AFL Europe Trivia with Belushi’s – #13

Think you’re the smartest Australian Football fan in Europe?

Take on our weekly AFL Europe Trivia, presented by Belushi’s, for your chance to win a Beer and Burger Voucher to redeem at any Belushi’s Bar.

Winner’s from each week’s Trivia will also go into the draw to win 2-night’s Accommodation For Two People at any St. Christopher’s Inns across Europe.

You’ve only got one shot and just three minutes to complete it!

Submissions must be in by Wednesday 15th of July 11:59PM (BST) to be eligible to win.

The winner will have the highest score in the quickest time.

Make sure to provide your details at the end of the quiz to submit your answers and go in the running to win.

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QUIZ #13

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Which team won the 2016 AFL CNE premiership?

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The Convicts, Red Eyes and Giants were formed to take part in which AFL league in Europe?

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Which of the following players earned their first All-Australian selection in 2019?

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Milestone men Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood recently achieved how many career games?

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What is the most goals Eddie Betts has kicked in an AFL game?

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The below guernsey belongs to which team in Europe?

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How well do you know your AFL commentators... Brian ‘BT’ Taylor has been known to say which of the following?

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8 / 10

2020 AFLW B&F winner, Maddy Prespakis, was taken at which pick in the 2018 draft?

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Moving to Australia at the age of three, GWS Giant Aidan Corr was born in which European country?

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Brody Mihocek from Collingwood has European heritage of which country?

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North Munster prepare for AFL Ireland debut

‘Newest Team in Town’ introduces some of the upcoming Australian Football clubs who have recently joined their respective league’s around Europe.

Reporter for AFL Europe, James Brosnan, recently spoke with club founder and footy operations manager of the North Munster Kangaroos, Brian Currane, as the Roos assemble for their AFL Ireland debut in late July.

The North Munster Kangaroos are busy preparing for their first competitive men’s match as the AFL Ireland season gets underway in just over two weeks.

The Kangaroos formed in early 2019 and were building momentum ahead of their 2020 debut season before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Based in the south of Ireland, the Kangaroos are the first Irish club created with both men and women teams and the first new men’s team to join the Irish competition in over nine years.

Club founder and Football Operations Manager, Brian Currane, said he created the Kangaroos to help grow the game in Ireland.

“We only had four men’s teams for the last six or seven years and we would have had seven or eight in the mid 2000’s. A few teams just died off with not having the people to run the clubs,” he said.

As a regional team rather than a city based team, the Kangaroos will try to attract players with training sessions and matches across North Cork and the counties of Kerry, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

“We are going to move around the area to suit the region that it is.

“We will probably have four different home venues but that’s to spread the game and the news of AFL in the Munster region.

“The club has had a number of taster sessions across the region late last year, including one on the beach, attracting good numbers prior to the lockdown.

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“There has been a lot of people show interest over the last six to eight months through social media pages and word of mouth. Numbers-wise, the plan will be to have 15-16 guys a game with the league here in Ireland only being a 14-a-side competition this season.”

Prior to the current COVID-19 pandemic putting a stop to all sporting activity in March, the Kangaroos were looking forward to what would have been an exciting year competing in both the AFL Ireland Men’s Premiership and also the AFL Ireland Women’s competitions.

Following the recent easing of restrictions, the AFL Ireland men’s committee have announced that this year’s league will now run in a shortened format, kicking off on July 25.

The Kangaroos have been handed the massive task in their first match, a five-hour away trip to take on the current league champions, Belfast Redbacks.

The league will run through to the end of September before preliminary finals at the start of October.

Brian has over two decades of Aussie Rules experience to lean on when helping establish the Kangaroos.

As well as being the current coach of the Irish Warriors men’s national team, he also created the Cork-based Leeside Lions way back in 2000.

Brian’s brother Michael Currane is also heavily involved in the national setup, overseeing the growth of the women’s game which has taken significant steps in the past three years.

The rapid growth of the women’s game is something that the Kangaroos will look to replicate.

“The women’s game in Ireland is absolutely flying at present. They have gone from having around 20 players back in 2017 to now just under 250 players on a regular basis,” Brian said.

Coach Currane (pictured far right) at the 2019 European Championships.

Coach Currane (pictured far right) at the 2019 European Championships.

The Kangaroos plan to resume talks later this year with a couple of universities in Tralee and Limerick in the view of linking up with the club.

The club has plans in place for some ‘Winter 7’s Footy’ during the off-season later this year too.

The format will include a number of feeder clubs/teams that will be set up in strategic areas throughout the region to compete in a North Munster league, all leading to the growth of playing numbers for the Kangaroos men’s and women’s teams next year and beyond.

Watch out as the North Munster Kangaroos take a massive leap into AFL Ireland and AFL Ireland Women’s competitions.

To learn more about the North Munster Kangaroos, or to find your Newest Team in Town, check out our Find Your Club page.

 

James Brosnan – AFL Europe

Irish Watch: AFL Round 4 & 5 Review

IT HAS been a big fortnight in the footy world with the development of COVID-19 in Victoria seeing all ten of its clubs move on into hubs in the northern states, in a bid to keep the 2020 season afloat.

As the game continues to fight through these uncertain times, club’s have continued to embrace the unfamiliar nature of the season and fight on with some really interesting developments beginning to arise on the field.

Whether it’s the rise of the Gold Coast Suns and St Kilda or the inconsistency of Richmond and Collingwood, the season thus far has had it all.

With so much happening over the past two weeks, our Irish boys continued to battle hard and flourish in some very tough encounters.

Round four would only see three Irish players take the field, as Colin O’Riordan unfortunately missed out on selection for Sydney’s Thursday night clash with the Bulldogs.

O'Connor muscles his way through. Photo: AFL Photos.

O’Connor muscles his way through. Photo: AFL Photos.

However, it would see a career best performance from young Geelong defender Mark O’Connor as a rise in confidence saw him defend hard and also influence the game on the offensive end.

In what was a standout performance from the Geelong back six, O’Connor was critical in keeping Melbourne’s dangerous small forwards at bay with his ability to match them on the ground and monster them in the air, resulting in absolutely zero opposition influence.

Picking up an almost match high 20 disposals, O’Connor was everywhere at the G’ as we saw just how much he has improved in a short period of time.

Along with being able to find the ball, it was super impressive to see how O’Connor used it as he went at an elite 80% disposal efficiency, with many of his touches resulting in positive passages of play for the Cats.

He also took a match high 14 marks, which in a time reduced game is an extraordinary effort and further shows his rise into one of the competition’s premier small defenders.

The Gold Coast Suns continued their good form in round four as they extended their winning streak to three with a 13-point win over Fremantle at Metricon Stadium.

With young guns Touk Miller, Jack Lukosius and Jack Bowes leading the way, the Suns continued to play the attacking and fun brand of football that has endeared them to many across the country.

Complementing this host of young stars, the Suns have also had a tight group of veterans all play major roles, including dashing defender Pearce Hanley.

One of the few experienced players in the Suns back six, Hanley was again critical in this match as he stood up in the big moments and organised his younger defensive colleagues exceptionally.

Despite only picking up 10 disposals for the night, it was his work away from the ball that had a major impact on his team’s ability to claim the four points and keep their momentum going.

His cool head and ability to make smart decisions with ball in hand were two particular highlights of his game as he continues to help nurse this crop of exciting youth.

Moving into round five it was excellent to see O’Riordan instantly recalled for the Swans crucial clash with West Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Transitioning into more of a defensive role in the back pocket, O’Riordan was tasked with quelling the influence of the Eagles’ dangerous group of small forwards.

Playing as a pure lockdown defender for the first time in his career at AFL level, he took to the job well with his ability to spoil and outmuscle his opponents a particular highlight of his performance.

Despite only picking up seven disposals, coach John Longmire would be pleased with his defensive intensity and ability to play his role within the Swans back six.

On what was unfortunately a poor day for Sydney, O’Riordan should be buoyed by his performance as he hopes to lock down a permanent position in the side.

Tuohy pre-game. Photo: AFL Photos.

Saturday afternoon would also include a huge clash between Geelong and the Gold Coast, with three Irish players lacing up the boots at GMHBA Stadium.

Looking to keep their great form rolling, the Suns would be rocked early by a shoulder injury to young star Matt Rowell, who unfortunately looks likely to miss the remainder of the season.

Despite the loss of their star midfielder, Gold Coast cracked in all day staying in the contest until deep in the last term when the Cats got away to claim a 37-point victory.

One of the standouts from the home side was Zach Tuohy, as he continued his outstanding start to the season.

Picking up 20 disposals and five marks, Tuohy was once again a constant presence on the outside for Geelong with his ability to make space and break the lines crucial to his sides ability to break the game open.

Using the ball at an impressive 65%, Tuohy’s decision making was superb as teammates constantly looked for him to get the ball out of the defensive 50.

Back to near career best form, it is great to see the Irish veteran play such a key part in the early season success of his team.

Zac Standish – AFL Europe

 

Race to the MCG – Week Three Review

WEEK three of Race to the MCG may well have been the toughest week of competition to date.

If they aren’t already, runner’s legs will be beginning to tire as we creep up on a third of the way through the distance to the MCG.

However, it hasn’t stopped our teams just yet, as once again they’ve managed to outdo themselves with a new competition week-high of 16,466km!

In the men’s, just six teams remain in the draw to win free entry into the 2021 Euro Cup, whereas all seven team’s in the women’s comp have once again surpassed their week one benchmark.

The women’s competition put on their best week yet, totalling 6,882km as four teams reached 1,000km.

France, Sweden and Switzerland have upped the pace as their top runners neared the 100km mark, and five teams managed to improve on their totals from week two.

Week three for Welsh runner Sophie. W was superb, becoming the first runner in the women’s to run 200km in a week (201.4km).

Not far behind were Jana. E from Germany on 160.2km and Vikki. B from Scotland with 149.9km. See the leaderboards below.

Croatia have put on some consistent efforts over the past two weeks, keeping up with the top three in teams Germany, Scotland and Wales.

Ria. S from Croatia ran 107.8km in week three while Ma. S had a staggering 2,950m elevation gain.

Head Coach Dinko Irsag has been pleased with Croatia’s performance and spoke to us about what is driving the girls to win.

“The Croatian women’s team is made up of mostly players, with an additional four from our community (to get the maximum available numbers),” Irsag said.

“We have an internal competition where the overall winner for the most kilometres covered will receive a gift package from our Association.

The team had set a challenge of completing the 16,900km distance in under 16 weeks but since have had to overcome a number of hurdles, including final exams. Irsag however remains confident that his team can achieve it.

“This is a marathon and it’s important to keep consistency, but it helps increasing the kilometres on a weekly level.

“If we continue like this, I think we can make our initial plan of under 16 weeks. Fingers crossed.”

Week three of the men’s competition has sparked a new leader!

Wales’ performance in the past week has seen them ever so slightly edge their way ahead of UK rivals, Scotland.

Three runners ran over 200km in week three as James. G from Wales (215.5km) once again finished in the top three runners, followed by teammate Kim. S (214.7km).

But it was David. K from Scotland who withstood all, running an outstanding 235.5km.

Austria and Poland showed improvements from their week two totals and join Germany, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales as the six teams to surpass their week one benchmark.

Week three brought out the most in some of our runners as individual distance records were broken in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

We’ve also seen particular teams begin to evenly distribute their team’s overall output of kilometres ran, with a more consistent spread across the board.

Which strategy will sustain over the long run and take your country to the MCG the fastest?

Share your journey with us on socials by tagging @AFLEurope in your posts and hashtagging #RACETOTHEMCG.

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2020 marks O’Neills fifth consecutive year as the official Apparel Partner of AFL Europe. Over the five years, the entire team at O’Neills have been extremely supportive of AFL Europe and contributed to promoting the game by ensuring teams are provided with quality playing gear and equipment.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds – Socials Edition #14

Featuring the best online posts from the AFL Europe community, PSS International Removals Presents: Around the Grounds – Socials Edition.

Ticking over the first half of the year, it’s time to jump on social media to see how the AFL Europe community have been keeping busy in July.

That new team excitement continues to brew in Germany and Poland as two recently created teams are on the hunt for new players.

Located north of Hamburg and not far from the Danish border, the Kiel Koalas have officially joined AFL Germany.

The Koalas are up and about, already holding their inaugural training session just last Wednesday.

Trainings will continue on Wednesday’s so make sure to message them below if you’re keen to get involved!

Recruitment is underway in Wroclaw, Poland as they look to form their own team.

Even if you don’t know the rules of the game, Wroclaw want you involved and are willing to teach you everything about the sport!

They’re hoping to hold their first training session soon so make sure to message them if you’re interested.

You may even get the chance to represent Poland at future AFL Europe tournaments!

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Just yesterday AFL Europe launched the brand new Coaching Development Series.

The program aims to further educate coaches around Europe and is set to occur every Sunday over the next three months with guest speakers from Australia.

Special thanks to our Education Partner, anzuk Education for bringing this program to life.

In the first session, we were joined by over 100 coaches who were all ears for special guest speaker, Andrew Horsfield.

With footy in Ireland on track to return, the Leeside Lions have shared the announcement of their 2020 club captains via their Instagram.

Congratulations to the new co-captains of the Lions, Paul and James!

Both players have been members of the Irish Warriors development squad and look excited to lead the club once footy resumes.

Props to the Waterland Eagles for giving us this quick insight into one of their training’s.

In the video, coach Tyson helps a few of their local players understand the weight and motion of the Australian football when perfecting a handball.

All three players seem to pick it up straight away!

In Northern Ireland, the Belfast Redbacks have finally returned to training!

Just last Thursday the team held their first training since lockdown, and are already preparing to defend their All-Ireland crown in an attempt to go for three in a row.

The Redbacks have asked if any new players are interested in attending a session that they please contact their page first as there will be restrictions upon entering the ground in regards to coronavirus.

The sun was shining in France when the Lille Eagles held their training last week.

The team was recently allowed to return to training in accordance with the government’s guidelines.

The Eagles also recently featured in our ‘Newest Team in Town’ series as the newest team to join France. Take a read!

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Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

AFL Europe Trivia with Belushi’s – #12

Think you’re the smartest Australian Football fan in Europe?

Take on our weekly AFL Europe Trivia, presented by Belushi’s, for your chance to win a Beer and Burger Voucher to redeem at any Belushi’s Bar.

Winner’s from each week’s Trivia will also go into the draw to win 2-night’s Accommodation For Two People at any St. Christopher’s Inns across Europe.

You’ve only got one shot and just three minutes to complete it!

Submissions must be in by Wednesday 8th of July 11:59PM (BST) to be eligible to win.

The winner will have the highest score in the quickest time.

Make sure to provide your details at the end of the quiz to submit your answers and go in the running to win.

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QUIZ #12

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Which team has won the most AFL Europe Champions League trophies?

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How many International Cups have the men’s and women’s Irish national teams won combined?

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Who has played the most games in VFL/AFL history?

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4 / 10

What is the highest score kicked in an AFLW match?

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Which Irishman has played the most VFL/AFL games?

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Which of these teams played in their inaugural AFLW season in 2020?

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7 / 10

2x time West Coast Eagles premiership player, Glen Jakovich, has European heritage from which country?

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8 / 10

Who were premiers of the 2018 Stockholm Australian Rules Football Federation?

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9 / 10

At the end of Round 4 (2020), who finished on top of the AFL ladder?

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10 / 10

Which of the following teams are not nicknamed ‘Swans’?

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anzuk Education sign on as Education Partner for 2020 & 2021

AFL Europe are pleased to announce that anzuk Education will sign on as official Education Partner through 2020 and 2021.

anzuk Education is a leading recruitment agency placing teachers, support staff and community leaders into schools and nursery settings across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & the US.

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anzuk Education offer roles for teaches, teaching assistants and support staff who are looking for temporary or permanent work. They provide search and selection for executive level managers, recruit support staff and supply permanent educators, casual educators and support staff for early childhood.

“We are thrilled to have Ben and the team from anzuk Education recommit to AFL Europe for the next two years,” said AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey.

“anzuk Education have been a fantastic partner of ours for many years now and during a year with so much uncertainty, it is great to see anzuk Education staying by us.”

AFL Europe & anzuk Coaching Course early 2020.

AFL Europe & anzuk Coaching Course early 2020.

As Education Partner, anzuk Education have come on board to be the key sponsor for AFL Europe’s Coaching Development Series that launches this weekend.

“Our partnership this year comes with even more excitement as we plan to launch our Coaching Development Series that is only made possible thanks to our Education Partner, anzuk Education.

“This program will see over 100 AFL coaches from across Europe participate in a 12-week online development program. Our coaches will hear from a new presenter each week, all of which are experts in their field and have significant experience in the AFL industry in Australia.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our coaches to develop their own coaching skills, develop their players, develop their team and of course, develop the game of AFL throughout Europe.

“We couldn’t do this without incredible partners like anzuk Education.”

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Joy Bayliss, Marketing Manager of anzuk Education, shared anzuk’s excitement on the recent announcement.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the exceptional team at AFL Europe for the next two years,” said Bayliss.

“We have seen multiple success stories from teachers, teaching aids and even internal staff members who have used this platform to excel and develop in their coaching careers.

“The skills developed throughout this program are invaluable in leading a young group of children to their highest potential; a fundamental skill our educators have gained which has positively impacted the learning and development of children in UK classrooms.”

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If you are currently in the UK and looking for either short-term or permanent teaching work, anzuk Education are always recruiting.

Please send your CV through to Joy Bayliss at joy.b@anzuk.education/uk and follow them on Facebook (@anzuk.uk), Twitter (@anzuk_uk) and Instagram (@anzuk.education.uk)

Lille sets sights on 2021

‘Newest Team in Town’ introduces some of the upcoming Australian Football clubs who have recently joined their respective league’s around Europe.

Reporter for AFL Europe, James Brosnan, hears from Eagles president Arnaud Deleurme on the club’s journey as it makes its way to compete in France’s national competition.

The Lille Eagles will continue to build their playing numbers following a season devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the newest team in France, Lille were hoping to compete in the national competition this season but with insufficient numbers, are now turning their attention to 2021.

Located in the north of France close to the Belgian border, the Eagles are looking to grow the game in a city with a population close to 250,000.

The Lille Eagles were founded in 2017 by president Arnaud Deleurme, but really started to gain momentum in 2019.

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“For two years it was a team without players, just me and I was searching for players. I work in the metropole of Lille, I had the idea to make a team for the employees to discover the sport,” Arnaud said.

“After six months it was a team with 10 players, so we have a real club, with a real team and we are trying to develop this team outside of the metropole.”

The Eagles were hoping to join the French competition this season, but with just 14 players at this stage, they are hoping a boost in numbers will see them competing next year.

Coming from a martial arts background, Arnaud rediscovered the sport while playing rugby and living in Greece.

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“I had a friend in Paris who worked for Eurosport 20 years ago.

“There were some matches on at 2 o’clock in the morning and I asked my friend back then, ‘what is this sport?’

“I realised this was the sport I recognised with my friend. From there I tried to learn the sport, skills and the rules.”

Arnaud is no stranger to the challenges of starting an AFL club from scratch.

Before making the move to Lille, he created the Brittany Griffins on the west coast of France who competed in a number of friendly matches.

The Eagles played their first game against Paris in 2018, before taking on the Coyotes de Cergy-Pontoise in a full-scale match 2019.

Lille take on the Coyotes de Cergy-Pontoise.

Lille take on the Coyotes de Cergy-Pontoise.

This year in March we had planned to play the Strasbourg Kangaroos and the Waterland Eagles (Netherlands), but with the COVID crisis it wasn’t possible,” Arnaud said.

“I hope to have matches next season with many teams, not just French teams. I think it is a sport that is so open-minded that we can play footy across borders.

“We can play with teams in the Netherlands, Germany… all over Europe. With footy, it is a big community but there isn’t usually many teams in your country, you have to think outside.”

Arnaud and the Eagles have some clear goals in mind when they look to 2021 and beyond.

“The aims for me, firstly to be better and play better footy.

“We are coming from level zero so we are trying to be better with technique and physical conditioning,” he said.

“My aim is to be better every match. It is very important for our older players who can’t imagine to play against Paris and to win.

“It’s not possible because just now we have no experience. It is our aim to build on that.

“The second aim is to enter with a big team, not just 12 players. With 20 players, we will be able to enter into the French Championship next season and to develop footy in the Lille area.

“I think the Lille Eagles with a big city has the potential to have 20 or more players. Lille Eagles have big potential to develop and be a good community.”

To learn more about the Lille Eagles, or to find your Newest Team in Town, check out our Find Your Club page.

James Brosnan – AFL Europe

Race to the MCG – Week Two Review

AS we close week two of Race to the MCG, teams have picked up the pace as they edge their way closer to glory; a brand new playing kit supplied by O’Neills.

A competition total of 14,276km in week one was triumphed this past week, reaching a new high of 16,185km.

That’s almost the distance from London to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in one week!

Four teams from either side of the competition surpassed the 1000km mark, with 26 participants (17 men, 9 women) running over 100km.

The women’s competition saw all seven teams exceed their week one benchmark, as Paula. K from Croatia led the way with 122.8km, significantly adding to her country’s big improvement (over 340km’s) from week one.

German’s Theresia. M (118.4km) and Leila. M (111.1km) backed up their efforts from last week as Germany retain top position on the women’s leaderboard.

Head Coach of the Germany women’s national team, Tim McLachlan, is overjoyed with how the team has trekked so far, who have been driven by some off-field motivations.

“The effect of missing the Euro Cup and the loss of teammate Janine Benecke… it has been really tough,” McLachlan said.

“The Eagles team are battlers, who once they start, forge forward and work really well as a team.

“Their support for one another and the level of encouragement has been amazing.”

Even as head coach, McLachlan was forced to leave Germany’s Strava group as he was taking up a spot of a potential runner.

“Personally, when I heard the length of the race, it seemed like a monumental challenge. I had to actually leave the running team as the 31st person due to the level of interest from the group.

“I had planned some motivational ideas to get the girls going and to raise spirits and support.

“I believe the team is committed to pushing through the entire race. It isn’t going to be easy, but this group of players are ready to show the world how far AFL has come in Germany and they shouldn’t be underestimated.”

In the men’s, it’s Scotland who have managed to remain on top, outlasting a surging Wales side.

Tom. W from Scotland put on an enormous display, reaching a competition-high 215km in week two.

Whilst Wales had eight runners who managed to excel 100km last week, it just wasn’t enough to chase down the top side.

Paul. C (201km) and James. G (179.1km) were the top runners from Wales and rounded out the top three for the men’s.

Eight out of the thirteen teams managed to reach their week one benchmark’s, which has seen both Switzerland and Poland move up on the overall ladder.

Whilst it is a long race, participants are certainly giving it their all early on to put their team in the best position possible.

Who can finish week three in front position? Make sure to follow AFL Europe on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with all things #RACETOTHEMCG.

Remember to share your journey with us on socials by tagging @AFLEurope in your posts and using the above hashtag.

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2020 marks O’Neills fifth consecutive year as the official Apparel Partner of AFL Europe. Over the five years, the entire team at O’Neills have been extremely supportive of AFL Europe and contributed to promoting the game by ensuring teams are provided with quality playing gear and equipment.

 

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds – Socials Edition #13

Featuring the best online posts from the AFL Europe community, PSS International Removals Presents: Around the Grounds – Socials Edition.

The Berlin Crocs go pink, Finland AFL prepare to host a footy-filled round robin mid-July and more countries make a push to new, localised leagues.

In memory of German Eagles foundation member and extraordinary young footballer, Janine Benecke, AFL Germany had planned this upcoming weekend to hold a Janine Benecke Memorial Round.

Janine’s life was tragically taken from us in January this year, after being hit by a drunk driver.

With the AFL Germany season cancelled, the Berlin Crocodiles would still like to make an effort to remember Janine, and will do so by dressing in pink (Janine’s favourite colour) and heading along to Schillerpark on the 4th July for a short training session followed by a BBQ/picnic.

For more info on the event, or how you can get involved, read below. For info on how you can help and to donate to the Go Pink For Life campaign, click here.

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CROCS GO PINK ⠀  The 4th July was scheduled to be the Janine Benecke Memorial Round. This round was designed to remember a extraordinary young footballer, German Eagles foundation member and good friend of the Crocs, who was tragically taken from us in January this year after being hit by a drunk driver. ⠀  As the AFLG season has now been cancelled, we as a club would still like to make an effort to honour Janine’s memory. ⠀  Janine‘s favourite colour was pink, so we would like to invite all Crocs to get dressed up in their finest items of pink clothing and meet us at Schillerpark at 5pm on 4th July for a short training session followed by a BBQ/picnic. ⠀  For those who are interested, there will also be a ‘pink walk’ from Brandenburg Gate to Schillerpark commencing from 3:30pm (contact @resikre for further details). ⠀  Janine’s family have also founded the @go_pink_for_life campaign. It will be possible to make cash donations to this cause on the day. ⠀  Let’s get together (and get pink) to remember a true legend of the German AFL community! ⠀  The club will organise a simple BBQ and have some beverages at the park for a little chill out afterwards. ⠀  We advise all participants to adhere to the common social practices of limiting body contact, washing hands regularly, keeping the 1,5m distance and sneezing in the elbow. ⠀  The coaches would like to map out attendances for training. If you’re coming to the training for the first time please send your full address and phone number to mail@berlinafc.de to register. If you joined one of our trainings before, put your name down in the doodle poll for the event.

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Finland AFL would like to invite you along to their “Hammerglass Game Day”.

On the 18th of July, Finland AFL are hosting a three-hour event where they look to create a two to three team Australian Football round robin.

Experienced in the sport or not, this will be a great opportunity to get some in-game experience and guaranteed playing time.

If you’d like to give Australian Football a go or are simply interested in attending this event, message Finland AFL via their Facebook.

19 days to go…and you can experience moments like this.Come and play Footy with us, the event is free.#FAFL #AustralianRules #Finland #Nokia #Urheilu #Sports

Posted by Finland AFL on Sunday, June 28, 2020

With the recent cancellation of the 2020 AFL Germany season, a new, localised league has been developed in Germany.

The Rheinland Lions through Instagram have announced the launch of the first-ever Cologne League.

Three teams will be put together including players from the the Lionesses and Lions, who will compete in three rounds over the next seven weeks.

The three teams consist of the Sülz Sharks, Deutz Dingos and Ehrenfeld Platypuses, as they look forward to announcing their squads soon.

The newly made South Sweden Australian Football League is officially underway!

Round 1 saw the Celtic Convicts, Red Eyes and GSS Giants all play each other across three games.

The Red Eyes finished the day on top, remaining undefeated with an 8-point win over the Giants, and a 6-point against the Convicts.

Round 2 is set to go ahead on the 10th of July. Read the Round 1 Match Reports here, thanks to the Port Malmo Maulers.

The Delft Blues of AFL Netherlands decided to mix things up at their past training.

The Blues players all met by the ocean for a bit of beach footy and bonding.

An impressive effort by all involved!

Change of scenery. Pretty darn good! #footyineurope #aussierules #delft #denhaag #rotterdam #sports

Posted by Delft Blues AFC on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Players from the West London Wildcats laced up their runners over the weekend to run 13.1 miles in their inaugural half marathon.

Over 15 players attended the event, braving London’s cold and windy conditions on Saturday.

It’s great to see teams in the UK beginning to resume training and exercise where allowed. Remember to stay safe and keep your social distance from each other!

An outstanding effort by the Hamburg Dockers last week!

The Dockers reached a record high attendance of over 50 people at their training, including past premiership heroes and people new to the sport.

Hamburg train on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, so make sure to message them via their Instagram (below) if you’d like to get involved.

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Jackson Jones – AFL Europe