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.

ODENSE LIONS LEAP INTO SECOND IN DAFL

Round 12 of the DAFL saw a crucial match take place between the Odense Lions and Port Malmo Maulers. With just one round remaining in the season next weekend, this match could prove to be a key result for the winner, putting them in a prime position to secure a home semi-final as well as some momentum. It was a tense start, with just two goals kicked in the opening term with the Maulers leading by a point at the first break. The second quarter was just as tight but a bit more free-flowing as both sides kicked two goals each in the second term as the Maulers again held a one-point lead at the main break. It was another battle of the defences in the third quarter, with only three goals kicked between the two sides as Port Malmo managed to extend their lead to 10-points heading into the final break. The final quarter finally saw the shackles break for both attacks, as Odense kicked six goals in the quarter as their fitness and pace took over as Port Malmo could only put on two goals in the final term. When the final siren sounded, the Lions turned around their deficit as they finally got in front in the game and secured a key 17-point victory. Over in the women’s, the Odense Lionesses played the Port Malmo Lynx and just like the men’s, it was a tight, physical contest throughout the whole match. The first quarter saw the Lynx get on the board early with a goal but both defences stood strong as the visiting side led by seven points at the break. The second quarter was tight again, as Odense scored the only behind of the quarter to bring the margin back to a goal at the main break. The third quarter saw the Lynx hit the board with another goal and three behinds while keeping Odense scoreless as Port Malmo led by 15 points at the end of the third quarter. The last quarter saw Odense get a goal on the board to put the pressure on their opponents but the Lynx held strong to secure an impressive nine-point victory.

Final Scores (DAFL)

Men’s: Odense Lions (10. 8. 68) defeated Port Malmo Maulers (7. 9. 51).
Women’s: Odense Lionesses (1. 2. 8) defeated by Port Malmo Lynx (2. 5. 17).

 

SOFIA TRAVEL TO DENMARK IN THEIR FIRST GAME ABROAD

On Saturday, the Sofia Magpies played their first-ever game abroad as the team look to continue growing Australian football in Bulgaria. The Magpies travelled to Denmark, which coincided with round 12 of the DAFL, so the Odense Lions put out a team to play against the travelling team. In sunny conditions in Odense, both teams got off to an attacking start in the first quarter, playing in the 9-a-side format. The Odense Lions took advantage of the opportunities they had in front of goal, kicking three goals from their four scoring shots as they took an 11-point lead into the first break but the Magpies were still within distance after kicking a key goal in the opening term. The class of the Lions showed in the second quarter, as they kicked five goals and despite the Magpies’ best effort, the away team only managed a behind. At half-time, the margin was 44 points, but the Magpies gained back some control in the third and even won the quarter, as they kicked three goals from six scoring shots thanks to some more free-flowing, attacking footy. The Lions finished the stronger of the two sides as they kicked two goals in the final quarter to run out 58 point winners. But this game was more than just about the result, it was about two upcoming sides playing each other, continuing to grow the sport in Europe and building a relationship into the future.

Final Scores 

Men’s: Odense Lions (13. 10. 88) defeated Sofia Magpies (4. 6. 30).

 

CORK VIKINGS VANQUISH OPPONENTS

The AFL Ireland’s Women’s Premiership started for the 2019 season this weekend, with the West Clare Waves, Cork Vikings, Dublin Angels and West Dublin Garrissons all competing in Round 1. In the standout game for the day, it was last year’s Grand Finalists, the Cork Vikings, who played against the Dublin Angels. This was Cork’s first competitive game back after last season, but despite such a long break, they came into Round One ready to go. For the Angels, they were down a couple of key players but still took it up to the Vikings, with the game only being settled in the final couple of minutes. From the start, it was a close game, and both teams created plenty of scoring opportunities in the sunny conditions, showing how closely matched these two sides are. By the end of the game, both sides had the same amount of scoring shots, but it was the Viking’s accuracy which was one key factor in them getting an important win early in the season as they won by 10 points, a margin which kept the Angels in the game right until the end, but wasn’t to be as the Vikings secured the win.

Final Scores (AFL Ireland)

Women’s: Cork Vikings (3. 2. 20) defeated Dublin Angels (1. 4. 10).

JETS TESTED BY LIONS AHEAD OF GRAND FINAL

The final round of the AFL Switzerland season took place on the weekend in warm and sunny conditions probably more likely to be witnessed at the beach than a football match, but even in the 29-degree weather, it was another successful day in the leagues first season. The pick of the matches was the game between minor premiers, the Geneva Jets, and hosts, the Winterthur Lions. Going into the final round, the Jets and Basel Dragons had already confirmed their places in the Grand Final but there was still plenty to play for in the final round. The Jets were looking to keep their momentum going, while the Lions wanted to show everyone that not only could they host a great day of footy but could also go toe-for-toe with the top side. The Lions did that for most of the game, as they matched the Jets around the ground for physicality and pace, wherein previous rounds they have struggled to keep up. With both teams opting to play on whenever possible, the game was free-flowing and played at a high intensity. The Jets responded to the battle thrown at them and their experience helped them get over the line in the end by 23 points in a high-scoring affair that highlighted the quality of football on offer in Switzerland. In the other games, the Lions defeated the Dragons by 29 points for their second win of the season, while in a Grand Final preview, the Jets defeated the Dragons by 45 points.

Final Scores (AFL Switzerland)

Mixed: Geneva Jets (12. 12. 84) defeated Winterthur Lions (9. 7. 61).
Winterthur Lions (11. 7. 73) defeated Basel Dragons (6. 8. 44).
Geneva Jets (14. 2. 86) defeated Basel Dragons (6. 5. 41).

 

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Angus Boyle – AFL Europe