At AFL Europe we appreciate how hard it can be for everyone to get to our competitions, and we know that many supporters can’t make the trip. For that reason, we’re constantly working on our methods of communication. This year you can follow the progress of your favourite Euro Cup Teams here on www.afleurope.org, via our twitter and facebook accounts and now via our online radio channel. We’ll be broadcasting hourly updates on the channel, with results, interviews and opinion, and we’ll also be bringing you the Grand Final live. To tune in on saturday simply log click on the player below.
MacBackpackers have come on board as a partner in supplying the option of discounted accommodation for all of our teams travelling from all across Europe. We thank them for their support and are sure our teams will enjoy the comfortable and affordable accommodation. They also are specialists in tours around Scotland. If you are checking out Scotland make sure MacBackpackers are in your plans. www.macbackpackers.com
Malones bar in Edinburgh have been confirmed as a sponsor of the Euro Cup 2012. They will feature twice during the Cup with the Friday night registration being held their and the massive Saturday night presentation. The venue is well equipped for the 350 players and support staff that will be looking to celebrate an amazing day of action at Peffermill Playing Fields.
If you are looking for a great beer and venue with live music on a trip to Edinburgh make sure you check out Malones @ 14 Forrest Road Edinburgh, EH1 2QN.
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!
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.
Full draw is currently being designed by our resident designer Kolja.
Exciting times as the Euro Cup draws nearer.
We now have 17 registered men’s teams and 2 women’s teams
Men – Denmark, Catalunya, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, Finland, England, Wales, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Iceland.
Women – Ireland and European Crusaders
The days fixture will be drawn and telecast online in the coming weeks.
After successfully hosting the Haggis Cup earlier this year, the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill playing fields has been selected as the venue for the 2012 Euro Cup. The address for the grounds is below, play will be ongoing throughout September 22nd from 9AM to 7PM.
University of Edinburgh
Peffermill Playing Fields
42 Peffermill Rd
Edinburgh EH16 5LL
AFL will return to the KIA Oval this year after the Australian Football League (AFL) today confirmed the Western Bulldogs would meet Port Adelaide on Saturday November 3. In an exciting new development the game will be played as a twilight match.
AFL General Manager National and International Development and General Counsel Andrew Dillon said elite AFL teams would return to London for the first time since Port Adelaide played Geelong at the ground in 2006 to continue to support the development work of AFL Europe in building the profile of the game outside Australia.
“There are now 21 countries affiliated under AFL Europe with more than 4600 players competing in regular competitions across Europe while a large Australian expatriate community in England, primarily centred in London, retains strong links to their clubs at home,” Mr Dillon said.
“The staging of a match between two AFL clubs continues to promote our game internationally and enables us to continue to build the returns from overseas broadcast rights that flow into both game development here in Australia and overseas.”
AFL Europe hosts an annual competition for its affiliated leagues the Euro Cup and combined British Isles and European Continent teams will compete in a curtain-raiser before the Bulldogs / Power match on November 3. Ireland has won both the 2002 and 2011 AFL International Cups, for players not born in Australia.
Both clubs intend to use the match as a key part to the opening of their training preparations for the 2013 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, and will factor in promotional work for the sport in Europe while in London as well as professional development work with visits planned to elite EPL Clubs.
AFL Clubs were first part of matches in London in the 1980s, with matches also played overseas at various times in New Zealand, the USA, South Africa, Canada and recently in Shanghai, China in 2010 as part of the 2010 World Expo.
Mr Dillon said he expected the game would again be heavily supported, in line with all previous matches in London.
“The games in London over some two decades have been extremely valuable in building awareness of our sport, while both the Bulldogs and the Power will be able to tie in a key preparation period for the 2013 season to help develop their younger players in particular.”
Simon Garlick, Western Bulldogs Chief Executive, welcomed the opportunity to participate in the London match.
“The Western Bulldogs are viewing the clash as a unique opportunity to not only promote our great game but to also kick-start our 2013 pre-season campaign by taking advantage of the professional development opportunities overseas – particularly those forged through our education and sports science partnership with Victoria University,” Garlick said.
Port Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Keith Thomas said the club would further enhance its preparation for 2013 by supplementing the London game with visits to leading international sporting organisations including a camp at the Australian Sport Commission European Training Centre in Italy, co-funded by the players and staff.
“For Port Adelaide, this trip is an exceptional development opportunity for our young squad to share the experience of training, playing and learning in some of the most outstanding sporting environments in the world as we build for next year and beyond,” Mr Thomas said.
AFL Europe said it was delighted to see a return of two senior clubs.
“An AFL match in Europe provides our members and fans of the game to see the stars they watch online and on TV each week up close and personal. We envisage great support from our AFL Europe community in attending the match which will further highlight the progressions being made in the growth of the game in this part of the world.” AFL Europe Chairman Glenn Lovett stated.
Surrey County Cricket Club CEO Richard Gould also said they were delighted to host the AFL fixture at the Kia Oval in November.
“The ground has hosted many AFL matches over the years and we are sure that the first game since 2006 will provide as much entertainment for spectators as we have come to expect.
“It has always been a popular and colourful event in our calendar and we look forward to it immensely.”
The AFL have appointed Australian major event company Event Planning Group (EPG) as their event delivery partner for the match. EPG, who have operations in Europe, will plan and manage the London based logistics and marketing of the match.
Tickets on sale from Wednesday 25th July. £5 kids and from £20 adults available at www.kiaoval.com
In the first ever AFL representative match played on French soil, the Australia Under 18s team overwhelmed the enthusiastic European Titans by 167 points in a great exhibition of exciting football.
Played at the picturesque Chantilly Polo Club just outside of Paris on Thursday April 12, the young Australian side had great mobile marking targets up forward in Jake Stringer and James Stewart.
The team received great supply from its exciting midfield lead by Nick Vlastuin, Emmanuel Irra and Jason Pongracic.
When the Titans went forward it found it almost impossible to get past the Aussie defence with tall defender Lachie Plowman and the versatile Lachie Whitfield reading the play superbly and setting up many forward thrusts.
Europe’s only goal came in the last quarter with a smart evasive step from one of the three Frenchmen in the team, Gregoire Patacq, slotting it through from 40 metres, delighting the appreciative crowd that attended this historic game for the AFL code.
The Europeans took plenty from the days spent under the tutelage of Peter Schwab and Tadhg Kennelly with the knowledge they passed on sure to speed up the development of football all across Europe. Most valuable player medals were awarded to Australia’s Jake Stringer (Victoria Country, Bendigo Pioneers) and European Titans’ ruckmen Paul O’Halloran (Ireland).
The Australia Under 18s team, all members of the AIS-AFL Academy, return to Australia on the weekend and will prepare for next month’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.
The European Titans return to club football in Ireland, Holland, Sweden, England, Wales, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and France after the history-making match in Chantilly. The lessons and experience will live long in the memories of the European group as they watch the best young players in the world mature into AFL stars in the coming years.
Australia U18s: 6.4 (40) 14.7 (91) 20.11 (131) 27.15 (177)
European Titans: 0.0 (0) 0.1 (1) 0.2 (2) 1.4 (10)
Australia U18s: J. Stewart 6, J. Stringer 3, T. Membrey 2, E. Irra 2, O. Wines 2, L. Wilkins 2, J. Bourke 2, T. Smith 2, B. Grundy 2, L.Whitfield, N. Vlastuin, J. Toumpas, T. Menzel
European Titans: G. Patacq
Australia U18s: J. Stringer, J. Stewart, J. Bourke, L. Plowman, E. Irra, L. Whitfield, N. Vlastuin, J. Pongracic
European Titans: P. O’Halloran, E. O’Suileabhain, J. Van Der Hulst, S. Walton, M. Kilheeny
Australian Under 18’s have defeated European Legion by 134 points in the EPG Easter Series held at Surrey Sports Park in London on Saturday April 7.
Lead by High Performance Coach Michael O’Loughlin, the AFL’s future stars dominated early, kicking 15 goals in the first half, with Troy Menzel, brother of Daniel at the Geelong Cats, kicking five goals in a brilliant individual performance.
The European Legion, coached by former Sydney Swan and AFL Ambassador Tadhg Kennelly and AFL Coaching Director Peter Schwab, matched the Australians in the third quarter with only one goal apiece resulting.
The Legion continued to compete fiercely up until the end of the match however they were out-classed by the silky skills of the Australian side.
Most valuable player awards were presented to midfielder Nick Vlastuin from the Australian team and defender Levi Fernandez from Great Britain won the award for European Legion.
The representative European side was made up of Under 23 players from Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Finland.
The Australian team comprised players from across Australia, all being members of the AIS-AFL Academy and are all eligible for the NAB AFL Draft in November this year.
The day also included the launch of AFL 9’s in Europe.
AFL stars, including Stephen Silvagni, Ang Christou, Glen Lovett, Brad Lloyd, AFL Ambassador Robert DiPierdomenico and AFL International Development Manager Tony Woods, all took to the field to showcase AFL 9’s which will be played throughout Europe in 2012.
Australia U18 7.2 (44) 15.6 (96) 16.9 (105) 22.14 (146)
European Legion 1.0 (6) 1.0 (6) 2.0 (12) 2.0 (12)
Australia U18: T. Menzel 5, J. Daniher 4, T. Membrey 3, L. Whitfield 3, J. Toumpas 2, J. O’Rourke, S. Mayes, B. Murdoch, J. Stringer, B. Grundy,
European Legion: M. Bartley, P. McBrearty
Australia U18: N. Vlastuin, L. Whitfield, S. Mayes, O. Wines, T. Menzel, J. Daniher
European Legion: Levi Fernandez, Sean Hurley, Jens Djernes, Muiris Bartley, Emmett Bradley, Connor Gough
The Australian Under 18 team will continue their European tour with the next stop being France where the players will visit the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux and play a historic match in Paris against the European Titans.