PSS Presents: Around the Grounds

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.

 

REDBACKS CONTINUE DOMINANCE IN IRELAND

This years ARFLI Grand Final went right down to the final quarter, as the Belfast Redbacks secured back-to-back premierships after defeating the Leeside Lions by 29 points on Saturday. In warm and sunny conditions that would look perfect at the MCG on the last Saturday of September, the game was a close, competitive and fiercely contested match between two quality sides. At half-time, there were only seven points in it, with the score in favour of the Redbacks but the Lions were well and truly in the game as they had created more scoring opportunities but their inaccuracy in front of goal was costing them. Both defences continued to stand strong as only three goals were kicked in the third quarter and the Lions managed to take the lead by two points heading into the final quarter. In the last quarter, the game opened up and the Redbacks took advantage of that while restricting the Lions to just two scoring shots for the quarter. Thanks to their experience on the big stage, combined with their fitness, the Redbacks finished the game with more run than their opponents and in the process secured their second premiership in as many years.

Final Scores (AFL Ireland)

Men’s: Belfast Redbacks (12. 5. 77) defeated Leeside Lions (6. 12. 48).

 

BATTLE FOR GRAND FINAL PLACE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE

Vaasa hosted the final round of the 2019 FAFL home-and-away season on the weekend and with all three teams looking to secure a Grand Final spot, there was plenty to play for between the Vaasa Wombats, Helsinki Heatseekers and Turku Dockers. The opening game of the day saw Helsinki defeat Vaasa by 20 points to confirm a spot in the Grand Final for the Heatseekers, the premiers from the last four seasons and minor premiers after finishing top of the ladder this year. The second game of the day was in the balance until the very last kick of the match. With only seconds left, and trailing by just four points, Turku gave one last all-out attack which resulted in a mark being taken on the boundary line. With a strong wind being a factor, it was always going to be a challenge to kick a goal from that position and despite the Dockers players’ best effort, the kick fell just short to give Helsinki a four-point win in a thrilling football match. Finally, it came down to the final match of the day to decide who will play Helsinki in the Grand Final on the 14th of September. Vaasa Wombats got off to a flyer, kicking the first goal but the Turku Dockers responded quickly as both teams exchanged goals for a long period until the Dockers finally broke away in the final stages of the day to win by 18 points and secure their first Grand Final appearance since 2016.

Final Scores (AFL Finland)

Men’s: Helsinki Heatseekers (5. 6. 36) defeated Vaasa Wombats (2. 4. 16).
Helsinki Heatseekers (5. 2. 32) defeated Turku Dockers (4. 4. 28).
Turku Dockers (8. 4. 52) defeated Vaasa (5. 4. 34).

 

BLOODS GO BACK-TO-BACK

The Edinburgh Bloods are premiers for the second year in a row in the SARFL after defeating the Glasgow Sharks by 50 points on Saturday after a hard-fought contest in warm conditions. Playing each other for the third time in a month, it was always going to be a tough contest as both teams were the benchmark in this year’s league. After the Sharks won the final round of the home-and-away season to secure top spot, they also came out on top the following week in the qualifying final to confirm a spot in the Grand Final. Following the qualifying loss, the Bloods defeated the Tyne Tees Tigers in the Preliminary Final to see them reach a second consecutive Grand Final. While the Sharks had the best of the Bloods in their last two matches, the Bloods turned it around on this occasion with their fast, physical game style coming out on top. The Sharks battled as much as they could to stay in touch, but the Bloods were too strong across the ground when it mattered and are the 2019 SARFL Premiers.

Final Scores (AFL Scotland)

Men’s: Edinburgh Bloods (119) defeated Glasgow Sharks (69).

 

DOCKERS AND CROCODILES TO BATTLE IT OUT IN AFLG GRAND FINAL 

This years 2019 AFLG Grand Final will be a rematch of last years Grand Final between the Berlin Crocodiles and Hamburg Dockers after they both won their respective semi-finals in comprehensive fashion on the weekend. The Berlin Crocodiles played against rivals the Munich Kangaroos and were dominant for most of the game to run away with an impressive 72 point win. The Kangaroos battled valiantly but couldn’t match their opponents who were too strong as the Crocodiles secured a place in the Grand Final for the fourth time in a row. They will take on Hamburg who defeated the Frankfurt Redbacks as the Dockers continued their fantastic form from the home-and-away season. The Dockers got off to a fast start, with their attacking style of football helping them to a 25-point lead at quarter-time. The Redbacks kicked a couple of goals in the second quarter, but the Dockers continued to extend their lead, with the margin at 40-points at the main break. The game continued in a similar fashion as the Dockers were too strong both in defence and when attacking as the Redbacks couldn’t match them. When the final siren blew, the Dockers finished the game 94 points in front, but most importantly, secured a Grand Final place against the Crocodiles on the 7th of September.

Final Scores (AFLG)

Men’s: Frankfurt Redbacks (40) defeated by Hamburg Dockers (134).
Berlin Crocodiles (114) defeated Munich Crocodiles (42).

 

 

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Angus Boyle – AFL Europe