AFLW – Round 4 Report

AFLW – Round 4 Report

It was another history-making round of AFLW over the weekend that saw records tumble, torrential rain at one venue and close to 40-degree temperatures at another, as the race for the top two continued to heat up.

Laura Corrigan-Duryea, Kate Shierlaw, Cora Staunton, Lauren Spark & Laura Tesoriero continued to fly the flag for AFL in Europe, with all five women stepping out for their respective sides and turning in strong performances which are dissected below.

Afleurope.org will continue to keep a close eye on the progress of all five of these listed AFLW players who have ties to AFL in Europe right throughout the season, so stay tuned each week for updates on how each of the girls are tracking.

 

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Cora Staunton – #13 – Greater Western Sydney Giants – Recruited from GAA

There is still a pulse in the GWS Giants season after they secured a hard-fought draw in incredibly trying conditions in Western Sydney against the reigning premiers Adelaide over the weekend.

While the rain that blanketed much of the east coast on Saturday made ball handling incredibly difficult for all players, it didn’t stop Cora Staunton from putting in a very prominent performance which saw her feature in the Giants best handful of players on the day, gathering six disposals and registering three shots on goal, including this effort to give her side the lead before half-time with the only goal of the second term.

Adelaide was able to mount a second-half comeback with the aid of some ferocious tackling from Ebony Marinoff, who finished with an incredible 21 tackles for the match to set a new record and help keep the Crows season alive.

There was nothing splitting the two teams at the final siren but it was enough to ensure both teams chances at a top two spot remain mathematically possible, as they both sit 6-points off the top two with three games to play. Staunton and the Giants face the long trip to Perth this week to face the Dockers in a do or die test that will decide whether their slim premiership dream remains alive.

 

Laura Corrigan-Duryea – #11 – Melbourne Demons – Irish Banshees Co-Captain (2017 International Cup)

After a tight loss in Perth the week prior, Laura Corrigan-Duryea and the Demons have fallen short for the second consecutive match at the weekend, losing to Collingwood by 34 points in oppressive conditions in Alice Springs.

With temperatures heading towards 40 degrees, Corrigan-Duryea was brave as ever in defence for the Demons but could do little to hold out a potent Collingwood forward line led by Moana Hope and Christina Bernardi.

Despite the Demons matching Collingwood across most of the major statistical categories, the Pies busted the game open after halftime kicking six goals to Melbourne’s one to lift them to their first win of the season and see Melbourne drop a game behind the ladder leaders.

Melbourne will get their chance to reclaim a top two spot when they host the Brisbane Lions on Friday night at Casey Fields.

 

Lauren Spark – #11 – Western Bulldogs – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2015/16)

It was a massive Friday night for Lauren Spark and the Western Bulldogs as they claimed the top spot on the AFLW ladder with a resounding 73-point win over Carlton at the Whitten Oval, on the back of a record seven goals to small forward Brooke Lochland.

The Dogs were quick out of the blocks and dominated the first quarter of play, setting the tone for the remainder of the match as they never looking back on their way to kicking the first eight goals of the game against a depleted Carlton line-up.

Spark matched up against formed Wimbledon Hawks teammate Kate Shierlaw for much of the match but was also given a rare opportunity to leave the defensive post that she has made her own this season, pushing up the ground in the absence of superstar key forward Katie Brennan and narrowly missing with her first attempt on goal.

Such was the authority of the Dogs performance that they have now climbed to the top of the table with an enormous percentage gap on the second-placed Lions, which could prove crucial in their bid for a home Grand Final, with their next task a highly winnable Sunday afternoon appointment against the bottom-placed Magpies in Moe.

 

Kate Shierlaw – #25 – Carlton Blues – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2016)

It was another exceptionally tough weekend for Kate Shierlaw and her Carlton side over the weekend, with the huge absences of Bri Davey and Tayla Harris making a big challenge against the Western Bulldogs on Friday night an even tougher task and one which ultimately proved too much for the Blues to handle.

Despite gallant efforts in the middle from Sarah Hosking, Maddy Keryk, Lauren Arnell and Breanne Moody, Shierlaw and the other Carlton forwards received very little service to work with as the side went scoreless until the 17-minute mark of the third term whilst trailing by 57-points.

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The loss was a huge blow to the Blues who now drop out of the top four, and crucially with only four points separating first to fifth suffer a huge dent in their percentage. They will be out to redeem themselves on Saturday night in Adelaide as they face the Crows, who will be just as desperate for a win to mount a late charge for the top two.

 

Lauren Tesoriero – #7 – Collingwood Magpies – Formerly Wandsworth Demons (2017)

Lauren Tesoriero was lively in her third game for the season as the Pies registered their first win of the season against the premiership contending Demons, gathering seven possessions and laying three strong tackles to help her side in their upset victory.

After competitive showings in their previous three games, Collingwood finally got off the mark in season 2018 thanks to big games from Tesoriero, Jaimee Lambert & Steph Chiocci in the middle, as well as the contributions of Mo Hope & Christina Bernardi down forward effort in stifling Alice Springs heat.

The Pies will be looking to cause another upset and climb off the bottom of the ladder on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Moe to face the Bulldogs, with Tesoriero clear to play after being cited for rough contact on Melbourne’s Bianca Jakobsson

 

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AFL Europe teams up with moneycorp!

AFL Europe teams up with moneycorp!

AFL Europe are thrilled to announce the official partnership with moneycorp for the 2018 season.

The partnership will aid the efforts of AFL Europe to continually grow and develop the game of Australian football throughout Europe.

moneycorp is one of the UK’s fastest growing foreign exchange companies who’ve been providing foreign exchange and payment services since 1979.

John Kinghorn, Head of UK Partnerships at moneycorp said, “We are looking forward to working with AFL Europe and having a successful partnership. Australian football is growing rapidly across Europe and there are many opportunities to help clubs, players and fans with their international payment requirements”.

Ryan Davey, General Manager at AFL Europe said, “Having Moneycorp come on board as an official partner for 2018 is a huge boost for us as head enter another big year of AFL in Europe. Their support provides us the opportunity to continually work with our community to spread the game of Australian Football”.

If you would like further information on moneycorp’s foreign exchange services then please email – afleurope@moneycorp.com or call them direct on +44 (0)20 7828 7000 or visit their website here.

Wales Country Report

With the 2018 season fast approaching, we’ll be taking a look at each of the countries in our AFL Europe community to get a snapshot of how Aussie Rules kicked off in their country, some of their highlights, and their goals for 2018. Next up is Wales, who competed at 2017’s Euro Cup in Bordeaux, and have plans to expand their women’s competition in 2018. Check out what AFL Wales President, James Gibson, had to say about AFL in Wales:

What’s the history of AFL in Wales? 

The Welsh league formed as the brain child of an Australian from Adelaide, who came to live in Wales, following his Welsh heritage. As time went on, it become quite clear that the love of the game, and not being around it, left a void that other popular sports in the UK just could not satisfy and so Australian Rules Football began!

Many people who knew Bryce are thankful to him for his passion for the game which has enabled those who have played in Wales to enjoy this wonderful game. For the majority of participants it has had a profound positive impact on them to some degree or another, whether it is a person who has never had the courage to play a team game, someone who wants to try something completely different or as far as representing their country at Euro Cup or International Cup.

In 2006 the concept of starting a league got underway and the following year saw the introduction of three clubs. The Welsh league was modelled around the South Australian Football League with the three founding clubs, Cardiff Double Blues, the South Cardiff Panthers and the Swansea Magpies, who’s names were taken from clubs in the SAFL.

However this was not the first time that the game was played on Welsh soil. Australian Rules Football was first played in Wales in 1944 when the 462 Squadron played against the second Sunderland Squadron who formed teams based on the State of Origin (Victoria vs Western Australia) to play a match at Pembroke Dock.

Give us a snapshot of AFL in Wales:

Since the league began more and more interest has been gained through word of mouth, open taster sessions and exposure in local newspapers. This has resulted in peak numbers hitting the 150 region.

Aussie rules Wales was the original name for the league with a guest English team the Swindon Devils taking the first ever Welsh Premiership flag.

The following year the league name was replaced by the Welsh Australian Rules Football League (WARFL) and was established as the governing body of the game in Wales.

We have such a welcoming league with great teams, past and present, that have been involved over the seasons. These include and have included Bath and Wiltshire Redbacks, Swansea Magpies, Bridgend Eagles, Bristol Dockers, South Cardiff Panthers and Cardiff Double Blues.

South Cardiff Panthers have had the most success winning the first ever consecutive premiership and have won the league 7 years out of the 11 it has been running. An extremely hard working and well drilled Bristol Dockers have brought the streak to an end. A good mix of international players from France and Wales and quite a few well-seasoned Aussies have made their mark and shown that they mean business.

What were some of the highlights of AFL in Wales in 2017?

The most significant turning point of the 2017 season is the formation of a Welsh ladies team. For quite some time now the idea of the first ever ladies squad has been a bit of dream but for the Welsh President James Gibson this was going to happen due to his unwavering drive and was therefore just a matter of time.

James wanted to expand the game in Wales by introducing it to women, which would tap into the vast wealth of potential talent who are unaware of the game and the fact it is played here.

A combined Welsh and Danish representative squad was formed and history was made at the recent 2017 Euro Cup in Bordeaux. Not only did they show what skills they had picked up over the months of training, they had their first taste of success as they defeated an already well established Croatian Queens 36-0.

The Welsh League also played its first ever 18 a side game this year in the London Pre Season Tournament, which swiftly led to more games against Canada and Oxford in 2017. Following this success, a link has been set up with Wimbledon Hawks this coming season to enable the Welsh League to gain more 18 a side experience and push more players towards GB.

What are your top three goals for 2018? 

The three main objectives for the coming year is to go one better and make the top 4 in the next Euro Cup for the men’s squad, having come 5th in the most recent competition in Bordeaux.

Secondly to continue the success of the ladies team by driving participation and to send a predominantly home grown full 16 players to Euro Cup this time around.

Thirdly we want to encourage our league to grow and provide as many opportunities for the teams and individuals to participate in this sport. This will hopefully lead to more talent being considered for a GB opportunity.

Who’s a player to watch?

A player to watch this year is Calumn Newman of the South Cardiff Panthers. Calumn has had five very good seasons behind him and has made himself known on the GB radar, hopefully this year he can demonstrate his full potential on bigger stages.

AFLW – Round 3 Report

AFLW – Round 3 Report

The AFLW season has been busted wide open after a weekend of upsets which saw all three of the previously unbeaten sides in Carlton, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs defeated to see the top five sides separated only by percentage on two wins each. The round will be most remembered though for the stirring return of last year’s league best and fairest Erin Phillips, who reminded fans why she was the competitions pre-eminent force last season with four goals in the standout performance of the round.

Laura Corrigan-Duryea, Kate Shierlaw, Cora Staunton, Lauren Spark & Laura Tesoriero continued to fly the flag for AFL in Europe, with all five women stepping out for their respective sides and turning in strong performances which have been dissected below.

Afleurope.org will continue to keep a close eye on the progress of all five of these listed AFLW players who have ties to AFL in Europe right throughout the season, so stay tuned each week for updates on how each of the girls are tracking.

 

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Cora Staunton – #13 – Greater Western Sydney Giants – Recruited from GAA

The Gaelic stalwart was in the thick of the action once again this weekend as the Giants faced Collingwood at Olympic Park in Melbourne, with the former Mayo star helping inspire her side to their first victory of the season despite suffering a nasty broken nose.

Staunton was busy throughout the first half as Collingwood made the early running, kicking three behinds of her own in the second term which would have made a good performance spectacular had she been accurate, before a nasty clash with her opponent Sophie Casey just prior to half-time temporarily sidelined the 36-year-old. 

Staunton played on in the second half sporting some extensive bandaging around her head and was a key factor in the Giants resurgence in the second half, gathering 13 disposals for the match as GWS ran away with a 13-point-victory. 

The Giants host Adelaide next Sunday in another big game where a win will be imperative for both sides if they are to mount a charge up the table in the second half of the season.

 

Laura Corrigan-Duryea – #11 – Melbourne Demons – Irish Banshees Co-Captain (2017 International Cup)

Laura Corrigan-Duryea once again featured at full-back for the Demons over the weekend in their challenging trip out West, with the task of facing a Fremantle side full of momentum following their big win in front of over 40,000 fans last round time out against Collingwood no easy one.

The ever-reliable Duryea was a pillar in defence for the Dee’s as they gained the early ascendency, with her earth-shaking hip and shoulder on Gabby O’Sullivan late in the first term sending gasps through the crowd and certainly a moment for the end of season highlights reel.

Despite their dominance around the ground, the Demon’s inaccuracy in front of goal throughout the first half came back to bite them, as Fremantle launched a spirited fightback on the back of two scintillating goals from debutant Emily McGuire which proved crucial.

Melbourne trailed by five points with the ball deep in their attacking fifty in the dying stages of the match, but were beaten by the buzzer before Elise O’Dea could get her shot on goal away to resign Melbourne to their first loss of the season.

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They will be out to make amends this Saturday night as they travel to Alice Springs to host their struggling neighbours Collingwood in the red centre, with the chance to reclaim top spot on the ladder on offer.

 

Lauren Spark – #11 – Western Bulldogs – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2015/16)

As the #SparkyArmy continues to gain momentum in social media circles, Lauren Spark continues to go from strength to strength as the rock in the defensive fifty for the Dogs, though her efforts were not quite enough to keep her side from suffering their first defeat of the season over the weekend as they fell to Adelaide in a thriller at Norwood Oval.

After Laura Corrigan-Duryea held the dangerous Crows full-forward Sarah Perkins goalless last round, Lauren Spark stuck true to her own hot form to start the year and doubled the treatment on Perkins, blanketing her impressively again while gathering seven disposals of her own and generating plenty of rebound for the Dogs from the back half.

Her defensive exploits were aided up the ground by strong performances from Ellie Blackburn, Emma Kearney and skipper Katie Brennan, which saw the Bulldogs control the early running and maintain the lead throughout the majority of the match.

Just as the Dogs looked to have the reigning premiers on the ropes prior to three-quarter time, up stood the reigning competition best and fairest winner Erin Phillips on her return from injury to snatch the ascendancy and lift the Crows over the line in a compelling finish. She finished with fifteen disposals and four goals, including this go-ahead snap that will challenge for the goal of the year.

Spark and the Bulldogs are now separated only by percentage from Brisbane, Melbourne, Carlton & Fremantle in a top five who all share two wins apiece, with Friday nights clash against the Blues at the Whitten Oval looming as the match of the round as both sides get their chance to grab a top two spot.

 

Kate Shierlaw – #25 – Carlton Blues – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2016)

It was a tough weekend for Kate Shierlaw and the Blues as they were beaten convincingly at home by the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night to become yet another side to have their unbeaten run ended.

After heading into the round on top of the table, the Blues struggled to get into the game with Shierlaw and the other Carlton forwards left wanting in a low-scoring first half as the Lions kicked to the lead at the main break.

It would take almost three quarters before Carlton registered their first goal of the game through Maddison Gay, finishing from point-blank range after Shierlaw was involved in the build-up. That was about as good as it got for the Blues as Brisbane put a margin on their opponents in the final ten minutes of the match to run out 22-point winners.

Carlton will be forced to play without two of their stars next week with Tayla Harris joining injured skipper Bri Davey on the sidelines after being suspended for landing a blow to Leah Kasler, and they now face the huge task of a blockbuster matchup against the Bulldogs on Friday night which could make or break their season.

 

Lauren Tesoriero – #7 – Collingwood Magpies – Formerly Wandsworth Demons (2017)

Tesoriero held her place in the Collingwood line up this week after coming back from injury in last weekend’s loss to Fremantle at Optus Stadium but was unable to help the Pies get their first win on the board for season 2018, with the Giants running over the top of the home side in the second half to keep Collingwood winless.

Tesoriero was a part of the Collingwood midfield who held their own with the Giants across most of the key statistical areas, though they lacked the same potency going forward and were comprehensively beaten 37-18 in the inside-50 count which was the key difference in the match.

Collingwood will be desperately hoping to break their duck for the season when the side travels up to Alice Springs to face their neighbours Melbourne on Saturday night, and the Pies would love nothing more than to cause an upset to curtail the Demons premiership charge.

 

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VOLUNTEER OR UMPIRE AT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IN AMSTERDAM!

VOLUNTEER OR UMPIRE AT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IN AMSTERDAM!

Join the AFL Europe team at 2018’s Champions League in Amsterdam on Saturday the 7th of April.

The annual 9-a-side tournament invites the Premiership teams from every major league in Europe to compete against fellow champions to be crowned the best of the best.

For the fourth year running, Champions League will be co-hosted by the Amsterdam Devils and AFL Netherlands as they welcome Premiership teams from all across Europe to the Sportpark de Eendracht Spark United Clubhouse.

This year is expected to be bigger and better and isn’t possible without the help of volunteers and umpires.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in lending a hand on the day please contact lily.beck@afleurope.org

AFLW – Round 2 Report

AFLW – Round 2 Report

 

It was a historic second round of the AFLW season over the weekend which saw an 89-year-old attendance record for women’s sport in Australia broken, as 41,978 fans watched on as Fremantle beat Collingwood to surpass the previous best attendance figure of 41,000. The round was equally as monumental for AFL Europe as all five women with affiliations to the game in Europe stepped out for their respective sides for the very first time on the same weekend.

Laura Corrigan-Duryea’s Demon’s and Kate Shierlaw’s Carlton side were the two big winners of the round, with both stamping their credentials on the competition with strong performances that see them remain unbeaten, with Lauren Spark’s Western Bulldogs also featuring on the winners list and joining those two clubs in the top three.

Afleurope.org will be keeping a close eye on the progress of all five listed AFLW players with a connection to AFL in Europe right throughout the season, so stay tuned each week for updates on how each of the girls are tracking.

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Cora Staunton – #13 – Greater Western Sydney Giants – Recruited from GAA

After a strong performance in her much hyped AFLW debut last round, Gaelic champion Cora Staunton was one of many Giants who were kept quiet on Friday night as her GWS side suffered a 21-point defeat at the hands of Carlton.

After GWS had lead narrowly until quarter time when a lightning storm saw conditions deemed too unsafe which caused the match to be delayed by thirty-five minutes and stemmed any of the momentum the Giants may have had, with Carlton dominant from that point onwards.

Despite their best efforts, Staunton and the other GWS forwards were starved of service by a rampant Blues midfield who resigned the Giants to their second straight defeat, turning Saturday’s clash against Collingwood at Olympic Park in Melbourne into a do or die proposition if they are to keep their season alive.

 

Kate Shierlaw – #25 – Carlton Blues – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2016)

On the winning end of that matchup was Kate Shierlaw, who helped her side get on top of GWS after quarter time despite the Western Sydney weather making for a trying night for the talls.

The win takes Carlton to the top of the early season table but it should have come with a significant percentage boost had they converted their chances, with the conditions only partly to blame for their wayward 3.12 (30) score.

Shierlaw and the Blues face their toughest test of the season so far next Saturday when they host Brisbane at Ikon Park, and they will need to do it without star captain Bri Davey after she ruptured her ACL which will see her miss the remainder of the year. Fellow superstar Tayla Harris could also miss the clash against her former side after leaving the ground with her arm in a sling, which could see Shierlaw have an increased presence down forward.

 

Laura Corrigan-Duryea – #11 – Melbourne Demons – Irish Banshees Co-Captain (2017 International Cup)

Laura Corrigan and the Demons were the biggest winners of the round as they toppled the reigning premiers Adelaide by 32-points at Casey Fields, with the Irish International Cup winning skipper earning plenty of plaudits for her defensive efforts on imposing Adelaide full-forward Sarah Perkins.

Corrigan kept the Crows spearhead scoreless and to just the three disposals for the match whilst picking up six of her own, as the Dee’s showed why they are premiership favourites in many circles on the back of a dominant whole team performance where selecting the best on ground votes would prove extremely difficult.

Melbourne travel to Perth this week to face Fremantle where a win will be crucial for both sides seasons, with the Dee’s looking to stay undefeated and claim top spot on the table from Carlton and the Bulldogs, while Fremantle aim to push for a spot in the top two.

 

 

Lauren Spark – #11 – Western Bulldogs – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2015/16)

Lauren Spark continued her extremely strong start to the year at full-back for the Western Bulldogs on Sunday as they saw off the challenge of the Brisbane Lions to remain unbeaten with a nine-point victory away from home.

Spark matched up on Lions star Sabrina Frederick-Traub and had the better of the dynamic forward right throughout the match, keeping her opponent goalless and providing plenty of rebound for the Dogs with four marks and nine disposals of her own.

The Dogs head to Adelaide this Friday night for a huge match against the struggling Crows, who will need to win to keep their season alive whilst the Bulldogs look to win their third straight match and claim top spot from the Blues.

 

Lauren Tesoriero – #7 – Collingwood Magpies – Formerly Wandsworth Demons (2017)

After missing Collingwood’s opening round loss to Carlton with a back injury suffered in the warmup, Tesoriero was declared fit to play and added to the Magpies squad to travel to Perth for their second-round clash with the Dockers and immediately provided a strong presence in the middle of the ground.

In front of the biggest Australian crowd for a standalone women’s sporting fixture in history at the new Perth Stadium, Tesoriero was busy gathering eleven disposals and laying two tackles as the Pies kept the Dockers in check for much of the contest.

Despite strong performances from Tesoriero and her Collingwood teammates Steph Chiocci, Melissa Kuys, Jess Duffin and Christina Bernardi, Fremantle proved too strong in-front of a parochial home crowd on the back of a best on ground effort from Dana Hooker.

The loss means that the Pies first home game of the year against the Giants this weekend takes on the extra importance of an elimination final, with both sides needing to claim their first victory of the season to mount a late surge at the top sides.

 

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Level 1 Coaching Courses announced for 2018!

Level 1 Coaching Courses announced for 2018!

It is with much excitement that AFL Europe would like to announce, in partnership with anzuk Education, that we will be delivering AFL Level 1 Coaching Accreditation Courses in 2018.

Unfortunately, we cannot visit every country, although we have developed a comprehensive coaching program that we believe will allow us to service as many countries/leagues/clubs as possible to ensure that we can continue to grow and develop the game of AFL throughout Europe.

Please see the list below which will outline the dates and cities where courses will be delivered;

  • Saturday 17th February – Chester, England (Course Complete)
  • Sunday 4th March – Glasgow, Scotland (Course Complete)
  • Sunday 11th March – Nottingham, England (Course Complete)
  • Saturday 17th March – London, England (Course Complete)
  • Sunday 6th May – Berlin, Germany
  • Sunday 27th May – St. Petersburg, Russia

*Other courses throughout Europe to be announced in the coming weeks once details are confirmed

The courses will run for a full day, although the exact times, location and details/requirements of each course will be confirmed closer to the date.

There will be limited positions available for each course, therefore anyone wishing to receive their Level 1 Coaching Accreditation is asked to complete an Level 1 Coaching Accreditation Course – Application Form and sign an AFL Coaches Code of Conduct and return to Ryan.Davey@afleurope.org to be considered for a place in the course. Applications will close 2 weeks prior to each course and successful applicants will be notified via email and will be provided with more detail.

These courses will be the equivalent level of a Level 1 Coaching Accreditation received in Australia, although there will be NO CHARGE to attend these courses and receive the Level 1 Accreditation in Europe.

We are thrilled to be able to provide our hard-working volunteers with the opportunity to receive a Level 1 Coaching Accreditation to further help develop and grow football in Europe. Special thanks to AFL Europe Education Partner, anzuk Education for making these courses possible.

anzuk Education sign on for season 2018!

AFL Europe is pleased to welcome back anzuk Education for season 2018 after a great debut season as our official Education partners.

The partnership will again support AFL Europe’s coaching program and will continue to have a positive impact on the footballing community.

Coaching Course in Copenhagen, Denmark 

Game development programs were a big growth area for AFL Europe in 2017 with nearly 100 newly accredited Level 1 coaches across the continent. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of anzuk Education and it is a huge testament to their commitment once again this year.

AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, voiced his excited to have anzuk Education join the team once again in 2018 saying, “having anzuk Education support us again in 2018 is a massive boost for our community and will help the continued delivery of our game development programs. Last year we were able to deliver seven AFL Level 1 Coaching Courses throughout Europe and as a result we have close to 100 accredited coaches from over 10 countries throughout Europe – such an achievement would not have been possible with the support of Ben and his team”.

Coaching Course in London

anzuk Education offer roles for teachers, teaching assistants and support staff from across the world in schools in London and the UK.

“anzuk are proud to be adding value to AFL Europe and assisting in their goal of educating Europe on Australian Rules Football. We consider the partnership to be of huge benefit to all those wishing to be involved in the game outside Australia and being able to support with job roles in education has been a great way of allowing people to live, work and play overseas”. Ben Goldsmith, Managing Director, anzuk Education (UK)

If you are currently in the UK and looking for short-term or permanent work, anzuk Education are able to find the right role for you. Please send your CV through to Joy Bayliss at joy.b@anzuk.education or give her a call on 0203 384 6111. Alternatively head over to their website at www.anzuk.education/uk and follow them on Facebook (@anzuk.uk), Twitter (@anzuk_UK) and Instagram (anzuk.Education).

Coaching Course in Milan, Italy 

Stay tuned for more details of our 2018 Coaching Courses!

The Down Under Centre stays on in 2018!

AFL Europe and the Down Under Centre are pleased to continue their partnership for 2018. The Down Under Centre played a pivotal role in 2017 with their support in hosting coaching courses and supplying umpiring uniforms for AFL Europe tournaments.

AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, is thrilled to have the Down Under Centre back on board saying, “Wes and the whole team are so supportive and really want to assist us grow the game throughout Europe. Last year were able to deliver several AFL Development programs in the Down Under Centre Training Room, this was a fantastic location to develop our coaches and we look forward to doing this again in 2018”.

The Down Under Centre is your one stop centre for all your migration needs, from professional migration advice, skills assessments, jobs in Australia and more.

A Collingwood fanatic, the Down Under Centre Founder, Wes Zandt, hasn’t let distance or time zones diminish his love for Australian Football. “In all the years that I have lived in London, I haven’t missed a single Collingwood game. I love following the AFL in Australia and I am passionate about helping grow this great game throughout Europe. After a great year last year, I am excited to continue our partnership with AFL Europe in 2018.”

The Down Under Centre has a walk-in centre in London and an office in Australia. If you want to migrate to Australia give them a call on 0203 376 1555 or visit their website at www.downundercentre.com

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