AFL Europe Trivia with Belushi’s – #19

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 26th of August 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 #19

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Ex-footy star Chris Judd played for how many different teams throughout his AFL career?

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Which is the only club to have won two AFL women’s grand finals?

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The medal awarded for ‘best on ground’ in the AFL Grand Final is named after which former player?

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Which two AFL umpires travelled over and umpired at AFL Europe’s 2019 European Championships?

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Which AFL team in Europe belongs to this logo?

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Lauren Magee is set to join fellow Dublin girls Sinéad Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy at which AFL women’s club?

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What is the capacity of Brisbane’s home stadium 'The Gabba'?

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Which of the following AFL players were announced into the Greek Team of the Century in 2004?

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In which year did the Portsmouth Pirates re-join the Southern England Australian Football League?

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Which of these women’s teams made their debut at AFL Europe’s Champions League in 2019?

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Pirates steering in the right direction

‘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 Portsmouth Pirates, John Titcombe, on the club’s development of growing into AFL London’s 18-a-side league and beyond.

After a five-year absence, the Portsmouth Pirates in 2018 re-established themselves into Europe’s Australian Football scene.

Located in the south-east of England, the Pirates have made some big strides thanks to a dedicated committee and a strong relationship with their local rugby community.

In their short time since returning, the club has formed juniors from under 7’s upwards, joined the AFL London Social League, experienced large success through several methods of recruitment and built great relationships with key sponsors.

Some may actually remember the Portsmouth Pirates, originally a team in AFL England that started approximately ten years ago.

“I was involved right from the beginning, back in 2009 was our first season,” said Titcombe.

“We played in the Southern League and played for about four seasons, and then the league started to struggle, in turn losing a few teams.”

Unfortunately for the Pirates, they had become one of those teams.

However, a couple years later a few of Titcombe’s current rugby teammates happened to stumble across the Pirates website.

“Some of the guys from my rugby club were looking around to see what they could still do through the summer.

“My name was still listed as the president of the Portsmouth Pirates, they must’ve found it at the bottom of the internet somewhere.

“They asked me ‘Do you know your president of an Aussie Rules club?’

“I said that I used to be… and just like that we were keen to get it back up together again.”

The Pirates quickly pulled a team together with majority of their players coming from the local rugby club, and would go on to make an impressive return into the Southern League in 2018.

“We played in AFL England’s Southern League, and had a really good season to be fair in our first year back.

“If we hadn’t of joined the Southern League (in 2018) there would’ve been only two teams that year. It was good timing really.”

That year, AFL England’s Southern League and the Welsh Australian Rules Football League decided to link up with an inter-connected league structure.

“So we had three teams in the south, and then three teams in the Welsh region,” said Titcombe.

“It became a mixed league where we first played each other in our league and then played a crossover round with Wales to play some more games with different teams.”

In their first year back, the Pirates lost the flag by just one point.

The belief they developed from such an impressive return gave the club much hope of growing into the future, as they begun to make moves in that next 2018/19 off-season.

“We approached AFL London and told them that we wanted to play 18-a-side and grow the club, that we’ve got plans for a juniors section (which has started to happen now) and that we want to build something down here in the south.”

Becoming successful in joining the 2019 AFL London third division, the Pirates made a jump from 9-a-side matches to 18-a-side.

Along with that came opposition clubs with much larger teams that were fielded with much more experience, on much bigger ovals.

“It was a bit of an eye opener, a few lessons got learnt in that first year,” said Titcombe.

“We’re predominately British players, last season we had only four Australians playing in our squad, the rest of them were British players that have come from rugby and football backgrounds.

“Most of our players were making their debut that season, so we gave away a lot of experience to some of the teams we came up against.

“We got two wins and finished sixth on the ladder out of eight, so we thought it was a pretty successful first season.”

Had this year gone as planned, the Pirates were ready to make further developments to build the club.

“Most of our goals (this year) were off-field, so what we’re trying to do is in terms of the community and with the sport, the club and our brand.

“Perhaps our biggest goal for us this year was recruitment, we had a couple of times last year where we didn’t have anywhere near a bench.

“At the start of this year we were looking at about 35+ members, so recruitment had gone well.

“We’re also looking to branch out a little bit more and work with pods like universities, colleges and schools to spread the word of the sport and our club.”

Whilst the Pirates look to target some younger players through just that, they already have in place a healthy junior system.

“We’ve got a good strong link with one of the junior sections at a rugby club that a couple of our guys coach at.

“We had about 25 juniors signed on to sessions, they did about six sessions last summer.

“The future is there… this year we had plans to incorporate two more age groups which would’ve taken us to about 50 children across three age ranges.

“The junior side is looking like it’s definitely going to take off in the next couple of years.”

Unfortunately, the Pirates had to cancel a couple of their recruiting events that they were hoping to run earlier this year.

“We still had a couple of events we were looking to do, again within the rugby community which is a lot of what our stuff is down here, we don’t have that ‘Aussie base’.

“We had a charity game between two of the rugby sides and we were going to go to one of their events and do a bit of a showcase of Australian Football for some extra recruitment.”

For now, 2020 has become a year off for the Portsmouth Pirates who look forward to resuming things in 2021.

“Where there was no season going ahead with AFL London, we’ve taken the decision to not train until 2021.

“We’re staying together as a squad… about 3/4 of our team all play for the same rugby club as well, so we’ve been keeping our fitness up and preparing for the upcoming rugby season.

“We’ve been staying together socially that way, just without that footy element if you like.

“We’ve got all our contacts still and recruited really well, and we were looking good numbers-wise, so it’s good to know everyone is still keen to stay involved next season when we go again.”

Titcombe was also extremely appreciative of the support that has been received from Portsmouth’s key sponsors, helping them stay afloat through this tough year.

“We’ve had four partners that have really helped us and we’re looking to continue to work with them as we build up.

“Wheelwrights Arms, Imperial Cars, Big Dogg Australia, AIT Services… a big thank you goes to them for the help they’ve given us.”

To follow or get involved with the Portsmouth Pirates, check out their Facebook, Instagram and website.

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

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

Race to the MCG – Week Nine Review

THE men’s competition has officially come to a close after Wales registered their final kilometres to reach the MCG last Saturday night.

Racing from London to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, participants tracked their walks and runs in an attempt to bring their team to the total distance target of 16,900km.

A huge congratulations goes out to Wales for becoming the first team to cross the finish line in just over two months from the start of the competition.

President of AFL Wales and Race to the MCG team manager, James Gibson, was thrilled with the result and how all runners pulled through as a team.

“For us it was a brilliant team effort, there was always someone different stepping up each week with multiple runners exceeding the 100km mark which meant others could recover a little,” Gibson said.

“It was certainly a challenging competition with its highs and lows but the buy in grew and grew as the race went on.

By week three of the competition, Wales had hit the front and never looked back, using “little battles” with each other as motivation to succeed.

“The internal competition and desire to win for Wales was massive. Huge thanks to our kind donators for the internal prizes who without you we wouldn’t be in this position.

“Alongside our personal requirements, the team was keen to raise some money for our charity Jacob Abraham Foundation which has a number of personal connections to the team and we thought it was poignant given the time we are living in – mental health is so important and this competition certainly gave the team a mental goal to focus on!”

Whilst the 16,900km was a fantastic accomplishment from the team itself, Wales’ individual runners put on some impressive efforts which saw them feature in a number of the Race to the MCG Performances of the Week.

Wales’ first Performance of the Week in week four.

“Without the team effort we wouldn’t have been able to complete the challenge – we said from the start it will be the middle men that win it for us as buy in throughout the pack is so important in this endurance race,” Gibson said.

“Huge shout out should go to the efforts of Tom Case, Kim Swain, Mark Horsman and Jon Saunders who all exceeded 1000km and Will, Paul and Stuart for being just under the 1000km mark.”

Footy’s restart has been able to slowly resume in Wales, with a handful of clubs returning to training. So what’s next for AFL Wales?

“We hope we can partake in the Festival of Football, as long as the government guidelines allow,” Gibson said.

“We look forward to seeing the other teams at Euro Cup in Scotland next year and congratulating them on their efforts.

“A huge thank you to AFL Europe for putting on the Race to the MCG and organising it so well – a very challenging feat! Also massive well done to all teams that took part – what an achievement for everyone to keep going for this length of time!”

Thanks to O’Neills, the official Apparel Partner of AFL Europe and Race to the MCG major sponsor, Wales will receive a brand new playing kit for their 2021 Euro Cup squad.

For the overall results, finishing not far behind in second and third was Scotland and Germany, with Croatia and England rounding out the top five respectively.

Leaving their best week until last, Austria finished 4th in the week and jumped up to 7th in the overall leaderboard!

Just 250km was the difference between 7th and 11th, including a mere 13km between Ireland and Poland.

Sweden too saw their best weekly placing in 5th, as France in 9th put on their best effort since week five.

Ending the competition, there were just four teams who managed to outlast their week one benchmarks (week one distance total). Austria, Germany, Poland and Wales will all go into a live draw to decide who should win free entry into the 2021 Euro Cup in Scotland.

But first, we await the final results in the women’s competition.

Sitting just over 2,000km away from the finish line, we could be just two weeks off from Germany’s women’s reaching the MCG.

Another powerhouse effort in week nine saw Germany finish on top for the ninth consecutive time.

Week nine also saw Scotland reach the 10,000km mark, however there were no changes to the overall leaderboard.

More impressive efforts were on display last week including those from from Jana. E (175.4km), Sophie. W (139.7km) and Jenny P. (110.2km).

Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales were all once again able to reach their week one benchmark.

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

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

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds – Socials Edition #20

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

The Norrtalje Dockers experienced large success at the recent Swedish Cup.

Hosted in Eksjö, the Dockers were able to overcome Port Malmo in both the men’s and women’s grand finals.

Congratulations to the Dockers as well as all involved in what looked like a great day!

The Zurich Giants made their AFL Switzerland season debut last weekend!

To mark the historic occasion, the Giants went up against the oldest team in the Swiss league, the Winterthur Lions.

They’ve also uploaded the match on Youtube! Head to the link below to have a watch.

Yesterday it was a big day for the Giants. They played their very first game within the Swiss league. If you have missed…

Posted by Zurich Giants AFC on Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Odense Lions made a long awaited return to the Danish AFL league just last weekend.

The league recommenced with the Lions taking on the Aalborg Kangaroos in what looked like some great weather!

See the team pictured below in their last training session before the match.

På lørdag starter DAFL – Dansk Australsk Fodbold Liga igen for løveflokken. Vi skal spille imod Aalborg Kangaroos. Igår…

Posted by Odense Australsk Fodbold BGIF on Thursday, August 13, 2020

As of early this morning, AFL Ireland Women’s on Twitter shared that a total of 15 Irishwomen have officially re-signed for the 2021 AFLW season.

This is fantastic to see and we’re sure the AFL Ireland community would be stoked with this.

We look forward to seeing the girls out on the park next year!

Footy is set to make a return to France in October.

A new league format will see two conferences bring together ten teams for the 2020/21 season.

The conferences have been split into the north and south of France.

Things are kicking off for the Budapest Bats.

The team shared a photo from training in what was just their second post on Instagram!

The Bats are the first Australian Rules Football club in Hungary. If you or any of your mates would like to get involved, follow and message them via their Instagram below or on Facebook here.

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Great training today boys!

A post shared by Budapest Bats AFC (@budapestbats) on

More footy is being played in Germany, this time by the Zuffenhausen Giants!

The Giants formed two intra club teams under the names Goannas and Emus, who went head-to-head a week ago.

The Goannas ended the day on top, beating the Emus 93-69.

Brisbane Lions vice-captain and 2019 AFL All Australian, Harris Andrews, was recently spotted on AFL England’s Instagram.

AFL England shared a video of Andrews just last week passing on his best wishes to the AFL community in Europe.

Check out AFL England’s website to find out how you can get involved.

The Belfast Redbacks were full of joy in their first win in the AFL Ireland 2020 season.

“Great to get the singing voices going again after lockdown.”

Watch the Redbacks gather in the middle of the ground to belt out their club song!

The AFL Multicultural Program on Facebook shared a post game interview a little different to the usual.

‘Roaming Heath’ and GWS Giants captain, Stephen Coniglio, held a short interview speaking in Italian!

Coniglio has both European and English heritage and featured in our ‘My European Heritage‘ series earlier this year.

Skip to 0:20 to check it out!

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How many of you noticed the quick Italian interview after the Round 10 win for the Giants against the Bombers?Watch it here if you missed it, watch it again if you already saw this live because this is absolutely unique!#AFLForEveryone#HeathShaw #StephenConiglio GWS Giants AFL Italia AFL Italy AFL Europe #ItalianLanguage #AFLInterview #GWSGiants #PlayerAmbassador #AFL #Italy

Posted by AFL Multicultural Program on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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AFL Europe Trivia with Belushi’s – #18

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 19th of August 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.

Please check the full terms and conditions here.

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QUIZ #18

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Past AFL player, Robert DiPierdomenico has European heritage of which country

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Which AFL team in Europe wears this guernsey?

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The AFL recently announced further changes to their 2020 fixture. A total of how many rounds will finalise the home and away season?

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4 / 10

In which year did Carlton last make the AFL finals?

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Which of these Brownlow Medallists broke the record for the most Brownlow votes (3-2-1 system) in a season?

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6 / 10

Which of these Irish AFLW players were recently re-signed?

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AFL Europe’s Festival of Football will see a number of tournaments played across Europe all on the same day. On which date is the festival to be held?

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8 / 10

The 2020/2021 French Championship was announced just last week. How many teams are participating?

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9 / 10

Which team finished on top of the ladder in Germany’s 2020 Cologne League?

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10 / 10

The 2016 Euro Cup was won by which men’s team?

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Galahs tickled pink following first win

‘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 former president and founder of the Vienna Galahs, Pablo Caldarola, about the club’s recent success both on and off the footy field.

Now in their third season, the Vienna Galahs are still celebrating their maiden victory after an impressive 31-point win recently against the Prague Dragons.

The win on July 24 in Vienna was reward for three years of hard work as the newest addition to the AFL landscape in Austria.

Vienna’s recent victory against Prague.

Despite the disruption of COVID-19 and lockdowns across Europe, the Galahs are riding some positive momentum according to former president and founder, Pablo Caldarola.

“It’s a really good feel around our club at the moment,” Caldarola said.

“We have picked up another five players this year, and as soon as coronavirus let up a little bit, everyone was really keen to start up again.

“The club is on a high at the moment. We are having a good time together, enjoying training, the games and our first win.”

The Galahs join the Styrian DownUnderDogs as just the second team in Austria.

Vienna pictured with the Styrian DownUnderDogs in 2019.

It’s not the first time an Australian Football team has been based in the capital.

The Vienna Dingoes, who Caldarola and fellow-founder and current president of the Galahs Seb Böhm initially played for, folded in 2009.

“In the last season of the Dingoes everyone was a bit old and getting married and moving on. Apart from the odd game Seb and I would try and swing together, we didn’t have a club in Vienna,” Caldarola said.

“Three years ago we touched base again and said let’s do it, and started pushing the new club forward.

This year Kieran Kellet, an Australian who cannot take to their field due to a knee injury, will coach the team for the first time.

Prior to the disrupted season, the Galahs were looking forward to the potential of a new competition along with Prague, Graz and Budapest.

The Galahs have just scheduled two more upcoming games but are always open to more opportunities to take the field.

“At the moment it’s hard to get games, but we have just scheduled two matches against Graz which we are really excited about,” Caldarola said.

“We want to get as many games as possible and keep on growing our numbers.”

Although the club is based and train in Vienna, the Galahs are looking at alternatives when it comes to match days and received plenty of support from the small village of Gutenstein, 50-minutes south of the city centre.

The move comes as the Galahs look to enhance the whole match day experience for players and supporters.

“Playing outside of Vienna opens up opportunities that aren’t available in the big cities, so we can have the type of game day that we want to have with barbeques and things like that,” Caldarola said.

“Gutenstein is allowing us to camp in the town and to use the swimming pool and facilities all for free and the best thing is they have a large open soccer field that is unmarked.

“And if they let us put goal posts there we basically have a three quarter oval in Austria for us to use.

“They are really happy to have us, they are excited and promoting our events, and businesses in the town have donated things to the club already.”

Along with social events, social media and other traditional recruiting methods, the Galahs have also founded a volleyball team under the club name and colours in an attempt to broaden their appeal.

The pink, grey and white inspired by the native Australian bird is certainly catching the attention of people around the world for its distinctiveness.

Included on the club’s social media is a video from former Brisbane Lions star Daniel Merrett, wearing the Galahs iconic, St Kilda-style jumper.

Check this out! 🏉🏟👊The Vienna Galahs just got a massive shout out from none other than Daniel “Sauce“ Merret! And to boot he lays some good old fashion footy wisdom on us!#eurofooty #afl #ripthroughit #viennagalahs#brisbanelions

Posted by Vienna Galahs Australian Football Club on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

“We wanted to stay away from the traditional ‘Lions, Magpies, Tigers, Bears’ and names like that – we wanted something more our own flavour and it was a bit of a wink to the first team to play footy internationally in 1967.

“We wanted something non-aggressive, more inviting and a little bit jovial.”

To learn more the Vienna Galahs, find them on Facebook.

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

James Brosnan – AFL Europe

Race to the MCG – Week Eight Review

TWO months through our Race to the MCG with O’Neills and we’re nearing the finish line in both the men’s and women’s competitions!

As the Wales men’s look to approach the MCG in a matter of days, Germany’s women’s are not too far behind in reaching the 16,900km finish line.

Led by two enormous efforts from Jana. E (237.3km) and Leila. M (232.2km), Germany’s team in week eight have continued on at full throttle.

Extending their lead to almost 4,000km, they sit clear of Scotland (2nd) and Wales (3rd) both who have now passed the halfway mark.

Week eight saw six of the women’s teams improve from their previous week’s tally, as five still remain in the draw to win free entry into the 2021 Euro Cup.

France have shown steady improvement over the past month, continuing to beat their previous week’s tally with help from Haralyaa. Q’s 54.2km.

The AFL Europe Umpires team have put on their best weekly performance yet, finishing in 9th place.

The team is represented by a number of nationalities and locations across the world, logging runs and walks from a total of seven different countries.

Renowned AFL Europe umpire and winner of the Golden Whistle at the 2018 Champions League, Katrina Stopinski, said the team has very much enjoyed participating in the competition and keeping active.

“We have a small team of umpires taking part in the race, many of whom regularly run and walk to keep active,” Stopinski said.

Fresh off their best result in the competition, Stopinski was thrilled to see how far the team has come since the start of the race.

“I’m really proud of the group to have covered some of the distances they have.

“Those who have taken part have made significant contributions to our weekly total!

Joel from Melbourne, Christoffer from Sweden and Josh from Wales have all been huge contributors to our cause.”

Along with the umpires, Switzerland in 4th and Germany in 2nd have also finished week eight with their best placings yet.

Germany’s week of 1,240km had them crack the 10,000km mark whilst still sitting amongst the top three.

Carrying on in first position, a 1,700km week from Wales has them steaming towards the finish line.

Austria, Germany, Poland and Wales all remain in beating their week one benchmarks.

Jon. S from Wales (211.4km), Dan. S from Germany (172.6km) and Mark. H from Wales (170.5km) were some of the standout runners in week eight.

Whilst no changes were seen in the overall leaderboard, Ireland, France, Norway and Poland all managed to improve from their previous weekly total.

President of AFL Norway, Sébastien Muller, said the competition has been great for the Norwegian players to keep engaged as a team.

“It’s been an extra way to keep connected. Some of the members go for runs together or meet up afterwards for celebratory beers,” said Muller.

“I’m proud of everyone for keeping going while we continue to lead the pack from the back,” Muller joked.

With Wales closing in on first prize, this could be the last week for our men’s teams to make an impact on the ladder.

Over in the women’s, there’s no settling yet as we look forward to a few more long days of gut running to be had. Stay tuned!

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

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

PSS Presents: Around the Grounds – Socials Edition #19

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

Approaching mid-August, we are pleased to see both trainings and matches being held by teams largely across Europe.

We’ve seen countries such as Denmark, Russia, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands able to commence their (somewhat) usual leagues, and also many others that have had to form a much more smaller and localised league.

AFL Sweden, Germany, Finland and France were among those who formed new leagues and tournaments, in order to get games played amongst their teams whilst complying with government guidelines.

Where some countries have been unable to create new leagues, certain teams from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary have been safely pursuing and organising practice matches with their neighbouring countries.

A brilliant effort by all who have ensured the matches and leagues that are being played have been done so in a safe environment and in accordance with government guidelines. We’re looking forward to what the rest of the year may hold!

But for now, we recap a big week on the AFL Europe social channels…

The St. Petersburg Cats caught our eye last week as the St. Petersburg Australian Football League (SPAFL) is now well underway.

In round two, the Northern Tigers took an 11-point victory over the Baltic Hawks. Check out some photos taken from the game below!

Keep up-to-date with the SPAFL results by downloading their brand new app.

The 2 round SPAFL result:8 August 2020, LTU PitchHawks 60 – 71 Tigers#AFLinEurope

Posted by St.Petersburg Cats on Sunday, August 9, 2020

The West Lothian Eagles in Scotland made a long awaited return to footy training last Wednesday.

West Lothian add to the list of teams in the United Kingdom who have been allowed to restart training sessions over the past month, and have already got two sessions under their belt!

Make sure to send the Eagles a message if you plan to attend one of their trainings so that they can keep track of exact numbers.

The Danish Australian Football League 2020 season commenced last week!

The season is set to play out over the next few months, with seven teams involved this year.

The Copenhagen derby kicked things off, as the Barracudas returned to the league with a win against the Giants.

The DAFL 2020 season is finally here. 7 teams will fight for the trophy during the next few months. Yesterday a…

Posted by DAFL – Dansk Australsk Fodbold Liga on Saturday, August 8, 2020

Take a peek into training with the Frankfurt Redcats & Redbacks.

The teams at Frankfurt seem to be making the most of their new training ground, with plenty of people attending training sessions.

“Thanks to our coach Malte, we had pretty amazing drills today and everyone did more than 100%!”

The Waterland Eagles have shared “an Eagle-eyed view of training” on their Instagram.

A fun approach to capture training, using a drone to film from above!

We very much enjoy seeing teams share their trainings in such creative ways. Keep them coming!

The South East London Giants kitted up for a comeback to training on the weekend.

Braving London’s spell of 30+ degree weather, the Giants looked pretty excited to be back onto the park.

Message them via their Instagram if you’re interested in getting along.

It may be footy’s summer break in Croatia, but that doesn’t stop Croatia’s passion towards the sport!

The Zagreb Hawks got a workout in as part of their summer preparation for the upcoming season.

Follow them below to keep up with how the team is tracking and preparing for 2021.

There were a few Irish features in footy news across Australia last week.

Firstly, congratulations to former West Clare Waves and Irish Banshees player, Ailish Considine, who has signed on with the Adelaide Crows for the 2021 AFL Women’s season!

Considine shared the news via her Instagram page, as well as featuring in a post by the Crows.

We spoke to Considine earlier this year about her unique journey to the AFL Women’s competition a few years ago.

Conor McKenna was seen showing off his silky skills once again, this time pre-game.

The Bomber was caught by the AFL practicing his rabona kick at goal.

Looks pretty impressive! Anyone think they can pull it off?

And finally, Geelong’s Mark O’Connor was given the mic post-game interviewing teammates after Geelong’s win against North Melbourne.

“Roaming Mark” makes his way around the Cats rooms, questioning players about the match.

A bit more of this please Cats Media!

Roaming Mark in the Rooms

Roaming Mark 🇮🇪 ☘️ Join Mark O'Connor in the rooms after our win over the Roos, presented by Ford.

Posted by Geelong Cats on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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National Australia Bank announced as Major Partner for new Festival of Football

Preparation is underway for an Australian Football tournament like we have never seen before.

The Festival of Football, partnering with the National Australia Bank (NAB), will unite teams from across the continent as they ‘come together’ to play Australian Football matches throughout Europe.

The governing bodies of AFL in Europe are invited to host a tournament on the 26th of September, in a local city of their choice.

Countries that host a tournament as part of the Festival of Football will be receiving items from AFL Europe to assist with their event, including medals for the winning team, a team of the tournament guernsey to present, a new Kangaroo Brand football and more.

The Festival of Football would not be possible without AFL Europe’s partnership with NAB. They are the major partner for AFL Europe’s annual ANZAC Cup, were announced earlier this year as the official Ball Partner of AFL Europe, and have now extended their partnership to become the major partner for the Festival of Football.

NAB are not only a great supporter of AFL in Europe, but they continue to provide tremendous support to the growth of Australian Football back in Australia, through the NAB AFL AusKick program, NAB Rising Stars pathway and NAB AFLW Competition.

National Australia Bank extended their deal as AFLW naming rights partner until 2022.

National Australia Bank extended their deal as AFLW naming rights partner until 2022.

John McClusky, General Manager & Head of NAB’s London Branch, very much looks forward to seeing the AFL Europe community come together for the Festival of Football, especially given the challenges faced this year by all, and is excited to announce NAB as the major partner.

“Over the last six months, we have seen the world change before our eyes, but some things remain the same – NAB are excited to continue our support of AFL globally by signing on as the major partner for AFL Europe’s Festival of Football,” said McClusky.

“We are excited to play our part in bringing this event to life and cannot wait to see players from all over Europe out on the field enjoying the great game that is Australian Football.”

McClusky pictured with the Australian and French national team captains at AFL Europe’s 2018 ANZAC Cup.

McClusky pictured with the Australian and French national team captains at AFL Europe’s 2018 ANZAC Cup.

Those wishing to host a Festival of Football tournament in their country will only be permitted to do so if the event complies with the COVID-19 government guidelines that are in place in their country.

Ryan Davey, General Manager of AFL Europe, has been in contact with many countries around Europe who expressed large excitement around the event.

“We understand that 2020 has been a difficult time for everyone and whilst the health and safety of our AFL Europe community, and the wider European community, remains the priority – we did want to provide an extra opportunity for our teams get some matches in,” said Davey.

“Many countries around Europe have already returned to regular training sessions and matches, all of which comply with government guidelines in their country. However, we believe the Festival of Football will provide the AFL community throughout Europe with extra motivation & drive over the next two months as they prepare for this inaugural tournament.

National Australia Bank were announced as official Ball Partner of AFL Europe earlier this year.

National Australia Bank were announced as official Ball Partner of AFL Europe earlier this year.

“Whilst we are disappointed that we are unable to bring our teams together in 2020, we take some comfort knowing that on the 26th of September (the original AFL Grand Final date) we will have AFL matches being played in countries all over Europe.

“We have no doubt the matches played will be fiercely competitive as always, although looking beyond the results, the Festival of Football will give us a chance to come together as a community and celebrate AFL in Europe.”

It’s going to be a big few weeks as we prepare for the Festival of Football, and we hope you are all excited as we are.

AFL Europe and the event committees around Europe participating in this event will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 in the coming weeks. Matches will only be played if they comply with appropriate government guidelines.

Keep your eyes out for more news on the #FestivalofFootball via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

AFL Europe Trivia with Belushi’s – #17

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!

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QUIZ #17

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Which club finished on top of the AFLW ladder at the end of the 2018 regular season?

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In what year did Eleni Glouftsis become the first female on-field umpire in AFL history?

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3 / 10

Sydney Swan Dane Rampe has European heritage of which country?

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4 / 10

Who was the last AFL player to win back-to-back Coleman Medals?

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5 / 10

Irishman Mark Keane made his AFL debut for which team last week?

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6 / 10

Which of these teams is not nicknamed ‘Lions’?

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7 / 10

Can you complete the following pattern? Adam Goodes, Jimmy Bartel, Adam Cooney, …

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Which AFL team in Europe belongs to this logo?

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9 / 10

In 2019, Fremantle’s Michael Walters tied his career high for most goals kicked in one game. How many did he kick?

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The Irish Banshees and Great Britain Swans were two of the three European women's teams to attend IC17. Who was the third?

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