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    Round 11 gets underway Friday night with North Melbourne hosting Richmond at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. 

    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.

     

     

    GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT NETWORK
    1 3-Jun Night North Melbourne vs. Richmond Blundstone Arena TAS 19:50 09:50 SEVEN
    2 4-Jun Day Hawthorn vs. Melbourne MCG VIC 13:45 03:45 SEVEN
    3 4-Jun Day Carlton vs. Brisbane Lions Etihad Stadium VIC 14:10 04:10 FOX
    4 4-Jun Twilight Geelong Cats vs. GWS GIANTS Simonds Stadium VIC 16:35 06:35 FOX
    5 4-Jun Night Fremantle vs. Essendon Domain Stadium WA 17:40 09:40 SEVEN
    6 4-Jun Night Gold Coast SUNS vs. Sydney Swans Metricon Stadium QLD 19:25 09:25 FOX
    7 5-Jun Early Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide MCG VIC 13:10 03:10 FOX
    8 5-Jun Day Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast Eagles Etihad Stadium VIC 15:20 05:20 SEVEN
    9 5-Jun Twilight Adelaide Crows vs. St Kilda Adelaide Oval SA 16:10 06:40 FOX

     

    TERRITORY/NETWORK GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3 GAME 4 GAME 5 GAME 6 GAME 7 GAME 8 GAME 9 HIGHLIGHTS
    AUSTRALIA PLUS                    
    Asia 3/6 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 4/6 @ 11:30 HKT (Live) - 4/6 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) 4/6 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) - 5/6 @ 11:00 HKT (Live) - 5/6 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) 8/6 @ 11:00 HKT
    Pacific 3/6 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 4/6 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live) - 4/6 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) 4/6 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) - 5/6 @ 15:00 Fiji (Live) - 5/6 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) 8/6 @ 15:00 Fiji
    India 3/6 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 4/6 @ 09:00 IND (Live) - 4/6 @ 12:00 IND (Live) 4/6 @ 15:00 IND (Live) - 5/6 @ 08:30 IND (Live) - 5/6 @ 12:00 IND (Live) 8/6 @ 08:30 IND
    CCTV5                    
    China - - 4/6 @ 15:30 CST (Delay) - - - - - -  
    CLARO SPORTS                    
    Latin America 4/6 @ 08:30 CTU (Delay) - - - - - - - - -
    ESPN - BT SPORT                    
    UK & Ireland 3/6 @ 10:30 BST (Live) - 4/6 @ 05:00 BST (Live) - 4/6 @ 10:30 BST (Live) - 5/6 @ 04:00 BST (Live) 5/6 @ 06:00 BST (Live) - 7/6 @ 19:00 BST
    ESPN                    
    Caribbean - - - - 4/6 @ 05:30 ET (LIVE) - - - - 8/6 @ 14:00 ET
    FOX SPORTS 1                    
    USA 3/6 @ 05:30 ET (Live) - - - - - - - - -
    FOX SPORTS 2                    
    USA - - - - - - 4/6 @ 23:00 ET (Live) - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS                    
    USA - 3/6 @ 23:30 ET (Live) - 4/6 @ 02:30 ET (Live) - - - - 5/6 @ 02:30 ET (Live) 6/6 @ 23:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK                    
    Middle East 3/6 @ 13:30 GST (Live) 4/6 @ 07:30 GST (Live) - 4/6 @ 10:30 GST (Live) - - - 5/6 @ 09:00 GST (Live) - 6/6 @ 19:00 GST
    GEE - Boats & Cruises                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 3/6 @ 09:30 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 03:30 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 04:00 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 09:30 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 5/6 @ 03:00 GMT (Live) 5/6 @ 05:00 GMT (Live) 5/6 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) -
    SKY SPORTS                    
    New Zealand - - - - - - - - 6/6 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) -
    TSN2                    
    Canada - - - - - - 5/6 @ 11:30 ET (Delay) 5/6 @ 01:30 ET (Live) - -
    TVNZ                    
    New Zealand 3/6 @ 21:30 NZT (Live) - 4/6 @ 16:00 NZT (Live) - - 4/6 @ 22:00 NZT (Delay) 5/6 @ 15:00 NZT (Live) - 5/6 @ 22:40 NZT (Delay) 8/6 @ 18:00 NZT
    WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 3/6 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 03:45 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 04:10 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 06:35 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 09:40 GMT (Live) 4/6 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 5/6 @ 03:10 GMT (Live) 5/6 @ 05:20 GMT (Live) 5/6 @ 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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    St Kilda are looking to get a jump on other AFL clubs for the signing of the next Irish code crosser. County Westmeath gaelic footballer Ray Connellan will spend the next month at the club in an extended audition with the club.
     
    After being in the 2015 International Rules extended squad for Ireland, Connellan was a strong perfomer in the AFL’s Combine in Dublin in December. He then attended the AFL’s Academy camp in Brandeton Florida in January where a number of AFL clubs had a chance to assess him.

    (Photo:James Crombie - INPHO) 

    Connellan would likely have been an invitee to the AFL’s National Draft Combine in Melbourne in November but St Kilda are looking to get a jump on the competition and make a call on him before then.
     
    The 191cm plays as a midfielder in the GAA for his club Athlone and county Westmeath. 
     
    International recruitment remains one of the few remaining avenues for clubs to secure talent outside the draft system on a first in, best dressed basis and Connellan would be signed as an Catergory B rookie.

    St Kilda have previously had Irish players Colm Begley and Tommy Walsh on their list. ...


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    The St Kilda website has reported today (Saints to court the Kiwi market again that the Saints attentions have not been lost from New Zealand with a new deal to play up to 2 games in Auckland in 2018. Club chief operating officer Ameet Bains told Melbourne sports radio station SEN that St Kila “..see an opportunity to reinvigorate what we started doing in New Zealand.”

    The proposed venue is Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium, which is primarily used for Rugby Union and as a Speedway circuit. St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis told the Age (AFL 2016: St Kilda want two 2018 games in Auckland that the Saints hope to play one pre-season and one home-and-away match in 2018 but with a view to increasing to 2 home-and-away matches beyond that.

    There is a proposed redevelopment of the Western Springs Stadium into a boutique Test cricket and football venue. The AFL are not looking at helping to fund the redevelopment . The new stadium is to hold around 23,000 and is strongly supported by Cricket New Zealand. Currently the smaller more circular Eden Park in Auckland is pretty well too small a field for international cricket but is planned to be used still for cricket for Twenty20 matches.

    Previously St Kilda has played matches in Wellington with a strong crowd of 22,546 in 2013 when they took on Sydney. Since then the attendances have fallen to 12,125 for last years Saints loss to Carlton. However – by Wellington soccer and Rugby Union standards that’s still a pretty good crowd. Matches at the venue for St Kilda were reportedly worth $500,000 each.

    New Zealand is a key component of the AFL’ international strategy reported on by WFN last year (National Press Club push on International Vision. ...


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    Well! How About That?? Saturday 28th May. Channel Seven News at 6.00pm broadcast across Australia a news clip featuring AFL Sweden and players from Bromma Vikings and Solna Axemen.

    Presented by Sevens Sports presenter Mark Soderstrom just about half an hour or so before the Adelaide Crows versus GWS Giants match at Adelaide Oval was certainly a surprise, although, I must say a pleasant one.

    One can only hazard a guess at what prompted the Seven News team to run the clip and from where it was sourced, but it is great to see international footy getting a showing on mainstream television in Australia, brief though it might have been.

     

    So, International Leagues and clubs out there, get busy with the video cameras and produce a 3-4 min clip showcasing your footy and send them off to 'Soders' at Channel Seven. If Channel Seven were to receive enough clips they might just be prompted to make it a 'regular' segment before the big game as happened tonight. ...


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    The following story by Sam Wharton comes to us courtesy of the Port Melbourne Football Club and originally appeared here.

    The Port Melbourne Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Mikkel Kjoege as an addition to its playing list for the remainder of season 2016.

    The football journey of Kjoege so far has been a story in itself.

    Whilst his face may be familiar to some Borough supporters after he completed the majority of the club’s pre-season training sessions before the Christmas break, 21-year-old Kjoege was unfortunately forced to return to his home country Denmark following the expiration of his visa soon after.

    “He was very impressive in most facets of the pre-season, and we thought he was a genuine chance to make our final playing list before he experienced those issues (with his visa),” coach Gary Ayres said.

    Upon returning to Australia in recent weeks, circumstances have allowed the club to re-commit to officially listing Kjoege for the rest of the year as he continues to chase his dream of playing Australian Rules football at the highest level.

    When he initially left Denmark a few years ago, Kjoege was quoted in a www.worldfootynews.com article as saying that “I had to quit my job as a soldier in the Danish army and leave family and friends in Denmark, to come closer to playing AFL someday. That’s how much I want to do this.

    “Everything I do, I do to become a better footballer, to hopefully one day be the first Dane to play a senior match for an AFL club in Australia. This would be my biggest dream, and definitely something I aim for.”

    Ayres was immediately impressed by what Kjoege had to offer upon seeing him run around North Port Oval during the pre-season campaign.

    “Mikkel certainly displayed enough to suggest that he could make our list (in the pre-season),” Ayres said.

    “He possesses great endurance and solid skills, is good in contested situations and overall, displays a willingness to learn and get better. It’s a credit to him how far he’s already come with his football.

    “It’s great that the club has been able to re-commit to providing him with this opportunity.”

    Last year, Kjoege played 16 games in the ‘Premier Reserve’ VAFA competition with Old Xaverians, booting 22 goals and being named in the side’s best players on four occasions.

    This season, he has crossed to play with his nominated ‘home’ club West Coburg in the Essendon and District Football League (EDFL), and made his debut on Saturday in the reserves side that was victorious over Pascoe Vale. He was named in the best players.

    We look forward to seeing Mikkel’s development continue, and wish him the very best of luck!

    Mikkel replaces the recently departed Zac Keogh on our official playing list of 68 for season 2016. Keogh played three Senior games with the Borough, booting one goal. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Zac all the very best in his future footballing endeavours, and thank him for his contribution to the club.

    You can checkout some footage of Kjoege past highlights from AFL Europe in the video below.

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    The AFL Record for Round 11 features an animated Mason Cox on the cover (see below) and a featured two page spread inside discussing his journey and impact so far.   Below the ominous figure of Cox on the cover are the words "Be Warned! There are more of us on the way".

    You can watch the latest episode of "On the Record" here where Mason Cox  is discussed and compared with the NRL's Jarryd Hayne who attempted to cross over to the NFL. 

     

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    After five rounds of the AFL London season, the Wandsworth Demons, West London Wildcats and North London Lions have pulled away from the rest of the pack to grab the top three places. Whilst those three teams can mount a fascinating battle from here to see which team heads to the minor premiership and likely flag favouritism, the battle of the lower three sides is arguably more intense as the Wimbledon Hawks, Putney Magpies and London Swans fight for the other place in the top four and also to get clear of the wooden spoon.

    This marks the half way mark of the home and away season with each team having played each other, giving a fair indication of relative strength going into the second half of the season.

    Weekend matches saw the Demons down the Hawks by 83 points, the Wildcats savage the Swans by 103 points and the Lions feast on the Magpies to the tune of 102 points in a rather lopsided round. The results see the Wandsworth Demons still undefeated in top spot, with the West London Wildcats breathing down their necks in second place a game behind. The North London Lions hold third spot a comfortable game and a half clear of the Wimbledon Hawks.



    Next weekend’s matches will see the top of the table clash between the Demons and the Wildcats which is sure to be a cracking game. The Magpies take on the Hawks and the Swans will play the Lions.

    ROUND 5 RESULTS:

    PREMIERS:
    Wimbledon Hawks 5.2 (32) def. by Wandsworth Demons 18.13 (115)
    London Swans 2.10 (22) def. by West London Wildcats 17.23 (125)
    Putney Magpies 5.5 (35) def. by North London Lions 20.17 (137)

    AFL London Women's League
    Wimbledon Hawks 5.4 (34) def. Wandsworth Demons 3.4 (22)
    South East London Giants 2.7 (19) def. by North London Lions 4.5 (29)

    CONFERENCE:
    London Swans 5.7 (37) def. by ‪Shepherds Bush Raiders‬ 11.14 (80)‬
    South East London Giants 13.7 (85) def. ‪Regents Park Lions‬ 7.6 (48)‬

    SOCIAL:
    Wimbledon Hawks 2.3 (15) def. by ‪#South London Demons‬ 13.8 (86) ‬
    Reading Kangaroos 12.3 (75) def. ‪Ealing Emus‬ 3.5 (23)‬
    South East London Giants 6.10 (46) def. ‪Bounds Green Lions‬ 6.7 (43)‬

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    Footy returns to Melbourne on Friday night with Round 12 kicking off at Etihad Stadium. The struggling Bombers host the Hawks in what is always a clash full of feeling between these two clubs.

    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.

    WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU this weekend are offering free streaming of all Round 12 matches - conditions apply and not available in Australia.

     

    GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT NETWORK
    1 10/6 Night Essendon vs. Hawthorn Etihad Stadium VIC 19:50 09:50 SEVEN
    2 11/6 Day Port Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs Adelaide Oval SA 13:10 03:40 FOX
    3 11/6 Twilight Brisbane Lions vs. Fremantle The Gabba QLD 16:35 06:35 FOX
    4 11/6 Night Geelong Cats vs. North Melbourne Etihad Stadium VIC 19:25 09:25 SEVEN
    5 11/6 Night West Coast Eagles vs. Adelaide Crows Domain Stadium WA 17:40 09:40 FOX
    6 12/6 Early St Kilda vs. Carlton Etihad Stadium VIC 13:10 03:10 FOX
    7 12/6 Day Richmond vs. Gold Coast SUNS MCG VIC 15:20 05:20 SEVEN
    8 12/6 Twilight GWS GIANTS vs. Sydney Swans Spotless Stadium NSW 16:40 06:40 FOX
    9 13/6 Day Melbourne vs. Collingwood MCG VIC 15:20 05:20 SEVEN
    TERRITORY/NETWORK GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3 GAME 4 GAME 5 GAME 6 GAME 7 GAME 8 GAME 9 HIGHLIGHTS
    AUSTRALIA PLUS                    
    Asia 10/6 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 11/6 @ 11:30 HKT (Live) 11/6 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) - 11/6 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 12/6 @ 11:00 HKT (Live) - 12/6 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) - 15/6 @ 11:00 HKT
    Pacific 10/6 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 11/6 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live) 11/6 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) - 11/6 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 12/6 @ 15:00 Fiji (Live) - 12/6 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) - 15/6 @ 15:00 Fiji
    India 10/6 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 11/6 @ 09:00 IND (Live) 11/6 @ 12:00 IND (Live) - 11/6 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 12/6 @ 08:30 IND (Live) - 12/6 @ 12:00 IND (Live) - 15/6 @ 08:30 IND
    CCTV5                    
    China - 12/6 @ 11:30 CST (Delay) - - - - - - - -
    CLARO SPORTS                    
    Latin America 11/6 @ 08:30 CTU (Delay) - - - - - - - - -
    ESPN - BT SPORT                    
    UK & Ireland 10/6 @ 10:30 BST (Live) 11/6 @ 04:30 BST (Live) - 11/6 @ 10:00 BST (Live) - 12/6 @ 04:00 BST (Live) - - 13/6 @ 06:00 BST (Live) 14/6 @ 19:00 BST
    ESPN                    
    Caribbean - - - 11/6 @ 05:00 ET (LIVE) - - - - - 15/6 @ 18:00 ET
    FOX SPORTS 1                    
    USA - - - - - - - - 13/6 @ 01:00 ET (Live) -
    FOX SPORTS 2                    
    USA - - - 11/6 @ 05:00 ET (Live) - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS                    
    USA 10/6 @ 05:30 ET (Live) 10/6 @ 23:30 ET (Live) - - - - - 12/6 @ 02:30 ET (Live) - 14/6 @ 24:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK                    
    Middle East 10/6 @ 13:30 GST (Live) - - 11/6 @ 13:00 GST (Live) - - - 12/6 @ 10:30 GST (Live) 13/6 @ 09:00 GST (Live) 14/6 @ 18:00 GST
    GEE - Boats & Cruises                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 10/6 @ 09:30 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 03:30 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 09:30 GMT (Live) 12/6 @ 03:00 GMT (Live) 12/6 @ 05:00 GMT (Live) 12/6 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) 13/6 @ 05:00 GMT (Live) -
    SKY SPORTS                    
    New Zealand - - - - - - - - 13/6 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) -
    TSN2                    
    Canada - 10/6 @ 23:30 ET (Live) - 11/6 @ 16:00 ET (Delay) - - - - - -
    TVNZ                    
    New Zealand 10/6 @ 21:30 NZT (Live) 11/6 @ 15:30 NZT (Live) - 11/6 @ 22:00 NZT (Delay) - 12/6 @ 15:00 NZT (Live) - 12/6 @ 22:35 NZT (Delay) 13/6 @ 23:40 NZT (Delay) 15/6 @ 18:00 NZT
    WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 10/6 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 03:40 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 06:35 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 11/6 @ 09:40 GMT (Live) 12/6 @ 03:10 GMT (Live) 12/6 @ 05:20 GMT (Live) 12/6 @ 06:40 GMT (Live) 13/6 @ 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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    On the back of nearly four million viewers in China for the Power's Round 5 clash against Geelong, Port Adelaide, the AFL and CCTV have entered a partnership which will see one AFL game per week for the remainder of the 2016 home and away season broadcast on the world's biggest television network.

    As part of the agreement, one in every three games will involve Port Adelaide. CCTV will also broadcast any final if Port Adelaide is a competing club.

    Port Adelaide will continue to produce its weekly 30-minute AFL Show which documents Port Adelaide SANFL recruit Chen Shoaliang's dream of one day playing AFL. The show also showcases highlights of five AFL games from the weekend, as well as the top five marks, goals and tackles from each Round.


    CCTV's willingness to broadcast more AFL games on their expansive network was a result of the ratings success of Port Adelaide's Round 3 and 5 games.

    The club's Round 3 win against Essendon reached an audience of nearly 2 million viewers on CCTV.

    Port Adelaide's Round 5 clash against Geelong reached more than 3.5 million viewers in China.

    The club's first weekly AFL Show screened on April 2 reached approximately 2 million viewers.

    Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said he was delighted with the response from the Chinese sporting public.

    "When we entered into a partnership with CCTV to broadcast games against Essendon and Geelong we weren't sure how they would be accepted by CCTV's viewing audience," Mr Thomas said.

    "We were hopeful of gaining an audience share of between 1 and 2 million viewers by our second broadcast game but to achieve 2 million viewers for the first broadcast game in Round 3 was very pleasing.

    "But for me the real story is in the staggering growth from our first broadcast game to the second. To go from reaching approximately 2 million viewers to over 3.5 million the following game tells me there is a real appetite for our game in China.

    "On these figures we estimate that by season's end potentially 60 million Chinese viewers would have watched Port Adelaide on CCTV in 2016."

    Director of CCTV Sports Channel Zhang Bin said that it was too early at this stage to gauge the overall popularity of AFL in the eyes of the broader Chinese audience but he had noticed a definite interest in the game.

    "The first impressions of AFL by our staff and via general feedback from viewers is that the sport is very interesting, with faster pace and more vivid movement than other codes such as traditional Rugby or NFL games," said Mr Zhang.

    "CCTV5+ are keen to broadcast an AFL game per week so that we can keep educating and developing the audience group to ensure the sport has an opportunity to grow here in China.

    "CCTV5+ has been broadcasting Rugby Sevens at Olympic games and the Rugby Union World Cup to huge audiences in recent years.

    "We want our audiences to explore different countries, cultures and sport-lifestyles through watching a variety of 'olive ball' shaped sports like AFL.

    "As a result of AFL coverage on CCTV5+ we hope there will be more Chinese people in the future visiting Australia and experiencing the true Aussie spirit through their association with the sport." ...

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    In an historic move by AFL Europe, the 2016 Euro Cup will be played in Lisbon, Portugal. Not a nation that boasts a major European competition, the move may be something of a surprise, but not to David Valente, one of the three directors of the Portugese Australian Football Association.

    As David stated, “I don't have to tell you how huge this is for us.”

    “Basically, AFL Europe is giving us a great opportunity and we're planning to seize it. With no TV broadcasts of AFL games for the time being, this is the best tool that we have to further the development of the game.”

    (Picture: Official AFL Europe logo for 2016 Euro Cup)


    “It was AFL Europe's idea to consider holding the cup over here, they thought it would help develop the game. They came over to look at venues, and we met personally. We talked about our experiences trying to get Portuguese people to play footy, gave them some information, and promised to do all in our power to help organise things.”

    It remains to be seen as to whether a Portugese team can enter as there are regulations which may stand in the way of a national Australian Rules team. But that will be resolved in time. The more obvious, and arguably more valuable, benefit will be the chance to market the game again not just in Portugal but across the entire Iberian Peninsula. This also incorporates Spain (including Catalonia) and Andorra, all being home to past and present Australian Rules football teams.

    More details will be released as the event draws near, but 8th October is the date for the event. David and the rest of the team in Portugal, and also at AFL Europe, are now tingling with excitement in readiness for the 2016 Euro Cup.

    Portugal is now ready to write its own piece of Australian Rules football history. ...

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  • 06/11/16--18:41: Changing Of The French Guard


  • In a remarkable weekend of semi-finals in the CNFA, the French competition will see a new first time premier as the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes and the newcomers, the Paris Cockatoos, won their way to the big dance.

    In the battle in Paris, reigning premiers the Paris Cockerels took on their prodigy, the Cockatoos. The Cockatoos were up against history on so many fronts. New to the league this season and playing against a Cockerels team that has been comfortable with success, the Cockatoos were expected by many to fall at this hurdle. But determination and belief are powerful allies and the Cockatoos outplayed their opposition to record at tremendous 18 5 113 to 13 8 86 victory. The teams finished the home and away season in second and third position on equal points.


    In the other semi, the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes reached their first Grand Final when they downed the Toulouse Hawks in a thriller by just 4 points. The Coyotes have been growing and developing impressively over recent years and this Grand Final appearance will be great reward. The final score saw the coyotes down the Hawks 96 to 92, highlighting how unlucky the Hawks were.

    But this year will see two brand new Grand Finalists, which is great for the development of the game in France. Either way the 2015/16 season will see a changing of the premiership guard.

    The Grand Final will be played in Bordeaux in two weeks time. What an exciting two weeks it will be for the Coyotes and the Cockatoo ...

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    The vast tentacles of Australian Rules football have been spreading across India at an alarmingly pleasing rate, driven enormously by the work of Sudip Chakraborty and his tremendous team at AFL India. Teams are springing up all over India – north to south, east to west – and many young people are being inspired to start their own dream and create a club.

    One such example is the Pink City Triceratops team in Jaipur, northern India. The city of three million people is around 250 kilometres from the nation’s capital, New Delhi. Jaipur is also referred to as the “Pink City Of India”, hence the new club’s name.

    The Triceratops are a long way from having a competitive team at a national, or even local, level. But their commitment, dedication and desire suggests that things may change. Certainly, if D’Costa david, club founder, has his way that change will be sooner rather than later.


    “The name of our club is the Pink City Footy club and we play in ground of area like a park with sand and dirt. We have 20 to 30 players and for competition we play against each other.”

    D’Costa first learned of Australian Rules football in 2014 and immediately fell in love with the game and wasting no time converting friends and family to his new love. “I started the Pink City Footy Club from 1st June officially. I want to do a lot of things. I want to be a big player in AFL and make a wonderful, big ground for practice and matches.”

    “I will have a coach to teach us how to play footy [and learn] skills for our club's player's. We want to play other teams in India and want to come to Australia to play footy.”

    The fledgling club knows that they have a long road to travel, and getting equipment is a part of that. “We need equipment like balls and [tackle] bags.” D’Costa is only too aware that the only way to keep the enthusiasm for the game going is to grow and to do so they want to be able access the things that help a footballer, or club, learn and improve.

    The Triceratops are yet another example of how the great game of Australian Rules football is capturing the imaginations of people worldwide, and particularly across India as rabid followers get hold of Sherrins, Ross Faulkners and Burleys and grow.

    D’Costa’s dream is a dream shared by more and more. But at the moment he and his team mates are starting small in the suburbs of Jaipur and who knows where they will go from there.

    World Footy News has the contact details for the Pink City Footy Club and if there are clubs out there who want to help the Triceratops, get in touch. It is stories like this one that warm the hearts of those who love the game and its international growth, and maybe there are some out there who can accelerate that growth.

    And the Pink City Triceratops would be delighted with tha ...

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    The undefeated streak of the Wandsworth Demons came to an end on the weekend when the West London Wildcats clawed their way back into top spot on the AFL London ladder with a narrow but important 13 point win. After dropping their first round match to the demons, the Wildcats were determined to again assert their dominance over them, and the rest of the competition.

    The Wimbledon Hawks took a big step towards securing a finals berth when they downed the Putney Magpies. Despite it being just their second win of the season (as well as a draw), the result gives the Hawks a valuable game and a half buffer over the fifth placed Magpies with just four rounds until finals.


    In the final match of the round, the North London Lions were too strong for the London Swans. The Lions are also out to make a statement as they try to defend their 2015 title, making sure that the Demons and Wildcats know they are still breathing down their necks. The loss compounds an already poor start to the season for the Swans and they will need to find something special over the remaining rounds to ward off the dreaded wooden spoon.

    Next weekend’s matches see the split round with the Demons and the Hawks clashing next weekend before the following weekend sees the Lions take on the Magpies and the Wildcats meeting the Swans.

    RESULTS:

    Premiers:
    WANDSWORTH DEMONS 11.7(73) def. by WEST LONDON WILDCATS 13.8(86)
    PUTNEY MAGPIES 9.11(65) def. by WIMBLEDON HAWKS 14.11(95)
    LONDON SWANS 5.6(36) def. by NORTH LONDON LIONS 20.16(136)

    Conference:
    ‪CLAPHAM DEMONS‬ 1.4(10) def. by ‪SHEPHERDS BUSH RAIDERS‬ 16.11(107)‬‬
    LONDON SWANS 2.7(19) def. by ‪‎REGENTS PARK LIONS‬ 18.14(122)‬

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    ‪SOUTH LONDON DEMONS‬ 2.5(17) def. by ‪EALING EMUS‬ 11.8(74)‬‬
    ‪HAMMERSMITH MAGPIES‬ 7.12(54) def. ‪BALHAM HAWKS‬ 2.8(20)‬‬
    READING KANGAROOS 10.11(71) def. ‪BOUNDS GREEN LIONS‬ 5.6(36)‬ ...

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    The Manchester Mozzies were given their sternest test of the season so far, and passed with flying colours. Challenged by the Wolverhampton Wolverines, themselves determined to make a statement as the season gets closer to finals time, the Mozzies held firm to win by 13 points in a tough encounter. For the Mozzies, their dream of a continued dynasty is on track to come true. For the Wolverines, who have lost recent clashes to both the Mozzies and the Scorpions, the opportunity now exists to measure themselves and evaluate their chances going forward.

    The Sheffield Thunder’s slow ascent up the ladder continued with a solid five goal win against the Tyne Tees Tigers. Whether this win is enough to keep the Thunder out of the cellar remains to be seen, but the win was welcome and something to build on. The task for the Tigers doesn’t get any easier, drawn to meet both the Mozzies and Wolverines in coming rounds.


    In the remaining game of the round, the Nottingham Scorpions put the Merseyside Saints to the sword with an overwhelming 259 point victory. The win gives the Scorpions further evidence that they are at least the equal of the Mozzies this year and a genuine chance to upset the reigning premiers come finals time. The defeat for the Saints continues the steep learning curve that was always going to be a part of the territory in their inaugural season.

    With just three rounds remaining before the finals commence in mid-July, there will be plenty of scrambling with clubs determined to improve their ladder positions. This begins with the next Lightning Round, hosted by the Merseyside Saints, on 25th June.

    Results (Round 5):
    Nottingham Scorpions 43.23.281 d Merseyside Saints 3.4.22
    Sheffield Thunder 15.14.104 d Tyne Tees Tigers 9.19.73
    Manchester Mozzies 11.20.86 d Wolverhampton Wolverines 10.13.73
    Bye: Huddersfield Rams

    Ladder: (To be Confirme ...

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    At a function today, AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick announced the initial eight women’s teams to take part in the national competition for 2017. As well as the Melbourne and Western Bulldogs, both teams having had teams playing on a regular basis, Adelaide, Brisbane, Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle and Greater Western Sydney were granted licences to compete next year.

     

    Geelong, St Kilda, Richmond, North Melbourne and West Coast were the unlucky clubs to miss out on inaugural selection, but have received provisional licences to clear their path for entry into an expanded league for women from 2018.

     

     

    The Gold Coast Suns, Port Adelaide, Essendon, Sydney and Hawthorn did not pursue a licence for next year but will consider their options for women’s teams further down the track as the new competition unfolds.

     

     The following article appears on the www.afl.com website:

     

    TRADITIONAL heavyweights Carlton and Collingwood join Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs as the Victorian contingent in the first year of the AFL national women's league.

     

    Fremantle has edged out West Coast in the battle of the west to be the Perth-based team in the eight-club inaugural competition.

     

    Adelaide, Brisbane Lions and Greater Western Sydney are the other non-Victorian clubs to compete in the eight-week season in February-March next year.

     

    The other AFL club applicants, Richmond, Geelong, North Melbourne and St Kilda, along with the Eagles, have been granted provisional licences to be part of an expanded women's league in 2018, depending on development of the game in their areas.

     

    Next season's women's competition will feature six home-and-away rounds, with the top four playing two semi-finals and a Grand Final.

     

    The women's Grand Final could be played in the week between the end of the NAB Challenge and the start of the AFL season, or as a curtain-raiser to the AFL season opener at the MCG on either a Thursday or Saturday night.

     

    "This day has been a long time coming. The number of women and girls playing football has doubled over the last five years,'' AFL commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said at the launch near the city-end goals of the MCG on Wednesday morning.

     

    "Our CEO Gillon McLachlan calls it a revolution and it is. A fully fledged national competition with the best women players will grace AFL grounds, wearing AFL jumpers and representing passionate AFL tribes.

     

    Full statement from the AFL and Mike Fitzpatrick's speech

     

    "On behalf of the AFL Commission, I want to express our deep gratitude to those who continue to help grow and develop women's football at all levels.

     

    "The establishment of a national women's league will provide a platform to inspire young girls to reach for the stars and provide another avenue for Australian Rules fans to enjoy. Our game will never be the same.''

     

    Club representatives with Gillon McLachlan and Mike FItzpatrick at Wednesday's launch

     

    Another media announcement was to follow with more details of how the women's league would work.

     

    Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce, who will be the most prominent player in the inaugural league, said it was a banner day for women.

     

    "We've seen on so many issues that sport is a powerful vehicle," she said.

     

    "To see women out there playing a really physical sport, at our most powerful, will (encourage change) across all of society." ...


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    To borrow a phrase from Wallace & Gromit, Galway footy fans were treated to a “Grand Day Out” when the Galway Magpies hosted Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 ARFLI season. It was the third carnival day for ARFLI fixtures, following on from previous carnivals held in Dublin and Cork. Whilst the off field entertainment was regarded as a delight, so was the performance of the Magpies on the field with two wins from their two matches, seeing them claw their way off the bottom of the ladder.

    The Leeside Lions also enjoyed their day with two strong wins from their two matches, downing both the South Dublin Demons and the Belfast Redbacks. The Swans and Redbacks had days they would rather forget, neither winning a match for the day.


    The results see the powerful Leeside team remain undefeated with six wins from their six starts. The Belfast Redbacks now sit in second place with three wins and three losses, just ahead of the Galway Magpies on two wins and four losses. The South Dublin Swans now sit in fourth place with just one win from their six matches to date.

    With two remaining carnivals to come in Dublin and Belfast, constituting Rounds 7 to 10, there is still time for all teams to get a run on before the semi-finals on July 23rd and the Grand Final on August 8th. But at the moment the Leeside Lions are going to take a lot of stopping as they power onwards and flex their muscle against all other teams.

    Results:
    Galway Magpies 9-2-56 d South Dublin Swans 5-5-35
    Galway Magpies 9-2-56 d Belfast Redbacks 6-3-39
    Leeside Lions 11-10-76 d South Dublin Swans 1-0-6
    Leeside Lions 7-3-45 d Belfast Redbacks 3-3-21

    Ladder:
    Leeside Lions (W) 6 (L) 0
    Belfast Redbacks (W) 3 (L) 3
    Galway Magpies (W) 2 (L) 4
    South Dublin Swans (W) 1 (L) ...

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    The following is a story from the Coburg Football Club’s website which looks at how two of its Muslim footballers balance their celebration of Ramadan and football. Towards the end the article also looks at a cross-section of the cultural backgrounds of a club in suburban Melbourne – their case is not unique as the multicultural growth in footy goes from grass roots to the highest level. It is nevertheless an interesting example. The story by Adrian Dixon can be found at: http://coburgfc.com.au/lions-stars-embracing-culture/

     

    One aspect that the Coburg Football Club prides itself on is its diversity with regards to its multiculturalism.

     

    As the suburb of Coburg is based in the City of Moreland, there are many different cultures that represent the municipality, whether it be the background of their heritage or what religion they believe in.

     

    And while the AFL encourages its clubs, at both league and state level to promote their multicultural stories among its players and staff, it provides great publicity for clubs like the Lions in order to increase its awareness.  

     

    Two of Coburg’s higher profile players, Ahmed Saad and Ozgur Uysal both share the Muslim Heritage. Ahmed was born to Egyptian Parents in Australia, and moved there for a few years before returning to Australia. Ozgur is of Turkish descent. The pair grew up in Melbourne’s North West, Roxburgh Park where both managed their junior football for the local club there, although Ozgur later on in his junior career moved to Greenvale (who he still has aligned as his local club).

     

    As well documented, Ahmed returned to the VFL this season following a stint in the AFL with St.Kilda, while Ozzie first played for Coburg in 2010 having come out of the TAC Cup system with the Calder Cannons as a 23rd man.

     

    And at this time of year, most Muslims in Australia are entering the phase of Ramadan. The word ‘Ramadan’ is derived from the Arabic word meaning “Intense Heat, Scorched Ground and Shortness of Food and Drink.”

     

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. During this month, it is seen by Muslims as a period of prayer, fasting, charity giving and self-accountability. For each year during the regular calendar, it begins either towards the end of Autumn or Winter months, and it lasts for a month. This year, it began on the seventh of June, only a few days after Coburg’s big win over Richmond.

     

    What the day consists of for both Ozzie and Ahmed are that the fast during the daylight hours- which as a result means they are not to consume any food whatsoever, until the evening hours of the day.

     

    “It’s a month where we fast from dawn till dusk, sunrise till sunset, it’s an opportunity for us to be grateful for what we have and to get closer to God and do as many good deeds as possible.”

     

    While the fasting period you’d imagine would have an effect on the players in regards to performance, it wasn’t necessarily the case on the weekend. Ahmed managed a match-winning six goal performance on the weekend, while Ozzie arguably had his best performance of the season where he managed 26 disposals, seven tackles and six clearances.

     

    “I’ve been doing it since I was eight years old. Here in Australia we are doing it easy, we are breaking our fast at ten past five unlike my family in Egypt who are doing it much tougher they end up fasting until about 8:30-9PM at night and its 35 degrees. it make us feel for the poor and for the less fortunate and as a result it’s a great opportunity to for us to fed the poor and help who is in need."

     

    Further to clarify the current list is made up of players with many different heritages. Danny Younan is from a Lebanese background, Featherstone is of Welsh descent with his name originating from Poland, Dion Hill is New Zealand Maori, Mark Kovacevic Croatian, Nick Robortella, Josh Iacobacco Michael Ercolano & Adam Valeri are all Italian, Garrett McDonagh Irish, Kyle Staples is born to an English parent, and Richard Bamblett and Michaelis McMasters are Indigenous Australians. Assistant and Forward Line Coach Adam Campbell was born and lived in New Zealand before moving to Victoria, while High Performance Manager Derek McConn migrated to Australia from Ireland.

     

    All of these different cultures represented within the club are what represents us as a strong community and cultured focused club at Coburg.

     

    The AFL’s Multicultural Round will be played in Round 16 from 7-10 July as a recognition of the role played by people of multicultural backgrounds at all levels of the game both in Australia and across the world.

     

     

     

     

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    Round 13 kicks off in Melbourne on Friday night with North Melbourne hosting Hawthorn 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 full schedule below.

    As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates.

    GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT NETWORK
    1 17-Jun Night North Melbourne vs. Hawthorn Etihad Stadium VIC 19:50 09:50 7
    2 18-Jun Day Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles The Gabba QLD 13:40 03:40 FOX
    3 18-Jun Twilight Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide Domain Stadium WA 14:35 06:35 FOX
    4 18-Jun Night Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong Cats Etihad Stadium VIC 19:25 09:25 7
    5 19-Jun Early Sydney Swans vs. Melbourne SCG NSW 13:10 03:10 FOX
    6 19-Jun Twilight Essendon vs. GWS GIANTS Etihad Stadium VIC 16:40 06:40 FOX

     

    TERRITORY/NETWORK GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3 GAME 4 GAME 5 GAME 6 HIGHLIGHTS
    AUSTRALIA PLUS              
    Asia 17/6 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 18/6 @ 11:30 HKT (Live) 18/6 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) 18/6 @ 17:25 HKT (Live) 19/6 @ 11:00 HKT (Live) 19/6 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) 22/6 @ 11:00 HKT
    Pacific 17/6 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 18/6 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live) 18/6 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) 18/6 @ 21:25 Fiji (Live) 19/6 @ 15:00 Fiji (Live) 19/6 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) 22/6 @ 15:00 Fiji
    India 17/6 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 18/6 @ 09:00 IND (Live) 18/6 @ 12:00 IND (Live) 18/6 @ 14:55 IND (Live) 19/6 @ 08:30 IND (Live) 19/6 @ 12:00 IND (Live) 22/6 @ 08:30 IND
    CCTV5              
    China 21/6 @ 17:20 CST (Delay) - - - - - -
    CLARO SPORTS              
    Latin America 18/6 @ 08:30 CTU (Delay) - - - - - -
    ESPN - BT SPORT              
    UK & Ireland 17/6 @ 10:30 BST (Live) - 18/6 @ 07:30 BST (Live) 18/6 @ 10:30 BST (Live) 19/6 @ 04:00 BST (Live) 19/6 @ 07:30 BST (Live) 21/6 @ 18:00 BST
    ESPN              
    Caribbean - - - 18/6 @ 05:00 ET (LIVE) - - 21/6 @ 18:00 ET
    FOX SPORTS 1              
    USA - - 18/6 @ 02:30 ET (Live) - - - -
    FOX SPORTS 2              
    USA 17/6 @ 05:30 ET (Live) - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS              
    USA - 17/6 @ 23:30 ET (Live) - 18/6 @ 05:00 ET (Live) 18/6 @ 23:00 ET (Live) - 20/6 @ 23:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK              
    Middle East 17/6 @ 13:30 GST (Live) - 18/6 @ 10:30 GST (Live) 18/6 @ 13:00 GST (Live) 19/6 @ 07:00 GST (Live) - 20/6 @ 18:00 GST
    GEE - BOATS & CRUISES              
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 17/6 @ 09:30 GMT (Live) 18/6 @ 03:30 GMT (Live) 18/6 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) 18/6 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 19/6 @ 03:00 GMT (Live) 19/6 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) -
    SKY SPORTS              
    New Zealand - - - - - 20/6 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) -
    TSN2              
    Canada 19/6 @ 16:00 ET (Delay) - - - 18/6 @ 23:00 ET (Live) - -
    TVNZ              
    New Zealand 17/6 @ 21:30 NZT (Live) 18/6 @ 15:30 NZT (Live) - 18/6 @ 22:00 NZT (Delay) 19/6 @ 15:00 NZT (Live) 19/6 @ 22:40 NZT (Delay) 22/6 @ 18:00 NZT
    WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU              
    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 17/6 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 18/6 @ 03:40 GMT (Live) 18/6 @ 06:35 GMT (Live) 18/6 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 19/6 @ 03:10 GMT (Live) 19/6 @ 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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    Over the past couple of years the Lazy Koalas team in Moscow and the St Petersburg Cats have revolutionised the state of the game of Australian Rules football in Russia. Their combined successes have seen a genuine increase in interest in the game after a slow burn initially. This interest is set to extend all the way to the Russian national team for the 2016 Euro Cup in Lisbon, Portugal with a novel and exciting recruitment tool.

    The national selection process will see a combine take place, modelled as close as practical, to the combine testing events used across the world and through the AFL’s own Draft Combine. On 2nd July, potential players from both Moscow and St Petersburg can come and try out for national team selection with two spots up for grabs in each city for athletes from any field who excel and have the desire to try out the game.

    For some this will be a fast-tracking of the highest order as players could go from no experience at all to national selection in the blinking of an eye.


    There is also a spiel that has been promoted through some Russian media such as Sport Oddity (Read more: http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/sp...71989.html ) which appeals to the emotional desire in some to play a sport and represent their nation – live a dream.

    Translated as closely as possible, the spiel reads “I’ve always wanted to play for the Russian national team. Admit it. You have too. It was my childhood dream to go out of the green playing fields in a match for the Russian national team and score the winning goal in the European or world championships. But with time, like everyone else, Responsibilities and jobs have become more important.”

    “But we have good news for you. Here is a wonderful sport called Australian Football. There is a very real chance to represent Russia on a trip to the European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.”

    “We can help to give you a place in the team, help you to understand the rules, spend a few workouts together and play against the best guys of the continent!”

    “What do we need from you? You need to be over 18 years, be prepared to exercise regularly, have played team sports (maybe an amateur rin rugby, football, basketball, American football - a major plus), be bold and psychologically stable.”

    “You have the opportunity to travel at their own expense in Lisbon in October 2016, and be ready to come to the selection and training in Moscow or St. Petersburg.”

    “The combine will take place in early July, after Saturday, July 2nd. The exact start time and location will be announced separately, depending on the number of preliminary applications. The selection will run tests in endurance and agility that will bring out the best. We will be kicking and catching at the end of the testing.”

    “The best two athletes following selection In each city will be eligible to join the national Russian team and realize his dream.”

    This is a novel and innovative approach towards selling the game of Australian Rules football, effectively from the top down – offering national opportunities which, in effect, would have a knock on effect to boost player numbers in Moscow and St Petersburg.

    It certainly represents an exciting time for footy in Russia and might also, in time, revolutionise the approach of some nations to future selections processes.

    It will be very interesting to watch the progress and gauge the success of the combines, but certainly credit has to go to both Russian teams – the Lazy Koalas in Moscow and the Cats in St Petersburg – for finding new ways to grow.



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    The following story by Matt Thompson is from the www.afl.com.au website detailing the new head of diversity for the AFL replacing Jason Mifsud who left the position earlier this year.

    THE AFL has appointed a second woman to its executive ranks, in a week when social issues, particularly attitudes towards women, have been at the forefront of the football conversation.

    Tanya Hosch becomes the League's general manager of inclusion and social policy, a position revamped following the departure of long-time diversity advisor Jason Mifsud.

     

    The AFL started its search to replace Mifsud more than four months ago. 

     

    Hosch was the joint campaign director of Recognise, an organisation that is pushing for the inclusion of indigenous Australians in the national constitution.  

    Olympian and Labor senator Nova Peris had been considered a frontrunner for the role but has missed out on the job.  

    Hosch joins corporate affairs boss Elizabeth Lukin as the second female on the AFL executive.

    "We have been on a long and extensive search for the right person to fill this role, and are delighted that Tanya came forward as the standout candidate for the position," AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said in a statement. 

    "Tanya's extensive experience in public policy and advocating for inclusion and diversity will bring untold benefit to the AFL competition in particular and the broader game at a community level.

    "She is someone of immense character and strength, with highly developed leadership, advocacy and diplomacy skills."

    The League says Hosch will be responsible for setting and driving AFL strategies and policies that will promote inclusion and diversity across the football industry.

    Hosch will take up her position on August 29. 

    A decision on the appointment of an Indigenous Commissioner to the AFL for will continue to be investigated. For more information on that appointment, go to: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-05-27/afl-commits-to-indigenous-commissioner-by-2018

     

     

     

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