Match of the Round

ALFA Lions v Stade Toulousain (CNFA)

01/06/2019  Parc De Parilly  15:00

Heading to Lyon this weekend, Stade Toulousain will face the ALFA Lions in a huge CNFA Semi Final clash, for a spot in the big dance.

Both sides in good form and featuring similar playing styles this season, Stade Toulousain and the Lions are known for some big winning margins as of late but the CNFA community can expect a close encounter in this one.

With the ALFA Lions wrapping up the 2019 season on top of the ladder as minor premiers, it will take a strong opposition to conquer them. Stade Toulousain have shown they’re up for the challenge and have been putting in plenty of hard work in the lead up to this important match.

Kicking some big scores throughout the season, they’ve shown their pace works in their favour to gain quick inside 50’s and their efficiency when heading forward has proven to be a big factor of many of their wins in 2019.

Stade Toulousain player Grégoire Patacq expands on this, saying “we want our players to be relentless on the footy for the 80 minutes they’re going to spend on the field. Being first on the ball is our key and impacting with strong bodies should help to make a difference.”

Using strength and size to their advantage, the Lions were clutch towards the end of the regular season, in a game that shaped the top four with a convincing win in the final round against the Cockerels.

After a tough start to their season and star player Thibaut Picard becoming injured, Picard speaks on the building of confidence that he has seen in the team from a coaching perspective.

“The beginning of the season was really difficult with two consecutive losses, but we had the mentality to come back and finish the home and away season with four wins in a row.”

Both the ALFA Lions and Stade Toulousain pride themselves on their club culture and believe it shines through in their performance on the field.

“Our club is like a family. Everyone spends a lot of time together off the field… when you are on the field, you know that you play not only for you but for the whole club, and that could be the difference in a close game,” Picard explains.

This sentiment also echoes through Stade Toulousain and their effort to grow this great game across the continent is a special part of the club’s atmosphere.

“Our goals for the year are to finish first and get as many people to join the club, discover AFL and join the family,” said Patacq.

With two sides who know how to pile it on the scoreboard, it should be raining goals in Lyon and make for an exciting spectacle for onlookers of the massive 2019 CNFA Semi Final. With a spot in the Grand Final on the line, is sure to be one for the ages.

Special thanks to Fine Wine Partners for their support of the growth of the game throughout Europe.

Liam McAllion – AFL Europe

Community Spotlight – Ian Mitchell

Watching AFL for the first time is normally a confusing experience, but for Ian Mitchell he was curious straight away, admiring the skills, athleticism and excitement of a sport like no other.

Ian returned to England after a year in Australia in 2006 and realised he had become bored with ‘soccer’, so he googled ‘Aussie Rules in the UK’. Up popped the Birmingham Bears, who were trying to start up a team and away he went.

Since then, Ian has played, coached and volunteered in AFL. He has captained both England and Great Britain at major tournaments across the globe, as well as being an assistant coach for the European Legion which included “legends of the game in Tadhg Kennelly and Brad Ottens”.

Now Ian is the coach of the Great Britain Swans while also being the president of his home club, the Wolverhampton Wolverines, which he formed ten years ago.

Ian feels that AFL in Europe is at a crucial stage as the game continues to grow, particularly the women’s, but a large amount of attention needs to be put on the next generation coming through.

“Many of the volunteers have now been involved for a long period of time and the sport needs some investment from the AFL to sustain and grow it,” he said. “In my opinion, a huge focus needs to be placed on bringing through the next generation of players who can drive teams and countries forwards in term of participation and performance standards.”

Getting the game to grow at a junior level has been a challenge for many teams, with already established sports holding steady like ‘soccer’, rugby and cricket. However, teams and countries are starting to change their attention to the next young stars coming through, a key area in Ian’s opinion.

“I hope that we can develop a sustainable program to introduce the game to schools and young people, enabling the game that has given me so much in my adult life to greater influence the lives of young people across Europe,” he said.

By attracting new players, teams and countries, Ian believes that major events like the Euro Cup and European Championships will see the performance levels continue on their upward trajectory.

Back on a local level and his club, the Wolverines, are celebrating their 10-year anniversary after being founded in 2009.

“We are planning to celebrate with a whole league social at our ground when we host the AFLCNE carnival round as we recognise that without the other teams then there would have been no football to play for the last ten years!” He said.

“On the pitch, we are looking to develop a women’s side to run alongside the men’s. Long-established international Sophie Morris and I will be heading that, as George Dibble and Rhys Lincoln take on the reigns of the men from me.”

Coaching women’s football doesn’t stop there for Ian, as his GB Swans have their sights fully focused on defending the European Championships held in London this coming October.

After that, they will turn their attention to the 2020 International Cup in Melbourne and Ian believes by getting their ethos and culture right, the correct results will follow.

Another busy year ahead for the AFL community in Europe and Ian will certainly be amongst the best of it at a local and national level as he aims to lead his teams forward while bringing new people into the game and learning to love it as he has since 2006.

Angus Boyle – AFL Europe

Belushi’s Bar & St Christopher’s Inns continue AFL Europe partnership

AFL Europe is excited to announce that they will continue their partnership with Belushi’s Bars & St Christopher’s Inns in 2019. Now into its second year, this partnership will help continue to promote and develop Australian Football in Europe.

With five bars spread over London and 21 hostels across Europe, Belushi’s Bars and St Christopher’s Inns are one of Europe’s leading accommodation venues that host a variety of Australian and international events.

As part of the partnership, Belushi’s Bars will show weekly AFL matches at their various venues around Europe, whilst St Christopher’s Inns will also be the accommodation partner for the European Championships hosted in London this coming October. With hostels and bars across the continent, Belushi’s Bars & St Christopher Inns will host a variety of Australian Football events throughout the year.

Belushi’s Group Marketing Manager Ben Kelly said this partnership is great for all involved due to the potential of Australian Football in Europe.

“Australian Football is a sport which is really making an impact across Europe. We are excited to continue this partnership and be involved in the game. There is a great community getting involved all over Europe, and we are happy to keep supporting AFL Europe,” Kelly said.

AFL Europe General Manager Ryan Davey said it’s an exciting time for both brands, and to have Belushi’s Bars & St Christopher’s Inns on board again is exciting for the game in Europe.

“After a successful first year of the partnership in 2018, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Belushi’s Bars & St Christopher’s Inns. Belushi’s Bars will provide the AFL Community here in Europe with a place to watch their favourite AFL team play each week, whilst St Christopher’s Inns will continue to be a fantastic accommodation partner for our teams whether they are travelling for tournaments or holidaying with friends,” Davey said.

To see what events Belushi’s are hosting over the next couple of months, head to or follow them on Facebook (@belushis.bars), Twitter and Instagram (@Belushis).

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds

Each week AFL Europe will take a look around the continent at the Australian Football highlights and thrilling matches. This Around the Grounds article delves into the standout performances from the weekend’s action and is presented by PSS International Removals.


In Round Four of the SANH league, the Zagreb Panthers took on the Sesvete Redlegs in a big clash with the season well underway. The Panthers recorded a 24-point win but had to battle hard against the Redlegs. In sunny weather, the conditions were suitable for fast, attacking football and despite the Redlegs best efforts throughout, it was the Panthers who had more composure to get the win in the end.

Final Scores (SANH)

Women’s: Zagreb Panthers (56) defeated Sesvete Redlegs (32)



Over in AFLG, the Dresden Wolves battled the Zuffenhausen Giants as part of their Round Four round-robin fixture. In a see-sawing game, the Wolves managed to hold on in a relatively low scoring game as both defences performed well.  After a strong start by Dresden, the Giants managed to attack late in the game, but the Wolves held strong to record an eight-point win in a close and entertaining encounter. Both teams now have the next couple of weeks off before Round Five on the 15th of June.

Final Scores (AFLG)

Men’s: Dresden Wolves (38) defeated Zuffenhausen Giants (30)



A thrilling game between the Huddersfield Rams and the Nottingham Scorpions took place in the CNE league on the weekend. In a high scoring, attacking match, the result of this game went right down to the wire, but it was the Rams who came out on top by a single point to record their first win of the season. Heading into this match, both teams were still looking for their opening win of the season and a close battle ensued with both sides fighting it out all day. In the end, the visiting side took the four-points back to West Yorkshire in a thriller.

Final Scores (Central and Northern England League)

Men’s: Huddersfield Rams (94) defeated Nottingham Scorpions (93)



The ALFA Lions secured top spot in the CNFA after a big win over the Paris Cockerels. Going into the last game of the season to decide who would finish where in the top 4, the Lions started strong and never looked back as they led at every break on their way to recording a 54-point win. The Cockerels had their opportunities but managed to kick 18 behinds, while only putting through six goals. The Lions attacked all day and this victory means they go into their semi-final against Stade Toulousain A having finished on top of the ladder. For the Cockerels, they will still be confident ahead of a massive semi-final against local rivals the Paris Cockatoos.

Final Scores (CNFA)

ALFA Lions (16.12.108) defeated Paris Cockerels (6.18.54)


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Angus Boyle – AFL Europe

Nicola Barr joins AFL Europe in Game Development role

AFL Europe is pleased to announce that GWS Giants player Nicola Barr has joined the team in a part-time Game Development role to support the growth of AFL in Europe.

Originally travelling to Europe for her own personal travel experiences, Nicola has agreed to also support AFL Europe by attending club training sessions, match days and events to help grow and promote the game across the continent. 

“I’m very excited to be here in Europe and be a part of the AFL Europe team. I love Australian Football and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world playing the game,” Barr said.

As part of her role, Nicola will be visiting various clubs while supporting players and coaches in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

“Coming from AFL Women’s, I can relate to growing and developing the game from a playing perspective. We are a relatively new competition at the professional level, and so it’s really important for us to learn as much as we can in a short period of time in order to perform at our best,” Barr said.

“I hope I can bring some experience of growing the game to AFL Europe as well as teaching as much as I can.”

Nicola Barr sharing some tips at a training session in Switzerland

This is a major coup for AFL Europe, due to Nicola’s footballing history as an AFLW player. She was selected by the GWS Giants as the number one draft pick in the inaugural AFLW Draft, where she has established herself as a leading player on the half-back line where she provides plenty of run and carry on top of her accurate kicking.

AFL Europe General Manager Ryan Davey says having Nicola on board is a great opportunity.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our players, coaches and staff across Europe. Nicola has played, and continues to play, at the highest level back in Australia and we are thrilled that she is now able to share her experiences and Football knowledge with our AFL Community in Europe. We are incredibly thankful to have the support of Nicola and the GWS Giants,” Davey said.

Nicola Barr running a training session in Croatia

Already Nicola has visited a variety of teams in France, Switzerland and Croatia helping run training sessions and getting involved with the clubs.

“All of the teams have been incredibly welcoming and I’m grateful for them having me along! Every team I’ve seen so far are so enthusiastic and it’s great to see the same camaraderie that I know exists in Australian teams over here too. It’s such a good sport to keep you really fit at the same time as learning new skills and meeting new people,” Barr said.

To have Nicola Barr join AFL Europe is fantastic news, and her experience in the game will be invaluable to the AFL Europe community when she interacts with a variety of clubs at their training sessions and events.

Nicola Barr following a training session in France

Angus Boyle – AFL Europe

Belushi’s Presents: Player Spotlight – Tomas Nemec

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. 

Living in the Czech Republic his whole life, Tomas did not have any interaction with AFL growing up.

The popular sport of soccer did not interest him, as Tomas thought the physical nature of rugby would be a better fit.

Tomas was first introduced to Australian Football while at university after a friend invited him to come and try out. After his first session, he immediately fell in love with the Australia game. 

“When my friend from university asked me if I wanted to try AFL… I didn’t hesitate. I went to the first training session and I loved it.”

Playing for over eight years now, Tomas can be considered a veteran of the sport in Europe and is a skilful and experienced campaigner.

Whilst learning the game, Tomas was shocked by the level of skills and attributes required to play a game of AFL, and is why he finds the Australian game is so unique and interesting.

“I like how it’s a perfect mixture of sports – running, jumping, tackling, kicking, it has it all.”

With new tournaments starting each year in various countries and the overall standard of European players growing, the popularity of AFL in Europe is on the rise and Tomas is all for it.

“You can see the AFL game is growing in Europe and it’s getting bigger and bigger every year. The teams all across Europe are getting better and more competitive. So I think the future is bright.”

Tomas has continued to improve over his playing career, and is known to put his body on the line to win the hardball for his team.

“Our trainer says I like to smash people and also being smashed, as I play in the midfield, there is a lot of tackling involved. So I guess my strengths would be tackling and gathering the ball.”

These crucial skills were on show at the 2017 Euro Cup in Bordeaux, when Tomas was selected in the team of the tournament and was also named as the best player for the Czech Republic side.

Whilst extremely passionate about the game of AFL, Tomas is even more dedicated to his family and admits that despite his love of playing for his club and country – his family certainly comes first.

“To be honest its harder every year, to dedicate my free time to AFL. Family is first place on my list, but I am still always trying to find time for AFL and my teammates… as I have found many very good friends thanks to this sport.”


Special thanks to Belushi’s for helping grow the game in Europe

Liam McAllion – AFL Europe

Irish Watch – Round Ten Review

It was a special weekend in the AFL, as teams around the league came together to celebrate the contributions of its Indigenous players for Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

Often producing pieces of magic, the game’s indigenous stars came out to play in their special round producing a number of special highlights that will be talked about for weeks to come.

On a weekend dedicated to the first Australians, it was also great to see another string of strong performances by our Irish cohort in round 10.

With it being Sir Doug Nicholls Round there is no better place to start than the annual Dreamtime at the G contest which featured Conor McKenna’s Bombers and the in-form Tigers.

On a wet and dreary night in Melbourne, it was a relatively dull match for the majority at the MCG with the poor weather and dominant Tigers resulting in a rather boring affair.

It would take a last quarter fightback from the Bombers to breath some life back into the match, as they began to utilize their trademark run and dash style of play to almost pinch an unlikely victory.

At the forefront of the Essendon fightback was McKenna, who after a quiet start to the match, roared to life in the latter stages to help get the Bombers back on track.

On a night not made for slick running defenders, his numbers were down a bit from the early part of the season only collecting 16 disposals and two marks.

He still managed to have a large impact on the game though, featuring in a number of Essendon’s exciting plays from the back half and really becoming a general across the half-back line.

His disposal efficiency was particularly impressive on Saturday night, as he went at a very solid 81% in what can only be described as trying conditions.

Elsewhere on Saturday night, the ladder leading Cats would take a trip up north the face the battling Suns at Metricon Stadium.

Flying the Irish flag for Geelong would again be stout defenders Mark O’Connor and Zach Tuohy, who throughout the first half of the season have become integral parts to the competition’s premier back six.

In what was surprisingly a tight tussle for three quarters, Tuohy would take another step forward in his return to top form following an injury-interrupted start to the season.

Slotting in beautifully across half-back, the experienced campaigner would rack up an impressive 19 disposals, four marks and four tackles in the Cats 27 point win.

His ability to read the play was a particular highlight of his game, as he took a number of strong intercept marks and came through with some clutch defensive spoils in a well-rounded display.

O’Connor would also continue to stake his claim on a spot in the Cats best 22 come the pointy end of the season with another superb defensive performance.

Despite not doing much on the offensive end with just the eight touches on the night, his stout defence was critical for the Cats throughout the night as he was rarely beaten one on one, and allowed the likes of Tuohy, Tom Stewart and Harry Taylor to play with more freedom.

Sydney’s Colin O’Riordan would again find himself on the Friday night stage, as the Swans took on powerhouses Collingwood at the SCG to kick off Indigenous round.

Coming in as heavy underdogs, Sydney battled hard from start to finish to give the Magpies a major scare for the majority of the evening.

Led by Sam Reid’s six goals, the Swans truly tested the reigning grand finalists all night with the class of the Magpies eventually seeing them claim a tough seven-point win.

After garnering some success upon his return to the AFL side, O’Riordan was again solid for the Swans across half back and the wing, matching up with a number of the talented Magpies forwards and midfielders.

Renowned for his hard approach to the game and excellent work at the contest, O’Riordan would claim 12 disposals and two tackles on Friday night in more of a shutdown role across the half-back line.

This would see him have some big defensive moments especially late, as he constantly went hard when the ball was there and got things going positively for his team.

On a slippery night, he would also use the ball at a crisp 75% as he continues to develop into a highly skilled player.

Saturday afternoon would see Indigenous round move to Tasmania with the Hawks taking on Port Adelaide in a ladder shaping encounter.

On a cold day in Launceston, the Hawks would return to their very best as some excellent team defence and slick ball movement saw them claim a healthy 31 point victory.

After returning to the side last week, Conor Glass was again solid in the back half helping keep the likes of talented youngsters Connor Rozee and Karl Amon very quiet for the majority of the afternoon.

He would also do some nice things with the ball in hand, going at 75% disposals efficiency from his 12 disposals.

Zac Standish – AFL Europe

Match of the Round

Belfast Redbacks v Galway Magpies (ARFLI Men’s Premiership)

25.05.19  Mallusk Playing Fields 13:30


This weekend’s ARFLI matchup will see a grand final rematch grace the fields of Mallusk as reigning premiers the Belfast Redbacks take on the 2018 runners-up, the Galway Magpies.

Heading into Round 3 of the 2019 competition, the Redbacks have held onto their undefeated status from the 2018 season thanks to a solid pre-season effort.

With slick ball movement and smart use of the body around contests, the Redbacks have got themselves to the top of the table, however they’ll come up against perhaps their toughest opposition yet when they face the fierce Magpies tomorrow afternoon.

The Magpies are a thrilling team in their own right, and their ability to run out games with their high footy-IQ is sure to be on display when they come looking for revenge this round.

“The Galway Magpies are certainly formidable opponents for our third game of the season and shouldn’t be underestimated”, said Belfast Redbacks President Conor Mallon.

“The Magpies and the Redbacks have built a great rivalry over last few years, with the Redbacks beating us in 3 previous grand finals. It would be nice to beat them on their home turf as we’ve only done that once in our history – they are always tough games!” said Shaun Murphy, Galway Magpies President.


The Redbacks have had a larger pre-season than usual, with their appearance at the AFL Europe Champions League tournament in April proving to be a big motivator for the team over the winter season. The Redbacks battled through the best teams in Europe undefeated, until a close loss in the grand final saw the hosting Amsterdam Devils take out the title for 2019.

“It would be hard to top our unbeaten 2018 season but we are certainly aiming to be back to back Premiers this season and take on the best in Europe again at the 2020 Champions League. We took a lot of positives from this tournament and there is certainly an appetite to be back again next year and be the first Irish team to lift the title in the history of the tournament” said Mallon.

There’ll be a wealth of talent on display this weekend, with both sides featuring a blend of young and experienced players to watch out for, with plenty of representatives from the Irish Warriors national side pulling on the Redback and Magpie kits.

Belfast credit much of their success to their tight-knit club culture, both on and off the field, and some recent player recruitment has helped to kick their 2019 campaign off to a flying start. “David McElhone, Dean Skinner, and Kyle Devine put in some great individual performances during last season and at the Champions League so we are expecting more of the same from these guys this season. We also have some great new recruits like Ben Hoey” said Mallon.

“Our team goals this year have obviously been to take the next step and win the league, but more importantly to grow the club both on and off the field and recruit new players to Aussie Rules in the West of Ireland. Two of our players to watch are young Conor Fahy and our captain Kevin McDonnell.” said Murphy.


The spectators in Belfast are certainly in for a treat this weekend and we look forward to recapping this top of the table clash in next week’s Around the Grounds.

Stay up to date on the Belfast Redbacks here and the Galway Magpies here. 


Special thanks to Fine Wine Partners for their support of the growth of the game throughout Europe.

Liam McAllion – AFL Europe

AFL Europe Umpire Spotlight – Yann Cornaton

For Yann Cornaton, umpiring has given him the opportunity to travel all over Europe and watch the best teams battle it out from the best seat in the house.

Having been involved with AFL since 2010, Yann originally began as a player with the Strasbourg Kangaroos but decided to give umpiring a try during his third year in the game as there was a lack of officials in France.

With a desire to gain a deeper knowledge of the sport, he also enjoys being able to watch the game from right where the action is taking place. “Being so close to the game is a thrilling experience,” he said.

“Moreover, what I enjoy is contributing to the development of Australian football in my home country and at the European level,” Yann said.

Due to some health issues last year, Yann has had to give up playing the sport, but the chance to umpire allows him to stay involved in the game. As of this year, he is responsible for organising the umpiring department in the French League.

That is just one of the benefits of umpiring, according to Yann, as it gives an opportunity to those who may no longer be able to play a chance to still be involved in the game.

Yann encourages anyone who is thinking about getting involved with umpiring to give it a try.

“The umpiring team is always very welcoming towards anybody willing to join… When the game has ended, umpires and players are part of the same great family and that’s what makes it an awesome experience,” he said.

It also brings with it some unique stories, as Yann has encountered on numerous occasions.

“A friendly tournament had been organised in Strasbourg with the French, Swiss and Dutch national team. I was umpiring with Chris Goodman, an English umpire and a friend. When we arrived on the field there was a huge swarm of flying ants just above the ground, a big living black cloud, but we played anyway. It was funny to see the flying ants staying on the field and the players running through the swarm, ending up covered with ants at the end of every match,” Yann said.

During another game, again in Strasbourg, it started to snow. With a number of Australian’s playing, some of them were seeing snow for the first time so they stopped playing and started having a snowball fight in the middle of the game.

Umpiring has taken Yann all over France, wherever there is football being played, but on top of that, his experiences on the footy field have also taken place all over Europe.

So far in his career, he has umpired in Amsterdam twice for the Champions League as well as in Bordeaux and Cork for the Euro Cup.

This year, his goal is to take control of a full-sized Australian rules game. “I have so far only umpired the 9-a-side game, so I guess my next goal is experimenting with 18-aside”, he said.

Yann’s long term goals are to see what football is like around the world. “Maybe once I’ll be able to go outside of Europe to discover what footy looks like on other continents,” he said.

For now, though, he is focusing on his role in France and being involved with the European umpiring scene as there is a big year ahead which involves the Champions League in Amsterdam followed by the Euro Cup in Norrtälje, Sweden, and European Championships in London.

Angus Boyle – AFL Europe

Belushi’s Presents: Player Spotlight – Bridgette Allen

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. 

One of the most passionate Australian football players in all of Europe has to be Bridgette Allen.

Originally from New Zealand, Bridgette discovered a love for the sport when moving to the AFL capital of the world, Melbourne.

Bridgette gradually gained interest in the Australian game when living there and was not sure how this new interest would fair in her move to London.

“Initially I was disappointed I couldn’t play in Europe, until I realised London had a thriving women’s league.”

Hockey still being Bridgette’s main sport, she has found this passion towards a totally different game style and like many others that are new to the sport, the overall freedom this Australian game has to offer, is so enticing.

“I am a goalkeeper in hockey so partly what I love about footy is the chance to run wild on the field.”

With her excitement for introducing others to the sport, Bridgette is a fantastic advocate for the game in Europe, which has shone through much of her recent success.

“I have leadership, attitude and enthusiasm. I love getting people as excited about footy as I am!”

Winning an impressive back to back AFL London Premierships with the Wandsworth Demons in 2017 and 2018, Bridgette was a big part of this thriving team both on and off the field.

If winning two premierships in Europe’s largest league was not impressive enough already, Bridgette’s love for the game took her all the way to France, where she demonstrated sportsmanship at it’s best by playing for the French national side who were struggling for numbers at the annual ANZAC Cup.

“I was lucky enough to play for the French team in the 2018 ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux, an inspiring and moving experience.”

Since moving from London to Amsterdam in late 2018, Bridgette challenged herself once again by launching the first women’s Australian Football team in the Netherlands. This expansion saw the already thriving Amsterdam Devils debut their inaugural womens team, ten years on from launch of their mens club back in 2009.

Without a fellow womens club based in the Netherlands to play regular games against, the Devils are going out of their way to arrange games with other European women’s teams wherever possible.

“It can be pretty busy as hockey is my main sport, so I try and fit footy in around playing that as well. It’s been especially challenging while here in Amsterdam and starting the Devils women’s team from scratch.”

The Devils were also able to play host to the recent Champions League tournament, which saw 23 European teams descend on Amsterdam for a jam packed day of high quality football and provide some valuable game experience to the newer sides.

“Amsterdam for Champions League is an incredibly unique and special atmosphere, to see the whole complex taken over by AFL teams from all across Europe for the day makes for an unreal tournament.”

With Bridgette supporting first hand the growth of Australian Football around Europe, she is a great ambassador for the AFL Women’s community and looks forward to seeing the future development of the sport.

“I think as the game continues to grow back in Australia we are finding equal growth in Europe and also other countries around the world! I think it’s an incredibly exciting time to be playing footy and hope to see increasing numbers of girls and women taking up the sport.”


Liam McAllion – AFL Europe