Geneva hold strong with two wins at home | AFL Switzerland Round Three

Round three of the AFL Switzerland competition combined with the AFL Europe Festival of Football on August 14th. Review the four games that took place thanks to Reporter for AFL Switzerland, Keelan Senn, as the Swiss community prepares for their final round of the regular season this weekend.

The Festival of Football and round three of the AFL Switzerland season was held in Vessy, Geneva and coincidentally fell on the hottest weekend of the year in Switzerland.

As always, there was a lot of excitement going into the day but with the temperature soaring above 30°C, and the games being played on astro-turf, made everyone very aware that it was going to be a tough day out.

Seniors

Geneva Jets vs. Zurich Giants

In the first game of the day, the Jets took on the Giants. The game took a while to open up with both teams being very well organised early on, and not giving the opposition much of a chance.

But on a hot day like it was, it was only a matter of time until either team started to crack. It was the Jets who proved fitter over the full length of the game, with great performances from some of their key men like Tommy Ross and Brad McConnachy really going to work in the second half.

In the end it showed on the scoreboard, but the Giants must be applauded for their valiant effort defensively, especially in the first half. It must also be said that the Giants were missing some key players which didn’t allow them much rotation, costly on a day like this.

Final Score: Geneva Jets (99) def. Zurich Giants (7).

Winterthur Lions vs. Geneva Jets

The Jets are the strongest team in the league, and everyone knows that, but the fact that they had already played a full game in the blistering sun and were coming up against a fresh Lions team added an interesting twist to the game.

And indeed, the Lions had a strong start to the game to kick the first goal and played with great physicality in the contests. The game seemed wide open in the first half with the Lions winning majority of the the hit-outs thanks to their dominant young-gun ruckman, Emmanuele Zanoli.

However, in the second half the game turned in the Jets favour. The Lions started to feel the heat and couldn’t keep up with the pace and sheer class that the Geneva Jets possess. The Jets once again proved their fitness, winning two games in a row and in these conditions, was seriously impressive and deserves a lot of respect.

Final Score: Winterthur Lions (28) def. by Geneva Jets (79).

Winterthur Lions vs. Zurich Giants

In the final seniors match of round three, the Lions took on the Giants in what proved to be a thriller. Both teams suffered defeats earlier in the day and both teams were willing to leave everything out there for that first win of the day.

The Lions were winning the clearance count but the Giants played with great accuracy, as captain Andrew Dormbierer and key forward Tim Pendlebury would link up and cause damage on multiple occasions.

With scores level at half time, both teams felt like it was theirs to win. The Lions, who were still in search of their first win of the year didn’t want to let this opportunity go and came out firing in the second half.

Especially captain Stefan Burgener and experienced big man Jacob Brownley, who attacked relentlessly and eventually tipped the game in the Lions favour. The Giants however never gave up and made it a great contest for the full length of the game.

In the end, the Lions finally got their first win of the year, however after a very competitive day of footy everyone should consider themselves a winner.

Final Score: Winterthur Lions (73) def. Zurich Giants (57).

Reserves

Geneva Jets vs. Basel Dragons

The final match of the day was the reserves game. It was awesome to see a lot of new faces out there competing very hard and showing that AFL Switzerland has a bright future ahead.

The Jets had a younger side with a lot of their players coming from a soccer background and showing their fitness, running circles around the Dragons at times. The Dragons however stuck to their game plan and had some great passages of play themselves.

The game was played over four 15-minute quarters and the Dragons, who had some players who had already played in the seniors, just couldn’t keep up over the distance of the match. Relative beginner Clemens Bourgeois kicked one of the best goals you’ve ever seen, booting it straight through the middle with the outside of the foot on the run from the boundary.

After the final game, all teams got together and celebrated an awesome day out with the Geneva Jets once again proving to be great hosts with a buffet full of tasty snacks and good vibes all around.

It was a massive turnout with not only lots of players but also lots of fans, friends and family showing up and making it a great Festival of Football and AFL Switzerland round three.

Festival of Football Team of the Tournament

Geneva Jets

Festival of Football Players of the Tournament

Seniors: Brad McConnachy (Geneva Jets)

Reserves: Clemens Bourgeois (Geneva Jets)

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Keelan Senn – Reporter for AFL Switzerland

AFL France to host footy-filled day in the heart of Paris | Australia Now Festival

AFL France and its local teams have organised an action-packed day of Australian Football to be held a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, September 4th as part of the 2021 Australia Now Festival.

The event will be held at Stade Èmile Anthoine and aims to connect Australian and French sporting enthusiasts through Australian Football activities, highlighted by men’s and women’s exhibition matches involving players from the AFL France league.

AFL France boasts more than ten men’s and women’s teams within its competition as the league continues to see a rise in participation across the country.

The Australia Now Festival is a celebration of Australia that runs annually and is held in a different country each year.

This year’s event is being held in France and to bring French and Australian cultures together including through business, research, technology, education, tourism and the arts.

As part of the festival’s celebrations, AFL France has organised an Australian Rules Football event located out the front of the Eiffel Tower and across the road from the Australian Embassy.

Beginning at 10:00 AM local time, AFL France will run fun drills for anyone who wants to learn the basics of the sport and have a turn at kicking the footy.

Then, men’s and women’s players from the many local teams in France will showcase the sport to spectators in exhibition matches held throughout the afternoon.

AFL France will welcome the arrival of Australian Ambassador to France, Ms Gillian Bird, who will get the exhibition matches underway with the “first bounce”.

Following the day’s play, an afterparty will be held at AFL Europe’s partner, Belushi’s Bars, in Gare du Nord.

People of all ages are welcome to join AFL France and its Australian Football clubs to celebrate the sport in the country and its connection to Australia.

Entry to the event is free upon presentation of a valid COVID-19/health pass.

More details about the day can be found on AFL France’s Facebook event.

For more information on the Australia Now Festival in France, click here.

Interested in playing Australian Football in France? Find your nearest team here.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe