AFL Masters European Tour
Australia AFL Masters v French Coqs
7/06/2019 Stade la Grenouillère 15:00
This Sunday the 7th of July, the 2019 AFL Masters European tour will begin with Australia taking on the French national side.
With successful tours of England, Ireland, China and India over the past 10 years, the Australian Masters side returns to Europe for 2019 in the month of July.
The Australian Masters side will play three AFL games on this tour, against France, Sussex and an England All Stars side. They’ll also be travelling to Ireland to play two International Rules games against Galway and an All Ireland side.
The team is made up of 40 to 50 year olds, who have played Australian Football their whole life and now play in the thriving AFL Masters competition in Australia, they will show their experience and developed skills this weekend.
Up against a fierce French team, these sides have not played against each other before and will create a great spectacle for the French locals.
Fresh off the back of last weekend’s Euro Cup in Sweden, where they finished 4th overall, the French Coqs have plenty of recent international experience under their belt to capitalise on.
They will have to adapt from this nine-a side-tournament to a full 18 this weekend but are a close group who are starting to build their experience together.
Looking to build from recent experience and with six debutants in this match, the Coqs are looking to learn from the past to get over the Australians.
As elaborated on by Coach, Andrew Unsworth, “It is a great chance to experiment with some different players and positions. Also, we can apply our lessons learned from Euro Cup just last week.”
ANZAC Cup Winners 2019 – French Coqs
This will be the last chance that the France national side will have for full scale match preparation ahead of the AFL Europe European Championships in October, so there will be a variety of tactics displayed throughout the match.
Being great ambassadors for growth of the game, these Australian players, particularly Mark Cornish, share the excitement for the match-up and for the future of AFL in Europe.
“We are super excited to be the first ever AFL Masters team to set foot on French soil and we look forward to a great game. We are proud and looking forward to the opportunity to fly the AFL Masters banner and help promote AFL in Europe.”
The Australian Masters team, coached by past Eagles and Lions AFL player, Brent Staker, is made up of some experienced campaigners.
This is a great contrast to the French side, who are less experienced and haven’t played the game their whole lives, however their speed, agility and time as a team together recently will go a long way towards them putting up some stiff competition for the Aussies.
French Coach, Andrew Unsworth believes the Australians will be a tough match-up, but explains if his side can stick to their plan they can win this one.
“We expect a highly skilled Aussie side that has the ability to score quickly if they are not under pressure, so we need to make sure that we keep up the pressure while getting our running game going.”
In what will create even more awareness and growth for footy in France, this match will provide amazing memories for all involved and with the pace of the French team and the size in contests of the Australians, it will be a thrilling match.
Australian Masters Tour 2016
AFL Masters European Tour
AFL Masters v French Coqs – Sunday 7th July at 3.00pm, Stade la Grenouillère, Antony
AFL Masters v Sussex Swans, Wednesday 10th July at 6.00pm, Brighton
AFL Masters v England, Saturday 13th July at 4.30pm, Wimbledon
AFL Masters v Galway (International Rules), Tuesday 16th at 4:30pm, Pearse Stadium Galway
AFL Masters v Ireland (International Rules), Saturday 20th July at 4:00pm, The Denn GAA Club, County Cavan
Liam McAllion – AFL Europe
Special thanks to Fine Wine Partners for their support of the growth of the game throughout Europe.