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What do the Axemen, Bloods, Devils, Hawks and Lions have in common?

 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

 

Sarah Ongarello

Danish jet flies into Australia

AFL Europe are excited to announce the facilitation of Danish dasher, Mikkel Kjoeges move to Melbourne, Australia to pursue his AFL Career. With the assistance of the Victorian Amateur Football League (VAFA) a favourite son of AFL Europe has settled into the Old Xaverian’s Football Club. Mikkel has played many tournaments and excelled in many games over the past 4 years through AFL Europe and his local team the Farum Cats. It was his outstanding performance, at the 2014 AFL Europe Draft Combine, that was the final catalyst to the full realisation of his skill set and ability. Mikkel will write exclusively for us as we document his time in Australia and his dream of making it in the AFL.

Mikkel’s Australian Adventure – Part 1

I arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday night after an extremely long and exhausting 24 hour flight! I was met at the airport and taken to my accommodation where I was happy to see my bed – we had our first footy session the next night, so it was straight into it!

Training on the Thursday was at Xavier College where I was introduced to my new teammates – they are all very nice guys. Training was very different to what I’m used to! High intensity running drills and a lot of exercises I hadn’t done before, all in 35 degree heat! I think there might have been about 50 guys on the same oval, training together; it was amazing – I went home that night with a great experience and an Australian sunburn.

On the Friday I moved into Port Melbourne to stay with a family friend. Being so close to the beach is great and really beautiful. I was also able to go see the house I will be moving into in Caulfield with 2 other guys – the house is nearly 300m2!

I’m really enjoying living in Melbourne, exploring the city, the beaches and meeting the people is great. It’s all really beautiful. I competed with the World Team in Sydney at the 2012 AFL NAB U16 National Championships and have kept in contact with a few of my team mates. A couple of them are doing pretty well with their footy here in Australia which is great and we’re all getting together next week for a catch up.

Since arriving in Melbourne I’ve become even more determined to make it in the AFL, everyone around me is so supportive and positive. I have wonderful team mates and a great coaching staff here at the Old Xaverians. We had a Training Camp down in Portsea on the weekend of February 21-22. We did a few sessions on the beach in 30+ degree weather, it was massive!

Follow Mikkel’s journey on #MikkelDownUnder and @AFL_Europe

 

Click here for Part Two

 

Sarah Ongarello

Excitement brews a week out from Amsterdam

Here at AFL Europe headquarters we had a chat to three of the ten qualifying teams participating in the Champions League in Amsterdam next Saturday 21st March.

On behalf of the West London Wildcats, Nathan Costley, was able to shed some light on the excitement down at the club. The Wildcats are bringing probably the most diverse team of the bunch, with nationalities ranging from Welsh, Irish, Kiwi and Australian. This variety could mean some fierce competition en route to Amsterdam next week!

With similar excitement Zagreb Hawks President, Josip Kraver, enlightens us that the Hawks are coming off a turnover of players due to the unique and specialised draft/trade system in Croatia and is ready to showcase some fresh legs and talent. A special mention to young gun and Croatian National, Tomislav Cvetko, who has returned to his local club the Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers. The Champions League is giving this Croatian team a good opportunity to show their skills and head back to Croatia to continue their domination of the SANH.

Finally, William English and The Malmö Red Eyes are excited to be joining us in Amsterdam after having dominated The SAFL for the past 6 years. Forming in 2006, the Red Eyes won 5 straight SAFL premierships then their 6th in 2014. The Red Eyes will be the first team from Skåne to participate in the AFL Europe Champions League!

Count down is on! One week to go!

 

Sarah Ongarello

ANZAC Cup 2015

2015 sees the 7th edition of the ANZAC Cup on the battlefields of Villers Bretonneux in France. Thanks to the work of previous organisers the CNFA and ABA this event continues to grow into a real highlight on the European calendar. This years event will be held on the 25th April. The aim is to have all players billeted out to local families in what was a real highlight of last years event. A registration fee of around €60 will cover the costs of accommodation for 2 nights, dinner and 2 breakfast’s. 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.

The series stands at 3 games a piece and is always a fierce battle that is then celebrated by all. As ANZAC Day is on a Saturday this year it is sure to be a very special occasion with a larger than normal crowd.

Please send through your applications to play in a short email to info@afleurope.org by Jan 30th.

PROJECT sign on for three years

PROJECT Clothing has signed on as AFL Europe’s Official Sportswear Supplier for the next three years.

In a major development for AFL Europe more than 10 companies tendered for the rights to be the Sportswear Supplier. PROJECT have shown a willingness to help grow the game throughout Europe by providing quality apparel and affordable prices including generous discounts for National Bodies, Leagues and Clubs affiliated to AFL Europe. They have devised a streamlined process for ordering, design and delivery with all inclusive costs.

PROJECT Clothing was established as a technical teamwear company available to service the wide range of requirements of sports and teams, particularly Australian Football. Australian owned, PROJECT creates technical clothing for athletes to enhance performance, comfort and confidence. As the name reflects, PROJECT treats each sport and partner as a PROJECT, creating specific garments in consultation with the sport and its athletes, providing superior fit and fabrics across each range.

PROJECT are bringing technical fabrics to Australian Football, including new generation performance compression garments, lightweight fabrics and the introduction of Celliant undershirts for game day or training.

PROJECT also identifies the need for a team to look professional and comfortable off the football field as well as on it. With this in mind they ensure that they carry an extensive casual and training range to ensure a club can offer the highest quality garments across its entire product range.

The PROJECT Europe team is based in London and lives and breathes sports, with extensive industry experience in Europe, the UK and Australia.

Check them out here or contact Steve Ralph – steve@projectclothinguk.com – for all your order enquires including prices.

Orders need to be placed prior to the end of February to ensure delivery in time for season 2015.

AFL Europe Champions League – Amsterdam 2015

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the details for the inaugural AFL Europe Champions League – 2015 – Amsterdam. Following a number of years with the majority of our major events being held in the UK and Ireland we are pleased the Amsterdam Devils have taken on the challenge to co-host the Champions League with AFL Europe. It’s a great chance for them to further develop the sport in a market with huge potential.

Date: 21st – 22nd March, 2015

Location: Amsterdam (venue TBC)

Accommodation: We will shortly announce our accommodation partner with special rates for teams

Transport: Make sure you book your flights/trains ASAP in order to keep costs low

Format: Club not country. Winning Club of each major league in our member nations invited (defer to runner-up if premier decline’s invite). If member country only has one club they automatically qualify if not part of another major league e.g. Madrid Bulls. Euro Cup format and rules. 9-a-side. One day competition with group stage and finals (team numbers dependant). Winner to be crowned Club Champions of Europe.

Player Eligibility: As this is a club based competition and there are a variety of different rules regarding Australian playing numbers across Europe we have decided on the following. Maximum of 4 Australian’s on the field at any one time. Players must have played at your club in the premiership year or be signed up to play in 2015. Maximum squad of 16 players (cannot be added to/swapped once the days play has begun).

Registration: Clubs need to confirm their attendance with info@afleurope.org before January 9th, 2015. A registration fee will be charged per participant to help cover costs of the competition. This fee will be announced once all costs are confirmed and we have a clearer indication of the number of teams attending.

Qualified Clubs:

Belfast Redbacks
Toulouse Hawks
Manchester Mosquitoes
West London Wildcats
Zagreb Hawks
Amsterdam Devils
Llops Del Pla
Madrid Bulls
Farum Cats
Rheinland Lions
Turku Dockers
Solna Axemen
Port Malmo Maulers
Edinburgh Bloods
Roma Blues
Oslo East
Bristol Dockers

We are happy to also accommodate women’s teams if there is interest, e.g. Paris, Dublin, Toulouse, Newcastle, Wimbledon.

If you have any queries please contact us at info@afleurope.org

Looking for a gift this Christmas. Why not buy yourself or a loved one access to watch every game live of AFL in season 2015? Just £79. Click here for further details.

2014 International AFL Grand Final Party Finder

Following its success over the past few years, the Overseas Grand Final Party finder is back up and running on the AFL website for all of our international fans to register details of where and when you will be watching the big game.

Click here to register your parties details on the world map.

The details that you register will be displayed on the world map so fans can zoom in on their area and be given all of the details to the parties that they could go along to. Everyone who registers their event in the Party  Finder will go into the draw to win a limited edition 2014 Premiership Framed Coin Collection (see example above), signed by the captain and coach of the winning team and valued at $695.00 AUD.

Whether it be an event at a local establishment or a party at home, we encourage you to get online and register your event. Please make sure you spread the word so we can get as many on the map as we can.

 

2014 Axios Euro Cup info hub

#axioseurocup #euroreps @AFL_Europe

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

 

Official AFL Europe Belushi’s AFL Grand Final Party

With finals heating up in the AFL,  footy fans abroad are starting to lock in their AFL Grand Final plans.  This year AFL Europe is teaming up with Belushis London Bridge & Dugout to bring you the official AFL Grand Final Party.

Saturday the 27th September

Doors Open at 4:30am

Kick Off- 5:30am

To pre-book: www.belushis.com/bookings

£5 ENTRY + A FREE PINT

£7 BIG BREKKIE & COFFEE or PINT

We will be holding a raffle with some great prizes from Belushis and AFL Europe. Prizes will include 2 nights accommodation at any St Christophers Inn across Europe plus AFL Europe Merchandise.

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Breaking news for our UK and Ireland based followers

The AFL have received great results and managed to confirm extensive coverage in the lead up to the 2014 AFL Grand Final. All finals matches will be broadcast on ESPN/BT across the UK and Ireland. (see above Broadcast Schedule for all game times)

The coverage will also include The Rising Star Awards, All Australian Awards, The Brownlow Medal and Grand Final Parade.

Friday 5th Awards Coverage  (note: all times are shown in BST)

1330 AFL – 2014 Rising Star Award

1800 AFL – 2014 Rising Star Award

 

Watch AFL ‘Road to the Finals Series’ Package

Our partners at watchafl.com.au have also set up the ‘Road to the Finals Series’ package which gives you access to watch the finals matches live and on demand. The package includes the 2014 fnals actions up to, but not including, Grand Final week. (Valid until 22nd September 2014)

Click here to purchase your pass.

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