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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb 22nd.
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 email@example.com
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!
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.
Chairman, AFL Europe
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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