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- 04/18/16--16:06: Burnaby to host Canada's first Nationals
- 04/19/16--02:13: Northern Territory Team Of The Century
- 04/19/16--05:01: Western Crows take out inaugral AFLNZ premiers
- 04/19/16--16:48: Extra time to replace replay in AFL Grand Finals
- 04/19/16--17:11: 2016 SCAFL season set for launch
- 04/19/16--18:50: AFL 2016 International Broadcast Schedule - Round 5
- 04/19/16--22:19: ANZAC Day Clash At Villers-Bretonneaux
- 04/20/16--04:51: Huge ANZAC Day weekend for AFLNZ
- 04/20/16--20:28: AFL Asia ANZAC Day round
- 04/21/16--05:25: Koalas Not So Lazy – New AFL Russia Season Under Way
- 04/21/16--05:50: Cox named as Collingwood full forward for ANZAC Day debut
- 04/25/16--01:15: Take A Bow, Mason Cox
- 04/25/16--13:40: American Cox's big (ANZAC) day out
- 04/25/16--16:50: Looking for the next Mason Cox, US AFL Combine underway
- 04/25/16--20:25: US Combine's big Frenchman
- 04/26/16--06:50: US Combine's elite 18
- 04/26/16--17:35: AFL 2016 International Broadcast Schedule - Round 6
- 04/27/16--04:02: Aliir Aliir’s Journey Takes A New Turn
- 04/28/16--05:29: Revenge, Envy or Just Good Footy – AFL London 2016
- 04/28/16--06:42: LA Combine wrapped up with competitive session
BC Footy is thrilled to announce Burnaby lakes will host the Canadian nationals this year on May 21-22.
The innaugural installment of the tournament will feature men's and women's teams from across Canada competing for national bragging rights. The Canadian Nationals will be a competition between provinces rather than clubs.
Selection trials have already been carried out across Canada to determine selection of the men's and women's teams. British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Atlantic will be the competing teams - with the Atlantic team being made up of players from Ottawa, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
The new setup should be able to bring together the geographically isolated players from across the country and improve the setup and cohesion of the national team ahead of next year's 2017 International Cup.
Adam Kelly, BC Footy President said he was delighted with the outcome. "It's very difficult securing quality fields for games and tournaments in BC - there just aren't that many around that are big enough for footy" Kelly said. "With the Burnaby deal we not only have one but two top quality grass fields with great access and ammenities."
Kelly added he was grateful to Burnaby City for playing such a critical role making the fields available and supporting Australian Rules Football in BC. "We've been working with Burnaby City now for more than ten years and we couldn't be more impressed with their professionalism and open mindedness to a sport many folks here are unfamiliar with."
The following article from the AFLNT (AFL Northern Territory) details the selection of the top 100 footballers from this often underrated footballing goldmine. The AFL has been graced over the years by names such as Rioli, Long and Burgoyne – all heralding from the Northern Territory.
Following months of robust discussion and committee debate, we are pleased to announce the top 100 footballers for the Northern Territory Government AFLNT Team of the Century.
The list includes NT football identities that established their careers on the national stage and also pays respect to the local men who made their name in the Territory.
Featuring in the Top 100 is Michael Long, winner of two AFL Premierships with the Essendon Football Club, a Norm Smith Medallist and Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee. Long heralds from local club St Mary’s where he was also a two-time premiership player.
Current Collingwood Football Club coach, 2003 Brownlow Medallist, Norm Smith Medallist and seven-time AFL All Australian, Nathan Buckley has been included on the list after spending his formative years playing for the Nightcliff Tigers and Southern Districts football clubs.
Another familiar name to Territorians is last year’s North Smith Medallist, four-time Hawthorn premiership player, 2008 AFL Rising Star winner and excitement-machine, Cyril Rioli Jnr.
The list includes five members of the Rioli family, two Motlop brothers and their uncle plus three familiar LewFatt names.
Current NT Thunder coach Xavier Clarke and AFLNT Manager of Football Operations Joel Bowden have also been included in the first cut after their respective AFL achievements.
Bowden is not the only Central Australian who made the list; he is joined by the likes of Henry Peckham who is often considered to be one of Central Australia’s finest footballers.
Peckham won seven premierships with the Pioneers Football Club during his 1946-1958 playing career and was the CAFL’s leading goal kicker in 1948 and in 1953.
AFLNT CEO and non-voting Team of the Century Committee Chair, Michael Solomon said it was no-easy task getting to a top 100.
“The criteria was simple - as long as you’d played at least one game in the Territory you were eligible.
“We had 55,000 names to choose from and only 100 spots to fill. It was never going to be a simple job but we are thrilled to have reached this point,” Solomon said.
“With the support of the NT Government we are able to celebrate with Territory football fans a once-in-a-century occasion.”
Minister for Sport and Recreation Nathan Barrett MLA said:
“I commend AFLNT and its Chief Executive Officer Michael Solomon on this wonderful initiative.
“AFL plays such a huge role in the lives of Territorians and this team will be a real testament to the long list of champion Northern Territory footballers throughout the years,” Mr Barrett said.
“The Northern Territory has produced some of the best footballers to have ever played the game and I look forward to seeing the final team when it is announced in September.
“I congratulate the selection committee on what would have been a very arduous process and I certainly don’t envy their roles,” Mr Barrett said.
The Team of the Century Selection Committee comprises Shaun Hardy, Lincoln Jenkin, Charlie King, Bennie (Walter) LewFatt, Grey Morris and Jenny Sinclair.
They will meet again over the coming months to determine a top 40 by mid July.
The process will then culminate at a gala dinner on Friday 2nd September, when a 22-man team and coach is named as the inaugural Northern Territory Government AFLNT Team of the Century.
1 Steve Abala Snr. 1937 - 1952 Buffaloes
2 William 'Put' Ahmat 1918 - 1940 Buffaloes
3 John Amadio 1957 - 1967 Rovers
4 Jimmy Anderson 1957 - 1969 Buffaloes
5 Michael Athanasiou 1981 - 2000 St Marys
6 Bill Bennett 1977 - 1981 St Marys / Nightcliff
7 Damian Berto 1982 - 1994 St Marys / Katherine
8 Joe Bonson 1953 - 1968 Works & Housing
9 Don Bonson Snr. 1930 - 1940 Buffaloes / Wallabies
10 Joel Bowden 1994 - 2009 West Alice Springs
11 Jared Brennan 2000 - 2016 Southern Districts
12 William Briston 1979 - 1991 Darwin / Pioneers
13 Nathan Buckley 1990 - 2007 Nightcliff / Southern Districts
14 Peter Burgoyne 1994 - 2010 St Marys
15 Shaun Burgoyne 2002 - St Marys
16 Ronnie Burns 1992 - 2005 St Marys / Nightcliff / Tiwi
17 Basil Campbell 1972 - 1982 St Marys / Tiwi
18 Leo Castillon (Pon) 1935 - 1959 Buffaloes / Nightcliff
19 Scotty Chisholm 1991 - St Marys
20 Xavier Clarke Jnr. 1998 - 2013 St Marys
21 Jason Cockatoo 1992 - 2008 Southern Districts
22 Ted Cooper 1955 - 1965 Wanderers
23 Reuben Cooper Snr. 1917 - 1939 Buffaloes
24 Joe Daby 1969 - 1982 Nightcliff
25 Aaron Davey 2000 - 2015 Palmerston
26 Alwyn Davey Jnr. 2001 - 2016 Palmerston
27 Neil Davies 1955 -1956 St Marys
28 Bill Dempsey 1958 - 1975 Buffaloes
29 Trevor Dhu 1993 - 2003 Pioneers
30 Gary Dhurrkay 1990 - 2000 Wanderers
31 Tony Dragun 1973 - 1986 Nightcliff
32 Dennis Dunn 1981 - 1999 St Marys / Tiwi
33 Cadji Dunn 1980 - 1995 St Marys / Tiwi / Pioneers
34 Darren Ewing 2006 - 2016 St Marys / Palmerston
35 Eddie Fry 1974 - 1986 Wanderers
36 Michael Graham 1971 - 1987 St Marys
37 Jarred Ilett 1997 - 2016 St Marys
38 Cameron Ilett 2000 - 2016 St Marys
39 Peter Ivanoff 1981 - 1988 Waratah
40 Bruce Jarmyn 1991 - 2005 Southern Districts
41 Russell Jeffrey 1985 - 1995 Wanderers
42 Edmund Johnston 1952 - 1969 St Marys / Tiwi
43 Jason Jones 1988 - 1998 Darwin / Palmerston
44 Leo Jurrah 1980s - 1990s Buffaloes / Alice Springs / Yuendumu
45 David Kantilla Snr. 1958 - 1972 St Marys / Tiwi
46 Adam Kerinaiua 1991 - 2005 St Marys / Waratah / Palmerston / Tiwi
47 Gympie LewFatt 1964 - 2004 St Marys
48 Walter LewFatt 1930 - 1942 Buffaloes
49 Terry LewFatt 1954 - 1968 St Marys
50 Ted Liddy 1975 - 1995 St Marys
51 Michael Long 1985 - 2001 St Marys / Tiwi / Pioneers
52 Noel Long 1982 - 2000 St Marys / Tiwi
53 Peter MacFarlane 2004 - current St Marys
54 Kelvin Maher 1990 - 2005 Southern Districts / South Alice Springs
55 Gilbert McAdam 1985 - 2000 South Alice Springs / Waratah
56 Greg McAdam 1980 - 1995 South Alice Springs / Waratah
57 Warren McCoy 1978 - 1990 North Darwin
58 Michael McLean 1980 - 1996 Nightcliff
59 Andrew McLeod 1991 - 2011 Darwin
60 Don McMillan 1916 - 1932 Wanderers
61 Mark Motlop 1975 - 2000 Nightcliff / Southern Districts / Wanderers
62 Shannon Motlop 1995 - 2016 Wanderers
63 Daniel Motlop 1998 - 2016 Wanderers
64 Ali Muir 1965 - 1976 Buffaloes
65 Pat Murphy 1971 - 1974 St Marys
66 Norm Murphy 1990 - 2001 Nightcliff
67 John Paterson 1975 - 1989 Darwin
68 Henry Peckham 1946 - 1958 Pioneers / Wanderers
69 John Pepperill 1967 - 1979 Pioneers / St Marys
70 Bruce Potts 1950 - 1965 Wanderers
71 Mike Poulter 1960 - 1982 Waratah / Darwin
72 Ronald 'Barney' Quall 1970 - 1985 Darwin
73 Maurice Rioli 1974 - 1995 St Marys / Waratah / Tiwi
74 Sebastian Rioli 1968 - 1975 St Marys / Imalu
75 Willie Rioli 1987 - 2007 St Marys / Waratah / Tiwi
76 Cyril Rioli Jnr. 2005 - 2016 St Marys / Tiwi
77 Cyril Rioli Snr. 1982 - 2004 St Marys / Tiwi
78 Billy Roe 1951 - 1971 St Marys / Wanderers
79 Gerry Roe 1955 - 1972 St Marys
80 Aldo Rossetto 1966 - 1980 Darwin
81 Joe Sarib 1947 - 1955 Buffaloes
82 Graeme Smith 1989 - 2004 Pioneers
83 Brian Stanislaus 1988 - 2005 St Marys / Tiwi
84 Mathew Stokes 1999 - 2016 Palmerston
85 Don Stokes 1966 - 1974 Darwin / Pioneers
86 Trevor Sutton 1979 - 1983 Nightcliff
87 Peter Talman 1964 - 1966 Works & Housing
88 Richard Tambling 2004 - 2016 Southern Districts
89 Graham Taylor 1991 - 2001 Southern Districts
90 Ross Tungatalum 2006 - 2016 Tiwi / St Marys
91 Greg Turbill 1974 - 1988 Nightcliff
92 John Henry Tye 1968 - 1980 Nightcliff / Darwin
93 Iggy Vallejo 1997 - 2016 St Marys
94 Benny Vigona 1975 - 1986 St Marys / Tiwi
95 Gus Wanganeen 1975 - 1989 Wanderers
96 Kevin Wanganeen 1975 - 1995 St Marys / Wanderers
97 Matthew Whelan 1996 - 2010 Darwin
98 Darryl White 1992 - 2016 Pioneers / Southern Districts / St Marys / Darwin
99 Lance White 1974 - 1989 Pioneers / St Marys
100 Arch Wilkey 1972 - Waratah
Original article at: http://www.aflnt.com.au/index.phpωid=6&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=818&tx_ttnews[backPid]=5&cHash=19a502b849 ...
The Western Crows, captained by Jared Court, entered their last and the final match of the AFLNZ premiership season with the title already assured following the loss earlier in the day by the Southern Saints. The Crows were able to finish in style with a 24 point victory over the Northern Suns.
The 9 round competition brought together (via a draft) the best available talent in New Zealand. The 4 premier sides were initially based around captain and coach. Western Crows: Coach Rob Malone; Captain Jared Court Southern Saints: Coach Andrew Congalton; Captain Michael Boyce Central Giants: Coach Shannon Wall; Captain David Rattenbury Northern Suns: Coach Chris Mundell; Captain James Kusel.
|Northern Suns||6||6||42||Round 2||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
|Northern Suns||7||12||54||Round 3||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
|Southern Saints||3||11||29||Round 4||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
|Western Crows||6||9||45||Round 5||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
|Central Giants||12||6||78||Round 6||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
|Northern Suns||4||7||31||Round 7||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
|Western Crows||9||10||64||Round 8||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
|Central Giants||4||8||32||Round 9||Gls||Bhd||Pts|
The final standings were
Each round a young rising star player was nominated, the final Round 9 nomination is to be announced.
|Round 1||Western Crows||William Warbrick||Bay of Plenty||6/03/1998|
|Round 2||Northern Suns||James Watkins||Wellington||24/06/1998|
|Round 3||Western Crows||Ben Armstrong||Northland||7/09/1998|
|Round 4||Western Crows||Alastair Maisey||Auckland||14/04/1998|
|Round 5||Northern Suns||Misilifi Faimalo||Wellington||4/05/1999|
|Round 6||Western Crows||Joseph Alesich-Tamariki||Auckland||16/01/1999|
|Round 7||Northern Suns||Heta Scarf-Matthews||Otago||30/06/1997|
|Round 8||Central Giants||Dawson Nanai||Auckland||17/11/1999|
There will be no repeat of the scenes in 2010 when Collingwood and St Kilda played out a draw in the first Grand Final that year. Players collapsed and fans scrambled as everyone realised they would all be back to do it again the following week.
Footy clubs around the world also realised that the grand final party they had just held, would be back on the following week. For many clubs their best fundraising activity of the year - holding a live grand final viewing party - could be done all over again. Other benefits for overseas viewers (beyond the benefits of having one more game televised live) were that they would be a chance to get a ticket if they wanted to make a late dash to watch the replay in person.
The story gained great media coverage around the world too, enhancing the image of the tough physical game that would come back and do it all again the following week.
But this will not happen again it seems. The AFL announced on Tuesday it would no longer use a replay for any drawn match in the Toyota AFL Grand Final.
The media statement can be read below.
The AFL Commission met in Melbourne today and approved a recommendation from General Manager Football Operations Mark Evans and the Executive that would now see extra time played for all finals, including the Grand Final, in the case of scores being level at the end of normal time.
For any drawn match, effective from this year’s 2016 Toyota AFL Final Series, teams will play two five-minute halves of extra time, changing ends during a break in play between the two halves.
The Commission determined that for all finals, including the Grand Final, only one period of extra time would be played. If scores remain level at the end of the second half of extra time, the siren will not sound and play will continue until the next score by either team. The siren will then sound directly after the score is confirmed, signalling the end of the match.
AFL Commission Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said the Commission today agreed to amend the method of dealing with a drawn Toyota AFL Grand Final.
“The AFL Grand Final Replay has been a unique and historic aspect of the AFL, but ultimately this is the right time to implement a change,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“The AFL is a truly national competition and this change eliminates the possibility of non-Victorian teams being disadvantaged by a significant travel burden if they had been required to return to the MCG for a Grand Final Replay.
“This decision also reflects the majority view of AFL clubs and fans who support playing extra time to determine the Grand Final instead of a replay the following week.” ...
The 2016 Southern California Australian Football league will kick-off this weekend in Los Angeles. This year's league will feature two teams split from the LA Dragons team the Dragons Black (South Bay Outlaws) and Dragons Blue (Beachside Sharks), two teams split from the OC Bombers (OC White and OC Black) as well as Riverside and San Diego.
Footy in southern California will be heating up but has been simmering away for weeks. San Diego has had three rounds of co-ed footy in February. And the men's National team the USA Revolution held their first camp of the year in L.A a few weeks ago with a number of local prospects attending hoping to win a spot and others providing an opposition squad of Aussie All-comers at the camp. Beyond this the obligatory pre-season sessions have all teams primed for a big start.
Sunday – 24th April
Metro Season (Week 1) Location - Harbor Sports Center 1221 N Figueroa Pl, Wilmington, CA 90744
09:30am – Riverside Saints v LA Black (Outlaws)
11:00am – LA Blue (Sharks) v Orange County Jets
12:30pm – Orange County B52’s v San Diego Lions
Sunday – 1st May
Metro Season (Week 2)
10:00am – San Diego Lions v Orange County Jets
11:30am – LA Black (Outlaws) v Orange County B52’s
01:00pm – LA Blue (Sharks) v Riverside Saints
Location - Black Mountain Middle School, 9353 Oviedo St, San Diego, CA 92129
Sunday – 15th May
Metro Season (Week 3)
10:00am – Orange County Jets v Orange County B52’s
11:30am – LA Black (Outlaws) v LA Blue (Sharks)
01:00pm – San Diego Lions v Riverside Saints
South Lake Middle School
Irvine, CA 92416
Sunday – 22nd May
Metro Season (Week 4)
10:00am – Riverside Saints v Orange County Jets
11:30am – LA Blue (Sharks) v Orange County B52’s
01:00pm – LA Black (Outlaws) v San Diego Lions
Ryan Bonominio Park
5000 Tequesquite Ave
Riverside, CA 92501
Sunday – 5th June
Metro Season (Week 5)
09:30am – LA Black (Outlaws) v Orange County Jets
11:00am – San Diego Lions v LA Blue (Sharks)
12:30pm – Riverside Saints v Orange County B52’s
Harbor Sports Center
1221 N Figueroa Pl
Wilmington, CA 90744
Sunday – 12th June
Metro Grand Final Weekend
TBD – 5th v 6th
TBD – 3rd v 4th
TBD – 1st v 2nd
Black Mountain Middle School
9353 Oviedo St
San Diego, CA 92129 ...
ANZAC Round (Round 5) gets underway on Friday night with Adelaide travelling to Melbourne to take on the reigning Premiers Hawthorn at the MCG. All match start times have been pushed back 5 minutes this week to accommodate pre-match Observance Ceremonies prior to each match.
If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the schedule below. As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates.
CCTV5 in China will take the live broadcast of Port Adelaide vs Geelong from Adelaide Oval on Saturday evening. And for those in the US looking to watch American Mason Cox should he debut for Collingwood on ANZAC Day you can see that match on Fox Sports 2 Live at 1am EDT.
|1||22-Apr||Night||Hawthorn vs. Adelaide||MCG||19:50||09:50||SEVEN|
|2||23-Apr||Day||Sydney vs. West Coast||SCG||13:45||03:45||FOX|
|3||23-Apr||Twilight||Gold Coast vs. North Melbourne||Metricon Stadium||16:35||06:35||FOX|
|4||23-Apr||Night||Port Adelaide vs. Geelong||Adelaide Oval||19:15||09:45||SEVEN|
|5||23-Apr||Night||Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane||Etihad Stadium||19:25||09:25||FOX|
|6||24-Apr||Early||St Kilda vs. GWS||Etihad Stadium||13:10||03:10||FOX|
|7||24-Apr||Twilight||Fremantle vs. Carlton||Domain Stadium||14:15||06:15||FOX|
|8||24-Apr||Night||Melbourne vs. Richmond||MCG||19:10||09:10||SEVEN|
|9||25-Apr||Day||Collingwood vs. Essendon||MCG||15:20||05:20||SEVEN|
|TV NETWORK||GAME 1||GAME 2||GAME 3||GAME 4||GAME 5||GAME 6||GAME 7||GAME 8||GAME 9||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Asia||22/4 @ 17:30 HKT (Live)||23/4 @ 11:30 HKT (Live)||23/4 @ 14:30 HKT (Live)||23/4 @ 17:30 HKT (Live)||-||24/4 @ 11:00 HKT (Live)||-||24/4 @ 17:00 HKT (Live)||25/4 @ 13:00 HKT (Live)||27/4 @ 11:00 HKT|
|Pacific||22/4 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live)||23/4 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live)||23/4 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live)||23/4 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live)||-||24/4 @ 15:00 Fiji (Live)||-||24/4 @ 21:00 Fiji (Live)||25/4 @ 17:00 Fiji (Live)||27/4 @ 15:00 Fiji|
|India||22/4 @ 15:00 IND (Live)||23/4 @ 09:00 IND (Live)||23/4 @ 12:00 IND (Live)||23/4 @ 15:00 IND (Live)||-||24/4 @ 08:30 IND (Live)||-||24/4 @ 14:30 IND (Live)||25/4 @ 10:30 IND (Live)||27/4 @ 08:30 IND|
|China||-||-||-||23/4 @ 17:45 CST (Live)||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Latin America||23/4 @ 08:30 CTU (Delay)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|ESPN - BT SPORT|
|UK & Ireland||22/4 @ 10:30 BST (Live)||23/4 @ 04:30 BST (Live)||-||23/4 @ 10:30 BST (Live)||-||-||-||24/4 @ 10:00 BST (Live)||25/4 @ 06:00 BST (Live)||26/4 @ 19:30 BST|
|Caribbean||-||-||-||23/4 @ 05:30 EST (Live)||-||-||-||-||-||27/4 @ 13:00 EST|
|FOX SPORTS 1|
|USA||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||24/4 @ 05:00 EDT (Live)||-||-|
|FOX SPORTS 2|
|USA||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||25/4 @ 01:00 EDT (Live)||-|
|FOX SOCCER PLUS|
|USA||22/4 @ 05:30 EDT (Live)||22/4 @ 23:30 EDT (Live)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||26/4 @ 23:30 EDT|
|Middle East||22/4 @ 09:30 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 03:30 GMT (Live)||-||-||-||-||-||24/4 @ 09:00 GMT (Live)||25/4 @ 05:00 GMT (Live)||26/4 @ 15:00 GMT|
|GEE - Boats & Cruises|
|Worldwide (excl. Aust.)||22/4 @ 09:50 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 03:45 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 06:35 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 09:45 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 09:25 GMT (Live)||24/4 @ 03:10 GMT (Live)||24/4 @ 06:15 GMT (Live)||24/4 @ 09:10 GMT (Live)||25/4 @ 05:20 GMT (Live)||-|
|New Zealand||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||25/4 @ 17:00 NZT (Live)||-|
|Canada||-||22/4 @ 23:30 EDT (Live)||-||23/4 @ 24:00 EDT (Delay)||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|New Zealand||22/4 @ 21:30 NZT (Live)||23/4 @ 15:30 NZT (Live)||-||-||23/4 @ 21:00 NZT (Live)||24/4 @ 15:00 NZT (Live)||-||24/4 @ 22:40 NZT (Delay)||25/4 @ 23:15 NZT (Delay)||27/4 @ 18:00 NZT|
|Worldwide (excl. Aust)||22/4 @ 09:50 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 03:45 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 06:35 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 09:45 GMT (Live)||23/4 @ 09:25 GMT (Live)||24/4 @ 03:10 GMT (Live)||24/4 @ 06:15 GMT (Live)||24/4 @ 09:10 GMT (Live)||25/4 @ 05:20 GMT (Live)||-|
*We also recommend you check out the AFANA website if you are in North America as they tend to have the very latest information on broadcast schedules or changes. ...
As the world pauses to commemorate the 101st ANZAC Day, and also the recognition of the 98th anniversary of the battle of Villers-Bretonneaux – a village on the battlefields of The Somme where Australian and allied troops held back the advancing German forces during World War One – the 8th annual AFL Europe ANZAC Cup will be played on the fields where so many gave their lives in battle.
The following article comes from the website off French Australian Rules football team, the Paris Cockerels. Writer, Francois Daniels, has given his own account of why this particular football match is so special to him as well as all others involved. He tells a great tale of the emotional connection to a simple game and the courage of the soldiers that fought for freedom.
This weekend we are proud to announce that six Paris Cockerels players will travel to Villers- Bretonneux, north of Paris, to play in the annual ANZAC day clash - five representing the French National Australian Football Team and another for the Expatriot Australian team who are coming from far and wide. The village, liberated by Australian forces on the eve of the 2nd ANZAC day April 24th 1917, fiercely guards the links between our nations, born on the sacrifice of these young men all these years ago. French national player Francois Daniels touches on why ANZAC Day is special to him. You are invited this weekend to the tiny town which is at the very heart of the affection between our two great nations of France and Australia.
I was there at the very first ANZAC Cup, in 2009, playing for the French team. Footy was just beginning to grow in France, and 7 years after, we can see how much we have accomplished since: about 10 different clubs all around the country, a real national competition, and a national team who compete well with the best European nations. I discovered Australian rules when I lived in Perth, in 2007-2008. When I came back in France, I started to play for the Paris Cockerels since today and played also in the ANZAC Cup in 2011 (first 18-a-side game in Villers), 2012, 2013 and 2015.
To me, it has always been very special to play a game like this since the first time, in this atmosphere, in this city of Villers-Bretonneux where people are always nice and their welcome always warm, and where France is still grateful for the sacrifice that young Australian people did a hundred years ago. It enabled me to meet so many different people, French, Australian, and for example somebody who became one of my best teammates a few years later in Paris, Huw Ryan.
We have actually more than we thought in common at the beginning, as one of his great-grandfather fought in France, just like mine: one of them fought during 4 years in Belgium, Verdun, and the Somme, was injured several times but survived; the second one was recruited to fight on the eastern front of Europe for 2 years, in the “Armée Française d’Orient”; the third one was seriously injured in only two weeks; the fourth one was too young in 1918, but died in 1940 when the Nazis launch their attack on France. I realize a bit better now what they’ve had to live, how they’ve suffered and what they gave. Sharing these memories with the sons and daughters of the people who made so many sacrifices is really important to me, and playing footy is also a way to commemorate Australian people who left everything behind to help and rescue France. I’ll be there again this year, also for the Dawn Service.
Lest we forget.
The original story can be viewed on the Paris Cockerels website at: http://www.pariscockerels.fr/news/actualites-du-club/2016-04-18_anzac-day-2016
Photo: AFL Europe ANZAC Cup (Photo: Maureen Bassard) ...
With the NZ AFL Premiership won by the Western Crows attention turns to – well – turns to more footy. The next few days across the ANZAC Day weekend will probably be the most hectic part of the annual AFLNZ calendar. There’s rep footy for seniors, juniors, boys and girls, there’s a combine and a decent feed to be had at the High Performance dinner & awards on Saturday.
The first event is Thursdays combine. Across the ANZAC Day weekend the NZ Hawks senior team will again front up to the AFL Academy side. New Zealand youth teams will play in a 2 game series against the Peninsula Saints from South East of Melbourne and the NSW Independent Schools.
The AFL New Zealand National Combine is being conducted (today – Thursday April 21st) at the Trusts Arena in West Auckland (5pm local time). The combine includes the following tests: 20m sprint; AFL Agility; Standing Vertical Leap; Beep Test; Clean Hands Test and Kicking Test. The best 35 athletes have been invited from the AFL NZ Academy and flown to Auckland to show their wares in front of AFL talent scouts. There are players from Auckland, Wellington, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Otago, Waitakere, Northland, Harbour and Counties ‘regions’.
In matches to be played on Friday and Sunday the New Zealand Kahu Youth Girls take on the Peninsula Saints Youth Girls. Again on Friday and Sunday the AFL NZ Academy Level 1 Hawks take on the AFL NSW Independent Schools. The AFL NZ Academy Level 2 Hawks take on the AFL South East U16 Peninsula Saints again on both Friday and Sunday.
The highlight game for the senior Hawks is Sunday afternoon at QBE Stadium (Albany, Auckland) when the NZ Hawks take on the AFL Academy (from 1 pm). This will be the 5th time the AFL Academy has toured New Zealand and are again being escorted by AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan. The Hawks are yet to register a victory but will be keen to acquit themselves well in their first big hit out at AFLNZ’s newest ‘AFL’ ground at North Harbour Stadium.
|Joseph Baker Thomas||Melbourne|
|William Warbrick||Bay of Plenty|
|Misilifi (Richard) Faimalo||Wellington|
|Kahurangi Robinson||Bay of Plenty|
|Te Kopa Tipene Thomas||Northland|
The leadership group is made up of Howison (Capt), Kusel, Boyce, Harris and McKenzie. Warbrick, Faimalo, Scarf-Matthews and Maisey were all Young Rising Star nominations.
Match Schedule (QBE Stadium, Auckland)Friday April 22nd 10am: AFLNZ Academy Level 1 Hawks vs AFL NSW Independent Schools 12pm: NZ Kahu Youth Girls vs Peninsula Saints Youth Grils 2pm: AFLNZ Academy Level 2 Hawks vs AFL South East U16 Peninsula SiantsSunday April 24th 10am: AFLNZ Academy Level 1 Hawks vs AFL NSW Independent Schools 11.30am: NZ Kahu Youth Girls vs Peninsula Saints Youth Grils 1pm: NZ Hawks vs AFL Academy 3pm: AFLNZ Academy Level 2 Hawks vs AFL South East U16 Peninsula Siants ...
ANZAC Day is always well commemorated by AFL Asia clubs and 2016 is no different - the following preview comes courtesy of AFL Asia and first appeared here.
The 2016 AFL Asia season will heat up on Saturday 23 April with another big round of ANZAC games across the region. Matches will be played in Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong, with commemoration events to also accompany the games.
AFL Asia President Darren Whitfield was excited about the Round ahead in saying “Anzac Day matches in Asia are always a massive, a sought after highlight of the AFL Asia season. They are a great way for our Clubs to remember the hardship of Wars gone by and acknowledge the enduring friendships that still survive. We expect large crowds across the footy fields of Asia for this momentous day in the Asian Footy calendar! Get involved!”
The Vietnam Swans will host their 7th Anzac Friendship Match at the old Lord Mayor’s oval in Vung Tau, the same ground where Vietnam Football League games were played between Australian servicemen from 1966-1971. Their opponents will this year be the Jakarta Bintangs who will be making their first of two tours to the south of Vietnam this year, with Vietnam to also host the Asian Champs at RMIT Saigon Campus on October 15.
The Bintangs are the only team to have defeated the Swans in Vung Tau with a win in 2013, and will be keen to maintain their top-of-the-AFL Asia-ladder position following a solid home win to the Malaysian Warriors in March and an early away win against the Myanmar Fighting Cocks at the inaugural Cocks Plate in Yangon in February. The Bintangs also easily accounted for an injury depleted Swans team at the 2015 Asian Championships with a 23-3 win.
The Swans played their first game of the year last weekend in Kuala Lumpur, going down to the Warriors 90-63. However, Swans President Grant Keys was happy with what the Swans were able to get out of the tour.
“While we got off to a slow start we were for the most part pleased with our first game of the year in KL, getting it back to 2 goals in the last quarter and giving the Warriors a bit of a scare before they put us away with a couple of late sealers. It was a great opportunity for us to blow a few cobwebs out and blood a few new guys, including four local Vietnamese guys who made the trip over, one of them kicking a sensational goal in his first game!”
“I expect we will see a few of these local guys feature in our main game and Commbank Cup legends game, and hope the Bintangs will also bring a few of their impressive locals with them. We think the Lord Mayor’s Oval is the best footy ground in Asia to play at, its certainly the most historic from an Asian footy perspective, and we always look forward to playing our best footy in Vung Tau.” Keys said
Being the 50th Anniversary year of the Battle of Long Tan, this year’s Anzac Friendship Match will hold extra significance with the Swans to unveil a special 50th Anniversary heritage jumper. The Swans will also host their McMillan Dinner at the Pullman Hotel, with 1996 Sydney Swan Premiership Player Brad Seymour confirmed as a special guest speaker.
Former Bintangs President Brenton Harris was also excited about the returning to Vung Tau in saying “We view the Vietnam trip as the pinnacle of ANZAC tours in Asia and loved our previous trip – the win helped of course.”
More information visit the Vietnam Swans Website: http://vietnamswans.com/anzac-2016/
2015 AFL Asia Grand Finalists the Malaysian Warriors will travel to Kanchanaburi, Thailand for what it also shaping up as a great match up between two of AFL Asia’s powerhouses.
Malaysia have had a solid start to the 2016 season with a narrow 1-goal away loss to Jakarta in March and their impressive home win against the Swans last weekend.
It will be Thailand’s first game of the season, with Malaysia taking the choccies at the 2015 Asian Champs in Bangkok 12-25.
The football match will be played on Saturday 23rd April at 1.00pm, and will once again be supported by the attendance of the Quiet Lions.
A dawn service will follow the game at Hellfire Pass and the Commemorative Wreath Laying Service at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery on Monday 25th.
More information visit the Thailand Tigers website: http://www.thailand-tigers.com/news/2016-anzac-day/
Round 3 of the South China Australian Football League will move to Stanley Ho Sports Centre at the University of Hong Kong for a special Anzac Round on Saturday April 23rd.
The day will kick off with a 9.30 AusKick clinic, before a 1230 ANZAC memorial service and SCAFL and Vikings AFL games.
Australian food and drinks available all day, with over 10 games of senior grade AFL football expected.
Reigning 2015 premiers the Lantau Lizards have been in good form with three wins from three matches in Round 2, catapulting the reigning premiers up the ladder. Easy victories over an undermanned Cobras side and Macau were followed up by a hard-fought win over the Guangzhou Scorpions, who will be looking to fill the massive hole that recent Port Adelaide recruit Chen Shaoling has left since departing for Adelaide.
More information visit the Hong Kong Dragons website: https://www.hk-dragons.com/anzac-round-2016/ ...
Only a few weeks ago the Moscow based Lazy Koalas travelled to Amsterdam to represent Russia at the 2nd Annual AFL Europe Champions League. It was a huge step for the club, and footy in Russia, but the greater benefit might have been seen last weekend at the opening match of the 2016 AFL Russia season.
The opening match saw the Lazy Koalas host the St Petersburg Cats in a rivalry that is gaining more and more support each year. The final result was a little one-sided, with the mighty Lazy Koalas downing the Cats 144 to 24. But the result further proved how far the Koalas have come so quickly. Despite their moniker, these Koalas are a long way from lazy. They have become the current Australian Rules football powerhouse in Russia.
On a cold, cloudy day in Moscow, according to Koalas co-founder Mikhail Artemyev, the Lazy Koalas took control early and simply never let go. However, St Petersburg Cats co-founder, Slava Belov, noted that he was proud of how far his team had come regardless of the result. Slava stated that “…the Cats got two new players, Yaroslav and Sergey, for whom it was the first match ever. We got a reunion with one of club founders Ilya who’s now living in another city. Ilya kicked two goals. We are heading the right way to build a fast passing and good kicking team. We are happy with the progress we have achieved within the year of footy.”
For many years the Australian Rules football scene in Russia was developed and grown by a committed group of people against many odds. It was played predominantly in Moscow. But now that work, and the passions of people like Mikhail, Slava and their dedicated club mates, has seen a Moscow based team capable of playing against the best teams across Europe, and a St Petersburg team that is following a similar pathway to success.
The return bout, or Round Two, will be played in St Petersburg in May. It will be very interesting to see how each team goes as their football develops.
Last week Collingwood upgraded American Mason Cox to the senior list for the injured Matt Scharenberg. They then named him on an extended interchange bench for their match against Melbourne at the MCG last Sunday, but when the final 22 were named on Friday afternoon he did not make the cut. So it was another week in the VFL. He had 51 hit outs, kicked a goal, and had eight disposals and two marks.
The Collingwood AFL side had another bad week on the field losing to Melbourne, taking their record to one win and three losses and the pressure was on. Coach Nathan Buckley said post match there would be changes. Early in the week the media speculation started. Cox's name was mentioned in press conferences, on panel shows and on the back page of Melbourne's leading footy newspaper The Herald Sun.
When the 25-man team was named this evening Cox was again in there, this time named on the field, at full forward - replacing Jesse White who was dropped from the side.
Just like last week we will have to wait for final confirmation, and extra day (4pm Saturday) but barring any extraordinary events we expect Mason will be named in the final 22 and will be running out as the first American to play in the AFL for the mighty colossus that is the Collingwood Football Club on Monday. Not just any day but the biggest day in AFL football outside of the finals series, ANZAC Day.
A day that is held dear to the hearts and minds of most Australians who show their respect, their reverence and their rememberance for those that gave so much of themselves for their country in conflicts around the world.
The day in Melbourne always begins with a dawn service and later in the morning a march for service men and women finishing at the Shrine of Remembrance. Traditionally after this many would then move off to other functions or attend the footy at the MCG after 1960 (matches were not played on Anzac Day prior to this).
In 1995 Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy got his concept underway for the ANZAC day match between Essendon and Collingwood with the intent for it be a game that would honour the Anzac spirit. The two sides have competed in this match every year since.
The minute's silence of over 80,000 crowd before the game is always an emotional moment. The match has continued as a popular fixture and has continued to grow in status each year.
We do not know what Mason will make of it all as an American, but many Australians will think him very fortunate to debut at the MGC and have his AFL debut on such a significant occasion. Good timing you might say.
On his way to the AFL Mason Cox attended the 2014 AFL Combine in Los Angeles and the AFL couldn't rush him out here quick enough where he auditioned for a number of clubs and settled on Collingwood as his choice of club. He joined the club late in 2014 and played the 2015 in the VFL and came close to an AFL debut last year. After two VFL matches this year it seems his shot at the big time has finally arrived.
Another great feat of timing by Cox and the AFL occurs this weekend with the 2016 iteration of the AFL's US Combine taking place again in Los Angeles. A fine example to a whole new batch of American athletes taking part in the Combine as to what can be achieved in just two years. Hopefully they will all be assembled in front of a big screen watching the match late on Sunday night (10pm) watching Cox debut live.
The first American to debut in the AFL playing for St Kilda in 2015, Jason Holmes will be watching on waiting for his own next chance to step back into the big time and with any luck a few future Aussie rules footballers from the US of A will be watching on too.
The match will be shown in the US on Fox Spots 2 from 1am Monday morning EDT or it can be streamed via www.Watchafl.afl.com.au (subscription required).
The named 25 man team is below, the squad will be narrowed to 22 at 4pm on Saturday Melbourne time.
The cold hard statistics lie sometimes. Other times they don’t. For Collingwood’s big Texan, Mason Cox, they tell an amazing story. On his AFL debut, on arguably the second biggest stage behind the AFL Grand Final, Cox played an admirable game. The stats say: 10 possessions (six kicks, four handpasses), 3 marks, 3 tackles, 11 hitouts 1 goal and 1 behind. Incredible given how short a time he has had in the Australian game.
Where the stats do lie is in his impact beyond the stats. He kicked the opening goal of the match for Collingwood – the goal that opened the floodgates as the ‘Pies rampaged to a 69 point win over the Bombers. The celebration by Collingwood players (and supporters) after that goal showed such elation that it boosted their collective confidence immediately. They went on to win the ANZAC Day match 22 10 142 to 11 7 73 in front of 85 000 fans.
Two of those fans were his parents, all the way from Dallas, Texas, to see their son’s wonderful debut. Many more were rabid Collingwood fans seeing a new cult hero emerge. The rest were frazzled Essendon fans forced to bemoan Cox’s performance and send out an SOS for their own American reinforcements.
Even when the game was over, Mason Cox still managed centre stage with an after match on-field interview – his day just couldn’t have been better.
Jason Holmes has carried the torch for successful American recruits in his own special time at St Kilda. But today he may just have handed the flame over to Cox. And what a wonderful advertisement for footy in the United States – something that can possibly be used to greater advantage by promoters and recruiters alike to say that there is a place for American recruits on the big AFL stage.
A more detailed examination of Cox’s impact makes for impressive additional reading. On top of the standard stats, Cox had three “one-percenters” – tap-ons to advantage when acting as a 211cm rover. He won a clearance, a hugely valued stat at all clubs, and his disposal efficiency was an impressive 80%.
Collingwood will enjoy today’s win, as will their fans. But there will not be a bigger, or prouder, grin than that on Mason Cox’s face than when his mum and dad hug him and say, “Well played, son ...
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The first day at the AFL's US combine in Los Angeles has been completed. All the guys here are big. That's what AFL clubs have told the AFL they want them to find.
Well they found one especially big one. But he is not American. Stanislas Heili is a 7ft 1in, 240 lb Frenchman. His hometown is Strabourg France. Heili went to top university INSA Lyon in France and played basketball in Lyon-Villeurbanne in the Ligue Nationale de Basket League before heading to the US.
In the US the 22 year-old has been playing basketball for Lindenwood Univerity which is located in St Charles, Missouri.
With the impressive frame a number of clubs will be interested in his testing results.
This is not an 18 man team you would want to match up against. Okay they may be a bit top heavy.
These 18 elite athletes are undergoing testing at the AFL's US Combine in Los Angeles Monday through Wednesday this week. And not all of them are American.
The other nationalities include French, Nigerian and one athlete who is a citizen of The Democratic Republic of Congo.
Most of them are basketballers (as their main college sport) with just two Janko Beras who is a baseball and gridiron football player and Daniel Joseph Woody Quinn who played baseball and volleyball in college. The full list is below, some of the stats may be out of date.
|Player||DOB||Height cm||Height imp||Wt||Wt lbs||College||Predominant Background|
|Janko||Beras||11/26/1994||193cm||6'4"||102kg||225||Ave Maria University||Baseball/Football|
|Daniel Joseph||Woody Quinn||6/08/1992||197cm||6'5.75"||109kg||240||University of Tennessee||Football/Volleyball|
|Jamal||Hunter||07/24/1993||200cm||6'7||97kg||215||Jacksonville state university||Basketball|
|Jacquez||Rozier||3/01/1993||200cm||6'7||103kg||227||Middle Tennessee State University||Basketball|
|Brandon||Nazione||03/31/1994||200cm||6'7||102kg||225||Eastern Michigan University||Basketball|
|Ikem||Eriobuna||1/07/1993||203cm||6'8||97kg||215||Allen University||Basketball (born in Nigeria)|
|Khaliq||Spicer||05/27/94||203cm||6'8||102kg||225||Kent State University||Basketball|
|Imoh||Silas||11/04/1992||203cm||6'8||102kg||226||Siena College||Basketball (born in Nigeria) Nigerian|
|Omari||Gudul||5/18/1994||206cm||6'9||102kg||225||Angelo State University||Basketball (born Democratic Republic of the Congo) went to school in Kenya|
|Bruce||Marshall||3/20/94||206cm||6'9||106kg||235||Missouri Southern State||Basketball|
|Devontae||Watson||1/27/1993||210cm||6'11"||100kg||220||Temple University||Basketball (Highlights package below)|
|Stanislas||Heili||06/24/1993||213cm||7'0"||109kg||240||Lindenwood university||Basketball (French born)|
Day 1 Test results:
Absolute running vertical jump (right leg)
Khaliq Spicer (Kent State University) – 368cm
Devontae Watson (Temple University) – 364cm
Omari Gudul (Angelo State University) – 357cm
Absolute running vertical jump (left leg)
Shane Henry (Virginia State) – 371cm
Jamal Hunter (Jacksonville State) – 356cm
Austin Lewis (McNeese State University) – 354cm
Shane Henry (Virginia State) – 84cm
Jamal Hunter (Jacksonville State University) – 84cm
Khaliq Spicer (Kent State University) – 79cm
Derrick Williams (Park University) – 79cm
Running vertical jump (right leg)
Khaliq Spicer (Kent State University) – 99cm
Brandon Nazione (Eastern Michigan University) – 90cm
Shane Henry (Virginia State) – 87cm
Running vertical jump (left leg)
Shane Henry (Virginia State) – 102cm
Jamal Hunter (Jacksonville State) – 83cm
Nduka Ezeamii (Avila University) – 83cm
20 metre sprint
Austin Lewis (McNeese University) – 2.86 seconds
Ikem Eriobuna (Allen University) – 2.93 seconds
Jamal Hunter (Jacksonville State) – 2.96 seconds
Imoh Silas (Siena College) – 2.96 seconds
Jacquez Rozier (Middle Tennessee State University) – 8.35 seconds
Brandon Nazione (Eastern Michigan University) – 8.35 seconds
Ikem Eriobuna (Allen University) – 8.44 seconds
Khaliq Spicer (Kent State University) – 25.51 seconds
Imoh Silas (Siena College) – 25.73 seconds
Bruce Marshall (Missouri Southern State) – 25.95 seconds
Round 6 kicks off on Friday night with North Melbourne hosting the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.
If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the schedule below. As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates.
For those in the US looking to watch American Mason Cox in his second AFL match with Collingwood, you will need to be able to tune into Fox Soccer Plus channel or watch via subscription service WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU.
|1||29-Apr||Night||North Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs||Etihad Stadium||VIC||19:50||09:50||SEVEN|
|2||30-Apr||Day||Melbourne vs. St Kilda||Etihad Stadium||VIC||13:45||03:45||SEVEN|
|3||30-Apr||Day||Adelaide Crows vs. Fremantle||Adelaide Oval||SA||13:40||04:10||FOX|
|4||30-Apr||Twilight||GWS GIANTS vs. Hawthorn||Spotless Stadium||NSW||16:35||06:35||FOX|
|5||30-Apr||Night||Geelong Cats vs. Gold Coast SUNS||Simonds Stadium||VIC||19:25||09:25||SEVEN|
|6||30-Apr||Night||Richmond vs. Port Adelaide||MCG||VIC||19:25||09:25||FOX|
|7||1-May||Early||Brisbane Lions vs. Sydney Swans||The Gabba||QLD||13:10||03:10||FOX|
|8||1-May||Day||Carlton vs. Essendon||MCG||VIC||15:20||05:20||SEVEN|
|9||1-May||Twilight||West Coast Eagles vs. Collingwood||Domain Stadium||WA||14:40||06:40||FOX|
|NETWORK||GAME 1||GAME 2||GAME 3||GAME 4||GAME 5||GAME 6||GAME 7||GAME 8||GAME 9||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Asia||29/4 @ 17:30 HKT (Live)||30/4 @ 11:30 HKT (Live)||-||30/4 @ 14:30 HKT (Live)||-||30/4 @ 17:20 HKT (Live)||1/5 @ 11:00 HKT (Live)||-||1/5 @ 14:30 HKT (Live)||4/5 @ 11:00 HKT|
|Pacific||29/4 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live)||30/4 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live)||-||30/4 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live)||-||30/4 @ 21:20 Fiji (Live)||1/5 @ 15:00 Fiji (Live)||-||1/5 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live)||4/5 @ 15:00 Fiji|
|India||29/4 @ 15:00 IND (Live)||30/4 @ 09:00 IND (Live)||-||30/4 @ 12:00 IND (Live)||-||30/4 @ 14:50 IND (Live)||1/5 @ 08:30 IND (Live)||-||1/5 @ 12:00 IND (Live)||4/5 @ 08:30 IND|
|Latin America||30/4 @ 08:30 CTU (Delay)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|ESPN - BT SPORT|
|UK & Ireland||29/4 @ 10:30 BST (Live)||-||30/4 @ 05:00 BST (Live)||-||-||30/4 @ 10:00 BST (Live)||1/5 @ 04:00 BST (Live)||-||1/5 @ 07:30 BST (Live)||3/5 @ 19:30 BST|
|Caribbean||-||-||-||-||-||30/4 @ 05:00 EST (LIVE)||-||-||-||4/5 @ 24:00 EST|
|FOX SPORTS 1|
|USA||-||-||-||-||-||30/4 @ 05:00 ET (Live)||-||-||-||-|
|FOX SPORTS 2|
|USA||29/4 @ 05:30 ET (Live)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|FOX SOCCER PLUS|
|USA||-||-||29/4 @ 24:00 ET (Live)||-||-||-||-||-||1/5 @ 02:30 ET (Live)||2/5 @ 23:00 ET|
|ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK|
|Middle East||29/4 @ 09:30 GMT (Live)||-||30/4 @ 04:00 GMT (Live)||-||-||30/4 @ 09:20 GMT (Live)||-||-||1/5 @ 06:30 GMT (Live)||2/5 @ 15:00 GMT|
|GEE - Boats & Cruises|
|Worldwide (excl. Aust.)||29/4 @ 09:30 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 03:30 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 04:00 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 06:30 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 09:00 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 09:00 GMT (Live)||1/5 @ 03:00 GMT (Live)||1/5 @ 05:00 GMT (Live)||1/5 @ 06:30 GMT (Live)||-|
|New Zealand||-||-||-||-||-||-||1/5 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay)||-||-||-|
|Canada||29/4 @ 12:00 EDT (Delay)||-||29/4 @ 24:00 EDT (Live)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|New Zealand||29/4 @ 22:30 NZT (Delay)||30/4 @ 15:30 NZT (Live)||-||-||30/4 @ 21:00 NZT (Live)||-||1/5 @ 15:00 NZT (Live)||-||1/5 @ 22:40 NZT (Delay)||4/5 @ 18:00 NZT|
|Worldwide (excl. Aust)||29/4 @ 09:50 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 03:45 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 04:10 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 06:35 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 09:25 GMT (Live)||30/4 @ 09:25 GMT (Live)||1/5 @ 03:10 GMT (Live)||1/5 @ 05:20 GMT (Live)||1/5 @ 06:40 GMT (Live)||-|
*We also recommend you check out the AFANA website if you are in North America as they tend to have the very latest information on broadcast schedules or changes. ...
Pick 44 in the 2013 AFL Draft was Sydney’s. They had plenty of other players to choose from that later made other team’s lists. Some of the names that went after 44 included Ben Brown (North Melbourne - 47), Orazio Fantasia (Essendon – 55), James Sicily (Hawthorn – 56), Tom Langdon (Collingwood – 65), Sam Lloyd (Richmond – 66) and a few other decent picks.
But the Sydney Swans had already seen something they liked better. Their scouts had been up in Queensland watching the skills and potential of Aliir Aliir, the Sudanese boy who had been firing at junior levels for years. When he went to Western Australia in 2013 to improve his drafting chances (after being overlooked in the 2012 draft), Sydney’s eyes followed. The Swans, not afraid to take a chance, picked a fruit from the draft tree that might take a while to ripen, but when it did it would likely be a delight.
This weekend Aliir will make his senior debut. After an injury riddled first season, the young man enjoyed a better 2015 with consistency in the NEAFL. That form has continued into 2016 to the extent that when Ted Richards went down injured during the week, Swans coach John Longmire didn’t hesitate to give Aliir his chance.
Aliir Aliir’s journey has seen him born in a Kenyan refugee camp after his parents fled the war in Sudan. After six years, the family moved to Australia and settled in Brisbane to be near their uncle. It didn’t take long to discover Australian Rules football and the rest, as they say, is history. The journey now takes another great step when he runs out onto the Gabba for the Sydney Swans against the Brisbane Lions – another historical touch and fitting his debut will be in the state where he first fell in love with the game.
Majak Daw was the first Sudanese heritage player to play a senior game at North Melbourne. But Aliir holds a new record being the first player of Sudanese heritage to be taken at the AFL Draft – Daw was a rookie selection and has been joined on rookie lists by Reuben William (Brisbane Lions), Mabior Chol (Richmond) and Gach Nyuon (Essendon).
In a new AFL era where international players are making team lists more often, clubs are now prepared to back their judgement and give the players their time. Aliir’s time has now arrived and it will be an exciting day for him, his family, the club, the Sudanese community and footy in general.
Good luck, Aliir Alii ...
The Wandsworth Demons didn’t waste any time sending messages to the rest of the AFL London competition about their intentions for the 2016 season. With Round One being played last weekend, the Demons kicked of their year with a rousing 17 point win over league powerhouse, the West London Wildcats. One round is not a season, but the Wildcats have been making a habit of grabbing any silverware not nailed down. Their Champions League victory coupled with their pre-season cup win had them pencilled in again as early favourites for another title by many.
But whether it be revenge for seasons past, envy of success or just plain old good football, the Demons stopped the Wildcats in their tracks and have already changed the status quo of the season.
In other Premiership Division games, last year’s premiers North London Lions got away to a perfect start to 2016 by downing the London Swans by 41 points. The Wimbledon Hawks also made it one from one with a 35 point win over the Putney Magpies.
In the Conference division, the London Swans downed the Regents park Lions whilst the She Bu Raiders defeated the Clapham Demons.
The Social Division saw first up wins to Wimbledon Hawks, South London Demons and the South East London Giants.
London Swans 6.4.40 DEF BY North London Lions 12.9.81
West London Wildcats 8.5.53 DEF BY Wandsworth Demons 11.4.70
Wimbledon Hawks 9.6.60 DEF Putney Magpies 3.7.25
London Swans 7.7.47 DEF Regents Park Lions 7.6.46
She Bu Raiders 8.17.65 DEF Clapham Demons 2.2.14
Wimbledon Hawks 5.7.37 DEF Putney Magpies 4.5.29
Ealing Emu’s 2.6.18 DEF BY South London Demons 7.5.45
South East London Giants 5.8.38 DEF Reading Roos 3.6.24
Round Two Premiership division will see the North London Lions take on the Wimbledon Hawks, the West London Wildcats up against the Putney Magpies and London Swans clashing with the Wandsworth Demons. ...
The 2016 US Combine in LA has wrapped up. The AFL will now bring a number of athletes down to Australia in July (likely 3) to prepare for the National Draft Combine, although the possibility exists that they could bring one or more earlier at the request of AFL clubs as they did with Mason Cox in 2014.
The final day of the Combine saw the athletes in a competitive, improvised game with tackling. Woody Quinn, a gridiron player from the University of Tennessee stood out here against the basketballers. Also impressing was the 7ft Frenchman Stan Heili who threw himself wholeheartedly into the competitive work. Others that impressed were Shane Henry and Omari Gudul.
We spoke to Gil Griffin, author of the forthcoming book "Jumping at the Chance: From NBA Hopefuls to AFL Prospects — The Players of the American Experiment" who he thought would be offered the chance to come to Melbourne.
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"I was very impressed by Woody Quinn, he showed great aggressiveness and competitive fire. He also is smart and curious about the game. Came out of nowhere today. The other four I was most impressed by are Omari Gudul, Shane Henry, Stan Heili and Brandon Nazione."
When I pressed Gil on who he would select if he had to pick just two to bring to his AFL club he responded "I'd go for Omari Gudul and Stan Heili. Gudul is athletic enough to possibly adapt to forward craft, while Heili is a smart, strong tackling ruckman, who could play a Todd Goldstein role."
Whoever gets the invites to come down under to the next step of the Aussie rules journey will fulfil the talent mandate that the AFL development staff have been tasked to find. From there it will be up to the athlete and the AFL clubs to make something of it.
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