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.
Dockers take the spoils on CEAFL day one
The Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers put themselves in prime position to defend their Central European crown over the weekend, with the reigning premiers banking early competition points on the first of two CEAFL tournaments for 2018 held in Zagreb.
The Dockers were joined by the Sesvete Doubleblues, Zagreb Hawks, Styrian Downunderdogs, Prague Dragons & Velika Gorica Bombers on the day and will be looking to book their ticket to Champions League 2019 when clubs come together again for the second CEAFL event in Prague later this year.
Crocs claim a thriller to end Dockers unbeaten run
The headline act in Germany over the weekend saw the Berlin Crocodiles overcome a wayward Hamburg Dockers side in a match that more than lived up to the lofy pre-game expectations, with the final margin one solitary point in favour of the Crocs.
Berlin got the early jump on their previously unbeaten opponents and managed to lead at each change with the help of some inaccurate kicking in front of goal by the Dockers, who threw everything at the Crocs in the final term but were unable to crack the gallant defence.
Elsewhere in AFLG, the Munich Kangaroos landed a body blow to the Frankfurt Redbacks with a thumping win while the Rheinland Lions moved into the top four with a big win over the Dresden Wolves.
Berlin Crocodiles 10.5 (65) def Hamburg Dockers 8.16 (64)
Dresden Wolves 4.8 (32) def by Rheinland Lions 16.18 (114)
Frankfurt Redbacks 3.7 (25) def by Munich Kangaroos 20.11 (131)
West Clare collect more silverware with Super 7’s victory
It was all about the girls in Ireland on Saturday as Round 4 of the ARFLI Super 7’s was held in Portlaoise, with the West Clare Waves coming out on top of all four of their fixtures to secure the title and add another trophy to their burgeoning collection.
Their path to victory was no cakewalk on a highly competitive day of football, with the Waves match-up against the Cork Vikings particularly a contest that was fit for any arena in world sport.
All sides who featured on the day were able to come away with at least one win, including the Portlaoise Pixies on their debut.
Portlaoise Pixies 2.4 (16) def by Portadown Power 1.4.1 (35)
Cork Vikings 2.3 (15) def by West Clare Waves 5.2 (32)
Portadown Power 2.2 (14) def by Dublin Angels 6.3 (39)
Dublin Angels 1.1 (7) def by Portlaoise Pixies 4.1 (25)
Portadown Power 2.2 (14) def by Cork Vikings 7.3 (45)
West Clare Waves 6.6 (42) def Dublin Angels 0.1 (1)
Lionettes and Wildkittens salute as the Demons celebrate the Big Freeze in Style
Two fixtures of Women’s Premier Division football in London saw perennial contenders West London put in a strong performance to beat the South East London Giants by 26-points, whilst the North London Lions ensured they will hit next Saturday’s BCNA Ladies Day fixture with the Demon’s in hot form as they accounted for the Wimbledon Hawks.
The Demon’s Premier Girls may have had the bye this week but they remained in the thick of the action at Clapham Common on Saturday, as a big crowd gathered on a day where football almost an afterthought with the annual ‘Big Freeze at the C’ fixture.
The day was a huge success off the field in raising funds and awareness for the FightMND campaign, with results on field enhancing the mood of the home crowd as the men and women in red and blue claimed all four fixtures on the day.