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VAFA V London Allstars

The Big V representative side wrapped up their 2015 Ireland/England tour with a comprehensive 74-point victory against the London All Stars at Battersea Park this morning.

After a stellar 2-2 performance from their four tour matches in the Emerald Isle, the Big V attained their goal of finishing on a high, with Spirit of the Big V recipient, Jeremy Mugavin, and six-goal star, Matt Handley, leading the way.

Tom Sullivan, Marshall Rippon and Josh Cowan lit London alight in the first term as they collected disposals at will, with Sam Barnett controlling the ruck and giving his midfielders first use of the ball.

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After a two-week stint with the round ball, the entire playing squad looked far more comfortable with the oval-shaped sherrin in hand and used their sublime skill set to open up a comfortable buffer at the first break.

Sam Williams, Tom O’Donnell and Mugavin continued to drive from half back in the second and allowed power forwards, Jamie Mugavin and Handley, to do the damage on the scoreboard and open up a 47-point margin at the half.

The second half played out similarly to the first, with Michael Barnes, Ash Viney and Stu Grigg causing multiple skill errors from their opponents through consistent pressure and tackling.

Jack Hunt repelled numerous London forward thrusts, while Tom and Simon Caven stood tall in defence in the same vein as they have done all tour.

While the 20 goal target set by coach Roberts was not quite met, the Big V can be proud of the four quarter effort they produced in their final match as they ran out out 74-point winners, 100-26.

The win in London gives the Big V a respectable 3-2 winning record from their 2015 tour.

The VAFA would like to thank AFL Europe and AFL London for their hospitality and look forward to going Round 2 in 2017.

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Originally posted on: http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/big-v-finish-2015-tour-with-comprehensive-win-in-london/

Spanish Bulls horns not quite sharp enough to spear a Clansmen

AFL Scotland and AFL España recently completed the first in a home-away series of test matches between both national sides.

The first test took place on the 10th of May in Madrid where both teams fielded strong sides. The preparation and organisation for the test match shows how much respect both sides showed one another. With AFL Scotland holding a training camp a month before the game to select its strongest side and volunteering to travel first up they are looking to put its best foot forward in the international community and be respected with the professional attitude everyone involved emulates.

AFL Scotland President John McIntyre had this to say on the Test Series, “We had an internal review of our progress in regards to our National team and we felt we hadn’t put the 100% effort playing and administrating which is demanded at participating at this level so we decided that to move forward we would actively seek to play teams each year which could challenge where we thought we sat in terms of the talent in Europe internationally. The AFL Scotland board spoke with the coaches and also sought the opinions of the players as to where we all thought we sat. It was decided that Spain were the ideal opponents to test ourselves against, we consider them a good side one that has done well in recent Euro Cups. We contacted Dani Ribas to see if they would be receptive of the idea and Dani was more than happy with the plan. “

The match on the day was a tough affair both sides battling hard at each contest, a spirited Scotland side were not deterred by the heat on the day and the match ended with a score line which flattered the Clansmen 77-37.

The Spanish Bulls are set for the return leg of the series in 2015 the date still to be confirmed.