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2014 Easter Series Update

The 4th edition of the Easter Series will take place from the 6th to the 12th of April 2014 in Harrow, London. During the week, the players from AIS-AFL Academy and the European Legion will attend a high performance training camp. They will play an compilation practice game on Wednesday the 9th of April at 11:00 am in Harrow.

On the 12th of April at 2:00 pm, the European Legion team will play against the AIS-AFL Academy. The GB Bulldogs and the Australian Ex-pats will compete in the curtain raiser game at 11:30 am.

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European Legion squad: 

Germany: Jacob Jung
Denmark: Aksel Bang, Mathias Biron, Mikkel Kjoege, Nathan Campion, Chris Campion, William Anderson
Great Britain: Sean Walton, Cameron Cope, Sam Willatt, Ollie Dilieto
Sweden: Hampus Ollson
Croatia: Zvonimir Murkovic, Josip Habljak, Filip Lenic
Ireland: Shehroz Akram, Conor McKenna, Stephen Coen, Ciaron O’Hanlon, Peter Cooke, Colin O’Riordan, Luke Flynn, Paddy Brophy, Padraig Lucey, Sean Hurley, Daniel Flynn

Entry is free so make sure your family and friends coming along as well! A bar and a barbecue will be available on game day.

We are still looking for volunteers to deliver this high quality event. Some spots are still available so if you are interested in contributing to the success of the Easter Series please get in touch with Tia  tia.bool@afleurope.org.

Directions to get to the ground: 

Address of the ground: Garlands Lane, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3GF, Upper Redding Fields 3 & 4

Harrow map

  • Tube Station Harrow-On-The-Hill
  • Exit station via stairs on the left (Lowlands Road and Roxeth Exit)
  • At the first intersection turn left and follow sign to Harrow School
  • Follow road all the way to traffic lights
  • Turn right at traffic lights onto Peterborough Road
  • Continue along Peterborough road and turn left into Garlands Lane
  • Turn Left at the end of Garlands Lane
  • Follow to the end of path

The closest tube station to the ground is Harrow-On-The-Hill. If you are coming by car, there is a car park at the bottom of Garlands Lane.

Here is the map of Harrow School: Harrow School Sports – How to Find Us

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook page, Twitter & Instagram (afl_europe) to catch up with all the updates and the players’ activities during the Easter Series week.

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See you there!

AFL Europe Championship Grand Final – Ireland vs Great Britain

Ireland has won the 2013 AFL Europe Championship by kicking a goal with the last kick of the game to beat Great Britain by a point.  In a tight contest throughout the last quarter, Great Britain seemed to have it won before Mark Leavy kicked a snap goal to put Ireland in front, seconds before the final siren sounded.

Heroes for the Irish included late goal kicker Bobby Byrne and Kevin McSorley in defence who was pivotal in keeping Ireland within striking distance throughout the last quarter.   It was a heart breaking finale for the Great British team who went so close to winning their first major international trophy.

Man of the match was GB captain Ian Mitchell who was tireless on the ball and across half back for the Bulldogs, yet unable to drag his team across the line.  Sam Boyd, David Saunders and Ollie Dilieto were also strong contributors to a team that had glory snatched from them at the very end.

In a hard and bruising match, John O’Regan was subdued after a heavy collision with Britain’s Chris James in the second quarter.  The Irish captain had been dominating the match up to that point and it looked like that moment might have swung the match in favour of the Bulldogs.  However it inspired a greater effort from the Irish team and players James Flavin, Ger Walls and Tom Browne started winning more of the ball.

The last quarter saw the lead change a number of times and when GB’s Luke Booth kicked a goal to put his team up by 5 points close to the end, it looked like it would be a fairy tale win for the visitors.  With only seconds on the clock the ball swept down to the Irish forward line where it bounced off the hands of the pack and into the arms of the unlikely Irish defender Mark Leavy who snapped the goal and sent the Irish crowd into a frenzy as the final siren sounded.

Final Score:

Ireland: 7.3.45

Great Britain: 6.8.44

Goals:
Ireland: Byrne 2, Bartley, Flavin, Manning, O’Connell, Leavy
Great Britain: Saunders 2, Kilheeny, Booth, Ryland, James

Best Players:
Ireland: McSorley, O’Regan, Roche
Great Britain: Mitchell, Boyd, Dilieto, Saunders