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GENEVA DOMINANT IN ROUND 4 OF AFL SWITZERLAND LEAGUE
On Sunday, the Geneva Jets hosted Round 4 of the AFL Switzerland competition as three teams, Winterthur, Northern Bears, and Basel, joined the hosts in the battle for a place in the Grand Final. This was an exciting occasion for the sport in Switzerland, as it was the first time that an official league game had been hosted in Geneva. With one round left after this one, results were key and it was the home team who dominated throughout the day. The standout game was between the Jets and the Basel Dragons. Despite the final score, the Dragons took it right up to the host team in the hot and windy conditions. The Dragons battled hard and held their own, but in the end, the Jets were just too fast and their experience helped lead them to a 64 point win. In Geneva’s other game, the Jets defeated a determined Winterthur Lions side. While the Jets had already booked a place in the Grand Final, the Basel Dragons and Winterthur Lions game was key to determining the other team to make the Grand Final. The Lions had to win to keep their chances alive, but it was the Dragons who recorded an impressive 59 point victory to confirm a place in the big dance. Earlier in the day, the Northern Bears had defeated the Jets Reserves in a high scoring battle. The final round of the season will take place in a couple of weeks’ time with final places already confirmed, before the Grand Final in September which will see the Geneva Jets play the Basel Dragons.
Final Scores (AFL Switzerland)
Mixed: Geneva Jets (12. 9 .81) defeated Basel Dragons (2. 5. 17)
Geneva Jets Reserves (7. 10. 52) defeated by Northern Bears (19. 15. 129).
Winterthur Lions (2. 5. 17) defeated by Basel Dragons (12. 4. 76).
Geneva Jets (10. 24. 84) defeated Winterthur Lions (1. 4. 10).
TIGERS TAKE DOWN THE HAWKS IN ST. PETERSBURG
Saturday saw Round 9 of the St. Petersburg Australian Football League take place as the Northern Tigers played against the Baltic Hawks. In a close season so far, where winning consecutive games have been hard to achieve, the theme continued as the Tigers won this round after the Hawks had won in Round 8. Sunny conditions welcomed both sides and the game started at a frenetic pace in the clear conditions, with six goals kicked in the opening term. The Tigers held a slender two-point lead but the Hawks accurate kicking was giving them plenty to work with. The second quarter was again even, with eight goals kicked but the Tigers managed to sneak ahead by 16 points. It was during the third quarter that the game opened up as, despite their best efforts, the Hawks couldn’t match the Tigers, who kicked three unanswered goals to take a 35-point lead into the last change. The Hawks battled hard to try and get back into the game, but couldn’t match their opponents around the ground as the Tigers controlled the game to finish with a 36-point victory in an entertaining match where every player either kicked a goal or had a score involvement.
Final Scores (St. Petersburg Australian Football League)
Men’s: Northern Tigers (92) defeated Baltic Hawks (56).
PANTHERS WIN PREMIERSHIP IN CARDIFF
It was Grand Final time in the WARFL on Monday night as the Cardiff Panthers played the Bristol Dockers in Cardiff to decide who would be Premiers and qualify for next years Champions League. After eight rounds of football that started back in April, it was the Panthers and Dockers who battled it out in an entertaining and tough contest. In a game that ebbed and flowed throughout, it was the Panthers’ skills, fitness, and experience that helped them record a 23 point win when the final siren sounded. The Dockers gave it everything they could, battling right to the end of the game, but the Panthers continued their good form from the season to take the trophy home. Joining the two teams competing in the Grand Final, was the Bath and Wiltshire Rebacks who helped with the umpiring alongside regular AFL Europe umpire Josh Davey.
Final Scores (Welsh Australian Rules Football League)
Men’s: Cardiff Panthers (90) defeated Bristol Dockers (67).
BLOODS CLAIM GRAND FINAL SPOT
Next weeks AFL Scotland Grand Final will see the Glasgow Sharks take on the Edinburgh Bloods after Edinburgh defeated the Tyne Tees Tigers on the weekend. In tough conditions for football, the game saw a tight contest all the way through until the final quarter. In the windy weather, neither team could kick away and gain a sustainable lead in the match until halfway through the last quarter, when the fitness and endurance levels of the Bloods started to show as they went on to kick a number of goals without reply from the Tigers. Up to that stage, the Tigers had matched last years premiers for physicality and speed over the ground but just ran out of legs late in the game. When the final siren sounded, the Bloods had recorded a 37-point victory to reach this year’s Grand Final, but the Bloods were made to fight hard by the Tigers, providing a perfect test before the big dance next Saturday the 24th of August.
Final Scores (AFL Scotland)
Men’s: Tyne Tees Tigers (59) defeated by Edinburgh Bloods (96).
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