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ANZAC Cup 2013

2013 sees the 5th edition of the ANZAC Cup on the battlefields of Villers Bretonneux in France. Thanks to the work of previous organisers and the CNFA this event continues to grow into a real highlight on the European calendar. This years event will be held on the 20th April with accommodation for 2 nights, dinner and 2 breakfast’s for under €60. If you want to represent Australia and are an ex-pat currently living or travelling through Europe please send us through an email explaining why this would be a special match for you to play in. Playing abilities are not the focus, we are more interested in personal connections to the area or the armed forces and the ANZAC’s special history. In the tradition of the ANZAC spirit kiwi’s are more than welcome to apply. Please send through your applications to play in a short email to info@afleurope.org by Feb 22nd.

2013 Calendar

The dates you need to know for 2013

26th Jan – Australia Day

9th Feb – Under 21 trial day – Wolverhampton, England

12th – 13th Feb – AFL Europe Combine – Dublin, Ireland

16th Feb – South Cup – Marseille, France

9th Mar – Cambridge v Oxford – Cambridge, England

31st Mar – 6th April – Easter Series – London, England

6th April – European Legion v AIS-AFL Academy – Guildford, London

6th April – International Friendly (GB Bulldogs v Irish Warriors) – Guildford, London

7th Apr – Level 1 AFL Coaching Course – Peter Schwab – London, England

10th Apr – Easter Series – Copenhagen, Denmark

13th Apr – Haggis Cup – Edinburgh, Scotland

14th Apr – Oxford Uni v Zagreb Uni – Zagreb, Croatia

20th Apr – ANZAC Cup – Villers Bretonneux, France

20th Apr – Pre-season Tour (Nth London Lions v Croatia) – Zagreb, Croatia

20th Apr – International Friendly (Irish Warriors v GB Bulldogs) – Dublin, Ireland

11th May – AFLG 9’s Cup – Frankfurt, Germany

18th May – International Friendly (Germany v Denmark) – TBC

1st Jun – CNFA Grand Final – Montpellier, France

Jun – International Friendly (Croatia v Austria) – TBC

22nd Jun – French Cup – Cergy, France

29th Jun – International Friendly (France v Germany) – Berlin, Germany

Jul – International Friendly (Croatia v Italy) – TBC

3rd Aug – 10th Aug – AFL European Championships (16-a-side) – Dublin, Ireland

14th Sept – AFLG Grand Final – Munich/Hamburg, Germany

21st Sept – Axios Euro Cup (9-a-side) – Bordeaux, France

22nd Sept – 23rd Sept – AFL Europe AGM – Bordeaux, France

28th Sept – AFL Grand Final – Melbourne, Australia

19th Oct – International Rules Series (Match 1) – Ulster, Ireland

19th Oct – Croatian Cup – Zagreb, Croatia

26th Oct – International Rules Series (Match 2) – Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland

Nov – AFL European Challenge – TBC

 

If your league has dates to add please get in touch at info@afleurope.org

 

 

 

2013 – A big year in European Footy

With the mandatory eating and enjoying the good things in life season now officially over it is time to get cracking on Season 2013. This year will see more exciting events, junior developments, AFL 9’s, new sponsors and a couple of very big announcements. Make sure you keep checking back here for all the latest news on events like:

AFL European Championships – Dublin 2013

ANZAC Cup – Villers Bretonneux

Easter series – London and Copenhagen 2013

Euro Cup – Bordeaux 2013

AFL European Challenge (game and teams to be confirmed) – London

We will soon have a calendar of events available on the website that you can all add your major events to from all around Europe.

Hope you are all ready for a massive 2013!

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

 

A Century Of Footy In Europe

Because most European competitions have only been founded in the last twenty years, there is a tendency to assume that Australian football’s history on the continent is a short one. That couldn’t actually be more wrong however. In just four years time we will mark a century of Exhibition matches in Europe with what we hope by then will be the 5th annual Elastoplast European Challenge.

That’s right you’re eyes did not deceive you, it will be a century. The first documented overseas exhibition match was played in London on October 28th 1916, between two teams of serving Australian servicemen. The teams in question represented the Third Australian Division and the Australian Training Units and drew a crowd of over 3000, including the Prince Of Wales and the King Of Portugal to the Queens Club in West Kensington, now better known of course as a world class lawn tennis venue.

The game was organised to raise funds for the British and French Red Cross and was the brainchild of Lieutenant Frank Beaurepaire, who was then known for his achievements at the 1908 Olympic Games where he won a silver and a bronze medal in swimming. Remarkably after the First World War he would win two more medals of each colour at the 1920 and 1924 games and he later became Lord Mayor of Melbourne during the second World War. In this instance he was hoping to show something of the great game his native city had produced and by any standards of the time, the Pioneer Exhibition Game Of Australian Football was a huge success featuring some outstanding exponents of the game, most of whom had played Senior Football in their respective states.

The Australian Training Units team took to the field on the day in red jumpers featuring a white Kangaroo on the breast. The team was captained by Norwood’s Charlie Perry and included renowned players such as Jack Cooper(Fitzroy), Percy Trotter(East Fremantle), Clyde Donaldson(Essendon), Harry Kerley(Collingwood), John Hoskins(Melbourne), Charlie Armstrong(Melbourne & Geelong) and George Bower(South Melbourne). Their opposition, the Third Australian Division, lined out in blue jumpers featuring a white map of Australia, noticeably without Tasmania, even though the team featured at least one apple islander in Launceston’s James Pugh. They were captained by South Melbourne’s Bruce Sloss and their many stars on the day included Jack Brake(Melbourne), Dan Minogue(Collingwood), Carl Willis(South Melbourne), Leo Little(Melbourne), Bill Stewart(Essendon), HM Moyes and Percy Jory(St Kilda), Charlie Lilley(Melbourne), Les Lee(Richmond), Cyril Hoft(Perth) and Billy Orchard(Geelong).

It would appear on the basis of those listed with the two teams that the Third had a greater number of Victorians and this may well have proved the difference as they ran out victors with a score of 6.16(52) to 4.12(36). The below report appeared in the Times of London two days later. While this is the only documented exhibition game, it is safe to assume and there are some records to suggest that Australian servicemen based in Europe during World War I were playing football for recreation before the exhibition. We can assume that the sport came to Europe first and in larger numbers with the arrival of the First Australian Imperial Force in early 1915. We know that they were initially based in Egypt, where North Africans were definitely treated to robust inter unit games, and then moved to Galipoli.  There would certainly have been little time for football in the Dardanelles, where Anzac forces suffered catastrophic losses, but it is known that a few men had a football and a kick-about took place there between Brown’s dip and White’s Gully. It must be assumed so that the first proper games played on European soil were played in France, Belgium and England in 1916. Over the coming years AFL Europe will be investigating the First World War history of the sport here and will hope to work with our members, Australian government and the Australian military to celebrate the sport’s centenary in Europe in 2016.

Rare and unique footage of the game housed in the archive of British Pathe can be seen here.

 

NOVEL MATCH AT QUEEN’S CLUB.

Over 3,000 people watched a football match at Queen’s Club on Saturday between team from an Australian Division and another representing Training Details. The game was played under Australian rules, and was a novelty to most of those present.

The ground is oval, running to 120 yards in width and 180 yards in length. The goal posts have no cross-bar, and as long as a ball is kicked through them the height does not matter. A penalty goal can be dropped, punted, or placed, and in passing the short kick is much used, the off-side rule being non existent. All the rules are designed with the object of making the game a fast one, and it has certainly the look of being that. There are four quarters of 20 (sic) minutes each, and after the first and third there is merely a quick change round and no interval.

The spectators were also treated to their first exhibition of Australian “barracking”. This barracking is a cheerful running commentary, absolutely without prejudice, on the players, the spectators, the referee, the line umpires, and lastly the game itself. On Saturday it was mostly concerned with references to the military history of the teams engaged. When a catch was missed, for instance, a shrill and penetrating voice inquired of the abashed player, “D’you think, it’s a bomb? It’s not, it’s a ball.” On one side there was a colonel playing among the backs and the captain of the other side was a chaplain, and a popular one, to judge by the cheery advice that he got from the privates on the line and in the stand.

The men playing on Saturday were not used to each other, but though the teams thus lacked combination the game was fast, and there were some excellent displays of high marking and kicking for goal. The Division eventually won by six goals and 16 behinds (52) to four goals and 12 behinds (36). All the gate money and profits from programmes went to the funds of the British and French Red Cross Societies.

Internationals excel during NAB AFL Draft Combine

Check out the results of the Internationals at the combine. RESULTS 

There is an International in the top 10 of every result except the 3 skills tests. Emmett Bradley finished 5th in the Agility Test with a 8.31 and also finished equal 9th in the Beep Test with a 14.2. Big Sean Hurley finished an impressive 6th in the 3km time trial clocking a sizzling 10.17. Both lads are sure to have caught the attention of many clubs and will have an interesting wait to see if the dream of heading to Australia comes true.

All Tournament Team – Euro Cup 2012

1. Nathias Johanson – Sweden

2. Aksel Bang – Denmark (Player of Tournament and Leading Goal Kicker)

3. Max Kolleck – Germany

4. Luke Mathias – England

5. Alban Schiber – France

6. Alistair Lindop – Scotland

7. Leifur Bjarnason- Iceland

9. Kevin O’Brien – Ireland

10. Tom Browne – Finland

11. Tomislav Cvetko – Croatia

13. Giovanni Alloisio – Italy

14. Niccolo’ De Giorgi – Italy

15. Pablo Mas – Spain

16. Luke Booth – England

17. Gerald Walls – Ireland

18. Jens Djernes – Denmark

Team Manager – David Stone – Norway

Coach – Pall Finnson – Denmark

 

Goal Kicking:

Aksel Bang – 9 goals

Muiris Bartley – 8 goals (Ireland)

Nathan Campion – 8 goals (Denmark)