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Swedish Elks and Irish Warriors release their AFL Europe Champs Squads
The Swedish Elks and Irish Warriors have released strong squads for the upcoming AFL Europe Championships taking place in London during the third week of August. Congratulations to everyone selected. We look forward to seeing these boys in action.
Team lists as follows:
Muiris Bartley (UCC & Leeside Lions)
Sean Paul Henry (Belfast Redbacks)
Luke Hickey (UCC & Leeside Lions)
Brendan Kelly (Belfast Redbacks)
Stiofán Mac Finn (Wimbledon Hawks)
Tom McKenna (Belfast Redbacks)
Paul Murphy (UCC & Leeside Lions)
Conor O’ Halloran (Leeside Lions)
Eoin Ó Súilleabháin (Leeside Lions)
Tom Stack (Manchester Mosquitoes)
Gerard Walls (Belfast Redbacks)
Liam Burns (South Dublin Swans)
Conor Fitzgerald (Wandsworth Demons)
David McElhone (Belfast Redbacks)
Sean McGlinchey (Belfast Redbacks)
Stuart McKeating (Belfast Redbacks)
David Miller (Belfast Redbacks)
Gavin Murray (South Dublin Swans)
Kevin Young Kev O’ Brien (Wandsworth Demons)
Eoin Ó Murchú (Wandsworth Demons)
Conor Fitzgerald (North London Lions)
Dominic Joyce (Leeside Lions)
Ryan McCloskey (Belfast Redbacks)
Kevin McDonnell (Galway Magpies)
David McGinty (Galway Magpies)
Kevin McSorley (Belfast Redbacks)
Kevin Old Kev O’ Brien (Wandsworth Demons)
Padraic O’ Connell (Leeside Lions)
Cóilín Ó Lordáin (Leeside Lions)
Rory O’ Donnell (UCC & Leeside Lions)
Alan Tobin (Wandsworth Demons)
Andreas Svensson – Helsingborg
Anton Tellström – Helsingborg
Jacob Lantz – Helsingborg
Hampus Olsson – Helsingborg
Jacob Nilsson – Helsingborg
Philip Nilsson – Helsingborg
Robin Nilsson – Helsingborg
Niklas Jonsson – Norrtälje
Martynas Alijosius – Norrtälje
Erik Lindqvist – Norrtälje
Gustav Svensson – Norrtälje
Buster Sund – Norrtälje
Tim Lindgren – Port Malmö
Tobias Gogu – Port Malmö
Tony Persson – Port Malmö
Jonas Lovén – Port Malmö
Christopher Mårtensson – Port Malmö
Jonas Birgén – Årsta
Mattis Kvarnström – Årsta
Oscar Magnusson – Solna
Pekka Tångström – Göteborg
Kaj Karlsson – Södermalm
AFL announces 8-team women’s competition for Season 2017
Last week the AFL announced a new 8-team national women’s competition for 2017. With the growth of the women’s game over the past few years this will further develop the amazing participation and exposure for women’s football.
We’re hopeful one of our talented AFL Europe women’s players will be running around on the MCG in the near future.
CNFA Grand Final takes centre stage
Forget about the Euros a brand new CNFA premier will be crowned this weekend in Bordeaux when the Paris Cockatoos and Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes go head-to-head. Both teams head through to the big dance with wins two weeks ago. The Coyotes downed the Toulouse Hawks and the Cockatoos took down reigning premiers and big brother, the Paris Cockerels.
This one is set to be an absolute thriller. Keep an eye out for the match preview this Friday as AFL Europe’s ‘Match of the Round’.
Get your nominations in!
Nominations for the AFL Europe Championships in August and the Euro Cup in October are still open. We’d love to have as many teams as possible join in the fun at two of the biggest AFL Europe events of the year.
For further information regarding either tournament please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another female umpire joins the ranks
Massive congratulations to Odense Lioness, Maria Falkesgarrd Jorgensen, for becoming the first Danish female field umpire during a game between the Odense Lions and Farum Cats in late May.
This is a huge achievement and a testament to Maria, the Odense Lions and the Danish Australian Football League. Keep up the good work.
Mixed results for Titans in AFL England South
The Southampton Titans had mixed results over the weekend in what was a hard fought day of footy in Brighton.
In their first game they got the W against the Surrey Stags 16.5. 101 to 1.6. 12. The tables turned when they came up against the Sussex Swans who downed the Titans 14.15. 99 to 4.5. 29.
Best on Ground for the day for the Titans was Martyn Hinchey.
Keep up the good work down in AFL England South.
Wimbledon Hawks vs Wandsworth Demons – Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Recreation Ground 5/6/16 2pm
There were two standout teams in last year’s inaugural AFL London women’s competition, the Wimbledon Hawks and the Wandsworth Demons. In last year’s four encounters the Demons won 3 out of 4 games including the all-important Grand Final. The final score in that game was 5.3. 33 to 1.2. 8 in favour of the Ladies from Wandsworth.
This Sunday sees the two rivals lock horns for the first time this year for competition points. The Hawks have cruised through the opening rounds of season 2016 winning both games convincingly and accumulating an astonishing percentage of 1625. The Demons, on the back of a large exodus of last year’s premiership side, have had an indifferent start. They lost a close game against the North London Lions in Round 1 and held on to beat a fast-finishing South East London Giants the following week.
Both clubs are doing great work for the growth of the women’s game and have had a huge number of players on the training track each week. On form, the Hawks will go into this game as favourites but with the Demons gelling well together of late it could be anyone’s game. Let’s not forget the added factor of the Epsom Derby taking place the day before and it’s hard not to get excited by the prospect of this game.
Here are the coaches’ thoughts on the big Grand Final Rematch.
Wimbledon Hawks Coach, Tara Lowther:
“I believe the game will be won by the team who can execute the basic skills the best and the team with the best fitness. Unfortunately, we have an extensive injury list but the remaining players are hardworking and hungry for revenge. We are looking forward to a great game.”
Wandsworth Demons Coach, Mitch Skelly:
“I’m really looking forward to the match and an opportunity to take on the Hawks, who are currently the benchmark for women’s footy in London. Their results have been very impressive throughout 2016, so it’s a chance for us Demons to see where we stand in the pecking order early in the season.
Whilst our form has been a little up and down, the excitement generated by some new players such as English Rose, Kiwi Katie, Tessa and Bianca have been the high points. Those four, along with the bulk of our team, are new to Australian Rules football and I can’t wait to see how well we perform as a team once they’ve had a season to catch up with some of our more experienced players like Kate Grabowski, Sarah Townsend and Lauren Coote – stalwarts and legends of AFL London!”
The fixture for the IC14 Men’s competition has just been announced. The Men’s teams will be divided into three pools:
|POOL A||POOL B||POOL C|
Day 1 – Sunday 10 August – Royal Park, Parkville
|Ireland – Fiji|
|Nauru – Indonesia|
|Great Britain – France|
|PNG – Japan|
|South Africa – Pakistan|
|Tonga – India|
|New Zealand – Sweden|
|USA – Finland|
|Canada – China|
Day 2 – Wednesday 13 August – Royal Park, Parkville
|Ireland – France|
|Nauru – Great Britain|
|Fiji – Indonesia|
|PNG – India|
|South Africa – Tonga|
|Japan – Pakistan|
|New Zealand – China|
|USA – Canada|
|Sweden – Finland|
Day 3 (Community Round) – Saturday 16 August – Venue TBC
|Ireland – Nauru|
|Great Britain – Fiji|
|France – Indonesia|
|PNG – South Africa|
|Tonga – Japan|
|India – Pakistan|
|New Zealand – USA|
|Canada – Sweden|
|China – Finland|
Day 4 – Tuesday 19 August – Semi Finals and Division matches – Royal Park
Day 5 – Friday 22 August – Third place play off & Division matches – Royal Park
Day 6 – Saturday 23 August – Grand Final – MCG
(Fixtures can be subject to change) Women’s fixtures will be announced soon.