IC17 Team Announcement – French Coqs

What’s been happening since European Championships in 2016? – include Euro Cup, domestic competitions, or other tournaments you’ve attended.

The French team improved once again at the Euro Cup last year, finishing in fifth place. The recent ANZAC Cup was also a clear sign of the improvement, having surprised the Australian team by an even first quarter, however, failing to take their chances in front of goal meant that the Australians would over-run the home team, particularly in the third quarter.

When did you finalise your IC17 squad?

The French squad was named at the completion of the French cup last December.

What’s scheduled/planned for the months leading up to IC17?

The French league is one of the few competitions in the world which plays during the AFL off season, so our French national players have been representing all 8 clubs in the CNFA. The season completed recently with the ALFA Lions from Lyon winning the premiership at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. The team is now in full training mode for IC and they will play an 18 vs 18 match in France before completing their preparation in Sydney at the end of July.

Who’s impressed on the training track/trials?

The French team has a good mix of experienced players and exciting young prospects. A player that has really stood out is Pierre Leschales from Lyon. Having trained hard during only his second season of footy, Pierre won best on ground at the ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux and followed that up with player of the tournament at the French North Cup.

Coach’s thoughts? – Andrew Unsworth

I’m really excited about the group of players that we have for this year’s IC. One of the challenges this team faces is that only three of the players have experience playing 18 a side football in Australia. Individuals need to make sure that they are physically ready for the large Australian grounds. I’ll need to ensure a solid team structure and a game plan that allows them to use their speed and strength across the large grounds.

 

The squad 

Julien Gil – Toulouse Hawks

Sylain Maylie – Blagnac Aviators

Mathieu Ostorero – ALFA Lions

Fabien Floch – Toulouse Hawks

Francois Daniel – Paris Cockatoos

Pierre Leschasles – ALFA Lions

Cyrille Gandolfo – Toulouse Hawks

Jacob Raiwalui – Paris Cockatoos

Benoit Treuillet – Bordeaux Bombers

Jeremy Sardin – Perpignan Tigers

Ludo Barrat – Toulouse Hawks

Franck Nussbaumer – Paris Cockerels

Vincent Monnier – Bordeaux Bombers

Anthony Girard – Blagnac Aviators 

Marco Pinto – Bordeaux Bombers

Raphael Ubeda – Bordeaux Bombers

Pierre Boscart – Paris Cockerels

Thomas Depondt – ALFA Lions

Gregoire Patacq – South Australia

Clement Bouchet – Paris Cockatoos

Julien Dagois – Paris Cockatoos

Maxime Favero – Cergy Coyotes

Simon Mondin – Toulouse Hawks

Thomas Crepin – Cergy Coyotes

Nicolas Boche – ALFA Lions

Anthony Bernad – Perpignan Tigers

Sam Rat – Bordeaux Bombers

Stephane Wezel – Toulouse Hawks

Pierre Napoleon – ALFA Lions

 

PSS Around the Grounds

AFL England recruits for the UK National Cup

AFL England has announced the introduction of the UK National Cup – a competition that’s the first of it kind in the UK and will include players from all nationalities playing within the English, Scottish, Welsh, University and European Leagues.

The National Cup will be an exciting competition to not only crown the first ever Premiers of the UK, but also for players from different nationalities and teams to learn from one another. Jason Hill, Head of Performance at AFL England, said that the National Cup is a great way to raise the standard of men and women’s footy across the British Isles. The Aussie Rules committees of Scotland Wales were keen to get on board with this fantastic competition and are excited to showcase the talent offered by players within the British Leagues.

A live draft will be held in June for Head Coaches to choose their sides, followed by three rounds of matches and grand finals all taking place during September. For more information and to apply for the draft, click here.

 

Morten Merhoj’s celebrates 100 DAFL Games

It was a massive weekend in the Denmark Australian Football League (DAFL) with matches being played all over Denmark. The Odense Lions played the Port Malmo Maulers in Round 8 of the DAFL – a particularly special game for the Lions as they were celebrating their co-founder, Morten Merhojs, 100th DAFL Game. Luckily for the Lions, they managed to come away from a close match with their first ever win against the Maulers, with the final score reading 59 to 46.

The Farum Cats also played the Helsingborg Saints and made their mark on the game early on. Despite a strong third quarter from the Saints, the Cats managed to run away with a win with a final score of 146 to 79.

12 new AFL Accredited Coaches in Milan

Congratulations are in order for the 12 new AFL Accredited Level 1 Coaches from the CEAFL, who all completed the Coaching Course in Milan this weekend. Special thanks to anzuk Education for supporting the Coaching Courses all across Europe.

Milan was also the host for this weekend’s CEAFL tournament, which saw 5 teams from the Central European league battle it out to top the CEAFL Ladder. Congratulations to the Zagreb Cvjento Dockers, Sesvete Double Blues, North West Eagles, Zagreb Hawks, and the Styrian Downunderdogs who all competed in the tournament.

Huge weekend of footy in London

It’s been yet another big weekend of AFL in London with men’s and women’s premiership and conference matches being played all across the city. The scores are as follows:

Women’s Conference:

Wandsworth Demons defeated the Putney Magpies 6.7.43 v 0.2.2

Men’s Premiership:

Wandsworth Demons beat the South East London Giants 29.15 v 2.4

West London Wildcats narrowly defeated the North London Lions 4.11.35 v 5.3.33

Wimbledon Hawks defeated the London Swans 9.5.59 v 7.6.48

Wimbledon Hawks Ladies Day:

The Wimbledon Hawks put on a cracking event this Saturday with a winning combination of footy, fundraising, and fashionistas. The Ladies Day was a huge success with both men’s and women’s footy matches being played.

Match of the Round

It’s set to be a gloriously sunny afternoon in Sweden tomorrow as the Odense Lions take on the Port Malmo Maulers at the Limhamnsfalet grounds to kick off Round 8 of the Denmark Australian Football League (DAFL). The match begins at 1pm and will see the Lions battling to secure their spot in the DAFL top 4 after three successful wins so far this season and coming off the back of last weekend’s win over Copenhagen. The Maulers, however, have had a tough season but will use the momentum from last round’s victory over the Helsingborg Saints to try to take down the Lions and make some progress on the DAFL ladder.

Odense’s Coach puts the team’s recent success down to a solid pre-season and the player’s high fitness and conditioning efforts, and is glad to see these efforts show results as they move up the leaderboard. The Lion’s have also maintained a high level of consistency with their standardised training routine to cope with the influx of new players in their side – Round 7 saw six new Lions make their debuts with a record number of 24 players overall.

The Lion’s coach had this to say about how the team is shaping up for this weekend’s match: “Playing a modestly inexperienced side with a couple of our best on the sidelines, we still managed to beat one of the leagues reputable sides and last seasons runner up (Copenhagen). We are building in confidence and looking to carry this momentum forward into this weekend’s match against Port Malmo. Travel is always a key factor for the home side being in a better position to put together a strong side, and we saw this last weekend with the Maulers knocking over the Saints – we as a club have a lot of respect for the Maulers at home. We have selected a reasonably strong side to head over this weekend and are confident our best footy will be enough to take home the 4 points with hopefully our first ever win against the Maulers. Go Lions!”

Congratulations are also in order for Odense’s co founder, Morten Merhoj who will play his 100th DAFL game this weekend. Since co founding the club in 2013, Morten has played in every single Lions game and rightfully took home the Club’s Best and Fairest award in 2015. Morten dedicates hours of his time to organising both the men’s and women’s sides each week and works tirelessly to develop AFL in Odense. Morten was also lucky enough to meet his fiancé, one of the original Lionesses, through the club and together they have a little Lion cub!

The Port Malmo Maulers have had a rocky start to the 2017 season, with a mix of an ageing squad and some relatively new players making it challenging for the team to find the chemistry needed to win matches. The Maulers managed to find some form last weekend and came away with a solid win against the Helsingborg Saints. The Maulers put their victory down to the commendable persistence and patience from the Mauler’s Coach, Jimmy Weston, who managed to guide the team into their first win of the season. Port Malmo Football Club are happy to have Jimmy around as he has the unique ability to analyse a match and apply his thought into action at team training sessions.

In Jimmy’s words, “It could be a tough one this weekend – sure we have the homeground advantage and a little bit of momentum after last weekend, but Odense will also be coming to Malmo with high ambitions. They want to maintain their spot in the top 4 and have also had good form of late. I expect it to be a fierce and physical contest and we are without a doubt ready for whatever they throw at us.”

Good luck to both the Lions and the Maulers on their match this weekend – we look forward to seeing which team comes out on top next week!

IC17 Team Announcement – GB Swans

Over the next month AFL Europe will be taking a look at the teams travelling to the International Cup in Australia this August. First up for the women we’re checking in with the first-time European Champions, the GB Swans, who’ve conquered it all over in Europe and looking to take on the best in August.

What’s been happening since European Championships in 2016?

The girls have been so busy since London last August! Many of the squad ventured over to Lisbon for England Vixens and Scottish Sirens respectively and did a fantastic job or representing their countries. The Vixens had a great run getting to the final, eventually losing out to the Irish Banshees. The Sirens also had a good tournament…

Lots of girls are playing regularly in the AFL London competition – even the Scottish girls travel down when they don’t have their own games up in Glasgow highlighting their fantastic commitment! It was fantastic to see so many of the Swans up in Glasgow in April for the annual Haggis Cup where they were all representing their respective clubs.

Our last big event as a group was the London Pre-Season Cup which we took a strong squad to. On the day the girls combined really well and we were able to try out one or two new things in terms of positions and set plays which worked really well against the London clubs meaning we ended the day with an unbeaten record and the trophy retained.

What’s scheduled/planned for the months leading up to IC17?

London Footy Carnival will see Swans take on Ireland, Canada and London All-Stars. LFC will see Bulldogs take on Canada while Wales will do the same.

The girls will also be joining up for a couple of squad training sessions prior to flying out – all fitted around their regular seasons of course.

Who’s impressed on the training track/trials?

All our usual suspects have been working really hard in training and on their own personal fitness goals – for instance our Nottingham contingent led by captain Rocky seem to be living in the gym, seeking to be in the best possible shape come August.

Seeing some of the girls take an innovative approach to training has been great; such as Lisa and one of our new girls Fizzy who have been hitting their local indoor climbing walls. The Scottish girls seem to be hitting CrossFit pretty hard too so the signs from training are encouraging!

Seeing the girls out on the field has been superb – as a collective their skills have increased hugely since the European Championships in London last summer which is a great testament to themselves and the clubs that they are a part of. Finally, I think the great success of AFLW has seen the girls’ knowledge of the game increase so much which is great for us.

Coach’s thoughts?

Check out what Garth Nevin, Lauren Spark and Ian Mitchell had to say on aflengland.org about the IC.

http://www.aflengland.org/?p=1938 (Garth)

http://www.aflengland.org/?p=1985 (Sparky)

http://www.aflengland.org/?p=2201 (Ian)

The Squad

Beth Bailey- Nottingham Scorpions Australian Rules Football Team
Carolyn Baker – Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Jen Ben – Wimbledon Hawks
Freya Blount – University of Birmingham Aussie Rules Football Club
Lea Cobham – Nottingham Scorpions Australian Rules Football Team
Lara Creber – Sydney University Women’s AFL Club
Louise Porta Darby- Wimbledon Hawks
Charlotte-Ellen Eales- Wimbledon Hawks
Rachel Gouldingay- The Wandsworth Demons
Kirsty Gray- Greater Glasgow Giants ARFC
Frankie Hocking – Newtown Breakaways FC
Stacey Hughes- Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Rachel Hunt- The Wandsworth Demons
Lucy Jones – University of Birmingham Aussie Rules Football Club
Lucy Kilheeney – Nottingham Scorpions Australian Rules Football Team
Rose Lewis – The Wandsworth Demons
Melanie McDevitt- Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Jess Milford – Wimbledon Hawks
Rosie Morison – Newtown Breakaways FC
Laura Park- Greater Glasgow Giants ARFC
Alexandra Peill- Wimbledon Hawks
Rania Ramadan (vice-captain) – Nottingham Scorpions Australian Rules Football Team
Alexandra Saulter- Nottingham Scorpions Australian Rules Football Team 
Danni Saulter – Nottingham Scorpions Australian Rules Football Team
Caroline Sellar (vice-captain) – Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Laura Turner (captain) – Nottingham Scorpions Australian Rules Football Team
Lynsey Torrance – Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Lou Smith- Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Ellie Sutherland- Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Lisa Wilson – Wimbledon Hawks

PSS Around the Grounds

London Footy Carnival a huge success!

It was a massive weekend of footy in London. The London Footy Carnival welcomed 4 women’s and 4 men’s teams with the AFL Canada Development sides the headline acts.

The Canada men’s side, the North Stars, played three matches in three days against the GB Bulldogs, the Wandsworth Demons Conference side and Welsh Representative side.

They improved with each game and ran away with a win in their final game on Sunday against the Welsh.

The Canadian women, the Midnight suns, played in a round-robin tournament against the GB Swans, Irish Banshees and London All-Stars. Three big days of footy saw the Suns, Swans and Banshees all level with 2-wins a piece.

The Irish Banshees were crowned winners having the greater percentage to claim the 2017 London Footy Carnival Champions trophy.

Special thanks to Lisa Wilson for an amazing amount of work making sure the London Footy Carnival was a success.

CNFA Cup of the North

Lyon held the Cup of the North at the weekend with Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes, Paris Cocks and ALFA Lions competing.

The results from the day are as follows:

Coyotes v Cocks: 20-37

Coyotes v Lions: 39-31

Cocks v Lions: 65-10

Cocks v Coyotes: 37-27

Lions v Coyotes: 47-25

Lions v Cocks: 20-60

 

Paris Cocks were the winner of the Cup of the North with Pierre Lechasles named player of the tournament.

Odense break their player record

It was a big weekend for the Odense Lions who claimed their second victory for the season.

In bigger news, they had a record 22 plyers ready to play against their opponents, the Copenhagen Australian Football Club.

Despite only being allowed to field 18, the Lions rode of the back of this enthusiasm to claim a 72 to 47 victory.

Great to see such large numbers hit the track for the Lions in great news for the DAFL competition.

Kingdom Kangaroos break new ground

It was a historic weekend for the Kingdom Kangaroos in the SARFL competition. Since their inception in the competition back in 2013 the Kangaroos were yet to defeat Scottish footballing powerhouse, the Edinburgh Bloods. That all changed with a convincing four quarter effort giving the Roos a 96 to 51 victory.

The result leaves the SARFL title race wide open after 4 rounds meaning it is one of the closest season the Scots have seen in recent times.

Check out the world Footy News article below:

http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.php/20170522104841547

 

Crocs finish home tournament on top

The Berlin Crocodiles flexed their muscles in the AFLG competition with two resounding victories at the weekend.

The round 4 fixtures pitted the Crocs against 2016 premiers, the Munich Kangaroos and the Frankfurt Redbacks.

They opened their day with a 98 to 23-point victory over the Redbacks before keeping last year’s premiers to a single goal in a 103-point romping.

Rowan Miegal finished the day with 12 goals to his name in a dominant display up forward.

Vixens training this Sunday

The England Vixens are starting preparations for the 2017 Euro Cup in Bordeaux early with a training session this Sunday in London.

The session will be held at Clapham Common with a 1pm start time. For anyone interested please check out the England Vixens Facebook page for more details.

Match of the Round – London Footy Carnival

It has been a long time coming but finally the London Footy Carnival is upon us. The three-day tournament sees both men’s and women’s teams competing.

The Canadian Development sides, the Midnight Suns and North Winds, headline the tournament and will take on some of Europe’s best with the Principal GB Swans, Irish Banshees and London All-Stars competing in the women’s division while the Principal GB Bulldogs, Wandsworth Demons Conference side and Welsh Dragons are competing in the men’s.

Matches kick off this evening with the London All-Stars taking on the Canada Midnight Suns at South Park Oval and the GB Bulldogs versing the Canada North Winds at Motspur Park, both games commence at 7pm.

The remaining fixtures can be found below

 

With 8 teams taking the field over the three days we’re taking a quick look at each to see how they’re shaping up.

 

Women’s Teams

Canada Midnight Suns – Jason Arnold, Head Coach

How have preparations for the London Footy Carnival been?

We announced our team in mid-December and the players have been committed over the past 20 weeks to give themselves the best chance to compete well against three formidable opponents. We held a camp last weekend and the large majority of girls improved their testing results by a significant margin which was really pleasing. They certainly have a challenge ahead but couldn’t have done much more to prepare. For many this will be their first game in 2017 given we don’t get onto grounds until late May, so they’re excited to get out and play.

Player(s) to watch?

Our two Northern Lights playing Assistant Coaches, Aimee Legault and Lara Hilmi will be looking forward to playing against Great Britain and Ireland being IC17 opponents. They will mix coaching duties with playing to provide some on field leadership. We have a number of players who will be keen to impress.

Lise Kiefer – Hamilton Wildcats – very quick and highly skilled player who we’re optimistic will make the step up to international level

Dora Bartulovic – Ottawa Swans – speedy player who can be damaging when in open space.

Alisa Dafoe – Morphetville Park Roos – Australian based Canadian who is making the trip from Sth Australia to join the team. Tall young athletic ruck / forward

Gabrielle Bureau – Montreal Angels – Talented forward who has great skills and very agile.

Ashley Gazley – Edmonton Emus – Fearless defender / mid who rarely loses a 1-1 contest.

Coach’s thoughts on the tournament?

We are grateful for the opportunity to give our next group of players a taste of international footy. It’s certainly going to be a challenge for the girls to compete with the ‘All Stars’ and two talented who are preparing to compete at IC. With at least two places in the IC17 roster still available, the girls have additional motivation to show if they are up to this level at this stage in their development. I’m confident they will give a good account of themselves and it will be a fantastic weekend of footy.

 

London All-Stars – Mitch Skelly, Head Coach

How have preparations for the London Footy Carnival been?

Prep for the carnival has been limited, however the 2 sessions on the track have shown we have a skilful group of players representing the London All Stars. We will be a small team and look to use quick ball movement to a mobile forward line. Unfortunately the squad has been hit with injuries to some key players such as Chloe Ong, Steph Filbay, Jemma Lowenthal and Katie Whitefield, however we are now able to bring in the likes of Gretta Hankinson from the Demons and Christina Palamberis from the Wildcats who have been in sensational form early in the AFL London season.

Player(s) to watch?

I’d say the players to watch from our end will be Tessa Hankinson and Becks Dickson, who are leading the way for the undefeated Wandsworth Demons, and the combination of Zarlee Toovey and Jess Humble from the Wildcats, who are both new to AFL London but bring some serious talent.

The All-Stars have a really good spread of talent and one of the strengths of the squad will be our midfield depth, with the likes of Cotch Fay, Bee Valenzisi and Em Bourke rotating through.

For the opposition I am sure Onora Mulcahy and Linda Connolly will be on fire for the Irish Banshees, with Laura Turner and Rania Ramadan key players as always for the GB Swans…. As for Canada we will just have to wait and see!

Coach’s thoughts on the tournament?

The weekend is a great opportunity for the GB and Ireland squads to get some tournament style match practice before the International Cup and the Canadian development squad to get a taste of international footy with a view ahead to the following IC. For the London All-Stars it allows the predominantly Australian squad to play representative footy at the next level, which can only serve to benefit the individual players, their clubs and of course the overall standard of AFL London. The vast majority of the squad never played Aussie Rules before moving to London, some have only played 2 or 3 games now, so everyone is looking forward to seeing where they sit in relation to some of these international powerhouse nations.

 

Irish Banshees – Head Coach, Pat Leavy

How have preparations for the London Footy Carnival been?

The prep for LFC has been going really well. The players have been going through their paces both individually and as a collective unit.  As LFC will be the first time a few of the players will represent their country they are really pumped.

Player(s) to watch?

The Banshee to watch will be Fiona Roarty who took up the game in Canada. She is at the height of her game and will love playing against her old teammates on the Canadian team.

A close second will Onóra Mulcahy – she has been very solid this season in the London league.

Coach’s thoughts on the tournament?

I think it will be a great few days of footy which will showcase all the great work being done in Canada, who are a powerhouse, in GB who will be the surprise packets at IC17, the All-Stars who will provide a test of where everyone is at compared to the Australian game and of course the Banshees who will be bringing our fresh new recruits along with a few wise old heads to the tournament.

 

Principal GB Swans – Coach, Ian Mitchell

How have preparations for the London Footy Carnival been?

As a group, it has been hard to prepare other than our successful day at the London Pre-Season Cup. That day went really well as we were able to see girls in different positions and try out one or two set plays that proved to work pretty well for us on the day.

Individually though I know the players are working unbelievably hard with their clubs and in groups dotted the length and breadth of the country. I expect to see us fitter than at the Pre-Season Cup and now that the season is underway, I think we will be cleaner in our disposals and more clinical in front of goal.

Player(s) to watch?

We are excited to blood some new Swans this weekend for starters! Alannah Blount who has been training up in Sheffield has taken to the game superbly as has Bryony Cleall who plays at the Wimbledon Hawks. It is a great opportunity for these girls to shine and experience football at a different level to before for them.

In terms of the Swans ‘old guard’ Ellie Sutherland had a great Pre-Season Cup so I am excited to see her getting her hands on the ball as much as possible this weekend. Laura Park popped up with some really crucial goals down in London so it will be great to see her back out on the park again, hopefully bagging a few more goals as a small forward. The final name I have for you is Lucy Kilheeney – a really exciting, aggressive young player from Manchester who kicks strongly and seeks the ball.

Coach’s thoughts on the tournament?

What a fantastic opportunity! It’s superb that not only the London All-Stars are on hand to give us another tough game (they defeated us on the siren earlier this year) and the Banshees are making the short hop across the Irish Sea but for the Canadians to be over as well is truly exciting. It will really give the girls a flavour of international football, a benchmark for where we stand leading into the International Cup and added motivation to work hard in the coming months to maximise their potential both individually and collectively for the tournament in Melbourne.

 

Men’s Teams

Principal GB Bulldogs – Team Manager, Jason Hill

How have preparations for the London Footy Carnival been?

With two rounds of club footy under the belts of our players it seems like a perfect time to get our first IC preparation match under our belts. We had a fairly successful Pre-Season Cup outing with victories over the West London Wildcats and Wimbledon Hawks which shows we can compete at a decent level when we’re firing. We’ve had a couple of training sessions since then where we’ve continued to work towards our team goals at IC. The squad is coming together nicely and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming in our Australian based players. A couple have made the trip over for LFC and we look forward to getting them integrated into the group. It’s a shame that Head Coach Dean Thomas couldn’t be with us for the weekend but former Bulldog Matthew Kilheeney will take charge with Jason Hill assisting.

Player(s) to watch?

Luke Matias – Luke returns to the UK from Australia to be part of LFC in preparation for his 6th International Cup. As a GB veteran, he will bring a sense of old school back to a very young, and still inexperienced, Bulldogs team. Luke will be winning his 23rd Bulldogs Cap and will be aiming to add to his 7 goals and 13 Best on Grounds.

Alex Watson – Alex missed a lot of the AFL Europe Championships last summer due to a foot injury and is itching to prove himself at this level. From all reports in AFL London he has been very impressive in the opening two rounds for Wandsworth with coaches and players commenting on his improve Ruck work and his intensity and pressure around the ground. Alex will be winning his 3rd cap.

Coach’s thoughts on the tournament?

For us this is a one-off game for us to blood some new players, try some new set ups and get a small idea of where we’ve improved as a team. While the result isn’t everything here we do take wearing the Bulldogs jersey very seriously and expect our players to do everything they can to bring home Wins for GB. We haven’t played a Canadian side in a while so will be good to play an opponent we haven’t seen before and we’re hoping to see some new structures that we haven’t come up against in Europe to keep our boys on their toes and give them a small taste of what IC will be about. Having Luke (Matias) and Adam Coxsell over from Australia will give them boys an idea of what the GB sides have been working on since 2014 and we hope to send them back to their peers with only good things to say. Right now, we’re very excited about the up-coming International Cup and this warm up game will only continue to heighten that excitement.

Welsh Dragons – Team Manager, James Gibson

How have preparations for the London Footy Carnival been?

The league has not had a huge amount of 18 a side experience to date; we have therefore taken every opportunity we could to work on our 18 a side game! We entered a team into the AFL London League Pre-Season Cup to start our prep and obtained our first 18 a side win. This has been followed up by several WARFL League training sessions on Thursday evenings in Bristol which has seen superb interest from all clubs.

Player(s) to watch?

Cal Newman – his natural height and basketball background meant he was an automatic pick in the ruck. However, his rapid pace and overall fitness, as well his determination to practise and improve his all-round skills has seen him moved into more dangerous positions in the forward line or in the midfield. We hope that exposure to the more open spaces of a full oval will allow his talents to come to the fore.

Wales’ other clubs are also represented. Chippenham Redbacks provide GB experience with wily veterans Rob Fielder and Tom Case, whilst Bristol’s Liam Payne and Swansea’s Geraint Havard will help shore up the defence.

Finally, Rhys Morgan of the old Cardiff Double Blues is present, having recently returned for the Cardiff Panthers. This member of the original European Legion has experience of playing against current AFL stars and will look to help the team running through the centre.

Coach’s thoughts on the tournament?

Looking forward to exposing our players to higher levels of playing intensity and the experience of playing 18 a side as we try to prepare them for potential Nationals selection and perhaps even future international representation.

 

 

Euro Cup 2017 heads to Bordeaux!

AFL Europe are excited to announce that the 2017 Euro Cup will be heading to Bordeaux!

The annual 9-a-side tournament will take place on Saturday 7th October with national sides from across Europe going head-to-head to be crowned Euro Champions.  Last years men’s and women’s champions, the Croatian Knights and Irish Banshees, will be looking to go back-to-back in this year’s tournament with a large field of competitors hopeful of claiming top spot.

We look forward to organising another great Euro Cup with the CNFA in France. Further information will be released over the coming weeks.

For any more information please contact ben.durance@afleurope.org.

PSS Around the Grounds

London Footy Carnival only 3 sleeps away!

We’re only 3 sleeps away from the London Footy Carnival with teams from Canada making the journey to the capital to take on some of Europe’s best.

The tournament will act as a warm-up for the European sides as they prepare for the International Cup while the Canadians are providing their developments sides the opportunity to impress.

With games being held at Motspur Park, Peckham Rye Common and South Park Cricket Oval be sure to get down and catch the action.

Massive thanks to the South-East London Giants and Wimbledon Hawks for hosting the visiting sides as well as the Wandsworth Demons for getting their conference side up and about for a game on their bye weekend.

 

Surrey Stags break two-year drought in AFL England South opener

It’s been two years since the Stags had won a game of footy. Two weeks ago, in the AFL England South season opener they broke their drought with a win over the South-East London Giants Supers.

In the other fixture, the Southampton Titans knocked off Champions League participants, the Sussex Swans.

 

Level 1 Coaching Courses kick off in London

On Sunday, 19 coaches spent their day off taking part in the Level 1 Coaching Accreditation Course at the Down Under Centre brought to the community courtesy of anzuk Education.

The coaches were taken through some basic skills drills, philosophies and general discussions about all things coaching.

It was great to see so much enthusiasm amongst the group and a lot of excitement in growing and developing the game of Aussie Rules in Europe.

The next course is being held in Milan following the CEAFL Round being held there at the end of May. For more information on courses in your area please click HERE.

AFL Germany’s Dockers and Crocs leading the charge early

With three rounds of the AFLG season complete it is the Hamburg Dockers and Berlin Crocodiles sitting atop the ladder.

The Dockers went through Dresden round on 6th May with a convincing victory over the Dresden Wolves before a hard-fought 4-goal win over last year’s Champions, the Munich Kangaroos.

Last weekend it was Berlin who went through the round at Freiberg undefeated with 103-point wins in both their games against the Freiberg Taipans and Rhineland Lions.

 

Be sure to send in information on your club, league or individual players that you think deserve a feature in our weekly ‘Around the Grounds’ article.

 

 

IC17 Team Announcement – Great Britain Bulldogs

Over the next month AFL Europe will be taking a look at the teams travelling to the International Cup in Australia this August. First up we’re checking in with the reigning European Champions, the GB Bulldogs, who will be looking to push deep into the finals after multiple mid-table finishes in previous tournaments.

What’s been happening since European Championships in 2016?

The GB Bulldogs were crowned European Champions in August last year after a convincing victory over the Irish Warriors. They kept their 18-a-side football rolling following with hit-outs against the Dutch and a rematch against the Irish over in Dublin.

They had a number of players in the Euro Cup in Lisbon with England finishing third and the Welsh and Scottish having solid tournaments.

Trials at the start of March provided players to showcase their athletic abilities.

What’s scheduled/planned for the months leading up to IC17?

Over the next couple of months, the Bulldogs will have a competitive hit-out in the London Footy Carnival against the visiting Canadian Development squad.

They will also be training as a squad twice per month in the lead up.

Who’s impressed on the training track/trials?

All players selected have impressed in the categories required by the coaches. Below are some of the top results from the March trials compared to the combine held by AFL NZ.

Vertical Leap: 84cm vs Ryan Spivey 79.3cm

20m Sprint: 2.91s vs Ross Denton 2.90s

Agility Test: 7.89s vs Andy Walkden & Marc Cashman 8.34s

Beep Test: 14.10 vs David Hastie 15.7

Coach’s thoughts?

Hear from GB Bulldogs head coach, Dean Thomas, from his interview on aflengland.org.

http://www.aflengland.org/?p=1837

The Squad

Ross Ashman – Manly Warringah Giants
Luke Booth – Huddersfield Rams Australian Football Club – Vice Captain
Chris Britton – Manchester Mosquitoes
Marc Cashman – Wimbledon Hawks
Andrew Cochran – Manchester Mosquitoes
Jack Coughlan – North London Lions
Adam Coxsell – Caulfield Bears
Ross Denton – North London Lions
George Dibble – Wolverhampton Wolverines Australian Rules Football Club
Ryan Floyd – Fitzroy Football Club
David Hastie – Wimbledon Hawks
Jason Edward Hill – Wimbledon Hawks
Douglas Houston – UTS Bats And Shamrocks Football Club
Myles Hudson – Wimbledon Hawks
Mark Ireland – Sheffield Thunder
Mini Alex Markham – Caulfield Bears
Luke Matias – Caulfield Grammarians Football Club
Dominic Mitchell – Powerhouse FC
Luke Murchie – Caulfield Bears
Alex Overton – Huddersfield Rams Australian Football Club
Owain Ryland – South Cardiff Panthers
Ryan Spivey – Sussex Swans Australian Rules Football Club
Michael Sharp – North London Lions
James Talbot – North London Lions
Andy Walkden – Manchester Mosquitoes
Sean Walton – Caulfield Bears – Vice Captain
Alex Watson – The Wandsworth Demons
Sam Willatt – Sandringham Zebras
Will Worthington – The Onkaparinga Valley Football Club – Captain

 

 

PSS Around the Grounds

Around the Grounds is back in 2017. Be sure to send us any information on how your side or competition is tracking along in season 2017!

AFL Russia season opens in sunshine

Moscow State University played host to the AFL Russia season opener with the Saint Petersburg Cats taking on the Lazy Koalas. 50-odd students witnessed the match between the two rival sides.

Andrey Azarov of the Cats was dominant from the first bounce giving his midfielders good service. Good passing skills and powerful kicks by the Koalas’ Australian players gave them the early lead.

The Koalas’ didn’t let go of the lead despite the best efforts of Cats, eventually running out 65 to 44 point winners.

London Footy Carnival closes in

It’s under two weeks until the London Footy Carnival takes centre stage in London.

The three-day carnival will see AFL Canada’s development squads, the North Stars and Mindnight Suns, taking on the GB Bulldogs, Welsh Dragons, Wandsworth Demons in the men’s & the GB Swans, Irish Banshees and London All-Stars in the women’s.

It’s set to be a huge weekend of footy. Stay tuned for more information. Schedule below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/415403532145238/

ALFA Lions clinch victory in CNFA decider

The ALFA Lions won the CNFA 2016/17 title in a dominant display against last year’s champions, the Paris Cockatoos.

The season finale was played following the Stade Francais vs Racing 92 French Top 14 rugby game at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris.

The Lions jumped out of the blocks early piling on 39-points to 4 in the first quarter. It was much of the same in the second term as the Lions took a 74-point lead going into the main break and kept the reigning premiers scoreless.

It was too little too late for the Cockatoos as a strong Lions outfit closed out the match 103 to 41.

Congratulations to everyone in the CNFA for another great season.

Commemoration Game Wrap

It was a huge weekend of footy down at Chiswick headlined by the 1916 Pioneers Exhibition commemoration game played between last year’s Grand Finalists, the West London Wildcats and Wandsworth Demons.

In what was a tight and physical match the Demons ran away with a 40-point victory. Full match report HERE.

Special thanks to Lizzie Kirkham and the two clubs for their amazing efforts making this game possible.