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    AFL Round 6 kicks off with the blockbuster clash of Geelong vs Collingwood at the MCG in Melbourne, Friday night.

    Once again viewers around the world can access matches live or delayed on a number of TV networks or stream the telecast via subscription to Watchafl.com.au. 

    The broadcast schedule for this round can be seen below.

     

     

    Network Region Coll v Geel NM v Richmond WB vs St K GWS v Haw GC vs Adel Melb v Syd Freo v Ess Carl v Bris Pt Adel v WCE Highlights
    Australia Plus Asia 8/5 @ 1730 HKT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 1130 HKT (LIVE) - - 9/5 @ 1500 HKT (LIVE) - 9/5 @ 1800 HKT (LIVE) - 10/5 @ 1430 HKT (LIVE) 13/5 @ 0200 HKT
    Australia Plus Asia 8/5 @ 2130 FJT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 1530 FJT (LIVE) - - 9/5 @ 1900 FJT (LIVE) - 9/5 @ 2200 FJT (LIVE) - 10/5 @ 1830 FJT (LIVE) 13/5 @ 0600 FJT
    Australia Plus Pacific 8/5 @ 1900 IST (LIVE) 9/5 @ 1300 IST (LIVE) - - 9/5 @ 1630 IST (LIVE) - 9/5 @ 1930 IST (LIVE) - 10/5 @ 0730 BST (LIVE) 12/5 @ 2330 IST
    ESPN BT Sport India 8/5 @ 1030 BST (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0430 BST (LIVE) - - 9/5 @ 0800 BST (LIVE) 895 @ 1100 BST (LIVE) - - - 12/05 @ 1900 BST
    ESPN UK & Ireland - - - - - - 9/5 @ 0600 ET (LIVE) - - 14/5 @ 1400 ET
    EUROSPORT2 Caribbean - - - - - - 9/5 @ 1200 CET (LIVE) - - 12/5 @ 2230 CET
    EUROSPORT3 Europe - - - - - - 11/5 @ 2300 BST (Delay) - - 12/5 @ 2315 BST
    EUROSPORT4 UK & Ireland - - - - - - 9/5 @ 2000 HKT (Delay) - 10/5 @ 0630 GMT (LIVE) -
    FOX SPORTS USA 8/5 @ 0530 ET (LIVE) - - 9/5 @ 0230 ET (LIVE) - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS USA - 8/5 @ 2330 ET (LIVE) - - - 9/5 @ 0500 ET (LIVE) - - 11/5 @ 0000 NZT (Delay) 11/5 @ 1400 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME Middle East 8/5 @ 0930 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0330 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0400 GMT (LIVE) - - - - - - 11/5 @ 1700 GMT
    OTLSM Worldwide (Boats & Cruises) 8/5 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) - - - - - 9/5 @ 1010 GMT (LIVE) - - -
    SKY SPORTS New Zealand - - - - - - - - - 12/5 @ 0700 NZT
    SUPER SPORT Africa - - - - - - - - - -
    TSN2 Canada - 8/5 @ 2330 ET (LIVE) - - 11/5 @ 1200 ET (Delay) - - - - TSN.ca
    CLARO SPORTS Latin America 9/5 @ 0800 CTU (Delay) - - - - - - - - -
    WATCHAFL.COM.AU Worldwide (excl. Australia) 8/5 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0345 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0410 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0635 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0710 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) 9/5 @ 1010 GMT (LIVE) 10/5 @ 0520 GMT (LIVE) 10/5 @ 0640 GMT (LIVE) -

    The broadcast schedule is published here in good faith from schedules provided by the AFL.  All schedules may be subject to change. ...


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    Alex Benjamin from USAFL Weekly Report brings us the latest news from US footy.

    As we celebrate Mother’s Day here in the USA, we wish all mothers around the world a Happy Mother’s Day.
     

    USAFL Revolution Training Coming To Nashville
    As of yesterday evening, it was announced on the USAFL website that the USA Revolution team will have their Training Camp being held in Nashville, most likely at the home grounds of Elmington Field at Vanderbilt and Ted Rhodes Park at Metrocenter. The dates are 6 and 7 June 2015 as they prepare for the Parallel Cup in August.

     

    This Week’s Games

    This week, several USAFL teams will be playing Canadian teams.

    In Montreal: Boston vs. (#18 USAFL) Quebec (Men) and New York vs. Quebec (Womens)
    The Boston Demons will take on the Quebec Saints. Quebec finished 1-2 in the Nationals and will be facing their first USAFL team this year. Meanwhile, the Lady Magpies will face the Quebec team as well during the tournament. The Men’s game will count as four points, meanwhile, the New York Lady Magpies will have 3 games.

    Des Moines: I-80/35 10s Rocky Mountain Tournament
    Teams in the tournament: (#20 USAFL) Des Moines Roosters, Kansas City Power, Minnesota Freeze and (#23 USAFL) Tulsa Buffaloes

    At Columbus: (#9 USAFL) #4 Columbus Jackaroos vs. Toronto Blues (Men) and Columbus Jillaroos vs. Toronto Blues
    The Jackaroos and Jillaroos welcome Toronto. This will mark the third time in as many years that the two teams face either other, but the second time in Columbus.

    This Week’s Show

    This week’s show (15-17) will have our recap of Week 6 in the AFL, our look at Week 5 in the VFL with recaps from the games, our Picks for Week 7 and a look ahead to the rest of the month and the upcoming games in the USAFL next weekend. Our show will be on at its usual time: 4 pm USA Central Time via YouTube. As always, everyone, please like us on Facebook via USAFL Weekly Report, on Twitter @USAFLWR and always ask questions on Chat, Twitter and Facebook. We will answer them during our Q & A segment near the end of the show. We will see you Sunday @ 4!
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  • 05/13/15--05:56: AFL Asia's New President
  • AFL Asia 2015 AGM

    AFL Asia has elected a new, larger, committee for 2015.

    AFL Asia’s former Vice President & Treasurer, Darren Whitfield was elected to the top job at the 2015 Annual General Meeting which was conducted by club presidents on Skype.(22nd Feb 2015)

    Grant Keys (President Vietnam Swans) was elected as the Vice President as was Dennis Cornwell staying on for Auskick.

    The full committee is detailed below and allocation of portfolios shall be done soon, after consulting with committee members separately.

    • President – Darren Whitfield (Hong Kong Dragons and SCAFL)
    • Vice President – Grant Keys (Vietnam Swans President)
    • Auskick – Dennis Cornwell (Singapore Sharks)
    • Peter Hammon (Philippine Eagles President)
    • Greg Hinchecliffe (Bali Geckos President)
    • Zhang Hao (Guangzhou Scorpions)
    • Andrew Cox (Thailand Tigers)
    • Peter Muir (Hong Kong)
    • Justin Barbaro (Hong Kong)
    • Tayyab Chatta (Pakistan Football League)

     

    Outgoing President, Phil Johns, who did not stand for re-election, congratulated Darren on his deserved promotion to the position of President citing his outstanding work as AFL Asia’s Treasurer and Vice President in the 2013/14 Committee. He said that under the stewardship of Darren and his new Committee, the future of AFL Asia looked particularly bright.

    Phil also acknowledged and thanked other founding committee members Steve Morrish (former Vice President who resigned mid 2014); Dennis Cornwell (who continues with Auskick); and AFL Asia’s unsung hero and outgoing Secretary, Mark Stennet (Mark did not stand for re-election) who had made an enormous contribution to the development of AFL Asia. Phil also thanked the club presidents.

    In turn, Darren thanked Phil and the members of AFL Asia’s inaugural committee for getting AFL Asia to where it is today. He added that the new committee, with the support of all member clubs, looked forward to taking AFL Asia to the next level.

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    Since I have arrived in Strasbourg the Kangourous have been comprehensively beaten by Montpelier at Haute Pierre, forfeited to Toulouse and again been solidly beaten by Lyon.
    So how are the Kangourous travelling?



    Having attented the 2010 Coupe de France I was interested to compare the situation with that of today. The Strasbourg Kangaroos were the second team in France after Paris but had to play in the AFLG for competition. With the addition of more French teams they changed to playing in the CNFA and were a strong team.


    The Roos have 20 players on their books but currently are suffering injuries to some key players. They recruit new players but only at a rate to replace those leaving.The main problem is travelling and lack of competition. Paris is 500km and Lyon is even further. There is no easy way around it.Either by train or car it takes both time and money; whilst you have to arrive fresh enough to play football on the day.

    Understandably, the Roos struggle with away games in the South of France. At the same time, the growth in the CNFA is mainly from the South. The power in the South has moved from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Toulouse being a large city and the centre for aircraft manufacture. Of course, Paris always remains strong and Paris is the club that all clubs love to beat, not only beause it is traditionally strong or it is represents Paris but maybe because it is the team with the most Australians playing.

    There are some possibilities in Strasbourg for the kangaroos - women, youth and access to a university but at the moment they lack the critical mass of players to have a local league which would make the retention of players so much easier. It surprised me the number of players that have gain their enthusiasm for football from visits to Australia but then the only other way is via Eurosport2 or word of mouth.

    Staying in Strasbourg I have found myself training with the kangourous. It has reminded me of just how dedicated a player must be. Because of the peculiarities of the French calendar, sport neccesitates playing in the very cold. Thankfully it's warm now - but that makes recovery that much harder. Playing Australian Football is different here. Playing 9-a-side, there are no opportunities to rest like in traditional football.

    The French players marvel at the skills of AFL players whilst watching AFL streaming. I remark that it is diffrent to watching the Kangourous. They think that I am joking, (maybe I am) but the grounds here are hard clay with varying grass cover.Techniques are different as AFL players slide in whilst here it is very difficult to grab the bouncing ball at any speed. The players and coaches are knowledgeable about the game and there is little for an outsider to add. What makes Australian Football different from other sports is the number of scenarios and options a player faces. Only experience helps in that regard and it's experience that allows a players to demand the ball.

    Lyon is a great city much like Strasbourg with the old city surrounded by water. Game day and the weather was warm, the ground well grassed and the spectators were jovial. The Kangaroos were confident they could improve on their last meeting with Lyon. They had trained well and had good numbers. Thankfully I wasn't required to play.

    So it was a surprise when Lyon caught the Roos flat-footed, running in some very easy goals from the start. The Roos adjusted the ruck but they were shell-shocked and could not match the system of the Lions. It was the umpire's first game and his lack of decision lead to some heated moments. This actually fired up the Roos and they were competitve around the ground in the second and third quarters. In fact, the Roos make-shift ruck won most of the hit outs, but playing catch-up football they wasted scoring opportunities. When the Roos failed to man-up the excellent mid-field of the Lions were quick to penalise with a systematic rebound.

    The last quarter saw the Roos tiring and the Lions again added freely to the scoreboard. For the Roos it was a disappointing result. It was an all round improvement on their last game but the slow start cost them any real chance. For Lyon, they seem to travelling well and are confident about the future as well as the finals. Strasbourg may be the carrefour of Europe but Lyon is closer to the centre of France.




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    Teik Kyat (Fighting Cocks) Take Home Vientiane Cup

    All Laos National(s) side play “Seven’s International” match.

    On February 28, the Teik Kyat met the Laos Elephants at the Lao Tobacco Sports Field, where they played three games and won three against a mixture of Laos nationals and Australian expats.

    In their first matchup, the Myanmar side; only constituted in 2014 and predominantly formed of Australian expats; played a seven-a-side game against the Laos Nationals. (All Laotian Elephants played 12’s match against Thailand Tigers, Australia Day. 2014)

    “To play against a side consisting of only Laotian players was a real honour,” said Fighting Cocks’ president Henry Cox after the competition. “To be able to field an equivalent side is an undoubted ambition of the Myanmar club, but for now, we are still an emerging side.”

    The first game saw the Myanmar side run out comfortable victors in a 66–18 game but the contest was not without challenge for the side, particularly from Handa, whose efforts through the competition saw him named “Local Player of the Tournament”. “If he’d been playing since he was young, he’d have made the big leagues by now,” said Steve Chapman, president of the Laos Elephants.

    Next up for the Cocks was a nine-a-side game against the Laos Felang, a team of Australian nationals. Though this game was tighter, the Fighting Cocks drew to a two–goal lead in the first half and fought hard to maintain the margin in the second, running out 54–34 victors and guaranteeing their place in the final.

    The Laos National and Felang Elephants sides then met in an encounter that went the way of the more experienced Australian side.

    The Laos National and Felang Elephants then combined to try to prevent the 2015 trophy from leaving home soil, unfortunately Conor Smith, (an American making his match debut for the Myanmar side), dominated his Laos counterparts and won man of the match for the final, inspired his team to lift the Vientiane Cup with a 65–32 win.

    Game Scores
    Game 1
    Lao Nationals 18 def by Myanmar 66

    Game 2
    Lao Falang Elephants 34 def by Myanmar 54

    Game 3
    Falang Elephants 91 def Lao Nats 27

    Final
    Myanmar Fighting Cocks 65 def Lao Elephants 32

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    AFL Round 7 kicks off with the the clash of Essedon and North Melbourne at Docklands Stadium, Friday night.

    Once again viewers around the world can access matches live or delayed on a number of TV networks or stream the telecast via subscription to Watchafl.com.au. 

    The broadcast schedule for this round can be seen below.

     

     

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    Network Region Ess v NM Adel v St K Haw v Melb Carl v GWS Syd v Geel WCE v GCS WB v Freo Rich v Coll Bris v Pt Ad Highlights
    Australia Plus Asia 15/5 @ 1730 HKT (LIVE) - 16/5 @ 1200 HKT (LIVE) - 16/5 @ 1700 HKT (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 1100 HKT (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 1430 HKT (LIVE) 20/5 @ 0200 HKT
    Australia Plus Pacific 15/5 @ 2130 FJT (LIVE) - 16/5 @ 1600 FJT (LIVE) - 16/5 @ 2100 FJT (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 1500 FJT (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 1830 FJT (LIVE) 20/5 @ 0600 FJT
    Australia Plus India 15/5 @ 1500 IST (LIVE) - 16/5 @ 0930 IST (LIVE) - 16/5 @ 1430 IST (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 0830 IST (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 1200 IST (LIVE) 19/5 @ 2330 IST
    ESPN BT Sport UK & Ireland 15/5 @ 1030 BST (LIVE) 16/5 @ 0430 BST (LIVE) - 16/5 @ 0730 BST (LIVE) 16/5 @ 1000 BST (LIVE) - - 17/5 @ 0600 BST (LIVE) - 19/5 @ 1900BST
    ESPN Caribbean - - - - 16/5 @ 0500 ET (LIVE) - - - - 20/5 @ 1300 ET
    EUROSPORT2 Europe 15/5 @ 1130 CET (LIVE) - - - - - -   - 19/5 @ 2230 CET
    EUROSPORT2 UK & Ireland 18/5 @ 2300 BST (Delay) - - - - - - - - 19/5 @ 2315 BST
    EUROSPORT2 Asia - - - - - - -   - -
    FOX SPORTS USA - 15/5 @ 2330 ET (LIVE) - - - 16/5 @ 0530 ET (LIVE) - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS USA - - 16/5 @ 0000 ET (LIVE) - - - - 17/5 @ 0100 ET (LIVE) - 18/5 @ 1600 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME Middle East 15/5 @ 0930 GMT (LIVE) - - - 16/5 @ 0900 GMT (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 0300 GMT (LIVE) 17/5 @ 0500 GMT (LIVE) - 17/5 @ 1700 GMT
    OTLSM Worldwide (Boats & Cruises) 15/5 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) - - - 16/5 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) - - - - -
    SKY SPORTS New Zealand - - - - - - - 18/5 @ 0000 NZT (Delay) - 19/5 @ 1830 NZT
    SUPER SPORT Africa - - - - - - - - - -
    TSN2 Canada 15/5 @ 0900 ET (Delay) - - - 16/5 @ 0500 ET (LIVE) - - - - TSN.ca
    CLARO SPORTS Latin America 16/5 @ 0830 CTU (Delay) - - - - - - - - -
    WATCHAFL.COM.AU Worldwide (excl. Australia) 15/5 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) 16/5 @ 0345 GMT (LIVE) 16/5 @ 0410 GMT (LIVE) 16/5 @ 0635 GMT (LIVE) 16/5 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) 16/5 @ 0940 GMT (LIVE) 17/5 @ 0310 GMT (LIVE) 17/5 @ 0520 GMT (LIVE) 17/5 @ 0640 GMT (LIVE) -

    The broadcast schedule is published here in good faith from schedules provided by the AFL.  All schedules may be subject to change. ...


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    Last week, we had a number of teams playing games in three cities: Toronto, Des Moines and Seattle. The match between Columbus and Toronto was cancelled.

    Montreal Women’s Tournament

    The Montreal Women’s Tournament, (also included a men’s game with the Quebec Saints take on the Boston Demons).

    The New York ladies took on the Quebec ladies.

    Game 1: New York 1.6.12 Hamilton 0.2.2
    Game 2: New York 5.13.43 Toronto 3.2.20

     

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    The men’s match was close for 3 quarters between the Saints and the Demons before the Saints pulled away in the final 20 minutes.

    Final score: Quebec 15.11.101 Boston 10.9.69

    I-80/35 Tournament in Des Moines

    At the Des Moines Veterans Park the I-80/35 Tournament saw the Tulsa Buffaloes, Denver Bulldogs, Minnesota Freeze, Kansas City Power and the host Des Moines Roosters take to the field. This tournament was in the 9’s format, and Denver also fielded a B Team.

    Game 1: Minnesota vs. Denver B
    The first game of the day had Minnesota play against Denver’s B team. The game was pretty much one sided as the Freeze manhandled the B squad.
    Final score: Minnesota 10.7.67 Denver B 4.1.25

    Game 2: Des Moines vs. Tulsa
    The second game had the Roosters take the field for the first game against Tulsa. This game was a pretty tight contest in the first half before Des Moines took over in the 2nd half.
    Final score: Des Moines 11.12.78 Tulsa 4.2.26

    Game 3: Minnesota vs Denver A
    Minnesota took the field for game 3 against Denver’s main team. This game was a knock down battle royale as it was tight right through the game until 4 minutes left when Denver took the final kick for goal.
    Final score: Denver A 8.9.57 Minnesota 7.5.47

    Game 4: Denver A vs Tulsa
    This game was the blowout of the entire tournament…Denver took it to the Buffaloes and stampeded them.
    Final score: Denver A 19.13.127 Tulsa 0.2.2

    Game 5: Denver B vs Des Moines
    The penultimate game of the round robin had Des Moines retake the field against Denver B team. This game was a dogfight throughout before the Denver B Squad took the final 2 goals in the last 6 minutes.
    Final score: Denver B 8.8.56 Des Moines 6.4.40

    Game 6: Denver B vs Kansas City
    The final game of the round robin format had the Kansas City Power take the field against Denver B. The game was a close once again before Kansas City won the game in the final minutes.
    Final score: Kansas City 10.8.68 Denver B 4.4.28

    Semi-Final: Tulsa vs Denver B
    The semi-final game was Tulsa vs Denver B as Tulsa, after a good rest, came storming back and won the game going away against Denver B.
    Final score: Tulsa 8.5.53 Denver 3.6.24

    Grand Final: Denver A vs. Kansas City
    This Grand Final was not much of a contest as once again the Denver A team won in another rout.
    Denver A 14.14.98 Kansas City 1.2.8

    Seattle vs. Vancouver Saints

    The Seattle Grizzlies hosted the Vancouver Saints in their season opener. From the outset, the Grizzlies were up against it for the first 3 quarters before Vancouver took over the final quarter and won going away.
    Final score: Vancouver 9.8.62 Seattle 6.4.40

    USAFL Standings

    With the results from the past week, there are now 20 teams in the men and 3 in the women that have played at least one game. Here are the new USAFL Weekly Report standings:

    Men
     

    USAFL Ranking
    USAFLWR Ranking
    Team
    W-L-T
    PF
    PA
    Pct.
    Points
    19
    1
    Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids
    2-2-0
    102
    180
    63.75
    8
    9t
    2
    Houston Lonestars
    2-1-0
    177
    72
    216.00
    6
    12t
    3
    Nashville Kangaroos
    2-1-0
    143
    60
    238.33
    5
    9t
    4
    Columbus Jackaroos
    1-0-0
    84
    7
    1200.00
    4
    3
    5
    Austin Crows
    2-0-0
    96
    20
    480.00
    4
    7
    6
    Golden Gate Roos
    1-0-0
    41
    15
    273.33
    4
    11
    7
    Dallas Magpies
    1-0-0
    109
    52
    209.62
    4
    2
    8
    New York Magpies
    1-1-0
    86
    68
    126.47
    4
    4
    9
    Denver Bulldogs
    4-3-0
    405
    321
    126.17
    4
     
    10
    Des Moines Roosters
    1-1-0
    118
    82
    143.90
    1
    5
    11
    Minnesota Freeze
    1-1-0
    114
    82
    139.02
    1
     
    12
    Kansas City Power
    1-1-0
    76
    128
    60.94
    1
    24
    13
    Atlanta Kookaburras
    1-2-0
    60
    143
    41.96
    1
    23
    14
    Tulsa Buffaloes
    1-2-0
    133
    338
    31.95
    1
    15
    15
    Boston Demons
    0-1-0
    69
    101
    68.31
    0
    25
    16
    Seattle Grizzlies
    0-1-0
    40
    62
    64.52
    0
     
    17
    North Carolina Tigers
    0-2-0
    50
    115
    43.48
    0
     
    18
    Baton Rouge Tigers
    0-1-0
    47
    123
    38.21
    0
    16
    19
    Sacramento Suns
    0-1-0
    15
    41
    36.58
    0
     
    20
    Cleveland Cannons
    0-1-0
    7
    84
    8.33
    0
     

    Women

    USAFLWR Ranking
    Team
    W-L-T
    PF
    PA
    Pct.
    Points
    1
    New York Lady Magpies
    2-0-0
    55
    22
    250.00
    4
    2
    San Francisco Iron Maiden
    1-0-0
    22
    16
    137.50
    4
    3
    Sacramento Lady Suns
    0-1-0
    16
    22
    72.73
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    This Week’s Games

    This week is the second week of the tournaments as we gear up for two tournaments involving seven teams.

    At Champions Park, Louisville: John Harrell Cup:

    Expected weather: 40% of Thunderstorms and 77f (25c)
    Teams Involved:
    Nashville Kangaroos, Columbus Jackaroos, Indianapolis Giants and the Cincinnati Dockers .

    On the hallowed grounds of Champions Park, the site of three USAFL Nationals in their history as the John Harrell Cup will be played. Here’s the schedule for the games on Saturday (All times CT):

    10:30 am: Columbus vs. Indianapolis
    First game will face the battle of I-70 as Columbus will take on newcomers Indianapolis. The Giants are on the rise while the Jackaroos, coming off a convincing win against Cleveland, go for 2 in a row. Columbus has never lost to Indianapolis in their series.

    11:30 am: Cincinnati vs. Nashville
    The two founding teams of the USAFL square off for the 20th time, but the first in nearly 3 years. Nashville is coming off a dominating win against Atlanta while Cincinnati begin their 2015 campaign. Nashville has won the last 5 meetings, including a drubbing by over 100 points in Nashville the last time they played.

    1:00 pm: 3rd place game
    2:00 pm: Grand Final

    Thoughts: Considering that all four teams know each other in one way or another, expect tight battles. I figure Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis battle for 3rd while expect a battle royale for the title in Columbus vs. Nashville. In the 4 times that the Kangaroos have gone to the Harrell Cup, they have never left without the trophy.

    At Houston: Texas Cup Round 1:
    Expected Weather: Thunderstorms with a high of 79f (26c)
    Teams Involved: Houston Lonestars, Austin Crows, Dallas Magpies

    This round played in Houston is the first of the 3 legs in the Texas Cup.
    Game times (All times CT):

    Noon: Austin vs. Dallas
    1 pm: Dallas vs. Houston
    2 pm: Houston vs. Austin

    In Atlanta: Baton Rouge vs Atlanta:
    11:30 am CT: Expected weather: Cloudy with a high of 87f (31c)
    The only full 4-quarter match this week will take place at Gerrard Landing Park in Marietta when the Atlanta Kookaburras take the field against the Baton Rouge Tigers. This will be the first of the home-and-home series.


    This Week’s Show

    This week’s edition will be starting at a later time this week due to the road trip to Louisville, 4:30 pm CT instead of the usual time of 4 pm CT. We will recap Week 7 of the USAFL and the AFL, including recaps of the Texas Cup in Houston and the John Harrell Cup in Louisville. There are no games next week in the USAFL as we will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend in the USA. We will have our Q & A session, so please, send your questions through via WFN, the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter with #USAFLWRQA. See you Sunday @ 4:30 pm!
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Round 4 VFL action kicked off at Casey Fields where Casey were 35 point winners over Sandringham . Jason Holmes (USA) had 20 hit outs in the ruck for the Zebras along with one kick, six handballs and two tackles.
     

    At Geelong the Cats were defeated by Collingwood by 9 points. Mason Cox (USA) was named in the best for Collingwood as he stepped up the lead ruck role this week with Jared Witts in the Magpies AFL side. Cox had 26 hit outs and laid six tackles for the match. Padraig Lucey (Ire) also played well kicking four goals and was named in Geelong’s best players.
     

    Kurt Heatherley (NZ) was solid again in defence for the Box Hill Hawks with 8 kicks, 8 marks, 6 handballs and two tackles while Majak Daw had the fumbles but was still among Werribee’s goalkickers as they finished 4 points ahead of the Hawks.


    Conor McKenna (Ire) kicked 1.1 for the Bombers as Essendon cruised to a 26 point win over Coburg.
     

    Development League

    Joe Baker-Thomas’ (NZ) Sandringham Zebras went down to the Casey Scorpions by 17 points at Casey Fields.
     

    Shem Tatupu (NZ) was quiet for the Box Hill Hawks in their 68 point win over Werribee. Eric Wallace (USA) was named in the best for the Tigers with 25 hit-outs and 14 disposals.
     

    Alex Aurrichio (USA) was again in the on ball brigade for the Northern Blues as they ran out 20 point winners over Frankston.
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    The AFL this week announced joint winners for the Graeme Samuel Scholarship for 2015.

    The Scholarship is awarded by the AFL Commission in recognition of Graeme Samuel’s contribution to the game. Graeme Samuel was one of the original AFL Commissioners when the Commission was formed in 1984, and played he played an invaluable role in the strategic direction of the AFL competition and Australian Football generally.

    The Award is $20,000 for future study or professional development.

    This year, the Commission has announced two winners, Rosie King from the Geelong Football Club and Ameet Bains from the St Kilda Football Club.

    Rosie King is the General Manager People and Culture at the Geelong Football Club. She joined the Cats in 2010, having held senior management roles in the commercial, not-for-profit and government sectors including Sport New Zealand.

    Rosie has a Masters in Business Management and has been a member of various Boards in the education and training sector, and is currently on the Community Advisory Board of the Deakin Clinical School of Medicine.

    “I’m very fortunate to work with a group of people at the Cats who have encouraged and supported my professional growth. The Graeme Samuel Scholarship will enable me to continue with my learning and I really do feel so lucky to have this opportunity and thank the AFL most sincerely for their support. It’s an exciting time to be in the AFL industry and to share this Scholarship with Ameet is all the more special,” Ms King said.

    Ameet Bains is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at the St Kilda Football Club. Ameet has been leading substantial change at St Kilda – overseeing stronger Governance and Integrity processes, restructuring the club’s player payments and developed a new focus on international player recruitment.

    Ameet serves on a number of AFL subcommittees, and was nominated by the AFL for Indian Young Business Executive of the Year award. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) from Monash University and was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2002.

    “It’s an honour to receive this Scholarship and represent the St Kilda Football Club. I’m both delighted and grateful for the opportunity to undertake further study to help progress my career in an industry I’m so passionate about,” Mr. Bains said.


    AFL CEO, Mr. Gillon McLachlan said it was very pleasing to have the quality of people like Rosie King and Ameet Bains committing to the AFL industry, and joining a list of outstanding club administrators to have received the Graeme Samuel Scholarship.

    Mr. McLachlan said:

    “Rosie King is an outstanding Executive and a critical part of building the strong organizational culture at the Geelong Football Club. She is a very worthy winner of this award, and a true leader in our industry.

    “Ameet Bains is also a great young leader and executive in our industry, and this Award is recognition of his role at his club,” Mr. McLachlan said.

    “I congratulate them and wish them well with their future studies.”
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    With four rounds down in the AFLCNE season there are now some very clear patterns emerging as teams begin the jostling process for finals action later in the year. With almost a third of the season gone, the next few weeks will see some teams strengthening their positions of power, others fighting off challengers and some building for the future.

     

    Round Four results saw the Mozzie powerhouse continues its reign of terror by hammering the Scorpions. Sheffield Thunder remained undefeated also by downing a gallant Rams outfit whilst the Wolverines squared their leger for the season by downing the Bears. Tyne tees Tigers had the bye.

     

    Weekend Results:

     

    Manchester Mozzies  21.22 (148) def Nottingham Scorpions 5.11 (41) at Manchester

    Huddersfield Rams  15.17 (107) def. by Sheffield Thunder  19.16 (130) at Huddersfield

    Wolverhampton Wolverines 16.21 (117) def Birmingham Bears 10.12 (72) at Wolverhampton

     

    AFLCNE Ladder - Round Four

    Team P W D L Percent For Ag Points
    Manchester Mozzies 4 303.76 565 186 16
    Sheffield Thunder 3 3 0 0 237.50 380 160 12
    Wolverhampton Wolverines 4 2 0 2 101.29 315 311 8
    Huddersfield Rams 4 1 0 3 75.82 323 426 4
    Nottingham Scorpions 3 1 0 2 74.59 226 303 4
    Birmingham Bears 3 1 0 2 67.82 215 317 4
    Tyne Tees Tigers 3 0 0 3 29.30 133 454 0

     

    Next weekend:

     Nottingham Scorpions v Sheffield Thunder (Nottingham)

     Tyne Tees Tigers v Birmingham Bears (Nottingham)

    Wolverhampton Wolverines v Manchester Mosquitoes (Wolverhampton).

     

    Bye: Huddersfield Rams ...


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    It was two unconnected, though related events on my recent time down in footy’s heartland – Victoria – that underlined a very real truth: without the fans we do not have a game.

    My mother stated that players change, club administrations change, nowadays jumpers change and even venues change. But the one constant is that there are always supporters. For the most part those supporters have been around for years and years – outlasting the players that fleet across a club’s landscape (with the possible exception of Dustin Fletcher who appears intent on playing well into his third decade).

    A quick drive into the Sorrento footy ground in my old home town illustrated the point. The juniors were out on the field that I once played on as a teenager, despite the wind chill factor making it about five degrees out there. I had the audacity to see myself out there as I looked, but soon realised that my body cannot do the things it once did.

    (Picture: Zimbio)

    Here was the new breed of kids coming through. A new era. It would be their turn on the footy stage for the better part of a generation. Yet, parked in the safety and warmth of their cars by the boundary line – or out on the field braving the elements with the kids – were the people of past generations. Once upon a time they were the players, fans or club people of the past. Today they are in different roles (and clothes) but still there supporting that club.

    I left Sorrento 30 years ago on a journey of my own, yet these people stayed in the town and still support that club. Blokes I went to school with now coaching the kids. Mothers of the kids on the field who were once the girlfriends of the players of the past, still at the club and doing their bit to keep it going. Former business owners in the town who are now presiding over the fortunes of the club in 2015. The same people I bought ice-creams from in the ‘70’s. The supporters remain proud of their clubs and throw whatever they can into it, decade after decade, to keep the team on the field.

    I see this also in the growth of the team I am a part of in Cairns. The team cannot exist without the people who give their all each week to keep the wheels turning. My club is just 10 years old, but if it follows the Sorrento template, 30 years from now some of the kids running around in the Under 10 teams will be president, head coach, secretary. Their own kids might well be running around on the field.

    A further example hit me yesterday when I visited the AFL club I support. I am always dreaming of going to my own “Mecca” of footy – the halls of my own beloved AFL club. Whilst all clubs in the AFL are huge businesses long removed from their local club origins, and as a result sometimes seem aloof and distant to the average supporter, my experience was different.

    As I walked the hallowed halls (at least, they were hallowed to me!) I met people in all manner of positions – administrative staff, shop staff, a player, a coach, a couple of visiting fans – and without fail they were open, proud, honest and welcoming.

    The one galvanising feature was a love of the club. All of them were supporters of that club. All were living out a part in the progress of that club. Like local clubs on windswept ovals, the biggest of the big cannot survive without its supporters. No matter how good the players, how good the current administration, how good the marketing department and how deep the coffers at the local bank, it can all fall apart and fold if the supporters are not there.

    Fitzroy is a classic case. They were dearly loved by their supporters, but they didn’t have enough of them to survive. The clubs most under threat now are those with the lowest memberships and associated crowds at games. When those fans stop believing, for whatever reason, and turn their backs on supporting their clubs then the end is nigh. Ask any Fitzroy or South Melbourne fan – or any fan of clubs across the world that have folded due to lack of support.

    Some of the greatest players in the VFL played for Fitzroy. Kevin Murray, Gary Wilson, Paul Roos, Gary Pert, Harvey Merrigan, Warwick Irwin were from my era. Prior to that were Brownlow Medallists like Haydn Bunton, “Chicken” Smallhorn, Allan Ruthven. There were enough great players in most eras to beat the best – they did win eight premierships. But once the support dropped off, so did the club. No use using the incarnation of the Brisbane Lions as evidence of a revival. Fitzroy left us as an AFL/VFL club.

    We do not want to see it happen to any club anywhere at any time. But the financial realities of football will ensure it happens again and again. Once the supporters lose their reason to follow a club, that club becomes unsustainable – regardless of who pulls on the jersey or who makes the decisions.

    It was so refreshing (in more ways than one – BRRR!) to see the support for the Sorrento kids last week. It is always a joy to see the people at my own club get in every week to make the club stronger (our younger grades rarely win a match, but that hasn’t stopped our list growing, along with associated parents and supporters). It was also incredibly refreshing to visit an AFL club and feel that I was a welcome part of their family – something I had always privately hoped but not really expected.

    I will watch a match tonight on the television and support my team. But at the same time I will be conscious that the 22 players on the field are just the tip of an iceberg that keeps them on the field and playing each week. Just like Sorrento, Pyramid Power, my first junior club Clayton and clubs of all levels world-wide, those 22 players are there because of the mighty support behind them.

    Supporters are the absolute lifeblood of footy teams – and all power to them.
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    The next two weekends will see the French Home and away season wind up with all eight teams playing their final matches prior to the start of the finals series. The final round will have an impact of the finals makeup for some teams, whilst others are assured of their finish already.

    After a fascinating season, the curtain will close in June with the playing of the semi-finals and grand-final. Other teams not involved in finals action will turn their attention towards the 2015/16 season and prepare for the future.

    Both the Strasbourg Kangourous and the Perpignan Tigers have been competitive this season but cannot reach the finals regardless of final round results. Strasbourg have their own unique situations which impact on their overall performance Strasbourg Kangourous - 2015 Snapshot ,whilst for the Tigers it has been a season of readjustment to being back in the national league after a period of absence.


    The Paris Cockerels have been the benchmark this season. Undefeated, and having demolished their nearest rival, Toulouse Hawks, back in February, the Cockerels are well placed to take the crown from reigning premiers the Hawks. Toulouse has lost just that one game to Paris and have overcome all others to be guaranteed semi-final action at least.

    It is the middle group that provide the fascination, with four teams from 3rd to 6th place locked on 3 wins each. That will change over the remaining matches, but there could be surprises.

    Bordeaux Bombers, currently fifth, have the toughest job, drawn to play the Paris Cockerels. Not impossible, but playing away to the Paris Powerhouse makes a win a low possibility. It would be an upset of massive proportions for the Bombers to see finals action.

    The Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes can hold fourth place if they win, as expected, against the Strasbourg Kangourous. It is an away trip which puts pressure on the Coyotes, but a win is highly likely.

    The interesting battle is between the third placed Montpellier Firesharks and the fifth placed ALFA Lions from Lyon. The winner is guaranteed a finals berth, but should the Lions upset the Firesharks they could both see finals action if other results fall their way. For the Lions the season has been a breakout performance with three wins from six starts and a huge improvement. It is a credit to their players and supporters that the Lions have gone from an also ran to a finals contender is just a couple of seasons. Given that it is a home match for the Lions they are not without a chance. Time will tell.

    This weekend’s games will see the Kangourous v Coyotes and the Lions v Firesharks do battle. The following weekend will see the Cockerels take on the Bombers and the Tigers host the Hawks.

    All is set for an exciting month of CNFA football across France.



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    A new, revamped, AFL Fiji competition gets under way this weekend in Suva for the 2015 season. The off season has seen much work put into the glittering new look for the competition and the clubs themselves.

    As announced by AFL Fiji, “[it’s a] new season, new captains, new teams - it's a fresh start for the AFL Fiji 2015 men's competition. The season starts this Saturday 23 May at USP and continues with two matches every Saturday at 9.00am and 11.00am.”

    “Round 1 will start with a bang as last year's grand finalists face off in the first game of the season at 9.00am with the proud old Cats Kaukauwa looking for some revenge against the re-badged reigning premiers Giant Gata.”

    “At 11.00am the plucky Swans Rerevaki take on the might of Lion Killa - both teams loaded with new faces and expected to be serious premiership challengers in 2015.”


    Not only has the men’s competition taken on new names and new images, the women’s competition also boasts a new look.

    “Our women's teams have been named, drafted and announced. From Saturday 23 May, the AFL Fiji women's competition will commence with matches at 11am every Saturday at USP between the Royal Eagles and the Qio Vula (White Sharks). Thank you to all the ladies that have trained, played and registered already, in particular our outstanding captains Siteri and Matelita.”

    The new season will also feature the very popular Bulakick program – a grassroots development program for kids. Bulakick will also kick off this weekend as part of the grand season opener.

    AFL Fiji describe their Bulakick program as “based on the Auskick program run widely throughout Australia, Bulakick provides boys and girls of primary school age with a fun and safe introduction to Australian Football. The program aims more broadly to foster a healthy lifestyle through activities for individuals and teams, and provides an opportunity for development of personal and social skills.”

    As stated by AFL Fiji, “all children aged 4 to 11 years old are enthusiastically welcomed to join us as Bulakick continues this Saturday 23 May and every Saturday morning until September from 9.00-10.30am at the Maile Park playing grounds within the University of the South Pacific (USP), Suva, from this weekend. Bulakick will be coached by AFL Fiji's senior players under the coordination of national women's team captain Siteri Tadrau.”

    It is shaping as a huge weekend for AFL Fiji in Suva. Regular updates on all of AFL Fiji's activities can be found on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AFL-FI...21?fref=ts




    Picture: Bulakick Logo, AFL ...

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    The West London Wildcats sounded an ominous warning to the rest of the AFL London Premiership Division teams with a resounding 124 point demolition of the Wimbledon Hawks. A new season always brings hope and all teams would have fancied their chances at the start of the season to roll the mighty Wildcats after successive flags in the past two seasons.

    But the Wildcats relentless brand of footy hammered home the reality that it will take a super effort to stop them achieving a three-peat this year and what would be their 11th flag since 2000.

    In other Premiership Division results, the Wandsworth Demons held the London Swans at arm’s length to record a 32 point win whilst the North London Lions recorded a big 61 point win over the Putney Magpies.


    In the Conference Division, perennial powerhouse Shepherds Bush Raiders downed the South East London Giants whilst Wandsworth Demons were too good for the London Swans.

    The Social Division saw victories to the Ealing Emus and Reading Roos whilst the Bounds Green Lions defeated the Putney Magpies by forfeit. In the Women’s Division the Wandsworth Demons were far too strong for the North London Lions.

    Premiership Competition:

    Wandsworth Demons 11.16.82 def. London Swans 7.8.50
    West London Wildcats 21.14.140 def. Wimbledon Hawks 2.4.16
    North London Lions 16.16.112 def. Putney Magpies 8.3.51


    Conference Competition:

    Wandsworth Demons 10.9.69 def. London Swans 2.3.15
    Shepherds Bush Raiders 16.7.103 def. South East London Giants 1.5.11

    Social Competition:

    Ealing Emus 13.14.92 def. South East London Giants 0.0.0
    Reading Roos 12.11.83 def. Wimbledon Hawks 4.4.28
    Bounds Green Lions def. Putney Magpies (forfeit)

    Women’s Competition:

    Wandsworth Demons 9.12.66 def. North London Lions 0.2 ...

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    AFL Round 8 kicks off with the the clash of Geelong and Carlton at Docklands Stadium, Friday night.

    Once again viewers around the world can access matches live or delayed on a number of TV networks or stream the telecast via subscription to Watchafl.com.au. 

    The broadcast schedule for this round can be seen below.

     

     

    Network Region Geel vs Carl St K vs WCE GWS vs Adel GCS vs Coll Haw vs Syd Fre vs NM Ess vs Bris Mel vs WB Pt Ad vs Rich Highlights
    Australia Plus Asia 22/5 @ 1730 HKT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 1130 HKT (LIVE) - 23/5 @ 1430 HKT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 1700 HKT (LIVE) - 24/5 @ 1100 HKT (LIVE) - 24/5 @ 1430 HKT (LIVE) 27/5 @ 0200 HKT
    Australia Plus Pacific 22/5 @ 2130 FJT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 1530 FJT (LIVE) - 23/5 @ 1830 FJT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 2100 FJT (LIVE) - 24/5 @ 1500 FJT (LIVE) - 24/5 @ 1830 FJT (LIVE) 27/5 @ 0600 FJT
    Australia Plus India 22/5 @ 1500 IST (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0900 IST (LIVE) - 23/5 @ 1200 IST (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0500 ET (LIVE) - 24/5 @ 0830 IST (LIVE) -   26/5 @ 2330 IST
    ESPN BT Sport UK & Ireland 22/5 @ 1030 BST (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0430 BST (LIVE) - - - - 24/5 @ 0400 BST (LIVE) - 24/5 @ 0730 BST (LIVE) 25/5 @ 1400 BST
    ESPN Caribbean - 22/5 @ 2330 ET (LIVE) - - - - - - - 27/5 @ 0200 ET
    EUROSPORT2 Europe - - - 23/5 @ 0830 CET (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0500 ET (LIVE) - - - - 26/5 @ 2200 CET
    EUROSPORT2 UK & Ireland - - - 25/5 @ 2300 BST (Delay) 23/5 @0900 GMT (LIVE) - - - 24/5 @ 0630 GMT (LIVE) 26/5 @ 2315 BST
    EUROSPORT2 Asia - - - 23/5 @ 1430 HKT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) - - - - -
    FOX SPORTS USA - 22/5 @ 2330 ET (LIVE) - 23/5 @ 0230 ET (LIVE) - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS USA - - - - 23/5 @ 0500 ET (LIVE) - 23/5 @ 2300 ET (LIVE) - - 26/5 @ 1700 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME Middle East - - - 23/5 @ 0630 GMT (LIVE) 23/5 @0900 GMT (LIVE) - - 24/5 @ 0500 GMT (LIVE) 24/5 @ 0630 GMT (LIVE) -
    OTLSM Worldwide (Boats & Cruises) 22/5 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) - - - 23/5 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) - - - - -
    SKY SPORTS New Zealand - - - - - - - 25/5 @ 0000 NZT (Delay) - 26/5 @ 1830 NZT
    SUPER SPORT Africa - - - - - - - - - -
    TSN2 Canada 23/5 @ 0000 ET (Delay) - - - 23/5 @ 0500 ET (LIVE) - - - - TSN.ca
    CLARO SPORTS Latin America 23/5 @ 0830 CTU (Delay) - - - - - - - - -
    WATCHAFL.COM.AU Worldwide (excl. Australia) 22/5 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0345 GMT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0410 GMT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0635 GMT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) 23/5 @ 0940 GMT (LIVE) 24/5 @ 0310 GMT (LIVE) 24/5 @ 0520 GMT (LIVE) 24/5 @ 0640 GMT (LIVE) -

    The broadcast schedule is published here in good faith from schedules provided by the AFL.  All schedules may be subject to change. ...


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    We look at how the International players running around in the VFL fared this past weekend.

    Box Hill and Essendon went head to head at Windy Hill on Saturday. It was the Hawks who ran out 23 point winners. Kurt Heatherley (NZ) had a quiet return in terms of possessions with 5 kicks, 3 handballs, 5 marks and one tackle. For the Bombers Conor McKenna (Ire) had a wayward kicking result of 1.3.


    The Bulldogs had a 62 point win over Geelong. Padraig Lucey (Ire) also had a quiet day with just 2 hit outs, 1 kick, 1 handball and 1 tackle.


    Sean Hampson dominated the ruck for Richmond against Collingwood at Punt Rd. His opponent for much of the day was Mason Cox (USA) and he had just 16 hit outs but was on the winning side of a thrilling three point margin to the Magpies. Cox continued to battle all day and provided a lot to his side in the way of second efforts after the ruck taps.


    Sandringham were big winners to the tune of 75 points over Frankston. Jason Holmes (USA) had a another good match in the ruck for the Zebras with 14 possessions 39 hit outs, kicking 1.1 and was named second best for his team on the day. His tap ruckwork is really a big feature of his game.

    Frankston                   9.7 (61)
    Sandringham
    21.10 (136)
    Werribee                14.12 (96)
    Williamstown
     14.10 (94)
    Richmond Tigers   14.8 (92)
    Collingwood Magpies
    14.11 (95)
    Footscray             17.13 (115)
    Geelong Cats
    8.5 (53)
    Port Melbourne     10.15 (75)
    Casey
    7.10 (52)
    Northern Blues        11.7 (73)
    North Ballarat
    14.10 (94)
    Essendon              14.11 (95)
    Box Hill
    18.10 (118)
     VFL Ladder

     
    Club
    For:Agnst
    Points
     
    1.
    Werribee
    396:381
    16
    2.
    Williamstown
    519:383
    12
    3.
    Box Hill
    330:279
    12
    4.
    Sandringham
    458:411
    12
    5.
    Port Melbourne
    369:333
    12
    6.
    Collingwood Magpies
    375:426
    12
    7.
    Richmond Tigers
    509:400
    8
    8.
    Footscray
    365:296
    8
    9.
    Casey
    389:378
    8
    10.
    Essendon
    400:399
    8
    11.
    Coburg
    311:326
    8
    12.
    Northern Blues
    419:440
    8
    13.
    Geelong Cats
    329:374
    8
    14.
    North Ballarat
    325:446
    8
    15.
    Frankston
    287:509
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    Eric Wallace (USA) rucked for Werribee against Williiamstown and kicked one goal. Williamstown won the match by 35 points.


    Joe Baker-Thomas (NZ) was part of the Sandringham team that had a big 68 point win over Frankston. This week he played on the wing after previously playing down back.


    Shem Tatupu (NZ) kicked one goal for Box Hill as they accounted for the Northern Blues at Preston City Oval by a margin of 42 points. Alex Aurrichio (USA) again featured for the Blues in the ruck.
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  • 05/21/15--05:10: Aurrichio set for VFL debut
  • Alex Aurrichio made another important step forward this evening when he was named in the Northern Blues VFL senior squad for this week. Aurrichio who played with the USAFL National Championship winning New York Magpies last season, has impressed in the first five rounds of the VFL Development League in 2015.

    The Development league is mostly made up of younger players around average age of 20. Aurrichio playing mostly in the ruck is a little older at 25 and but in terms of his footy experience is a long way behind most of his team mates and opponents. So his learning curve has been steep and his application impressive. His 198cm, 105kg frame is not huge by AFL standards but in the VFL Development league is on the larger side. At VFL senior level he will be playing against more players used to handling opponents of his size.

    Unlike other Americans who have played at VFL level he has made the trip to Australia without being placed on a rookie or scholarship list with an AFL club.  Over the summer he had stints with a number of VFL clubs before finally settling at the Northern Blues who are the VFL affiliate of the AFL club Carlton.

    Aurrichio is named on an extended bench for the match to be played at Preston City Oval against Essendon’s VFL side at 2pm on Saturday.   The Essendon team have their own international in Irishman Conor McKenna who is an International Rookie drafted last year by the Essendon AFL club.  McKenna was scouted by the Bombers at the AFL Europe Combine.

    Aurrichio also comes to this point from an AFL Combine.  He attended the AFL’s US Combine in Los Angeles in April 2014.  He was not one of the athletes chosen to come to Australia for the National Combine in Melbourne however.   But having been introduced to this new sport he thought he may still have a future in the game.  Returning to New York he hooked up with the New York Magpies and with a season of USAFL footy under his belt backed himself to give the game a crack in Australia for 2015.

    No doubt Aurrichio’s goal is to be drafted by an AFL club in this year’s draft and there is probably no better way to showcase his abilities at the VFL senior level for the rest of the season if he can hold his own at that level. 

    Aurrichio joins other Americans already playing senior VFL footy this season in Mason Cox at Collingwood and Jason Holmes at Sandringham who are both making strong impressions as mobile ruckmen.

    If you can get along to Preston to watch him on Saturday he will be the big bloke in the navy blue with the American accent and the number 73 on his back.
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    The Birmingham Bears’ rocky start to the season took a solid turn for the better on the weekend when they scored an impressive victory over the Tyne Tees Tigers by 108 points.  After their rollercoaster start to the season which had seen one on-field win over the first four rounds, the victory might well mark a turning point for the Bears in season 2015.

     

    In other results, Sheffield Thunder continued their impressive start to the season with a 102 point thrashing of the Nottingham Scorpions whilst the Manchester Mozzies were forced to work hard for their victory over the Wolverhampton Wolverines with accuracy separating the sides on the scoreboard. Both teams had 23 scoring shots, yet the Mozzies recorded a comfortable 35 point win.

     

     

     

    The round sees both the Mozzies and the Thunder undefeated, making this weekend’s clash between the two the match of the season so far on paper, and hopefully also on the field. The Bears and Wolverines hold the next two spots on two wins apiece, followed by the Rams, Scorpions and Tigers.

     

    Round 5 Results:

    Nottingham Scorpions 11.15 (81) def. by Sheffield Thunder 29.9 (183) at Nottingham

    Tyne Tees Tigers 8.9 (57) def. by Birmingham Bears 23.27 (165) at Nottingham

    Wolverhampton Wolverines 7.16 (58) def. by Manchester Mosquitoes 14.9 (103) at Wolverhampton

     

     

    Round 5 Ladder:

     

    AFLCNE Ladder - Round 6

    Team Win Loss Draw For Against Percent Points
    Manchester 5 0 0 668 244 273.77 20
    Sheffield 4 0 0 563 241 233.61 16
    Birmingham 2 2 0 380  374 101.60 8
    Wolverhampton  2 3 0 373 414 90.10 8
    Huddersfield 1 3 0 323 426 75.82 4
    Nottingham 1 3 0 307 486 63.17 4
    Tyne Tees 0 4 0 190 619 30.69 0
                   

     

     Next Round (Round 6):

    Birmingham Bears v Huddersfield Rams (Birmingham)

    Manchester Mosquitoes v Sheffield Thunder (Tyne Tees)

    Tyne Tees Tigers v Nottingham Scorpions (Tyne Tees)

    Wolverhampton Wolverines - BYE

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    Last Weekend’s Games: USAFL Week 7
    This past weekend, there were two scheduled tourneys plus the Atlanta vs. Baton Rouge full game. There was a last minute addition and a postponement…the addition was Seattle vs. BC Eagles outside of Seattle, but the postponement was in Houston. The first round of the Texas Cup was postponed due to 11 inches of rain in a week in Houston that made Veterans Park unplayable.

    Just 3 years ago, Houston and the state of Texas was in a Stage 3 Drought. Now, they have received 11-17 inches of rain during the month of May, including at the USAFL Nationals HQ in Austin, where the league will be in just 5 months from now.

    The Texas Cup Round 1 has been rescheduled for a week from Saturday, 30 May. With that, here’s a recap of last weekend’s games, including extended tournament coverage of the Harrell Cup.
     

    Landing Park in Marietta: Atlanta vs Baton Rouge

    Played at Marietta’s Gerrard Landing Park this was the first of the home-and-home series between Baton Rouge and Atlanta. The game was a tight battle most of the way until the final quarter of the game, when Atlanta finally took control. Even though the scoring chances were close, 25 to 22 in favor of Atlanta, the Kookaburras won the game easily.

    Final score: Atlanta 16.9.105 Baton Rouge 9.13.69

    At Sedro-Wooley outside of Seattle: Seattle vs. BC Eagles

    This match was played outside of Seattle at Sedro-Wooley Park, near Everett as the Seattle Grizzlies hosted the BC Eagles in the second of back-to-back weekends with the Canadian BC Teams. After the heartbreaker of last weekend’s loss to Vancouver, the Grizzlies needed a comeback and they got it as the battle with BC was back and forth for the majority of the match with Seattle kicking the winning goal with less than a minute to go to pull out the win.
     

    Final score: Seattle 10.8.68 BC 9.8.62

    The next game for Seattle will be June 20th in Vancouver against the Vancouver Saints in Round 3 of the I-5 matches.

    Champions Park, Louisville: The John Harrell Cup
    Teams Involved: Nashville Kangaroos, Columbus Jackaroos, Cincinnati Dockers and the Indianapolis Giants

    At Champions Park, Louisville home of three USAFL Nationals (Last played in 2010) for the 2015 John Harrell Cup. As the teams had gathered for the annual event, it marked the first time in four years that Nashville had made it back to the Harrell Cup, but they have won all four times they had gone to the Cup.

    Game One: 10:45 am: Columbus vs. Indianapolis

    First game of the day had the Columbus Jackaroos and the Indianapolis Giants in the first of several games against each other. The weather at the 1st game was moderate heavy rain with a temperature at 75. The first half was one sided as Columbus outmarked Indianapolis by a 16-5 count and lead at the half by a 6.4.40 to 0.4.4. The second half was more of the same with Columbus outmarking Indianapolis by a 13-3 and overall 29-8.
    Final score: Columbus 9.6.60 Indianapolis 1.4.10

    Game Two: 11:55 am: Cincinnati vs. Nashville

    Game #2 saw two of the founding members of the USAFL in the Cincinnati Dockers and the Nashville Kangaroos as they renewed their rivalry. The last time the Dockers played against the Kangaroos was right after the 2010 floods in Nashville, in which Nashville won the game by more than 120 points in a blowout. As this game began, the rain had turned heavy, but no thunderstorms meant the game went on as planned, even with suboptimal field conditions. The first half was surprising one-sided in the favor of Cincinnati as they had a 11-5 edge in marks and lead at half 5.6.36 to 1.1.7. The second half was more vintage Kangaroos ball as they won the marks 13-4 to win the marks 18-15, but the lead was too great for them to overcome and for the first time in seven years, Cincinnati upset Nashville.

    Final score: Cincinnati 8.7.55 Nashville 4.2.26

    Game Three: 2:00 pm: 3rd Place Game: Nashville vs. Indianapolis

    The surprising 3rd Place game was Indianapolis vs. Nashville. Surprising is that for the first time, the Kangaroos wouldn’t be playing in the final. However, it also marked the first time that Indianapolis and Nashville played on the field. By the time of the 3rd Place Game, the rain had lessened, but still was moderate raining on the field. The first half started with a behind in the first 2 minutes by the Giants. That would be the only lead of the game by the Giants as the Kangaroos went on the attack, outmarking the Giants 15-2 in the first and going to the half leading 3.2.20 to 0.1.1. The second half was more of the same through the first 10 minutes as the Kangaroos added 2 more goals before Indianapolis added 3 behinds with 4 minutes left, but by then, the game was in hand. Nashville outmarked the Giants in the second half 14-2 to win the marks 29-4.
     

    Final score: Nashville 6.7.43 Indianapolis 0.4.4

    Game Four: 3:25 pm: Grand Final: Columbus vs. Cincinnati

    The Grand Final brought the Battle of I-71 down to Louisville. This marks the 9th contest since Columbus came onboard with Columbus winning the last 4 straight. However, as the rain ended in time of the Grand Final, it was the Dockers coming out with the first goal in the opening minute and outmarking the Jackaroos in the first 13 minutes 11-6 before a flurry in the last 7 minutes saw the Jackaroos coming back to have a battle in the second half. The marks were 15-14 in favored of Cincinnati at the half with the Dockers leading 2.1.13 to 1.4.10. The second half was the Jackaroos in a clampdown of the Dockers in the final 20 minutes as they outmarked the Dockers 16-2 and outscored them 22-2 in the final 20 minutes to win their 1st Harrell Cup.
     

    Final score: Columbus 4.8.32 Cincinnati 2.3.15

    USAFLWR New Standings Ladder

    With all of the games in the books from last weekend, we have a new leader in the USAFLWR Standings, the Columbus Jackaroos after the clean sweep in Louisville.


                      Men

    USAFL Ranking
    USAFLWR Rankings
    Team
    W-L-T
    PF
    PA
    Pct.
    Points
    9t
    1
    Columbus Jackaroos
    3-0-0
    176
    32
    550.00
    8
    19
    2
    Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids
    2-2-0
    102
    160
    63.75
    8
    12t
    3
    Nashville Kangaroos
    3-2-0
    212
    119
    178.15
    7
    9t
    4
    Houston Lonestars
    2-1-0
    177
    72
    216.00
    6
    24
    5
    Atlanta Kookaburras
    2-2-0
    165
    212
    77.83
    5
    3
    6
    Austin Crows
    2-0-0
    96
    20
    480.00
    4
    7
    7
    Golden Gate Roos
    1-0-0
    41
    15
    273.33
    4
    11
    8
    Dallas Magpies
    1-0-0
    109
    52
    209.52
    4
    2
    9
    New York Magpies
    1-1-0
    86
    68
    126.47
    4
    25
    10
    Seattle Grizzlies
    1-1-0
    108
    130
    83.08
    4
    5
    11
    Minnesota Freeze
    3-0-0
    177
    96
    184.38
    3
    4
    12
    Denver Bulldogs
    3-3-0
    357
    238
    150.00
    3
    21
    13
    Cincinnati Dockers
    1-1-0
    70
    58
    120.69
    2
     
    14
    Des Moines Roosters
    1-2-0
    137
    90
    152.22
    1
     
    15
    Kansas City Power
    1-2-0
    123
    183
    67.21
    1
     
    16
    Tulsa Buffaloes
    1-3-0
    140
    337
    41.54
    1
    15
    17
    Boston Demons
    0-1-0
    69
    101
    68.31
    0
     
    18
    Baton Rouge Tigers
    0-2-0
    116
    228
    50.88
    0
     
    19
    North Carolina Tigers
    0-2-0
    50
    115
    43.48
    0
    16
    20
    Sacramento Suns
    0-1-0
    15
    41
    36.58
    0
     
    21
    Indianapolis Giants
    0-2-0
    14
    103
    13.59
    0
     
    22
    Cleveland Cannons
    0-1-0
    7
    84
    8.33
    0
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Women
     

    USAFLWR Ranking
    Team
    W-L-T
    PF
    PA
    Pct.
    Points
    1
    New York Lady Magpies
    2-0-0
    55
    22
    250.00
    4
    2
    San Francisco Iron Maiden
    1-0-0
    22
    16
    137.50
    4
    3
    Sacramento Lady Suns
    0-1-0
    16
    22
    72.73
    0

    This Week’s USAFLWR Show

    Our show this week will be a little shorter one than normal. As this is Memorial Day Weekend in the USA there will not be any games here, but we will recap Week 8 of the AFL, Week 4 and 5 in the VFL and have some news on the USAFL with the naming of the new coach of the Revolution. Also with reports from USAFL Women’s footy will be Carolyn Poulos. Showtime will remain the same…4 pm CDT on YouTube. As always, you can go under WFN to ask a question in the comments, on USAFL Weekly Report on Facebook, @USAFLWR on Twitter, on the blog and during the show via Chat on YouTube. See you Sunday…and to our Veterans in the USA…we appreciate your service and have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend
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  • 05/25/15--06:29: Ellis takes Revo's reigns
  • The USAFL has announced their hunt for a new national team coach is over.  Tom Ellis, former Denver Bulldogs captain and US Revolution team captain has been given the nod.  He takes over the position from Matt Bishop who coached the Revo’s at IC11 and IC14 (and the years in between).

    Ellis has coached the Revolution once before, in LA against a team of Australians that play in the USAFL back in 2007.  But this time around he is set for to coach at least a full International Cup cycle.  It would come as no surprise to those that know Ellis that he would one day coach the USA in international competition given his long time commitment to the game and passion for the Revo’s continual push to make it to the top of the International Cup tree.

     

    And it is perhaps an indicator of the maturity of the USAFL to elect their first American as full time coach after a succession of well credentialed Australians (including Paul Roos) that have held the position previously.  Not a decision made in haste but one that waited for the right American to be ready for the job.

    We wish Tommy all the best.  As does the departing coach Matt Bishop who left this message for Ellis on Facebook “Congrats Tom, well deserved. You are well qualified and will do a great job. Beware the knives circling your back, they can strike any time.”  A reminder that there is a lot of politics in footy and being able to harness the power and support of so many geographically widespread teams is not an easy task.

    That task begins with the first match in anger in the 49th Parallel Cup where the USA will host Canada in Florida.   The series of international test matches between the USA and Canada, will be held July 31st and August 1st at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Men’s and women’s teams will play on both days with the main event on Saturday evening starting in twilight and played under lights.  The development teams will also play during twilight/evening on the Friday night.  At the time of the event IC17 will be just 24 months away.

    You can read the open letter from Tom Ellis on his appointment hereBelow:Ellis with the headwear at IC05 in Melbourne

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