IC17 Tournament Preview – Croatian Knights

The AFL International Cup is nearly upon us. It has been a huge few months for the teams finalising their preparations for the two week tournament held in Melbourne. In the lead up to the tournament kicking off on Sunday 6th August we’ll be taking a look at the eight European teams making the journey and competing for the title of IC Champions. Next up in our tournament previews are IC newcomers, the Croatian Knights.

History of the Knights

The Croatian Knights were formed in 2006-2007 and have been a real dominant force in European footy since the get-go. They have a thriving national league as well as playing in the Central European league against teams from Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic.

They are the second most decorated team at the Euro Cup with two championships and 3 runners-up finishes. They’ve competed in two European Championships and were strong opponents in both of those full format tournaments.

Last IC and European Championships

This will be first International Cup for the Croatians and it has been a huge effort to get the side over to the competition. The mastermind of Croatian footy, Josip Kravar, has barely slept over the past few months working round the clock to make sure the Knights are in attendance. He and his team are going to give the competition a real shake-up.

The Croatians didn’t compete at last year’s European Championship but were competitors at the 2010 and 2013 tournaments. Both tournaments they finished 5th.

IC Fixtures

Round 1: vs China

Round 2: vs Indonesia

Round 3: vs Sri Lanka

Round 4: Semi-Finals

Round 5: Grand Finals

Player to Watch

Tomislav Cvetko

Big Tomi is an icon of European football. He’s dominated European competitions for the best part of a decade with his powerful marking and goal kicking.

Standing at 1.88m and 90kg he’s going to be a hard man to match up on. Tomi recently travelled over to Australia to finalise his preparations and is training with the Norwood FC. He’ll be coming in hot for the tournament and should be supremely fit.

Best of luck for the defenders who get to the job to mark the big Croat. We wish you all the best.

IC17 Crystal Ball 

The Knights are going to Australia to win. If they fall short they’ll be shattered. They’re well place to take out division two and will have the strength and power to out-muscle their opposition.

It would be an ideal division 2 final if they were to face-off with the German Eagles and this would be a real showdown.

Taking on China in round 1 will be a great way for them to debut at the International Cup. It’ll be a tough game and how they adapt to playing on the full ground after a number of years restricted to 9s will be interesting. Adapting quickly will be key as the Chinese won’t be taking this lightly and will still be on a high after the first ever AFL match on their shores earlier this year.

Their remaining pool games against Indonesia and Sri Lanka they’ll be expecting to be too strong and gives them the opportunity to place themselves at the top of their group.

 

IC17 Tournament Preview – European Crusaders

The AFL International Cup is nearly upon us. It has been a huge few months for the teams finalising their preparations for the two week tournament held in Melbourne. In the lead up to the tournament kicking off on Sunday 6th August we’ll be taking a look at the eight European teams making the journey and competing for the title of IC Champions. Next up in our tournament previews are the European Crusaders. 

History of the Crusaders

The Crusaders concept first came to fruition to provide smaller nations with the opportunity to play in European tournaments when their home country was unable to send a team.

The Crusaders women first played at the Edinburgh edition of the Euro Cup in 2012. They’ve played in Euro Cup tournaments since but got their first taste of 18-a-side action in last year’s European Championships held in London.

The 2017 Crusaders have a strong management team behind led by Fanny Maillet and Berengere Portal from France. The effort put in to get this team to IC17 is phenomenal and the experience is sure to be exceptional.

Last IC and European Championships

This will be the first International Cup for the European Crusaders.

A core group of their players were members of the Crusaders squad that competed in the European Championships in London last year which will hold them in good stead. Despite not registering a win in the tournament the experience for the players involved was invaluable.

IC Fixtures

Round 1: vs PNG

Round 2: vs Irish Banshees

Round 3: vs USA

Semi-Finals: vs TBC

Grand Finals: vs TBC

Player to Watch

Camille Portal

The Frenchwoman has blistering speed and has developed her skills to a superb level over the past couple of years. Camille will be hard to match up on in space and if given the time with the footy by her opposition is going to cause some real headaches and give her forward line great service.

IC Crystal Ball

For the Crusaders, it comes down to how quickly they can start playing together as a team. They’ve got a group of women from all over the globe and learning how each other plays as quick as possible will determine how far they go at IC17.

They’ll be a real unknown for their competitors. It will be a significantly different side to the one that took the field at the European Championships in London last year.

A first-round match against PNG will be a toss of the coin. The winner of this could really shape their group. A huge encounter with the Irish Banshees will be a true measure of the Crusaders ability and having a game under their belt to gel as a team will keep the Banshees on their toes.

USA round out their group games on the middle Sunday and they’ll going into this one with high hopes.

As we’ve said, it all comes down to how well they gel as a team. If they build chemistry quickly the rest of the competition will have to take note. The Crusaders could be a real danger.

IC17 Umpire Spotlight – Oscar Ayyadi

Name:

Oscar Ayyadi

Age: 

23

Nationality:

British with Irish and Moroccan parents

Playing experience: 

I played fleetingly with my cousins, but never stepped up to playing in the domestic league here in London. My granddad had 6 brothers who all moved to Australia, they brought the game code and my love was formed early on. I watched it religiously.

How you became an umpire: 

I refereed to Level 4 standard in ‘soccer’ refereeing only stopping two years ago, in 2010 I saw a add pop up looking for umpires and thought why not! Got in contact with Shane Hill, who was the umpires manager then and umpired my first game with Luke Shaw down at Motspur Park! To say Shawry carried me through the game is an understatement!

Accomplishments:

Obviously umpiring the premiership grand final in London in 2015 was a highlight, but I can’t look beyond my biggest achievement which is having the privilege to umpire at IC.

 

 

IC17 Selection: 

We were selected for European Championship in 2016 and was assessed and coached by Adam Davis who is the National Umpires Development Manager. We went through a rigorous week of officiating and training but bonded amazing well as a group of umpires. After that tournament I was ranked in the top 3 umpires and earned selection to IC.

Preparation for the IC:

I’m umpiring here in London, week in week out alongside training with the umpires in London weekly and personally training. I’m also doing a lot of research and watching as much footy as possible to pick up tips for the senior umpires. One of the key area I want to develop over this season is my consistently with bouncing, so I can be on par with the home grown umpires in Australia.

IC17 Tournament Preview – German Eagles

The AFL International Cup is nearly upon us. It has been a huge few months for the teams finalising their preparations for the two week tournament held in Melbourne. In the lead up to the tournament kicking off on Sunday 6th August we’ll be taking a look at the eight European teams making the journey and competing for the title of IC Champions. Next up in our tournament previews are IC newcomers, the German Eagles. 

History of the Eagles

The German Eagles were founded in 2006 and have been participants in Euro Cup’s and European Championships since they began.

The Eagles have placed in the top four of the 9-a-side Euro Cup 4 times and have improved their European Championship ranking at each of the three tournaments.

They’ve developed nicely alongside their national league, AFLG. This year’s International Cup attendance marks the next stage of their development and provides them with the opportunity to test themselves on the world stage.

Last IC and European Championships

This will be the first International Cup for Germany and is a credit to their management to get the side over to Australia.

It’s been a huge 18 months of preparation for the side as they competed in the European Championships claiming a 3rd place in a thrilling minor final against Sweden.

They were competitive in their games at the Champs last year but fell off in final quarters which blew out the score line against the top two sides. The experience will be invaluable and knowing how to prepare in a tournament environment will be beneficial for the Eagles.

IC17 Fixtures

Round 1: vs Pakistan

Round 2: vs India

Round 3: vs Japan

Semi-Finals: TBC

Grand Finals: TBC

Player to Watch

Jakob Jung

Jakob is a former member of the European Legion squads that played against the AIS-AFL Academy each year. He’s played against some very high-level footballers going head to head with the likes of Isaac Heeney.

He is fit, very strong and is skilled on both sides of the body. He was at stand-out performer in last year’s European Championships for the Germans despite getting very close attention each game from the opposition.

Jakob will thrive on the big stage and will be one of the best midfielders in the competition. How he plays over the two-weeks will have a big say in how far Germany go in Division 2.

IC17 Crystal Ball

The Eagles will be a very strong competitor in Division 2. They’ve been placed in a pool with Pakistan, India and Japan and will go into each of these games with confidence knowing they’ve played and competed for periods of games against Division 1 quality opposition in the GB Bulldogs and Irish Warriors.

The week spent in London last summer will do wonders for the Germans when they arrive in Australia and they’ll need to tap into everything they’ve learnt to knock off round 1 opponent, Pakistan.

They should be too strong for India in round 2 but will come up against an IC regular in Japan for their final group game.

A semi-final berth is expected for the Germans and they should realistically challenge for the Division 2 title.

IC17 Tournament Preview – Irish Warriors

The AFL International Cup is nearly upon us. It has been a huge few months for the teams finalising their preparations for the two week tournament held in Melbourne. In the lead up to the tournament kicking off on Sunday 6th August we’ll be taking a look at the eight European teams making the journey and competing for the title of IC Champions. First up in our tournament previews is two-time IC winners, the Irish Warriors. 

History of the Warriors

The equal most decorated side in International Cup history will be back in 2017 and looking to add a 3rd IC title to their collection.

The Warriors first competed at International level in 2001 when the team won the Atlantic Alliance Cup. The side went into the inaugural IC in 2002 brimming with confidence and claimed the title on the hallowed turf of the MCG against PNG.

They have competed in every International Cup with their worst result a 4th place in 2005. They became the first team to win multiple International Cup titles when they again defeated PNG in the 2011 final.

Last IC and European Championships

The Warriors went into IC14 as defending champions and opened their campaign with a resounding 55 to 10 victory over Fiji. Their form continued with a 109-point win over European counterparts France before going 3 from 3 against a physical Nauru side out in Bendigo.

This saw them finish 2nd after the opening rounds and pitted them against a confident South Africa after they’d knocked off tournament heavyweights, PNG, the previous round. The Irish flexed their muscles and claimed an 8 goal to 4 victory moving them into their 3rd final at the MCG against arch-rivals, PNG.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the Irish and despite leading at every change the PNG boys edged just ahead and held onto to a thrilling 3-point lead to claim their second IC.

The 2016 European Championships provided the chance at some redemption and gave the Warriors the opportunity to test out some newly unearthed talent. Going in as favourites they went through the rounds undefeated but fell short at the final hurdle with a determined Bulldogs outfit proving too strong at their home tournament losing their title for the first time in the tournaments history after winning the 2010 and 2013 editions.

Back to back major tournament losses will have the Warriors firing on all cylinders come August 6.

IC17 Fixtures

Round 1: vs PNG

Round 2: vs France

Round 3: vs GB Bulldogs

Round 4: vs New Zealand

Grand Finals: TBC

Player to Watch

Gavin Murray

The versatile big man can go anywhere on the ground and will play a key role. Having first played in 2011 for the South Dublin Swans, Gavin has played a season in Australia with the UTS Bats, a season over the winter with the Perpignan Tigers and a handful of games for the Wandsworth Demons in the AFL London league. It’s safe to say he can’t get enough football.

He’ll be a crucial member of the Warriors outfit as the mobile big man should be key up forward as well as pinch hitting in the ruck. His versatility and skills are second to none for a player for his size.

IC17 Crystal Ball

Anything less than another IC title will disappoint the Irish Warriors. They’re hungrier than ever after a narrow loss to PNG in 2014 and a defeat to the hands of GB at the European Champs.

The Irish will have to be at their very best from the word go with a tough first round match-up against PNG which will go a long way to determining their standing in the field. Win this and they’ll be favourites for the remainder, lose and they’ll need to rebound quickly against European counterparts France and GB in the following rounds. Their final pool game is against regular semi-finalists New Zealand and will be another huge encounter.

They may not be the strongest list on paper in the competition but they’ll certainly be the smartest. They know how to win big tournaments and control games at crucial times. They’ll have some very handy Australian based players who’ll add experience and polish.

This is a massive two weeks for Irish football and they’ll be doing all they can to prove why they’re the regarded as the footballing powerhouse outside of Australia.

 

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 Manchester Mosquitoes are set to host the AFL Central Northern England (AFL CNE) semi-finals tomorrow in Manchester. The semi-finals “Super Saturday” brings together six teams from the CNE League – the Merseyside Saints, Sheffield Thunder, Manchester Mozzies, Huddersfield Rams, Wolverhampton Wolverines and the Nottingham Scorpions will battle it out in three massive matches to claim their finals spots on the ladder. Check out how all the teams have been performing this season and how they’re shaping up for this weekend’s semi-finals.

 

Match 1: Merseyside Saints v Sheffield Thunder

Merseyside Saints:

The Merseyside Saints have come a long way in the two-year history of their club. In only their second season, the team has improved massively and despite being in 7th place on the ladder, their squad has taken steps in the right direction. Last year the Saints lost out to the top sides by over 200 points and have managed to close that margin to 60 points this season.

The Saints are organising a big recruitment drive this winter to round out the current squad and get some new talent in their ranks. As their current most experienced player has only played 15 Aussie Rules games, the young club is still finding their feet and improving quickly.

The squad, while disheartened by their lack of wins this year, can appreciate the progress the team has made this season.

This weekend they will be heading into the match missing a few of their key players, but say their team is raring to take the opportunity to fill the gaps available. Merseyside Saints Coach says their team is ready to take on the Sheffield Thunder, stating

“We have the quality at the back of Dan Furlong and Kieran Cook available along with the McKenzie brothers so I feel confident that we should give Sheffield a fair crack and do the AFLCNE justice with an exciting semi final.”

Sheffield Thunder:

Sheffield Thunder have also had a tough season unfortunately, and are in 6th place on the ladder separated by percentage from the Saints. The season has been difficult for them due to small numbers and limited player availability, meaning that some of their tougher matches have been played with the absolute minimum.

Early on in the season, the Thunder got close to taking down finalist teams the Huddersfield Rams and Nottingham Scorpions and put up a great fight in both matches. The last time they came up against the Saints was a great result for the Sheffield Thunder, and they managed to get their first victory of the season over Merseyside.

Sheffield are also missing a few key players in this round due to the approaching AFL International Cup, but have pulled together a strong side with some new talent for this weekend’s semi final.

Match 2: Manchester Mozzies v Huddersfield Rams

Huddersfield Rams:

The Huddersfield Rams have had an interesting run this season, with a great record of wins at their home games but struggling to take out their matches on the road. Despite this, the Rams have managed to finish the regular season in 4th place on the ladder, securing themselves a place in the final. With this season marking their 7th consecutive finals appearance, the Rams are looking to finish the season strong against perhaps the AFL CNE’s toughest opponent – the Manchester Mozzies.

The Ram’s have made massive improvements on their skill levels this season and have a young, physical squad who their Coach says “can push any team hard”. Despite missing two of their key players due to the International Cup, they have plenty of players to watch this round – Lewis Ozanna, Josh Kenney, James Clayton and Matthew Whiteley.

Manchester Mozzies:

2017 has been a challenging year for the Manchester Mosquitoes. With injuries plaguing their team and a few elite players being selected for the Great Britain Bulldogs team to travel to the International Cup, their team has been less consistent than previous seasons. Despite these challenges, the Mozzies have given a few of their newer players a chance to step up into these key roles which will serve them well in the long run.

After suffering a few losses mid season, the Mozzies managed to pull it together and get some strong wins in the last few matches of the season. Thanks to this they have managed to finish the home and away season in top spot on the AFL CNE ladder and will have the advantage of a home match this weekend as they host the semi-finals “Super Saturday”.

Match 3: Nottingham Scorpions v Wolverhampton Wolverines

Wolverhampton Wolverines:

The Wolverhampton Wolverines have had a successful 2017 season, only losing out in three matches to the top two ladder teams. After finishing the regular season in 3rd place, the Wolverines are looking to play a high intensity match this weekend and will play their hardest to get the win over the Nottingham Scorpions.

In terms of players to watch, the Wolverhampton Coach singles out Cameron Cope, Marcus Argent and Rhys Lincoln as the key players this round. “Cameron has been outstanding for us all season, proving tough to play against for opposing forwards but also capable of cutting loose and scoring some majors when he moves up the ground. Rhys has been superb too – first change in the ruck, on the ball and down at fullback more recently too. Assistant Coach Marcus Argent has been instrumental in many of our better performances through the year – he’s a tall bloke with great hands and kicks off two feet.”

The Wolverines’ Coach also commends his team’s hard work in preparation for the semi finals, saying that the side has “superb fitness levels and excellent distribution coupled with ever-increasing game awareness.

Nottingham Scorpions: 

The Scorpions have had a successful run this season, with strong wins against Huddersfield, Tyne Tees Tigers, and Sheffield early on starting the ball rolling for one of their biggest seasons yet. Their efforts have earned them 2nd place on the AFL CNE ladder at the end of the home and away season, and they’ll be taking on the Wolverhampton Wolverines tomorrow to battle for a spot in the grand final.

The Scorpions will be looking to take as strong a side as possible into their match against the Wolverines this weekend. They’re up against a strong Wolverhampton side, and it’s sure to be an action packed game against the 2nd and 3rd place teams.

PSS Around the Grounds

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP visits the Croatian Knights 

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, visited the Croatian Knights last week whilst on the first ever Ministry of Foreign Affairs visit to Zagreb.

After meeting the Croatian President, Julie Bishop met with the Croatian Knights national team and wished them luck at the upcoming AFL International Cup held in Melbourne next month. Julie is a huge AFL fan and supporter of the West Coast Eagles, and mentioned that she was glad to see that footy had spread all the way to Croatia.

 

Welsh Dragons are seeking Women for Euro Cup in Bordeaux!

Following on from some successful taster sessions in Cardiff and Bristol, Wales are aiming to take a Womens 9’s team to Bordeaux for Euro Cup and are on the hunt for more players!

Wales are hoping to take a ladies team for the first time with Lucy Jones, hot off the back of IC 2017 in Melbourne, steering the ship as Captain.

If you are keen to find out more please do get in touch with the Welsh Australian Rules Football League President – James Gibson at gibo102@hotmail.com

Bloods end Giants’ undefeated reign 

It was a top of the table clash this weekend for SARFL (Scotland Aussie Rules Football League) as the Edinburgh Bloods hosted the Greater Glasgow Giants in Edinburgh. The top two teams on the SARFL Ladder battled it out in an extremely close match, with the Bloods eventually pulling ahead in the final quarter to take out a 110-102 victory over the Giants.

With the Greater Glasgow Giants having been previously undefeated this season, their finals spot is guaranteed, and will now be joined in the finals by the Edinburgh Bloods. The last remaining finals spot will be taken out by either the Kingdom Kangaroos or the Glasgow Sharks. The third finals contender will be decided by the results of the last two remaining matches for the regular season next weekend.

 

Manchester Mozzies top AFLCNE ladder

The Manchester Mosquitoes have taken out the top spot on the ladder this weekend as the regular season of the AFL Central Northern England (AFLCNE) league came to a close. Congratulations to the Mozzies and especially to Captain Wayne Sumner, who played his final match this weekend before retiring from footy. Wayne has been with the Mozzies for many years and helps out immensely both on and off the pitch, and is a constant source of support and encouragement to his team mates.

The mozzies will also host this weekend’s “Semi-finals Super Saturday” where six teams from the AFLCNE will battle it out in this season’s semi finals. Check out this week’s Match of the Round on Friday to see how the Manchester Mozzies, Merseyside Saints, Sheffield Thunder, Huddersfield Rams, Notthingham Scorpions and Wolverhampton Wolverines are shaping up for their matches this weekend.

 

Lions to host ARFLI Grand Final 

The Leeside Lions are in with a chance of holding onto their Premiership title after taking out the Aussie Rules Football League Ireland (ARFLI) grand final in the 2016 season. This season, the Lions have managed to claim 7 wins from the 8 matches they’ve played, and finished the regular ARFLI season on top of the ladder to secure a home grand final. Following last weekend’s ARFLI Carnival hosted by the Belfast Redbacks, the current ladder standings are as follows:

  1. Leeside Lions
  2. Belfast Redbacks
  3. South Dublin Swans
  4. Galway Magpies

 

Clapham Cubs get kitted out 

The Clapham Cubs, an AFL Juniors and Auskick club based in London has just received a brand new kit thanks to our partners at O’Neills Sportswear. We can’t wait to see the next generation of AFL London players learning the ropes in their new kits.

International Cup 2017 Fixtures

The International Cup fixtures for 2017 have been released!

The 8 teams from Europe will be joined by 18 others from across the globe all competing for the ultimate prize of being crowned IC Champions.

For the first time the men’s fixture will be played across two divisions with 10 teams in Division 1 (including the Irish Warriors, GB Bulldogs and French Coqs) and 8 teams in Division 2 (including the Croatian Knights and German Eagles).

The women’s competition will have 8 teams (including the Irish Banshees, GB Swans and European Crusaders) and will be split into two pools.

The women’s grand final is to be played at Etihad Stadium as a curtain-raiser for the Round 22 clash between Carlton and Hawthorn. The men’s grand final is to be played at the MCG as a curtain-raiser for the match between Collingwood and Geelong.

The tournament runs from Saturday 5th until Saturday 19th August.

Head of Community & International Development, Grant Williams said that the AFL was looking forward to welcoming the players, coaches and officials from the 18 men’s teams and eight women’s teams to Melbourne to participate in the International Cup.

“The men’s divisional structure has been created based on past performances in an attempt to produce a competition that is as even as possible and to provide the best development opportunity for all teams and players,”.

“We are also thrilled to have eight women’s teams competing in 2017.”

“The International Cup is about bringing people together and is an opportunity to promote our great game and support its growth within the international community.”

Check out each of our European team fixtures below or click HERE for the full tournament schedule.

Men’s Division 1

Round 1: vs Papua New Guinea

Round 2: vs France

Round 3: vs Great Britain

Round 4: vs New Zealand

Round 5: Grand Finals

 

Round 1: vs South Africa

Round 2: vs Canada

Round 3: vs Ireland

Round 4: vs Fiji

Round 5: Grand Finals

 

 

 

Round 1: vs Fiji

Round 2: vs Ireland

Round 3: vs Nauru

Round 4: vs USA

Round 5: Grand Finals

 

Men’s Division 2

Round 1: vs China

Round 2: vs Indonesia

Round 3: vs Sri Lanka

Round 4: Semi-Finals

Round 5: Grand Finals

Round 1: vs Pakistan

Round 2: vs India

Round 3: vs Japan

Round 4: Semi-Finals

Round 5: Grand Finals

Women’s Division

Round 1: vs USA

Round 2: vs European Crusaders

Round 3: vs Papua New Guinea

Round 4: Semi-Finals

Round 5: Grand Finals

Round 1: vs Pakistan

Round 2: vs Fiji

Round 3: vs Canada

Round 4: Semi-Finals

Round 5: Grand Finals

Round 1: vs Papua New Guinea

Round 2: vs Ireland

Round 3: vs USA

Round 4: Semi-Finals

Round 5: Grand Finals

Match of the Round

As the Scotland Aussie Rules Football League (SARFL) approaches the 2017 season finals next month, all four of the SARFL Premiership teams are battling to secure their spots on the ladder in these end of season rounds. The Greater Glasgow Giants, who currently hold the coveted top spot on the SARFL Ladder, will take on the Edinburgh Bloods this weekend in Edinburgh.

It’s set to be a top of the table clash as the Edinburgh Bloods have recently moved into the second place position on the ladder, with these two teams looking like a likely matchup for the grand finals in August.

The last time the two teams came head to head, there was a mere 7-point difference when the final whistle blew. The Greater Glasgow Giants managed to continue their unbeaten season run by taking away the win with a final score of 92-85.

The Giants have won all four of their matches this season, and another win this weekend will guarantee them a spot in this year’s Grand Final.

Ahead of this weekend’s game against the Bloods, the Giants’ Coach, Ross Thomson, expects just as tough a game as the last clash against Edinburgh. “It’s always a hard game going to Edinburgh but we’ll bring a strong squad and a good support. We’ve a couple of outs and ins from the last game but I believe we’ve a squad capable of taking a crucial win back to Glasgow. First year ruckman Scott Cochrane is a key return for us, he missed the first Edinburgh game and will be raring to go this weekend”.

With a strong Edinburgh side taking them on, it’s sure to be tough contest between these two well matched teams. Catch the final score from the Edinburgh Bloods and Greater Glasgow Giants SARFL match in next week’s Around the Grounds to find out if the Giants manage to secure their spot in this season’s Grand Final.