Irish watch – AFLW Round Four Review

The luck seemed to fall the way of the Irish in round four of the AFLW, with all but one of the international players claiming a win in an action packed weekend.


For the third straight week all five Irish players features in AFLW matches around Australia with GWS’s Cora Staunton and Yvonne Bonner claiming their maiden win for the season.

In what was undoubtedly the best collective round for the Irish this season, Staunton, Bonner, Aisling McCarthy, Ailish Considine and Sarah Rowe would all play pivotal roles for the sides and show drastic improvements as they continue to grow into AFLW players.

For the first time this season, two sides featuring Irish players would meet as the Giants and Rowe’s Magpies looked to claim their first win of the season at Morwell Recreation Reserve in country Victoria.

A fast start by the Giants would see them pile on three goals in the first eight minutes, as they led all day to claim a much needed nine-point victory to get back into the conference B finals conversation.

After difficult match last week against the Blues, veteran Staunton would produce her best match of the season picking up 14 disposals and six tackles as she proved to be more than a handful for the Magpies defence.

She would also put through her fourth goal for the season courtesy of a powerful mark and classy finish inside 50 late in the first quarter, proving her importance to the structure of the GWS forward line.

Her partner in crime up forward Bonner would again show her development into one of the most exciting young prospects in the AFLW.

With the Giants forward line firing on all cylinders, Bonner would prove to be a focal point inside 50, picking up nine disposals and putting through a classy snap in the third quarter in a well-rounded performance.

Blessed with an excellent goal sense and ability to change the game with ball in hand, the sky is limit for Bonner as she continues to garner more and more opposition attention each week.

For the Magpies, Sarah Rowe would produce her best game for the season picking up nine disposals and five tackles in a performance highlighted by her forward pressure.

With her side struggling to make any impact on the scoreboard, Rowe battled hard all day, with her hard tackling and tough attack on the ball proving to be major assets to the Collingwood side this season.

On Saturday night, AFLW action again returned to the Whitten Oval as McCarthy’s Bulldogs took on the Brisbane Lions in a rematch of last year’s closely contested grand final.

Having had their colours lowered by a rampant Melbourne side last week, the Lions were a team on a mission as they dominated the home side from start to finish to run out 32-point winners.

On a tough night for her team, McCarthy would produce the best performance of her short AFLW career, collecting 12 disposals, two tackles and a goal as she provided her side with some much-needed spark across half forward.

With her side struggling to combat the intense Lions pressure, McCarthy would lift the crowd at the Whitten Oval in the third term as she smothered a kick out of the Brisbane defence before recovering to kick her team’s first goal for the night.

In the top end, Considine’s Adelaide Crows would continue their good form claiming their third straight win over a previously undefeated Fremantle side at TIO Stadium.

It was a tight contest for the majority of the first half in Darwin, as the sides traded goals to have Adelaide up by just three at the main change.

The second half would see the Crows come into their own, as new coach Matthew Clarke’s system worked wonders as they piled on six goals to the Dockers none to run out convincing 42-point victors.

Playing a role off half back, Considine was a key contributor throughout the night as she was composed with ball in hand and attacked the contest hard to claim nine disposals at 66% efficiency.

With slick ball movement a major feature of Adelaide’s game, Considine has been brilliant with her rebound and pace off half back as she continues to grow and adapt to Australian Football.

Now one month into the season, the development of all five Irish players has been nothing short of astounding with all of them playing key roles for their sides as they push for a finals berth over the next three weeks.


By Zac Standish

Pre-season tournaments March 2019

With spring just around the corner, it’s an exciting time of the year for AFL clubs across Europe as teams step up their preparation for their upcoming seasons.

One form of preparation is taking part in a pre-season tournament, where teams travel for a big day of football, battling it out to win a pre-season cup. Teams also get the chance to test out tactics, put their skills into a real match situation and get to know teammates better.


Haggis Cup 2nd March, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Over in Scotland, the Haggis Cup will be hosted in Edinburgh after a couple of years in Glasgow.

Being played on the 2ndof March, AFL Scotland President Kristy Gray said, “We’ve had a great couple of years over in Glasgow although it’s good to keep things fresh… to offer something different for travelling teams.”

The time of year the tournament is taking place has also changed to March with a hope that it will be a dry day in Edinburgh, but Scottish weather can be unpredictable at the best of times.

This year will see the biggest women’s tournament at the Haggis Cup to date, with six teams expected to compete from SARFLW and AFL London. The men’s tournament will also see similar numbers with five to six teams playing.

London teams the Wimbledon Hawks and Wandsworth Demons will provide tough competition this year along with the SARFLW sides in the Glasgow Sharks, West Lothian Eagles, Edinburgh Bloods and Greater Glasgow Giants.

Over in the men’s draw, the Edinburgh Bloods return as reigning premiers and will be keen to retain their title but will face keen opposition, with the Manchester Mosquitoes expected to be a contender.


Gallia Cup 9th March, Paris, France.

Another tournament set to take place soon is the Gallia Cup, an all-female Australian Rules tournament held in Paris.

The 2019 edition will see four teams compete in a cup that is designed to put the spotlight on women’s football in France. Teams from the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the Paris Cockerelles will all compete on Saturday 9thof March.

Fittingly, the tournament takes place the day after International Women’s Day. Organiser Fanny Maillet said one of the main goals of the tournament was, “To give the girls some playing time as they don’t have as many games as the men and also a chance to prepare for the Champions League in April.”

By connecting the Cup to International Women’s Day, Fanny says it’s a great opportunity to show that there is a lot of girls playing footy in Europe and hopefully clubs will get coverage as a result of sending some of their players to Paris.

“The reception has been great. We have been contacted by lots of women who wanted to participate,” said Fanny.


Leprechaun Cup 23rd March, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

A short trip away in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Leprechaun Cup will take place on the 23rdof March.

Numbers are still being finalised, but it’s promising to be another big tournament after last year saw 14 clubs travel from Ireland, England, Scotland and Paris, which included seven women’s teams, growing from just two teams in previous years.

So far, there are clubs from AFL London, Ireland and a number of university squads that are going to be playing as they all look to make the most of this opportunity to play in early 2019.

Lots of the teams competing have put in big efforts in their off-season, which isn’t always easy with adverse weather conditions at times, but organiser Conor Mallon said, “everyone definitely seems to be looking forward to some competitive footy.”

“We always look forward to the tournament and welcoming clubs to the city for a great day of footy. The success of last year was very encouraging to see and we are hoping for an even bigger day in 2019,” said Conor. If last year’s tournament is anything to go by, then Belfast is in for a fantastic day of AFL.

These tournaments may be down as pre-season tournaments but expect some exciting and competitive football as teams will get the chance to blood new players while enjoying a social day of football across Europe. 

If anyone would like further information about playing as an individual or a team, please get in touch with us on email at


Angus Boyle – AFL Europe

Irish Watch – AFLW Round Three Review

After a groundbreaking round two, all five Irish players again graced fields around Australia for AFLW action in what was an intriguing weekend of football.

It was a blockbuster clash to get round three proceedings underway as the two top teams of Conference A in North Melbourne and reigning premiers Western Bulldogs did battle at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston.

After an exciting debut at the Whitten Oval last week, Aisling McCarthy looked to further cement her spot in the side with another strong showing on the Friday night stage.

On a rough night for her side, McCarthy again showed her hardness at the contest and excellent game sense with six disposals, three marks and a behind.

She also showed her team first mentality through a number of one percenters as she looked to do all she could to help resurrect the poor situation for her side.

With a chance of going 3-0 up for grabs, the star-studded North Melbourne squad proved themselves as early premiership favorites as they dominated the Bulldogs from start to finish to run out convincing 31-point winners.

After an underwhelming start to the season, both GWS and Carlton were in desperate need of a win as they met on Saturday afternoon at Blacktown International Sports Park in Sydney.

In what was set to be one of the more tightly contested games of the round, the Blues would completely blow GWS out of the water as the return of stars such as Tayla Harris brought about immediate success.

On a tough night for her team, Yvonne Bonner’s stocks rose again as she proved to be a major bright spot for the Giants throughout the afternoon.

Picking up a season high 13 disposals and eight marks at 77% disposal efficiency, Bonner excited the crowd at Blacktown International Sports Park, providing a major spark in the GWS forward 50.

Along with her ability to find the ball, Bonner provided one of the highlights of the afternoon as she gathered the ball in the forward pocket, evaded a Carlton defender and goaled from the boundary to keep her team in the hunt.

After a big game in the wet last week, veteran Cora Staunton was not quite at her best as she only claimed six disposals in comparison to 14 and 15 in the two weeks prior.

Despite her lack of presence around the ball, Staunton would provide one of the highlights of the day for GWS as she used her excellent goal sense to turn around and snap at goal from 35 meters out in the second quarter to bring the margin back to seven points.

However, on a day when Carlton finally put together four solid quarters of football, the Giants simply could not much the class of their opposition as the Blues ran out 29-point victors.

Over in the West, Fremantle would continue their undefeated start to the season with a comprehensive win over Sarah Rowe’s Collingwood side.

On her first interstate trip as an AFLW player, it was a rough night for Rowe’s Magpies as their scoring woes continued only amassing a poor total two goals on a beautiful night in Perth.

Despite the poor form of her side, Rowe would enjoy her best game for the season picking up nine disposals, three marks and a tackle, in a performance which showed her rapid improvement.

Rowe would also impress with her work rate up the ground and ability to get involved in the play as she looked to really settle into her role within the Collingwood forward set up.

She could not resurrect the Pies inability to score however, as the Magpies were outclassed by an inform Dockers team who managed to boost their percentage with a 33-point win.

The final match featuring an Irish player for round three would be held at Norwood Oval, as Ailish Considine’s Adelaide Crows claimed their second straight win over Geelong.

Led by inspired performances by co-captain Erin Phillips and midfield maestro Ebony Marinoff, the Crows produced a clinical four quarters of football based around quick ball movement and a ferocious attack on the ball.

With coach Matthew Clarke’s system firing on all cylinders, young Considine did not look out of place as she showed her quick adaptation to Australia’s game with an impressive nine disposal game off half back.

Using the ball at 66%, Considine’s decision making was a particular highlight of her game as she started a number of the Crow’s attacks from defence through her ability to hit targets and take on bold and risky options.

Claiming their first home victory of the season, Adelaide dazzled their home crowd with ten goals and a convincing 29-point win to have them well and truly in the hunt in a competitive conference A.

After just three weeks, the development of the five Irish AFLW players has been nothing short of overwhelming as they have all adapted brilliantly to the game and are beginning to play key role for their respective sides moving forward.


By Zac Standish

Irish Watch – AFLW Round 2 Review

Round two of the 2019 AFLW was full of big hits, exciting goals, incredible grabs and even lightning bolts, as all ten teams showed off their talents in an intriguing weekend of action.

Round two saw a record five Irish players take the field, as Western Bulldogs rookie Aisling McCarthy made her AFLW debut, joining Yvonne Bonner, Cora Staunton, Ailish Considine and Sarah Rowe in representing not only her nation but Europe as a whole.

Playing in a Saturday night feature clash with Geelong at the Whitten Oval, McCarthy would fit in seamlessly to the reigning premier Western Bulldogs outfit as they ran away convincing 28-point victors.

McCarthy’s toughness around the contest and ferocious tackling was on display from the first bounce as she helped set up an early goal for the Dogs with some excellent forward pressure.

McCarthy played a key role throughout the night, with a crucial goal in the third term showing her sense for the game as she played on for advantage and finished beautifully.

In what was a memorable debut, Aisling ended up eight disposals, four tackles and a goal with a big win to top it all off as the Bulldogs continued the undefeated start to their premiership defence.

Wild weather greeted the girls at Drummoyne Oval, as Cora Staunton, Yvonne Bonner and Greater Western Sydney geared up for a blockbuster Friday night clash with a star-studded North Melbourne.

With the threat of lightning a serious danger, proceedings would be delayed 43 minutes before the sides could do battle on a ground soaked by rain.

In what was well and truly a tough affair, veteran Staunton again proved to be a standout for the Giants as she put both her AFL and Gaelic football skills to good use picking up a hard fought 15 disposals.

Her leadership and strength around the contest were trademarks of a gritty game by Staunton as she well and truly led from the front on a tough night for the Giants.

Proving to be a livewire up forward on her debut, Bonner showed continued improvement in her second AFLW outing.

Picking up 11 disposals in a horror night for forwards, Bonner showed her immense potential in perhaps the highlight of the night for Giants as she out bodied her defender to take an impressive mark in the wet before playing on and finishing her work to put through her second AFLW goal.

In a night filled with drama, including a power outage late in the second term, North Melbourne proved too good for the young Giants, running out 25 points to leave GWS reeling at 0-2.

In Melbourne, it was a traditional Saturday afternoon’s football as two of Victoria’s biggest clubs in Collingwood and Melbourne did battle at the original home of the Magpies in Victoria Park.

Flying the Irish flag in this clash would be Magpies forward Sarah Rowe, who looked to continue her development as an AFLW forward.

On a rough day for forwards, Rowe would show her intense forward pressure and athleticism as she racked up an astounding eight tackles to go along with her three disposals.

In a tight affair, Collingwood could never really get their offence going effectively as one goal for the afternoon told a grim tale as they fell by 15 points, seeing them slump to a winless start to 2019.

On Sunday, Ailish Consaldine’s Adelaide Crows would claim their first victory of the 2019 AFLW season with a comeback victory over Carlton.

In a see-sawing affair at IKON Park, it looked a lost cause for the Crows early in the third as Carlton skipped away to a comfortable 17-point lead.

However, 11 minutes of perfection would see Adelaide reel off six straight goals as they stormed home to a memorable 13-point victory.

In her second AFLW match, Consaldine proved a solid performer as she exhibited good skills and a ferocious attack on the ball to claim eight disposals (at 77% efficiency) and three tackles.

An excellent athlete with a good sense of the game, Consaldine looks to be a key part of the Crows future as she quickly adapts to the intricacies of Australian Rules Football.

Overall, it was a memorable week for our Irish five in the AFLW, with a memorable debut to McCarthy one of many highlights dished up by these code-swapping athletes.

Next week, we will hopefully see all five players in action again with McCarthy’s Bulldogs kicking off the round three action with a massive encounter against North Melbourne.


By Zac Standish

2020 Event Hosting Applications Now Open

Applications to host two of the major events on the AFL Europe 2020 Calendar, Champions League and Euro Cup, are now open.

After successfully delivering the Champions League tournament for the past five years, AFL Netherlands have decided to step aside from hosting this event after delivering the 5th edition in Amsterdam this April. AFL Europe would like to congratulate AFL Netherlands on their incredible contribution to the growth and development of AFL in Europe through producing such a high quality event since it’s inception in 2015. This tournament has flourished year on year and will be handed to a new host following the 2019 edition with a record number of teams competing for the title of Champions of Europe.

The proposed event date for Champions League 2020 is Saturday, April 4th. Potential Champions League venues should be able to host up to 30 teams in attendance with at least 6 fields and ample changeroom facilities.

Applications are also open to host the 2020 edition of our annual Euro Cup tournament. This 9-a-side competition sees men’s and women’s national teams come together from all across Europe to battle it out for national glory. After a successful tournament in Cork in 2018, the 2019 Euro Cup will see our teams descend on Norrtalje, Sweden in the height of the Swedish Summer.

The proposed event dates for Euro Cup in 2020 are Saturday, 10th October or 17th October. Euro Cup venues should be able to support 25+ teams with at least 5 fields and ample changerooms.

If you have any questions regarding the application process to host either of these events, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Applications close on March 1st. We look forward to working with our 2020 hosts in the near future.



AFL Europe Footy Tipping Competition

After a thrilling 2018 season and one of the best Grand Finals of all time, the excitement is building for the 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

There is no better way to follow the AFL season than by getting involved in Footy Tipping. However, joining AFL Europe’s Footy Tipping Competition will also give you an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate.

The entry fee is £20, with 60% of the total cash pool going to the top three tipsters at the end of the home and away season (finals not included):

  • First Prize: Will receive 30% of the total cash pool
  • Second Prize: Will receive 20% of the total cash pool
  • Third Prize: Will receive 10% of the total cash pool
  • Last Place: Will receive £21 (Entry fee + £1)

This year, the remaining 40% of the total cash pool will be donated to the charity organisation, Shelter. Every year Shelter helps millions of people in the UK struggling with bad housing or homelessness with advice, support, and legal services. Shelter campaigns to make sure that one day, no one will have to turn to them for help. Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home. To learn more, please visit:


Why Shelter?

On the 28th of April, AFL Europe General Manager Ryan Davey, will be attempting the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. In preparation for the Marathon, Ryan has created a fundraising campaign and selected Shelter as his charity partner. If you would like to learn more or donate to his campaign separately, please visit:

A reminder that one of the most important elements of a Footy Tipping Competition is the “Bragging Rights” that come with the competition. Therefore, please make sure you forward this information on to your family, friends and colleagues to get them involved in the fun and this great cause. Don’t forget, the more people that enter the larger the prize pool. The winners will also receive a shout out on the AFL Europe website and social platforms.

If you would like to enter this competition, please click on the following link:

Once you have entered, please pay your entry fee (£20) via the PayPal link below. Payment is due prior to the opening game of the Premiership Season.

Any questions, concerns or for alternate payment methods, please contact Thanks again for your support and we look forward to a great year of Footy Tipping. Good Luck!

AFLW – Round 1 Review

Another AFLW season is underway, and for AFL fans in Europe, there is plenty of reasons to be excited with four women playing in the opening round.

This season will see a record number of Irish women playing in the AFLW. New recruits Ailish Considine, Sarah Rowe and Yvonne Bonner all made their debuts this weekend.

Aisling McCarthy is on the list of reigning premiers Western Bulldogs but was selected as an emergency so hopefully, she will make her debut over the coming weeks.

Star international Cora Staunton is back again and got her season off to a great start kicking two goals but couldn’t prevent her GWS Giants side losing 4.3 (27) to the Brisbane Lions 4.5 (29). Cora kicked a total of five goals in last years AFLW season, and if she continues her impressive start to the season, she should kick more this season.

After an impressive opening game, Cora was awarded two votes in the AFLCA AFLW Champion Player of the Year, as she finished with 14 touches, two marks and two tackles.

Joining Cora at the Giants this year is Yvonne Bonner. Yvonne is still new to the sport of Australian Rules Football, having grown up playing Gaelic football from a young age at school then for her local club Glenfin.

Yvonne joined the Giants after a trial as part of the Cross Coders initiative back in September. She had played her first game only a couple of weeks ago in a pre-season game but quickly looked right at home, kicking the opening goal of the game from about 30 metres out after winning a free kick.

She also provided an important passage of play leading up to a goal in the third quarter as she kicked the ball into the Giants forward line looking for a one-on-one, and her Giants teammate snapped the goal.

Despite a loss in her opening AFLW match, Yvonne showed what she is capable of with a goal, seven disposals and some key passages of play.

Down in Victoria, Sarah Rowe also lined up for her first AFLW match, as her side Collingwood played away to the competitions newest team, Geelong. Sarah is a talented athlete but is still relatively new to the game of Aussie Rules.

Sarah grew up playing Gaelic football (GA) and soccer, spending much of her time juggling both from the age of eight. She received five caps at a senior level for the Irish soccer team but then committed her time to GA.

Then midway through 2018, she had interest from each of the Melbourne clubs and Collingwood secured her services for this season. Despite only having a few weeks of experience playing Australia Football, she started in the forward line for Collingwood on the weekend as she had six kicks, two marks and a tackle. Unfortunately for her side, they lost by a solitary point against the competition’s newest team 3.5 (23) to 3.6 (24).

Another close game saw Ailish Considine’s Adelaide Crows lose 1.11 (17) to the Western Bulldogs 2.6 (18) in a close thriller.

Alilish is another Gaelic football star recruited to the AFLW through Cross Coders, having played GA for 20 years since she was just six years old.

Starting on the interchange, Ailish had a positive impact for her team, setting up their only goal of the game. After winning the contested ball on the wing, she delivered a perfectly weighted kick to a teammate running back with the flight in the forward-50.

She finished the game with a total of nine disposals, which consisted of seven kicks, on top of three marks showing her ability to contest in the air, learnt through GA and Camogie.

Despite no players involved with a winning side in the opening round, they have all shown why the clubs have looked towards Ireland to improve their lists. Cora started off well and looks like she will be one of the competitions key players this year. Teammate Yvonne had an outstanding debut match and will certainly be looking forward to a GWS home game on Friday.

For Sarah and Ailish, they will use this round as a stepping board going forward. It was a chance to get valuable game time with teammates and continue learning about the game, but they both performed key roles for their side and will look to improve as the weeks go by.


Angus Boyle – AFL Europe

Fitzpatrick Cup 2019 – Tournament Preview

Another instalment of the Fitzpatrick Cup is upon us this weekend as the sixth edition of the AFL Europe universities tournament is set to take place in Oxford.

UCC is the reigning premiers in both the women’s and men’s divisions, but with the standard getting better each year, the other university teams will give themselves every chance to compete for the ‘Fitz Cup’.

When talking to UCC Club President James O’Callagahan, he said he believes this Fitzpatrick Cup will be the most competitive one yet.

It will also be the first time since 2016 that the tournament will be held in England, after the last two were held in Cork, Ireland.

Having the tournament in Cork over the last two years certainly helped participation grow with the Cork-based teams, but playing away won’t put off any of the travelling teams off. “Credit to the boys, they’ve been working hard and travelled to Cork for training since early January, such is their commitment. I think the idea of playing in such a great venue has its own draw too,” CIT coach Eoin O Sullivan said.

Birmingham President Matt Darowski is another who is excited by the venue for the tournament, and it also benefits the Birmingham teams. “Even though we’re not playing at home, it will definitely help us as we can take our strongest team,” he said.

This time, Oxford will do the honours as hosts, which will also see them return to the Cup after their absence from last years competition. Joining the hosts and reigning premiers are fellow university teams CIT, Cambridge and Birmingham.

Oxford isn’t just hosting the tournament, they want to win it. “Once the AFL Europe team bring both cups to Oxford, they won’t be leaving,” said Romy Minkio, the club’s president.

This season has also seen the introduction of the National Universities League, allowing teams to give players more valuable game time.

When talking about the NUL, Mike Baker, the Cambridge Vice President, said it has allowed the clubs’ teams to play more matches and get some results on the board heading into the ‘Fitz Cup’.

Once again there will be eight men’s team, while there a four team in the women’s draw. UCC, CIT and Oxford all have two men’s team’s, showing the growth of the sport in universities across the clubs from Ireland and England that will battle it out for this years Fitzpatrick Cup.


Previous winners:


2015 – Birmingham

2016 – Birmingham

2017 – UCC1

2018 – UCC1

2019 –



2017 – UCC

2018 – UCC

2019 –


Tournament details:

Saturday, 2nd February 2019

Horspath Athletics and Sports Ground, Horspath Road

Oxford OX4 2RR.


Angus Boyle – AFL Europe

Midfield pressure crucial for Cambridge

Cambridge is back again for the 2019 Fitzpatrick Cup, with the women’s side aiming to go far in the finals after they finished as runners-up last year. For the men’s squad, they are hoping to put a disappointing Fitzpatrick Cup from last year behind them as they target a finals appearance.

Last season was the first time Cambridge had a women’s team in the Fitzpatrick Cup, and despite many of their team playing for the first time, they reached the final.

Mitch Barker, the Vice-President of Cambridge University Australian Rules Football Club, said, “their skills and experience have come a long way. They’ve been playing more matches leading up in the newly formed National University League, with some strong results.”

For the men, they have retained a large part of their core team from last year but have added some new players, getting various results in the National University League.

The women’s side has a number of new players, but one standout is Maighread Ireland. The Cambridge side does already have a large Irish contingent and that has helped her adapt efficiently into the side.

Their male counterparts have seen good numbers at their Thursday training session, with British ruckman Andy Everall being a real standout. “He’s mobile with a really strong set of hands and a rapidly improving kick. For being so new to AFL he’s really picked it up quickly and made an impact in the middle for our team,” Mitch said.

Both teams have had good preparation recently and are confident they have improved from last year. As a result, Cambridge feels that they are capable of taking their game up a level in this tournament.

Taking charge as the coach for Cambridge is David Sykes, who will also have input from various senior members.

“He’s been coaching the teams for a couple of years and has really helped the Women’s and Men’s teams improve in this time,” said Mitch.

Leading into this tournament, the two sides have been working on their pressure and looking to make the most of the strength through the midfield. “The women’s team strength is their ability to apply pressure and tackles and win the ball back and I think you’ll see this play out in the tournament,” Mitch said.

With the men’s team, they will be looking to make the most of their strong midfield, their key part of the team. “We rely on the middle to deliver a lot for the team and so far it’s worked,” Mitch said.

With the kind of football that 9-a-side promotes, winning the ball first will be key and that’s where Cambridge’s midfield strength will be crucial, while their pressure when they don’t have the ball will be important in creating key turnovers.

Cambridge has had a good build-up to this weekends Fitzpatrick Cup, with both teams having plenty of time to develop tactics and team structure. For the women’s squad, they will be confident of going far in the tournament once again, while the men will be hoping their midfielders and tackling pressure will lead them to a place in the finals.

Angus Boyle – AFL Europe.