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ZAGREB HAWKS WIN CEAFL TITLE
This years’ CEAFL tournament saw players from four different nations come together for a big day of football in Graz, Austria. With five men’s teams including the Styrian Downunder Dogs, Zagreb Hawks, Sesvete Double Blues, Zagreb Dockers and a mixed Vienna/Milan/Swiss team, there was plenty to play for with the title at stake. After play began at 10 am, it all came down to the final match between the Sesvete Double Blues and the Zagreb Hawks to decide the winner. In one of the closest games on the day, the final was a physical, contested battle throughout, as the Hawks managed to get over the line by just four points in a thrilling finish.
Final Scores (CEAFL)
Men’s: Sesvete Double Blues (28) defeated by Zagreb Hawks (32)
SESVETE REDLEGS TAKE CEAFL HONOURS
In the women’s side of the CEAFL draw, the Sesvete Redlegs took on the Zagreb Panthers in two games. Both games highlighted the up and coming strength of women’s football in the CEAFL region, and how closely matched the two teams are, as the first match finished as a draw after an enthralling back and forth contest. The second game saw the Sesvete Redlegs gain more control and convert their chances in front of goal as the Panthers contested hard but couldn’t create enough opportunities in their forward half as the Redlegs ran out winners by 20 points.
Final Scores (CEAFL)
Women’s game one: Zagreb Panthers (18) drew with Sesvete Redlegs (18).
Game two: Zagreb Panthers (7) defeated by Sesvete Redlegs (27).
HELSINKI HEATSEEKERS DOMINATE OPENING ROUND OF FAFL SEASON
The 2019 Finland AFL league began on the weekend, with round one seeing a round-robin style format take place between the Helsinki Heatseekers, Turku Dockers and the Waasa Wombats. Joining them on the day for an international friendly match was the St Petersburg Cats. It was the Helsinki Heatseekers who dominated the day, winning their two games, but it was the second match of the day between the Heatseekers and the Waasa Wombats that stood out for it’s attacking football. In a free-flowing game, a total of 11 goals were kicked as the Heatseekers were too strong for their opposition, running away with a 46-point victory. After the Euro Cup, the next round takes place in Turku on the 27th of July.
Final Scores (FAFL)
Men’s: Helsinki Heatseekers (9.6. 60) defeated Waasa Wombats (2.2 14).
ENTERTAINING DRAW BETWEEN LIFFEY BLUES AND MIDLAND TIGERS
Round Two of the AFL Ireland Women’s Super 7’s took place on the weekend, with a total of 10 matches being played throughout the day at Islandbridge. Five teams from across Ireland played each other in another round-robin style format, with the West Clare Waves, West Dublin Garrisons, Dublin Angels, Midland Tigers and the Liffey Blues competing. Despite not recording a win on the day, the Tigers and Blues played out an entertaining contest that ended in a draw. It was a back and forth match where neither team could be separated at the end despite both sides effort to get the win.
Final Scores (AFL Ireland Women Super 7’s)
Women’s: Midland Tigers (2.2. 14) drew with Liffey Blues (2.2. 14)
WANDSWORTH DEMONS HOST ANNUAL ‘BIG FREEZE AT THE C’ FUNDRAISER
Saturday saw the Wandsworth Demons host their annual ‘Big Freeze at the C’ fundraiser, to help raise funds for research on MND. Just like at the MCG game between Melbourne and Collingwood, the day at Clapham Common involved players getting soaked in freezing cold water and a variety of fundraising activities took place. On the field four matches took place, and it was the Men’s Social game between the South London Demons and the Reading Roos that stood out. In windy conditions, the home team managed to hang on in a see-sawing game that saw the Dees win by just two points on an action-packed day.
Final Scores (AFL London)
Men’s Social: South London Demons (3.5 23) defeated Reading Roos (3.3 21).
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