PSS Announcement

PSS International Removals have re-joined AFL Europe as official partners for a third consecutive year in 2019.

A family-run business, PSS International Removals deal in assisting individuals with their International move, which includes moving baggage, household items and vehicles to many countries across the world including Australia and the UK, with a goal to help make the relocation process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Since 2017, PSS International Removals have been the naming partner for AFL Europe’s weekly ‘Around the Grounds’ article, capturing a snapshot of Australian Football matches played across Europe each weekend.

Director of PSS International Removals, John Moynes, said they are proud to once again partner with AFL Europe

“This is our third year with AFL Europe and during this time we have helped numerous AFL members with their International move. As a partner of AFL Europe, we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer all their members significant discounts on their international moves and look forward to a long-lasting partnership,” Moynes said.

AFL Europe values the commitment and relationship developed over the past two years with PSS International Removals and are excited that they are continuing in 2019.

“John and the team at PSS International Removals have been great supporters of AFL Europe and we are very pleased to continue our partnership in 2019. Each year we turn to PSS to manage our football and equipment shipments from Australia to the UK and their service has been absolutely first class. We cannot thank PSS International Removals enough for their support of AFL in Europe and we look forward to working with them again in the year ahead” said AFL Europe General Manager Ryan Davey.

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Match of the Round

AFL Masters European Tour

Australia AFL Masters v French Coqs

7/06/2019  Stade la Grenouillère  15:00

This Sunday the 7th of July, the 2019 AFL Masters European tour will begin with Australia taking on the French national side.

With successful tours of England, Ireland, China and India over the past 10 years, the Australian Masters side returns to Europe for 2019 in the month of July.

The Australian Masters side will play three AFL games on this tour, against France, Sussex and an England All Stars side. They’ll also be travelling to Ireland to play two International Rules games against Galway and an All Ireland side.

The team is made up of 40 to 50 year olds, who have played Australian Football their whole life and now play in the thriving AFL Masters competition in Australia, they will show their experience and developed skills this weekend.

Up against a fierce French team, these sides have not played against each other before and will create a great spectacle for the French locals.

Fresh off the back of last weekend’s Euro Cup in Sweden, where they finished 4th overall, the French Coqs have plenty of recent international experience under their belt to capitalise on.

They will have to adapt from this nine-a side-tournament to a full 18 this weekend but are a close group who are starting to build their experience together.

Looking to build from recent experience and with six debutants in this match, the Coqs are looking to learn from the past to get over the Australians.

As elaborated on by Coach, Andrew Unsworth, “It is a great chance to experiment with some different players and positions. Also, we can apply our lessons learned from Euro Cup just last week.”

ANZAC Cup Winners 2019 – French Coqs

This will be the last chance that the France national side will have for full scale match preparation ahead of the AFL Europe European Championships in October, so there will be a variety of tactics displayed throughout the match.

Being great ambassadors for growth of the game, these Australian players, particularly Mark Cornish, share the excitement for the match-up and for the future of AFL in Europe.

“We are super excited to be the first ever AFL Masters team to set foot on French soil and we look forward to a great game.  We are proud and looking forward to the opportunity to fly the AFL Masters banner and help promote AFL in Europe.”

The Australian Masters team, coached by past Eagles and Lions AFL player, Brent Staker, is made up of some experienced campaigners.

This is a great contrast to the French side, who are less experienced and haven’t played the game their whole lives, however their speed, agility and time as a team together recently will go a long way towards them putting up some stiff competition for the Aussies.

French Coach, Andrew Unsworth believes the Australians will be a tough match-up, but explains if his side can stick to their plan they can win this one.

“We expect a highly skilled Aussie side that has the ability to score quickly if they are not under pressure, so we need to make sure that we keep up the pressure while getting our running game going.”

In what will create even more awareness and growth for footy in France, this match will provide amazing memories for all involved and with the pace of the French team and the size in contests of the Australians, it will be a thrilling match.

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Australian Masters Tour 2016

AFL Masters European Tour

Upcoming Matches:

AFL Masters v French Coqs – Sunday 7th July at 3.00pm, Stade la Grenouillère, Antony

AFL Masters v Sussex Swans, Wednesday 10th July at 6.00pm, Brighton

 AFL Masters v England,  Saturday 13th July at 4.30pm, Wimbledon

AFL Masters v Galway (International Rules), Tuesday 16th at 4:30pm, Pearse Stadium Galway

AFL Masters v Ireland (International Rules), Saturday 20th July at 4:00pm, The Denn GAA Club, County Cavan


Liam McAllion – AFL Europe

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

Umpire Spotlight – Katrina Stopinski

Now into her 12th season of umpiring Australian Football, Katrina Stopinski is one of the most experienced umpires in Europe.

It’s not just the number of years that she has been umpiring for that makes her one of the most experienced and respected umpires in Europe, but it’s the commitment she gives to her role and the game of football that has got her to where she is now.

After umpiring in last weekends Euro Cup in Sweden, Kat has now umpired in a total of 10 countries, an incredible feat.

On top of that, since moving to London in 2017, she has umpired in three Champions League tournaments, three Euro Cups, two Haggis Cups, the Fitzpatrick Cup, inaugural St Petersburg Cup, AFL England National University League, CEAFL in Prague, and a range of other games around London and the UK.

With her role as Head of Umpiring in AFL London, she has been very busy this year, but the work she puts in is invaluable and her effort has been key to the umpiring department’s strength.

It’s clear to see why she is so well known across Europe and the UK, having been involved in so many games over the last couple of years.

Kat has been involved with footy for nearly as long as she can remember, but her umpiring career began 12 years ago.

“My involvement with footy began hanging out at my brother’s games, which eventually turned into being a water carrier, goal umpire, interchange steward, timekeeper, umpire escort, boundary umpire and sports trainer – pretty much any role you could fill, I’ve done it,” she said.

“Women’s football was still in its infancy, so when I finished school (the only place I ever played footy), I started umpiring as a part-time job.”

Kat went on to umpire for a number of years at a junior level before being asked to be part of a Reserves game in which the umpiring panel was all female. After that game, her umpiring coaches gave her some fantastic feedback, believing she could make the step up to umpire a Senior men’s game, which she did the following year, moving from Division 3 Reserves to Division 2 Seniors in one season.

She then umpired the highest junior age Grand-Final and the Division 1 Under 18 Grand Final and her pathway continued into the next year, umpiring at the National Under 18 Girls Championship where she umpired the Grand Final and was named Umpire of the Tournament.

A fantastic list of achievements, but for Kat, her ultimate goal for umpiring was achieved a few weeks after the Under 18 Girls National Championships, when she debuted in the Division 1 Seniors, becoming the first ever female field umpire to officiate at that level in her league.

According to Kat, the main reason she umpires is that it combines three of her favourite things: football, fitness and friends.

“You also have the best seat in the house being in the middle of the field!” She said.

She has also met some amazing people in the umpiring community and many of her close friends today have come from that group.

“Umpiring groups are just like footy clubs; we train, we work hard on game day, we have social functions and we aim to be on the field on the grand final day! Umpiring also requires a lot of teamwork, between field, goal and boundary umpires which I like as I have grown up participating in team sports,” she said.

With a goal to umpire in as many countries across the world as possible, anything seems possible to Kat as she aims to add to her already impressive list of achievements.

As one of the most accomplished umpires in Europe, Kat will continue to umpire where she can, when she can and is already looking forward to making it 11 countries to have umpired in when she travels to Switzerland in August.

Euro Cup 2019 Tournament Review

The 2019 Euro Cup saw 16 national teams travel to Norrtajle, Sweden for Europe’s major 9-a-side competition. Under clear blue skies, 68 matches took place across five different pitches to crown the 2019 Euro Cup winners.

With over 350 players as well as coaches, team staff, volunteers, umpires, family and friends, the Norrtajlie Sportcentrum was packed out by the AFL Europe community with a great turnout from the locals.

It all came down to the two Grand Finals which saw England and Ireland go head to head in both the men’s and women’s finals.

In the women’s, it was the Irish Banshees who proved to be the best team as they secured back to back Euro Cups, defeating the England Vixens by 30 points after a strong second-half performance.

Over in the men’s, the tables were turned as the England Dragonslayers won another Euro Cup to add to their previous success in the tournament by defeating the Irish Warriors by seven points in an even contest where the key difference was converting forward-50 entries to scores.


Women’s Competition

Pool A:

In Pool A, Ireland was looking to finish top of their group, and they did just that winning all three games, with an impressive average winning margin of 78 points in their group games. In their semi-final, Ireland only conceded one goal against Sweden as their outstanding form continued. Against rivals, the England Vixens, in the Grand Final, the game was tight at the start, but Ireland’s fitness and ball skill were key to their 30 point victory as they lifted the Euro Cup for the second year in a row.

The German Eagles were hoping to improve on last years result and they managed to achieve just that in their second ever appearance as a national team. They won two of their pool games, against Wales and Croatia, before reaching the semi-final where they fell short against the England Vixens by just five points in one of the most thrilling matches of the day. They then played Sweden for third place and won as the Eagles secured a bronze medal for 2019.

Wales opened their Euro Cup campaign with a fantastic 14 point win over the Croatian Queens, but couldn’t match the strength of Germany and Ireland in their next two group games. In the Bowl semi-final, the Welsh produced an impressive performance against Switzerland, winning by 10 points. In the Bowl Cup final, the Welsh fell short against a strong French side, as Wales finished the tournament in sixth place.

The Croatian Queens started off their 2019 Euro Cup in an entertaining game against Wales, but they fell short by 14 points in the end. In their next two games, they battled hard but injuries hampered their effort and tested their depth as they were defeated by Germany and Ireland. They played France in the Bowl Cup semi-final and despite being close early, lost by 39 points. In the battle for the seventh place, the Swiss prevailed as the Croatian’s finished in eighth place.

Pool B:

Over in Pool B, England Vixens were excellent in defence as they only conceded two goals on their way to finishing on top of their pool. In the semi-final against Germany, which went down to the final seconds, the Vixens managed to hold on by five points to book a place in the Grand Final. Against Ireland, the Vixens battled hard but couldn’t match the skill of the Irish, coming away from the tournament with another silver medal.

The hosting Swedish Ravens finished second in the group after close wins over France and Switzerland before losing out to England in their final pool match. In the semi-final, the Swedish faced the in-form Banshees, losing the semi but with the chance to still win a medal. Against Germany, the hosts challenged the Eagles but ultimately lost as they finished fourth in the competition.

France started off slowly in the group stage, losing to England and Sweden but bounced back well to win against the Swiss before winning their Bowl semi-final in style against Croatia. Up against Wales, the French showed their quality with the ball as they finished the tournament as Bowl winners with a 14-point win and finished in fifth place.

Despite not winning a game in their pool, the Swiss proved to be tough opposition in their inaugural tournament as they challenged Sweden and France in two close games. In the Bowl semi-final, they couldn’t keep up with a fast Welsh team, losing by 10 points in another close match. Playing Croatia in the battle for seventh place, the Swiss finished off strong with an impressive 16-point win.

Irish Banshees defeated the England Vixens in the Women’s Grand Final.

Men’s Competition

Pool A:

In Pool A of the men’s draw, the German Eagles began with two comprehensive victories before a tight eight-point win over Croatia saw them finish the group stage undefeated. In the quarterfinals, they comfortably beat Wales, but couldn’t match the strength of England, losing by just 13 points in the semi-final. Up against France in the battle for third place, Germany secured their second bronze medal of the tournament in a close six-point win.

Finishing second in Pool A, the Croatian Knights secured comfortable wins against Austria and Finland but lost out to an in-form Germany. In the quarters, they were defeated by the impressive Irish side but bounced back well to win their semi-final against the Netherlands. Against the hosts, Sweden, for fifth place, the Knights lost by just 10 points to finish the competition in sixth.

After a tough start with two losses in a row, Austria bounced back well against Finland. Despite having many shots on goal, Austria lost their quarter-final against the Czech Republic. In the semi-final, they were defeated by an impressive Israel team before Austria finished off their campaign on a positive note with a good win against Poland as they finished 15th.

In their first Euro Cup since 2013, Finland found it tough early losing their three pool games and the quarter-final against Switzerland. They finally got their reward for effort in their win against Poland with a 23-point win, before being defeated by Israel as the Finnish side concluded their first Euro Cup tournament in six years in 14th position.


Pool B:

France was the dominant team in Pool B, conceding just two goals as they went on to win all three games in a comfortable manner. They then went on to win their quarter-final by 30 points against the Netherlands but lost to the strong Ireland side in the semi-final. In a tight contest for bronze, the French lost by just six points to the Germans as France finished in 4th place.

The host team, Swedish Elks, beat Scotland and Russia but lost to France in the group stage. Following that, they were defeated by a dominant England side in the quarter-finals. However, the hosts went on to win an enthralling contest by seven points against Wales in the semi-final. They then won an entertaining final against Croatia to be crowned the Bowl Champions and come away with a 5th place finish in their home tournament.

Scotland started off positively with a win against Russia but lost to both Sweden and France in their group. They won their quarter-final in convincing fashion against Poland and also won their semi against Switzerland. In a replay of their first game, the Scottish won against Russia with a bright performance to finish the Euro Cup as Plate Champions, finishing ninth overall.

Despite a tough start, losing their group games, Russia hit form in the finals, beating Israel in the quarter-final and the Czech Republic in the semi. Up against their opponents from their first Pool B game, Russia put up a good fight but just fell short against Scotland as they finished in 10th place, illustrating the fantastic improvement in the Russian team.


Pool C:

The eventual Euro Cup champions, the England Dragonslayers, won all their pool games convincingly by an average margin of 58 points. A big win in the quarter-final saw them move to the semi’s where they defeated Germany by 13 points in their closest game to date. In the Grand Final against Ireland, the Dragonslayers were more clinical in front of goal as they became the 2019 Champions after a narrow seven-point victory.

Finishing second in the pool, the Netherlands started off with two important wins but went down to England in their final group match. They then lost to France in the quarterfinals and to Croatia in the semi-finals. In the 7th Place play-off against Wales, the Welsh side was too strong as the Netherlands ended their tournament in eighth place.

A tough start against England and the Netherlands, Israel defeated Poland in an impressive 40-point win to finish their group games. The quarter-final game against Russia was close, but Israel lost by just seven points. In the semi-final, they defeated Austria after a great defensive display, conceding just a point, before defeating Finland to end their tournament in 13th place.

In their first ever Euro Cup tournament, Poland, unfortunately, didn’t win a game as they finished 16th but showed their potential in a number of games. They managed to kick a goal in their first ever Euro Cup game and also scored two goals in their final match against Austria. This experience will go a long way to their growth as a team and nation new to Australian Football.


Pool D:

Eventual runners-up, Ireland, topped their group comfortably on their way to the final. They had another big win in the quarter-final against Croatia by 59-points. Another strong performance in the semi-final against France helped them continue their form going into the Grand Final. Coming up against rivals England, they couldn’t keep that form up all the way through, as they lost in a close game by just seven points to finish with the silver medal.

Starting off with two wins, Wales were looking strong early before losing to Ireland in their last group game. They were then defeated by Germany in the quarter-finals and lost the semi-final against the hosts Sweden. In their final game, they finished with a good win over the Netherlands by 35 points in a great attacking display as they finished the tournament in seventh place.

A close loss to Wales to start their campaign, Switzerland then lost to the in-form Irish team but finished off the group strongly with a win over the Czech Republic. In their quarter-final, they won by 28-points against Finland but were defeated by Scotland in the semi. In the battle for 11th place, the Swiss team beat the Czech Republic again, this time by 23 points to finish in 11th spot.

The Czech Republic had a tough group stage, losing all their games, but their form took a turn for the good as they beat Austria in their quarter-final by nine points. They fought valiantly in the semi-final against Russia but ultimately lost before they played Switzerland for the second time in the 11th placed play-off. This game was closer than the group match, but the Czech team lost by 23 points as they finished in 12th place.

England Dragonslayers defeated the Irish Warriors in the Men’s Grand Final.

Final Standings

Women’s Competition:

1. Ireland

2. England

3. Germany

4. Sweden

5. France

6. Wales

7. Switzerland

8. Croatia

Men’s Competition:

1. England

2. Ireland

3. Germany

4. France

5. Sweden

6. Croatia

7. Wales

8. Netherlands

9. Scotland

10. Russia

11. Switzerland

12. Czech Republic

13. Israel

14. Finland

15. Austria

16. Poland

Golden Whistle – Paul Barron

2019 Euro Cup Golden Whistle – Paul Barron

Women’s Team of Tournament:

Croatian Queens – Ana Vukovic

England Vixens – Chloe Hall

French Gauloises – Aralia Pierret

German Eagles – Jennifer Englisch

Swedish Ravens -Malin Anderberg

Swiss Heidis – Katherine Deller

Welsh Wyverns – Nicole Hagan

Player of the Tournament – Irish Banshees – Mairead Coyne

2019 Euro Cup Women’s Team of the Tournament

Men’s Team of the Tournament:

Austrian Avalanche – Bernhard Voller

Czech Republic Dragons – Chris Marias

England Dragonslayers – Andy Cochran

Finland Icebreakers – Aku Immonen

French Coqs – Nicolas Boche

German Eagles – Florian Naumann

Irish Warriors – Cian O’Mahony

Israeli Beasts – Eli Lipshatz

Nederland Flying Dutchmen – Jort Kolman

Polish Devils – Radek Szeniec-Kiedrzynski

Russian Bears – Mikhail Kuropatkin

Scottish Clansmen – Fraser Smith

Swedish Elks – Buster Sund

Swiss Wolves – Dominic Lanz

Welsh Red Dragons – Owain Ryland

Player of the Tournament – Croatian Knights – Dejan Pavkovic

2019 Euro Cup Men’s Team of the Tournament

Thank you to everyone for their support and effort in making this year’s Euro Cup a memorable event. A massive thank you and mention to the umpiring squad for 2019, with a total of 13 umpires covering 68 matches. Thank you for an outstanding effort and your contribution on the day.

A big thanks must be said to AFL Sweden for their amazing management of this event in conjunction with the team at Norrtalje Sportcentrum for hosting us.

We applaud all the volunteers and pitch managers for keeping the day running on time and for their support of the game in Europe.

We would also like to acknowledge the Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Sweden, Sara-Kate Goltz-Wharton and Staffan Tjornhammar the Norrtalje Municipal Commissioner for coming along and supporting this fantastic event.

To all of the teams, players and coaches, congratulations on an amazing tournament played in great spirit both on and off the field, you all represented your nations with pride.

Good luck for the rest of the 2019 season!


Liam McAllion & Angus Boyle – AFL Europe.

Irish Watch – AFL Round 15 Review

Things were back to normal for round 15, as all 18 teams featured in an enthralling weekend of action filled with jaw-dropping highlights and tight finishes.

Round 15 would also see a season high seven Irish players feature across the country, with their influence on the competition as a whole getting stronger and stronger.

 After missing the past seven weeks with a nasty quad injury, experienced Gold Coast defender Pearce Hanley enjoyed a successful return in the Sun’s 42 point loss to Sydney at the SCG.

 Proving to be a welcome addition, Hanley was excellent in sureing up the Suns back half and providing some crucial guidance to what is a very inexperienced Gold Coast defence.

 Critical in shutting down the influence of in form Swans small forward Tom Papley, Hanley slotted back into the Suns half back line beautifully as he showed his worth both defensively and offensively with ball in hand.

The veteran would end up with a solid 21 disposals and seven marks and got through the game with no follow up injury scares.

An important cog to the Suns lineup, Hanley will continue to progress over the next month as they hope to break their ten game losing streak.

The Bombers would return to the Thursday night stage in round 15, this time facing the red hot Giants in the familiar surroundings of Marvel Stadium.

In what was a tight encounter for much of the night, a last quarter surge by the Bombers would prove too much for the GWS, as they run out six point victors in what many thought to be controversial circumstances.

As for Irishman Conor McKenna, his good form would continue under the roof as he again proved critical to the exciting and tough brand of footy being produced by the Bombers in recent weeks.

His pace and skill was on display for all to see on Thursday night, as he constantly looked to get the ball moving quickly and expose the Giants for speed across the half back line.

Finishing up with 17 disposals, six contested possessions and a mark, McKenna was excellent for the Bombers all night and really rose to the occasion in the final term as his side roared its way to a famous victory.

Friday night football would return to the Cattery for the first time in 2019, as the ladder leading Cats took on the fifth placed Crows in a crucial contest.

After a strong start which saw Adelaide get out to a 20 point lead, the class of the Cats would eventually take over in the second half, as Geelong successfully bounced back with a 27 point win. 

The Cat’s Irish defensive duo were again brilliant all night, as they were successful in limiting the influence of a number of Adelaide’s star forwards.  

Although he was relatively quiet with ball in hand only having the nine disposals, Mark O’Connor stood out with some moments especially defensively matched up on the likes of Eddie Betts and Lachy Murphy.  

He also took a number of key marks, and was smart in the way he used the ball to assist the Cats ball movement from defence.

As for Tuohy, it was a relatively quiet night by his lofty standards with 18 disposals and four marks across half back.

His ball use however was certainly on point as he used at an extremely effective 89%, and was consistent in his ability to put the Cats in dangerous positions across the middle of the ground and even inside 50.

He also exhibited an excellent toughness around the contest and was pivotal in his leadership as Geelong’s defence comprehensively got the better of Adelaide’s forward line.  

It was old fashioned wet weather footy at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, as a last gasp goal by Jamie Cripps saw the Eagles get out of jail against the wayward Hawks.

 After an extended period out of the side and some excellent performances in the VFL, forward Conor Nash made his return to the Hawks AFL side.  

In a day that didn’t suit key forwards, Nash toiled hard and experienced some reward with seven disposals, four tackles and a crucial goal to get the Hawks off to a fast start.

His tackling pressure was a particular highlight to his performance on the weekend, as he often made it tough for the Eagles defenders to get the ball outside their defensive 50.  

He also provided a strong target for the Hawks to kick to and was excellent in his ability to compete and assist the likes of Paul Puopolo and Luke Breust in trying conditions.

Meanwhile, Conor Glass was again solid across half back and the wing with his hardness and skills on a wet day simply outstanding.

Finishing up with 11 disposals, four contested possessions, five marks and a tackle, Glass played his role well all day, and was just reliable on a very scrappy day.

 The highlight of his game however would be the way he used the ball, as his 91% efficiency was not only super impressive but critical to how the Hawks went about so nearly upsetting the reigning premiers.