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    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."

    BC Footy will announce further details about the event over the coming weeks. ...

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    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



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    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.

    Round 1 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Southern Saints 9 8 62
    Central Giants 8 2 50
    Game 2
    Western Crows 12 11 83
    Northern Suns 6 6 42
    Round 2 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Western Crows 9 11 65
    Central Giants 7 11 53
    Game 2
    Southern Saints 13 6 84
    Northern Suns 7 12 54
    Round 3 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Central Giants 18 11 119
    Northern Suns 6 6 42
    Game 2
    Western Crows 7 7 49
    Southern Saints 3 11 29
    Round 4 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Southern Saints 16 6 102
    Central Giants 3 5 23
    Game 2
    Northern Suns 11 9 75
    Western Crows 6 9 45
    Round 5 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Western Crows 12 5 77
    Southern Saints 10 9 69
    Game 2
    Northern Suns 16 8 104
    Central Giants 12 6 78
    Round 6 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Western Crows 12 7 79
    Central Giants 3 13 31
    Game 2
    Southern Saints 13 11 89
    Northern Suns 4 7 31
    Round 7 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Southern Saints 17 9 111
    Northern Suns 10 12 72
    Game 2
    Central Giants 10 9 69
    Western Crows 9 10 64
    Round 8 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Western Crows 10 10 70
    Southern Saints 8 5 53
    Game 2
    Northern Suns 5 13 43
    Central Giants 4 8 32
    Round 9 Gls Bhd Pts
    Game 1
    Central Giants 10 11 71
    Southern Saints 6 8 44
    Game 2
    Western Crows 9 12 66
    Northern Suns 6 6 42

    The final standings were

    Team Played Won Lost % Pts
    Western Crows 9 7 2 126 28
    Southern Saints 9 5 4 129 20
    Central Giants 9 3 6 88 12
    Northern Suns 9 3 6 71 12

    Each round a young rising star player was nominated, the final Round 9 nomination is to be announced.

    Round Team Player From DOB
    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

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    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.” ...

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    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

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    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


    AUSTRALIA PLUS                    
    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) - - - - - -
    CLARO SPORTS                    
    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
    ORBIT SHOWTIME                    
    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) -
    SKY SPORTS                    
    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. ...

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    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:




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    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.

    Player From
    Andrew Howison Melbourne
    James Kusel Wellington
    Michael Boyce Auckland
    Aaron Harris Brisbane
    Samuel McKenzie Wellington
    Barclay Miller Melbourne
    Will Gregson Auckland
    Brandon Sucu Auckland
    Tim Stokes Auckland
    Joseph Baker Thomas Melbourne
    Brendan Clark Brisbane
    William Warbrick Bay of Plenty
    Jordan Drinkall Auckland
    Levi Inglis Canterbury
    Ben Hick Auckland
    Kyle Smith Canterbury
    Misilifi (Richard) Faimalo Wellington
    Ty Smith Auckland
    Kahurangi Robinson Bay of Plenty
    Christian Blackie Otago
    Heta Scarf-Matthews Otago
    Te Kopa Tipene Thomas Northland
    Jay Johnson Canterbury
    Troy Brown Auckland
    Fraser Stevens Auckland
    Jessie Baty Auckland
    Alistair Maisey Auckland
    Josh Cunliffe Auckland

    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 ...

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  • 04/20/16--20:28: AFL Asia ANZAC Day round
  • 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!”


    IMG_5878Vietnam Swans vs Jakarta Bintangs – Vung Tau, Vietnam

    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' famous ANZAC Footy Record will this year feature their new local players

    The Swans’ famous ANZAC Footy Record will this year feature their new local players

    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:


    2016_ANZAC_Day_Web-451x638Thailand Tigers vs Malaysian Warriors

    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:


    ANZACday2016SCAFL ANZAC Round

    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: ...

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    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.


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    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 (subscription required).

    The named 25 man team is below, the squad will be narrowed to 22 at 4pm on Saturday Melbourne time.


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  • 04/25/16--01:15: Take A Bow, Mason Cox

  • 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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    Mason Cox was presented with his first Collingwood AFL jumper pre match today by Darcy Moore. It was a big jumper with the number 46 for the 211cm giant. The first presented to an American.
    Cox warmed up out on the field prematch. At the city end. A few short leads, mark, turn around and take a set shot. The kicks were straight, spinning nicely. A sign of things to come, perhaps. Down to the middle and some ruck work in the centre circle. Anthony Rocca holding the bag, no opposition but some nice palm downs to the Collingwood midfielders, all good but how will he go against oppositionω
    Back to the rooms.
    Everything is in place, Essendon out on the ground. Umpires out. The banner out. Australian and New Zealand flags in position. Collingwood continue warming up at the Punt Rd end. Cox again working set shots around the arc, but the kicks from about 30m out. 
    Coach Nathan Buckley walks across to Cox. Pats him on the back. Has a chat, gestures towards the goal square. His arms then swing out, something about how they want the ball to move, or perhaps how Essendon will rebound the ballω Who knowsω When I asked Buckley in the press conference he just said he told him to “make sure you enjoy it…Mase like most Americans they don’t mind the big stage, he was looking forward to in and it was good for him to have his family across.”
    At any rate a few final pats on the bum for the (international) rookie and off they went to line up for the ANZAC commemoration ceremonies. Cox stood out in the middle of the line, literally head and shoulders about most of his Collingwood team mates as the ceremony and anthems were played (neither anthem being the Star Spangled Banner).
    As promised when the team was named on Thursday, Cox lined up at full forward. Technically he replaced Jesse White. But the focus from the footy media was on Travis Cloke who was confirmed to have been dropped to the VFL side on Saturday from the initial 25 man squad. Cloke the dominant full forward in 2011,2012 and 2013 has been sadly out of form and finally the selection axe had come for him.
    But could Cox produce something better. Well he soon showed he could produce something. Essendon’s Hartley matched up on Cox, in the square at the city end of the MCG. A big man at 199cm but still giving away some height to Cox. After the usual tight skirmish following the first bounce Collingwood worked the ball from their backline down to Darcy Moore. His short pass into the leading Cox was taken and the big American went back for the set shot. 25 metres out he calmly walked in and his drop punt went straight through the middle. 
    An amazing moment, and followed up by Cox being swamped by Collingwood team mates elated that the big Texan, who gave up everything at home to come on this journey had clearly worked hard for this moment and they just wanted to share with him just how special it was.
    Collingwood were looking good in the clearances and almost immediately the ball was back in the middle it was cleared and sent in towards Cox again, this time a high ball that the Essendon defenders were able to spoil.  
    Sidebottom kicked his first of three for the quarter and the Pies made all the running. 
    Another chance for Cox who manages to be on his own in the forward pocket, but they can’t get the ball to him cleanly and the ball goes over the line and out of bounds.
    Shortly after the ball again came deep into Collingwood’s forward line, the ball squeezed out to Cox in the pocket and while off balance he tried a little checkside kick that wasn’t far off the mark but went for a behind.
    His next opportunity comes when a quick handball is fired to him on the 50m arc, but he is facing away from goal, he gives off to the running Grundy, but Grundy’s kick to the square is not a good one.
    As would be the pattern for the day, after a full forward stint it was time to go to the bench about halfway through the quarter.
    Moore and Oxley add more goals for Collingwood.
    Cox has come back into the game. Now in the ruck. His wins his first tap down to De Goey in the middle. The next centre bounce he also wins to Pendlebury after Langford finally kicks the first for Essendon.  
    Sidebottom kicks two more goals. Collingwood out to a 34 point lead. Cox move back to full forward and then sees out the quarter on the bench. Meanwhile two more goals for Collingwood through Fasolo and Howe give them a 45 point lead at quarter time.
    In the second quarter Cox back at full forward provides a good lead, the ball spills and Sidebottom kicks his fourth, and looks the goods to win the Anzac medal for best on ground already.
    After another rest on the bench, Cox is thrown into the ruck again. He wins his first tap straight to PendleburyBlair adds another for Colingwood. 
    A great kick from Irishman Conor McKenna hits Brown in pocket and he kicks the Bombers second goal.
    But Collingwood keep piling on the goals through Blair and Howe.
    At the next boundary throw in he wins the tap and then follows up to get the ball off the deck and dish out a handball. After another brief rest on the bench he is at full forward again. 
    Gwilt from Essendon is now manning up Cox, a bit of a mismatch. Cox contests up on the wing, one handed throwing his body in he almost crashes through the defenders. Shortly after he marks at half back. He kicks long to the forward flank but the ball is marked by Essendon.
    Moore kicks from 50 and goals as Cox does his best to assist with a shepherd of the ball on the line.
    In the forward 50 this time, Cox wins ruck tap, the ball ends up forward to Fasolo in the pocket from a quick kick and he goals from set shot. Collingwood take a 76 point lead into half time. Looking unbeatable.
    Cox again starts the quarter at full forward. The Bombers start with quick goal to Fantasia. Daniher kicks a behind and Essendon are starting to show some fight.
    Collingwood move the ball quickly into the forward line again, Cox wins marking contest against Baguley, then quickly handballs over top to Howe and onto Fasolo who goals. Smith follows up with another for the Pies.
    Daniher roves the pack and snaps one for the Bombers.
    Levi Greenwood reported for striking.
    Grimley goals for Bombers from 50 out and Stokes goal for Essendon also.
    Cox has another spell on the bench before returning to the ruck.
    Fasolo’s long set shot for goal is good.
    Cox is looking a little weary. But pushing back in defence and then up to the wing as a marking option. He get’s a rest now back at full forward.
    Following a behind Cox contests but cant mark the long kick in. Ball spills forward and comes out to De Goey who goals for Collingwood.
    Cox marks this time on the forward flank, goes back and delivers to Grundy in the pocket, he misses the set shot.
    Cox provides the lead up target but spills the mark, roves himself and taps on to Greenwood but he can’t convert. But shortly after Greenwood has it again and kicks the goal from pocket.
    Cox again has a spell on the bench before the final quarter push.
    The final score for the quarter is a goal to Essendon after score review with the scores at 3.4 time Collingwood 19.8 to Essendon 7.4.
    Great running goal from Fantasia again for Essendon to start the fourth quarter. Cox again at full forward for Collingwood, Hartley manning up on him as he has done for most of the game when Cox is forward. James Kelly adds another for the Bombers following a score review in his favour.
    Quiet up forward and Cox goes into ruck about halfway through the last. He has one very good hit out to Smith
    Goals for Collingwood to Blair and Taylor Adams are split by a brilliant snap from Zach Merrett of Essendon.
    Another good tapout in the middle from Cox but taken away by Langord for the Bombers.
    Levi Greenwood kicks one more for Collingwood before Cooney and Stokes add some late pride for Essendon actually outscoring the Magpies by 7 points in the second half. 
    Cox has one last roll of the dice at the end of the match at full forward to try to bookend his day with goals, but the ball does not come forward again.
    The siren sounds. Collingwood win by 69 points. Steele Sidebottom wins the Anzac Day medal.
    Mason Cox is interviewed by every media outlet going around, and his family too. Nathan Buckley says “you would think so” when asked if he has done enough to retain his spot next week. But also says that it could be alongside Travis Cloke, if not next week then definitely a possibility this season.
    COLLINGWOOD    8.4   14.6 19.8 22.10 (142)                 
    ESSENDON            1.1   2.2    7.4    11.7 (73)          
    Collingwood: Sidebottom 4, Fasolo 4, Blair 3, Howe 2, Moore 2, Greenwood 2, Cox, Oxley, Smith, De Goey, Adams
    Essendon: Grimley 2, Fantasia 2, Langford, Brown, Daniher, Stokes, Kelly, Cooney, Merrett
    Collingwood: Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Treloar, Fasolo, Reid, Adams
    Essendon: Kelly, Fantasia, Hartley, Zaharakis, Goddard
    Collingwood: Varcoe (hamstring)
    Reports: Nil
    Umpires: O'Gorman, Schmitt, Jeffery
    Official crowd: 85,082 at the MCG
    Anzac Day Medal voting
    Steele Sidebottom - 9
    Scott Pendlebury - 6
    Taylor Adams - 1
    Jordan de Goey - 1
    Adam Treloar - 1 ...

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    Three years ago it was Jason Holmes at the AFL’s US Combine that caught the eye of talent scouts at St Kilda and then subsequently locked him in at the National Draft Combine in Melbourne.
    In 2014 Mason Cox made such an impact the AFL brought him to Melbourne early, where clubs made bids for his services. Collingwood won out and yesterday he made his memorable debut.

    (Image Source Twitter @GriffinGil12)

    2015 saw Carlton take Matt Korcheck (pictured left) after his performances at the AFL held their US combine in Florida.
    In 2016 the AFL are back in the US to see which US athletes they can unearth and propel towards an alternate footballing career in Australian football. They are back in Los Angeles and will put athletes (largely scouted by John Givony from Draft Express) through the same testing that is done at the National Draft Combine in Australia. 
    This year the athletes attending had a special treat. On Sunday night in Los Angeles they all gathered around the TV to watch the ANZAC day debut of Mason Cox. Certainly great motivation for a group that are all wondering what exactly Aussie rules is all about and is there really any chance this will lead to anything significant.  The testing will run through to Wednesday.
    We would like to tell you who is attending this year. But it is a secret until after the combine. The National Draft Combine in Australia announces attendees months out, but apparently this information is too hot to handle. Although we have seen that there is at least one player (pictured right) there that is reportedly 213cm, 2cm taller than Mason Cox.
    At any rate there will no doubt be a number of clubs looking for the next Holmes or Cox. Gold Coast indicated late last year that a ruckman out of the US was one of the types they were looking for. 
    Day 1 has just wrapped up with testing including skin folds, agility drills, vertical leap, ruck work and handballing. Tomorrow is the 3k time trial and more competitive work.   Some results of the testing will come out over the next few days.

    (Image source Twitter @rmpenfold) ...

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  • 04/25/16--20:25: US Combine's big Frenchman
  • 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.





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  • 04/26/16--06:50: US Combine's elite 18
  • 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
    Shane Henry 12/10/1993 198cm 6'6 93kg 205 Virginia Tech Basketball
    Jamal Hunter 07/24/1993 200cm 6'7 97kg 215 Jacksonville state university Basketball
    Nduka Ezeamii 6/07/1992 200cm 6'7 111kg 245 Avila University Basketball
    Derrick Williams 12/28/1992 200cm 6'7 97kg 215 Park 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
    Jervon Pressley 12/16/1992 200cm 6'7 113kg 250 Hampton 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
    Austin Lewis 1/11/1994 203cm 6'8 106kg 235 McNeese State 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
    John Cannon 11/22/1992 207cm 6'9.75 106kg 235 UNC-Asheville 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 

    Vertical jump
    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 

    Agility test
    Jacquez Rozier (Middle Tennessee State University) – 8.35 seconds
    Brandon Nazione (Eastern Michigan University) – 8.35 seconds
    Ikem Eriobuna (Allen University) – 8.44 seconds 

    Repeat sprint
    Khaliq Spicer (Kent State University) – 25.51 seconds
    Imoh Silas (Siena College) – 25.73 seconds
    Bruce Marshall (Missouri Southern State) – 25.95 seconds


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    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


    AUSTRALIA PLUS                    
    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
    CLARO SPORTS                    
    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) -
    SKY SPORTS                    
    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. ...

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    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 ...

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    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. ...

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    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.

    Photo Courtesy AFL Photos

    "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.

    Photo Courtesy AFL Photos ...

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