Around the Grounds – 2/8/16
West Lothian Eagles ARFC start up in Scotland
AFL Scotland’s welcomes a new club to its ranks with the West Lothian Eagles taking flight. The Eagles are looking for new recruits and pushing for a side in the coming seasons. This is great news for Aussie rules in Scotland.
The Eagles have their next training session on Monday the 8th of August. Jump over to their Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all things Eagles.
Jacob Raiwalui…remember the name!
Jacob Raiwalui picked up his first Sherrin 3 months ago. Last weekend he was being put through his paces by AFL royalty, Tadgh Kennelly.
Jacob stands at 6’6 and resides in France where his father, Simon Raiwalui, a former Fijian Rugby star, now co-manages French rugby side, Stade Francais.
The skies the limit for Jacob and hopefully his passion for the oval ball continues grow because he develops his skills and knowledge of Aussie rules.
ARFLI Grand Final set to be a ‘corker’
Mardyke Arena UCC, Cork plays host to the ARFLI Grand Final in 2016. The Leeside Lions will be playing in their first grand final since 2011 having not dropped a game in the regular season. The Lions come up against a formidable opponent in the Belfast Redbacks who are competing in their 5 straight grand final.
This match is set to be a thriller, with free entry for all patrons, a huge crowd is expected for the crowning of the new Irish champions. Jump onto their event page and spread the word.
Keep an eye out on the AFL Europe website and social media as we feature this match as our ‘Match of the Round’.
Former Hawk does the rounds at AFL Europe clubs
Hawthorn Premiership player, Max Bailey, is doing the rounds throughout Europe by visiting a number of clubs following his 6-month stint in Tanzania as part of the Future Warriors Project.
Max’s first stop was a Thursday night training and fines session with an AFL London club before running a weekend training program in Graz, Austria. He’ll be in Munich and Amsterdam meeting the local clubs for the remainder of this week.
Follow the big man’s progress on his Instagram @maxintanzania2016 and #MaxyOnTour
AFL London Grand Finals takes centre stage at Motspur Park
The culmination of the AFL London season is here. This Saturday 8 teams across 4 divisions will fight for the title of AFL London Premiers. The Wimbledon Hawks will again play hosts for the day at the picturesque Motspur Park. It’s set to be a great day both on and off the field with the festivities kicking off at 10:30am with the Social division and culminating at with the Premiership match starting at 4pm.
10:30am – Social Division – South London Demons v Reading Kangaroos
12:00pm – Conference Division – Clapham Demons v Shepherds Bush Raiders
2:00pm – Women’s Division – Wimbledon Hawks v North London Lions
3:30pm – Premiership Division – West London Wildcats v Wandsworth Demons
Keep an eye out on the AFL London Facebook page for match previews of every game in the lead up to the weekend.