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  • 12/07/18--19:28: Natalie Portman's Platypus
  • Hollywood actor, Natalie Portman, has recently visited Australia and spent some time with the Melbourne Demons. On her return home, Natalie has taken our game to the world stage with a brief mention on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, taking the "platypus" of sports into homes across the United States and the world.












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    The favourites won their AFL Middle East matches in Round 3, with the scoreboards showing emphatic wins to the Dubai Dragons by 59 points over the Dubai Dingoes and the Multiplex Bulls by 33 points over the Abu Dhabi Falcons. The matches marked the midway point of the season and the final games for 2018. But, more significantly, each match could have been so much different but for one quarter.

    Down in the capital, the Abu Dhabi Falcons gave the Bulls a ferocious welcome. The Falcons came out on fire and gave the Bulls a devil of a time, kicking five first quarter goals and holding a decent 17-point lead at the first break. By half time, the Bulls had fought back to lead a tight clash by just two points.

    The final quarter was won by the Falcons by a single point. But the damage was done in one quarter by the Bulls as they hammered home seven goals to two in a powerful third term. The Falcons held their own for the rest of the day, but would just love the chance to replay that third quarter again.


    In the end, the Bulls took the honours 18 9 117 to 13 6 84.

    Back in Dubai, the reinvigorated Dingoes threw the kitchen sink, and most of the cutlery, at the Dubai Dragons. With scores level at the first change, and the Dragons ahead by just three points at the main break, the second half was set to be huge. The Dragons played the better in the third term, but with less than two goals separating the teams at the final change, the game could go either way.

    But, like the Falcons, the Dingoes will rue their final term.

    The Dragons unleashed another “inner dragon” and hammered on seven unanswered goals in eight minutes to kill of the game. The awesome display was a team effort, on their way to a ten goal quarter which saw them win by almost 10 goals. Everyone contributed, but Dragon Matt Burn became the chief catalyst for the damage kicking five of his six goals for the day in the final quarter – four of those in a withering burst of less than four minutes.

    If only the Dingoes could turn back time and play that final quarter again. In the end, the Dragons 16 15 111 defeated the Dingoes 7 10 52.

    All teams can now regroup over the winter break, reconvening for Round 4 on Australia Day, 26th January. The Dragons are again almost assured of a top two finish with three wins from three. The Bulls are also well on track with two wins. The Dingoes are still in the mix in third place with one win, whilst the Falcons remain winless after eleven competitive quarters and one they would rather forget.

    Both the Dingoes and the Falcons will go to the break wondering how different things might be but for one quarter of foot ...

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  • 12/08/18--14:57: “More Of The Kangaroo”

  • When discussing the history of Australian Rules football in Australia, the nexus of the game has always been centred on the southern states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The development of the game in Queensland has often been linked to the arrival on the national stage of the Brisbane Bears, then Lions and the Gold Coast Suns.

    Yet authors Murray Bird and Greg Parker have spent a decade researching the true origins and development of the game in Queensland, tracing the period of 150 years from 1866 to 2016. The book “More Of The Kangaroo – 150 Years Of Australian Fotball In Queensland – 1866 to 2016” is comprehensive.

    From the south-eastern population centres in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba/Darling Downs to the regional cities to the north and even west (Wide Bay, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa), Bird and Parker have extensively researched the growth of Australian Rules football across Queensland.


    Supported by more than 500 photos and more than 1100 pages, this book boasts a level of detail about Queensland footy not seen before. Not only does the book look at the facts and figures surrounding the game, it also explores the stories, heroes, characters and events that are the fabric of the game. The book details a history just as rich and just as important to the game as that of any other state or territory.

    The book will be launched this week at the Cooperoo Football Club in Brisbane and be available for purchase. For anyone wanting to pursue a copy online, go to this link: http://www.q150.net.au/product/more-o...6-to-2016/

    Alternately, visit your local bookstore and order a copy.

    “More Of The Kangaroo” takes Queensland footy and it’s rich history and places it firmly on the national stage – and importantly recognises the efforts and deeds of the many, many people who have given to the game over that 150 year period – something important and extremely valuabl ...

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    The fourth round of the Championnat de France Léo Lagrange 2018-2019 wrapped up this weekend ahead of the winter break. Round Five will commence in early March. To see out the round, three matches were played in Paris and Bordeaux – each shaping the ladder and making things interesting when footy returns.

    In Bordeaux, the ALFA Lions took on the Bordeaux Bombers in a match that was vital for each team’s chances of seeing finals action. Each team went into the match with a win and the victor would get the jump on their opponent. The Lions got away to a good start, leading by 14 points at the first change and by 28 at half time.

    The Bombers could make no inroads in the second half, down by 49 points at the final change before going down after a late rally by 39 points. The final score saw the ALFA Lions 106 defeat the Bordeaux Bombers 67.


    In the double-header in Pontoise, the Paris Cockerels took on the Stade Toulousain “A” team. After a scoreless opening term, the Cockerels had to claw back hard and held a one goal lead at the main break. The conditions allowed the Toulouse team to get back into the lead by 13 points at the final change, but it wasn’t enough as the Cockerels ran over the top to win 79 to 60 after a five goal to nil final term.

    The Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes played the Stade Toulousain 1 team determined to win and set up the second half of the season next year. In the end, the Coyotes were far too strong for the Stade Toulousain team, running out 86-point winners. The final score saw the Coyotes 140 defeat the Stade Toulousain 54.

    The results create a healthy situation where all remaining teams (the Perpignan Tigers having withdrawn) can reach the finals with a couple of wins over the remaining five rounds – a healthy place for the CNFA competition to be at the end of 201 ...

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    Marc McGowan has reported on the http://www.afl.com.au website that some Irish clubs are standing their ground on AFL clubs recruiting their players. To read the original story. Go to: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-12-12...e-poachers

    Some believe that the AFL is offering a glittering opportunity to Irish players, but from the point of view of Irish clubs and leagues, it isn’t that black and white.

    A GAELIC football powerhouse has developed a booklet called 'Stay, Play and Work in Kerry' as Irish clubs prepare to take up the fight to AFL counterparts luring their best talent.

    Geelong signing Stefan Okunbor is the latest Kerry export to pursue a professional sports career in Australia and there will be a record-setting 14 Irishmen on AFL lists next year.

    Okunbor, one of Kerry's brightest young Gaelic prospects, will bid to join Sean Wight, Tadhg Kennelly, Tommy Walsh and Cats teammate Mark O'Connor as footballers from 'The Kingdom' to play an AFL game.

    O'Connor was Kerry's 2015 All-Ireland-winning captain, while Irishman and former Blue Zach Tuohy, from Laois, is also on Geelong's list.

    Kerry prodigy David Clifford rejected AFL recruiters' overtures last year and was the subject of county great Tomàs Ó Sé's criticism targeted at Kennelly's role in prising away Irish young guns.

    The Kerry Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has also formed a committee, on top of the booklet, to develop ways to retain its most promising sportsmen, according to the Irish Independent.

    County board chairman Tim Murphy conceded at a Kerry convention this week that the amateur association could not compete with the riches available in professional sport.

    "The AFL and their scouts continue to be a challenge not only for us here in Kerry, but for the GAA as a whole," Murphy reportedly said in his address.

    "The committee specifically dealing with this issue will continue in their endeavours to ensure that all other players considering a move are given the benefit of choosing an attractive alternative to remain here at home.

    "The lure of professional sport will continue to be a huge challenge for us."

    The Kerry booklet focuses on alerting athletes about employment opportunities and helping facilitate them, as well as informing players about training and educational courses.

    http://AFL.com.au previously reported that a limited number of Gaelic football stars earn about 50,000 Euro ($AU80,565) through sponsorship.

    They can receive the equivalent of double that once combined with work or study opportunities.

    GAA players also receive 65 cents per mile travelled for their inter-county involvement, as well as a monthly nutrition allowance and a small state grant in recognition of their community contributions.

    But they pale in comparison to AFL wages.

    Last year's AFL collective bargaining agreement increased the average player wage from $309,000 to $371,000, while Irish footballers start on slightly more than the standard rookie wage of about $75,000.

    The unprecedented Irish playing numbers in the AFL come as Sydney, North Melbourne and Essendon scouts attended the recent European Combine in Dublin. (See link: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-12-06...ng-mission )

    Four Irish prospects from the Combine will come out to Australia in April to try to further their AFL ambition.

    Six of the 14 Irishmen in the competition signed this year: Okunbor, James Madden (Brisbane), Mark Keane and Anton Tohill (Collingwood), Callum Brown (GWS Giants) and Red Óg Murphy (North Melbourne).

    The others, outside of the Cats trio, are Hawks Conor Glass and Conor Nash, Essendon's Conor McKenna, Sun Pearce Hanley and Sydney's Colin O'Riordan.

    Nash told an Irish podcast in November that there was a "case" for GAA clubs to be compensated financially when an AFL club recruited them. ...

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  • 12/12/18--21:55: Mighty Pies Make Statement

  • Round 10 of the NTFL Premier League saw the Palmerston Magpies make their biggest statement yet regarding their desire for the rest of this season. Their win over the Darwin Buffaloes has them and the league rethinking the rest of the season. St Mary’s also spoke loudly to the rest after downing Wanderers, the Crocs gave the Tiwi Bombers more to think about and Nightcliff’s shellacking of Waratah has asked some big questions.

    The Magpies got away to a blinder against the Buffaloes, producing an exciting seven goal opening quarter. The Buffaloes came back hard and just three points was the half time margin in favour of the Pies. Palmerston had the better of the third quarter and held off a determined Buffaloes in the final term to hold on by 20 points. For Palmerston, the win see them equal on points with fifth-placed St Mary’s but more importantly, the win sees them having beaten the third and fourth placed teams this season.


    The Saints needed a big win to keep the wolves from their door. They got their wish with a comfortable 48-point win against Wanderers at TIO Stadium. The St Mary’s team led at every change, increasing the margin the longer the game went. It was just what the doctor ordered for Saints. Having lost three of their past four games, finals could have almost evaporated with another loss, but order is restored – for now.

    Southern Districts Crocs travelled to Tiwi Oval for their clash with the Bombers. The excited home crowd wasn’t enough to help the Bombers, however, as they fell to be 34 points down by the main break. This was blown out to 64 points at the final change and worried locals wondered if things would get worse. They didn’t and Tiwi gained some ground in the last quarter to go down by 50 points. Again, the Tiwi Bombers need to gather form quickly to have a say come finals time.

    The Nightcliff Tigers had a day out against Waratah. After a near faultless opening half, the Tigers led Waratah by 77 points. Waratah were shell-shocked, but found enough spirit in the third term to contain the Tigers somewhat. But Nightcliff kept a disappointing Waratah scoreless in the final term to run out impressive winners by 113 points. Waratah’s position now is in danger. Two wins from their last six outings sees some teams now breathing down their necks for a finals spot, and their form has been erratic. Things need to change now for Waratah.

    Next round will see the Tiwi Bombers in a must win game against Wanderers in the first match of a TIO Stadium triple-header. Next comes the clash between the Buffaloes and Crocs. The night will be rounded out when the Nightcliff Tigers meet St Mary’s. On Sunday, Waratah will host the Palmerston Magpies at Gardens Oval in a must win match for both teams.

    Scores:
    Southern Districts Crocs 19 12 126 d Tiwi Bombers 11 10 76
    St Mary’s 14 11 95 d Wanderers 6 11 47
    Palmerston Magpies 14 16 100 d Darwin Buffaloes 12 8 80
    Nightcliff Tigers 21 15 141 d waratah 4 4 ...

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  • 12/12/18--06:14: Canada AGM Report

  • Not to long ago AFL Canada released a pictorial summary, displayed at the end of this article. Now we have presidents report from AFL Canada which provides some explanation.

    In summary, senior player numbers were flat .

    AFL Ontario contributed to the lower number of men's player with the withdrawl of Broadview in Toronto bringimg the men's division down to nine teams, but with new prospects in in the regional cities of Barrie, London and especially Kingston.

    AFL Quebec increased in both genders, with the introduction of the Montreal City Blues and Blue Belles bringing the league's teams up to five and three, respectively.

    Juniors league players are split between the long established North Delta Junior AFL and Calgary. The vast majority of those junior players are non-Australians.



    The biggest growth in the numbers has come from the school programs in Calgary. Those numbers have been increasing significantly to the point where volunteers were insufficient and a full-time Auskick manager has been hired.This Auskick manager is non AFL-funded but AFL Canada now has one fully funded staff member who has been responsible for submitting a proposal to receive National Sporting Organization. If successful, this will open government funding for Australain Football as a part of Canadian sport.

    Other highlights were the creation of an university league in Calgary and a new junior program in Goose Bay, Labrador. Participation is up due to school programs. It is to be noted that Aussie X still is operating privately in Canada and also produces significant participant numbers independently.


    The AFL president's report is here http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_pa...54776&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=63998279.

    The Long Term Athletc Development document is here http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_pa...54776&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=63995934

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