Fitzpatrick Cup 2018 Team Preview – Maynooth Power

In the lead up to the 2018 Fitzpatrick Cup to be held once again in Cork, Ireland on the 3rd of February we’ll be taking a look at each side attending the annual universities tournament. Next up is Maynooth University, who are returning to their third Fitzpatrick Cup with plenty of fresh players up their sleeve. Check out what Team Manager Ciaran O’Hara had to say about his team:

 

Fitzpatrick Cup history and highlights?

This is the club’s third year in existence and third year in the Fitz. In both of the club’s previous forays, we’ve found that numbers have counted against the team when most important, but this year we’re confident with a big squad travelling that we can give a fair account of ourselves.

How is the preparation going?

We’ve been training once a week since October and the squad is largely composed of first year players, with just three or four returnees. The guys have been committed to their training and have improved week on week. Unfortunately, we have not had an opportunity to play games as yet, so the Fitz will be a new experience for most in that regard, but it presents a great opportunity to complete the player’s year one experience. 

What are the main attributes of your team?

The main attributes are enthusiasm, commitment and athleticism. The new players this year have really taken to the sport and are always determined to enjoy the experience. 

So, who’s in charge?

The club this year is being run by President Lochlainn Garvey, with support from a committee that includes stalwart Dylan Lacey and a great crew of first year players many of whom have taken positions on the committee. The team is coached by Ciaran O’ Hara.

Players to watch?

Our hope is that everyone is worth watching, that players take what they’ve learned and put that in to practice in game scenarios and show that they are able to compete with the bigger Colleges in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cork and Oxford.

Who has the x-factor?

Kevin Dunne, the man can have fun.

Goals for the tournament?

To have a say in the cup’s destination, to mix and make new friends and to showcase the talented footballers in the MU Power club.

Fitzpatrick Cup 2018 Team Preview – Birmingham University

In the lead up to the 2018 Fitzpatrick Cup to be held once again in Cork, Ireland on the 3rd of February we’ll be taking a look at each side attending the annual universities tournament. First up is Birmingham University, who will be looking to reclaim their title after two successive wins in 2015 and 2016.  Check out what Team Manager Joe Davies had to say about how his team is shaping up:

Most memorable moments of Fitzpatrick Cup? 

Most memorable moment would definitely be winning the cup when we hosted two years ago, making it back-to-back wins.

How is the preparation coming?

The season has been up and down so far, we won the Movember Cup but have lost a few friendlies. We’re on a strict post-Christmas fitness regime, aiming to be the fittest Aussie Rules team outside of Australia.

What are the main attributes of your team?

Fitness and strength. In the 4th or at the end of a long day of games in a tournament, we won’t be giving up, we always leave it all out on the paddock.

So, who’s in charge?

Inspirational coach Sam Walon, GB Representative. Possibly the worst kick of a football I’ve ever seen for the first six months of his footy career but an immense work ethic has seen him develop silky skills to go with his athleticism and leadership.

Players to watch?

Harry Williams, in his first year of playing Aussie Rules, has been instrumental in our season. Always comes off the ground with the filthiest jumper and will put his body on the line for the team.

Who has the x-factor?

Ciaran Jeanes has the fitness and skills to take a game by the scruff of the neck and win it singlehandedly and can score from anywhere inside the forward 50.

Goals for the tournament? 

We’re not coming just to have a few pints of the black stuff, we want to bring the cup back to Brum!

Denmark Country Report

With the 2018 season fast approaching, we’ll be taking a look at each of the countries in our AFL Europe community to get a snapshot of how Aussie Rules kicked off in their country, some of their highlights, and their goals for 2018. First up is Denmark, who have a regular fixture with the Denmark Australian Football League (DAFL), and are tough competitors at AFL Europe tournaments. Check out what AFL Denmark President Thore Lauritzen had to say about the growth of AFL in Denmark. 

Give us a snapshot of AFL in Denmark:

AFL is still a rather small sport in Denmark, with around 300 players involved in the different leagues. Recently, new teams have emerged across the country, and also 2 Swedish teams from Skåne have joined the Denmark Australian Football League (DAFL). DAFL now consists of 8 clubs – the Aalborg Kangaroos, Copenhagen Barracudas, Copenhagen Giants, Farum Cats, Helsingborg Saints, Odense Lions and the Port Malmø Maulers.

Helsingborg Saints vs. Odense Lions, 2017

What’s the history of AFL in Denmark:

DAFL had its first season in 1991, with 3 Copenhagen based teams; the Amager Tigers, Copenhagen Crocs, and North Copenhagen Barracudas, with the Barracudas taking home the first flag. 25 footy seasons later in 2017, the Barracudas again raised the cup, although a fair few changes have happened throughout the years.

Denmark Vikings & Denmark Valkyries at the 2015 Euro Cup 

2017 Highlights of AFL in Denmark:

The Barracudas deservedly claimed the title as champions in 2017, in their Grand Final win against the Cats. The two sides are arguably to be the two flag favourites in 2018 as well, but recent years have shown that the other teams are more than ready and capable to join in the fight to claim the cup. As recently as the 2015 season, the Barracudas and the Cats lost their Semi Finals against the Kangaroos and the Giants which saw the Giants take home the premiership that season. 

Copenhagen Barracudas, DAFL Premiers 2017 

What are your goals for 2018?

Looking at season 2018, DAFL – as a whole community – has discussed shifting their focus from mainly being on elite footy, to also give more attention to recruiting new players. This is very much in line with the recent years happenings, with the still rather new teams (Lions and Giants), and the ambition to get WNAFL (Womens Nordic AFL) established as a genuine league. Within the WNAFL, the Odense Lionesses and Port Malmø Lynx can be argued to be the flag favourites of the 3 teams, whereas the Farum Wildcats will mainly focus on recruiting for now.

Lastly, there’s the ambition for the two national sides, Denmark Vikings (men) and Denmark Valkyries (women), to play in The Euro Cup in 2018. Both sides have had their success in the Euro Cup, where the Valkyries took home silver medal in Umag 2015, and the Vikings claimed Gold Medals in both London 2014 and Umag 2015.

2017 DAFL Grand Final 

If you’re interested in playing AFL in Denmark, send us an email at admin@afleurope.org for more information of how you can get involved. 

Volunteer or Umpire at Champions League 2018!

VOLUNTEER OR UMPIRE AT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IN AMSTERDAM!

Join the AFL Europe team at 2018’s Champions League in Amsterdam on Saturday the 7th of April.

The annual 9-a-side tournament invites the Premiership teams from every major league in Europe to compete against fellow champions to be crowned the best of the best.

For the fourth year running, Champions League will be co-hosted by the Amsterdam Devils and AFL Netherlands as they welcome Premiership teams from all across Europe to the Sportpark de Eendracht Spark United Clubhouse.

This year is expected to be bigger and better and isn’t possible without the help of volunteers and umpires.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in lending a hand on the day please contact lily.beck@afleurope.org

Umpire or volunteer at the 2018 Fitzpatrick Cup!

VOLUNTEER OR UMPIRE AT FITZPATRICK CUP IN CORK!

Join the AFL Europe team at 2018’s Fitzpatrick Cup in Cork, Ireland on Saturday February 3rd.

The annual one-day tournament, hosted once again by the University College Cork (UCC), brings together University teams from Europe to compete in a 9-a-side tournament for a chance to win the Cup.

This year is expected to be bigger and better and isn’t possible without the help of volunteers and umpires.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in lending a hand on the day please contact lily.beck@afleurope.org

AFL Europe 2018 Intern Positions!

AFL Europe is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for Interns to join our team in 2018.

There are two roles available; the first being a Digital Content role and the second focusing on Commercial & Events.

To apply for either of the roles, please send your CV and cover letter to admin@afleurope.org by Friday, December 1st.

AFL Europe Intern (Digital Content) – Job Description

AFL Europe Intern (Events & Commercial) – Job Description

Fitzpatrick Cup returns to Cork in 2018!

Fitzpatrick Cup returns to Cork in 2018!

AFL Europe are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Fitzpatrick Cup will take place on Saturday, February 3rd.

The University College Cork (UCC) will once again play host to the Fitzpatrick Cup, which welcomes University Aussie Rules clubs from across Europe to compete for the Cup in a jam packed day of 9-a-side footy.

Last year saw the UCC host teams take out both the men’s and women’s competitions after two exciting grand finals. Will UCC continue their reign in 2018 or will another University team claim the Cup?

Honour Roll

Champions
YearMen’sWomen’s
2013University College CorkDNC
2015University of BirminghamDNC
2016University of BirminghamDNC
2017University College CorkUniversity College Cork
2018??

 

 

Champions League locked in for 2018!

Champions League locked in for 2018!

AFL Europe are excited to announce that the Champions League tournament will once again return to Amsterdam in 2018.

The annual 9-a-side tournament invites the Premiership teams from every major league in Europe to compete against fellow champions to be crowned the best of the best.

For the fourth year running, Champions League will be co-hosted by the Amsterdam Devils and AFL Netherlands as they welcome Premiership teams from all across Europe to the Sportpark de Eendracht Spark United Clubhouse on the 7th of April.

Last year saw an AFL London double as the West London Wildcats took out the men’s competition and the Wimbledon Hawks took home the cup in the women’s side.

The competition has grown from strength to strength since it’s inception in 2015. The 2018 field is looking like the most competitive yet in both the men’s and women’s with a record number of premiership sides set to contest for the title of Club Champion of Europe.

Champions League Honour Roll 

Champions
YearMen’sWomen’s
2015West London WildcatsDNC
2016West London WildcatsGB Swans*
2017West London WildcatsWimbledon Hawks

*Women’s national teams invited to participate in 2016

Player of the Tournament
YearMen’sWomen’s
2015Josip Halbjak (Zagreb Hawks)DNC
2016Neil Cooke (Amsterdam Devils)Ida Rasmark (Swedish Ravens)
2017Jacob Raiwalui (Paris Cockatoos)Coline Duquet (Paris Cockerelles)

AFL Europe Community Events 2017/2018

In addition to the AFL Europe Major Events Calendar for 2018 (which can be found here), 2018 brings some fantastic community events run by clubs and leagues across Europe.

Movember Cup – 19/11/17

The Manchester Mosquitoes will play host to this year’s Nathan Blakey Memorial “Movember” Cup. The Movember Cup takes place on Sunday, the 19th of November and welcomes both men’s and women’s teams to the 9-a-side tournament. Teams will battle it out to take home the Nathan Blakey Cup whilst also supporting Movember, so visit the event page here to get a team together!

Leprechaun Cup – 24/3/18

The annual Leprechaun Cup is back in 2018 in Belfast, co hosted by the Belfast Redbacks and the Ulster Kookaburras! The Cup will be held on the 24th of March 2018 with the exact location TBA. The 6th edition of the Leprechaun Cup welcomes men’s and women’s teams plus individual players to come along and compete for the Cup. For more information keep an eye on the Leprechaun Cup’s Facebook event here. 

Haggis Cup – 14/4/18

The Haggis Cup arrives in Glasgow on the 14th of April. Hosted by AFL Scotland, this year’s Haggis Cup takes place at the West of Scotland Rugby Club in Milngavie, Belfast. The Cup invited both men’s and women’s teams to participate and has a big after party planned after what’s sure to be a great day of footy. Check out the Haggis Cup Facebook event here for updates.

Tyne Cup – 15/9/18 

The 9-a-side tournament, hosted by the Tyne Tees Tigers, will be held on the 15th of September 2018. The Tyne Cup welcomes both ladies and men’s teams from both club and national sides. For more information check out the Facebook event here.

ANZAC Cup 2018 Applications Now Open!

ANZAC Cup 2018 Applications Now Open!

AFL Europe is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Australian Spirit and Umpiring team to participate in the 10th Annual ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

The 2018 ANZAC Cup will be extra special with it not only being the 10th ANZAC Cup but also the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. As such, the matches next year will take place on Wednesday 25th April following the Dawn Service.

The small town of Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France has a strong connection with Australian Armed Forces. On 24th April 1918, the town was captured by German forces. Overnight the Australian troops retaliated and by dawn on the 25th April 1918 the town had be retaken.

The ANZAC Cup is played between the Australian Spirit team and French national sides for both men and women and is part of the ‘Australia Week’ celebrations held in Villers-Bretonneux in the lead up to ANZAC Day.

Players and Umpires will be expected to arrive in VB by Midday on Tuesday 24th of April. Participants are expected to attend the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day and ideally stay with their billet family until Thursday 26th April.

The ANZAC Cup costs £100 per player/umpire and includes; full playing kit, team uniform, billeted accommodation, dinner on the Tuesday evening and lunch on the Wednesday.

Applications are welcome from any Australian or New Zealander with selection for the event emphasised on a player’s personal connection to WW1 and the Armed Forces and not just purely football/umpire ability.

Players/Umpires interested in applying for the 10th Annual ANZAC Cup should express interest to ben.durance@afleurope.org to receive an information sheet and application form. Application forms need to be returned by Friday 1st December to be considered.

ANZAC CUP Highlights 2017