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The 2014 Axios Euro Cup is just around the corner!

In the lead up to the event make sure you visit the event page on our website for all the information.

Click here to find out all the information on current standings, player eligibility, venue details and how to register.

Make sure you join the 2014 Axios Euro Cup Facebook event.

 

You can watch the 2014 Axios Euro Cup draw here.

 

Event Details:

Games will kick off at 9am

London Irish Rugby Club

Hazelwood Centre, TW16 6QU

10 minutes walk from Sunbury Upon Thames train station

FREE ENTRY || NO DOGS

Volunteers 

We are still recruiting for volunteers to assist on the day across a range of roles. If you are interested in getting involved please email tia.bool@afleurope.org

Official 2014 Axios Euro Cup Event Merchandise 

To pre- purchase merchandise please do so through the Eventbrite link, this will ensure you get the correct size on the day.  There are two options for pre ordering merchandise, for players this can be done when registering on Eventbrite and for supporters you can do so through the supporters registration. Entry is free, however this registration is for those supporters who would like to pre purchase merchandise and meals.

We will also be selling merchandise on the day, however to avoid disappointment regarding sizes please ensure you pre-order.

 

2014 Axios Euro Cup official hoodie

2014 Axios Euro Cup Official hoodie

AEC Tshirt

2014 Axios Euro Cup Official t-shirt

 

Volunteers needed for the 2014 Axios Euro Cup

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to assist at the 2014 Axios Euro Cup to be held on the 4th of October in London at the London Irish Rugby Club in Hazelwood TW16 6QU.  There will be more than 20 mens and womens teams from across Europe competing for the cup. The first bounce will be at 9 am and the finals matches will be played from 1pm. It is a huge day of Australian rules football in London and a fantastic day out.

To ensure the day runs smoothly we require assistance in a broad range of areas including:

  • Match supervisors (time keeping/ scoring, liaising with umpires)
  • Pitch managers
  • Match Commentator
  • All rounder (Set up/ pack down, raffle sellers, directions, information, liaising with team managers)
  • Merchandise sales
  • Photographers
  • Massage/ physio

 

All volunteers will get a free staff t-shirt and lunch on the day as well as an invitation to the evening function.  There will also be a wristband provided for the after party including entry and discounted food and drinks.

Please share this around your networks! For more information or to register your interest please email Tia at tia.bool@afleurope.org

2014 Axios Euro Cup

With the 2014 International Cup over for another year we welcome home all European teams and congratulate them on a great campaign.

In just over a month more than 20 men’s and women’s teams from around Europe will converge in London for the 2014 Axios Euro Cup. On the 4th of October Aussie Rules Football will take over the London Irish Rugby Club for an all day competition.

There will be a post match function at London Irish Rugby Club to congratulate all participants and announce the 2014 Axios Euro Cup Champions.

London Irish Rugby Club 

Hazelwood Centre TW16 6QU

10 minutes walk from Sunbury upon Thames train station

The entry will be free and no dogs or glass is allowed.

The Official Axios Euro Cup After Party will be held at Belushi’s London Bridge SE1 1HR from 10pm- 3am. Here we will be announcing the Team of the Tournament.

Participating countries and game times will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks. For all competitors please note Eventbrite registrations will be set up soon so please stay tuned.

Players who haven’t received the Axios Euro Cup handbook yet please get in touch with us: gaelle.hazimeh@afleurope.org

photo 1 London Irish Rugby Club photo 3 photo

 Pictures: London Irish Rugby Club facilities

Super competition winners announced

It is our honour to announce the winners of the 2014 Royal Brunei/STA Travel super competition by AFL Europe.

Again, thank you to the communities who supported the competition and european footy by buying and selling tickets. Over the past four months club members from Ireland, Great Britain, France and Sweden sold tickets. The money raised assisted representative teams to travel to Australia for the International Cup and also for their individual clubs and leagues to continue to grow. Clubs who participated will also use funds raised to assist their 2014 Axios Euro Cup preparations.

AFL Europe and all the country members affiliated would like to thank Royal Brunei, STA Travel and Topdeck for their support in the supply of our fantastic prizes.

The winners are: 

1st prize: 1- week trip to Australia for 2 people to see the Toyota AFL Grand final: Ticket number 0008 Elliott M

2nd prize: Topdeck 7- day adventure in Egypt for 2: Ticket number 5493 Paul Brogan 

3rd prize: 10 AFL Europe KB Sherrins: Ticket number 1139 Shane Fitzpatrick

4th prize: Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin signed Sherrin: Ticket number 5341 Dave Finn

5th prize: Harry O’Brien signed Collingwood jumper: Ticket number 3001 Kay Wilson

Congratulations to all winners and thank you to everyone who was involved. We will contact all winners on the phone number provided on the ticket.

AFL Europe would like to take this opportunity to announce our next annual event: the Axios Euro Cup to be held in London on the 4th of October at the London Irish rugby club facilities. It is promised to be the biggest Euro Cup so far with a number of new teams competing.

Please check the website for terms and conditions.

Video of draw available here

raffle prizes

Afterglow – A look back at the Axios Euro Cup in Bordeaux (2/2)

Wesley Hull

In this second part of the interviews arranged by the Bordeaux Bombers and the CNFA after the recent tournament in France, the focus is on women’s footy. Vanessa Degrave, a player for the French team – Les Inattendues – looks at how she became involved in Australian Rules football – in France.

How did you get involved in Aussie rules here in Europe?

Vanessa Degrave: “Our rugby coach was friend with the coaching team of the Bordeaux Bombers. One year ago, they came to see us as they wanted to create a French female footy team. Eight of us were more than happy to be part of this project so we started to train with the boys and got a chance to be part of the Axios Euro Cup.

How did you discover the game?

“I heard about the game in St Médard en Jalles where the Bordeaux Bombers are playing and also during my Rotary exchange student year in Australia in 2010. However, I never showed any interest in the sport before I got the chance to try it.”

What team do you play in, what position, and from what country?

“I played the Axios Euro Cup with the French team (Les Inattendues). During that game I was a follower.”

Are there many girls who play it where you are living?

“One year ago, only 2 girls were playing with the Bombers: Gaelle Hazimeh who moved to Toulouse and Chloé Tabountchikoff. One year later we are nine at training. Paris and Toulouse have the same story. This gives us a real chance to play more games in the future.”

Why do you enjoy the game?

“I think footy is a mix of many sports. You need to keep on running and have good physical skills. Also I love the fact that I can kick and hand pass the ball; in rugby my role doesn’t allow me to play with my feet.  All this made me really happy on the field.”

What is appealing about it?

“The welcoming spirit of the boys, the atmosphere around the ground and the game itself were really appealing to me. Also the fact that your teammates are always supportive and cheer you up, no matter what is really different from rugby.

How many girl teams competed at the event?

“I think we were between 30 and 35 girls playing for two different teams.”

How do you see the growth of Aussie Rules as a sport for females in Europe?

“I think the growth has a good potential as it is a good mix of many sports.”

How does it compare to say soccer which traditionally attracts more girls?

“I think it takes the good part of rugby and soccer and gives more freedom to each of the girls on the field.”

 

Women willing to play please feel free to contact your country’s coordinator for more information (http://afleurope.org/female-football/how-to-join/)

England win the Axios Euro Cup 2013

Michael McCormick

A merciless England outfit have upset the host nation to win the 2013 Axios Euro Cup in Bordeaux on Saturday. The inaugural win for England follows a very strong showing at the European Championships in August, in which many of the players represented the runners up, the GB Bulldogs, who lost by a solitary point to home team, Ireland.

Their opponents, France, made the final via a upset win over defending champions, Ireland, and then a comfortable win over Italy in the semi-final. This was the host nation’s first Grand Final and best placing in an international competition.

Four injuries early in the match didn’t help their cause as England dominated all over the ground early in the match, and went in to half time with a 39 point lead.

France came out firing in the second half but all of their opportunities seemed to fall in England’s favour as the visitors extended their lead via the boot of full forward Lee Tarn and goal sneak Jack Wood. Sean Walton was putting on a dominant display in the midfield and the back line was rebounding everything that came their way.

Full Back, Graham Bickerdike’s attempts to put off his opponent kicking for goal earned him the nickname of ‘the chicken’ with the commentary team.

“He looks like a clucking chicken flapping his wings out there,” stated AFL Europe General Manager, Ben MacCormack. “We’ve never seen anything like this, but it’s proving to be effective.”

England full forward, Lee Tarn was awarded the best player in the Grand Final, earning the accolade with a 7 goal haul, the most goals scored by any individual in a Euro Cup Grand Final.

England will be looking to build on their win in 2013 and go back to back next year in a yet to be determined location.

Croatia claim 3rd place in Axios Euro Cup

Michael McCormick

The giants of Croatia completely overpowered a tired Italian outfit to take third place in the 2013 Axios Euro Cup.

The Croatians, who narrowly lost to eventual premiers, England in the semi-final, looked the superior side, with both size and fitness in their favour. The scoreboard reflected this early in the game as they stormed out to a three goal lead.

Italy didn’t have any answers for the dominant Croatians, only managing a couple of goals by half time. Their frustrations were evident in both their performance and behaviour on the field as tussles broke out at both ends.

The man mountain, Tomislav Cvetko, proved a handful, kicking several majors and involving himself in numerous others. The strong bodies and run of Zvonimir Murkovic and Josip Kravar also proved too much for the Italians as they desperately tried to claw the game back, but to no prevail.

Croatia took a commanding lead late in the match and a comeback was beyond Italy. The siren sounded and the Croatians had cemented third place with a thumping 77 – 34 victory.

Welcome ceremony launches Axios Euro Cup 2013

Once a year, European nations come together to battle it out on the football field, with the dream of holding aloft the finely polished piece of silverware, the Axios Euro Cup. This prestigious award that signifies a year’s worth of sweat, blood and tears, will be won and lost on Saturday in the picturesque, wine region of Bordeaux, France.

Proceedings were officially kicked off on Friday night at the opening ceremony, which was attended by captains and coaches of the twelve competing nations in the men’s competition, and the two women’s teams that will be competing for their own Euro Cup.

Madame Bouvier, President of the parent body of football in France, Leo Lagrange, addressed an eager crowd, welcoming them to Bordeaux and thanking all of the people who have made the event possible.

Bouvier stated that the event should focus on the “values of Leo Lagrange” and that all players must respect their opponent, the rules of the game and the umpires decisions.

AFL Europe Chairman, Chris Dow then also welcomed the crowd and thanked Leo Lagrange and the other supporters of CNFA for their support.

Dow went on to express his delight with the venue and how well the event has been organised. He reminisced about the ANZAC Cup, which was held in France in April this year, and stated that he is “[looking] forward to France putting on a great show.”

In 2013, the twelve teams who will be vying to have their country’s name forever etched into AFL Europe history are; Finland, France, Croatia, Spain, Ireland, England, Iceland, Norway, Italy, the Crusaders, Catalunya and Austria. The two women’s teams who will contend the Championship match are France and the Crusaders.

Matches begin this morning with defending champions, Ireland running out against Norway in their first match. Croatia, who won the first Euro Cup in 2010, will play the Crusaders first up and the strong lineup of England will tackle Catalunya in their first round match.

You can stream all the matches on pitch 1 live here

 

 

Axios Euro Cup Schedule now available

Check out the draw for your nation right here. This promises to be an amazing day of Australian Football and accompanying events in the iconic French region, Bordeaux.

Axios Systems announced as naming rights sponsor of Euro Cup

In a major coup for AFL Europe, Axios Systems have signed on for 3 years as the naming rights sponsor of the Euro Cup. It will now be known as the Axios Euro Cup with the next edition in Bordeaux being the 2013 Axios Euro Cup.

Axios Systems delivers on-premise and SaaS Service Desk and IT Service Management (ITSM) software to customers across the globe. They combine software, consulting and training to implement ITSM strategies tailored to meet the needs of their customers.

IT services are critical to an organization’s ability to deliver value to customers. By implementing an ITSM strategy, you can improve equality, agility and efficiency of IT services.

If you or your company needs such services please make sure you get in-touch with Axios through www.axiossystems.com and support a company that supports Australian Rules in Europe.

We would like to publicly thank Andros Symeonides – Senior VP Business Development and Ranald Haig who both recently played for Iceland in the 2012 Euro Cup and have been instrumental in securing this support for the development Australian Football in Europe.

Bordeaux Logo 2013

New design for the 2013 Axios Euro Cup by Kolja Koracak – AFL Europe Commissioner