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15 new AFL Coaches certified in Cologne

Congratulations to the 15 new coaches who joined the ranks at our Level 1 Coaching Course in Cologne, Germany this weekend. The coaches hail from AFLG (Australian Football League Germany), AFL Netherlands, and AFL London – looking forward to seeing how these coaches bring their coaching knowledge and skills to their respective leagues across Europe.

A special thanks to our partners at anzuk Education for all their continued support as we roll out these courses throughout Europe.

Three big matches in AFLG 

Despite their low team numbers, the Freiberg Taipans faced up to a strong team of Redbacks this weekend in Germany. The Frankfurt Redbacks proved too strong for the Taipans and eventually took down them down with a final score of 175-32.

Meanwhile in Cologne, the Hamburg Dockers faced up with the Rheinland Lions. After an action-packed match the Dockers came away with a win, with the scoreboard reading 104-64.

The third AFLG match of the day saw the Dresden Wolves taking on the current table toppers the Berlin Crocodiles. Continuing their current undefeated run this season, the Crocs carried their streak on by defeating the Wolves 181-69.

Sharks earn their first season win 

The Glasgow Sharks took away their first win of the season in the Scotland Aussie Rules Football League (SARFL) this weekend. Despite being last year’s premiers, it’s been a tough season for the Sharks but they turned things around this weekend when they hosted the Kingdom Kangaroos in Glasgow. They took home the win with a final score of 147-74. Well done Sharks!

AFL London celebrates Rainbow Round

To celebrate last weekend’s London Pride festivities, AFL London proudly went rainbow in Round 9! Catch all the scores from this round below:

Men’s Premiership:

London Swans (68) defeated Wimbledon Hawks (52)

North London Lions (58) defeated the West London Wildcats (49)

Wandsworth Demons (88) defeated the South East London Giants (53)

Men’s Conference:

Clapham Demons (87) defeated the Putney Magpies (53)

Regents Park Lions (42) defeated the Shepherd’s Bush Raiders (41)

Men’s Social:

Ealing Emus (50) defeated the South East London Giants (forfeit)

Reading Roos (70) defeated the Wimbledon Hawks (61)

Bounds Green Lions (50) defeated the Putney Magpies (forfeit)

 

Women’s Premiership:

South East London Giants (31) defeated the North London Lions (29)

Women’s Conference:

Clapham Demons (43) defeated the Putney Magpies (1)

Croatia prepares for season finals 

Aussie Rules Croatia released the current standings in the Croatian League this week as they prepare for their upcoming season finals this September. With most teams on summer break, and many players travelling to Melbourne this August as part of the Croatian Knights team to compete at the AFL International Cup, the standings have been decided on the tournaments played earlier this season. After the Sesvete Double Blues took out the Croatian Cup and the Zagreb Dockers won the Central European Australian Football League (CEAFL) Tournament, the season’s standings are as follows:

  1. Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers
  2. Sesvete Double Blues
  3. Velika Gorica Bombers
  4. Zagreb Hawks
  5. Zaprude Giants

 

Match of the Round

This week in the ‘Match of the Round’ we’ll be taking a look back at a very special weekend in Austria. Last weekend, the Australian Football League Austria (ALFA) celebrated their 10th Anniversary of the first match of Aussie Rules to be played in their country. In the early days of AFLA, before forming teams or leagues, teams played simply in black or white t-shirts. They’ve made amazing progress in the last ten years with three teams forming the ALFA League, with the Styrian Downunderdogs regularly competing in tournaments within the larger Central European Australian Football League (CEAFL).

The anniversary celebrations were kicked off with a ‘legends match’ consisting of both current players and the original players who helped to form the league ten years ago. Their ‘legends’ title has certainly been well earned with many of the players playing a huge role in the development of Aussie Rules in Austria.

The legends sides were divided into black and white teams and played in t-shirts in true homage to the original matches. This match was more about reminiscing than being competitive, with ALFA’s Martin Schittegg describing the game as “a good mixture of fun and footy”.

Following the match, ALFA turned their focus to the next generation of footy players in Austria by putting on a training session with the children of both past and current players.

The kids thoroughly enjoyed being taught to catch a footy, handball, and kick by the players – we can’t wait to see some of these kids playing in Austria at the 20th ALFA Anniversary!

The headline match of the day took place later that afternoon, which saw two of Austria’s teams battle it out on the field for the Max Bailey Cup. The Styrian Downunderdogs went head to head with the Austrian Avalanches for the first time since 2013. The match truly was anyone’s game up until the final whistle, with the Dogs eventually taking the lead in the intense match and running out winners with a 67-64 victory to take home the Max Bailey Cup.

Following the matches, the festivities continued in true Aussie style with a BBQ, beers, and plenty of footy talk amongst the ALFA community. Congratulations to the Australian Football League Austria for their development in the last ten years, and we look forward to seeing how Aussie Rules continues to progress in the future.

 

 

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Belfast Redbacks host ARFLI Carnival

On Saturday, Aussie Rules Football League Ireland (ARFLI) had four premiership teams descend on Belfast for the 4th carnival round so far this season. It was the Belfast Redback’s turn to host the Galway Magpies, South Dublin Swans, and the Leeside Lions.

The hosting Redbacks played matches against the South Dublin Swans and the Galway Magpies and managed to take away wins in both games.

 

Wildcats’ Nathan Costley hits AFL London milestone

Congratulations to Nathan Costley of the West London Wildcats who played his 100th game for the Cats this weekend. Nathan has been a huge contributor to the Wildcats since first joining 13 years ago, including:

4 x Wildcats Premiership Coach
3 x Wildcats Premiership Player
5 x Raiders Premiership Player
2 x European Champions League Winning Coach (1x as player)
5 x Pre Season Cup Winner (4 as Coach)
2014 BOG GF
2007 Best in Finals
Wildcats Captain
Wildcats Life Member
Member of Raiders team of the first 15 years
Vice President

Well done to Nathan for getting a win for his 100th game and for all his achievements in AFL London!

AFL London kicked off again this weekend after all teams took a much deserved break last week. The results from the AFL London League Round 8 are as follows:

Women’s Premiership:

Wandsworth Demons defeat the Wimbledon Hawks 55-2

Women’s Conference:

West London Wildcats defeat the London Swans 47-2

Men’s Premiership:

Wandsworth Demons defeat the Wimbledon Hawks 78-36.

North London Lions defeat the South East London Giants

West London Wildcats defeat the London Swans

England Dragon Slayers announce Euro Cup 2017 Team

The England Dragon Slayers have selected their squad to compete in the 2017 Euro Cup in Bordeaux this October after holding a trial match this weekend. Congratulations to the all players selected for the English side:

Matthew Whiteley (Huddersfield Rams) Captain
Luke Booth (Huddersfield Rams)
Alex Overton (Huddersfield Rams)
Lewis Ozanne (Huddersfield Rams)
Joshua Kenney (Huddersfield Rams)
Chris Britton (Manchester Mosquitoes)
Andrew Walkden (Manchester Mosquitoes)
Andrew Cochran (Manchester Mosquitoes)
Ashley Swift (Nottingham Scorpions)
Rob Goliah (Nottingham Scorpions)
Martin Kearney (Nottingham Scorpions)
Mark Ireland (Sheffield Thunder)
Si Vardy (Sheffield Thunder)
Micky Kay (Sheffield Thunder)
Anthony Roy Brannigan (Tyne Tees Tigers)
Myles Hudson (Wimbledon Hawks)

Emergencies
Sam Killoway (Sheffield Thunder)
Ian Mitchell (Wolverhampton Wolverines)
James Clayton (Huddersfield Rams)
Chris Thomas (Wolverhampton Wolverines)
Rhys Lincoln (Wolverhampton Wolverines)


Lyon to host the AFL Lions Cup 

The ALFA Lions have announced that they will be hosting the Lions Cup later this year. The Cup will be hosted at Lyon on the 30th of September and will welcome teams from England, Germany, France and Denmark on a quest to find the strongest Lions in Europe!

 

Umpire at Euro Cup 2017

AFL Europe is on the lookout for Umpires for our upcoming 2017 Euro Cup Tournament!

The Euro Cup takes place on October 7th in Bordeaux, and is a fantastic opportunity for new umpires to umpire alongside experienced AFL Europe Umpires.

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, or click here for more information.

 

AFL Austria celebrates 10th Anniversary 

This weekend in Graz, the AFL teams in Austria celebrated their 10th Anniversary since the first Austrian AFL match was played. The anniversary festivities included a legend’s match with some of the founding players as well as a training match with the player’s children, and finally an extremely close game between the Downunderdogs and the Avalanches to close out a very special day for AFL Austria. Check out our Match of the Round later this week for the full match reports!