Internship Program 2022

AFL Europe are now accepting applications to join our team as part of our Internship Program for 2022.

We are looking for talented and passionate individuals to help continue to grow and develop the game of Australian Football throughout Europe.

Two positions have become available as part of our program for next year.

We are seeking two talented and creative Digital Content Producers to create compelling image, video and written content for AFL Europe’s social media platforms and website.

To apply for the position, please send your CV and cover letter to admin@afleurope.org by Friday, November 12th 2022 to be considered.

If you have any questions about the position or getting involved with AFL Europe in 2022, please contact us on the above email.

POSITIONS


AFL Europe Internship (Digital Content Producer) – Job Description

AFL Europe are hiring for an Event Coordinator

AFL Europe are now hiring for a full-time Event Coordinator.

The Event Coordinator will organise, plan and deliver AFL Europe’s multi-national events including the Champions League, ANZAC Cup & Euro Cup, as well as corporate events such as the AFL Grand Final Lunch.

The ideal candidate will possess experience in event day management and implementing venue planning, as well as excellent communication and organisational skills.

Applications must include your CV and cover letter and be sent to admin@afleurope.org by Friday, November 12th 2022 to be considered.

If you have any questions about the position or getting involved with AFL Europe in 2022, please contact us on the above email.

POSITION


AFL Europe Event Coordinator – Job Description

Celebrating 30 years: One of the oldest Australian Football competitions outside of Australia

Thirty-one years ago, the Victorian Football League underwent a major rebrand and was renamed the Australian Football League to reflect the sport’s growth and presence across the country.

Italian Tony Liberatore went on to win the Brownlow Medal, and the Collingwood Magpies, with the likes of Daicos and Starcevich, claimed their first premiership in 32 years.

Beyond the sport’s expansion in Australia, 1990 became a significant year for Australian Football worldwide. The first official Australian Football competition in Europe had just been launched.

Last year, AFL London, formerly known as the British Australian Rules Football League (BARFL), turned 30 years old.

However, its 30th anniversary season, like many sports and leagues across the world, would soon become suspended.

The wait for AFL London Co-Presidents Marianna Graham and Sarah Howell, and all teams, to get the celebratory season underway proved a little more onerous than it ever had before.

“It was difficult initially… We didn’t really know what restrictions we were going to have or if there was going to be another lockdown,” said Graham.

“Testament to Sarah’s perseverance, the sport is recognised through Sport England, which was a huge tick for us and helped get our 2021 season underway.

“It was a really short season, but I think all clubs were just really happy to be playing footy after almost two years.”

Despite its shortened format, the season quickly became a remarkable one. For the first time in the league’s existence, each division’s grand final was won by a different club.

And finally, club members, umpires, current players, former players and officials were able to celebrate the year and the league’s existence at the AFL London 30th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Night earlier this month.

Held in Marble Quay, Howell and Graham kicked off the event by welcoming and thanking all attendees for their contribution to the 2021 season, before proceeding into an interview with Collingwood Magpies star, Chloe Molloy.

Molloy spoke to Graham about her journey into the AFL Women’s (AFLW) competition, from wearing her footy boots to bed as a kid to making her debut in 2018 and winning the league’s best first year player award.

The AFLW was first played in 2017, two years after the AFL London women’s competition had launched.

The AFL London women’s competition begun with four teams in one division, and quickly grew to nine teams across two, spiralling the growth of women’s footy across the continent.

Howell and Graham then progressed through the awards for the 2021 season, announcing each men’s and women’s division’s leading goal kicker, best and fairest winners and each coach of the year.

Umpire of the year was announced, as was best club of the year which was awarded to the youngest team in the league, South East London Giants.

The most prestigious award of the night was reserved until the very end. Howell and Graham announced the third-ever recipient, along with Sam Percy (2016) and Chris Rea (2017), of AFL London Life Membership.

The crowd erupted as renowned Australian Football umpire in Europe, Katrina Stopinski, became an AFL London Life Member.

Stopinski has umpired in Europe for nearly five years across numerous tournaments, events and matches in over ten different countries.

Heading all AFL Europe Umpires, Stopinski’s contribution and devotion to the sport in Europe has been tremendous, and she will be dearly missed by the entire community as she returns home to Australia.

Congratulations to Stopinski and all award winners on the night, and to AFL London for a fantastic event.

Eight clubs participated in the inaugural BARFL season in 1990. Of the foundation teams, four still compete; West London, North London, Wimbledon (formerly the London Hawks) and Wandsworth.

The season was played just a year prior to the launch of Danish Australian Football League (DAFL). The two leagues would soon meet in 1994 for the first international match between two European sides; Great Britain and Denmark.

Australian Football in Europe has since grown to be played in more than 20 countries, with even more men’s and women’s leagues established across the continent.

Teams compete locally as well as travel for international friendlies and tournaments including the AFL Europe Euro Cup and Champions League.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

AFL Europe Podcast: One Kick Later – Matea Sedlaček

Welcome to episode thirty of the AFL Europe Podcast with Matea Sedlaček from Croatia.

Matea was introduced to Australian Football in Zagreb by a colleague at work and became instantly hooked on the sport, as well as how welcoming the community was.

Playing with the Zagreb Panthers now for over five years, we jump into and chat about the history of women’s footy in Croatia, her experiences travelling across Europe playing at AFL Europe events as well as how a coaching role in 2019 has helped her grow her knowledge of the sport.

Listen to episode thirty via Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Alternatively, type in and search AFL Europe Podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Teams are in: Players selected for AFL Ireland’s Clover Cup announced

Fixtures and team lists have been confirmed for AFL Ireland’s Clover Cup in Northern Ireland on Saturday, October 16th.

Starting at 10:30 AM local time, England Vixens and Welsh Wyverns are scheduled in at game number one to kick off the tournament being held at Sarsfields GAA club, West Belfast.

Soon after, the men’s competition will begin as the Scottish Clansmen line up against newly formed home side, Ulster Wolfhounds.

Both tournaments will be played in a round robin format with each team playing their respective opponents once before determining which two sides will progress into the grand final.

Joining the Vixens and Wyverns in the women’s competition are the Irish Banshees, Scottish Sirens and newly formed home team, Ulster Machas.

Teams in the women’s competition will be heading to Belfast with squads of up to 18 players. The women’s tournament will be played in 12-minute halves and feature a number of players on debut.

The Machas side is yet to be confirmed.

Joining the Clansmen and Wolfhounds in the men’s competition are the Irish Warriors and Welsh Red Dragons.

Four teams make up the men’s tournament that will be played over three rounds and in 14-minute halves, before determining the top two place-getters to qualify for the grand final.

Both tournaments will also feature a final match between third and fourth, to determine the third best team of each competition.

Best of luck to all teams, umpires and officials this weekend who will be participating in their first international tournament for almost two years.

Congratulations to the many players who will be representing their national team for the first time.

More information on the tournament can be read here.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

AFL Europe Podcast: One Kick Later – Daphny Bergqvist

Welcome to episode twenty-nine of the AFL Europe Podcast.

In this episode, we journey up to Sweden for our One Kick Later series to hear from current Swedish Ravens co-coach, and Port Malmö Lynx head coach, Daphny Bergqvist.

Daphny first played Australian Football in 2017 and after a couple of games and trainings, was off to Bordeaux to compete in the AFL Europe Euro Cup with Sweden.

Daphny shares how she first learned of the sport, her experiences representing Sweden and playing at international events,  the importance of culture and community in a growing sport and the transition from player to coach.

Listen to episode twenty-nine via Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Alternatively, type in and search AFL Europe Podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts.

South Dublin men’s and women’s host AFL Ireland Round 5

Round five of the Irish season saw the South Dublin Swans men’s and women’s sides host their Cork counterparts in Dublin, while the Belfast Redbacks made their way west to take on the Galway Magpies who were in search of their first premiership win in 2021. Thanks to Stephen O’Sullivan from AFL Ireland for the recap.

Galway Magpies v Belfast Redbacks (men’s)

The Redbacks headed to Galway knowing that only a win would do in their pursuit of a second place finish and a home preliminary final. They also needed the Leeside Lions to keep their unbeaten record intact, however, they could only do their own job and hope for the best result from match in the capital.

The Magpies were still chasing their first premiership win of the season and this was possibly their best chance, being their final home game. Any hopes of that were dashed early on, the determined Ulster men, knowing the task at hand, hit the scoreboard early and raced into a comfortable lead.

To their credit, Galway fought hard and their talisman, Shaun Murphy, added two more goals to his impressive haul. The Aussie rarely let’s his side down in front of the big sticks. James O’Flatharta also on target for the home side.

The Redbacks were ruthless on the day and only for slightly skewed kicking, would have won by a more comfortable margin. Their job was done, winning by an impressive 68-points.

Final score: Galway Magpies 3. 4. (22) def. by Belfast Redbacks 13. 12. (90).

South Dublin Swans v Cork Vikings (women’s)

The Cork Vikings came into this one on top of the ladder and were eager to cement their place in first position, to ensure a grand final spot. The hosts, still looking for their first victory were determined to try and upset the favourites.

In a unique opening to the day, fixture clashes meant that the venue of St Brendan’s GAA was unavailable for a 12.30 PM start. The game was moved to nearby Phoenix Park. The Swans welcomed back Aisling Hanley and Vanessa Sterry from injury as well as Tanya Farell and Ita Heneghan who togged out for the Swans for the first time.

After a messy start, the Swans had a promising first quarter, showing huge improvement from their previous clash. They contested fiercely around the footy but the experienced Vikings were the ones who impacted the scoreboard most. Captain, Maria Quirke and Annie Walsh taking control for the Vikings early on.

More confusion meant the second quarter was back at St. Brendan’s. The Swans lost two players due to prior commitments which saw their bench diminish. The Cork women picked up where they left off, dominating around the stoppages and taking control of the contest. The Swans fought hard against the seasoned Vikings and there was some beautiful football played by both sides. Shannon Stevenson was again influential on the scoresheet for the Vikings, who welcomed back Caroline Condon, who was also amongst the goals.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first. Annie Walsh and Maria Quirke added to their goal tally while Ashling Hanley (2) and Sorcha Nolan (2) bagged the majors for the home side.

Joanne McNaughton, Jane Leahy, Vanessa Sterry and Mailin Vettiger were particularly impressive in the backline with hard tackles for the Swans. Special mention also to CJ Murphy for the Vikings who kicked two goals once more for the Cork Vikings and Bláthnaid Wiseman who was impressive throughout.

In the end, the Vikings were comfortable victors against a steely and determined Swans outfit who will gain much experience from the contest.

Final score: South Dublin Swans 3. 3. (21) def. by Cork Vikings 14. 13. (97).

South Dublin Swans v Leeside Lions (men’s)

In the top of the table clash, and plenty at stake, the Lions put their unbeaten record on the line against a home side who knew victory would secure at least a home preliminary final.

The Cork women had won earlier in the day and the men were determined to complete the double in the capital. They came out of the blocks firing, enhancing their status as the top team on the ladder. Five unanswered goals in the first quarter gave the Lions a comfortable looking lead in what are normally tight encounters. Harry Hynes, Darren O’Dwyer and Kev Jones all on target for the Leesiders.

The Swans, for all their efforts, couldn’t get going in the first quarter hitting a few behinds. They quickly bounced back in the second term however, and the returning Gavin Murray and Seamus Owens were impressive along with debutanst Rasmus Bruun and Conor McGroarty. They dragged their side back into the contest! The home side kicked six unanswered in the second term and took a slender lead into the big break.

The second half was a much tighter affair, both sides showing their mettle with tough tackling and fearless contests throughout the park. Paul Murphy and Alan Daly goaled while Gene Casey and Drew Baldwin responded for the Swans. Behinds were traded in a nervous finish and Andrew O’ Neill kicked his second of the day for the Lions to give them a chance to snatch victory. Seamus Owens was on hand to claim the victory for the home side after some great play down the right wing through Connor Dunne and Joey Carroll gave the Dublin man the simple task of finishing from a few yards out, to claim the spoils and a home final for the Swans.

A cracking encounter with top quality footy saw Keith Whelan, Gene Casey and Conor McGroarty impress for the home team, while Kevin Jones, Paul Murphy and James Daly had great games for the travelling Lions.

Final score: South Dublin Swans 9. 15. (69) def. Leeside Lions 9. 7. (61).

A cracking round of footy saw the South Dublin Swans claim a home prelim, at a minimum, while the Belfast Redbacks claimed a confidence boosting victory going into the final round of matches. The Cork Vikings continued their domination in the women’s league and secured the first spot in the grand final.

If you would like to get involved and contribute to AFL Europe as a County Reporter, please contact your local AFL league president or email jackson.jones@afleurope.org.

Stephen O’Sullivan – Reporter for AFL Ireland