Tuesday ‘Around the Grounds’ 26/7/16
Mozzies are Kings of the North
The Manchester Mozzies claimed the AFL Central North England Premiership at the weekend making it their third in a row. The Mozzies blew the game apart in the first quarter and held on for what turned out to be their 5th premiership in 7 years. The final scores reading 156 to 73.
Congratulations must as well go the Tyne Tee Tigers for claiming the Plate Final against the Sheffield Thunder in a 9-point thriller. Final scores 99-90.
AFL Iceland get Australian air time
The most northern league in Aussie Rules, AFL Iceland, received some amazing air time on the ABC in Australia recently. The short clip documented the AFL Iceland league based in Reykjavik and showed the growing passion and development of the game in one of the more obscure locations in the world. We’d love to see Iceland competing in our Euro Cup in Lisbon later this year.
Click on the link below to watch the full clip.
DAFA 9s kicks off in Amsterdam
Round 1 of the DAFA 9s was held at the weekend in beautiful conditions in Amsterdam. The 3 team, 9-a-side format was played out by the Den Haag Ooievaars, the Amsterdam Devils White, and the Amsterdam Devils Black.
The Amsterdam Devils White went in as favourites, however, finished the day with registering a win. The Ooievaars went through undefeated and the Amsterdam Devils Black had one win and one loss.
Each game went down to the wire with 2 matches coming down to 7 points and the other by 4 points displaying just how tight a competition the DAFA 9s will be this year.
Finals fever hits Scotland
Its finals time in the Scottish Australian Rules Football League (SARFL) with the preliminary final between the Edinburgh Bloods and Glasgow Sharks determining who takes on the Greater Glasgow Giants in the Grand Final on the 13th of August.
The Bloods and Giants finished the ladder equal on 20 points with the Giants qualifying straight through to the grand final by having greater percentage. Any of the three sides remaining could come away with the Scottish title meaning we’ll be eagerly watching how it all unfolds over the coming weeks.
Wildcats, Hawks and a couple of Demons go straight through to AFL London Grand Final
The weekend saw the first round of the AFL London final series take place over both Saturday and Sunday. The major semi-finals took place on the Saturday at Clapham Common with the winners earning a week off and a spot in the Grand Finals in two weeks’ time. The minor semi-finals were held down at Peckham Rye on the Sunday with the losers of those games finished their 2016 season in 4th place.
In the Social division the Wandsworth Demons won through to the Grand Final in convincing fashion over the Ealing Emus. The Reading Roos ended the Wimbledon Hawks campaign in the first of the Sunday games which sets up a big clash with the Emus next weekend in the Preliminary Final.
The Conference games saw the Wandsworth Demons hold on for victory against a face finishing Shepherd’s Bush Raiders to qualify for the big dance and the South East Giants got over a tough side in the North London Lions. The Giants will now play a sudden death game against the Raiders.
In the Women’s division the Wimbledon Hawks were dominant against North London stamping their authority in the Women’s competition. They’ll play the winners of the North London Lions and Wandsworth Demons who won through in a thriller against South East Giants.
The Premiership games were typically physical and tight affairs. The Wandsworth Demons put up a fight but went down to AFL London powerhouses, the West London Wildcats, who booked their place in another grand final. The Demons now face a notoriously crafty finals opponent in the North London Lions in next week’s preliminary final.