IC17 Round 3 Match Reports

The AFL International Cup continued for Round 3 this weekend as the ‘Community Round’ saw the national teams spread across Victoria with the matches hosted by local community clubs. With the men’s matches taking place on Saturday and the women’s division competing on Sunday, it’s been a massive weekend of footy for all the IC17 teams.

It was a double Euro clash in the Men’s Division 1 with the Great Britain Bulldogs taking on the Irish Warriors in a rematch of last year’s European Championships final. With some wayward kicks preventing the Irish from completely dominating the scoreboard early on, it was the Bulldogs who took the lead at half time. The Warriors stepped things up a notch in the final two quarters and came away with 15-point win with the scoreboard reading 70-55. With this win under their belt, Ireland now need to defeat New Zealand on Tuesday to guarantee their place in the grand final.

Croatia have well and truly turned things around after their disappointing one-point loss in Round one, and took out their second consecutive win on Saturday when they managed to hold their opponents to a single goal. Despite the windy conditions, the Knights were hungry for goals and managed to finish the match with a 59-6 win over Sri Lanka. The Knights have taken out second place in their pool, and will face up against Japan on Tuesday in the semi-final.

The French Coqs were unfortunately taken down by a powerful Nauru side. Despite the French picking up some momentum in the second quarter, Nauru went into the half-time break with a 55-point lead and continued their reign to take a 106-14 win at the final siren. France will take on a tough opponent in the USA side on Tuesday, but are confident that their team has what it takes to match up to them and get a victory on the board.

The German Eagles suffered their first loss on Saturday when they lost out to an extremely quick and agile Japan in the men’s division 2 comp. The Germans certainly had the height advantage in this match, which served them well in the first two rounds with victories over Pakistan and India. They’ll be looking for another win on Tuesday when they face China in the semi-final.

The Great Britain Swans were also taken down for the first time in Round 3, by reigning IC14 Champions, the Canada Northern Lights. Canada were always going to be the team to beat in the women’s division and their experience got the better of the Swans today when they defeated them 34-3 in a fast and physical match at Diamond Creek. IC newcomers, the GB Swans, have already earned themselves a place in the semi-final and will have to face IC14 runners-up, the Irish Banshees.

The Banshees, also a little battered and bruised, will be ready to face the Swans on Tuesday after claiming their third consecutive win against Papua New Guinea earlier this afternoon. The Banshees started the game off with a bang and couldn’t be stopped, despite a best effort from a tough PNG side. The undefeated Banshees will be looking to claim this year’s IC title after being thwarted by Canada in last IC’s Grand Final, but first they will have to defeat an enthusiastic GB side in the race to compete at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The European Crusaders suffered another defeat today after going up against a very strong USA side. The Crusaders, while left scoreless on the board, were praised for their strong defensive efforts in the final quarters of the game, and were able to thwart many of their opponents shots at goal. The Crusaders are expecting another tough match on Tuesday against the very physical Fiji team, who have been on point with only narrow defeats by both reigning champions Canada and the GB Swans.

For full match reports, click the links below.

Round 3 Great Britain Bulldogs v Ireland

Round 3 Croatian Knights vs Sri Lanka

Round 3 French Coqs vs Nauru

Round 3 German Eagles vs Japan

Round 3 GB Swans vs Canada

Round 3 Ireland Banshees vs PNG

Round 3 European Crusaders vs USA