Race to the MCG – Week Seven Review

WE ARE now seven weeks through the competition as teams around Europe continue their Race to the MCG in pursuit of a new set of playing kits for the 2021 Euro Cup, thanks to O’Neills.

Both overall leaderboards went unchanged in week seven however there were still plenty of impressive performances on display.

In the women’s, Germany have continued to extend their lead in first position, as the battle below them for second place begins to heat up.

Wales narrowly outran Scotland to finish second in the week, which was their first time since the beginning of the competition.

Jenny. G and Sophie. W provided some impressive totals for Wales, as Kirsty. G led the way for Scotland with 136km.

Some other notable performances in the women’s included Switzerland’s Norina. F (52.2km) and Sweden’s Katren. R (83.8km).

Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales were all once again able to beat their week one benchmarks.

Week seven for Sweden had the team finishing in fourth position, as they recorded their second highest weekly total yet.

Swedish Ravens player and Port Malmo Lynx co-captain, Sammy Vallgren, said the girls have all really pulled through as a team, which includes some former players.

“The team is mostly players, we have one or two social members to fill up our 30 runners”, said Vallgren.

“It is both current players and some players that left some time ago… It is awesome to see them a part of the team again.”

Vallgren has been impressed by her teammates who have showed no signs of backing down, despite some minor setbacks.

“We have had some bad luck with injuries but hopefully that has played out by now. The team really put an effort in to cover up for the hurt runners.

“We have a goal of trying to double our benchmark and I hope that some day we will do that.”

In the men’s, week seven brought more movements mid-table as England and Austria reached their best weekly placings yet.

A few big weeks from Poland and Sweden, led by Michał. B and Shane. S respectively, has them closing-in on Ireland and France for 7th and 8th place.

Wales 1,700km+ week has them on top for the fifth week in a row, despite 27 of Scotland’s runners hitting double digits for distance covered.

Patrick. T from Switzerland put in his best week yet with 130.9km, but on top for the week was Manuell. G from Germany, covering 212.8km.

Leading the way in the Umpires team was Christoffer. H and Joel. S, as the Umpires recorded their highest weekly total since the first week of the competition.

Austria, Germany, Poland and Wales are the only remaining teams to win free entry into the 2021 Euro Cup, in what could be just a few weeks left of competition.

Share with us your journey to the Melbourne Cricket Ground by tagging @AFLEurope and using the hashtag #RACETOTHEMCG.

O’Neills was founded in 1918 as a manufacturer of Gaelic Footballs and is now the largest and leading sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland. O’Neills are an 100% Irish owned organisation, specialising in the design, manufacture, personalisation and supply of performance multi-sportswear, leisurewear and sports equipment globally.

2020 marks O’Neills fifth consecutive year as the official Apparel Partner of AFL Europe. Over the five years, the entire team at O’Neills have been extremely supportive of AFL Europe and contributed to promoting the game by ensuring teams are provided with quality playing gear and equipment.

Jackson Jones – AFL Europe