Euro Cup 2019 Announcement

Norrtalje selected to host Euro Cup 2019

AFL Europe can today confirm the date and location for one of the feature events on the 2019 European football calendar, with the 9-a-side Euro Cup to be held in the picturesque city of Norrtalje in Sweden, hosted by AFL Sweden in conjunction with AFL Europe on Saturday, June 29th.

The harbour city lies one hour north of Stockholm and is known for its small-town feeling, cobblestoned streets and buildings which date back to the 1700’s and will set an idyllic scene for the annual tournament, that will see men’s and women’s national teams from around the continent competing for the crown of European Champions in the heart of the Swedish summer.

Norrtalje will provide a picturesque location for Euro Cup 2019

President of AFL Sweden, Ryan Tucker, said Sweden was “ecstatic” to have the opportunity to host Euro Cup 2019 and showcase all that Swedish hospitality entails, along with continuing the growth and development of Australian Football in the country.

“Our vision of this tournament is of a meeting place for all participants of AFL Europe. There will be some fantastic footy played as well as the opportunity to make some lifelong friendships and explore what Sweden, Stockholm and Norrtälje have to offer,” Tucker said.

“We want the players and officials that travel to the 2019 Euro Cup to be able to experience a lot more than a yearly footy tournament. A lot of time and effort will be placed into what happens in the days surrounding the tournament and the areas of the venue not taken up by footy pitches.”

Tucker says that players, support staff and supporters will be treated to a unique venue that is situated just 500m from the city centre, with games played across five grass pitches and plenty of room for recreation.

“A buzz has already been created among locals who look very much forward to being able to have an international sports tournament held in their very own city!” he said.

The five grounds of the Norrtålje Sportcentrum.

While this Euro Cup 2019 announcement comes earlier than usual with preparations for October’s Euro Cup 2018 to be held in Cork still underway, AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, said it was important to give the host nation ample time to prepare.

“We wanted to make sure the hosts received a minimum of 12 months’ notice of when the events would be held to ensure they can plan to capitalize on hosting this event and establish ways to keep costs as low as possible for the participants,” he said.

“As a result, waiting until this year’s GAM in Cork to determine the location of Euro Cup 2019 was not an option.”

“I would like to thank AFL Sweden for their commitment to the growth of the game in Europe and also to the development of the Euro Cup event itself. We are very excited to work alongside them to make it a great success.”

Euro Cup 2019

9-a-side International Tournament

Norrtålje, Sweden

Saturday 29th June

 

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

Belushi’s Presents: Player Spotlight – Tom-Andre Anderson

Belushi’s Presents: Player Spotlight

Tom-Andre Anderson

Each week, AFL Europe in combination with Belushi’s will take a look at one of our star players competing in fixtures across the continent in Player Spotlight. 

Will Taylor – AFL Europe

Despite being born and bred in Bergen, Norway, Tom-Andre Anderson is a passionate AFL man.

Australian Football became an interest of Tom’s when he travelled to Australia and to the magnificent Adelaide Oval.

Here he saw AFL club Port Adelaide in full force and Tom was hooked from the moment he heard ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ loud and clear from the Power faithful.

It was a different game to Tom but it was the unique nature of the sport that captured his attention.

“I like how it feels a lot more free flowing than soccer, which was the sport I grew up with.”

“There is not as much staging and staling for time and I also love the unique aspects of the sport such as big pack marks.”

Despite his passion for the sport, It wasn’t until three years ago that Tom became involved with AFL in Europe.

“I started playing in 2015. I had seen a few clips on YouTube from games played in Australia and found out that there was a team in Oslo. I started training and I loved it.”

Finding his form in the forward pocket, the Norwegian was lucky enough to attend the 2018 AFL Europe Champions League as part of the Oslo Crows side.

“The Champions League in Amsterdam is always a fantastic tournament to take part in. The highlight on field was scoring the match winner in our one win during this year’s tournament.”

Tom in action for the Oslo Crows during the 2017 AFL Europe Champions League.

 

Optimistic about the future of Australian Rules in Norway’s capital, the warehouse manager is enjoying some innovative changes occurring at the Crows this season.

“Luckily we have a few new faces this year at training so 2018 should be a lot better!

“Off the field we have a new board and we have got some exciting things coming up to build the footy club.”

With some initiatives in place, the 32-year old is now preparing for some tough matches in the upcoming season.

Now in his fourth season at the club, a premiership remains the ultimate goal for the Crows veteran.

“The ultimate goal for the club this season is getting good numbers to every match and training.”

“We also want to grow the game in Oslo and of course, win a premiership!”

Is there someone at your club with an outstanding football story that deserves to be recognised? Get in touch, riley.brettell@afleurope.org

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds

Each week, AFL Europe will take a look at some of the football highlights around the continent in Around the Grounds presented by PSS International Removals. Here are the standout performances from the weekend’s action.

 

FRANCE

Cockerels claim French flag with a commanding win in Toulouse

The Paris Cockerels have claimed the clubs first premiership since 2015 with a resounding 106-point victory over a brave Cergy-Pontoise side, fittingly finishing their terrific season unbeaten.

The Cock’s burst out of the blocks in the first term and were never be headed despite the noble efforts from the Coyotes, pilling on the goals under the Toulouse sun to show why they were the CNFA’s top side all season.

The damage was done in half a game by Paris, whose free-flowing and high scoring first and third terms broke the back of the steadfast Coyotes defence, though the boys from Cergy-Pontoise battled on gamely to win the final quarter.

Final Scores:

Paris Cockerels (159) defeat Cergy-Pointoise Coyotes (53)

#GoCocks #Champions

Posted by Paris Cocks Footy on Sunday, 27 May 2018

 

RUSSIA

Helsinki conquers Russia to clinch inaugural St. Petersburg Cup.

Damien Bruckard, Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy to the Russian Federation presents the St. Petersburg Cup to Helsinki.

On a huge day for Russian football in St. Petersburg, it was the visiting Helsinki Heatseekers of Finland who took home the spoils after defeating both local sides in hard-fought contests.

The Heatseekers overcame the Northern Tigers of St. Petersburg in their opening match with a convincing whole-team performance, before taking out the tournament with a fighting win against the hosting St. Petersburg Cats, with the game going right down to the wire and decided by just four points.

Development was ultimately on top of the agenda for the weekend in Russia and goals were certainly kicked in that regard, with 12 new coaches earning their AFL Level One Accreditation on Sunday thanks to anzuk Education.

Final Scores:

St. Petersburg Cats (19) defeat Northern Tigers (10)

Helsinki Heatseekers (52) defeat Northern Tigers (3)

St. Petersburg Cats (46) defeated by Helsinki Heatseekers (50)

 

 

Germany

Dockers stamp their authority in Frankfurt

Frankfurt defeated Wurttemberg in the match of the day

Round four of the AFLG action in Frankfurt saw three hard-fought clashes between the Frankfurt Redbacks, Wurttemberg Giants and the Hamburg Dockers take place, and it was the Dockers who stole the show to extend their lead on top of the table.

Whilst Hamburg were strong winners in each of their match-ups which now sees them sit four-points clear of Berlin and Munich on the AFLG ladder, the match of the day was between Frankfurt and Wurttemberg as they looked to push into the all-important fourth spot.

The home side trailed the AFLG new boys at half-time but responded with a blistering seven goal to one second half, to ensure the Redbacks remain within touching distance of the league leaders after four rounds.

 

Final Scores

Frankfurt Redbacks 2.1 (13) def by Hamburg Dockers 10.10 (70)

Frankfurt Redbacks 10.10 (70) def Wurttemberg Giants 6.6 (42)

Hamburg Dockers 20.8 (128) def Wurttemberg Giants 1.0 (6)

 

Ireland

Belfast stay unbeaten in Galway as South Dublin upset the Lions

Belfast Redbacks celebrate staying unbeaten

The Galway Magpies hosted Round 2 of the ARFLI action at the weekend and saw four incredibly even matches fought out between the hosts, Belfast Redbacks, South Dublin Swans and Leeside Lions, with the average margin on the day a miserly 7 points.

Having beaten South Dublin and Galway convincingly in their opening round matches in Cork, Belfast continued their hot streak of form with two more victories on the weekend against the Leeside Lions and the Galway Magpies in a 2-point thriller, to see them move two-games clear on top of the table.

The hosts can hold their head high after they scored the sides first win of the year against the previously unbeaten Leeside Lions, before cutting a 35-point round one margin against the Redbacks to just 2-points this time out. South Dublin also joined the winners list for the first time this season with a courageous win over the Lions.

Final Scores:

Galway Magpies 5.5 (35) def South Dublin Swans 5.4 (34)

Galway Magpies 5.7 (37) def by Belfast Redbacks 6.3 (39)

South Dublin Swans 7.6 (48) def Leeside Lions 5.6 (36)

Belfast Redbacks 7.7 (49) def Leeside Lions 5.4 (34)

 

 

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Match Of The Round – St. Petersburg Cup

St. Petersburg Cup in Russia

All is in readiness for what is expected to become one of the crowning jewels on the Russian Australian Football calendar this Saturday, with the inaugural St Petersburg Cup set to take place at the Kirovets Stadium in St Petersburg.

The event brings together two Russian sides in the St. Petersburg Cats and Moscow Lazy Koalas for a three-game round robin tournament with the visiting Helsinki Heatseekers from Finland, with the top two sides vying for the trophy in a Grand Final play-off.

President of AFL Russia, Slava Belov, anticipates that the event will draw great interest from local supporters and see hot competition on the field, for what he expects will be a “real footy celebration in St Petersburg.”

The St. Petersburg Cats will host the event

“When the St Petersburg Cats were founded 4 years ago, the club was meant to connect Moscow and Finland footy, becoming the international hub for Russian footy,” Belov said.

“Since then, the Cats have played a number of games against Moscow and travelled to Helsinki, but it is the first time a tournament unites St Petersburg, Helsinki and Moscow teams.” 

The visiting Helsinki Heatseekers of Finland

Along with the round robin tournament, it will be a historic day for women’s football in Russia with the first ever female exhibition game played as a curtain raiser prior to the Helsinki and Moscow clash, which AFL Europe Game Development Coordinator Lisa Wilson says will be an important showcase to the region.

“Women’s footy has not really reached Russia as yet so we hope that this exhibition game – which features some visiting players and also some new girls – will be the first step to grow in Russia,” she said.

Wilson was on the ground to help lay the foundations for the weekend by leading out an AusKick clinic at a local school in Pushkin Town, which was attended by close to thirty students on Thursday.

“A group of students from the school went on a trip to Australia recently which was organised by the St. Petersburg Australian Consulate, Sebastian Fitzlyon, so they are now excited to learn more about Australian culture – of which footy is, of course, a big part!” Wilson said.

The Lazy Koalas of Moscow

Building awareness and enhancing the development of Australian Football in Russia is the main item on the weekend’s agenda, which will begin with a free beginner’s skills session prior to the competitive action on Saturday and culminate with a fully accredited AFL Level One coaching course on Sunday morning.

AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, will travel to St. Petersburg to deliver the course and says that the development and growth of coaching ranks in Russia – and right throughout Europe – is of the highest importance.

“We have put a real emphasis on getting out and delivering as many of the level one coaching courses as possible across the continent, so we’re thrilled to finally be able to get to Russia and I’m hopeful that this will help boost the great work that is already being done here,” Davey said.

“In the last 14 months around 150 coaches have been accredited through these courses with the brilliant support of anzuk Education, and that passion that all these individuals bring to the game is hugely beneficial for developing the sport in Europe. This will be the 13th course we have delivered in Europe since we started the program last year and I am thrilled that by the end of the weekend we will have accredited coaches in both Russia and Finland.

“Like many of our tremendous volunteers, these coaches are the ones on the ground who are doing the bulk of the driving at a grassroots level, so for us to be able to help foster their engagement and provide them with some development opportunities is really important.”

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

CNFA Grand Final Preview – Paris Cockerels v Coyotes de Cergy-Pointoise

CNFA Grand Final Preview

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

From Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon & Perpignan, it’s all roads leading to Toulouse this Saturday for a mouth-watering match-up between the Paris Cockerels and Coyotes de Cergy-Pontoise on CNFA Grand Final Day.

Fans are set for a riveting culmination to the season if the regular season contest between the two sides is anything to go by, with the Cockerels prevailing in a nail-biter on that occasion but facing a passionate Coyotes side who will be out to turn the tables, with the stakes insurmountably higher with a Premiership and Champions League 2019 place on the line.

The minor premiers from Paris will feature on the final day for the first time in three seasons after overcoming their Parisian rivals, the Cockatoos, in a hard-fought semi-final, and while they have the enviable chance to cap off an unbeaten season with a win on Saturday the Cockerels coach Mike Cowan has been keen to stress that this weekend will be far from a cakewalk.

“At times throughout the season we’ve struggled to get a full 15-player squad on the field, but the leadership group of the team has really stepped up and lifted us over the line during those games,” Cowan said.

The Cockerels are set for their first Grand Final appearance in three years after beating the Cockatoos in a tight semi-final

 

“The previous match against the Coyotes was our hardest one for the season. They are a strong, skilled and determined team that has a real knack for getting the ball out of the pack and moving it fast into their forwards.”

“They [Coyotes] put their bodies on the line and attack the ball hard, so the key to beating them will be by using our skills to efficiently move the ball to our forwards and controlling the pace of the game.”

Cockerels and French National Team star spearhead Pierre Boscart looms as a potential match winner and is a player who continues to earn plaudits right around Europe as well as in Australia, having greatly impressed the crowd at the recent ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux.

The Coyotes line-up will be eager to claim the clubs first ever CNFA premiership

While the Coyotes are wary of the star power that Boscart brings to the table along with that of Steven Ryan and Ben Simpson, coach Herve Desjardin says his side will be focusing on their own backyard rather than focusing on their opponents

The Coyotes enter the match with plenty of momentum after toppling the Toulouse Hawks in trying conditions in their semi-final, overcoming some pre-game travel drama on the way to the ground that saw a burst tyre on the motorway limit team preparations to only half an hour.

After five consecutive finals appearances, they will be eager to go one step further than last year to upset the Cockerels and claim the clubs first CNFA flag.

You will be able to stay right across the CNFA Grand Final action this Saturday by following their Facebook page here. 

CNFA GRAND FINAL

Paris Cockerels v Coyotes de Cergy-Pontoise

Stade Sordelo, Toulouse

Moneycorp Presents: Umpire Spotlight – John Enright

Moneycorp Presents: Umpire Spotlight – John Enright

Each month, AFL Europe will showcase an umpire contributing to the game of Australian Football around the continent. Many thanks to Moneycorp for their continued support of AFL in Europe and this Umpire Spotlight segment.

 

From playing in Canada through 2003 to becoming a regular ARFLI and AFL Europe umpire in 2018, John’s relationship with Australian Rules football is now 15 years strong.

As John recalls, it was his Gaelic footy background that made Aussie Rules a sport reasonably comfortable for him to play.

“I started playing in Canada with the Toronto Dingos in 2003.”

“With my GAA background it was easy enough to slot into an Aussie Rules team and I was fortunate enough to be involved with a decent team that won the OAFL flag that year.”

“When I came back to Ireland I initially joined the Leeside Lions before moving onto the Dublin Demons.  I won a premiership with them in 2008 and captained them to a flag in 2009.”

With so much initial success in the early stages of his playing career, John then made his presence known through international competitions.

“I represented Ireland from 2005 to 2013 and was one of only three players to win the trinity of International Competitions.”

“The International Cup 2011, European Championships 2010 & 2013 and the EuroCup 2012. Eoin O’Sullivan and Gerrard Walls are the other players to achieve this feat.”

Somewhat unconventionally, John did start umpiring while he was still playing in Ireland. Even more strange is the story that started this aspect of his career.

“My first match as an umpire was the 2007 ARFLI grand final between the Leeside Lions and the South Dublin Swans.”

“I arrived as a spectator and the was asked to umpire as the assigned umpire didn’t show up.”

“It was a baptism of fire but I did my best and halfway through the game I realised I was really enjoying myself.

“I was hoping that the other umpire wouldn’t appear as then I would of had to of relinquished my whistle.”

“From that start point I umpired sporadically while continuing to play.”

In his umpiring career, John has been lucky enough to umpire at numerous ARFLI grand finals, international friendlies and Euro Cup Grand Finals.

His most memorable occasion however remains the 2016 European Championships in London where he spent the week under the wing of one of the AFL’s top umpire coaches, Adam Davies.

“The professionalism and coaching was brilliant and was instantly transferable to the pitch where we took what we learned into a competitive game environment.”

“The umpires also had their own house for the championship and the camaraderie and craic of that experience was second to none.”

With strong ties to AFL in the United States, John was lucky enough to umpire at the 2017 USAFL National Championships in San Diego.

Here the 37-year old was able to share the reigns with current AFL umpire Chris Donlon.

“It was a fascinating experience to see the lines he was running, his knowledge and his reading of the game.

“He was very approachable and was coaching me during the game to help me improve. I met up with him at the end of the day and he gave me one of his AFL umpire jerseys which was a nice gift.”

“Five-time grand final umpire Hayden Kennedy was also at that tournament and he even umpired a few games and really enjoyed himself.”

Back in Ireland to umpire in 2018, John is continually striving to improve his skills, fitness and overall ability as an umpire.

By taking control of more games in more destinations, John is hoping to learn and prosper with the continual development of the sport throughout Europe.

“My goal is to get my Level 2 umpire accreditation in 2018.”

“I am hoping to travel to London a few times over the year to umpire some more 18-a-side competitions and get coaching and advise from the umpire coaches over there.”

Do you know an umpire with an outstanding story in Australian Football? Get in touch via our AFL Europe Facebook page or via email to Will.Taylor@afleurope.org.

 

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Belushi’s Presents: Player Spotlight – Laura Turner

Belushi’s Presents: Player Spotlight

Laura Turner

Each week, AFL Europe in combination with Belushi’s will take a look at one of our star players competing in fixtures across the continent in Player Spotlight. 

Will Taylor – AFL Europe

Born in Coventry and now a PE teacher in Nottingham, Laura Turner has always loved the spills and thrills that sport has to offer.

A North London Lion and a Nottingham Scorpion, Laura has played Australia’s game in a few places and for a few teams both at a club and national level.

For the 35 year old ruck-rover, her football journey began after an exchange to one of Australia’s most popular universities.

“I started playing for Sydney Uni Bombers in 2014 when I spent a year living in Sydney.”

“I wanted to try a new sport and immerse myself in Aussie culture so went to watch a game and although it looked brutal I spotted one woman who was a similar size to me so I thought I would give it a try!”

Although the skills may of been foreign to Laura, the fitness demands of the game was an aspect to the sport she really admired once becoming involved in the sport.

It’s this part of the sport that has helped build Laura’s passion and desire for Australian football.

“I am not naturally a gifted and skilful player in any sport but my strengths are my attitude and my basic fitness levels. I have worked tirelessly, dedicating hours a week to training on the field, in the gym and watching games.”

“I very rarely miss a session and can be obsessive about mastering a skill or technique.”

To her credit, Laura’s passion and commitment to the sport has allowed her to experience the very best competition Australian Football has to offer for those playing the game in the continent.

 

 

As a representative of the England Vixens (2014-present) and the Great British Swans (2016-present), Laura is very thankful for the opportunities she has had while playing the sport in Europe.

“I have absolutely loved representing my country.”

“It keeps me motivated to improve and every minute I spend with the England and GB teams is just so much fun.”

“Euro Cup competitions are always really enjoyable and intense days.”

“Representing Great Britain at the International Cup 2017 was an incredible experience, the whole 3 weeks both on and off the field.

“From busting moves with my fellow regular G’s and harmonising with the Swans to Bonnie Tyler, to playing some amazing football against our international counterparts and being introduced to Gill McLachlan and then the Captain’s Corner, it was a special few days.”

2018 has been a big year for the Brit highlighted by a debut appearance from the Nottingham Scorpions women’s side at the 2018 Champions League.

“The Nottingham Scorpions have attracted new female players and I am helping other clubs outside London do the same.”

“In April the Scorpions played in the Champions League for the first time ever and finished a respectable 6th place.”

 

 

It is results such as this that make Laura so proud and so passionate to build up the Australian code across a variety of regions.

“One of my main focuses this season will definitely be to continue growing the women’s game in the Central Northern England League.”

“I want Australian Football to be a sport that accomplished female athletes to aspire to play.”

And although Laura admits she is close to retirement, she’s not quite ready to give up playing the sport just yet!

“In regards to my on field performance I want to continue to improve my skills and learn to adapt my game to suit my impending demise in fitness levels as I approach 40!”

“Although I still have a few playing days left in me, these are somewhat numbered and I really want to help grow the game in particular the womens game in both participation but also performance.”

Is there someone at your club with an outstanding football story that deserves to be recognised? Get in touch, riley.brettell@afleurope.org

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds

Each week, AFL Europe will take a look at some of the football highlights around the continent in Around the Grounds presented by PSS International Removals. Here are the standout performances from the weekend’s action.

 

Will Taylor – AFL Europe

 

History in the making as the SEAFL link up with the WARFL

In 2018, the South England Australian Football League (SEAFL) and Welsh Australian Rules Football League (WARFL) have joined forces to create a 9-a-side round-robin competition exposing the best football talent the regions have to offer. It is the the first inter-league mixer of its kind to begin in the two countries. In the first of two rounds on Saturday before the Grand Final on the 11th of August, the Bristol Dockers, Cardiff Panthers, Sussex Swans, Portsmouth Pirates, Southampton Titans and Bath and Wiltshire Redbacks went to battle in the inaugural competition.

After a day of fierce football, the Bristol Dockers and Cardiff Panthers showed their class and went through the day undefeated to be the top two teams in the tournament. The Dockers getting the chocolates by only percentage in what proved to be a tight and tense finish to the day’s action. The second round of action will begin on the 30th of June at Southampton.

 

Final Scores: (SEAFL/WARFL Competition)

Bristol Dockers (74) defeated Southampton Titans (2)

Portsmouth Pirates (40) defeated Bath and Wiltshire Redbacks (18)

Southampton Titans (39) drew with Bath and Wiltshire Redbacks (39)

Cardiff Panthers (46)  defeated Sussex Swans (33)

Cardiff Panthers (47) defeated Portsmouth Pirates (21)

Bristol Dockers (71) defeated Sussex Swans (28)

Bristol Dockers (47) defeated Portsmouth Pirates (14)

Cardiff Panthers (40) defeated Southampton Titans (11)

Sussex Swans (47) defeated Bath and Wiltshire Redbacks (17)

 

The Swans are singing in London!

Another week and another tough win for the London Swans in the Women’s Conference division in the English capital. After back to back wins against the Putney Magpies and the Wandsworth Demons in the opening two rounds of competition, the Swans made it three wins from three games with an impressive 15-point win on Saturday against the Magpies.

This was their second victory over Putney this season. The Swans now sit comfortably on top of the ladder in the Women’s Conference division.

 

Final Score: (AFL London Women’s League – Women’s Conference Division)

London Swans 4.6 (30) defeated Putney Magpies 2.3 (15)

 

 

 

Solna Axemen take control in the SAFF

With three rounds completed in the SAFF, Solna Axemen are looking ominous after another big victory on Saturday against the Årsta Swans. Playing in Norrtälje, the boys in yellow and black put up an impressive four quarter display against the Swans to run out 70 point victors. The win consolidated Solna’s position at the top of the SAFF ladder. In the other game of the round, the Södermalm Blues continued their solid start to the season with a comfortable nine-goal victory over the Norrtälje Dockers.

They now sit a game and percentage clear of the Dockers in second position.

Final Scores: (SAFF)

Solna Axemen defeated 17.11 (113) defeated Årsta Swans 6.7 (43)

Södermalm Blues 13.13 (91) defeated Norrtälje Dockers 6.11 (47)

 

Mozzies come from behind to beat the Rams in the AFLCNE

After trailing by 15 points at quarter-time, a huge second half helped the Manchester Mosquitoes overcome a determined Huddersfield Rams outfit. Although the Mosquitoes eventually won the fixture by 62 points, the game was on early with the visiting side up and about in this important Round 3 contest. Built as our Match of the Round last weekend, Manchester showed their prowess after a slow start to gain not only a significant victory, but also a vital percentage boosting win in the process.

Prior to the Mozzies victory, the Nottingham Scorpions had a big percentage boosting victory over the Wolverhampton Wolverines in the opening match of the round. In beautiful conditions, the Scorpions were far too good coming out on top by 89 points.

Final Scores: (AFLCNE)

Manchester Mosquitoes 20.15 (135)  defeated Huddersfield Rams 11.7 (63) 

Nottingham Scorpions 22.20 (152) defeated Wolverhampton Wolverines 8.13 (63)

 

Dockers get revenge on Double Blues in Croatia

After going down in last year’s AFL Croatian League Grand Final, the Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers have made a mends defeating their arch rivals the Sesvete Double Blues on Saturday.

Coming off a disappointing loss against the Zagreb Hawks in Round 2, the Dockers put in their best performance of the season to beat the reigning premiers by 21 points.

 

 

In what was arguably the best match of the weekend, the Zagreb Hawks edged a spirited VG Bombers outfit by 14 points in another ripping encounter in the Croatian League. The Hawks now sit top of the table.

Final Scores: (AFL Croatian League)

Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers (87) defeated Sesvete Double Blues (66)

Zagreb Hawks 13.5 (83) defeated VG Bombers 10.9 (69)

 

 

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Match Of The Round – Manchester Mosquitoes v Huddersfield Rams

City out, Mozzies in; Manchester and Huddersfield take the limelight

Royal Weddings and Cup Finals may be the flavour of the day in the English capital this Saturday, but in Manchester Australian football takes centre stage with a clash between two of the AFLCNE powerhouses, the Huddersfield Rams and Manchester Mosquitoes headlining a big day of round three football.

Both sides scored resounding victories last weekend, but it will be the Rams in particular who take a great deal of confidence from the previous result, after they responded strongly following a tight opening round defeat at the hands of Nottingham, bouncing back with an impressive 82-point win against Merseyside.

While they can expect a torrid contest against the reigning premiers, Rams head coach Alex Overton says that the side is now finding it’s “groove” after two competitive fixtures and will be ready to put their best foot forward on Saturday.

“We’ve been training really hard, focusing on nailing the fundamentals of our games and developing our style… we are just going to go out and play the Huddersfield Rams way; with heart, effort and a touch of quality,” Overton said.

“We are expecting the very best version of Manchester to turn up on Saturday. Nothing less.”

The Ram’s will be leaning on their stars to overcome a Manchester side that only narrowly missed a semi-final slot at AFL Europe’s recent Champions League in Amsterdam, but with Lewis Ozanne booting 11 goals in the opening two games and England captain Matt Whiteley in hot form, there is good reason for confidence.

Their opponents from down the M62 continue to go from strength to strength and the 67-point win in last Saturday’s grand-final rematch over Nottingham is only the tip of that ice-burg, with the demand to play and training numbers at the Mozzies so high that selectors are set to be forced to make the tough calls to leave some players out of the line-up.

Manchester President Glenn Murphy has enjoyed the successes of recent seasons but stresses that the club won’t be resting on their laurels in the quest for improvement both on and off the field in 2018.

“Our preparation has been strong right through the preseason… we lost a few guys back to Australia at the end of last year but we’re really excited about a few of the new recruits who can add a lot to the side this season,” Murphy said.

Irish ruckman Paddy Lawson headlines those newcomers, and Murphy expects that the big man will be fit to play despite suffering a nasty head knock last weekend.

“Paddy should be okay this week and we think he is capable of causing some real damage, along with Andy Cochran, who has always been a good player but absolutely dominated last week and looks ready to explode.”

Murphy also stressed the desire to capitalise on the team’s recent on-field feats by continuing to develop a strong community around the club.

‘’We really want to get the families involved and have as many numbers around the club as possible, with getting a women’s team up and running one of our medium-term goals that having a real family friendly environment can hopefully help encourage.‘’

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

The Mozzies will host a trivia night following their home game on June 23rd and are encouraging anyone in the area to get down for a great night. Get in touch with the club via Facebook for further details.

Follow the Huddersfield Rams on Facebook, Twitter – @themightyrams and Instagram-HuddsRams to follow their sides progress throughout the year.

Player Spotlight – Karl Robson – Paris Cockatoos

Karl Robson – Paris Cockatoos

Growing up in the heart of Western Bulldogs territory in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Williamstown, you could be forgiven for presuming Karl Robson might have travelled a common path on his football journey.

AusKick at a young age, junior football throughout school and then progressing to more competitive levels from there, just as so many of his compatriots do. Karl’s story is quite the contrary.

Growing up playing the round ball game in Australia as the likes of Kewell and Cahill made headlines worldwide, Karl joined an exclusive club of Aussies to first take up the game of Australian Football in Paris.

“I had never played footy competitively until I moved to France, but I have always loved sport… upon arriving in France I discovered the Paris Cockerels and decided to give it a go as a way of meeting both locals and fellow Australian expats,” he said.

Where some players toil for decades without tasting success, Karl wasted little time before experiencing the best of what the sport can offer as a member of the Paris Cockatoos premiership-winning side in 2016, before gracing the hallowed turf of the Stade Jean Bouin (Paris’ oldest rugby stadium) in the 2017 decider.

Paris Cockatoos coach, Steven Trollope, described Karl as “an excellent club man’’ who is ‘’one of the most committed and versatile players in the team. Consistent and reliable with a great training ethic.”

Karl is now a two-time ANZAC Cup representative after being selected for the Australian Spirit side that played in Villers-Bretonneux against his adopted country in 2016 and 2018, and despite being in the opposition camp on those occasions, his commitment to Australian Football in France is clear for all to see.

During the International Cup in Melbourne in 2017, Karl was a regular at all European Crusaders and ‘Les Coqs’ fixtures, and he has furthered his support for the game by umpiring CNFA football for the past two seasons.

Paris Cocks’ President, Fanny Maillet, was also quick to heap praise on Karl’s commitment to Australian Football in France, describing him as ‘’a great teammate and a dedicated member of the Paris Cocks and of the French footy community.’’

“Karl is always here when you need him. He comes to all the club events, he helps set up the ground and he is always supportive of club initiatives such as events with the charity we support; Laurette Fugain,’’ Maillet said.

‘’The Paris Cocks would be very lucky to have him in the office next year!”

Karl’s cross-code talents have made him a popular part of the French footy community.

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