Wombats working hard to grow AFL in Finland

‘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 spoke to president of the Waasa Wombats, Anton Salmi as the team looks forward to their first official game this year.

As the latest addition to Finland AFL, the Waasa Wombats are counting down to their first official match of the season, to be played in AFL Europe’s Festival of Football on September 26.

Waasa Wombats is the oldest of the clubs to feature in the ‘Newest Team in Town’ series having formed back in 2011 and playing their debut season in 2012.

The Finnish Cup, which will be played for the Festival of Football, comes at a good time for the Wombats according to president, Anton Salmi.

“We started the season well back in March, we had good numbers to the first trainings but then COVID struck and we had a break until June,” he said.

“Now, in the summer we might get four guys to a training, but it’s not the same four guys every week because they work different shifts. We have not had great numbers this summer but we do our best with the numbers that we have.

“The people in the team are excited for the upcoming FAFL Cup. We moved dates so we could be a part of the Festival of Football. At the moment, if we’re lucky we could get 12 players and in this situation that is good.”

The Wombats will be joined by fellow Finnish teams the Helsinki Heatseekers and the Turku Dockers in the tournament which will be held in the outskirts of Turku.

With 16 players on the roster in 2019, the Wombats have had players move away from Vaasa and into mandatory military service but are still working hard to recruit a younger demographic to the club.

“Our hope for the club before COVID was to get a younger median age, a lot of the guys are 25 or older. I’m the oldest active player in our team at 37 and a few others are not far behind in their 30’s,” Salmi said.

“We aim to get more guys in the 18 to 25 age range. Last year we did tours in schools, showing the sport to people aged 12 to 18. That was the plan this year, but with COVID they had to be scrapped.”

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Whilst the majority of school and university visits for the club have not been able to go ahead, they did visit a school last Thursday, 3 September in the hope of some last-minute recruiting before the Finnish Cup.

“I’m hoping that with the Cup so soon around the corner that we can get somebody from there interested to come and play and have the chance to become Finnish Champions,” Salmi said.

“To go around to schools and universities and spread the word out is so important for us because there is so much competition from other sports in Vaasa.

Vaasa, which is situated on the west coast of Finland, can lay claim to a unique achievement. The Wombats playing list is made up solely of Finnish nationals, making them arguably one of very few AFL international teams in the world to be made up purely of local players.

“We only have Finnish players on our roster and that’s been the case besides a couple of seasons. It is something special about us, but it’s certainly not planned, we would love to have some expats or foreigners on our team but it just hasn’t happened,” Salmi said.

Whilst the Wombats haven’t had an official outing this season, a number of their players took part in a friendly game with other Finnish players earlier this year where they mixed teams on the day.

With the Euro Cup in Scotland postponed this year, it was the first gathering of the national team who were hoping for a trip abroad to play a neighbouring country.

After a six-year hiatus, the Finnish national team returned to the Euro Cup last year in Sweden and were looking forward to the event in Scotland this year.

“We’re hoping to get another game for the national team against another country, but there is not many options at the moment with the pandemic,” Salmi said.

“We were looking forward to getting across to Scotland, we have to hope that next year will be a better year so we can take part in it and people are still interested after a year off.”

To learn more about the Waasa Wombats, find them on Facebook @WaasaWombats.

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James Brosnan – AFL Europe

Festival of Football – Sweden

PLAYERS from around Sweden and Denmark will head to the Limhamn Australian Football Ground in Malmö to play in the upcoming Festival of Football.

Held on the 26th of September, Sweden will feature both a men’s and women’s tournament that will each consist of three matches and a grand final.

The teams attending who will each boast a men’s and women’s side are Port Malmö (Maulers & Lynx), Norrtälje Dockers and a Scandinavian All Stars team made up of Danish and Swedish players from different clubs.

AFL Sweden President and Port Malmö Lynx player, Katren Rogers, is very much looking forward to the event at her home ground in Malmö.

“It will be really good to have everyone down at Limhamn,” said Rogers.

“Being from Malmö and part of the Port Malmö Football Club, it’s always good spending a Saturday down there but to have everyone coming from all over Sweden, and some of the Danes coming too, it’s going to make it a really good atmosphere.

Dockers against the Lynx at the Swedish Cup in August.

Dockers against the Lynx at the Swedish Cup in August.

“We’ve got two fields, a rugby field next to our main field where the girls and guys can play, so everyone can kind of watch each other with plenty of space.”

The women’s tournament will see the three teams field 9-a-side, while the men’s teams will be fortunate enough to go the full 18.

“It’s quite special to be able to play 18-a-side, we’re lucky that Malmö has been able to recruit quite a few new players over the year.

“Also that we can get some of the players from Stockholm to play with Norrtälje… I think it’s really nice for the guys to be able to play the full format, I’m excited.”

Footy in Sweden has already been able to resume with teams playing matches in early summer, as well as the Swedish Cup in August.

“The (Swedish Cup) is our tournament to decide who will represent Sweden at the next AFL Europe Champions League,” said Rogers.

“That was a really good day in Eksjö… hosted by the Eksjö Bulldogs.”

Less than a month on from the Swedish Cup and players are already preparing for what is going to be another great day of Australian Football in Sweden.

“It (Festival of Football) will be a nice way to showcase the sport here in Sweden.

“We’re sharing stuff online and we’ve already got some people engaging who aren’t necessarily part of the footy community, so that’s good!”

Whilst teams in Sweden have been able to train for most of the year, playing in a match can be quite incomparable, especially for newer players to the sport.

“It’s all good coming down to training but playing games is what’s really fun and what makes you want to come back.

“And it’s not just the game, it’s also the atmosphere around the day and spending time with the whole footy community.

“I think that will be really good to get some people engaged and also keep all these people that we’ve managed to recruit coming back and loving playing footy in Sweden.”

Photo from Round 1 of DAFL 2020.

Photo from Round 1 of DAFL 2020.

Premiers of the men’s and women’s Swedish Cup, Norrtälje will head into the Festival of Football as number one contenders.

And it came as no surprise who Rogers mentioned when asked which team she is most looking forward to matching up against.

“Oh Norrtalje Dockers, they recently beat us at the Swedish Cup… both on the men’s side and the women’s side.

“Credit to them, they were the best team on the day and absolutely deserve to be representing Sweden in Amsterdam, but I’ve got to say the 26th of September is a little bit of a revenge opportunity for both the Port Malmö Lynx and Maulers.”

AFL Sweden are currently in talks of streaming their Festival of Football tournament live on Facebook.

Rogers, who is from Australia, said live streaming the game would be a great way to display AFL in Sweden for viewers online, but also for friends and family who are unable to attend the event.

“It’s really special when people from home can watch.

“We’ve (Lynx) played in Amsterdam in the past and my mum and dad were able to watch my game, it’s so cool.

“It would be really good if we can make that happen in Malmö too.”

Port Malmö on the live stream at AFL Europe's Champions League in 2019.

Port Malmö on the live stream at AFL Europe’s Champions League in 2019.

Looking past the Festival of Football, AFL Sweden are hoping to prepare a large ‘calendar of events’ for 2021 with the possibility of playing more tournaments.

“Well it’s been such a weird year this year, I think I’ve just been so happy that we’ve been able to play any footy.

“Going into next year, hopefully we can plan more tournaments like the Swedish Cup and the Festival of Football.

“The boys down here in Port Malmö play in the Danish League, and there’s a separate league up in Stockholm, but it’s quite rewarding meeting and bringing together all the teams… it feels like we’re all building something together.

“I think next year with a solid plan, AFL Sweden will be able to keep ‘on the up’.”

If you’d like to get involved with footy in Sweden or participate in their #FestivalofFootball, follow and message AFL Sweden on Facebook.

On the 26th of September AFL Europe’s Festival of Football, in partnership with National Australia Bank, will see a number of countries around Europe host an Australian Football tournament with local teams in a city of their choice.

The format and rules of each one-day tournament may differ from country to country, and matches will only be played if they comply with the appropriate government guidelines.

AFL Europe and the event committees around Europe participating in this event will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 right up until matchday.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

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Another weekly recap of footy news as we enter September and near some footy grand finals being played around Europe.

The Waterland Eagles are through to the AFL Netherlands grand final!

The Eagles beat the Delft Blues in the preliminary final 13.5. 83 to 7.12. 54.

They will now prepare for a trip to Purmerend to face the Amsterdam Devils in the grand final on September 19th.

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Good news for footy fans in Europe thanks to a huge announcement last week by the AFL.

For the first time ever, the AFL Grand Final will be played outside of Victoria… in Brisbane, Queensland!

But it doesn’t stop there, the game will start at night (exact time TBC) meaning that fans in Europe will no longer have to wake up before 6AM to watch the game!

Last weekend saw St. Petersburg play out round 6 of the SPAFL 2020 season.

The season features two teams in the Baltic Hawks and Northern Tigers, and started on the 1st of August.

The Tigers have gone six games undefeated… do the Hawks have what it takes get one back in round 7?

AFL Finland are on the search for new talent!

A few of the Waasa Wombats players last week held a 90-minute ‘taster session’ at a local school.

“We went through the basics (rules, handball, kicks, tackles) and even had time for 3x 6-minute minigames of 6v6. It looked awesome.”

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The heroic fundraising efforts by the Wandsworth Demons towards a cure for Motor Neurone Disease was recently highlighted by Fight MND on their socials.

The ‘Big Freeze at the ‘C’ is the only annual Big Freeze fundraiser held outside of Australia. This year, the Demons raised $15,000 through a number of different events and activities over the 5-week campaign.

Read the full story on Fight MND’s website here.

Inside the locker room with the Vienna Galahs as Kieran Kellet from Australia has taken over the reigns as coach after suffering an unfortunate ACL injury earlier this year.

His game plan seems to be working, with the Galahs being victorious against the DownUnderDogs just over a week ago!

Make sure to message the team via their Instagram below if you’re keen to play some footy in Austria.

Three games in and the Leeside Lions are sitting on top of the AFL Ireland ladder.

Last weekend the Lions handed the Belfast Redbacks their first loss of the season, winning by over 70-points!

Leeside will be back at it again this weekend when they take on the Galway Magpies on Saturday.

Keeping it Irish with some news out of Australia.

Young Geelong Cats player Mark O’Connor is not just a talented athlete!

O’Connor has written a piece that featured on the AFL Players Association website about his teammate, Zach Tuohy, becoming just the second Irishman to reach 200 AFL games.

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Gold Coast SUN and former vice-captain Pearce Hanley has called time on his AFL career.

Hanley played 169-games throughout his time in the AFL after making his debut as a 19-year-old in 2008 for the Brisbane Lions.

Watch Hanley announce his retirement to his teammates in the video here.

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Festival of Football – Finland

PREPARATION for Finland’s participation in AFL Europe’s Festival of Football is officially underway.

The tournament is set to take place approximately 30km out from Turku, in a small town named Paimio.

Attending will be the Helsinki Heatseekers, Turku Dockers and Waasa Wombats, each hoping to field a 9-a-side team.

A usual AFL season in Finland would consist of three round robins, held in the three cities listed above.

At each round robin, teams play each other once, with the two overall leading teams then going head-to-head in a grand final.

Held on a separate day to the round robins, the location of the grand final operates on a yearly rotation basis, which led to the decision of the venue for the upcoming tournament.

“This year the grand final was meant to be held in Turku, but due to the current situation we haven’t been able to play any of our round robins,” said Chairman of Finland AFL, Anton Salmi.

“There are very many football clubs in Turku, which makes it hard to find fields.

“Now that we’ve moved the date to coincide with the Festival of Football, we can confirm the tournament will be held in Paimio.”

Finland's Festival of Football venue in Paimio.

Finland’s Festival of Football venue in Paimio.

The tournament will follow the usual structure of a Finland AFL round robin, however now differentiating with a grand final being played on the same day.

The games in the round robin are currently scheduled for two 15-minute halves, with a five-minute break. The final time structure of the matches will be confirmed on the day, based on the weather and total participation.

Finland also plan to play the grand final with 10-minute quarters; 5-minute quarter breaks and an 8-minute half time break.

To keep the excitement and momentum rolling throughout the day, there will only be a short break between the round robin games and the grand final.

Premiers of the FAFL 2019; Turku Dockers.

Premiers of the FAFL 2019; Turku Dockers.

All three teams are very much looking forward to participating in the Festival of Football in which the coverage of the tournament may even make it onto your devices at home.

“It’s nice to be a part of something bigger, and we’re hoping it will bring some interest to Australian Football in Finland,” said Salmi.

“We hope to live stream it on Finland AFL’s Facebook page which could bring some more ‘viewers’ to the game.

“Hopefully people will find the game online which might mean we get more people in Finland playing the sport.”

A ‘mixed team day’ in Nokia back in July has attributed to six women actively training with the Finnish clubs. Salmi was excited to share that some of them are likely to play in the tournament too.

“This year we are going to do a mixed competition, the women who are interested in coming said they don’t mind playing ‘against the boys’.

Finland's 'mixed team day' in July.

Finland’s ‘mixed team day’ in July.

“We have a few female players in the Helsinki and Turku areas… we have about six actively training in Finland at the moment so there might be one or two in each team.”

Due to the large distance between the three teams, Salmi said it’s unrealistic for any of the teams to meet up for a practice match in the lead up to the tournament.

That being said, all three teams are very excited for the tournament and are likely to share players with one another to make sure each team is filled the best they can be.

“There may be loans from each team to help fill out the squad to get the 9-a-side. We’re quite flexible in that sense,” said Salmi.

Joni Kinnari from the Waasa Wombats said it wasn’t necessarily about bringing glory back to your city, but more about making sure teams get out onto the pitch.

Joni Quote.

Kinnari is captain of the Wombats who notably is an all Finnish team.

Despite Turku winning the cup last year and heading into the tournament as favourites, Kinnari is most looking forward to the Wombats match against the Heatseekers.

“We (Wombats) have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Helsinki, we always want to beat them,” said Kinnari.

“They have a lot of talented guys, they’re a strong team.

“They have a good connection with a fellow Gaelic football team too… it gives them a strong base.”

Salmi (left) and Kinnari (right) at training earlier this year.

Salmi (left) and Kinnari (right) at training earlier this year.

Should the live stream of the tournament go as planned on Finland AFL’s Facebook, Kinnari mentioned there’d be a few players to watch out for.

“From Turku, there’s their ruckman, Alex. He’s been playing for quite a long time and is a force to be reckoned with.

“From Helsinki, they’ve got a Colombian called Leon who has just come back to Finland after a couple years.

“He’s always been skilled… those are the two guys I’d be looking out for.”

Maybe the Wombats will be able to recruit some new talent before the tournament begins to help them with these match ups, as they plan to hold a 90-minute ‘taster session’ at a local school on September 3rd.

For now, the three teams look forward to their first official matches to be played this year and ultimately becoming champions of FAFL 2020.

If you’d like to get involved or participate in the #FestivalofFootball in Finland, follow and message them via their Facebook.

On the 26th of September AFL Europe’s Festival of Football, in partnership with National Australia Bank, will see a number of countries around Europe host an Australian Football tournament with local teams in a city of their choice.

The format and rules of each one-day tournament may differ from country to country, and matches will only be played if they comply with the appropriate government guidelines.

AFL Europe and the event committees around Europe participating in this event will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 right up until matchday.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

Race to the MCG – Week Eleven Review

AFL Europe’s Race to the MCG has officially ended with Germany leading the women’s competition right from the get-go and becoming the first women’s team to run the distance from London to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The team required just over 484km last week to reach the finish line of 16,900km.

Germany gave it their absolute all throughout the entirety of the competition. With almost a complete 30 runners every week, the team did not once drop below 1,500km for weekly distance covered.

Assistant Coach of the German Eagles, Marijka Bright, was the driving force behind Germany’s efforts. Creating spreadsheets, keeping awake past midnight to record team results and continually encouraging all runners throughout the race whilst covering some incredible kilometres herself.

“The Race to the MCG was definitely a challenge, but after having all of the training camps, Euro Cup and IC ’20 cancelled or postponed, it gave us something to focus our energy on and bring us together as a team,” Bright said.

“At times it was not easy – we had a couple of weeks where we were very close to not hitting the benchmark – but it was great to see everybody putting their shoes back on, on the Sunday afternoon/evening and reaching the kilometres that we needed.”

In week four, Germany had put in their best effort notching 1,905km and becoming almost 2,000km clear of second place. Showing off their competitive spirit, their second best weekly effort came almost at the end of the competition, completing over 1,700km in week ten.

“In our first week we managed to reach 1,519.5 km. What we didn’t know was that the benchmark rule would come into place. Whilst it made our journey at times difficult, it gave us the motivation to hit our kilometres every single week.”

Germany boasted six Performances of the Week, three of them coming from one of the competition’s top runners, Jane. E.

“The healthy competition at the top of our kilometre table each week between Jana. E and Leila. M was always something to behold,” Bright said.

“Our captain Theresa. K went specifically on a hiking holiday to ensure she continued to contribute to our total. Her 40km mountain hike during this trip was our biggest singular effort and extremely impressive.

“But it wasn’t just the participants who were able to get the big numbers who were impressive. We put in a great team effort and we had those with full-time, stressful jobs, as well as those who were carrying injuries, who were still able to contribute meaningfully to the race every single week.”

For finishing first, Germany will now receive an entire playing kit, thanks to Race to the MCG major sponsor, O’Neills.

“During these uncertain times, it has been great to be able to have the Race to the MCG,” Bright said.

“In a time where we were unable to get together as a team and execute the plans that we had made in the lead up to the International Cup, it was a great team building tool and managed to give us a focus and a common goal to work towards.

“We would like to thank AFL Europe for putting on and managing the competition – a great concept and something that we as a team will remember well into the future.”

See below for the final leaderboard in the women’s competition.

Switzerland were one of five remaining teams to beat their week one benchmark, regularly impressing with their weekly efforts.

Head of Women Development and Secretary for AFL Switzerland (and Swiss player herself) Effie Senti was delighted with the team’s finish.

“Our team was rather small, however, we had some very motivated girls in the competition,” Senti said.

“It helped us to strengthen our AFL Switzerland family spirit as we got to know other players’ skills from different clubs even better.”

Motivation for the Swiss team to push through to the end came from working as a team, encouraging and checking in on each other as the week’s went by.

“(Motivation) was mainly through encouraging others to track every single walk and run. Some even did more than they wanted originally to keep the momentum going,” Senti said.

Whilst it was very much a team effort, there was one particular individual named Norina from the Zurich Giants that Senti was very impressed by.

“She (Norina) hasn’t been able to participate in any footy activities due to her change of home, however, she was the one who pushed hard and did lots of running and walking.

“Replying once to my message about how well she’s doing, she mentioned ‘although I can’t be there for the team at the moment, I want to contribute with running’.”

Despite being one of the smaller teams in the competition, the Swiss very much enjoyed the Race to the MCG and would even like to see the competition turn into a yearly thing.

“It was an awesome idea and I think it motivated people to keep moving although the COVID-19 was a setback for lots of sporting people around Switzerland and Europe.

“I think such a competition might be even worth having each year to keep the players fit and motivate them to do more physical activity.

“Some people, who are not playing footy due to their age or whatever reason, participated and felt the team spirit, which is an awesome thing! Well done!”

AFL Switzerland now look forward to completing their shortened 2020 season, with the grand final to be held on the 19th of September.

“Besides that, lots of training sessions and ‘come & try’ events/recruitment work is going on in Switzerland. We are excited,” Senti said.

Congratulations to the nine remaining teams who exceeded their week one benchmark totals right until the end of the competition.

In the women’s, the remaining teams were Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden and Wales. In the men’s, we had Austria, Germany, Poland and Wales.

We would now like to announce that the two teams that were randomly drawn to win free entry into the 2021 Euro Cup were Scotland’s women’s and Wales’ men’s.

It was great to see all teams embrace the challenge over the eleven weeks, and it has been incredible to see both the personal and team distances that have been accomplished.

We hope the competition brought an increase in motivation, engagement and fitness within all of our AFL community’s around Europe.

A final thanks to who this competition would not have been made possible without, AFL Europe’s Apparel Partner and Race to the MCG major sponsor, O’Neills.

Any teams looking to purchase on-field or off-field kit for 2021 please contact AFL Europe for an introduction to the amazing team at O’Neills.

O’Neills was founded in 1918 as a manufacturer of Gaelic Footballs and is now the largest and leading sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland. O’Neills are an 100% Irish owned organisation, specialising in the design, manufacture, personalisation and supply of performance multi-sportswear, leisurewear and sports equipment globally.

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

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The Bayonne Toreadors have been doing their bit to promote Australian Football!

Last weekend a few of the Toreadors members set up shop at the Ametzondo Shopping Centre to attract new players to the sport.

They even got interviewed! Check it out here.

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A new men’s and women’s team is getting ready to join AFL Germany.

The Heidelberg Knights will become the tenth team to join the competition and are preparing for their first ‘taster session’.

The German Women’s national team have given the training grounds in Heidelberg a tick of approval thanks to a training camp with Craig Starcevich.

The Styrian DownUnderDogs travelled north on the weekend to face off against the Vienna Galahs.

The DownUnderDogs led for most of the afternoon but in the end could not hold off the opposition, losing to the Galahs 47-55.

Check out some snaps from the match below.

The Greater Glasgow Giants have returned to Glasgow Green!

The Giants are one of the latest teams to announce a return to training which will combine both their men’s and women’s teams on Wednesday nights.

Let them know if you’re interested in attending so that they can continue to ensure safe training guidelines.

Last Sunday, the Helsinki Heatseekers joined forces with GAA side, Helsinki Harps.

The two clubs came together and merged sporting codes to create an International Rules tournament.

Check out some photos from the tournament on Instagram thanks to the Heatseekers.

Photos from Aarhus Bombers’ match against Odense in the Danish AFL have been shared on Facebook.

The Bombers unfortunately couldn’t get the win, but will be looking to turn things around against the Cats this Saturday.

Aarhus are the newest team in Denmark after forming in 2019.

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Get to know the players at the Nottingham Scorpions thanks to their new ‘meet the players’ series!

The Scorpions men’s and women’s teams train on Saturday morning’s and are always welcoming new players.

Make sure to get in touch with them below if you’d like to get involved.

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AFL Europe Trivia with Belushi’s – #20

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.

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Bats become the first official AFL team in Hungary

‘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, spoke to Zoltan Marosy from the Budapest Bats; the newest (and first) team in Hungary.

As a standalone club in Hungary, the Budapest Bats are less than a month away from playing their first competitive game in AFL Europe’s Festival of Football.

Budapest will take part in the Festival of Football in Austria, in a three-team tournament against Vienna and Graz.

They will do so under the guidance of the youngest leader in Europe, Zoltan Marosy, who has taken a massive step up since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve always wanted to do a footy club in Budapest,” Marosy said.

“It took an Aussie expat Michael King to get it going; he posted on Facebook if there was anyone interested in starting a footy club here. I immediately replied saying I was interested.

“We got it going last year and for a year there was only four of us at training.”

King has since moved overseas, which led to Marosy taking the reigns of the club.

Zoltan lived in Melbourne for nine years, playing a lot of junior football with Blackburn in Melbourne’s east before he and his family moved back to Budapest five years ago.

The Bats were able to get back into training in May with sessions taking place on Margaret Island in the heart of the city, surrounded by the Danube River.

“It’s been pretty good because there is up to ten of us at trainings now.

“We had a very big stroke of luck at the start of the year with an Irish guy Mark Ryan who has played with one of the German clubs before, he knows his footy and wanted to join us.

“Ever since then we have been getting a lot of new players which is good.”

Interest is continuing to grow amongst the Bats community with the help of some scheduled games with the Festival of Football on September 26.

“We have 61 people in our Facebook group, ten of them are really interested but when I posted that we were going to have our first match, immediately five new people put their hand up to play,” Marosy said.

“Getting the team together will be a great effort and it will be a great experience for us because most of the team haven’t actually played before.

Prior to the disrupted season, the Bats were looking forward to the potential of a new Central European competition along with Prague, Graz and Vienna.

“That hasn’t happened this year but we are still planning to have that. We would like to see that get going and see more matches in Central Europe,” Marosy said.

For now, the Bats focus is on being prepared as best they can for the Festival of Football and continuing to build the club with an eye towards next season.

Marosy has one goal in mind, which he believes if they can overcome, will help firmly establish the club.

“There isn’t one biggest challenge, there are many challenges but the only problem we really have is getting Hungarians into the sport,” he said.

“We have a lot of expats, several Australians, people from England and the Middle-East, but no Hungarians. They are a bit conservative; they don’t like trying things they have never heard of.

“We advertise on as many social media groups as possible, and encourage our players to bring their friends along to sessions.

“When we get one or two natives into the sport, then they will bring their friends along and that’s how we will grow quickly.”

To learn more about the Budapest Bats, check out their Facebook.

To find a club near you, check out our Find Your Club page.

James Brosnan – AFL Europe

Race to the MCG – Week Ten Review

WEEK ten is complete and has seen the leading women’s team in Germany move 1,760km closer to the finish line.

It was Germany’s largest weekly total since week four of competition and now has them just 483km away from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Wales’ overall distance surpassed 10,000km as they had the better of Scotland for the second week in a row.

The gap between the second and third placed teams has now narrowed down to just 360km.

With team placings locked in as soon as we see Germany reach the 16,900km finish line, the race for second place is going to go right down to the wire.

Last week’s efforts for Sweden and Switzerland saw the two teams improve on their weekly total from week nine, headed by Tilda. B’s 84.6km (SWE) and Norina. F’s 53.2km (SWI).

Eleven runners reached the 100km mark in week ten, with the top three distances of the week going to Jana. E (136.9km), Jenny. P (135km) and Lucy. M (123.2km).

Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales all reached their week one benchmark’s, staying in the draw to win free entry into the 2021 Euro Cup.

It could be just a matter of days before the end of the women’s competition, so make sure to keep an eye out on AFL Europe’s socials for when we announce the winner!

Continue to share with us your journey to the Melbourne Cricket Ground by tagging @AFLEurope and using the hashtag #RACETOTHEMCG.

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PSS Presents: Around the Grounds – Socials Edition #21

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

Eight different countries feature in this week’s edition of Around the Grounds as we take a look on social media to see what teams around Europe have been getting up to.

Make sure to tag us in on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for your team to feature!

The Berlin Crocs in Germany held a ‘draft day’ in preparation for the newly formed Berlin League.

The league is a mixed competition and will feature four teams; North Berlin Crows, South Berlin Giants, West Berlin Eagles and East Berlin Mariners.

The Delft Blues have become victorious for the first time in 2020!

The Blues travelled to Waterland for round two of the AFL Netherlands Championship where they were successful in their clash against the home team.

Round three is scheduled for this weekend and will see the teams travel to Amsterdam.

First victory for the Delft Blues in 2020! Last weekend the Waterland Eagles hosted Round 2 of the AFL Netherlands…

Posted by Delft Blues AFC on Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Waasa Wombats are currently loving autumn in Finland.

The Wombats were out and about, enjoying the sunshine at training which has produced some great snaps for their Instagram!

There are currently three active teams in Finland so make sure to contact their Facebook pages (Instagram caption below) to play some footy in Finland.

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The autumn in #Finland is extraordinary…22 degrees celsius! Normally we would have around 15. This is of course nice as @Waasawombats could do their weekly training in sunny conditions. The #Aussierules session was fun and sweaty, a lot of kicks were done….and we mean a lot. We higly recommend you come and give the sport a try. The #mateship and #cameraderie in this sport, within and between teams is unbeliavable. All clubs are actively looking for more people, come and have a stress free session with any of our clubs (info in pictures)Club contacts via FB…no skill required. @helsinkiheatseekers https://m.facebook.com/helsinkiheatseekers @Waasawombats https://m.facebook.com/WaasaWombats/ @turkudockers https://m.facebook.com/TurkuDockers/ #FAFL #UusiHarrastus #Sports #Vaasa #Helsinki #Turku #Fun #hobby #harrastus #Australialainenjalkapallo #aussifudu #Australianrulesfootball #Afleurope #expatinfinland @aflinternational @afleurope

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Paris Cockerelles took to Facebook to announce their club captains for 2020 & 2021.

Congratulations to Pauline, Pierre and Clément for your selections!

The Cockerelles continued this announcement with their 2020 & 2021 ‘office members’. Head to their Facebook below for more.

Que vous soyez en vacance ou de retour au boulot, on a toujours besoin d’un bon capitaine de navire ! Voici officiellement nos 3 capitaines pour l’année 2020-2021 ! 👏🏼🐔

Posted by Paris Cocks Footy on Saturday, August 22, 2020

Get to know ‘Sooz’ from the Bristol Dockers.

The Dockers have taken to Instagram to feature a number of their players through ‘Player Profiles’.

Give Bristol a follow and get to know the whole team!

Brisbane Lions women’s coach Craig Starcevich teamed up with the German Eagles women’s team last weekend.

Starcevich helped out at one of their training sessions in Heidelberg, sharing plenty of his footy knowledge with the girls!

“The passion for @aflwomens in all corners of the world is amazing.”

The AFL Switzerland podcast has returned!

Chrispy and Chief are back talking all things AFL Switzerland after the commencement of round one in the Swiss league.

In their first episode back, the boys are joined by guests Dale Halliday from the Geneva Jets and Stefan Burgener from the Winterthur Lions.

The AFL Switzerland Podcast with Chrispy and Chief has returned for the 2020 season.New Episode – Round 1 2020The…

Posted by AFL Switzerland on Monday, August 17, 2020

Interested to know which Irish players have signed on for the AFL Women’s 2021 season?

Check out AFL Womens on Instagram who have shared a number of photos of the girls in action.

The latest Irish to join the league was Lauren Magee, joining the Demons last week.

The Zagreb Panthers have been keeping active!

Check out the Panthers pushing through a workout session last week.

Make sure to message the team via their Instagram if you’d like to get involved!

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Jackson Jones – AFL Europe