Around the Grounds
#EuroCup16 wraps up for another year
The 2016 Euro Cup in Lisbon was held over the weekend under clear blue skies and a scorching sun. With 374 players from 16 countries across 22 teams participating the day was an incredible success.
The main pitch was live streamed throughout the day with a record number of people tuning in from all over the globe. Blow-by-blow commentary for the majority of the day brought the games to life and make for great viewing on replay.
Under a setting sun on the main pitch the crowd grew to watch the finals matches. Congratulations to the Netherlands (Plate), France (Bowl), Ireland (Women’s Champions) and Croatia (Men’s Champions) for claiming victory in their respective divisions.
A special thank you to our three pitch manager’s Fanny Maillett, Laura Pinckney and Hayley Canton for ensuring the day ran smoothly along with our umpiring squad led by Shane Hill.
Stay tuned for a full event report in the coming days.
Sparky joins the big time after AFL Women’s Draft
Wimbledon Hawks stalwart, Lauren Spark, became the second Hawk to join the newly formed AFL Women’s League for 2017. She was taken at pick 76 by the Western Bulldogs.
Sparky’s selection sets up a mouthwatering clash with Hawks teammate, Kate Shierlaw, at some stage next year.
We wish both girls all the best in the inaugural AFL Women’s league.
Australian Masters kick off tour with a win
The Australian Masters side which is touring England and Ireland have kicked off their campaign with an 11-point victory over Oxford University at Merton Sports Ground.
The boys will have to rest up as they visit the Australian High Commission today before taking on an AFL England All-Stars side in Reading on Saturday. Further details on that match at the link below:
CNFA season kicks off this weekend
The CNFA season is upon us with round 1 of the 2016/17 season kicking off this weekend. The Paris Cockatoos will be hoping to avoid second year blues after they claimed the premiership in their first season against the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes in the season decider earlier this year in June.
Its set to be a fantastic year of Aussie rules action in the CNFA. Check out the fixtures below:
Hawks and Demons covering all bases
The Wimbledon Hawks and Wandsworth Demons supplied record numbers of participants to this year’s Euro Cup.
The Hawks had players in 5 of the 16 countries:
England: Jason Hill, Myles Hudson, David Hastie, Jennifer Bennett, Louise Darby, Lisa Wilson, Charlotte-Ellen Eales and Jess Milford
France: Chloe Romeo
Scotland: Rachel Kilmartin, Lauren Spark (Coach), Kate Shierlaw (Assistant)
Ireland: Stiofan Mac Finn
Wales: Jordan Wynne
The Demons had a total of 22 club members playing or coaching for 4 countries, umpiring or volunteering in an amazing show of community involvement.
Well done to both clubs for great achievements and for all their efforts ensuring the 2016 installment of the Euro Cup was a great success.