Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player and finding out how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and a bit about themselves. If you’d like a profile or know of someone who would, then email email@example.com to receive a question sheet.
This week’s player profile comes from the South of England. Kieran Jewell plays for the mighty Southampton Titans and idolises Collingwood Magpies Skipper, Scott Pendlebury. He found out about the great game of Aussie Rules in a college lecture and has been playing for 3 years now. In Kieran’s first year playing he was unable to go out with the team due to his age and reliant on his parents to drive him to and from games.
What position do you play?
AFL team you support:
Favourite AFL player:
How did you find out about AFL?
In a college lecture
How long have you been playing for?
What is your memory of your first Aussie Rules game?
Getting put on the opposition team and missing every kick I got!
Best AFL moment?
Scoring my first 4 goals which was in the same game!
Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?
I wasn’t old enough to go out with the team for the first year I was a Titan, and had to have lifts from parents everywhere!
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Welcome to the 2016 Euro Cup! This year’s tournament is being held in Lisbon, Portugal at the National Stadium Jamor.
Date: Saturday 8th October 2016
Venue: Lisbon, Portugal (National Stadium Jamor)
Your registration fee of €110 + Eventbrite Fee, this year INCLUDES all of the following:
Playing registration fee
2-night accommodation at either Hotel Amazonia or Praia Mar (price is for a triple room with two of your teammates)
Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday at your hotel
Wristband and free entry in the official after-party
Please note – if you wish to stay at the accommodation for longer (before or after the tournament), please contact us ASAP on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can organise this for you. Beds are limited so get in early.
Any volunteers who which to help during the event can register on Eventbrite AND contact AFL Europe at email@example.com. The price for Volunteers covers your accommodation and breakfast we will supply you with lunch, t-shirt and never ending gratitude.
All umpiring enquiries regarding Euro Cup can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org – registration is available on the Eventbrite link.
1) The Player was predominantly resident in the country of the league between 10 and 16 years of age subject to the qualification in sub clause A below. 2) The Player is a citizen of the country of the league at the time when the competition is conducted, subject to the qualification in sub clause A below. 3) The Player is not under suspension in that Player’s local competition during the period of the competition. AFL Europe may on a case by case basis, waive the eligibility requirements if it is satisfied that a player is a bona fide resident in the country of the league and his participation would be in the best interests of the competition. Submissions in this regard must be made by lodging a Application for Eligibility Exemption – 2016. Any player who has previously obtained exemption must apply again in 2016 – please complete the form and email to email@example.com
The Eventbrite form makes it compulsory for all players, coaches and team officials to specify which team they are registration for/with however, all teams need to submit a Euro Cup 2016 – Team Entry Form before the cut-off date (Saturday 17th September) as well as a Euro Cup 2016 – Team List and a AFL Europe Euro Cup – Waiver and Release – all players must sign this form before registration on Friday 7th October 2016. This will ensure all information is received by us and we can then go ahead with the rankings and draw.
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The Big V representative side wrapped up their 2015 Ireland/England tour with a comprehensive 74-point victory against the London All Stars at Battersea Park this morning.
After a stellar 2-2 performance from their four tour matches in the Emerald Isle, the Big V attained their goal of finishing on a high, with Spirit of the Big V recipient, Jeremy Mugavin, and six-goal star, Matt Handley, leading the way.
Tom Sullivan, Marshall Rippon and Josh Cowan lit London alight in the first term as they collected disposals at will, with Sam Barnett controlling the ruck and giving his midfielders first use of the ball.
After a two-week stint with the round ball, the entire playing squad looked far more comfortable with the oval-shaped sherrin in hand and used their sublime skill set to open up a comfortable buffer at the first break.
Sam Williams, Tom O’Donnell and Mugavin continued to drive from half back in the second and allowed power forwards, Jamie Mugavin and Handley, to do the damage on the scoreboard and open up a 47-point margin at the half.
The second half played out similarly to the first, with Michael Barnes, Ash Viney and Stu Grigg causing multiple skill errors from their opponents through consistent pressure and tackling.
Jack Hunt repelled numerous London forward thrusts, while Tom and Simon Caven stood tall in defence in the same vein as they have done all tour.
While the 20 goal target set by coach Roberts was not quite met, the Big V can be proud of the four quarter effort they produced in their final match as they ran out out 74-point winners, 100-26.
The win in London gives the Big V a respectable 3-2 winning record from their 2015 tour.
The VAFA would like to thank AFL Europe and AFL London for their hospitality and look forward to going Round 2 in 2017.
On Sunday 25th October, kicking off at 11am in Battersea Park, AFL Europe and AFL London are hosting the VAFA boys at the end of their Irish tour. We have put together a team from our AFL London league to make up the “London Allstars” where they will show the VAFA boys that we’re not all over here travelling and drinking! A women’s exhibition game will kick off at 11am followed by the Allstars v VAFA match at 12.30pm
Donning our European Legion guernseys the team will be:
Come down and enjoy some footy, food and (hopefully) sun! After the game we’re heading to Clapham Grand where you can purchase a discounted £5 ticket using the code word AFL from here – be quick as the discount code expires at 18:00 Saturday 24th October! It includes a hotdog or pie, 2 drinks and a guaranteed seat!
See you there!!
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The Solna Axemen, Edinburgh Bloods, Toulouse Hawks and Rhienland Lions will land in Amsterdam this coming Saturday to join us, and co-hosts Amsterdam Devils, for the Inaugural AFL Europe Champions League. With the tournament looming and the need to take home the cup becoming stronger, AFL Europe headquarters caught up for a chat with five of the ten teams hitting the turf this Saturday.
Alan “Sparro” McSparron and the Bloods are making their way from Edinburgh to Amsterdam to test the standards of football around Europe. With great excitement and a constantly growing Scottish League, the Bloods are looking forward to measuring themselves against these top European Teams.
Along with the Bloods come the Rhienland Lions heading west from Germany to show Europe why they won AFLG Championship. Being named after the region of Rhienland due to rivalry between the cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf, the team boasts players from both these cities. With friendly game experience against teams from the UK, Netherlands, France and Denmark the Lions are raring to show they’re a force to reckon with.
It was an easy decision for the Solna Axemen to head to Amsterdam for the first ever AFL Europe Champions League. The excitement has been building since receiving the invitation. The Stockholm Australian Rules Football Federation (SAFF) began in 2007 and the Solna Axemen have cemented their invite after winning 6 from 8 premierships, including back to back in 2013 and 2014. Not only are the Axemen excited to play against new teams and test their skills, they’re ready to meet other players from around Europe and a few, hopefully celebratory, beers after the Tournament.
Being founded in 2008 by only 5 French players, the Toulouse Hawks quickly moved up the French Championship ladder and managed to snag a few key players from the French National Team. Winning the French Championship and being undefeated in the both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the Toulouse Hawks are definitely one of the teams to watch in the Champions League. They are excited to participate in the Inaugural Champions League and looking forward to some international exposure all the while hoping to take home the cup!
The host of the first inaugural Champions League, the Amsterdam Devils were founded in 2010 and proudly took out the Dutch league in their first year and every year since! With a combination of Dutch and Australian at the heart and soul of the Devils, and strong British and South African legs the home team is ready to put up a good fight to keep the Cup on home soil. New star recruit, Nick Moran and the team and ready to compete with the best teams from Europe.
Follow the Tournament at @AFL_Europe, #AFL_Europe and #ChampionsLeague
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Having to break up a fight in London may be a common occurrence for some, especially on a weekend. When you’re on your own, trying to break up a fight between two teams of footballers is a whole new ball game.
This was the situation that AFL England Umpire, George Wood found himself in during one of the first games he umpired.
“I came off the ground that day feeling absolutely spent, that’s when you know you’ve put your best effort in,” stated Wood. “Or it means you’re really unfit.”
Wood, who watched a lot of AFL growing up in Australia, has ambitions of becoming an umpire in the TAC Cup, through which most of the current and past greats of the game were recruited.
Wood became hooked with the game at a very early age.
“My earliest memory would probably be at Auskick when I was about five years old. It really helped set down some good foundation skills for me.”
Wood believes that Australian Football is growing in popularity due to the athleticism of the players and entertainment of the fast paced games.
“When Geelong full forward, Tom Hawkins kicked a goal after the siren against Hawthorn to win the game in 2012, I was ecstatic,” remarked Wood.
“They came from the brink of defeat to snatch the game as a result of pure determination and will and that’s what makes footy great.”
Wood also watches a lot of games to analyse the umpires in order to improve his own skills.
“They really establish a presence on the ground and a commanding aura. So I try to replicate them as much as possible.”
Wood underpins confidence as the number one factor that will determine the success of an umpire on the field. He advocates standing by decisions and not being afraid to blow the whistle.
“Don’t allow outside influences to impact your decision, you’re there for a reason.”
Playing Australian Football in two countries is an achievement in itself but when neither of those countries are Australia, it is a rarity.
ARFLI umpire, John Enright has accomplished that and much more in his career to date.
Born in a small town in the County of Kerry in Ireland, it wasn’t until Enright moved to Ontario, Canada that he began playing Australian Football. Upon returning to Ireland after his Canadian gap year, with a premiership medallion around his neck, Enright joined a local team and continued to grow his passion for the sport.
It wasn’t until 2007 that Enright’s umpiring crusades kicked off, being thrown I the deep end and made to umpire the ARFLI Grand Final.
“I initially went to the game as a spectator but the assigned umpire was at a wedding the night before and was late in arriving,” said Enright.
“I was asked to step in and so got my first shot at blowing the whistle.”
Enright was exhilarated by being in control of the match and was hooked from there.
Over the next few years, Enright went on to complete many course and become one of the most accredited Indigenous umpires in Europe.
This level of commitment lead to his finest moment – coordinating and managing the European Championships in Dublin in 2013.
“It was a quite a thrill to assign umpires for games and to umpire prominently in a major European Championships,” said Enright.
He now has sights set on representing European umpires at the International Cup in 2017 which he believes to be quite achievable.
He has a less realistic goal of umpiring at an International Rules game between Ireland and Australia yet with his prior experience as a Gaelic Football referee and an AFL umpire, Enright has established himself as a prime candidate for the role.
Enright also believes that being an umpire is a very fortunate position to have and one not to take for granted.
“Don’t be afraid to have a go,” said Enright to any aspiring and young umpires.
“Be confident in your decision making and enjoy the game from the best seat in the house.”
Southampton Titans capped off their undefeated run last weekend by winning the AFL England South Grand Final by 61 points over the Bournemouth Demons on Saturday.
The Titans began the match in devastating form, kicking a total of 6 goals for the first quarter to the Demons 2. The second term was a more even contest with the Demons starting the quarter with 3 successive goals. At the major break the Titans had a 23 point lead and the unfortunate Demons had 2 of their key players off the pitch with injuries.
In the second half the Titans picked up the pace and added 8 goals to the Demons 2. The central trio of Martyn Hinchey, Matt Warwick and Farai Goredema-Braid were unstoppable, and the ever reliable Dom Delegate and Adam Street were solid in defence. The Titans forwards, Thomas Fitzpatrick and Kieran Doyle were ruthless in front of goal, kicking 11 goals between them for the match.
At the final siren the Titans had defeated the Demons by 61 points to win their first premiership since 2008.
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In the 2nd leg of the 2013 Easter Series there were some very unique challenges that a very long European winter decided to throw at us. With 48 hours until game-time there was the real prospect of the game being called off due the a recent 25cm snow fall and the frozen soil that was taking it’s time to thaw.
After the council ticked off the ground as safe for use only two days before the game, and AFL representatives Kevin Sheehan and Tony Woods checked the surface on Tuesday and announced the game would go ahead as planned in icy cold conditions on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
The Academy and European players were split into two teams coached by Sydney Swans premiership teammates Michael O’Loughlin and Tadhg Kennelly. Kennelly’s side held O’Loughlin’s goalless for the first half, before running out 22-point winners.
Of the Australians, Matt Crouch followed his strong performance against the European Legion last Saturday in Surrey with another excellent showing, along with South Australian Luke Dunstan and energetic midfielder Lewis Taylor.
Leading forward Darcy Hourigan chipped in with three goals and made things happen in his forward half and Kade Kolodjashnij was clever and calm with the ball tucked under his arm.
Midfielders Dom Sheed and Lloyd Perris tried hard for Kennelly’s side, while the versatility of Northern Territory’s Errin Wasley-Black were also there to see off half-back and the wing.
Excitingly the Europeans didn’t look out of place playing amongst these future stars with some of the best passages of play being through the hands of the local boys. Mikkel Kjoege (Den) showed his continued improvement regularly putting his head over the ball and emerging to handball out to a teammate.
Martyn Hinchey (Eng) was great with his tap work while opposition ruckman and mobile utility Niccolo Di Giorgi (Ita) thrilled the big crowd and club recruiters with some soaring leaps and an on9 the run, left foot banana from 45m out directly in front. Other Europeans with impressive games were Kilheeny (Eng) and the Lauritzen (Den) brothers.
Niccolo Di Giorgi and Martyn Hinchey were respectively named the best players for the European contingent.
Tadhg Kennelly’s side 2.6 5.7 8.10 9.12 (66) Michael O’Loughlin’s side 0.0 0.2 2.4 6.8 (44)
Goals Kennelly: Hourigan 3, Campion 2 (Denmark), Tsitas 2, Cutler, Kolodjashnij O’Loughlin: Boyd, J. Secher (Denmark), Sheed, Spina, Di Giorgi (Italy), Smith (Scotland)
Best Kennelly: Crouch, Taylor, Hourigan, Dunstan, Kolodjashnij, Bontempelli, Robertson, Hinchey O’Loughlin: Sheed, Perris, Dumont, Wasley-Black, Di Giorgi
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