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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

 

Croatian league continues to grow – Slavonski Brod Tigers

Michael McCormick

There are many passionate Australian footballing nations in Europe, but none seemingly more so than Croatia. The addition of a new team, the Slavonski Brod Tigers, greatly strengthens the nation’s pursuit to have the strongest AFL national team in Europe, and the first full sized football field in Eastern Europe.

Current Tigers President and passionate AFL supporter, Tomislav Vlaović explained that he was ecstatic when a co-worker told him about the new club’s establishment in January, 2014.

“I actually thought he was kidding as all of them know how I love this game and go on and on how it’s by far the best game in the world,” stated Vlaović.

Born and raised in Melbourne,  Vlaović and his family left for Croatia 19 years ago and settled in Staro Petrovo Selo where he currently works as a Junior Sportsbook Manager at Sport-bet.  Along with the founding members, Luka Đukić and Zvonimir Marinović, have already made exceptional progress with the club, even securing a partnership with their namesake, the Richmond Tigers.

“We named the club after the Richmond Tigers in honor of Ivan Maric becoming the Croatian Ambassador for Aussie rules in 2013,” explained Vlaović.

“We tried to contact Richmond to see if they would accept us a brother club. They responded almost instantly, accepting the partnership and even offering to send us a full set of Richmond jumpers.”

Albeit a strong start, the club has already felt the pinch of financial pressure, having to self fund all of their endeavours so far.

“Times are tough in Croatia, we are getting no financial assistance from the town council of Slavonski Brod, stated Vlaović. The boys are showing unbelievable enthusiasm and will and we are moving forwards step by step.”

The club is taking huge steps having recently received permission to build their own dedicated oval and are currently in the grant application process with AFL Europe to attain goal posts. This would allow the club of around 20 players to hone their skills in front of goal.

“Our league starts on the 5th of April and the first round will be played on our home ground so we want the advantage.”

The Slavonski Brod Tigers will fit into the well established HLAN league which already consists of three clubs from Zagreb and one from Graz, Austria, and will be looking to expand by two more in 2015.

The founders of the club are both representatives of the national team, the Croatian Knights who are currently trying to raise funds to bring their team to Australia for the International Cup in August.

“They simple can’t afford to carry the costs themselves and also get very little support from governing bodies as Aussie rules is not a recognized sport in Croatia,” stated Vlaović.

If you can contribute or sponsor the Croatian Knights to enable them to get to Australia, get in contact with them via their website, http://www.sanh.hr/en/index.php or contact AFL Europe.

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.

Easter Series Highlights

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Croatia aiming high in 2013

Following the disappointment of the 2012 Euro Cup for the national team the leaders of Australian Football in Croatia (CAAF) have been very busy. Along with announcing Richmond Tigers Ruckman and cult hero of all men with “Mullets” Ivan Maric as its Ambassador the CAAF have just secured a major coup.

After extensive research and years of conversations with land owners in Zagreb the President of CAAF, Josip Kravar recently announced the league has been provided with land to construct the first Australian Football oval by the Faculty of Kinesiology  at the University of Zagreb.

The Faculty of Kinesiology has noticed the efforts of the CAAF and it’s hard working volunteers to develop the sport which is orientated to young people and getting them active. CAAF have the ambitious plan to construct the field within the next month to be ready for its clash with Oxford University on the 14th April. This match is likely to attract national media. Judging by the determination shown by players of the Croatian national team and the administrators of the sport no one would be surprised if they meet the deadline.

The support from the University extends to the local league with the formation of a new club “Academic Club of Australian Rules Football Zagreb” that will in time participate in the National League. They have also granted access for the CAAF to go into lectures and promote the sport.

AFL Europe would like to join CAAF in thanking the Faculty of Kinesiology at Zagreb University as this will have a major positive affect on the development of the league and ability to attract new juniors to the sport.

Sometimes disappointment is the catalyst for change and action. Certainly the CAAF and the the national team the Croatian Knights have been working hard by all accounts to put 2012 behind them and it won’t be a shock if they come and surprise a few teams at the AFL European Championships in Dublin this August. Watch this space!

CAAF are currently looking for sponsors to assist in the completion of this groundbreaking project for the sport in Europe. If you want to help please get in touch with AFL Europe at info@afleurope.org

 

Islanders Win Inaugural JLT Group All Stars Game

In the end the scoreline might have flattered the European Islanders team, but there was no question of whether they merited their win on saturday at the Kia Oval. The final score of 11.11(77) to 2.3(5) was made to look far more impressive by four final quarter goals as prior to this the only point the team in white had as many goals as behinds was when Ryan McLoskey scored their first goal.

It took both sides some time to settle and get used to new teammates but once they did, the intensity of the contests was fantastic. The Islands team was well on top for the first half, but in the second the continent dominated for long stages without being able to get goals on the scoreboard. In the end both of their goals came in the third quarter from Tomislav Cvetko and Gregoire Patacq. The Islanders remaining goals were scored by James Flavin 2, Kevin McSorley 1, Kevin O’ Brien 1 (Goal of the day), Andy Smyth 1, Luke Booth 1, Levi Fernandez 1, Matt Kilheeny 1, David Saunders 1 and Gerard Walls 1.

At the post match function best on ground awards were given to Troels Ottesen for the Continental team and Gerard Walls for the  victorious Islanders team, with a tickets donated for next year’s grand final by the AFL and by Event Planning Group.

Through The Chair: Chris Dow’s Blog 1

After only 6 weeks in the job I have had the pleasure of watching more football played with true passion than ever before in my life. What a baptism to the role was the Euro Cup in Edinburgh! This was surely one of my most enjoyable days of sport ever and a personal highlight for me was the sheer passion amongst the playing group and also the volunteers. Forever etched in my mind was the Denmark and Croatia game that reminded me of what passion was all about, a couple of points saw the Croats eliminated and the pain was evident. They will surely be a powerhouse of the future under the stewardship of their new coach Ciaran O’Hara.

To say I am looking forward to working with all of you is an understatement. I believe we have both the people and the resources to build on that outstanding foundation laid down by the outgoing Chairman Gerard Murphy and Commissioner Sally Capp. Can I pay special tribute to Gerard who we all agree is a remarkable individual and has worked tirelessly to ensure we are “United, Structured and Respectful”, what an amazing legacy he has left and I hope to repay his confidence by giving my energy and effort to carrying on and building on this legacy.

I look forward this weekend to reacquainting myself with many of you at the European Challenge match at the Kia Oval, we expect a really strong crowd to see these two elite level teams fight it out for the bragging rights to Europe. I expect this to be the beginning of an annual game which will assist us in raising the profile of the game in Europe and supporting our plan to increase player participation throughout Europe.

 

Chris Dow

Chairman, AFL Europe

AFL Europe On Air For JLT Group All Stars Game

Following the success of our live audio transmissions at the EuroCup in Edinburgh, AFL Europe’s very own internet radio station will be back up on air again this saturday from the Kia Oval. Coverage of our game between Europe’s Islands and the Continental team will begin at 13.05 GMT(14.05 CET). Check back to afleurope.org or our facebook page for details.

Teams For JLT Group All Star Game Finalised

The teams for next saturday’s curtain raiser at the Kia Oval have been finalised. As anticipated a number of players have had to withdraw due to study, work or injury, but that has hardly diminished the quality of the teams with well established players who were unlucky to miss out called up in their place. The team’s contesting the JLT Group All Star Game are as follows.

JLT Group has come on board to sponsor the All-Stars curtain raiser match prior to the AFL European Challenge. We are proud to announce the following players have been selected to represent either the Islands team or Continent team.

European Islands:

Head Coach – Shaun McElhone – Ireland

Asst Coach – Pall Finsson – Iceland

1. Luke Booth – England

2. Ryan McCloskey – Ireland

3. Gerard Walls – Ireland

4. James Flavin – Ireland

5. Matt Kilheeny – England

6. Liam Corbett – Wales

7. Alasdair Lindop – Scotland

8. Kevin O’ Brien – Ireland

9. Eoin O Suileabhain – Ireland

10. Levi Fernandez – England

11. Andy Smith – Scotland

12. Ian Mitchell – England

13. Leifur Bjarnason – Iceland

14. Pall Finnsson – Iceland

15. David Lally – Ireland

16. David Saunders – Wales

17. Tom Exton – Scotland

18. Kevin McSorley – Ireland

19. John O’ Regan – Ireland

21. Sean Walton – England

23. Martyn Hinchey – England

35. Sam Brunton – England

 

Continental Europe:

Head Coach – Daniel McClaer – Sweden

Asst Coach – Nicola Giampaolo

1. Zvonimir Murkovic – Croatia

2. Wilfried Houvion – France

3. Joost Van Der Hulst – The Netherlands

4. Johan Lantz – Sweden

5. Jakob Jung – Germany

6. Tom Browne – Finland

7. Joe Durling – The Netherlands

8. Rene Damborg – Norway

9. Jonas Nielsen – Denmark

10. Giovanni Alloisio – Italy

11. Niccolo Di Giorgi – Italy

12. Fillippo Alloisio – Italy

13. Josip Kravar – Croatia

14. Chris Martensson – Sweden

17. Troels Ottesen – Denmark

18. Aksel Bang – Denmark

19. Matthias Klusermann – Germany

20. Alban Schieber – France

21. Natis Johansson – Sweden

23. Gregoire Patacq – France

24. Tommaso Arnulfo – Italy

55. Tomislav Cvetko – Croatia

 

AFL Grand Final Party Finder Europe

Following its success over the past three years, the AFL have again set up an Overseas Grand Final Party Finder on the AFL website for all of the international fans to register the details of their Grand Final celebrations – including where and when they’ll watch the broadcasts of the big game!

The link is http://www.afl.com.au/TVRadio/OverseasGFPartyFinder/tabid/14881/Default.aspx

Everyone who registers will go into a database where the details of their event will become visible on our map-finder feature. The map-finder enables fans to zoom in on their area of the globe and be given details of all the parties being held in their area.

As per 2011, everyone who registers their event in the Party Finder will go into the draw to win a fantastic 2012 AFL Premiers Lithograph, signed by the captain and coach of the winning team and valued at $595.00 AUD.