PSS Presents: Around the Grounds
Each week, AFL Europe will take a look at some of the football highlights around the continent in Around the Grounds presented by PSS International Removals. Here are the standout performances from the weekend’s action.
Cockerels claim French flag with a commanding win in Toulouse
The Paris Cockerels have claimed the clubs first premiership since 2015 with a resounding 106-point victory over a brave Cergy-Pontoise side, fittingly finishing their terrific season unbeaten.
The Cock’s burst out of the blocks in the first term and were never be headed despite the noble efforts from the Coyotes, pilling on the goals under the Toulouse sun to show why they were the CNFA’s top side all season.
The damage was done in half a game by Paris, whose free-flowing and high scoring first and third terms broke the back of the steadfast Coyotes defence, though the boys from Cergy-Pontoise battled on gamely to win the final quarter.
Paris Cockerels (159) defeat Cergy-Pointoise Coyotes (53)
Posted by Paris Cocks Footy on Sunday, 27 May 2018
Helsinki conquers Russia to clinch inaugural St. Petersburg Cup.
On a huge day for Russian football in St. Petersburg, it was the visiting Helsinki Heatseekers of Finland who took home the spoils after defeating both local sides in hard-fought contests.
The Heatseekers overcame the Northern Tigers of St. Petersburg in their opening match with a convincing whole-team performance, before taking out the tournament with a fighting win against the hosting St. Petersburg Cats, with the game going right down to the wire and decided by just four points.
Development was ultimately on top of the agenda for the weekend in Russia and goals were certainly kicked in that regard, with 12 new coaches earning their AFL Level One Accreditation on Sunday thanks to anzuk Education.
St. Petersburg Cats (19) defeat Northern Tigers (10)
Helsinki Heatseekers (52) defeat Northern Tigers (3)
St. Petersburg Cats (46) defeated by Helsinki Heatseekers (50)
Dockers stamp their authority in Frankfurt
Round four of the AFLG action in Frankfurt saw three hard-fought clashes between the Frankfurt Redbacks, Wurttemberg Giants and the Hamburg Dockers take place, and it was the Dockers who stole the show to extend their lead on top of the table.
Whilst Hamburg were strong winners in each of their match-ups which now sees them sit four-points clear of Berlin and Munich on the AFLG ladder, the match of the day was between Frankfurt and Wurttemberg as they looked to push into the all-important fourth spot.
The home side trailed the AFLG new boys at half-time but responded with a blistering seven goal to one second half, to ensure the Redbacks remain within touching distance of the league leaders after four rounds.
Frankfurt Redbacks 2.1 (13) def by Hamburg Dockers 10.10 (70)
Frankfurt Redbacks 10.10 (70) def Wurttemberg Giants 6.6 (42)
Hamburg Dockers 20.8 (128) def Wurttemberg Giants 1.0 (6)
Belfast stay unbeaten in Galway as South Dublin upset the Lions
The Galway Magpies hosted Round 2 of the ARFLI action at the weekend and saw four incredibly even matches fought out between the hosts, Belfast Redbacks, South Dublin Swans and Leeside Lions, with the average margin on the day a miserly 7 points.
Having beaten South Dublin and Galway convincingly in their opening round matches in Cork, Belfast continued their hot streak of form with two more victories on the weekend against the Leeside Lions and the Galway Magpies in a 2-point thriller, to see them move two-games clear on top of the table.
The hosts can hold their head high after they scored the sides first win of the year against the previously unbeaten Leeside Lions, before cutting a 35-point round one margin against the Redbacks to just 2-points this time out. South Dublin also joined the winners list for the first time this season with a courageous win over the Lions.
Galway Magpies 5.5 (35) def South Dublin Swans 5.4 (34)
Galway Magpies 5.7 (37) def by Belfast Redbacks 6.3 (39)
South Dublin Swans 7.6 (48) def Leeside Lions 5.6 (36)
Belfast Redbacks 7.7 (49) def Leeside Lions 5.4 (34)