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    The Vietnam Swans’ ambition to be considered amongst the AFL Asia elite took a big step forward last Saturday 30th May in Manila, winning their first ever Manila International Cup in a clean sweep and moving to the top of the AFL Asia ladder.

    Read the full article on here


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    Behind the scenes in the world of Australian Rules football there are people who volunteer their services in all manner of ways, whether that be on or off the field. In this article, written for the AFL Diversity team on the website, I look at what a year as a multicultural ambassador looks like. 

    It is hoped that the story might inspire others to consider taking on this ambassadorial role in the future to help develop our great game further and reach out to people and communities across the nation.

    The New Year arrives with the tingling sensations of a new footy season. But somehow, this year was even more…tingly. With the first ball being bounced in anger in April, something more exciting preceded it. Would I be successful in my bid to be a Multicultural Community Ambassador for the AFL in 2015ω


    A flurry of emails and letters in the mail heralds the news. I have been successful. For at least a year I have a chance to play a role for the AFL in spreading the message of a multicultural future for the game. So, was that the biggest challenge overω Selectionω Far from it. Now the hard work would begin.

     Every ambassador has their own unique set of circumstances, whether that be based on geography, cultural links, employment or any other personal factors. As it happened, my own successful application coincided with the 2015 National Diversity Cup in Cairns. Being a local, and frequent occupant of the hallowed Cazalys Stadium with junior footy up here, it was a great chance to play a role. My first duty as an ambassador was as part of the AFL Diversity media team, writing accounts of the Kickstart and All Nations Under 15 competitions for the AFL website and AFL Queensland.


    It was such a privilege to get to work with the AFL Diversity crew as well as past great AFL/VFL players. I felt a part of a wonderful “footy” team, but also felt that I was doing something significant and useful.


    The next step was last weekend, the Indigenous Round.  Through consultation with the Diversity team at AFL Queensland, and the crew at AFL Cairns, I was able to attend most junior and some senior fixtures and give a pre-game address to all players on all teams about the meaning of the Indigenous Round and the values associated with the concept. To have all players riveted and prepared to run out onto the field with a greater feeling of unity and brotherhood was special.


    To have the two senior women’s teams lined up on the playing field, under lights at Trinity Beach, listening to our addresses was an experience I will cherish for a good while.


    But now comes the follow up. To date I have simply scratched the surface. I have more to do in a relatively short period of time – season’s end effectively – and must get cracking.


    One early task for me was a plan. This role is not a ramshackle affair where whims and fancies dictate the next task. A set of goals was necessary to guide what to do, when to do it, what resources would be needed, which people should be liaised with, where events would be held and many other considerations.


    In short, the next few months here in Cairns will be crowded for this little ambassador.


    First cab off the rank is the opening of the local footy club’s new changing room facilities in Gordonvale. On a day where the Pyramid Power club will celebrate a new milestone in their own history, the opportunity has also been presented to invite the local Indian communities down for a “come and see” day of a home fixture, community events and other activities. It is a chance to further expand the uptake of the game to Indian families and kids and add a new multicultural dimension to a club that is already highly diversified culturally – especially with a 90% indigenous makeup of players.


    A series of presentations to local boarding schools and establishments will follow. With a speech and slideshow in hand I have the chance to address AFL Cape York Academy, Mount St Bernard’s College and Djarragun Indigenous College. The theme is the multicultural future of the game and what they themselves can bring to that future. All have high or exclusive indigenous student numbers, meaning they already contribute enormously to the multicultural framework in the north. This presentation simply adds further clarity to the roles they already play and the gifts they already bring to the game.


    Opportunities exist to work closely with the local African communities across Cairns over the upcoming Round 14 fixture between the Gold Coast Suns and the Western Bulldogs, and again in Round 19 when the AFL celebrates its Multicultural Round. It is another opportunity to address local teams – especially juniors – of the importance of the round through a nationwide multicultural lens.


    More ideas and opportunities will present themselves – and I haven’t even left Cairns yet! It goes to show how many opportunities can be generated with enough planning and commitment.


    It is beginning to look like I may need to apply for a second year as an ambassador just to ensure I can finish everything I start.



    But that I would embrace with open arms. It has already been a very special journey as an AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador, and I suspect that journey will just keep getting better and better. 


    To find out more about the AFL's Australia PostMulticultural Program, visit the website at:  ...

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    Whilst the West London Wildcats have been merrily locking down top spot on the AFL London ladder, the Wandsworth Demons have been keeping pace in second position. Their Round Five match saw them send a message of their own, putting away the Wimbledon Hawks by 53 points. Whilst the Demons went down to the Wildcats in their only loss to date (by just 17 points in Round 1), their other form has been consistent.

    In other matches, the North London Lions went down bravely to the Wildcats by just 15 points, keeping the Wildcats to their lowest score of the season. The London Swans also kept their finals chances intact with a solid 35 point win over the Putney Magpies.

    The Round 5 results for the Premiership Competition:

    Wandsworth Demons: 9.10.64 def. Wimbledon Hawks: 1.5.11
    West London Wildcats 10.9.69 def. North London Lions 8.6.54
    London Swans 13.14.92 def. Putney Magpies 9.3.57

    The Round 5 results for the Conference Competition:
    Clapham Demons 13.6.84 def. South East London Giants 4.7.31
    Shepherds Bush Raiders 12.15.87 def. Regent Park Lions 5.2.32

    The round 5 results for the Social Competition:
    South East London Giants 9.8.62 def. Putney Magpies 4.0.24
    Ealing Emus 9.10.64 def. Bounds Green Lions 1.3.9
    Wimbledon Hawks 7.8.50 def. South London Demons 1.1.8

    The round 4 results for the Women’s Competition:
    Wimbledon Hawks 5.6.36 def. Wandsworth Demons 2.0.12

    The next round shapes as one of the most even on paper as 1st plays 2nd, 3rd plays 4th and 5th plays 6th.

    North London Lions (Home) VS London Swans
    Wansdworth Demons (Home) VS West London Wildcats
    Putney Magpies (Home) VS Wimbledon Hawks


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    When Howard Kennedy surveyed the damage on his Woopen Creek property he decided nothing could be fixed there and then, so took himself into Cairns shortly afterwards to watch a footy match.

    His decision set in motion six decades of Australian Rules football in the sugar growing communities to the south of Cairns, namely Babinda, Aloomba and Gordonvale. Today the game is growing strongly across the district again with the rise of the Pyramid Power club in Gordonvale.

    Cairns based author and Pyramid Power junior coach, Wesley Hull, has traced this history in his new book: Kennedy’s Legacy – The History of the Pyramid Power Australian Football and Sporting Club.

    From the days of Howard and Ailsa Kennedy rounding up kids, jerseys, boots and players each match day, through the early days of the Aloomba-Gordonvale club and famous pioneers of the game in Jack Holt and Des Trannore, the book looks at the growth of the Australian game in a part of the country where hard work was needed to establish support to grow and thrive.

    As well as examining part of the local history through Australian Rules football, the book continues as a rare look at the creation and development of a junior club in a highly Rugby League region, peppered with often hilarious yarns of life in a club that has had to do things a little “differently” to most to grow the game.

    A valuable addition to the canon of sporting history across Far North Queensland, particularly Cairns and surrounding districts, Kennedy’s Legacy is certainly worth the read whether you enjoy history, sport, or just something a bit different.

    To purchase a copy online or simply get more information about the book you can visit the following website:

    Picture: Ailsa Kennedy, widow of Howard Kennedy after whom the book takes its name, being presented with a copy of the book by the aut ...

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    In a huge result for French football, the Montpellier Firesharks have defeated the favourites, and winner of the last two CNFA premierships, the Toulouse Hawks, to book an historic berth in the 2014/15 Grand Final. They will meet the Paris Cockerels team which defeated the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes in the other semi final.

    Whilst the Paris team have a chance to write their own history, it is the Firesharks team which is the talk of the town, reaching their first ever national level Grand-Final. It is an incredible result for a club that during its early years played in the lesser Development Cup competitions and sometimes not at all. To have progressed as a club to challenge for this year's national title is a huge tribute to the people who have kept believing and developing the club based in Montpellier. The city, is located between two other French cities with Australian Rules football heritage, Toulouse and Marseille, close to the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France.

    The match was a battle of the south, but it is the Firesharks that will now represent that part of the country in the season's finale.

    The Paris Cockerels can also claim again their dominance of the French competition with victory in the Grand-Final. Since 2009, the Cockerels have won two premierships back to back, followed by the Bordeaux Bombers (also twice back to back) and the Toulouse Hawks having won the past two back to back. The Cockerels can break that deadlock and set a new standard with another premiership win.

    In the semi-final between the Firesharks and the Toulouse Hawks, it was the Firesharks as underdogs against the team that had won the past two flags and finished the home and away season in second place. But the past counted for nothing as the Montpellier Firesharks 15 15 105 defeated the Toulouse Hawks 10 22 82. To many the result was an upset, but regardless Montpellier will now have a crack at creating more history in two weeks time.

    In the other semi-final the Paris Cockerels were merciless in swamping the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes with a massive 129 point win to reach yet another Grand-Final. The final scoreline saw the Cockerels win 170 to 41 in a lop-sided match.

    The Grande Finale will be played on 27th J ...

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    Thursday night footy in Adelaide kicks off Round 12 with the Crows hosting the reigning Premiers, Hawthorn. 

    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 

    The broadcast schedule for this round can be seen below.



    Network Region Adel v Haw Rich v WCE Carl v Pt Adel GWS v NM WB v Bris Geel v Melb Highlights
    Australia Plus Asia - 1730 HK LIVE 1130 HK LIVE 1430 HK LIVE 1730 HK LIVE 1300 HK LIVE 24/6 0200 HKT
    Australia Plus Pacific - 2130 Fiji LIVE 1530 Fiji LIVE 1830 Fiji LIVE 2130 Fiji LIVE 1700 Fiji LIVE 24/6 0600 Fiji
    Australia Plus India - 1500 IND LIVE 0900 IND LIVE 1200 IND LIVE 1500 IND LIVE 1030 IND LIVE 23/6 2330 IND
    ESPN BT Sport UK & Ireland 18/6 @ 1030 BST (LIVE) 19/6 @ 1030 BST (LIVE) 20/6 @ 0430 BST (LIVE) 20/6 @ 0730 BST (LIVE) - 21/6 @ 0600 BST (LIVE) 23/6 @ 1815 BST
    ESPN Caribbean - - - 20/6 @ 0230 USET (LIVE) - - 25/6 @ 1400 US ET
    EUROSPORT2 Europe - - - - 20/6 @ 1115 CET (LIVE) - 23/6 @ 2300 CET
    EUROSPORT2 UK & Ireland - - - - 23/6 @ 2300 CET (Delay) - 24/6 @ 2400 CET
    EUROSPORT2 Asia - - - - 20/6 @ 1115 CET (LIVE) - -
    FOX SPORTS USA - - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS USA 18/6 @ 0530 ET (LIVE) - 19/6 @ 2330 ET (LIVE) - - - 23/6 @ 0200 US ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME Middle East 18/6 @ 0930 GMT (LIVE) 19/6 0930 GMT (LIVE) 20/6 0330 GMT (LIVE) - - 21/6 @ 0500 GMT (LIVE) -
    OTLSM Worldwide (Boats & Cruises) - 19/6 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) - - 20/6 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) - -
    SKY SPORTS New Zealand - - - - - 22/6 @ 2400 (Delay) -
    SUPER SPORT Africa - - - - - - -
    TSN2 Canada 18/6 @ 0530 ET (LIVE) 19/6 @ 1130 ET (Delay) - - - - -
    CLARO SPORTS Latin America - 20/6 @ 0830 CTU (Delay) - - - - -
    WATCHAFL.COM.AU Worldwide (excl. Australia) 18/6 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) 19/6 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) 20/6 @ 0340 GMT (LIVE) 20/6 @ 0635 GMT (LIVE) 20/6 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) 21/6 @ 0520 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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    In a round of upsets and spine-tingling finishes, the Putney Magpies have got off their dreaded “duck” and recorded a valuable and heartening victory against the Wimbledon Hawks. At home to the Hawks, the Magpies needed to register a first win of the season and did so in fine style to win the match 12 14 86 to 7 11 53.

    In another upset, the North London Lions, sitting in third place and playing at home, were expected by many to defeat the inconsistent London Swans. But the Swans team had not read the script presumably and came away from the outing with a 10 5 65 to 6.10 46 win against the Lions.

    In the match of the round, first were playing second with the Wandsworth Demons taking on the West London Wildcats at home. Whilst the Wildcats started the season with some massive wins, the Demons have stayed close behind. That could not be better illustrated than the weekend result which saw the Wildcats hang on by a whisker against the Demons for a one point win. Final scores saw the Wildcats 10 13 73 edge out the Demons 10 12 72.

    Whilst the win sets the Wildcats two games clear of the Demons on the ladder, both teams now know that they are much closer than that in reality. Should they both reach the grand final both would have strong grounds for confidence.

    Ladder Positions after six rounds see the Wildcats 24, Demons 16, Lions 12, Swans 12, Hawks 4, Magpies 4.

    The Round 6 results for the Premiership Competition:
    Wandsworth Demons 10.12.74 def. by West London Wildcats 10.13.75
    North London Lions 6.10.46 def. by London Swans 10.5.65
    Putney Magpies 12.14.84 def. Wimbledon Hawks 7.11.53

    The round 6 results for the Conference Competition:
    Regent Park Lions 9.14.68 def. London Swans 3.4.22
    Clapham Demons 6.4.40 def. by Shepherds Bush Raiders 11.10.76

    The round 6 results for the Social Competition:
    Bounds Green Lions v Reading Roos
    South London Demons 2.4.16 def. by Ealing Emus 7.8.50
    Putney Magpies v Wimbledon Hawks

    All women’s teams had a bye this weekend.

    For all stories, scores, ladders and fixtures for AFL London, go to:


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    The following extract from an article by John Tuxworth in The Canberra Times looks briefly at the journey and rise of Aliir Aliir, the second Sudanese footballer to reach the list of an AFL club.

    To read to full John Tuxworth story, go to:

    When Aliir Aliir was growing up in a Kenyan refugee camp, he wouldn't have dreamed he'd eventually have a lockerroom beside the great Adam Goodes.


    The Sudanese 20-year-old took another step toward his AFL dream with a strong display for the Sydney Swans reserves in a 14.17 (101) to 5.6 (36) NEAFL win over Eastlake at Manuka Oval on Saturday. 


    Athletic and with good skills at ground level that bely his 196-centimetre frame, Aliir grew up playing soccer but moved to Australia with his family as refugees in 2003.

    Aliir caught the Australian Rules bug attending school in Brisbane and was taken at pick 44 by the Swans in the 2013 National Draft.

    He is the second player of Sudanese descent to be drafted into the AFL, after North Melbourne's Majak Daw, who has played 14 games for the Roos.

    "I have a chat to Majak every now and then and he's been really good to me, leading up to my under-18s he was able to help me out a lot," Aliir said.

    "We went to Kenya when I was pretty young and I only played soccer, I didn't pick up footy until I was in high school and it's turned out pretty good.

    "I was just a kid so I don't remember too much [about the refugee camp], all I remember is running around and playing sport, being a normal kid."

    Aliir said it was surreal to go from that upbringing to being picked up by the Swans, whom he grew up supporting.

    It was definitely unreal. I was a Swans supporter and [former Swan] Mick O'Loughlin coaching me [at the AIS].

    "Goodesy's locker is next to mine and he's definitely a guy to look up to, he has a lot of knowledge and I try and pick his brain every now and then.


    "He's a great role model." ...

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    There are only five rounds remaining before the AFLCNE finals series begins, so the serious josting for positions and respect from opponents is certainly hotting up. Sometimes that takes the form of a team exerting their dominance over another along the way. On other occasions it is the self-belief that grows from pushing a better team and knowing that come finals time the gap might just be narrower again.

    Such might be the case is last weekend’s clash between the Sheffield Thunder and Huddersfield Rams. The scoreboard says that the Thunder won comfortably enough in the end, a 21 point margin: Sheffield 17 20 122 d Huddersfield 14 17 101. But last time they met in round four it was a 23 point margin. The message is that less than four goals have separated the teams twice this season. Thunder can read that they have the Ram’s measure. The Rams can look at the margins and build their counter-attack. Such is the fun of footy.


    AFLCNE - Round 9 Ladder

    Team P W L D F A P P
    Sheffield 8 8 0 0 1163 690 168.55 32
    Manchester 8 7 1 0 1020 499 204.41 28
    Birmingham 7 4 3 0 821 673 121.99 16
    Huddersfield 8 3 5 0 896 796 112.56 12
    Wolverhampton 8 3 5 0 678 863 78.56 12
    Nottingham 8 2 6 0 666 903 73.75 8
    Tyne Tees 8 0 8 0 328 1148 28.57 0

    In other results, the Manchester Mozzies pulled away to a solid 33 point win over the Nottingham Scorpions, winning 10 18  78 to 6 9 45. The loss makes it tougher for the Scorpions to see finals action, though not impossible. For the Mozzies, the door is still open for winning the minor premiership as they stay firmly in the rear-vision mirror of the Thunder.

    In the other match, Birmingham dented the finals hopes of the Wolverhampton crew with a percentage damaging (or enhancing for them) hammering at home. For Birmingham, the win gives them a little breathing space in the top four, now a game clear in third place.


    Round 9 Results:

    Nottingham Scorpions 6.9 (45) def. by Manchester Mosquitoes 10.18 (78) at Nottingham

    Sheffield Thunder  17.20 (122) def. Huddersfield Rams  14.17 (101) at Birmingham

    Birmingham Bears  26.36 (192) def. Wolverhampton Wolverines  8.5 (53) at Birmingham


    Next Round:

    Tyne Tees Tigers v Sheffield Thunder (Tyne Tees)

    Huddersfield Rams v Wolverhampton Wolverines (Manchester)

    Manchester Mosquitoes v Birmingham Bears (Manchester)





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    Geelong's Steven Motlop has been working to bring a group of refugees together as a football team. This fascinating account of his dream was recently aired on Channel 7 news.

    The Channel Seven news story looked behind the scenes of the football world where new immigrants and refugees are slowly but surely taking up the game at junior and senior levels, with the assistance of players like Motlop.

    As reported by Nick McCallum on the Channel Seven story, the Geelong star has brought his skills along to train a group of refugees, some aboriginal students going to school in Geelong and some helpful locals to develop a team.

    The refugees, from Afghanistan and elsewhere, have not been in Australia for long and have been playing footy for just a few weeks. But they have been working hard to learn all the skills of the game, including Motlop's bag of tricks kicking at goal.

    The goal is to get a team together to play against other multicultural teams from across Melbourne next month. Within that goal is the opportunity to identify talent and potential. Kumar, from Afghanistan, is keen on going further, stating "It is my dream to play for Geelong." Another player, Mustafa, has been impressed by the skills on display by Motlop and wants to emulate him, though his bigger goal is to "meet new people and make new friends."

    To view the original Channel Seven clip, click on the following link:

    Steven Motlop himself is happy to help out and bring what he can to his new "team" and concedes that it has "not [been] so easy a life for some of them." Motlop’s “warriors” are another invaluable step in bringing our game to an even wider audience, both geographically and culturall ...

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    Last year an historic football match took place in Kenya, with a team representing the host nation to play a visiting team from neighbouring Tanzania. The story from that initial match was published on World Footy News as Buffalo soldiers: Kenyans beat Tanzanians in historic match and followed the incredible work of Tom Purcell  who after a huge effort brought together two East African nations to play an international Australian Rules football match in suburban Nairobi.


    Now it is the turn of the Tanzanian team to host their own piece of history with an Australian Rules football match on the home soil. In a first for the game, Tanzania will become an Australian Rules football nation as our game spreads its tentacles farther and wider.



    The following story by Conor Walsh for the AFL’s  own website ( ) looks at the upcoming match and further details the work of Tom Purcell and the work of the Zimele program.


    TANZANIA and Kenya are not normally heard of in a football context, but Melbourne educator Tom Purcell wants to change that.


    Purcell, a former senior teacher at St Kevin's College in Melbourne and now head of outreach at Trinity Grammar, is no stranger to football in east Africa, having last year organised the first ever international Australian football match in the continent.


    The match between Kenya and Tanzania was the highlight of Purcell's long-term vision to host a sporting exchange in Africa and expand on his work with Zimele, founded in 2008 to support communities in Africa in partnership with the Edmund Rice Foundation.


    Zimele’s most prominent annual event is the "immersion" when Purcell takes a group made up predominantly of students from Melbourne to South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. Its purpose is to allow people to become enriched in African culture, strengthen international relationships and support those in need.


    Participants visit the beneficiaries of Zimele’s programs in schools, medical facilities, juvenile detention centres and local slums, providing a broader perspective on the world and driving people to develop further initiatives.


    During these immersions, Purcell and the supporters of Zimele were able to witness the strength, positivity, determination and overwhelming athletic ability of the children in east Africa. And from the evidence gained from simple kick-to-kick sessions and scratch matches, the Zimele Sporting Exchange was born.


    Last year’s exchange was held at the Brother Beausang School in Embulbul, a tight-knit community on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Fifty-six students from Sinon College in Arusha, Tanzania, travelled to Embulbul to engage in the successful exchange with the local children.


    I was lucky enough to visit both schools in 2013, and had the privilege to play our game in scratch-match form alongside the local boys, and I couldn’t have been more impressed. Their ability to pick up the game, its unusual rules and foreign skills with precision was nothing short of amazing.


    Their athleticism is acknowledged worldwide, with outstanding endurance, blistering speed and ruthless tackling prominent features of the games they play.


    This year’s two-day sporting and cultural exchange will take place on July 6 and 7 at Sinon College, and will include netball, volleyball, public speaking and debating competitions to support the main drawcard, the Australian football match.


    The match will mark an historic first Australian football clash in Tanzania, which is set to be a highly contested affair. Last year, Brother Beausang’s Kenya Buffaloes launched a last-quarter fightback to defeat the Tanzanian Sinon Simbas by a single point, a result the Tanzanians are determined to reverse.


    I will be travelling to Africa, covering the game and viewing what will undoubtedly be outstanding talent. The game and exchange will once again unify the different cultures of Kenya, Tanzania and Australia in a way that only sport can.


    The advertisement of our game in Africa, and the attention it will gather in Australia for those in need in these communities through the work of Zimele, is clearly invaluable.


    The future of African footy is looking bright thanks to the tireless efforts of Purcell, and its progression to the shores of Australia seems assured. Perhaps one day the AFL community will be lucky enough to see the talent of these brilliant players on Australian soil.


    The sporting exchange is funded solely by donations, with Zimele forwarding all money toward the needs of the program and the African people. To learn more about Zimele or to donate to the exchange, visit


    Conor Walsh is a Melbourne sport journalism student and supporter of Zimele


    Picture: Kenya v Tanzania 2014 (Courtesy - Zimele) ...

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    Yes, there are the vagaries of week to week player availability. Yes there are geographic and meteorological concerns from time to time and, yes, there are a number of reasons why a top team can lose to the bottom team on a given weekend.

    But nothing can take away the remarkable efforts of the Tyne Tees Tigers to record their first victory of the season, bringing down previously undefeated top team Sheffield Thunder in the process. In a tremendous show of belief and commitment, the Tigers trounced the now deposed league leaders as much through combined belief as any other factor.


    They may not yet be finished either. The Tigers cannot make the finals, but their next four matches are against potential finalists. They are in a position to create havoc for the Rams, Bears, Scorpions and Wolverines in coming weeks as they jostle for finals spots. 


    In other results, the Manchester Mosqitoes brought the Birmingham Bears to earth with a resounding 169 point win, in the process reclaiming top spot and leaving the Bear’s finals aspirations back under threat.

    The Huddersfield Rams bypassed the Bears on the ladder by claiming the forfeit points against the Wolverhampton Wolverines.


    Results (Round 10):

    Tyne Tees Tigers 25.19 (169) def. Sheffield Thunder 9.15 (69) at Tyne

    Huddersfield Rams def. Wolverhampton Wolverines by default (Wolves unable to field a team)

    Manchester Mosquitoes 30.16 (196) def. Birmingham Bears 3.9 (27) at Manchester


    Next Round:

    Sheffield Thunder v Manchester Mosquitoes (Sheffield)

    Nottingham Scorpions v Tyne Tees Tigers (Sheffield)

    Birmingham Bears v Huddersfield Rams (Birmingham)

    Wolverhampton Wolverines (Bye)


    AFLCNE Ladder - Round 10

    Team P W L D F A % P
    Manchester 9 8 1 0 1216 526 231.18 32
    Sheffield 9 8 1 0 1232 859 143.42 32
    Huddersfield 9 4 5 0 996 796 125.13 16
    Birmingham 8 4 4 0 848 869 97.58 16
    Wolverhampton 9 3 6 0 678 963 70.40 12
    Nottingham 8 2 6 0 666 903 73.75 8
    Tyne Tees 8 1 7 0 497 1217 40.84 4



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    Alex’s USAFL Weekly report this week is a long recap of all 14 games from the last 3 weeks and a preview of this weekend's colossal 18 games this weekend with the Western Regional, Texas Cup and EAFL Women's matches.


    Saturday, 6 June: @ Tibbetts Brook Park in Brooklyn, NY:  New York vs. Dallas

    The first game of the weekend was in Tibbetts Brook Park in Brooklyn as the Battle of the Magpies took place between Dallas and New York.  The game came down to the final minute of regulation as the New York team pulled a goal from 46 yards out to win the game.
    Final score:  New York 11.11.77 Dallas 10.13.73

    Saturday, 6 June:  @ Tulsa Athletics Stadium in Tulsa, OK:  Tulsa vs. Kansas City

    The Tulsa Buffaloes began their 2-game stretch against two tough opponents.  First game, the Kansas City Power came to Athletics stadium.  The game was a tough one throughout before the Buffaloes pulled a dynamic fourth quarter to win going away.
    Final score:  Tulsa 16.9.105 Kansas City 13.11.89

    Saturday, 6 June:  @ Waveland Field in Chicago, IL:  Women’s Games:  Minnesota vs. Columbus

    The only women’s match of the last two weeks saw Minnesota take on Columbus in the first known Women’s 10s battle in USAFL history.  Both games were tight throughout and in the end, it was a split.
    Final scores
    Game One:  Minnesota 3.5.23 Columbus 0.1.1
    Game Two:  Minnesota 0.6.6 Columbus 2.0.12

    Saturday, 13 June:  @ Raleigh Capitol Park in Raleigh, NC: North Carolina vs. Atlanta

    The first game of last weekend was played at Raleigh Capitol Park in Raleigh, where the temperature at kickoff was 96f (+36c) as the Atlanta Kookaburras came to town against the North Carolina Tigers.  From the outset, the Tigers came out with a passion as the game was over in the first 20 minutes.  In the end, it was an upset no one expected.
    Final score:  North Carolina 14.13.97 Atlanta 5.1.31

    Saturday, 13 June @ Lake Nokomis Park in Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota vs. Des Moines

    A much cooler Minneapolis as the Minnesota Freeze, coming off an upset loss to the Chicago Swans, took on their I-35 archrival Des Moines Roosters, trying to put the Freeze down for a second game in a row.  Unlike Raleigh, the game time temperature was a much more comfortable 66f (+19c). This game was close in the first half before the Freeze took it up a notch and won convincingly.
    Final score:  Minnesota 11.15.81 Des Moines 6.6.42

    Saturday, 13 June @ Dublin Soccer Fields in Dublin, OH: Columbus vs. Cincinnati

    In Dublin, Ohio the Columbus Jackaroos, coming off an upset loss to the Nashville Kangaroos, went against the Cincinnati Dockers in a rematch of the Grand Final of the Harrell Cup just a month ago.  This game was a much tighter game as it came down to the last four minutes before two quick goals by Columbus saved them from the second upset of the weekend.
    Final score:  Columbus 8.6.54 Cincinnati 6.8.44

    Saturday, 13 June @ Rainbow Park in Crested Butte, CO: Week 10:  Part One: Tulsa vs. Denver

    The Tulsa Buffaloes took on the perennial powerhouse Denver Bulldogs in the highest known elevation game of Australian Rules Football in history, at 8,885 feet (2708 meters) above sea level, which broke the old record of 6,817 feet (2078 meters) at the Air Force Academy Grounds in Colorado Springs during the 2008 USAFL Nationals.  The game was definitely one-sided as the Bulldogs overpowered the Buffaloes and won easily.
    Denver 19.12.122 Tulsa 6.5.41

    Saturday, 13 June @ Elmington Field in Nashville, TN:  Game of the Week, Week 10:  Part Two:  The SCHWASS CUP and Milestone Game 150: Nashville vs. Chicago

    On the hallowed fields of Elmington Field as the two of the oldest teams in the USAFL, the Chicago Swans and the Nashville Kangaroos, renewed their rivalry for the Schwass Cup for the 2015 season after Chicago won the last 2 years, including a 46-point blowout at Waveland Field last August. 

    As the game was set to begin, it was a picture perfect day with temperature at game time at 88f (+31c) with a light crosswind breeze as Chicago scored first, a goal, just under 100 seconds into the game.  The next 8 minutes was a stalemate before the first of three injury stoppages occurred, this at 11:15 that caused the first “blood rule” full stoppage as one of the Swans players was severely injured, which lasted 15 minutes.  After the game resumed, it took just 52 seconds (@ 12:07) before Chicago strikes again twice in 2:30 with goals on both to lead at 3.2.20 to 0.1.1.  Finally, the Kangaroos responded two minutes later with a goal and two behinds to close to the cap at halftime to just 11.  The Swans were outmarked in the first by a 11-5 margin, but lead the scoreboard 3.2.20 to 1.3.9.

    Quarter Two began with the more of the same defensive battle as the opening 10 minutes was a marking contest as only 2 marks (Chicago @ 2:31 in the quarter and Nashville @ 5:10) before Nashville hits it between the big posts at exactly 10 minutes to close the gap to 5 points.  Two more goals for the Kangaroos in the following four minutes gave them the first lead by 7 points with just five minutes to go before the Swans responded just 90 seconds with a behind and goal to tied it up at 4.4.28 each before the 2nd injury stoppage with 4:35 left.  Two more behinds in the waning two minutes ended the scoring with the Kangaroos getting the last score as the siren sounded.  The Swans outmarked the Kangaroos in the second by a 21-11 margin to bring the margin to the Swans ahead at 26-22, but the score was tied at 4.5.29 each.

    The Premiership Quarter began with a bang with three goals in rapid succession in just 2:25 with two goals by the Swans (@ 1:02 and 2:16) and one by the Kangaroos (on a fast break just 9 seconds after Chicago’s 2nd goal @ 2:25) to give Chicago a 5-point lead before the first double yellow card was given to both the Swans and the Kangaroos for rough play followed by another stoppage for injury just 2 minutes later @ 4:30.  After another behind by the Kangaroos @ 8:47, the Swans extended the lead to 11 from 55 yards out @ 10:15 in.  Three behinds from the Kangaroos countered the goal to close the game to 8 with 4 minutes to go before a goal from 58 yards out by Chicago and a behind to extend the lead to 15 with 1:45 left.  A final goal by the Kangaroos with just 26 seconds left ended the scoring as the Kangaroos brought the deficit back to 9.  The third quarter saw the pressure of marking coming back to the Kangaroos favor as they outmarked the Swans 8-4 to tie the marks at 30 each, but the Swans lead after 3 by a score of 8.6.54 to 6.9.45.

    The final quarter saw the reversal of the third with the Kangaroos on the attack as they score back-to-back goals in the opening 3:18 to take the lead for the 2nd time in the goal, but this time the Swans couldn’t counter as they ran the final quarter with just 14 players and no bench after the 2 injuries that occurred earlier as they only scored a behind during the final 20 minutes (@ 14:39), but by then the Kangaroos put the game away as they score 2 more goals in the waning minutes as they outscore the Swans 4.4.28 to 0.1.1 to win the game.  The final quarter showed the tightness of the marks as the teams tied at 12 each to tie the total at 42 each.
    Final score:  Nashville 10.13.73 Chicago 8.7.55

    Saturday, 20 June at San Pedro, CA:  Game of the Week, Week 11:  Los Angeles Dragons vs. Orange County Bombers

    The Battle of I-10 West saw the Los Angeles Dragons taking on their neighbors to the east, the current #1 USAFL Top 25, the Orange County Bombers.  From the beginning, this game was going to be a battle and it didn’t disappoint as the game wasn’t decided until the final 2 minutes with a goal by the Bombers to keep from being upset.  The Dragons will have their revenge in Sacramento this weekend at the Western Regionals.
    Final score: Orange County 7.7.49 Los Angeles 7.6.48

    Saturday, 20 June @ Des Moines:  Des Moines Roosters vs. Kansas City Power

    The second game of the weekend took place @ Des Moines as the Roosters took on the Power in their first full match of the season for the Power.  From the outset, the Roosters were bringing the speed and determination as they overpowered the Power to get them to their second win of the season.
    Final score:  Des Moines 13.13.91 Kansas City 9.8.62

    Saturday, 20 June @ Tibbetts Park in the Bronx: New York Magpies vs. Boston Demons

    The battle of I-95 North resumed in this latest installment of the storied footy history between Magpies and the Demons.  Once again, the defending Division 1 proved to the USAFL that they are bouncing back after the opening falter against Fort Lauderdale two months ago with a resounding victory over the Demons.
    Final score:  New York 13.13.91 Boston 5.7.37

    @ Indianapolis World Park in South Indianapolis, IN:  The Gaelic Festival Tournament @ Indianapolis.  Indianapolis vs. Cleveland and Cincinnati (Metro Matches)

    The final two games of the weekend took place @ Indianapolis World Park in South Indianapolis, the first time a home game has been played in this new venue and the second time ever in USAFL history (last year’s Central Regional was played just 11 miles north on the other side of Indianapolis).  The field conditions were decent, despite the heavy rain that plagued Indianapolis and the Midwest.  The games were tight throughout, but in the end, Cleveland took their first ever USAFL victory and the Dockers rebounded from their loss against the Jackaroos the week before, leaving Indianapolis still seeking their first win of 2015.
    Final scores:
    Game 1:  Cincinnati 4.8.32 Indianapolis 3.2.20
    Game 2:  Cleveland 8.3.51 Indianapolis 5.1.31

    We are still waiting on score from:  Seattle vs. Vancouver in Issaquah, WA as of press time (23 June).

    USAFL Weekly Report Standings



    USAFL Top 25
    USAFLWR Standings
    Nashville Kangaroos
    Columbus Jackaroos
    New York Magpies
    Austin Crows
    Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids
    Denver Bulldogs
    Minnesota Freeze
    Houston Lonestars
    Des Moines Roosters
    Atlanta Kookaburras
    Tulsa Buffaloes
    Golden Gate Roos
    Philadelphia Hawks
    Dallas Magpies
    Cincinnati Dockers
    North Carolina Tigers
    Orange County Bombers
    Chicago Swans
    Seattle Grizzlies
    Cleveland Cannons
    Kansas City Power
    Los Angeles Dragons
    Baltimore/Washington Eagles
    Boston Demons
    Baton Rouge Tigers
    Sacramento Suns
    Indianapolis Giants

    USAFLWR Stading
    New York Lady Magpies
    Sacramento Lady Suns
    Minnesota Lady Freeze
    Columbus Jillaroos
    San Francisco Iron Maiden

    This Weekend’s Games

    Western Regional/Texas Cup Round 1 Weekend.  Most of the games take place in the cities of Sacramento-Davis (12), Austin (3) and Boston (2), along with the only 4-quarter game in the whole weekend in Baton Rouge.  Matches scheduled are as follows.

    @ Nugget Fields in Davis (Sacramento), CA:  Men and Women:  Western Regional
    Teams in the Competition:
    Men:  Golden Gate Roos, Hong Kong and Los Angeles Dragons, Orange County Bombers, Portland Steelheads, Sacramento Suns, San Diego Lions and Seattle Grizzlies
    Women:  San Francisco Iron Maiden, Arizona Lady Hawks and the Sacramento Lady Suns

    The Western Regionals take place with the majority of the teams in the mens (outside of Las Vegas and Arizona) and all of the Western teams in the women’s competitions playing @ Nugget Fields in Davis.  There is even a team coming from Hong Kong (no that wasn’t a misprint above) as they will play the teams and yes, the scores will count.  There are 12 games in the competition, 9 in the men and 3 women, not including the Grand Finals.

    At USAFL Nationals Fields- Onion Creek Soccer Fields in Austin, TX:  Texas Cup Round 1
    Teams Involved:  Austin Crows, Dallas Magpies and Houston Lonestars

    Finally the first round of the Texas Cup finally will take place nearly a month after the original matches were postponed due to nearly 5 feet of water on the fields.  Expect another battle with all 3 teams in the top 15. 

    At MIT Fields in Boston:  Women:  EAFL Women’s Round 1
    Teams Involved:  Boston Lady Demons, New York Lady Magpies and the Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles

    The EAFL Women’s 1st round as the Boston Lady Demons take on New York and Baltimore/Washington.  Expect a good battle from the perennial powerhouses in the Women’s division. 

    At LSU Parade Grounds in Baton Rouge, LA:  Nashville Kangaroos vs. Baton Rouge Tigers

    This will be the only full length 4 quarter game of the weekend as the Nashville Kangaroos resume their rivalry with the Baton Rouge Tigers after a 3-year hiatus.  This will be the first of the home-and-home series with Baton Rouge coming to Nashville on 8 August.  Expect a good game as Baton Rouge has improved from the last time they faced the Kangaroos, which was a 167-point blowout three years ago.

    Our Next Show

    Due to the family emergencies that took place on the last 2 weeks, we had to cancel last Sunday’s show, so we will be back on the air in 2 weeks on 5 July 2015 @ 4 pm CDT with a special 2.5 hour show to get everyone up-to-speed on what’s happened with the USAFL and we will have recaps from all 18 games this weekend and the new USAFLWR standings will be out then, since there’s no games on the Independence Day USA weekend.  We will be of course, on YouTube…just look under USAFL Weekly Show and send us a Question via World Footy News in the comments section, via Twitter @USAFLWR, via Facebook via USAFL Weekly Report and on chat during the show.

    Ed. Congratulations to Alex on goal umpiring his 150th match in the Schwass Cup.

    A further note from Alex This past week, I was in emergency family mode as my father was rushed to Stonecrest Medical Center here in Smyrna with major issues with his prostate.  To know my dad, he’s battled espohaegical cancer, a cancer that would back in the day, would mean living at maximum of 5 years after surgery.  The surgery happened in 1991, 24 years ago this September.  The VA hospital here in Murfreesboro has declared him the longest Veteran to ever survive that surgery in the history of tracking it.  So, to have a possibility of a second battle with cancer and at age 71 as of today (16 June), it was scary to have that prospect come up again.  He was in the hospital until Sunday (14 June), but the good news is that it wasn’t cancerous and it was extremely inflamed and swollen.  Being this month in the USA and around the World as Men’s Health Month, I can’t stress enough to have your checkups done yearly, as I do. 

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    We take a look at some of the International players running around in the VFL this past round.  Some teams are currently having byes meaning a well earned rest for the likes of Americans Jason Holmes and Mason Cox and Irishman Conor McKenna.
    Padraig Lucey (Ire) also missed the thirty point win to Geelong over Coburg as he was out of the side after being in the best players as lone ruckman the previous week against North Ballarat. It is believed he has been given the week off due to the heavy workload and has returned to Ireland for a break and is expected to be back for Geelong’s next match on July 4th.
    Alex Aurrichio (USA) continued his improvement as he went up against fellow American Eric Wallace (USA) with the two American ruckmen having 37 and 34 hitouts respectively. Wallace was making his long awaited return to senior VFL footy and playing his first senior game in the Werribee jumper. It was Northern Blues’ Aurrichio that was on the winning side though as the Blues scraped home by four points to upset the highly fancied Tigers. 
    Khan Haretuku (of Kiwi parentage) was best on ground for Port Melbourne as they knocked over Frankston at Frankston oval on Sunday to the tune of 31 ponts. Haretuku kicked 5 goal for the Boroughs against the cellar dwellers.
    Kurt Heatherley (NZ) had 9 kicks, 7 handballs, 8 marks and 1 tackles in defence for the Box Hill Hawks at Burbank Oval. The Hawks continued their strong season form to defeat Williamstown by 62 points and secure top spot on the VFL ladder.
    Development League
    Shem Tatupu (NZ) was the sole International running around in the Development League this weekend. He kicked two goals for the Box Hill Hawks in their 55 point win over Williamstown. ...

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  • 06/24/15--15:07: AFL Ramadan Dinner

    The AFL’s Community Club site features a story looking at the upcoming Ramadan Dinners in cities across Australia. In another initiative of Richmond footballer, Bachar Houli, and the support of the AFL’s Diversity arm, the period of Ramadan is to be celebrated and recognised by the footballing community. The observance of Ramadan is one of Five Pillars Of Islam and one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar.

    The AFL Ramadan Dinner will take place in Sydney, Melbourne and for the first time in Adelaide this year.

    The Dinner, initiated by Richmond defender and the AFL’s first devout Muslim player Bachar Houli, commemorates the Holy Month of Ramadan which is celebrated by millions of Muslims around the world each year.


    Houli said he is proud to see the AFL continually support and take a leadership role in community engagement.

    “Ramadan is a very significant time for Muslims as it is not just about fasting, it is a time for reflection,” he said.

    The Greater Western Sydney Giants will host the first Ramadan Dinner on June 24 at Sydney Olympic Park and along with Houli, it will involve special guest Australia Post AFL Multicultural ambassador and Giants star Stephen Coniglio.

    The AFL will host the event on July 1 at the Richmond Football Club, with Houli and federal government representatives in attendance.

    “Now in its third year, I am proud to see the event grow year-on-year and it’s important we continue to build on our engagement with the Islamic community,” Houli said.

    In a first for the city of Adelaide, the SANFL will host a Ramadan Dinner on July 8 with Australia Post AFL Multicultural ambassadors, Port Adelaide’s Alipate Carlile and St Kilda’s Ahmed Saad, lined up as guest speakers.

    The Ramadan Dinner is an addition to the many programs Houli has already initiated with the aim to further engage Muslim participants in our game.

    “We want to grow the Bachar Houli program to see more fans, players, umpires and employees from Islamic backgrounds participate in our game and most importantly we want to use AFL as a vehicle for social cohesion,” Houli said.



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                                                                        Thursday night footy in Perth kicks off Round 13 with the Dockers hosting Collingwood.. 

    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 

    The broadcast schedule for this round can be seen below.



    Network Region Freo v Coll Syd v Rich Haw v Ess Bris v Adel WB v StK Carl v GCS Highlights
    Australia Plus Asia - 17:30 HK (LIVE) 11:30 HK (LIVE) 14:30 HK (LIVE) 17:30 HK (LIVE) 13:00 HK (LIVE) 1/7 02:00 HK
    Australia Plus Pacific - 21:30 Fiji (LIVE) 15:30 Fiji (LIVE) 18:30 Fiji (LIVE) 21:30 Fiji (LIVE) 17:00 Fiji (LIVE) 1/7 06:00 Fiji
    Australia Plus India - 15:00 IND (LIVE) 09:00 IND (LIVE) 12:00 IND (LIVE) 15:00 IND (LIVE) 10:30 IND (LIVE) 30/6 23:30 IND
    ESPN BT Sport UK & Ireland 26/6 @ 03:30 BST (Delay) 26/6 @ 20:00 BST (Delay) 27/6 @ 04:30 BST (LIVE) 30/6 @ 04:00 BST (Delay) - 28/6 @ 04:30 BST (LIVE) 30/6 @ 19:00 BST
    ESPN Caribbean - - 26/6 @ 2330 ET (LIVE) - - - 1/7 @ 1800 ET
    EUROSPORT2 Europe - 26/6 @ 11:30 CET (LIVE) - 27/6 @ 08:30 CET (LIVE) - - 30/6 @ 22:00 CET
    EUROSPORT2 UK & Ireland - - - 29/6 @ 20:30 CET (Delay) - - 1/7 @ 15:00 CET
    EUROSPORT2 Asia - - - 0830 CET - - -
    FOX SPORTS USA - 26/6 @ 05:30 ET (LIVE) 26/6 @ 23:30 ET (LIVE) - - - 30/6 @ 24:00 ET
    FOX SOCCER PLUS USA 25/6 @ 06:00 ET (LIVE) - - - 27/6 @ 05:00 ET (LIVE) - -
    ORBIT SHOWTIME Middle East 25/6 @ 10:00 GMT (LIVE) 25/6 @ 09:30 GMT (LIVE) 27/6 @ 03:30 GMT (LIVE) - - 28/6 05:00 GMT (LIVE) -
    OTLSM Worldwide (Boats & Cruises) - 26/6 @ 09:50 GMT (LIVE) - - - - -
    SKY SPORTS New Zealand - - - - - 29/6 24:00 (Delay) -
    SUPER SPORT Africa - - - - - - -
    TSN2 Canada 25/6 @ TIME TBC ET 26/6 @ 19:30 ET (Delay) - - - - -
    CLARO SPORTS Latin America - 27/6 @ 0830 CTU (Delay) - - - - -
    WATCHAFL.COM.AU Worldwide (excl. Australia) 25/6 @ 1010 GMT (LIVE) 26/6 @ 0950 GMT (LIVE) 27/6 @ 0340 GMT (LIVE) 27/6 @ 0635 GMT (LIVE) 27/6 @ 0920 GMT (LIVE) 28/6 @ 0520 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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    The AFL London competition entered its split round last weekend. The round will be completed this weekend. With the finals series not too far away this round presents a chance for teams to jostle for that vital spot in the top four.

    In the Premiership Division, the Wandsworth Demons 12.10.82 defeated the North London Lions 11.5.71 to keep a strong hold on second place with just three rounds to go before the finals series begins.

    In the Conference Division the Clapham Demons 7.11.53 were defeated by the Regent Park Lions 9.5.59, whilst in the Social Division it was the South London Demons 5.10.40 defeating the Bounds Green Lions 3.6.24

    The remaining Premiership Division matches for the round will see:

    Putney Magpies (Home) VS West London Wildcats

    London Swans (Home) Vs Wimbledon Haw ...

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    The powerhouse Paris Cockerels completed their dream, and their dream season, in emphatic style to take out the 2014/15 CNFA premiership against the Montpellier Firesharks. For the Paris players the result was one of elation and relief as they became the most successful French club in terms of recent premierships. For the Firesharks the feeling would be one of initial despondency, which will hopefully be replaced sooner rather than later by a realisation of just how much the achieved this season.

    The final score told a tale of domination. The Paris Cockerels won 27 16 178 to the Montpellier Firesharks 9 8 62. It finished as a lop-sided affair on the scoreboard, but the Firesharks never gave up and threw everything they had at their Paris rivals. But the Cockerels were emphatic on the day, as they had been all season.

    A crowd of more than 200 spectators lines the boundaries at la plaine des sports de Vincennes to watch a clinical and determined Paris team take on a daring and optimistic Montpellier squad.

    To give an idea of the scale of the Paris Cockerels juggernaut this season, their average winning margin was by an incredible 114 points (including the 100 points given for a forfeit). Only twice throughout the season was their winning margin less that 100 points (a 65 point win against the Coyotes and by just 8 points earlier in the season against the Firesharks). Their finals wins were both massive, by both 129 points (against Coyotes in semi-final) and 116 points (against Firesharks in grand-final).

    It is difficult to imagine a more impressive way for a club to go through a season, and to highlight their position now as the most successful French club (with their first flag for four seasons, but now third overall since the existing competition formats started in 2009). Both the Bordeaux Bombers and Toulouse Hawks had back to back titles along the way, but neither produced such a powerhouse season as witnessed this year.

    For the Firesharks the future is largely in their hands. Whilst the grand-final result showed the gulf between themselves and the mantle of “best”, they did produce an excellent season on which to build a greater future. Their topsy-turvy season began with three losses (Cockerels 8 points, Coyotes 15 points and Hawks 28 points), but from there was an undefeated run to the grand-final. It is that momentum, which included an impressive win in the semi-final against the Toulouse Hawks, which can be built on for a chance to go further next season.

    But for now it is the Paris Cockerels that can revel in the spirit of victory. They can now rest, assured of their place in history and content in the knowledge that their undefeated season was just reward for the work and planning that has gone into the club’s success, both on and off the field. The club recognised this, stating that the success came from “the passionate team of volunteers that made yesterday happen. It's your spirit, enthusiasm and passion that makes this club what it is.”

    Congratulations to the Paris Cockerels and an enormous “well done” to the Montpellier Firesharks for a magnificent season. Now we can await the start of the 2015/16 season later this year. It will also be interesting to see whether or not any of the developing clubs from Pau (Bears), Nancy (Bobcats), Brittany (Griffens) and others will be in a position to join the ranks and expand the French game even furthe ...

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  • 06/29/15--16:12: American Giant To Turn Blue?

  • Carlton may be the next AFL club to be lured by the prospect of signing a highly athletic ruckman from the pool of players coming from the United States. Following a procession of recent players, Matt Korchek – a former Arizona Wildcats basketballer – has caught the Blues’ attention and will come to Australia to try his luck.

    There is a growing list of tall, athletic players entering AFL/VFL ranks from both basketball and American football backgrounds. Mason Cox is at Collingwood, Eric Wallace at North Melbourne, Jason Holmes is at St Kilda, whilst Alex Aurrichio, originally from the New York Magpies, is on the Northern Blues list – Carlton’s VFL affiliate.

    At an impressive 206 cm and weighing in at an imposing 105kg, Korchek already has the frame to compete. His athleticism is also of the highest order, showing both great power and leaping ability but also clocking a 12 minute 3km Time Trial, underlining his athletic endurance.

    Carlton will have first option to sign Korchek after having been impressed with his results at a screening session in Florida back in April. They have since paid his way to come to Australia in July and show his wares. Whilst the club concedes that he is a bit “green” when it comes to Australian Rules football, it is hoped that he will show some potential over the next couple of weeks and be an international rookie (Category B) signing at season’s end.

    According to recruiting chief Stephen Silvagni on the Carlton club’s website, “Obviously Matt is well equipped when it comes to using a round ball, so we’re looking forward to seeing how he will adapt to the oval ball,”

    “We’ll get him to take part in some light drills with our players including kicking and handballing.

    “We’re really looking forward to hosting Matt and welcoming him into our football club.”

    The 23 year old has impressed Carlton ruck coach, Matthew Capuano, who saw him as the best athlete at the Florida screening and believes he has the athleticism and potential to carve a place in a new sport. Korckek would be an addition to Capuano’s ruck roster which includes Matthew Kruezer, Cameron Wood and Robbie Warnock.


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  • 06/29/15--19:34: Footy Compass Points North

  • Northern Australia is set for its annual period of footy exposure as the big league teams head for major centres in the tropics. First up this weekend is the clash at Darwin’s TIO Stadium between the Melbourne Demons and the in-form West Coast Eagles. The following Saturday it is the turn of Far North Queensland when the Western Bulldogs meet the Gold Coast Suns at Cazalys Stadium.

    For the Darwin crowds the match is a salivating experience. The Melbourne Demons pulled off their greatest win in recent times for the club last start when they downed the Geelong Cats at their “fortress”, Skilled Stadium. Demon fans everywhere see the win as evidence that the club, under Paul Roos, is turning the corner. They will be keen to back up that effort against the Eagles in front of an excited albeit largely neutral crowd at TIO Stadium.

    The West Coast Eagles have surprised many this season with second place on the ladder and many fine performances, despite injuries to key players. Adam Simpson has the team motoring nicely towards the finals and the Eagles will not want to drop this game now and lose momentum.

    The Darwin crowds are sure to be in for a terrific contested match. Advice from the AFL Northern territory states that tickets for the match are almost sold out for Saturday night, guaranteeing a big local crowd for the match to solidify TIO Stadium as a viable host of AFL Premiership matches.

    The following Saturday evening sees the annual Gold Coast Suns match at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns when they are hosted by the Western Bulldogs. This will be the fifth occasion since 2011 that the Gold Coast Suns have played in the city, with the Richmond Tigers playing the first three years before the Bulldogs came on board last year.

    The local crowds have been urged to get behind the match with a goal to significantly surpass last year’s crowd of just under ten thousand Come To Cairns…Or Else!!.

    The 2015 season has been tumultuous both on and off the field for the Suns. They would love nothing more than to right the ship in Cairns against the Bulldogs. The Dogs won at this venue last year by a solid 28 points.

    Luke Beveridge has added a new set of teeth to his Bulldogs team and they are well and truly in finals contention. A win in Cairns would enhance those chances. With a list of exciting young players including Bontempelli, Macrae and Stringer, the Bulldogs might just light up the Cazalys crowd and trigger renewed excitement for the annual Cairns match.

    So for the next two weeks the AFL compass is certainly pointing north and the cities of Darwin and Cairns are ready for the challenge.

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