFL in Germany. Well, as it turned out, I was wrong. Two hours later he sent me the contact details of the Stuttgart Emus and the AFLG. Thank god for that!

 

PSS Around the Grounds

Berlin Crocs take down Dockers in AFLG

The Berlin Crocodiles played against the Hamburg Dockers in a top of the table clash this Saturday. The two AFL Germany teams were tied in an equal first place, separated only by percentage, with both sides being undefeated so far in the 2017 season.

The Berlin Crocs managed to walk away winners with a 197-12 victory over the Hamburg Dockers.

Meanwhile in Frankfurt, another AFL Germany match was taking place – the Frankfurt Redbacks hosted the Dresden Wolves. After dominating all four quarters with a strong side against an injured pack of Wolves, the Redbacks defeated the Wolves with a final score of 145-39.

Giants continue their SARFL reign

The Scotland AFL ladder leaders, the Greater Glasgow Giants, continued their undefeated streak this weekend as the took on the Edinburgh Bloods in Nethercraigs on Saturday. The Giants and Bloods continually proved why they are the top two teams with four extremely tight quarters, before the Giants eventually took down the Bloods and walked away 7 point winners with the match ending at 92-85.

Raiders take on the Lions in AFL London

As most of the AFL London teams took a much deserved break this weekend, there was no rest for the North London Lions and West London Wildcat’s Men’s conference teams as they battled it out on Thursday night. The Wildcat’s team, the Shepherds Bush Raiders, came out on top with a 92-22 victory over the Lions.

AFL Europe Ladder Leaders 

As the 2017 season passes the halfway point, many of the European Leagues are approaching finals – here’s which teams are topping their ladder at the current standings:

AFL London Men’s Premiership – Wandsworth Demons

AFL London Women’s Premiership – Wandsworth Demons

AFL Germany – Berlin Crocodiles

AFL Scotland – Greater Glasgow Giants

AFL Ireland – Leeside Lions

AFL Wales – Cardiff Panthers

AFL South England – Surrey Stags

AFL North England – Manchester Mozzies

AFL Denmark – Farum Cats

AFL Central Europe – Zagreb Dockers

AFL Sweden – Stockholm Dynamite

AFL Finland – Helsinki Heatseekers

 

AFL Grand Final Lunch tickets on sale now!

AFL Grand Final Lunch tickets on sale now!

On Friday September 29th, AFL Europe will be holding it’s biggest corporate event of the year – the AFL Grand Final Lunch.

The AFL Grand Final Lunch, delivered in conjunction with the Office of the Agent General for South Australia, is the perfect preparation for the 2017 AFL Grand Final. We are thrilled to have the Adelaide Crows on board as a major partner of this annual event.

Enjoy a delicious three course meal as we preview the AFL’s biggest match of the year. Beer, wine & cider will be flowing, plus we have some fantastic auction items up for grabs.

The AFL Grand Final Lunch will be held from 1pm-4pm at Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA.

Individual tickets are on sale for £120 (+VAT), and tables of 10 are available for £1,100 (+VAT). After a sell out event in 2016, tickets will not last long so purchase early to avoid disappointment.

To purchase tickets, please email events@afleurope.org and include your name, company, and number of tickets you would like to purchase.

Match of the Round

The Berlin Crocodiles are set to host the Hamburg Dockers this Saturday in Berlin. The blockbuster match headlines round 6 of the Australian Football League Germany (AFLG) and is set to be one of the most thrilling this season, with the top two AFLG teams going head to head. See what both teams had to say about how they’re preparing for the big match:

Berlin Crocodiles

The Berlin Crocs are coming off a break out season, only losing one game in 2016 by 2 points to Munich in round 1. We met Munich again in the AFLG 2016 Grand final, unfortunately losing by a fair margin with a depleted and undermanned side who limped into the game.

Thankfully we lost no players from the 2016 season and all of the Crocs have returned hungrier than ever with the grand final loss still fresh in their minds. 2017 thus far has been a completely different story, and after 7 rounds the Berlin Crocs find themselves undefeated and on top of the ladder. The top spot is shared equally with the Hamburg Dockers only separated by percentage. So far we’ve had huge wins home and away over the Rheinland Lions, Dresden Wolves, Frankfurt Red Backs and even the reigning premiers, the Munich Kangaroos. With experienced players throughout every line, the Crocs have been able to implement a mixture of hard inside contested play alongside free flowing outside run.

Led from the front by our fearless captain Bart Rijckaert, the relentless Dutchman is not one to shy away from a contest. Bart is a lock down defender normally giving up a lot of height when lining up on the taller forwards in the comp, Bart still finds a way to beat his opponent and win the one on one battles, in doing so lifting his team mates on the day.

The core group of players have all stuck together, and having spent a couple of seasons together now, the Crocs are really starting to gel. The appointment of new coach Jan Meinecke has been a huge plus for the Crocs. The professionalism, communication skills and training expectations that he has brought to Berlin has been the direct reason for the improvement from 2016.

Jan Meinecke is confident in his team’s ability to get the win over the Dockers this weekend, saying “The team is jumping at the bit for the weekend. We know that it will be a tough game, since the Hamburg guys always bring their best, but we have been preparing well and the boys have set a really high standard of footy in the 9-a-side rounds. There is definitely some excitement in the air, with it being a match between the top 2 sides as well as a bigger match format of 14-a-side, the boys are keen to put on another good performance in front of our home crowd.

Crocs’ Players to watch this match:

The Crocs have been bolstered by the inclusion of CHF in Josh Bollmeyer who is having a terrific season showing class and dominance in the air, kicking plenty of goals and providing options up forward.

Along side the Crocs B&F and AFLG association winner from 2016, Luke Edwards has also continued his red hot form coming into the 2017 season, with his damaging running style of play and lightning pace.

Mitch New – Quick outside half back, accurate kicker sets up the play.

Rowan Miegel – 200cm Full forward, kicks goals, club stalwart

Chris Woods – Full Back, lock down defender, club president, heart and soul of the Crocs

Hamburg Dockers:

The 2017 season has been one of the most successful seasons for the Hamburg Dockers with a currently untarnished record.  A highlight for the team was beating our traditional rivals the Munich Kangaroos in Dresden 56 to 28.  The Dockers have gone largely unchallenged for the season and we are anticipating a tough game in the upcoming top of the table clash against another undefeated side the Berlin Crocodiles.

The last couple of months have seen some hard work being put in by the players on the training track preparing themselves for the big game. We’ve placed a major focus on moving the ball cleanly out of stoppages and efficient use of space transitioning out of defence, through the centre corridor and into the forward line.  If our boys stick to what they have been learning at trainings and keep their minds focused we will really test the Berlin outfit.

On Saturday, spectators should be keeping an eye out for some of our most spectacular players – most notably our new recruit, power forward, Sean Gilbert who kicked a 7 goal bag against Rheinland in our last match.

Also of worthy note is our ever reliable hard working midfielder Kaden Fletcher and our on field leader and back line maestro Johannes Satory.

We are also taking to Berlin some players new to the sport of AFL who have being showing some promising signs of developing into fine players; the Frenchman Nick Trzebiatowsky and rugby league convert Matt White.

 

Good luck to both teams in their big match this Saturday – check out who came away at the top of the ladder in next week’s Around the Grounds.

IC17 Player Spotlight – Mathieu Ostorero

Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player who is participating in IC17 and finding out a little more about them, how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and how they feel about the upcoming International Cup.

Name: Mathieu Ostorero      

                                                                                   

Club: ALFA LIONS from Lyon

 

Nationality: French

 

What position do you play? Back Pocket

 

AFL team you support & who is your favourite AFL player:

Adelaide Crows and Eddie Betts

 

How did you find out about AFL?

After 15 years to play rugby, I would like to discover a new sport. I search on Internet and I find AFL !

 

How long have you been playing for?

I play since January 2015.

 

What is the highlight of your playing career so far? Nowadays my highlight is the Grand Final of French Championship that we played (and won) in April 2017 in Jean Bouin (Rugby’s stadium of Stade Français Paris) with the ALFA LIONS

 

Who is the toughest player you have played on & why?

Michael “Rabbit” Curcio, he’s Australian (of course), played in London with Wandsworth Demons.

I played against him for ANZAC 2017 in Villers Bretonneux (Aussie’s MVP). It seemed so easy to play footy for him ! Each mark, each acceleration, however I’m sure he played quiet. It seems even crazier!

 

Have you played in the International Cup previously? 

No, it will be my first IC.

 

Who is the player to watch in your team & why?

Pierre Lechasles is probably the player of the season, he flew over the end of the season, and he scored and marked at important moment of ALFA Lions’s season.

 

Have you visited Australia before & what are you most excited about seeing?

No, I never visited Australia! I want to see Sydney Opera House when we are in Sydney and the MCG in Melbourne and discover the cities.

 

Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?

Discover a sport on Internet “by chance” and played International Cup 2 years later with The Coqs – French Team (with 6-month stop due to shoulder surgery) : I never imagined that even in my wildest dreams

IC17 Umpire Spotlight – Geoff Pascoe

Name:

Geoffrey Pascoe

Age: 

29

Nationality:

Australian

Playing experience: 

I didn’t play much before coming to the UK, but I played a little bit with the San Francisco Seals a few years ago, and I’ve been playing for Oxford University ARFC for the past 4 years.

How you became an umpire: 

I grew up in a small country town, and I took up umpiring at school, because a few of my friends were doing it, and it made for some good pocket money. When I moved away from home for uni, it was a good way to earn a bit of money whilst forcing myself to keep fit.

Accomplishments:

I made it to the VFL squad as a boundary umpire while I was living in Melbourne, and last year I won the golden whistle at the AFL Europe Championships in London.

Favourite game:

My favourite game would probably be a Southern Football League grand final in 2008. The game was extremely tight all day, and could have gone either way with less than two minutes to go. The team that ended up winning had played in multiple recent grand finals, but hadn’t won a flag since the 50s, and the celebrations when the siren went were ecstatic.

Umpire stories:

At a junior tournament, in a very close game, I once blew my whistle for time when I heard the siren on the ground next door. The main ground had a very loud siren, but our ground only had a small air horn, and I confused the two. I ended up having to restart the game for an extra 2 minutes or so, during which time the winner changed.

I had a friend and fellow umpire who penalised an unconscious player for holding the ball. The player was knocked unconscious, and when an opposition player bent over and put his arm over him to check how he was, my friend, not realising the player was unconscious, payed holding the ball. After the stretcher had taken the player off, he changed his decision to a ball up.

IC17 Selection: 

Getting selected was a really nice surprise. I didn’t realise that people from here would be going over to umpire, so being selected was fantastic. It’s a real honour to be able to head over and represent AFL Europe in Melbourne.

Preparation for the IC:

I’ve been umpiring a bit in the London league this year, including the preseason cup, which has been good. I’m trying to build up my base fitness with some long running at the moment, and will move into more speed-focused training as the tournament gets closer.

PSS Around the Grounds

Kangaroos take down SARFL’s Premier Sharks

The Kingdom Kangaroos continued their recent fine run of form in AFL Scotland this weekend, as they managed to defeat the reigning 2016 Premiers, the Glasgow Sharks. After not having recorded a win so far this season, the Sharks arrived in Fife desperate for a victory, but unfortunately were thwarted by the Kangaroos’ strong side.

The Roos begun the game in style, kicking the first four goals of the game within the opening five minutes, but the Sharks soon began to gain on them and the first quarter ended with only four points between the teams. After a compelling second quarter, the Kangaroos suffered a loss when their star Ruckman was sent off. Despite this disadvantage, they played harder and faster and eventually managed to secure the win over the Sharks and came out ten goals ahead with the scoreboard reading 142-81.

Norrtalje Dockers host AFL Sweden round

It was an exciting day for AFL Sweden this weekend as the Norrtalje Dockers took on the Arsta Swans and the Solna Axeman faced Sodermalm in a double header match hosted by Norrtalje.

The Norrtalje Dockers returned to their winning ways with a 169-73 victory over the Swans. It was a tight game between Sodermalm and Solna, with Solna eventually snatching the lead and running out winners with the scoreboard reading 107-86.

Helsinki Heatseekers take out AFL Finland Tournament

The Turku Dockers hosted the Helsinki Heatseekers and the Vaasa Wombats this weekend for AFL Finland’s second tournament of the 2017 season.

The Heatseekers were lucky enough to come away with two victories and continue their undefeated streak, after beating the Dockers 58-15 in the first match and defeating the Wombats 71-21 in the second. The Vaasa Wombats were able to get a win in their match against hosts’ the Turku Dockers, putting them in second place for overall for the tournament. With the next AFL Finland Tournament taking place in Vaasa in August, the Dockers and the Wombats will be looking to make a comeback over the undefeated Heatseekers.

AFL in Norway

Despite having lower team numbers than in previous seasons, it’s been a great season so far for the Norway Australian Football League (NAFL). Last weekend saw the third round of matches between the Oslo Crows and the joint Oslo Eagles/Battlers teams.

With scores being tight after the first three quarters, the Eagles/Battlers took advantage of an injury to the Crow’s key ruckman and managed to get the edge over them with a final score of 81-55.

Graz hosts CEAFL Tournament

This weekend, Graz hosted five teams from the Central European Australian Football League (CEAFL) for their second tournament of the season. The Styrian Downunderdogs, Prague Dragons, Northwest Eagles, Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers, and the Sesvete Double Blues came together for the second time this year for a jam packed day of footy with 12 matches being played between the 5 teams. The Sesvete Double Blues came away with the win of the day after taking on the Zagreb Dcokers in the grand final. The full scores are as follows:

Match 1: Dogs defeated the Eagles 37-33

Match 2: Blues defeated the Dragons 71-8

Match 3: Dockers defeated the Eagles 44-21

Match 4: Dogs defeated the Dragons 52-14

Match 5: Dockers defeated the Blues 46-42

Match 6: Eagles defeated the Dragons 53-17

Match 7: Dockers defeated the Dogs 53-17

Match 8: Blues defeated the Eagles 55-11

Match 9: Dockers defeated the Dragons 85-20

Match 10: Blues defeated the Dogs 55-22

3rd Place Match: Dogs Defeated the Eagles 36-15

Grand Final: Blues defeated the Dockers 64-30

The final tournament placings are as follows:

1st Place: Sesvete Double Blues

2nd Place: Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers

3rd Place: Styrian Downunderdogs

4th Place: North West Eagles

5th Place: Prague Dragons

 

AFL Germany 

AFL Europe wishes a massive happy birthday to Fabian Cordts of AFL Germany today! Since founding the AFLG team the Hamburg Dockers in 2003, he has played 49 games for the Dockers as well as being  a massive part of the development of AFL in Germany. Fellow Dockers’ teammate, Florian Naumann, said that Fabian has “professionalised the league” and that he’s “always working in the background, even if it’s not his responsibility”. Fabian takes care of everything from the team management and coaching to the club’s events and everything in between.

In addition to Fabian’s tireless work at the Hamburg Dockers, he is also an extremely valuable player to Germany’s national team, the German Eagles, and has played 23 games for them since his debut in 2005. As well as playing for his local and national teams, Fabian also keeps the German AFL League running as he has been the AFLG President for five years now. Happy birthday Fabian and a huge thankyou to all that you do to support the growth of AFL in Europe!