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 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!