The AIS-AFL Academy wins 2014 AFL Europe Easter Series

The 2014 Easter Series in Harrow has now come to an end. After a huge week of intense training, football education and personal development the European Legion were fired up to take on the AIS/AFL Academy in what shaped as the tightest contest yet.

First off the bat in the curtain raiser the GB Bulldogs took on the Aussie Expats (new concept). The crowd were on the edge of their seats as both teams attacked the ball fiercely and put on a great exhibition of Australian Football. This also provided the GB Bulldogs with one of their last major hit-outs as a squad before competing in IC14. The Bulldogs were slightly undermanned with a number of their stars in the Legion squad, and a few already out in Australia. Despite this they fought hard against the rapidly assembled Expats but couldn’t quite match their skill level. Eventually they fell away with the final scores Expats 10.13.73 – GB Bulldogs 5.7.37. AFL England President Adam Bennett couldn’t help himself and pulled on the Bulldogs jumper once again.

AFL Europe Easter Series

In the main game at 2pm the AIS/AFL Academy side jumped the home team early and dominated the first term. The Legion looked shellshocked and had nowhere to hide in what looked an ominous start to a long afternoon. In a 7 goal to nil term including three 50m penalties against the Legion it certainly looked grim.

Tadhg Kennelly regrouped the squad at 1/4 and asked the team to slow down, breathe and start to play their own brand of football. Whatever else he said certainly had an impact as the Legion held their own for the next 2 quarters. The link up play by hand and foot showed skills beyond their experience (8 players had never played a full match before) and the score board also started to tick over. The Flynn brothers combined for one of the goals of the day while Shehroz Akram and Zvonomir Murkovich kicked superb crumbing goals.

With Sam Willatt holding potential No.1 pick Peter Wright to 2 goals at full back anything looked possible if not for the slow start.

In the last term the Australians showed why they are the best players in their age group with some stunning play and continued hard running and spread really testing the game knowledge of the European’s. Lamb (highly noticeable with his blonde locks) seemed to be everywhere and Weller had huge numbers of disposals to keep pumping the Australian’s forward. To Europe’s credit they got 3 goals of their own in the last and walked off with head’s held high.

With a crowd of AFL Club recruiters, family and friends of the players from many nations and AFL Europe officials, the match was the highlight of a week-long development program for the two squads. The European Legion team was led out by Port Adelaide’s Irish recruit Daniel Flynn who led by example kicking a goal and running hard all day.

“This is the prefect opportunity for our European community to show its talent development over the past 12 months. It’s a real indicator of the hard work being done by our volunteers amongst the AFL Europe members to nurture and expose the best young footballers to this elite level competition. We get closer every year and have real belief that a victory is not all that far away”  Chris Dow, Chairman, AFL Europe said.

The final score:

AIS-AFL Academy      7.2    10.8   14.11    21.11     (137)

European Legion        0.3    2.4     3.5         6.6       (42)



AIS-AFL Academy: Lamb 5, Goddard 4, Petracca 3, Wright 2, Smith, Weller, Walsh, Heeney, Brayshaw, Bower, McLaren

European Legion: Akram, Murkovic, O’Riordan, Campion, L.Flynn, D.Flynn


Best Players:

AIS-AFL Academy: Lamb, Weller, Heeney, Goddard, Petracca, Walsh, Smith

European Legion: Willatt,  McKenna, Habljak, D.Flynn, Hurley, Brophy

“The way both teams have applied themselves throughout the week and during the match is a real credit to the coaches that have prepared them to this point. It has been great to see the European team evolve and grow into what now forms solid opposition for our touring AIS/AFL Academy. The Australian boys certainly know they were in a contest today and will learn a lot from the whole experience” Kevin Sheehan, AFL National/International Talent Manager, said.



AFL Europe Easter Series

The 2014 European Legion players are:

  • Croatia – Filip Lenic, Josip Habljak , Zvonimir Murkovic;
  • Demark – Aksel Bang, Chris Campion, Mathias Biron, Mikkel Kjoege, Nathan Campion, William Anderson;
  • England – Cameron Cope, Ollie Dilieto, Sam Willatt, Sean Walton;
  • Germany – Jakob Jung;
  • Ireland – Ciaron O’Hanlon, Colin O’Riordan, Conor McKenna, Daniel Flynn, Luke Flynn, Paddy Brophy, Padraig Lucey, Peter Cooke, Sean Hurley, Shehroz Akram, Stephen Coen; and
  • Sweden – Hampus Olsson.

The 26 players from across Europe will return to their home Clubs, armed with sharper skills and an insight into the level of commitment and professionalism required to make it at a higher level in Australian football.  Over the course of the week, they have been exposed to new training drills by experienced AFL coaches and been observed by AFL Recruiters looking out for the next young AFL star.

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Easter Series kicked off in London

Since their arrival in London on Sunday the 6th, both teams have been working hard, with training sessions for both the Legion and the squad of players from Australia every day. The group also managed to fit in a visit to Wembley Stadium and of course sightseeing in London.

For the first part of the week the AIS-AFL Academy and the European Legion trained and spent time together. This format allowed them to learn a lot from each other and for the European’s experience the highest level of coaching available in the game.

The 2014 European Legion team comprises of players aged 17 to 25 years from Croatia, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.  They will be coached by Gaelic footballer and Sydney Swans Premiership player, Tadhg Kennelly.

According to Tadhg Kennelly, “Spending the time together to train alongside the best young players from Australia is a new and exciting opportunity.

It’s going to accelerate their skills and show us who can handle the pressure best, not to mention the time the AFL Club recruiters will get to watch and speak with them.

The players will go back to their countries with a better idea of life as a professional athlete and they can share what they’ve learnt with their team mates. Long term it all helps to grow the game in Europe.” Kennelly said.

On Wednesday, the best players from Australia and Europe played together in a practice match at Harrow School. Both teams were mixed in this practice match and showed great skills, which is very encouraging for the players and their future in Australian Football.

The score was tight the whole game however of no great importance as this was more about applying the lessons learnt so far during the week. Our European’s didn’t look out of place at all and it was very difficult at times to tell who was who. Congratulations to both teams.

The Easter Series forms a valuable part of the players pathway, for both the European Legion and the AIS-AFL Academy, with the young men expected to be selected by the Australian AFL Clubs in the player Draft in November this year.

If wednesdays match is anything to go by the big game on saturday is sure to be a cracker.

For updates on the Easter Series see Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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.


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

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!

Volunteers Needed for the Easter Series – 6-12 April

The Easter Series is an elite talent program that will take place from the 6 – 12 of April in Harrow School (HA1 3GF). The AIS–AFL Academy will play against the European Legion on Saturday the 12th of April. The GB Bulldogs and the Australian Ex-pats will compete in the curtain raiser game.

This is a real highlight on the AFL calendar in Europe and a not to be missed event for any footy fan. To deliver the highest of quality event we require volunteers to help us.

All week we require 2 sports masseurs for afternoon sessions (students welcome).

On Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th we need 2 qualified sports trainers.

On Saturday 12th we will need assistance in the following areas:

– Crowd assistants

– Entrance controllers

– Bar and BBQ staff

– Scorers, Time Keepers, Waterboys/girls

Any help will be much appreciated. All the volunteers will get a free lunch and an AFL Europe staff polo.

If you would like to get involved in the Easter Series game day, get in touch with Tia at

Thank you.


2014 Easter Series – European Legion team announcement

This year will see the 4th edition of the Easter Series played between the AFL Academy Australian team (best 30 under 18 players from  Australia) and the European Legion. We have got closer to the Australia team each year and we are confident that this is the best squad yet meaning it was also the hardest to select so far. Congratulations to all those players selected. All players are to attended the camp from the 6th April – 13th April in Harrow, London with the main game held on 12th April. Players accommodation, food and kit will be covered for the week with an allowance for flights. Please confirm your attendance via email to by Wednesday 29th January.

For any companies wanting to get involved in this great event we still have some amazing opportunities for partnerships.

European Legion Squad 2014:


Jacob Jung


Mathias Biron

Mikkel Kjoege

Nathan Campion

Chris Campion

Aksel Bang

William Anderson

Great Britain

Sean Walton

Cameron Cope

Sam Willatt

Ollie Dilieto


Natis Johansson

Hampus Ollson


Josip Habljak

Filip Lenic

Zvonimir Murkovic


Conor McKenna

Stephen Coen

Ciaron O’Hanlon

Peter Cooke

Colin O’Riordan

Luke Flynn

Paddy Brophy

Padraig Lucey




Erwin Schober


Shehroz Akram


Victor Petersen