NAB Cup Round 1 – Day 2

Highlights from the Perth based carnival involving Fremantle, Geelong and West Coast.

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NAB Cup Round 1 – Day 1

The NAB Cup commenced this weekend as the embattled Essendon, found themselves out in the same lightning carnival as Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs.

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AFL International Combine – Dublin

Results (top 3):

Standing Vertical Jump:

C. Cope – 70cm

D. Cahalane – 64cm

S. Walsh – 64cm

Running Vertical Jump:

C. Cope – 84cm

E. Lowndes – 84cm

D. Cahalane – 82cm

Agility Run:

D. Flynn – 8.09sec

S. Carthy – 8.11sec

C. Cope – 8.17sec

20m Sprint Test:

C. Cope – 2.94sec

P. Brophy – 2.97sec

D. Cahalane – 2.99sec

Beep Test:

P. Brophy – 14.7

E. Lowndes – 14.2

N. Scully – 14.2

 

AFL Draft Combine Records:

Standing Vertical Jump: 85cm – Dean Towers – 2012

Running Vertical Jump: 102cm – Jared Brennan and Nic Naitanui – 2002 & 2008

Agility Run: 7.77sec – Stephen Hill – 2008

20m Sprint: 2.75sec – Joel Wilkinson – 2010

Beep Test: 16.01 – Bradley Hill – 2011

 

 

Aksel goes BANG and opens door for Europeans to play in the AFL

In Europe’s biggest breakthrough yet the Greater Western Sydney Giants have offered an international scholarship to young Danish AFL player Aksel Bang, who will visit Sydney to train and play with the Giants this year.

The 21 year-old has just started six months national service with the Danish army in Afghanistan and will travel to Sydney during his scheduled break in April/May. After visiting Australia and seeing his first match 2 years ago he now plays for the Aalborg Kangaroos and Danish Vikings and was the leading player in the 2012 Euro Cup in Edinburgh. Seen and a tough and explosive midfielder in the European ranks he is very excited to continue his football education with the Giants.

Giants Chief Executive David Matthews said it was a great opportunity further develop talent from overseas. He said Bang would train with the club and also play in the GWS Giants in the NEAFL.

“AFL Europe has a done a lot of work building the code across the continent and we think Aksel is deserving of an opportunity to further his skills and education in the game,” Matthews said.

Head Coach Kevin Sheedy said he was delighted to bring a player from Denmark to the Giants. The club has formed several partnerships in Europe including the South East London Giants, the North Leinster Giants (Ireland), the Zaprude Giants (Croatia) and the Skåne Giants (Sweden).

“We have an obligation to invest in talented players wherever they may be around the world if we want to truly develop our game internationally,” Sheedy said.

“As someone who did national service himself, I look forward to learning more about Aksel and his experience in Afghanistan. I am sure our players will as well and he will learn a lot from spending time at an AFL club.”

General Manager of AFL Europe Ben MacCormack thanked the Giants for giving Bang an opportunity to develop his game at an elite level in Australia.

“He has come a long way in a short space of the time in our game and no doubt in years to come there will be more players like him heading to Australia to chase their dream of becoming an AFL players,” MacCormack said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for one of our best European talents. Aksel has learnt the game in Denmark and been involved in our Talent Programs in the last two years. We are very thankful to GWS Giants and in particular international visionaries Kevin Sheedy and David Mathews for supporting our efforts in highlighting the talent that exists in Europe. No doubt future years will see many more Aksel Bang’s heading to Australia chasing the dream of becoming an AFL footballer” MacCormack continued.

Aksel’s excitement at the announcement couldn’t be hidden. “This opportunity means a lot to me! It’s a dream come true for me. It’s not only a great opportunity for me to become a better footy player but also a great chance to make the Australians realise that footy is growing in Europe and we are developing some great players far away from Australia under some hard conditions because the sport isn’t very big over here yet. But because it’s a great game and people over here love it so much we have a great training culture and improve our skills every year. It’s a great honor for me to go down to Australia and represent Danish and European footy”.

The AFL’s investment in our region and the touring of the AIS-AFL Academy has made it possible for Aksel to be exposed to a high quality talent program and his progress has been outstanding. The Commission and I wish him all the best on this trailblazing journey with the GWS Giants” MacCormack concluded.

ANZAC Cup 2013

2013 sees the 5th edition of the ANZAC Cup on the battlefields of Villers Bretonneux in France. Thanks to the work of previous organisers and the CNFA this event continues to grow into a real highlight on the European calendar. This years event will be held on the 20th April with accommodation for 2 nights, dinner and 2 breakfast’s for under €60. If you want to represent Australia and are an ex-pat currently living or travelling through Europe please send us through an email explaining why this would be a special match for you to play in. Playing abilities are not the focus, we are more interested in personal connections to the area or the armed forces and the ANZAC’s special history. In the tradition of the ANZAC spirit kiwi’s are more than welcome to apply. Please send through your applications to play in a short email to info@afleurope.org by Feb 22nd.

2013 Calendar

The dates you need to know for 2013

26th Jan – Australia Day

9th Feb – Under 21 trial day – Wolverhampton, England

12th – 13th Feb – AFL Europe Combine – Dublin, Ireland

16th Feb – South Cup – Marseille, France

9th Mar – Cambridge v Oxford – Cambridge, England

31st Mar – 6th April – Easter Series – London, England

6th April – European Legion v AIS-AFL Academy – Guildford, London

6th April – International Friendly (GB Bulldogs v Irish Warriors) – Guildford, London

7th Apr – Level 1 AFL Coaching Course – Peter Schwab – London, England

10th Apr – Easter Series – Copenhagen, Denmark

13th Apr – Haggis Cup – Edinburgh, Scotland

14th Apr – Oxford Uni v Zagreb Uni – Zagreb, Croatia

20th Apr – ANZAC Cup – Villers Bretonneux, France

20th Apr – Pre-season Tour (Nth London Lions v Croatia) – Zagreb, Croatia

20th Apr – International Friendly (Irish Warriors v GB Bulldogs) – Dublin, Ireland

11th May – AFLG 9’s Cup – Frankfurt, Germany

18th May – International Friendly (Germany v Denmark) – TBC

1st Jun – CNFA Grand Final – Montpellier, France

Jun – International Friendly (Croatia v Austria) – TBC

22nd Jun – French Cup – Cergy, France

29th Jun – International Friendly (France v Germany) – Berlin, Germany

Jul – International Friendly (Croatia v Italy) – TBC

3rd Aug – 10th Aug – AFL European Championships (16-a-side) – Dublin, Ireland

14th Sept – AFLG Grand Final – Munich/Hamburg, Germany

21st Sept – Axios Euro Cup (9-a-side) – Bordeaux, France

22nd Sept – 23rd Sept – AFL Europe AGM – Bordeaux, France

28th Sept – AFL Grand Final – Melbourne, Australia

19th Oct – International Rules Series (Match 1) – Ulster, Ireland

19th Oct – Croatian Cup – Zagreb, Croatia

26th Oct – International Rules Series (Match 2) – Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland

Nov – AFL European Challenge – TBC

 

If your league has dates to add please get in touch at info@afleurope.org

 

 

 

Redbacks St.Patrick’s Gathering

Having secured their first Premiership on September last, the Belfast Redbacks ambitions continue to grow. The club have been very active in recent weeks and in the year of the gathering have put out a novel invitation to Irish and overseas teams. On St.Patrick’s weekend the Reds will host a pre-season blitz tournament in the Ulster capital, with the North London Lions and the West London Wildcats already confirmed to attend. Clubs interested in attending can contact the club through their brand new website.

2013 – A big year in European Footy

With the mandatory eating and enjoying the good things in life season now officially over it is time to get cracking on Season 2013. This year will see more exciting events, junior developments, AFL 9’s, new sponsors and a couple of very big announcements. Make sure you keep checking back here for all the latest news on events like:

AFL European Championships – Dublin 2013

ANZAC Cup – Villers Bretonneux

Easter series – London and Copenhagen 2013

Euro Cup – Bordeaux 2013

AFL European Challenge (game and teams to be confirmed) – London

We will soon have a calendar of events available on the website that you can all add your major events to from all around Europe.

Hope you are all ready for a massive 2013!

Happy Christmas From AFL Europe

The board and management of AFL Europe would like to wish all our affiliates, members, friends and supporters the very best for Christmas. It’s been a momentous year for AFL Europe with the expanded Easter Series, the EuroCup and the AFL European Challenge and with new clubs and teams emerging all across the continent. 2013 promises to be even bigger again with some major announcements due in the new year and a calendar which includes the Easter Series, the AFL Europe Championship in Dublin and the EuroCup in Bordeaux, we can’t wait and we know you’ll all love it too.