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4th time lucky for Kingdom Kangaroos

The monkey is off the back for the Kingdom Kangaroos in Season 2016 after notching up their first victory against the Falkirk Silverbacks in the AFL Scotland Premiership.

After starting the season with three straight defeats the Kangaroos showed they can still have impact in the Scottish League with a commanding 174 to 29 victory. They’ll be hoping to continue this momentum into their next game when they take on the Greater Glasgow Giants.

 

AFL Sweden pushing for growth

AFL Sweden is conducting its very first nationwide membership drive over a three week period from Friday the 24th of June to Sunday the 7th of August.

They’re targeting to reach 600 members with each club in competition to see who can recruit the most members during the three-week campaign.

If you or anyone you know might be interested, then jump over to the AFL Sweden Facebook page or contact them via their website.

http://www.aflsweden.se/2/index.php

https://www.facebook.com/aflsweden/?fref=ts

 

AFL Scotland seeking Head Coach for the Scottish Sirens

AFL Scotland is taking expressions of interest for the role of Coach for the Scottish Ladies National Team to prepare for the upcoming Euro Cup in October and beyond.

For further information, please email secretary@aflscotland.org.

 

Paris Cockatoos claim CNFA Premiership

The Paris Cockatoos are the champions of France after clinching victory from minor premiers, the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes. In what proved a nail-biting affair the Cockatoos ran out the match harder in the final 10 minutes and this cemented the difference. The final scorecard read 110-90 in favour of the new Parisian outfit.

The ‘Toos take the title from big brothers, the Paris Cockerels, in what signifies a shift in power for the clubs in the CNFA.

The day was hosted by the Bordeaux Bombers and ran seamlessly in what was a beautiful day for Aussie Rules. Congratulations to both sides for their valiant efforts and we look forward to following the CNFA in what is fast becoming one of the premier competitions in Europe.

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Ex-AFL star makes ARFLI debut

The Galway Magpies of the ARFLI had a new member to shower in Gatorade at the weekend with former AFL and Collingwood FC star Marty Clarke making his debut at the Belfast carnival.

Clarke’s Magpies beat the home side, the Belfast Redbacks, by 17 points before overcoming the South Dublin Swans by a mere 4 points in an exciting second game.

With 73 games AFL experience with the Collingwood Magpies it would be great to see Marty strutting his stuff in the ARFLI week-in week-out. Who knows, we may even see him don the Irish jumper in upcoming tournaments.

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Marty Clarke

 

 

 

 

Member Offer Thursday

Member Offer Thursday – O’Neill’s Apparel

This week’s member offer is from our sports manufacturing partners, O’Neill’s. O’Neill’s is 100% Irish owned and is nearing 100 years of operation. This year AFL Europe and O’Neill’s have partnered and are able to offer our community the following offers:

  • Customised Guernsey, shorts, Socks, Half Zip Tracksuit top, Skinny/Berne Tracksuit Bottom – £98.50 includes VAT
  • (extra crest embroidery £2.50 per item)
  • Purchase your Boots, Customisable Footy & Travel Bags, Mouth Guards, & Training gear as well!

https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/afl-europe.html#/shop-by-team/afl-europe.html?&no_cache=1&p=1

 

Tuesday Around the Grounds

Coyotes claim Minor Premiership of CNFA champs

The Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes have wrapped up the minor premiership of the CNFA Championship sitting 3 points clear of perennial top of the table side, the Paris Cockerels.

The Coyotes claimed top spot after final round opponents, the Toulouse Hawks forfeited, and are now in the box seat to claim the major premiership when season 2015/16 of the CNFA Championships comes to a conclusion in a few weeks’ time.

Wildcats school Lions on home turf in AFL London Grand Final rematch

The much anticipated Grand Final rematch unfortunately ended in a blow out with the Wildcats running over the Lions by 87 points.

Wildcat’s, Jared Risol and Andy Challis receive notable mentions for the tireless hard work and their combined 9 goals.

The Lions sit in a similar position as they did in 2015, however, they’ll need to put in the hard yards from Round 5 onwards to ensure they have a chance at defending their title.

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Scoreboard leans in favour of Milan Eagles in Pisa friendly

The Milan Eagles took the chocolates against the Roma Football Club in a demo match between the two Italian clubs in Pisa at the weekend.

A couple of accidents within the first 5 minutes had Roma on the backfoot and were unable to get back in the game eventually going down 120 to 23.

A special shoutout for Josip Kravar for his help and insight along with all involved in getting this great exhibition up and running.

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Port Malmo’s big day out

A massive day of Aussie Rules was had by all out at Port Malmo at the weekend.

3 huge games of football were played. First up were the Mini Maulers side who had a great hit out in the lead up to the big show down between the Port Malmo Maulers and Odense Lions. The Maulers ran out convincing winners 172-9.

The final game of the day was played between the Port Malmo women’s side, the Lynx, and some of the Mauler’s who backed up from their game previously.

Great day out for all showing the amazing growth and development in of AFL in Sweden.

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Oslo East sweeps West and Ås aside in Kenguru Cup opener

Oslo’s Eastside squad proved it will be the team to beat in Kenguru Cup 2016 after scoring strong wins in a high quality round one under sunny skies at Voldslokka.

Playing with a mixture of new and old faces, the East shrugged off an indifferent start against Oslo West in the first game to run out convincing winners 61 to 18.

Game two saw the Easties teach an inexperienced Ås side the finer points of contested, skilled football, and another comfortable win, 53 to 13.

In the evening’s final fixture, West took on and conquered the Ås side, which was ably helped out with some extra players from East. The closest contest of the night saw Ås start brilliantly and head into the half-time break up by eight points. West responded however, and hit back with a flurry of second half goals to put the result beyond doubt. Final scores were West 51, Ås 28.

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Copenhagen Barracudas go pink to fight cancer

The Barracudas host the Odense Lions in their 2016 Ladies Day Picnic.

Its what’s set to be a great day of Aussie Rules so make sure you get on down and support the fight against cancer whilst sipping ‘champagne in the sun, watching sweaty guys in tight shorts and tucking into a lovely BBQ’. Can’t beat that on a spring Saturday afternoon.

Jump on over to the event page if you’re in the area.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1190549217645690/

 

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Conor McKenna

AFL Europe are incredibly excited to watch one of our Irish recruits debut for Essendon FC this weekend! Congratulations goes out to Conor and all his hard work, it has been a long time coming.

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Essendon’s Irish recruit Conor McKenna will make his senior debut on Saturday night against Richmond.

The 19 year old travelled from Tyrone in Northern Ireland to Tullamarine at the end of last year for a shot at making it in the AFL.

“It’s great reward for the hard work he’s put in,” Essendon Development Coach Paul Corrigan said.

“He’s obviously crammed a lot in the time that he’s been here.

“He does more sessions than anyone else, he never misses a beat.”

While most Irish players are used off the half-back line, McKenna has shown some natural flair in front of goal.

In his 15 VFL games this season, he’s kicked 18 goals.

“The coach took me in yesterday about three o’clock after training,” McKenna said.

“Cora, who has been working with me all year, he just said ‘congratulations, you’re playing against Richmond this week’.

“It’s just good to get a role now.”

McKenna’s signature was highly sought after because of his elite speed, athleticism and endurance.

He grew up playing Gaelic football and has spent extra time with Essendon’s development coaches learning the finer points of the game.

“In defence, it was not too bad, but then I went forward and the structure of the game is just hard to get used to but hopefully I’ll get it right now and come Saturday it’ll come to plan,” he said.

McKenna’s parents are flying out from Tyrone to attend Saturday night’s match.

 

Written by Simon Conway for essendonfc.com.au

2014 Axios Euro Cup Review

The fifth annual Axios Euro Cup drew to a close over the weekend, with over 350 players from 19 nations competing at the London Irish Rugby Club facilities. The Denmark Vikings took out the mens competition defeating the Croatian Knights in a hard fought contest in which the Danish proved their class with a young and rapidly developing collection of players. The final score was 6.4.40- 2.4.16 to the Vikings.

The Irish Banshees managed to hold on to the lead beating first timers the English Vixens by just 5 points with a final score of 5.1.31- 4.2.26 in the Women’s Division.

France took took out Division 2 to take home the Euro Bowl and in Division 3 Norway defeated Spain to claim the Euro plate.

2014 Axios Euro Cup was the biggest Euro Cup in the history with 16 men’s and 5 women’s national teams represented, including the new women’s teams the English Vixens, Denmak Valkyries and Scottish Sirens.

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2014 Axios Euro Cup Team of the Tournament:

Mens
Anders Thomt – Norway
Michel Van Eijk – Netherlands
Micheal Larsson – Sweden
Micheal Douglas – Scotland
Pierre Etienne Dandaleix – France
Myles Hudson – England
Kevin O’brien – Ireland
Bernhard Plank – Austria
James Clayton – Crusaders
Josip Habljak – Croatia
Mikkel Kjoge – Denmark
Aleix Ferrer – Catalunya
Florian Neuman – Germany
Juan Jose Martin – Spain
David Saunders – Wales
Andrea Lorenzi – Italy

Golden Whistle – Oscar Ayaddi
Team Manager – Martin Schittegg
Coach – Morten Ensbye

Womens
Elizabeth Nielsen – Denmark
Helen Cameron – Scotland
Vanessa Temple – England
Camille Portal – France
Marie Keating – Ireland

Team Manager – Morten Merhoj
Coach – Ian Baxter

Scores of the day (click on the picture to enlarge):

Men’s competition:

AEC Men's Scores

Women’s competition:

AEC Women's Scores

2014 Axios Euro Cup ranking:

Men’s:

1- Denmark
2- Croatia
3- Ireland
4- Germany
5- Wales
6- England
7- Sweden
8- Italy
9- France
10- Austria
11- Scotland
12- Crusaders
13- Norway
14- Spain
15- Netherlands
16- Catalunya

Women’s:

1- Ireland
2- England
3- Scotland
4- Denmark
5- France

AFL Europe would like to thank all the umpires and volunteers for their hard work on the day as the event wouldn’t have been possible without them.

Special thanks to our sponsors Axios, Coopers, Belushi’s, St Christophers Inn, Stack Cup, Generator, Strap-Med for their support and many thanks to London Irish Rugby Club and Hazelwood Centre for their collaboration and allowing the teams to use their amazing venue.

The Euro Cup remains a highlight on the European footy calendar and we look forward to the sixth edition in 2015. Stay tuned for more information or if your community would like to find out about submitting a bid please get in touch.

Ireland ready to retain their IC titles

By Michael McCormick

The Australian Rules Football League of Ireland (ARFLI) is arguably the most successful league outside Australia, having produced players such as the late, great Jim Stynes, Tadhg Kennelly and more recently Pearce Hanley.

Heading the charge to retain their 2011 International Cup championship is ARFLI President, Paul Brogan.

Brogan, who initially became involved in coaching prior to the 2013 European Championships, was anointed President earlier this year and will be responsible for the Irish team in the International Cup.

“I will represent our league in Australia, and aid the rest of the management team in training and preparing the squad during the tournament,” stated Brogan.

As reigning premiers, the Irish will attempting a feat that has not previously been achieved in International Cup history.

“Our goals for the IC, are to retain both the mens and womens titles,” continued Brogan.

“We face an uphill task as no one has ever retained the trophy, but it is my belief that we have the quality in this squad to go all the way.”

Travelling with Brogan to Melbourne will be 14 players, including playing head coach, David Stynes. Stynes will replace Shaun McElhone who will not be attending the International Cup due to family reasons.

Once in Melbourne, the full twenty-eight man squad will resume training and preparations for the tournament.

“There are a lot of new faces notably among the Irish based contingent, none of whom have ever played in the IC before,” stated Brogan. “They can all draw from the experience of winning last years european championships however.”

Brogan is a big supporter of the International cup and the opportunities it provides for players all around the world.

“The IC is showcasing the worldwide talent, that exists in the sport, giving the opportunity for lads to aspire to play on the greatest stage of all, the MCG.”

The Irish squad was chosen via trials and on the back of scouting feedback in both Ireland and Australia.

The Australian based players play for clubs in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and will all be making the trip down for the two week tournament.

“Its tough for players as they are making a huge commitment,” stated Brogan.

“We have secured sponsorship for both the mens and ladies teams, but that will only cover a small portion of the costs involved. The players will be contributing the remainder themselves.”

The men’s and women’s squads will be landing in Melbourne on the 6th of August and will have regular training and recovery sessions in the St Kilda area where they will be staying throughout the tournament.

They will need to be on top of their game however if they are to defeat the might of Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

“They have a grassroots structure in place, so can develop players from a young age whereas we have to develop our lads from the skills they bring from sports like Gaelic Football and Rugby,” stated Brogan.

“History would dictate that PNG will be the main challengers for the title, considering that have been to every grand final since the inception of the tournament, however NZ had a very strong showing in nearly defeating the AIS Academy team in January.”

“We will certainly have to be at our best to beat these two sides.”

#warriorsweek #bansheesweek #IC14

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Paul Brogan, ARFLI President

Irish Banshees players’ profiles

The Banshees have listed four IC’11 world team players who will return to play in their second tournament, these are: Emma Kelly, Gillian Behan, Louise Loughlin and Laura Corrigan.

Name: Cáitlín Ní Chíanáin

Caitlin

From: Cavan, Ireland

Team: Dublin Angels

Jersey number: 33

Position: Centre

Why and when I started playing: In 2010/2011 I came back from a year in Australia and fancied a go at the game having not tried it there.

Expectations for IC: To grow as a player and ideally bring home some silver wear.

Best footy memory: Beating Switzerland in Euro Cup in Belfast, 2011.

 

 

Name: Laura Corrigan

Laura Corrigan

From: Cavan Ireland/Greensborough Vic

Team: Diamond Creek

Jersey number: 1

Position: Ruck/ wing

Why and when I started playing: 2008 as I had always been told I was to rough in Gaelic so I thought Aussie Rules was the game for me.

Expectations for IC: To go back to back.

Best footy memory: Winning the last IC and being named in the top 3 players of the tournament.

 

 

Name: Regina Curtin

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From: Cork and currently in Koroit, Victoria

Team: Milford Senior Camoige Club and Donoughmore Senior Ladies Football Club

Jersey number: 10

Position: Midfield, forward

Why and when I started playing: Love sport, love playing ball, love the team spirit and friendships you make

Expectations for IC: Be competitive, train hard, win matches

Best sporting memory: Winning the All Ireland club camogie Championship with Milford (Cork).

Regina is a multiple ‘All Ireland Senior Football championship’ holder 2005 – 2007 and also achieved an ‘All Ireland Camogie League title’ in 2012.

Irish Warriors players’ profiles

Name: Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly

 

Team: Belfast Redbacks

Jersey number: 3

Position: Defensive corner pocket

Why and when I started playing: Province of origin 2012. I started playing just as a form of training and quickly got interested with the competitiveness and chances to progress to a higher level within the sport.

Expectations for IC: My personal expectations are to achieve the best performance I can as this is my first International Cup. Expectations as a team would be to qualify for the finals and take it step at a time after that.

Best footy memory: Mark Leavy scoring the winning goal in the 2013 European championship final in the dying seconds.

Favourite footy team/player: Tom Hawkins, Geelong Cats

 

 

Name: Mark Leavy

Mark Leavy

Team: North Leinster Giants

Jersey Number: 4

Position: back pocket/wing back

Why and when I started playing: I started playing about ten years ago. I went to watch a match that my friend was playing in and ended up joining in and loving the game.

Expectations for IC: To play to the very best of my ability and enjoy the whole experience , while hopefully winning the IC.

Best footy memory: kicking the winning goal in the 2013 European championship final in Dublin.

Favourite team/player: Hawks/Buddy Franklin

 

 

Name: David McElhone

David McElhone

Team: Melville Rams

Jersey number: 6

Position: On Ball

Why and when I started playing: My brother got me into it about 6 years ago, he played for the Belfast Redbacks and was in the Ireland team at IC2005, it started out a second sport for me but  I loved the game and after only a few games I was hooked. I think the tackling, body contact and general skill of the game drew me in.

Expectations for IC: I expect the Irish Warriors to be taking centre stage again at the MCG again in the final, there are alot of good teams in the competition and we are by no means complacent, we will have to work twice as hard this year to retain the International Cup. However, I believe we have the players, management and structures in place to push on again and repeat the feats of IC2011.

Best footy memory: Best footy memory has to be winning the International Cup at the MCG in 2011. This is something we had been building towards since the European Championship in 2010 so to win it was a very special feeling. 

Favourite footy team/player: Favourite team is Collingwood and favourite player is Dane Swan.

Irish Banshees announce their squad for IC14

By Michael McCormick

The Irish Banshees have officially announced their team but have decided to keep a few key pieces of information confidential.

Only eleven Irish based women will take the field in Melbourne and the rest of the team will consist of players based in Melbourne and Sydney, most of whom play Gaelic as well as Australian Football.

The pressure of having to back up 2011’s premiership has been compounded by the notable exclusion of Marie Keating, the 2011 International Cup’s MVP and a All Australian player.

There has also been a significant change to the coaching staff with previous Head Coach, Andrew Hickey unable to coach the squad.

The group will instead wait until they reach Melbourne to announce their coach having hinted that the appointment will be noteworthy.

The Banshees team list is as follows:

1 Aimee Louise Hazley
2 Eva Mackin
3 Paula Keatley
4 Kate Leahy
5 Leiha Shrubsall
6 Emma Kelly
7 Fiona Roarty
8 Carolann Cass
9 Deirdre Ni Chearbhaill
10 Catilin Ni Chianain
11 Louise Loughlin
12 Laura Corrigan
13 Regina Curtain
14 Elaine O’Reilly
15 Clair Mahony
16 Carol Magahon
17 Dervla Murta
18 Maeve Brogan
19 Catherine Collins
20 Claire Cunnginham
21 Una McKay
22 Sandra Ryan
23 Christine McCutcheon
24 Gillian Behan
25 Emma Treanor

 

The Irish Banshees have recently secured sponsorship through the aircraft leasing company ‘Avolon’ who are now their Major Partner.

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Title defence’s no walk in the park – IC14

By Michael McCormick

Luck plays an insignificant role when it comes to the Irish and AFL talent. There are already several Irish nationals showing their class in the AFL and VFL ranks and the International Cup in 2014 is another chance for this skilful team to show the world that Ireland are an Australian Football powerhouse.

Having hosted and triumphed at the European Championships in August, 2013, the Irish will be taking plenty of confidence in their ability to win on the big stage to Melbourne.

Needless to say the Irish are not strangers to International Cup glory either, holding the title of reigning premiers for both the men’s and women’s competitions, further proving themselves as the best in the world.

Despite their success, they remain humble and grateful for their opportunities.

Past President and current treasurer of the Australian Rules Football League Of Ireland, Ciaran O’hara, contends that this is because of the fierce competition coming from the rest of the world and in particular those teams close to home.

“[Great Britain] have been getting closer and closer to us and with the strength they’ve now got in the squad they’ve announced, I expect them to be major contenders.”

O’Hara, who provides logistical support to the coaches and management of both the men’s and women’s national teams revealed that the Irish teams really fire up once they hit Australian soil.

“Our Australian based players play for clubs in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, so they don’t get opportunities for collective training so the hard training for us usually begins once we arrive in Australia”

While the trip to Melbourne is being mostly self funded, both the men’s and women’s teams have been fortunate in securing sponsorship to assist with expenses.

Blu Marine Ltd, an internationally renowned ship fitting company, are supporting the Irish Warriors and the Irish Banshees are sponsored by major aircraft leasing company, Avolon. In addition several players have their own individual sponsors.

Financial support aside, the Irish team’s success has stemmed from the great leadership from different coaches and captains throughout their history.

The recent retirement of Head Coach Shaun McElhone has seen David Stynes named as Playing Head Coach of the Irish Warriors for the 2014 International Cup. His assistant, Lachlan Buszard is returning from the same post at the International Cup in 2011.

With several Irish players already living and playing football in Australia, around half the team will consist of players who won’t need to make the long trip from Ireland.

There are also a lot of new faces, with the 14 players selected to make the trip from Ireland having never played in an International Cup competition.

Of those players who are embarking on the quest to retain the International Cup for Ireland, O’Hara believes that a couple could catch the eye of the AFL world.

“Muiris Bartley who has played for both the European Legion and the World XVIII could impress or perhaps Ronan Geraghty who is on an Aussie Rules Scholarship at Sydney University and plays in the NEAFL,” stated O’Hara.

Although both the Irish Warrior and the Irish Banshees would love to retain their titles as the world’s best AFL nations outside Australia, they know that there’s a long road ahead.

“It would be nice to retain the title, but we know that the IC will be hard won if we are to do that.”

#warriorsweek #bansheesweek #IC14

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