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    Last weekend saw the St. Petersburg Cup tournament played in the Russian city. Whilst it was scheduled to feature the Lazy Koalas from Moscow in a three way draw – including the St. Petersburg Cats and the visiting Helsinki Heatseekers from Finland – the Koalas were not able to make the journey. Instead, the second St. Petersburg team, the Northern Tigers, took the field.

    The opening match featured the two St.Petersburg teams, the Cats and Tigers, playing for the title of “best in the city”. The game lived up to that hype with the Cats holding a determined Tigers team at bay by just nine points.

    The next clash saw the visiting Helsinki Heatseekers up against the Tigers. The Heatseekers have been the most powerful team in Finland for the past few seasons, and they brought all of their skill and knowledge to the field to record a big win. In the end it was a 49-point victory to the Finnish champs. It is unclear whether or not they arrived with any Estonians in tow, but those that took the field certainly had their “A” game with them.


    The third match, fittingly, became the grand final for the day with the Heatseekers backing up against the St.Petersburg Cats. In a tightly fought match it was the visiting Finnish team that claimed the honours, taking out the tournament by just four points. It was a big win for the Heatseekers, winning in an international clash. The result will almost certainly whet the appetite for the team to return to Russia more often to compete – which would also be a huge boost for the game overall in Russia.

    The St. Petersburg Cats may have felt the usual initial disappointment of a narrow loss. But they have also come out of the event as a big winner – taking it up to a national championship team in the Heatseekers, as well as proving they have the numbers to put two competitive teams on the field. When the analysis of the day is complete, any disappointment about losses or missing Koalas would be offset by the clear progress seen at the club within St.Petersburg and as a blueprint for further growth of the game in Russia.

    The Helsinki team will also head home excited at winning a tournament and delighted that the trip was a success and very worthwhile fr their own development.

    Final Scores:
    St. Petersburg Cats 19 d Northern Tigers 10
    Helsinki Heatseekers 52 Northern Tiger 3
    Final:
    Helsinki Heatseekers 50 d St. Petersburg Cats ...

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    The upshot from the weekend’s round of matches in Galway for the AFL Ireland Premiership saw the Belfast Redbacks race to the top of the ladder, undefeated with four wins now from four matches. Both the Galway Magpies and South Dublin Swans recorded their first wins of the season, and the Leeside Lions stumbled, losing both of their Galway clashes.

    The host team had one of those cardiac days. Their opening match against the Swans was extremely tight and could easily have gone either way. In the end, the locals outlasted the Swans by just one point in a thriller. It was a great start for the Magpies and saw them open their 2018 account with a win.

    In the next game, the Magpies proved that the first win was no fluke as they fought and scrapped against the Belfast Redbacks. In another heart stopper, the ‘Pies went down to the Redbacks by just two points, despite having more scoring shots. It was certainly a good result for the Redbacks, keeping them undefeated.


    The South Dublin Swans joined in with the winning tone of the day when they outlasted the reigning premiers, the Leeside Lions. In another hard fought battle, the Swans held the Lions at bay to record a two goal win – their first win for the 2018 season.

    The Redbacks then took the field in what was, on paper at least, the match of the round against the Lions. Once again, the game was tight with neither side able to get a big break on the other. But by full time, the Redbacks had downed the Lions by 13 points to finish the round with four wins from four starts for the season to date. The Lions lost both of their matches to fall well behind the Redbacks.

    The fall of the Lions also opens the door to both the Magpies and Swans. Each of them now sits one game adrift of the Lions in what has become a tight season after two rounds, with each team proving they are capable of good footy. With all games decided by virtually two goals or less, it bodes well for some great footy by all teams in coming rounds as the race for finals places starts to kick in.

    Results from Magpies Carnival, 26th of May 2018:
    Magpies 5-5-35 d Swans 5-4-34
    Magpies 5-7-37 lost to Redbacks 6-3-39
    Swans 7-6-48 d Lions 5-6-36
    Redbacks 7-7-49 d Lions 5-4- ...

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    Round Five of the AFLG competition in Germany featured everything from hidings to heart stoppers. But, by the end of the weekend, the Frankfurt Redbacks had possibly made the greatest move, finding themselves a game clear inside the top four. Their win at home against the Württemberg Giants has seen them clear away from the Rheinland Lions. They will need to keep winning, however, to keep the Lions at bay as they have a poor percentage.

    In their other match of the Frankfurt fixture, the Redbacks went down to the Hamburg Dockers by 57 points. To complete tri-match weekend, the Dockers were merciless against the Giants, romping away to a huge 122-point win.

    The closest match of the round was in Munich. Finals hopefuls, the Munich Kangaroos and Berlin Crocs, clashed in essence for the title of favourite to meet the rampaging Dockers on grand final day. The result saw the Kangaroos hold on in a thriller by just four points to grab second place on the ladder.

    Munich were too good for the Rheinland Lions in their other match with an impressive eleven goal victory. The Lions’ weekend was made tougher when they went down to the Berlin Crocs by 23 points.

    By the end of the round, the Hamburg Dockers had secured top spot, undefeated after six matches. The Munich Kangaroos sit a game behind in second place and the Berlin Crocs a further game behind in third. The Frankfurt Redbacks are in the top four. Sitting outside four are the Rheinland Lions and Württemberg Giants with the Dresden Wolves sitting in last place.

    Round Five sees just three matches in three cities. Arguably the match of the round, the Dockers host the Crocs in Hamburg. The Frankfurt Redbacks will host the Munich Kangaroos and in Dresden the Wolves have a big shot at their first win of the season when the host the Rheinland Lions.

    In Munich:
    Munich Kangaroos 12 7 79 d Rheinland Lions 2 1 13
    Munich Kangaroos 9 6 60 d Berlin Crocs 9 2 56
    Berlin Crocs 9 7 61 d Rheinland Lions 6 2 38

    In Frankfurt:
    Hamburg Dockers 10 10 70 d Frankfurt Redbacks 2 1 13
    Frankfurt Redbacks 10 10 70 d Württemberg Giants 6 6 42
    Hamburg Dockers 20 8 128 d Württemberg Giants 1 0 6 ...

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    One of the healthiest signs for clubs worldwide is the development of talent from within the club. At the highest levels of the game, clubs like Carlton celebrate the Silvagni name. The names of Long, Watson, Fletcher, Hird and Daniher are iconic at Essendon. Gary Ablett returned last weekend to Kardinia Park to keep a famous Cat name alive in Geelong. Collingwood boasts names like Coventry, Collier, Daicos and Moore…and more. The name Cordner at Melbourne is legendary. The list goes on.

    At club levels world-wide, the passing of the baton from father to son (or now, indeed, daughter) has seen clubs build around ‘organic” growth as families take clubs into the future.

    Now, one of the youngest clubs in England, the Tyne Tees Tigers, have reached the stage where the next generation has arrived. Whilst the club now plays in the AFL Scotland SARFL competition, they are located in Newcastle, England, and their history will forever be built around that connection. This weekend, Jack Martin will join his father as a Tyne Tees Tigers player. It is a significant event in the short history of the club.



    According to proud dad, and club president, Phil Martin, ‘Well, that happened a lot sooner than expected. Jack has been selected for the team this Saturday versus Edinburgh Bloods. Jack will carry #42 in to battle.”

    “Previously, we had cousins Shaun and Karl Bulmer (eight and three games respectively) and two sets of brothers - Jonny and Matty O'Brien (two and ten games respectively) and club secretary Matthew Bishop and his brother Stuart (eleven and six games) - all play for us, but this is the first Father/Son.”

    Such has been the impact of genetics on clubs, that the AFL has built in a bidding system to the national draft to ensure fairness in the process for clubs to draft sons of past players. Whilst there I no such level of stringency at grass roots and club level, nothing raises a greater bar room argument that whether father or son was better – seen at the highest level as the best Ablett, the best Watson, the best Kennedy, the best Shaw.

    Now the Tyne Tees Tigers will get to debate which player is the greatest Martin – time will tell us the result, but until then we wish Jack luck as he helps write his club’s history and becomes part of the mechanism that takes the club into the future.


    Pictures: Jack receiving his Tiger jumper from coach Chris Rodger (top) and proud father, son and coach (bottom).

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    With the weekend's Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round about to kick off, the AFL has released the magnificent club jumper designs. The following link takes you to the AFL's website http://www.afl.com.au with a specific page dedicated to the designs and stories that go with each club's jumpers.

    Included in the snapshot are the design pictures, the name of the artist who deigned them and a small explanation of the symbolic story lines attached.The round starts tomorrow in Sydney when the Swans take on Carlton. The feature match of the weekend will see the Essendon Bombers take on the Richmond Tigers in the match billed as "Dreamtime at the 'G".

    To see the designs, go to: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-05-29...r-revealed

    Preceding the match on Saturday night, there is The Long Walk, detailed by The Long Walk's charity organisers as: "The Long Walk 2018
    Come and join us on the 2nd of June down at Federation Square from 2:00pm – 5:30pm for The Long Walk 2018. As we embark on our 14th year since Michael Long began his walk towards Canberra we are as excited as ever to celebrate our event.
    You will be entertained by some of Australia’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent including our MC Leila Gurruwiwi, crowd favourites The Indigenous Hip Hop Crew, enjoy some classics from Blackfire, Birdz, Soul Chic, Russell Robertson & Phil Cebrano and the Brolga Boys.

    There will be a range of Sporting and Cultural activities as well as a delicious community BBQ.

    Then “We Walk Together” with Michael Long for the annual Walk to “G” for the Dreamtime Game at 5:30pm sharp.

    The round is named in honour of Pastor Sir Doug Nichols, a former Fitzroy and Victorian state footballer and inspiration to indigenous Australians far beyond the realms of football.

    Images: http://www.afl.com.au ...

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    With the commencement of the AFL's Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round this weekend, the following videos provide the perfect opportunity to be "standing together to celebrate indigenous excellence" - the binding statement that sums up the identity of the round.

    This first video looks at highlights from some of the greatest indigenous footballers to have ever played the game. As a highlights reel, it is an absolute showcase of what makes our game so special. The second video looks at one of the legendary indigenous footballers in Graham "Polly" Farmer, who changed the game forever and forged a path for future indigenous footballers to follow.






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  • 06/01/18--15:35: Through Indigenous Eyes

  • Back in 2012, World Footy News interviewed four indigenous teenagers about their football journey and where they might want to be one day (see From Paradise To The Pinnacle Of Success). With the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round of AFL football to take place this weekend across Australia – at grassroots level and the highest in the and – one of those young men looks back at his journey: in football and life, through indigenous eyes.

    Josh Kyle now lives and plays footy in Melbourne – seemingly a million miles away from his spiritual and geographical home. His journey has been fascinating, yet it is one that many young indigenous players take to live a dream, and many more want to.

    He is a born and bred Cairns boy, from Far North Queensland, first playing Austrlian football for Pyramid Power in the AFL Cairns competition But there is a strong sense that his journey could yet take him further than he ever dreamed.

    “Being a young indigenous kid trying to find his place in the world in a surrounding that he is familiar with is hard enough, but having to move away from familiar surrounds to an unknown one is even more challenging for a young indigenous kid chasing a dream. Especially being in a generation where young indigenous kids are expected to not even graduate school.”

    “The hardest parts of my journey would be being away from home, and especially being away from my siblings and missing out on their own milestones growing up.”

    “Having a partner now and my little brother Josiah living with me really helps with the struggles of my own when I see him going through the same journey I have been down and still doing. So being a part of a family of my own now really shows that my work has paid off.”

    “Indigenous people are proud of indigenous round because of the recognition of our culture throughout the week. It’s the recognition of all the lost souls through a terrible era. So when it comes to indigenous round we as indigenous people feel a strong connection to the meaning of the round. We play for our ancestors in every indigenous round. We use this round as a way to highlight the success and struggles our ancestors have endured.”

    “I have my family in my heart and mind every day. It’s what gets me through tough times. My greatest supporter will always be my mother. Being a single mother and raising eight children on your own is an inspiration all in itself. The thought of where I have come from always helps me on my journey.”

    “Every game I challenge myself to be better than I was in my previous game. As a pre-game routine I tend to keep quiet and think of possible scenarios and think of the most effective way to deal with them all whilst kicking a tennis ball against the wall to get my hand-eye coordination ready for the game. So before I warm my body up I warm my mind up.”

    “I do still have AFL aspirations being 21 years old, I am trying to make my way up by going to higher leagues. Hopefully I can get in to VFL level soon as I am starting to get really serious with my fitness and the way I play my footy.”

    “I can’t really describe the pride I feel. I know for a fact that my pride in my identity over weighs my love for football. The feeling I get when I see a success story of a young indigenous man definitely fills my heart with pride and joy just because my people are making a difference and changing the stereotypes that are set upon us by society.”

    “The only way I can get this feeling daily is by helping young indigenous men and women achieve their dreams and putting a stop society’s expectations. So I’m doing so, I have created my own indigenous corporation called Dream Catchers.”

    “But I think that can be a story for another time.”

    Not only has Josh told his story so eloquently, he has also shared a story that is inspirational as it is enlightening. There is so much more to the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round. Behind the drawcards of the AFL matches this weekend are the stories of real people and their paths through life.

    Maybe Josh’s story and the path he has taken can be the catalyst for others to follow in his footsteps, and that should be another part of what the Indigenous Round is about.

    Picture Credit: Southern Football Netball League (SNFL)

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    The following press release from AFL England raises awareness of the upcoming event to fight Motor Neurone Disease. Hosted by the Wandsworth Demos at their home grounds at Clapham Common (the ‘C’), the event links to events here in Australia where former Essendon great and Melbourne Demons’ coach, Neale Daniher, is the brave face of the charity across the AFL world.

    FightMND Charity Day ‘Big Freeze on the C’ Takes Place 9th June

    Event features three AFL London fixtures, and Clapham Cubs Junior Session
    June 1, 2018 – On the 9th June, the Wandsworth Demons are hosting their third annual ‘Big Freeze
    on the C’ to raise money for Australian charity FightMND. The event will feature three matches,
    with the Demons taking on the London Swans in the AFL London Women’s Conference, Men’s
    Conference and Men’s Premiership.


    “The Big Freeze on the C is quite a personal cause for many of our members,” said Wandsworth
    Demon President Xavier Holland, “With a number of them having personal experience with friends
    and relatives who have suffered from MND.

    “It was set up by one of our former members Gaby Duncan, but in just a couple of years it has
    grown into us raising over A$12,000 last year. To have the club come together to support and raise
    funds for FightMND is something we are very proud of!”

    During half-time in the final game, there will also be the opportunity for children and juniors to
    enjoy a session with the Clapham Cubs, London’s first Junior Australian Football Club.
    There will also be plenty of FightMND merchandise on sale, along with a bar, bake sale, ice
    dunking and a raffle with prizes including a signed Melbourne Demons jersey and a Sherrin
    football.

    For those looking to join in the fun, the games kick off at 12pm and continue on until 6pm.
    Organisers are hoping for a great day of footy, and all for a good cause.

    About FightMND
    FightMND is a registered not-for-profit Australian health promotion charity. They are Australia’s
    leading independent Motor Neurone Disease (MND) foundation focused on funding large-scale,
    collaborative research, clinical trials, and improved care for all Australians living with MND.
    Find out more at www.fightmnd.org.au

    In Australia, all 18 AFL coaches have been locked in to participate I the “Big Freeze” slide ahead of the Queen’s Birthday clash between Collingwood and Melbourne. To view the story, go to: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-06-02...eeze-slide ...

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    As the most improved team in the AFL Middle East competition last season, the Abu Dhabi Falcons might have decided that the season was over and they had earned a rest. Not so. The team decided to have one last hurrah and travelled to Croatia to take on their national team - the Croatian Knights – for the general reason, as the club states (tongue in cheek), ‘because we can.”

    As if taking on their own UAE teams – the Dragons, Bulls and Dingoes – was not challenging enough, the Falcons opted to test their strength on a truly successful championship team. The Croatian Knights finished in first place of their Division Two draw at last year’s International Cup in Melbourne. That is on top of having won the AFL Europe Euro Cup in both 2010 and 2015 as well as having been second three times and third three times since 2008. They are a powerful Australian Football nation.


    But the Falcons went, not necessarily to win but for the love of the game and experience – almost like an early pre-season match for the 2018/19 AFL Middle East season.

    The Falcons started well, surprising a sluggish Knights team during the opening quarter to take a handy 13-point lead to the first break in a game which later featured showers which would raise the degree of difficulty for both teams.

    The second quarter saw the Knights flex their muscle, slamming home six goals to two. Clearly stung into action after an ordinary first quarter, the Knights turned things around to hold a 14-point lead at the main break.

    As the rain and lightning arrived for the third quarter, the Knights continued to raise the bar, booting a further for goals to two for the term to move out to a 27-point lead at the final change.

    The last quarter saw the Falcons fight like demons, but could not bridge the gap on the Croatian Knights. Rather, the Knights moved into another gear to kick another four goals to one and run away with a commanding 47-point victory by full time.

    Final Scores:
    Quarter Time - Knights 1 3 9 v Falcons 3 4 22
    Half Time – Knights 7 6 48 v Falcons 5 4 3
    Three Quarter Time – Knights 11 8 74 v Falcons 7 5 47
    Full Time – Croatian Knights 15 14 104 d Abu Dhabi Falcons 8 9 ...

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    Riley Brettell from AFL Europe reports that the Swedish city of Norrtälje will host the 2019 Euro Cup. The city is home to 2016 SAFF premiers, the Norrtälje Dockers. The decision will be an enormous boost for the game in Sweden, but also neighbouring Scandinavian, Baltic and northern European nations. 

    AFL Europe can today confirm the date and location for one of the feature events on the 2019 European football calendar, with the 9-a-side Euro Cup to be held in the picturesque city of Norrtalje in Sweden, hosted by AFL Sweden in conjunction with AFL Europe on Saturday, June 29th. 

     

    The harbour city lies one hour north of Stockholm and is known for its small-town feeling, cobblestoned streets and buildings which date back to the 1700’s and will set an idyllic scene for the annual tournament, that will see men’s and women’s national teams from around the continent competing for the crown of European Champions in the heart of the Swedish summer.

    President of AFL Sweden, Ryan Tucker, said Sweden was “ecstatic” to have the opportunity to host Euro Cup 2019 and showcase all that Swedish hospitality entails, along with continuing the growth and development of Australian Football in the country.

    “Our vision of this tournament is of a meeting place for all participants of AFL Europe. There will be some fantastic footy played as well as the opportunity to make some lifelong friendships and explore what Sweden, Stockholm and Norrtälje have to offer,” Tucker said 

    “We want the players and officials that travel to the 2019 Euro Cup to be able to experience a lot more than a yearly footy tournament. A lot of time and effort will be placed into what happens in the days surrounding the tournament and the areas of the venue not taken up by footy pitches.” 

    Tucker says that players, support staff and supporters will be treated to a unique venue that is situated just 500m from the city centre, with games played across five grass pitches and plenty of room for recreation. 

    “A buzz has already been created among locals who look very much forward to being able to have an international sports tournament held in their very own city!” he said. 

    While this Euro Cup 2019 announcement comes earlier than usual with preparations for October’s Euro Cup 2018 to be held in Cork still underway, AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, said it was important to give the host nation ample time to prepare. 

    “We wanted to make sure the hosts received a minimum of 12 months’ notice of when the events would be held to ensure they can plan to capitalize on hosting this event and establish ways to keep costs as low as possible for the participants,” he said.

    “As a result, waiting until this year’s GAM in Cork to determine the location of Euro Cup 2019 was not an option.”

    “I would like to thank AFL Sweden for their commitment to the growth of the game in Europe and also to the development of the Euro Cup event itself. We are very excited to work alongside them to make it a great success.”

    To view the original AFL Europe article, go to: http://www.afleurope.org/euro-cup-2019-annoucement/

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    On a dreary afternoon, ideal for playing wet-weather football, the Manchester Mozzies took another step towards a possible fifth consecutive premiership flag. This time, the Mozzies took down a gallant Wolverhampton Wolverines team by 38 points, adjusting to the conditions better and just playing a class above.

    The worrying news for the rest of the AFLCNE teams is that their form since their first round bye has seen them play their most conceivable grand final opponents with wins against the Rams (62 points), the Scorpions (67 points) and Wolverines. The only opposition they are yet to play are the Merseyside Saints and they would be a long shot at best to change the scenario. It is hard now to see any team capable of stopping the Mozzie’s runaway train.

    The final score saw the Manchester Mozzies 11 18 84 defeat the Wolverhampton Wolverines 6 10 46.

    The Merseyside Saints managed to get their first points for the season when they won their clash with the Nottingham Scorpions by forfeit. It isn’t the way any team really wants to get four points, but the Saints are not in a strong bargaining position and will take all points on offer if it means staying in the race.

    Next weekend sees the England Teams' Selection Day at Moderns RFC in Nottingham for the Dragonslayers and Vixens squads ahead of this year’s Euro Cup. It is a great chance for some local AFLCNE talent to strut their stuff in both men’s and women’s trials.

    The following weekend will see Round 5 hosted by the Wolverines. They play the Huddersfield Rams whilst the Manchester Mozzies will face the Merseyside Saints. The Nottingham Scorpions will have the bye and a chance to recalibrate after a stuttering recent run which has seen a win a loss and a forfei ...

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    The Tyne Tees Tigers hosted the Edinburgh Bloods in Newcastle this weekend hoping to upset another unsuspecting traveller. But the Bloods were in no mood for distractions as they raised the temperature against the Tigers on their way to a powerful 172-point victory.

    The win keeps the Bloods hot on the heels of the Glasgow Sharks in what is looming as the battle for first and second place.

    The loss for the Tigers offers mixed blessings. Whilst the team would have much preferred a win to stay in the finals race, it is also true that the loss is a part of their learning curve in their first season as a SARFL club. They are still in a new environment and learning the pace and structure of the Scottish game.


    The final score saw the Edinburgh Bloods 30 29 209 defeat the Tyne Tees Tigers 5 7 37. It’s a small mercy, but the Tigers are probably grateful that the Bloods kicked so poorly for goal, otherwise the result could have been far uglier.

    Next weekend sees the next instalment of the Glasgow derby when the Greater Glasgow Giants host the Glasgow Sharks. It is a desperate game for the Giants, needing the win to consolidate their chances of final action to defend their title. It will be a tough match though as the undefeated Sharks have ben imposing all season.

    The other match of the round will see the Kingdom Kangaroos hosting the confident Edinburgh Bloods in a match that is important to both teams, but one that the Kangaroos can ill afford to lose. It is sure to be a fascinating round of football, and one that will go a long way towards shaping the run towards the finals.

    After back-to-back home losses, the Tigers get a weekend of to review their season to date and prepare or whatever lies ahea ...

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    It has been a huge week for the Norrtälje Dockers in Sweden. Just days after having been officially announced as the hosts of the 2019 Euro Cup, the club has taken out the 2018 Swedish Cup. It was a day where their battle with host club, the Port Malmö Maulers, saw the teams equal on the scoreboard across the day with the Dockers winning at the right time.

    The day saw a three-way men’s draw with the Dockers and Maulers joined by a combined team from the Eksjö Bulldogs and Helsingborg Saints. The women’s match featured the Port Malmö Lynx up against a combined Stockholm team.

    The first game (Game 1) saw the women go into battle, with the Lynx proving too strong for the Stockholm team, winning by even points.

    The men’s draw got under way with a thriller between the host team, the Maulers, and the Dockers (Game 2). After a tight battle it was the Maulers holding on for a narrow two point victory. The next match (Game 3) saw the Maulers too good for the Bulldogs/Saints team, winning by 52 points. The last round robin match (Game 4) saw the Dockers down the Bulldogs/Saints by 41 points.

    The grand final was exactly that. The Maulers and the Dockers played out another pulsating game. By half time, the Dockers held a narrow three point lead. In a reversal of their round match, they withstood a huge fight from the Maulers to hold on by just two points. It was a fitting end to a great day of footy.

    According to AFL Sweden, “[it was] a great day hosted by the Port Malmö club. Big thanks to the organisers for putting their time and effort in. Great to see representation from Helsingborg and Eksjö. We need to encourage the other teams in Sweden to participate.”

    “The women’s game was a fantastic spectacle and a big thankyou to the Malmö girls for helping out the Stockholm team with players.”

    “An evenly matched men’s final with the result showing how close the game was. The Dockers took their first ever win against the Port Malmö Maulers and booked their ticket to the 2019 Champions League together with the Port Malmö Lynx women’s team.”

    Final Scores:
    Game 1 - Port Malmö Lynx 5 5 35 d Stockholm 4 4 28
    Game 2 - Port Malmö Maulers 6 3 39 d Norrtälje Dockers 6 1 37
    Game 3 - Port Malmö Maulers 9 8 62 d Eksjö Bulldogs/Helsingborg Saints 1 4 10
    Game 4 - Norrtälje Dockers 8 5 53 d Eksjö Bulldogs/Helsingborg Saints 2 0 12

    Grand Final:
    Half Time - Norrtälje Dockers 2 3 15 v Port Malmö Maulers 2 0 12
    Full Time - Norrtälje Dockers 5 3 33 d Port Malmö Maulers 5 1 ...

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    From the desk of the AFL England writers, their column “Good Week/Bad Week” looks at the updates from the weekend footy from AFL London, AFLCNE and Southern England AFL. The original story can be viewed on the AFL England website at: http://www.aflengland.org/good-week-bad-week-4th-june-2018/

    After a brief hiatus, ‘Good Week/Bad Week’ is back and ready to take a look at the latest round of fixtures across England. The leagues are really starting to hot up, so let’s see who’s in contention as we approach the halfway stage of the season.

     

    GOOD WEEK

    The Manchester Mosquitoes once again look like the team to beat in the Central & Northern England league. After racking up 130+ points against the Huddersfield Rams and the Nottingham Scorpions, the Mozzies were restricted to just over half that against the Wolverhampton Wolverines this weekend. However, they still extended their record to 3-0 as they won 11.18.84 to 6.10.46 in tricky conditions.

    With the Ealing Emus having a bye this round, the Reading Kangaroos knew that a win would take them top of the Men’s Social league owing to their vastly superior percentage. After opening up their campaign this season with two crushing wins over the Giants and Hawks, the Roos defeated the Putney Magpies 8.6.54 to 4.6.30. The 2016 Grand Final runners-up don’t face the Emus until the 14th July in Reading’s designated ‘Family and Friends’ Fixture. 

    The Great Britain Swans held a training camp this weekend in Cardiff, with players all over the country convening in the Welsh capital. A group of players from teams including the Nottingham Scorpions, Cardiff Panthers and the University of Birmingham took part. Swans Head Coach Ian Mitchell took to Twitter to praise the “superb development from everyone in the squad.”

     

    BAD WEEK

    The West London Wildcats swept the London Swans in Round 4, dishing out defeats for all three Swans sides. They included a 174-point mauling in the Men’s Premiership and the Raiders winning by 160 points in the Men’s Conference. 

    One small crumb of comfort is that the Swans’ Women’s Conference side remain top of the table, despite losing 8.9.57 to 1.4.10 

    Sometimes it happens, and for whatever reason you’re unable to field a team. That was the case for the Nottingham Scorpions who were due to take the field against the Merseyside Saints. However, for the Saints were awarded a walkover when it was clear the Scorpions weren’t going to be making the trip to Merseyside. 

    The result means the Scorpions sit four points behind the Manchester Mosquitoes, with the Mozzies having a game in hand. The Scorpions’ next gameω Against the Mosquitoes. 

    After an opening round against sides from the Welsh Australian Rules Football League, the South of England AFL got their first chance to take on one another in Portsmouth this weekend.

     

    When the dust had settled, the Sussex Swans found themselves bottom of the ladder after 42 and 23-point losses to the Portsmouth Pirates and the Southampton Titans respectively. Their record moves to 1-4 and will have to refocus for the next round robin weekend in a fortnight.  ...


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    Riley Brettell from AFL Europe reports on their website www.afleurope.org of the announcement that London will be the host of the 2019 European Championships. 

    AFL Europe is thrilled to now be able to confirm the details for 2019’s premier international 18-a-side tournament, to be held in London from the 9th-12th October. 

    The three-day event will bring together international sides from around Europe for the continents feature triennial football showpiece, to be hosted by Great Britain in conjunction with the Wimbledon Hawks Football Club and AFL Europe. 

    Great Britain Head Coach, Dean Thomas, says that the 2019 Championships shape to be the most keenly contested and anticipated footy event in Europe to date. 

    “London is the hub of footy in Europe and a fantastic city to be entertained in, and the European Championships are a must do event for any nation that harbours ambitions of playing in and doing well at the International Cup in 2020,” Thomas said.

     “It is the benchmark competition for European nations outside of the International Cup, and with this advanced notice, we would hope and look forward to engaging with all eligible nations so that the best attendance is achieved,” 

    Games will be hosted across two venues at Wimbledon Park, including the affectionately named home of the Hawks, ‘The Nest,’ with Thomas saying that all parties will be seeking to “provide a venue, setting and atmosphere that befits a competition such as the European Championships.”

    “The playing surface at Wimbledon is the best footy surface in the UK, with the size of the grounds creating open spaces that allows fast moving, end to end footy that is enjoyable to watch,” he said. 

    “I think all attending can expect a raucous atmosphere off field with plenty of on-field entertainment to match.” 

    This announcement comes after last week’s confirmation that 2019’s showcase International 9-a-side event, the annual Euro Cup tournament, will be held in Norrtalje in Sweden. 

    AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, said that it was “a great thrill to be able to confirm these dates and locations so early to give all of the national teams the best possible chance of attending both events in the one calendar year.” 

    “As most know, hosting these events takes considerable time and effort and I applaud those who put their hand up to take on this responsibility. AFL Europe is confident both organising committees will do an exceptional job hosting these events,” Davey said.

    “I would like to thank AFL Sweden and Team GB for their commitment to the growth of the game in Europe and indeed the events that they will now host. We are very excited to work alongside them to make these events a great success.” 

    To view the original story, go to: http://www.afleurope.org/european-championships-2019-announcement/

     

     

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    The Osaka Dingoes have proudly announced that they are hosting the IMPACT Invitational Cup on Saturday, 7 July 2018. The Cup is the first event that Osaka have invited overseas clubs to compete.

    It will be held at the Canadian Academy in the Rokko Island, Kobe from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

    The Indonesian Volcanoes and the Singapore Wombats are coming to Japan for the big footy tournament.

    After the international competition, they will be hosting a Sportsman's Night at proud sponsor, The Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi in Osaka between 7 pm and 10 pm. The post match event will be a big opportunity to see former AFL footballers including Rick Olarenshaw (former Essendon Premiership Player) and Chad Fletcher (former West Coast Eagles Premiership Player).

    Cooper Pale Ale and VB will be available at the pub as well as great food including Aussie burgers.

    Big thanks goes towards major sponsor, IMPACT Steel Fabrication & Maintenance, proud sponsor, The Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi and proud partner, the Canadian Academy.

    Spectators are advised to purchase food and drinks in advance as there is no shop situated around the venue. Also no alcoholic beverages should be brought to the venue as it is a school premises.

    For further details, please contact the Osaka Dingoes at osakadingoes@hotmail.com.

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    Round 12 of the 2018 AFL Season kicks off tonight in Adelaide with Port Adelaide hosting Richmond. 

    The full broadcast schedule for the round can be seen below.

    In addition to the TV networks you can also subscribe to the Watch AFL service that will give you live access to all the matches and more (outside Australia only).

    You can access that service by clicking on the link here or the Watch AFL promo shot on the left to register and by then paying the subscription fee.

    Right now Watch AFL is offering a Mid-Season Pass a big discount on the regular season pass. This pass includes all AFL Premiership season matches, the Finals Series plus access to FOX FOOTY content.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Australian Football has again captured the attention of Canadian media in this excellent and enlightening story from Grace Kennedy at the North Delta Reporter in Vancouver. The work of Mike McFarlane and his dedicated team at North Delta has long been known within Australian footy circles, but more and more  their work is capturing the imagination of an ever-increasing public.

    “The local league is perhaps the largest in North America, and holding strong.”

    From a distance, the group of kids kicking a ball back and forth on the Gray Elementary field look like they are practicing soccer.

     

    Walk a little closer, and you notice the ball is definitely not a soccer ball. It could be a rugby ball, with its oval shape and bright colour. Look across the field, and another group of athletes are in a star formation, practicing drills. They could be practicing football, passing the ball back and forth in a criss-cross formation.

    But it isn’t. When they pass, they punch it like an underhand serve in volleyball, and when they run down the centre, they dribble it like a basketball on a grassy court. 

    These hundred kids aren’t playing a made-up game on the school field. They are part of the largest league of junior Australian Football in North America, which runs from March to June each year: the North Delta Junior Australian Football League. 

    Australian Football, also known as Aussie Rules or Footy, is a contact sport that combines aspects of soccer, rugby and football, along with skills found in basketball and volleyball. It’s fast-paced, which caught league founder Mike McFarlane’s interest when he was first introduced to it back in 1982. 

    “It’s just so different,” McFarlane said about the sport. “There’s always some motion going on in it … It brought everything that I liked about sports in the same field all at once.”

    McFarlane played Footy for much of his adult life, and eventually introduced it to his son’s Grade 5 class. That, it seems, was an auspicious moment for the future junior Footy league.

    “I didn’t have much choice,” McFarlane said about the start of the league. “In September, a whole bunch of kids came to my door … and said, ‘We want you to start a league.’ And I said, ‘I don’t know how to do anything like that.’

    “They looked at me, and honest to God the words out of their mouths were: ‘You’re an adult. Figure it out.’ And that was the beginning.” 

    The league held its first season in 2003, just McFarlane’s son and some friends. But soon the unconventional sport grew, reaching 160 players at one point, although McFarlane said that was too much. 

    “We found that with our limited coaches, we didn’t give the kids what we wanted to give them,” he explained. “We don’t want kids to come here and get lost in the shuffle.” 

    Now, the league averages between 100 and 120 players, a manageable number for the coaches who have all grown up through the league. 

    McFarlane’s daughter, Hanna, is one of them. She’s been playing since 2004, and has been a coach for the last six or seven years. 

    “We really work on focusing on the skills and the playing, as opposed to the aggressive side or the contact side of Footy,” Hanna, 23, explained. That’s important because of the makeup of the Footy league. 

    North Delta’s junior league is co-ed, bringing boys and girls together in three different age groups. During the weekly practice, the four U12 teams, the two U14 teams and the two U18 teams all play together. On the weekend games, they play against each other, making for a friendlier atmosphere, Hanna said. 

    “In most sports, you never see the people you’re playing against until you’re on the field,” she said. “Here, everybody practices together.” 

    “It makes it less of a competition and more of playing for fun and playing to learn the sport,” she continued. 

    Of course, not all the players feel that way. 

    “We’re all super competitive and have become friends with pretty much everyone here,” Jessica Sandberg, 16, said. She is a coach for the U12 teams, as well as a player on the U18 and women’s teams. 

    “So when we play against each other, it kind of makes it more competitive I guess, because we know each other and are friends with each other.” 

    The original story can be found at: https://www.northdeltareporter.com/sports/north-delta-australian-football-league-takes-unique-approach-to-sport/

     

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    Finals time is still some distance away, but both the Glasgow Sharks and Edinburgh Bloods made statements this weekend that they plan to be there come grand final day and that they are a cut above the rest. Big wins for each team this round have also seen them break free of the pack with a big three game win/loss break that will be difficult for other contenders to close.

    The Kingdom Kangaroos were desperate for a big performance in front of their home crowd at Beveridge Park. A win would have kept them deep in the battle for a top two place, and with scores almost locked at three-quarter time the Roos were on the way to an upset. However, the Bloods turned on the power in the final quarter to run away with a commanding 41-point win.



    Last year’s premiers, the Greater Glasgow Giants, were keen to turn their winless season around in the Glasgow derby against the Sharks. But it didn’t take long for the dream to be shattered as the Sharks dominated from the start, and kept widening the gap the longer the game went. In the end, it was a huge win for the Glasgow Sharks as they galloped to a 187-point crushing of the Giants.

    It was a big weekend for both the Sharks and Bloods, but they weren’t the only teams delighted with the weekend results. The Tyne Tees Tigers need to finish the season ahead of both the Roos and Giants to play finals in the inaugural SARFL season. Whilst it is still a long shot, they would be cheered to see the weekend results keeping them in the race.

    The next round will see the Roos and Giants met to see which team can resurrect their season in anther home game for the Roos. The Tyne Tees Tigers will meet the red-hot Glasgow Sharks in Glasgow in a massive challenge for the Tigers.

    Final Scores:
    Edinburgh Bloods 16 21 117 d Kingdom Kangaroos 11 10 76
    Glasgow Sharks 35 15 225 d Greater Glasgow Giants 5 8 38
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    Katie Nicholson from the www.afl.com.au website reports on the development of the game of Aussie Rules football in Ontario, Canada. It is another example of how positive the growth of the game is across Canada, following on from our recent article looking at junior growth across the country in Vancouver (See North Delta Australian Football League Takes Unique Approach To Sport). 

    ALTHOUGH it may never compete with national sports ice hockey and lacrosse, Australian Football is one of the fastest growing sports in Canada. And a dedicated Australian is helping drive the growth. 

    With multiple leagues across the country's provinces, thousands of experienced and new players alike – including women – are becoming involved in the game.  

    The AFL Ontario League has clubs based in and around Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa. Founded in 1989, the league started with 10 men's clubs, and in 2010 introduced a women's competition. This year, division one of the men's competition has nine clubs, while the women's competition has expanded to five clubs with the addition of the Ottawa Swans.

     Most players in the AFL Ontario and other leagues across the country are eligible to represent Canada in competitions such as the AFL International Cup, which is held every three years. The Canadian women's team finished runner-up to Ireland in the 2017 tournament in Melbourne.

    Last season, the Etobicoke Lady Roos – who had three players in the Canadian team that travelled to Australia – won their third consecutive Ontario women's premiership by overwhelming the Central Blues in a one-sided Grand Final, 19.20 (134) to nil. Massive wins are now the norm for the powerful Lady Roos, but it wasn't always the way.   

    When they joined the competition in 2011, they struggled. But according to Madison Aramal, who has been with the team since day one, the players' hard work and commitment was now being rewarded. 

    "People are putting in the work. You do it, not just for yourself to get better, but for your teammates," said Aramal, who played nine matches for the team last season. 

    "If you don't come to practice, how do you know what your teammates are going to be likeω" 

    Members of the Lady Roos rave about their Australian-born coach Greg Everett, who has turned the team around since taking the job three years ago.

    With more than 40 years' experience playing and coaching footy, Everett knows what he is talking about. 

    He started his playing career with Emerald Football Club in Melbourne's outer east in 1976, before moving to the south coast of New South Wales and playing for the Narooma Lions from 1983-89. 

    Everett moved to England in 1991 and joined the West London Wildcats, helping run the club while also playing. 

    In 1995, Everett made his way to Canada. He settled in Toronto – the largest city in the country by population – and played with the Toronto Broadview Hawks. In 1996, he transferred to the Toronto Rebels, and in 2003, helped establish the Etobicoke Kangaroos. 

    When coaching players new to the game, Everett said he focused on fundamentals. 

    "My philosophy for coaching women and men as far as the style of play doesn't change that dramatically. It's just that they need to be taught everything from scratch," he said. 

    "They have no knowledge of the style of play, the way to play and how to read the play. They need to be taught the skills." 

    Everett and his team recently completed pre-season training – held in the harsh Canadian winter – and started the 13-round competition with a thumping win over the Blues in a Grand Final re-match. 

    The season started in late May and runs through to mid-September, with the Lady Roos hoping to make it four premierships on the trot.    

    One of the goals Everett set at the start of pre-season was maintaining a strong list of players, an ongoing challenge for all AFL clubs in Canada.

    Everett said he was keen to "continue to improve the players' skills, game knowledge, fitness".

    "We want to play an exciting and attacking brand of football and win enough games to finish first or second and play finals," he said.

    Despite the steady growth in local competitions, Everett said there were still plenty of misconceptions about Australian Football in Canada.

    "A lot of people think it's Aussies playing over here. They don't realise the majority of the competition is made up of locals."

    To view the original story from Katie Nicholson, go to: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-06-08/aussie-coach-driving-growth-in-canada

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