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

 

Cergy Coyotes to play Paris Cockerels in the CNFA Grand Final

After the Paris Cockerels booked their spot in the CNFA Grand Final last week with a win over the Paris Cockatoos, on Saturday evening their opponents were announced when the Cergy Coyotes defeated the Toulouse Hawks in an impressive away victory. With five wins from their seven home and away matches, the Coyotes have made an already solid season even better with this huge preliminary final win last weekend.

Despite coming into the fixture as underdogs, the Coyotes 15-point victory will see them take their place in the CNFA Grand Final to be played back in Toulouse on the 26th of May.

Final Score: (CNFA)

Cergy Coyotes 9.7 (61) defeated Toulouse Hawks 6.10 (46)

 

 

Norrtälje holds taster session to promote women’s footy

The second of AFL Sweden’s ‘Women’s Football Taster Sessions’ kicked off last Thursday when AFL Sweden President Ryan Tucker and the Norrtälje Football Club spread the great game of AFL football with women in the region. Patrons in attendance learned the basics of the game at the Norrtälje Sportcentrum. Next week, the venue will hold a women’s practice game showcasing the continuing growth of the sport across the country.

 

 

Kangaroos on the board in the 2018 DAFL

In an upset on Saturday, the Aalborg Kangaroos defeated the previously undefeated Copenhagen Giants to register their first victory of the 2018 season. Playing at home the Kangaroos kicked truly to win a tight contest against the Giants by just 13 points. The win has big ramifications for the DAFL league, with the Copenhagen Barracudas now the only undefeated side in the competition after six rounds. In the other game of the round at Lyngholmskolen, the Farum Cats pushed back up to third place on the ladder with a comfortable 30-point victory over the Odense Lions.

Final Score: (DAFL)

Aalborg Kangaroos 11.9 (75) defeated Copenhagen Giants 8.14 (62)

Farum Cats 13.10 (88) defeated Odense Lions 9.4 (58)

 

 

 

Demon Delight as Wandsworth edge North London

In two highly contested matches, the Wandsworth Demons men ‘s and women’s premiership sides won very tight matches against fierce North London outfits. The women’s fixture was a low scoring affair in tough conditions with just three goals scored for the match. It went right down to the wire, but it was the Demons who prevailed by three points. Similarly the men’s contest was a tight tussle that saw men from both sides put their body on the line for four quarters to produce another AFL London classic.

Again it went down the wire and again it was the Wandsworth Demons victorious by just seven points.

Final Score: (AFL London)

Women’s Premiership – Wandsworth Demons 2.1 (13) defeated North London Lions 1.4 (10)

Men’s Premiership – Wandsworth Demons 6.11 (47) defeated North London Lions 6.4 (40)

 

 

Norwood FC to prepare for 2019 in Croatia

South Australian National Football League side (SANFL) Norwood Football Club will travel to Croatia in October. With the help of Norwood listed player and former captain of the Croatian national team Tomislav Cvetko, the Redlegs are set to play a friendly against the Croatians. This occasion marks the first time a professional football club from Australia has travelled to the country for pre-season preparations.

 

 

Port Malmö to host Swedish Cup

The Port Malmö Lynx will host the 2018 Swedish Cup next month. The event featuring nine teams from Sweden and Oslo is set to be played in Limhamnsfältet, Malmo. After a solid Champions League performance, the Lynx women’s side will look to press home their advantage in the 2018 version of the competition. While in the men’s competition, the Södermalm Football Club, Solna Axemen and the Oslo Crows lead a highly talented contingent vying to get their hands on the trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Match of the Round – ARFLI Round 1 – Cork

THE QUEST FOR A LIONS THREE-PEAT BEGINS IN CORK

All roads lead to the UCC Sports Grounds in Cork this Saturday for an opening round carnival of football to kick-off the 2018 ARFLI season, with the countries four men’s clubs each playing two matches across a huge day in the south of Ireland.

The two-time reigning ARFLI Premiers, the Leeside Lions, will begin their title defence on home turf and are out to start the new season in the same vein of form which has seen them lose just one match over the last two seasons.

Standing in the way of their quest to become the first club in Irish footy history to go back-to-back-to-back are their three competition rivals in the Belfast Redbacks, Galway Magpies and South Dublin Swans, who will be looking to steal some crucial early season points on the day to set up their own seasons ahead of home carnivals in the coming weeks.

Last seasons premiership winning Leeside Lions

Leeside will open the day’s proceedings against South Dublin at 1:30 pm before backing up to face Galway immediately after that, with Lion Eoin O’Suilleabhain telling afleurope.org that avoiding the “notoriously slow” starts that have hurt the side in the last two years will be a priority for the side.

“With it being our home Carnival, there’s no beating around the bush – we’re aiming for 2 wins. We know well that they won’t come easy, the Swans and Magpies aren’t teams that ever lay down, but with a good mix of experience and new blood I think we’re in good stead for the season opener,” he said.

“When you meet the Magpies, you’re preparing to spend a lot of time without the footy. Those boys use the ball well and get their key players on the ball a lot. If it’s the Swans, they can run you over in one quarter, smash in three quick goals and shut you out, as we’ve seen on numerous occasions. And with the Redbacks, they never let up – tackles, bumps, goals, spoils, hard-running – they are just relentless.”

The Lions, who finished third behind London powerhouses West London and Wandsworth in the recent Champions League event held in Amsterdam, have been buoyed in the offseason by a strong number of recruits from the University system to fill the gaps left by some high profile retirees Cian Quigley, Vincent Manning & Colin Lordan, who hung the boots up at the end of last season.

O’Suilleabhain believes this has left a strong mix of experience and “new blood” which can hold the Lions in good stead for their opening round fixtures.

“We’ll prepare accordingly… and believe we’ll have the measure of our opponents on the field – and in the pub after!”

ARFLI ROUND 1

UCC Sports Ground Curraheen, Cork
1:30 pm – Leeside Lions v Dublin Swans
2:15 pm – Leeside Lions v Galway Magpies
3:00 pm – Dublin Swans v Belfast Redbacks
3:45 pm – Galway Magpies v Belfast Redbacks

 

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Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

Football Grants Program Launches

FOOTBALL GRANTS PROGRAM LAUNCHED

To support the developing teams & clubs across Europe and the introduction of footy in schools, AFL Europe is pleased to announce we will be awarding a number of football grants to support those driving the continued growth of the game.

Adult teams will be eligible to receive the new Precision Sherrins. The Precision ball is perfect for those who are new to the game or those looking to improve their skills, and will be awarded in packs of 2-4. You can find out more about them here: https://www.sherrin.com.au/precision.

For Auskick, junior clubs/programmes and schools, we have a number of AFL club branded footballs that we will distribute in packs of 5 or 10.

Those wishing to apply for a grant can fill-out the attached application form, which will allow AFL Europe to both fairly award football grants, and provide greater information on how else to support your club moving forward. Applications will close on Friday, June 1st.

The form should take around 10 minutes to complete and will work on both desktop and mobile.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Key club contacts from all clubs across Europe should have been alerted to this via email, so if you are the key contact but have not received a message, please get in touch at admin@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

 

Big wins for the young guns of the SARFL

 

Coming up against the reigning champions in the Scottish Australian Rules Football League (SARFL), the Tyne Tee Tigers showed why they are a force to be reckoned with in 2018. Playing at their home deck on in Gosforth, the Tigers started well and never looked back thumping the Greater Glasgow Giants by 79 points on Saturday. An impressive performance by the yellow and black, bouncing back after losing their opening round clash to the Edinburgh Bloods. They now sit 1-1 after two rounds.

 

 

Just as impressive however was the performance by the West Lothian Eagles ARFC in their first game as a SARFL development side. Playing in Linlithgow, the Eagles were outstanding in their 20-point victory over the Kingdom Kangaroos. In a fixture that was tight for the duration of the match, it was outstanding performances by Jason Forest (6 goals), Sammy Wood (8 goals) and Davie Fleming that helped West Lothian get over the line for a historic win. While their matches do not count for premiership points in 2018, the Eagles potential is now vividly clear across the country after this sensational display against last year’s runners-up in the SARFL competition.

Final Scores: (SARFL)

Tyne Tee Tigers 25.7 (157) defeated Greater Glasgow Giants 10.18 (78).

West Lothian Eagles ARFC 16.20 (116) defeated Kingdom Kangaroos 15.6 (96). 

 

The Lionesses get off to a winning start in Denmark

The Women’s Nordic Australian Football League for 2018 kicked off on the weekend with a big match between Swedish giants Port Malmö Lynx and the Odense Lionesses. Coming off good form in the 2018 AFL Europe Champions League, both sides put on a great display of Australian Rules football. In the end though it was Odense who got the W over the Swedes in Bolbro. Both Odense and Port Malmö will play the Farum Wildcats in their next fixture.

 

Final Scores: (Women’s Nordic Australian Football League)

Odense Lionesses 6.8 (44) defeated Port Malmö Lynx 0.1 (1)

 

 

Germany hosts a football feast!

It was a monster weekend in Germany with football games, training sessions and coaching courses on the menu in the German capital. On Saturday, the AFLG season resumed with Round 3 fixtures taking place in Berlin and Hamburg. Playing at the magnificent Berlin Olympiastadion, the Berlin Crocodiles lost their first match since the 2016 Grand Final.

 

 

In a tight affair, the Crocodiles went down to the Munich Kangaroos who left the city as the major winners from the round. With wins against Berlin and the Württemberg Giants, the Roos pushed up to third position on the AFLG ladder just behind the Crocodiles on percentage.

Top of the AFLG ladder stand the Hamburg Dockers who showed their prowess at home last weekend. Scoring 33 goals in two matches, the Dockers showed just how much of a threat they are to the rest of the competition with emphatic performances against the Frankfurt Redbacks and Dresden Wolves. Hamburg remain the only undefeated side after three rounds.

Alongside the AFLG action was an exhibition game held to help promote women’s football in Germany. With the Hamburg Dockers already making history as the first women’s football side in the country, this event helped promote the sport throughout the nation’s capital.

Sunday saw participants come to Berlin to participate in an AFL Level 1 Coaching Course. Mixing both theory and practical work, 10 participants from across Europe made their way to Berlin to become accredited Level 1 coaches. These results will ensure that significant game development continues to occur throughout the continent, with players and coaches travelling from Germany and beyond to take part in the day’s proceedings.

Final Scores: (AFLG)

Hamburg Dockers 14.14 (98) defeated Frankfurt Redbacks 2.2 (14)

Hamburg Dockers 19.12 (126) defeated Dresden Wolves 2.4 (16)

Frankfurt Redbacks 7.7 (49) defeated Dresden Wolves 5.1 (31)

Berlin Crocodiles 8.12 (60) defeated Württemberg Giants 0.3 (3)

Munich Kangaroos 11.8 (74) defeated Württemberg Giants 1.3 (9)

Munich Kangaroos 7.7 (49) defeated Berlin Crocodiles 6.6 (42)

 

Cockerels win the Parisian Derby to book their spot in the CNFA Grand Final 

It was a semi final to savour in France as the Paris Cockerels prevailed over the Paris Cockatoos in a stunning clash on Saturday.

With a spot in the big dance up for grabs, the Cockatoos got off to the better start and took a solid 14-point lead into the main break. After half time however, the Cockerels turned the game on its head. The minor premiers kicked seven goals to nil in a scintillating performance to run out 33-point victors in the first semi-final of the 2018 CNFA.

The second semi-final will be played this Saturday when the Toulouse Hawks host the Cergy Coyotes. The Grand Final will take place on Saturday May 26 in Toulouse.

Final Score: (CNFA)

Paris Cockerels 12.13 (85) defeated Paris Cockatoos 8.4 (52)

 

 

Hawks edge Dockers in Zagreb Derby

Looking flash in their Box Hill Hawks inspired jumpers, the Zagreb Hawks looked the goods against rivals the Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers in Round 2 of the Croatian league. After getting off to a great start, the Dockers made their way back into the contest against the Hawks, threatening their rivals in the third quarter. The Hawks steadied however, and eventually ran out 45 point winners in Kobilić.

Final Score: (Croatian League)

Zagreb Hawks 15.10 (100) defeated Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers 6.19 (55)