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


Bloods, Roos and Sharks all get wins in Scotland

In a triple header in Scotland, it was Edinburgh Bloods and Kingdom Kangaroos who recorded crucial wins in the SARFL, while the Glasgow Sharks showed their prowess in an impressive display in an exhibition against the West Lothian Eagles.

Having beaten the Eagles last week, the Bloods continued their good form with an impressive display over the Greater Glasgow Giants. In a very competitive fixture, it was the Bloods who got the better of the Giants by 37-points. Holding the momentum for the majority of the match, the Kangaroos put in a solid performance to dethrone the Tyne Tee Tigers.

Their victory came off the back of some brilliant performances in the midfield and up-forward, including a five-goal haul to Jamie Koo. In the third game in Scotland over the weekend, the Eagles once again showed improvement but were eventually outclassed by the Glasgow Sharks by 59-points. The game leaves West Lothian needing to play just 80 more minutes of footy to qualify for the SARFL next year.

Final Scores (SARFL/Exhibition):

Edinburgh Bloods (93) defeated Greater Glasgow Giants (56)

Kingdom Kangaroos (100) defeated Tyne Tee Tigers (63)

Glasgow Sharks (130) defeated West Lothian Eagles (71)


AFL London take part in Pride

Walking as part as one with AFL London, the Australian Football clubs in the English capital came out in big numbers walking through the streets as the Pride in London March kicked off on Saturday. The iconic Parade that culminates in free Trafalgar Square performances saw 30,000 people involved and over 470 organisations taking part in this year’s edition. Our clubs in London were extremely well represented with guys and girls from all clubs taking part in the action.









Brilliant Belfast continue good form

After chalking up another two wins on Saturday, it seems as though the Belfast Redbacks are in a prime position to take the 2018 ARFLI title. On Saturday, the Redbacks made it seven wins from seven games after defeating the South Dublin Swans and Leeside Lions on their home deck. Still undefeated in 2018, the Redbacks closest competition seems to be the Lions, who despite losing to Belfast last weekend still remain firmly in control of second spot on the ARFLI ladder.




Taster session brings results in Edinburgh

While the Edinburgh Bloods boys were playing against the West Lothian Eagles, some of their girls were running a ‘Women’s Footy Taster Session’ to promote the game with their gender in their city. Playing down at Union Park, AFL Scotland helped run the event which saw new girls learning the basics of the game and having a lot of fun in the process! With 8 potential new players for Edinburgh and a few more for clubs around Scotland, the event was a success for the organisation.






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MacTier Cup Review

MacTier Cup Review

Will Taylor – AFL Europe

It was a day to remember in Northern France on Saturday, when the inaugural Robert MacTier Cup took place in Péronne to mark 100 years since soldiers liberated the town from German occupation in 1918.

On a weekend that meant much more than just a football contest to all involved, players, officials and supporters embraced the friendly community to honour the heroics that took place in the small town all those years ago.

Arriving on Friday, many players took the bus from London crossing the French border before arriving in Péronne for the jumper presentation at the local Town Hall.

It was here that speeches were given by the Mayor of Péronne, Thérèse Dheygers and Managing Director at Ryebuck Media, Tim Gurry OAM.

As both teams were presented their jumpers, the captains for both sides were announced.

For The ANZACs, Hamburg Dockers star and coach Pete Richter was given the honour of leading the men in white out to the ground for the contest.

For The Liberators, Brad Agnew from the Glenelg Tigers in the South Australian Football League was selected to skipper the men in red.

Arriving at the ground that once made up the battlefields of Somme territory on Saturday, players were firstly involved in a kids clinic with local children from the area.

Teaching kids the unique code while emphasising just how fun the sport can be to play, players set up goal-kicking, handball and marking stations to ensure the little legends were exposed to all the skills of the game.

The clinic was an emphatic success as the game continued to capture the hearts of young ones around the continent.

After the clinic, the talented local Pipe Band performed as part of the pre-match entertainment, before the attention of the spectators was taken away by a couple of individuals floating high up in the sky.

Two parachuters with one carrying a French flag and one carrying an Australian flag made their way onto the deck before the national anthems were belted out by both sets of players.

In a mark of respect, both teams agreed to take a joint photo together and just minutes later the game was underway.

It was The ANZACs who got off to a quick start in the French town as they quickly escaped away to a two-goal lead minutes into the opening term. Threatening to break the game open, it was The ANZACs who looked the goods early before The Liberators found their way back into the contest.

Repeated efforts from Brad Agnew and Adrian Del Campo were instrumental in the side’s recovery in the backend of the first quarter. At the first change, it was the ANZACs by just one point and the game was on for young and old.

Coming into the second term, The ANZACs once again looked to capitalise on a slow start from The Liberators.With many targets down forward, it was Ben Polmear who seemed to be the biggest concern for The Liberators defence as he became The ANZACs first multiple goal-scorer. It was his side that took control in this quarter and gave themselves a 16-point lead heading into the main break.

Needing a response after half time, The Liberators managed to keep The ANZACs goalless in the third term. Having six shots at goal themselves, The Liberators failed to capitalise on multiple chances to take the lead as they kicked 2.4 in ‘The Premiership Quarter’ to trail by just two points at the final change.

In a tight and tense final quarter, both teams had chances to break the game open but the scores still remained extremely tight throughout the duration of the quarter. After The Liberators kicked a goal with just under a minute to go in the contest, The ANZACs were on the canvas and their lead was in severe trouble, but the men in white just held on.

The final margin was a slender five-points in a cracking game of Australian Football proudly honouring the occasion at hand.


Final Score:

The ANZACs  2.1 6.5 6.7 9.11 (59)


The Liberators  2.0 4.1 6.5 8.6 (54)

Goal Scorers: 

The ANZACs: Ben Polmear (3), Alex Pictrus, Tate Gladresco, Pete Richter, Pierre Lechasles, Ryan Davey.

The Liberators: Tyson Vitale (3), Broadie Borg (2), Brad Agnew (2), Adrian Del Campo.



The weekend’s proceedings finished with a trip to the Sir John Monash Centre on Sunday to reflect on the sacrifices made by some of the bravest men and women in Australia’s short history as a nation.

As a museum and interpretive centre that commemorates Australian servicemen and women who served on the Western Front during the First World War, this was once again another reminder of the significant sacrifice made by some remarkable individuals.

A big thank you must of course go to those who worked tirelessly to ensure this event happened.

A big congratulations must also go to all the players, the coaches Jeff Castles (The ANZACs) and Peter Jeffrey and Heather Muir (The Liberators) and our brilliant umpire Katrina Stopinski for the way in which they all approached the day and the weekend’s events.

The entertainment delivered by the local Pipe Band to the post-match performance by indie folk/rock band Belle Roscoe were greatly appreciated by all in attendance.

But the day could not of gone ahead without the work of Chief Organiser of the Australian Cultural Day Celebrations Matthew Gurry and his father Tim that were fantastic in ensuring that all involved could have a magnificent time in Péronne.

MacTier Cup – ANZACS v Liberators – Peronne

Aussies to take Peronne 100 years after WW1 victory

It will be a significant moment for Australian Football internationally this Saturday with the inaugural Robert MacTier Cup taking place in Peronne in the North of France, a commemorative exhibition game that is set to bring together the local community, players and supporters from around the globe to honour the Australian soldiers that liberated the town from German occupation in 1918.

24 players will represent the two sides, named The Liberators and The ANZACS, with the match held on the ground that once made up the battlefields of the Somme territory which were controlled by German forces for the four years prior to the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin.

Chief Organiser of the Australian Cultural Day celebrations, Matthew Gurry, says that much like their well-known compatriots to the west in Villers-Bretonneux, the city and people of Peronne are “forever grateful to the Australian troops” who fought for their freedom.

Despite the obvious geographic, cultural and language challenges involved with organising a game of Australian Football in foreign territory, Gurry said that the process has been a relatively smooth one and hoped the final product can be shared around the local area going forward.

“The city has been extremely open to all of our ideas and supportive in showcasing Australian culture and talent,” Gurry said.

“We have players (and their families) coming from all over the world to for this event and it’s their shared dedication and ability to recognise the importance an event like this that makes it all the more important and exciting to be running.”

“We [Australia] were a nation of only 4 million and lost over 60,000 of our boys it was the highest loss per capita in the world at the time… which was basically a generation of our young sportsmen lost.

“I’m hoping this Australian cultural day helps the people of the region to remember and honour the sacrifice of the Australian soldiers for another 100 years.”

Players will arrive in France on Friday before teams are presented at town hall with a jumper ceremony before they host an AusKick clinic for local children on Saturday morning in preparation for the match.

The game itself will be supported by a BBQ, drinks and a party put on by the town of Peronne, half-time entertainment and performances by Australian band Belle Roscoe.

The significance of the occasion will certainly not be lost on Brad Agnew as he steps onto the field, with the Glenelg man having flown all the way out from Adelaide to represent The Liberators.

“I have played Australian Rules football my entire life and it embodies all that is great about our country; fighting spirit, hard work, blood, sweat and tears and going into battle alongside 20 of your mates to give your all to get the win,” Agnew said.

“It will mean the world to me to be able to promote not only this great game but represent the men who served and sacrificed their lives to live in the world we live in today.”

Agnew’s sentiments were echoed by ANZAC’s player, Alex Pietrus of the Manchester Mosquitoes, who said it was “an honour” to pull on the jumper and remember the fallen.

“What they sacrificed all those years ago has allowed me to live a life of freedom and enjoyment… I promise to play with the typical Australian spirit, passion and good nature,” Pietrus said.

Whilst only a friendly match, the two will be hoping their side can lift the trophy named after Robert MacTier, Victoria Cross recipient from the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin.

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe



Christopher Sharpley – Wandsworth Demons

Scott Schneidewind – Wandsworth Demons

Daniel Sullivan – Wimbledon Hawks

Justin Holloway – London Swans

Alex Pietrus – Manchester Mosquitoes

Tate Giadresco – Glenelg (SANFL)

Glenn Waugh

David Hall – Amsterdam Devils

Ben Polmear – Port Malmo Maulers

Andrew Unsworth – Paris Cocks

Pierre Lechasles – ALFA Lions

Mathieu Ostorero – ALFA Lions

Pete Richter – Hamburg Dockers

Mitchell Hyde – Dubai Dingoes

COACH – Jeff Castles



Broadie Borg – Wandsworth Demons

Adam Jeffrey – Wandsworth Demons

Zak Bozanich – West London Wildcats

Mick Gee – Galway Magpies

Brad Agnew – Glenelg (SANFL)

Liam Robinson – Tyne Tees Tigers

Jayson Cox – Hamburg Dockers

Tyson Vitale – Amsterdam Devils

Brett Petersen – Port Malmo Maulers

Karl Robson – Paris Cocks

Thibaut Picard – ALFA Lions

Thomas Lechasles – ALFA Lions

Thomas Francon – ALFA Lions

Phil Forbes

Adrian Del Campo

COACH – Peter Jeffery

COACH – Heather Muir


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


West Lothian making waves in Scotland

A club that is without a doubt rising up the ranks in Scotland, the West Lothian Eagles ARFC hosted a Scottish Sirens Women’s National Team open training session at the Linlithgow Rugby Club on Saturday. Hosting some of the best talent in the nation, 15 females participated in the session that including seven girls who had never trained or played before, but are now signed up with West Lothian. Despite being an official entity for just seven months, the growth of the game is certainly strong in the county with many players consistently training each and every Wednesday. With the side set to enter the SARFL in 2019, the club is playing plenty of practice matches before their official debut in the competition. Their next game comes this weekend against the Glasgow Sharks.



Hawks find their mojo for Ladies Day in Wimbledon

A big win for the Wimbledon Hawks Men’s Premiership side topped off a memorable Ladies Day for the club last weekend. Hosting the London Swans, the Hawks found some of their best footy of the season to win by 22-points a The Nest. Earlier in the day the Hawks women took on the Cardiff Panthers in a friendly while the Hawks conference side played the Reading Kangaroos to start the proceedings on the day.


Final Score (AFL London Men’s Premiership):

Wimbledon Hawks 9.6 (60) defeated London Swans 5.8 (38)



Solna Axemen hold off plucky Swans

In a tight contest up until three quarter time, Solna Axemen got a crucial four points against the Ärsta Swans in Round 6 of the SAFF. Needing a victory to consolidate second spot of the ladder, the favourites clicked into gear early in the fourth quarter to run away 27-point winners against a tough Swans outfit.

Final Score (SAFF):

Solna Axemen 10.9 (69) defeated Arsta Swans 6.6 (42)



AFLG release 2018 Promotional Video

In an effort to continue the growth of men’s and women’s Australian Football in Germany, AFLG have released a promotional video to ensure the game continues to spread across the country. With one of the strongest competitions in Europe and a new women’s side in the Hamburg Dockers, the Germans continue to raise the bar when it comes to delivering Australian Rules in a non-english speaking nation. Check out the video here.





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