Online workshop with Tackle Your Feelings concludes inaugural Club Development Series

This past Monday saw the conclusion of AFL Europe’s brand new Club Development Series with anzuk Education.

The fourth session of the inaugural program was hosted as an online workshop by Tackle Your Feelings just last night and marks the end of a fantastic four weeks.

The workshop, led by Nick Walsh from the AFL Coaches Association, was delivered to our club representatives to improve the understanding and awareness of mental health, as well as build skills within our clubs to foster an environment where everyone is supported to effectively manage their emotions.

Along with Nick, we were joined by the likes of Jack Barry, Barry Gibson and Jacob Gaynor who all logged on from Australia to present throughout the series and to the topics of Brand & Culture, Social Responsibility and Social Media, respectively.

The program was developed by AFL Europe to provide coaches and administrators within our clubs more support to fulfil their roles with confidence, and create the best environment possible for all players, umpires and volunteers in the footy community.

We were delighted to see more than 130 club representatives from 22 different countries and over 75 different clubs attend the program and are excited to see the positive effect the clubs in our community will gain from this series.

Thank you to all of the dedicated club representatives who attended each session and to Jack, Barry, Jacob and Nick for waking up in the early hours of the morning over in Australia to deliver fantastic presentations.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

Irish Down Under – Aisling McCarthy AFLW

For the ninth episode of Irish Down Under we are thrilled to be joined by Aisling McCarthy from the West Coast Eagles.

The star midfielder has continued her fine form in the AFLW this season after joining the Eagles from the Western Bulldogs just last year.

Growing in skills and confidence, Aish has enjoyed her time playing on-ball for West Coast and developing into an on-field leader.

Hear from Aish as she speaks to Jim and Mike on making the move from Melbourne to Perth and teaming up with the Kelly sisters, developing into more of an on-field leader, reflecting on her years in the league and what lies ahead for her future.

Watch the episode here or listen to it on our podcast, below.

Video Guide:

0:30 – Looking back on her third season in the AFLW.

1:25  – Sustaining a knee injury in round eight.

2:45 – Pushing herself to become more of a leader on-field.

4:16 – “See football, get football!”

5:49 – Positive steps forward for the Eagles in their second season in the league.

7:58 – Living and playing alongside the Kelly sisters.

9:15 – Making the move to Perth; new city, new teammates & new challenges.

11:15 – Growing support and accessibility of the AFLW in Ireland.

12:48 – First time trying Australian football.

14:30 – Skills sessions with Mike & a delayed 2021 pre-season.

16:12 – Rehab and plans moving ahead for 2021.

17:50 – Touching on the physicality of the sport.

19:08 – Aish’s team to beat in the 2021 AFLW finals.

Irish Down Under – Ailish Considine AFLW

Tune into the eighth episode of Irish Down Under where we are joined by Ailish Considine from the Adelaide Crows.

Ailish’s journey into the AFLW is like none other. Within one year, Ailish had played in and won at AFL Europe’s Champions League with West Clare Waves, AFL Europe’s Euro Cup with the Irish Banshees, signed with the Crows, debuted and then went on to play in and win the 2019 AFLW grand final in front of 53,000 people.

After a remarkable first season in the league, Ailish has remained with the Crows and is currently in her third season.

Hear from Ailish as she chats to Jim & Mike about the building excitement around the club with finals looming, initially preparing for the AFLW through the AFL Europe competitions and tournaments, reflecting on the 2019 AFLW grand final and more.

Watch the episode here or listen to it on our podcast, below.

Video Guide:

0:32 – Crows progress in 2021 and guaranteeing themselves a spot in the finals.

2:51  – Fighting to earn her spot back in a competitive Crows outfit and preparing for games as an ’emergency’.

5:11 – Sustaining an unfortunate concussion injury mid-season.

7:07 – Talking through the incident; post-injury and symptoms.

9:30 – In the mix as ’emergency’.

11:32 – Fifth year in the sport, third year in the league and feeling more comfortable out on the oval.

12:50 – First exposure to the sport in Ireland and representing Ireland in AFL Europe tournaments.

15:26 – A crazy few days in Melbourne and signing with the Crows.

18:13 – Looking back at her first season and the opportunity to play in front of 53,000 people in a grand final.

20:32 – Having her family make the 24-hour flight over for the grand final.

21:55 – Looking towards 2021 finals and working to get back into the team.

23:24 – The city of Adelaide; a home away from home.

24:47 – Being the only Irishwoman at the Crows!

26:12 – Catching up with the fellow Irish girls in the AFLW (where possible).

27:31 – Approaching finals and building excitement around the club.

Irish Down Under – Grace & Niamh Kelly AFLW

Just hours after their win over Geelong we were thrilled to be joined by sisters Grace & Niamh Kelly from the West Coast Eagles, for the seventh episode of Irish Down Under.

The pair signed contract extensions with the Eagles in August last year and have since been joined at the club by fellow Irishwoman Aisling McCarthy, as the trio experienced their first win together at West Coast just last weekend.

Grace & Niamh have been in outstanding form this season, regularly listed in the best afield as they continue to impress Eagles fans and all watching.

Hear from the two as they chat to Jim and Mike about their footy journey including playing for West Clare Waves in Ireland, signing with the West Coast Eagles in 2019 and building confidence week-on-week.

Watch the episode here or listen to it on our podcast, below.

Video Guide:

0:34 – Another Eagles victory and just two games to go!

1:25  – Living and playing with Aisling McCarthy as West Coast’s Irish trio.

2:31 – Improving each week and building on their knowledge of the sport.

3:58 – Playing in West Coast’s inaugural AFL Women’s season and building culture.

5:01 – Life at the Eagles, top-class facilities and the unity between the men’s and women’s teams.

6:31 – Working through injuries and rehab.

7:42 – The photo of Niamh’s finger injury that circled the internet!

9:00 – Australian Football beginnings for the Kelly sisters; West Clare Waves in Ireland.

10:13 – Switching from the GAA to AFLW; getting used to the physicality and a different ball.

11:15 – Progressing from West Clare Waves to West Coast Eagles and building confidence.

12:40 – Each signing contact extensions in August 2020 and what lies ahead for the two.

13:42 – Returning home and keeping busy through Ireland’s lockdown in 2020 including coaching sessions with Mike and AFL Ireland Women’s (when permitted).

15:25 – 2021; a new home with views of the city and support from the Eagles on- and off-field.

16:42 – Receiving interest from AFLW clubs upon signing with West Coast and what attracted the sisters to the Eagles?

18:23 – Catching up with ‘cross-town rival’ and fellow Irishwoman Áine Tighe from Fremantle Dockers.

19:50 – Expectations for the rest of the 2021 AFL Women’s season.

21:42 – Hearing from people back home in Ireland and the growing number of people tuning into the sport.

22:41 – Plans post-season including travel in Western Australia, flying back home and playing in the GAA.

AFL Europe Footy Tipping Comp | AFL 2021

The 2021 AFL season is here!

So, the time has arrived to launch our 2021 AFL Europe Footy Tipping Competition.

Register via the ESPN Footytips website and get involved as we’ve got plenty of great prizes to be won.

Top tipster by the end of the 2021 home and away season will score themselves a Watch AFL Subscription for the 2022 season, valid for 12-months upon the start of the season. In second, we have an O’Neills voucher to the value of £100, redeemable online thanks to our partners O’Neills Sportswear and in third, a Sherrin Precision Football delivered straight to your door.

Register here.

Entry into the competition is open to all people however to be able to claim your prize, you must be residing in Europe once the 2021 AFL season has concluded. Please note that Watch AFL does not work in Australia.

The competition will run from round 1 to the conclusion of the 2021 AFL home & away season. Participants are ranked by their overall correct tips and cumulative margin score.

Forgetting to submit your tips will give you the same score as the user with the lowest competition round score from the relative round.

You will not be eligible for prizes should you join the AFL Footy Tipping Competition after the beginning of round four.

By joining the AFL Europe Footy Tipping Competition you acknowledge that we may share your full name and tipping results across our social media channels as part of our weekly tipping updates. By entering our tipping competition you are opting in to receive future communications from AFL Europe.

Please email if you would not like to receive any form of communications or if you have any questions in regard to the competition.

Good luck with your tipping and make sure to keep up-to-date with AFL Europe and the 2021 AFL season by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Irish Down Under – Orla O’Dwyer AFLW

For the sixth episode of Irish Down Under we are pleased to be joined by Brisbane Lions star, Orla O’Dwyer.

Orla is in her second season with the Lions who are currently finals bound and sitting third on the ladder!

Hear from Orla as she chats to Jim & Mike on her experience as a pro athlete in Australia, moving into a new role in the midfield, tying in her GAA Camogie skills into Australian footy and much, much more.

Watch the episode here or listen to it on our podcast, below.

Video Guide:

0:35 – Experience in the AFLW and playing in her second season.

1:48  – Speaking on the Lions’ sisterhood and the benefits of rolling into a new season with a similar group to the previous year.

3:10 – Arriving in Australia in November for pre-season.

5:00 – Tying in her GAA Camogie skills into Australian footy.

6:04 – Transitioning into a new role for the Lions.

8:08 – Working with Mike and Lions Head Coach Craig Starcevich in the off-season and how she finds the midfield.

9:38 – Orla’s personal development and growing knowledge of the sport.

11:06 – Putting up career-best numbers for tackles and working on her physicality.

12:28 – Finals bound and the challenges that remain for the rest of the 2021 AFLW season.

14:29 – The growth of interest and exposure of Australian football in Ireland.

15:48 – Moving to and playing for Brisbane women’s as the club’s only Irishwoman.

17:12 – Downtime in Brisbane, getting to know the area and getting used to brunch.

18:35 – Orla’s experience as a professional athlete in Australia.

19:39 – Being born in Sydney and having a dual Irish/Australian citizenship.

21:20 – Plans for post-season or taking it week by week?

Irish Down Under – Sarah Rowe AFLW

Sarah Rowe from the Collingwood Magpies joins AFL Europe as this week’s guest on Irish Down Under.

We’ve just entered the second half of the 2021 AFL Women’s season and the Magpies are sitting on top of the ladder, undefeated!

Hear from Sarah as she reflects on her time with the Pies and the improvement she has seen in the group since her debut in 2019, speaks on life in Australia outside of footy and the growth of the sport back home in Ireland.

Watch the episode here or listen to it on our podcast, below.

Video Guide:

0:27 – Sarah gives us the latest on her shoulder injury and a possible return date.

1:30 – The gradual improvement of the Collingwood women’s team over the past few seasons.

5:36 – Rotating through the forward and midfield and needing to be versatile.

6:41 – Living and playing with Irish pal Ash Sheridan and speaking to her outstanding form this season.

8:01 – Receiving support from back home as Australian football continues to grow in Ireland.

9:27 – Sarah reflecting on the challenges of her first year in the league and making the move over from Ireland.

12:20 – Life outside of footy in Australia including gelato, going to the beach and her studies.

15:55 – Sacrifices involved in moving Down Under to become a professional athlete.

17:31 – Playing in the AFLW and GAA all year round and switching to-and-fro.

20:36 – Sarah on the pathways into the AFLW for younger girls and giving advice for others who are working towards playing footy in Australia.

22:38 – The main physicality differences between AFLW and the GAA.