PSS Around the Grounds

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP visits the Croatian Knights 

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, visited the Croatian Knights last week whilst on the first ever Ministry of Foreign Affairs visit to Zagreb.

After meeting the Croatian President, Julie Bishop met with the Croatian Knights national team and wished them luck at the upcoming AFL International Cup held in Melbourne next month. Julie is a huge AFL fan and supporter of the West Coast Eagles, and mentioned that she was glad to see that footy had spread all the way to Croatia.

 

Welsh Dragons are seeking Women for Euro Cup in Bordeaux!

Following on from some successful taster sessions in Cardiff and Bristol, Wales are aiming to take a Womens 9’s team to Bordeaux for Euro Cup and are on the hunt for more players!

Wales are hoping to take a ladies team for the first time with Lucy Jones, hot off the back of IC 2017 in Melbourne, steering the ship as Captain.

If you are keen to find out more please do get in touch with the Welsh Australian Rules Football League President – James Gibson at gibo102@hotmail.com

Bloods end Giants’ undefeated reign 

It was a top of the table clash this weekend for SARFL (Scotland Aussie Rules Football League) as the Edinburgh Bloods hosted the Greater Glasgow Giants in Edinburgh. The top two teams on the SARFL Ladder battled it out in an extremely close match, with the Bloods eventually pulling ahead in the final quarter to take out a 110-102 victory over the Giants.

With the Greater Glasgow Giants having been previously undefeated this season, their finals spot is guaranteed, and will now be joined in the finals by the Edinburgh Bloods. The last remaining finals spot will be taken out by either the Kingdom Kangaroos or the Glasgow Sharks. The third finals contender will be decided by the results of the last two remaining matches for the regular season next weekend.

 

Manchester Mozzies top AFLCNE ladder

The Manchester Mosquitoes have taken out the top spot on the ladder this weekend as the regular season of the AFL Central Northern England (AFLCNE) league came to a close. Congratulations to the Mozzies and especially to Captain Wayne Sumner, who played his final match this weekend before retiring from footy. Wayne has been with the Mozzies for many years and helps out immensely both on and off the pitch, and is a constant source of support and encouragement to his team mates.

The mozzies will also host this weekend’s “Semi-finals Super Saturday” where six teams from the AFLCNE will battle it out in this season’s semi finals. Check out this week’s Match of the Round on Friday to see how the Manchester Mozzies, Merseyside Saints, Sheffield Thunder, Huddersfield Rams, Notthingham Scorpions and Wolverhampton Wolverines are shaping up for their matches this weekend.

 

Lions to host ARFLI Grand Final 

The Leeside Lions are in with a chance of holding onto their Premiership title after taking out the Aussie Rules Football League Ireland (ARFLI) grand final in the 2016 season. This season, the Lions have managed to claim 7 wins from the 8 matches they’ve played, and finished the regular ARFLI season on top of the ladder to secure a home grand final. Following last weekend’s ARFLI Carnival hosted by the Belfast Redbacks, the current ladder standings are as follows:

  1. Leeside Lions
  2. Belfast Redbacks
  3. South Dublin Swans
  4. Galway Magpies

 

Clapham Cubs get kitted out 

The Clapham Cubs, an AFL Juniors and Auskick club based in London has just received a brand new kit thanks to our partners at O’Neills Sportswear. We can’t wait to see the next generation of AFL London players learning the ropes in their new kits.