Each week AFL Europe will take a look around the continent at the Australian Football highlights and thrilling matches. This Around the Grounds article delves into the standout performances from the weekend’s action and is presented by PSS International Removals.
TIGERS ROAR PAST EAGLES
The West Lothian Eagles hosted the Tyne Tees Tigers in Scotland on Saturday as the Eagles looked for their first win of the season, while the Tigers were looking to maintain their position in the top two of the AFL Scotland competition. In their inaugural AFL Scotland season, the Eagles were hoping to surprise their opponents with their leg speed and agility around the contests. However, it was the efficiency and strength of the Tigers up forward that shone through on the day, as the Tigers kicked 28 goals, with Connor Robinson kicking a club-record 13 goals. Overall, the Tigers had eight different goalkickers as they secured a big 146 point win to put them on top of the ladder. Despite the score, the Eagles continue to improve in their first season and although they kicked 13 behinds in this match, they have shown they create plenty of opportunities in front of goal and will continue to battle hard for the clubs first win.
Final Scores (AFL Scotland)
Men’s: West Lothian Eagles (4.13. 37) defeated by Tyne Tees Tigers (28.15. 183).
DEMONS AND HAWKS PLAY OUT THRILLER IN AFL LONDON
On a perfect summer’s day in London, the Wandsworth Demon’s hosted the Wimbledon Hawks in the Men’s Premiership division of AFL London on Saturday. Right from the start, the game ebbed and flowed with neither team really able to gain total control over their opponents. The game started off tight, as both defences cancelled each other out in the opening stages, with the Hawks taking it right up to the Demons. In the warm weather, the third and fourth quarters were more open and free-flowing as the fitness of both teams began to influence the game. The Demon’s managed to get a couple of goals ahead, but the Hawks challenged late to bring the margin down to just five points with only moments left on the clock. As the Hawks midfield tried to get the ball out of the centre, the siren blew and the Demon’s held on in front of their home crowd by five points in a thrilling game of footy.
Final Scores (AFL London)
Men’s: Wandsworth Demons (10.10. 70) defeated Wimbledon Hawks (10.5. 65).
COACHING COURSE & NATIONAL TRAINING DAY HELD IN WALES
On Saturday, the Welsh Australian Rules Football League hosted a coaching session and training day. AFL Europe General Manager Ryan Davey travelled to Wales for the day, with over 25 coaches attending the event in the glorious Welsh weather. The day saw a variety of discussions focusing on team management, tactics, rules and communication. A special thank you to our Official Education Partner, anzuk Education, for supporting this event and helping with the promotion of Australian Football across Europe through coaching and umpiring courses.
Welsh Australian Rules Football League (WARFL)
LONDON AND SUSSEX SWANS CONTINUE RELATIONSHIP
The Sussex Swans and London Swans travelled to Crawley to play in a friendly match during their bye-rounds. With only one Women’s game taking place in AFL London on the weekend, and with the hosts, Sussex, also having a bye, the two Swans teams decided to play a friendly game, with both teams trying some new tactics and players changing positions. Both teams have developed a closeness over the years, which was also reflected on the field on Saturday as Sussex won a goal. As the game was listed as a friendly, it was a fantastic opportunity for both teams to highlight the continued growth of football, particularly the women’s game, and expect to see more events between the Swans over the next few years.
Women’s: Sussex Swans defeated London Swans.
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