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    It lasted just 15 or so minutes, but while it was happening an entire future of footy flashed before my eyes. When today’s AFL match between the Sydney Swans and North Melbourne started on a cold and showery Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Tasmania, two Sudanese players lined up on each other in key positional posts in an AFL match.

    When the siren sounded to get the match started, North’s Majak Daw, armed with more muscles than are probably necessary, lined up at Full Forward. Beside him in the goal square was Sydney’s Aliir Aliir, the Full Back responsible for keeping club veteran Ted Richards out of the team. Well, that’s probably unfair as injury and other players have also had a hand in that…but let’s not ruin a good story!


    From the outset, Daw was threatening. A contested mark early on set up a score. But Aliir won two one on one contests and played his trademark run and carry, dashing role well. If the points went to anyone it was probably Aliir, but that wasn’t the…er, point. What was more compelling was an AFL match featuring two Sudanese players holding key positions and each impacting on the game.

    Coming years will see more players from Sudan and other African countries find themselves on AFL team lists. Reuben William has managed three games this season with the Brisbane Lions off the rookie list and acquitted himself well to the standards required. Mabior Chol at Richmond and Gach Nyuon at Essendon are yet to debut but are project players. Their days will come.

    But earlier this year and last year I interviewed some of the All Nations players at the National Diversity Championships. Martin Frederick (South Australia), Sandi Mathiang from Western Australia and Isaac William (Queensland and Reuben William’s little brother) and many other players at those events come from Sudan and Kenya and have been inspired by those who have come before them – they want to succeed also. Those particular three are also bloody good footballers.

    The success of Daw, Aliir and others not only inspires younger players to follow, it acts as evidence that the dream is achievable.

    Watching those 15 minutes when two Sudanese talents locked horns was exciting. Not so much because they set the world on fire, but for what their battle represented. And I, for one, want more.

    For the record, the statistics say that Aliir Aliir managed 13 possessions, 4 marks, 6 tackles and tallied 73 player ranking points in another workman like performance for the tough, relentless Swans. Majak Daw managed 9 possessions, 1 mark, 2 tackles and three hit-outs for a total of 30 ranking points. But that was for the whole match, and stats have never been regarded as an accurate measure of a player’s worth. What is more valid is that both players contributed to their teams in a ferocious opening 15 minutes, pitted against each other.

    And it was that 15 minutes that gave us the best glimpse into the future.
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    The finals of the 2016 AFL Europe European Championships were played at Motspur Park in London on Saturday. All the matches as expected were befitting of finals footy with the title on line.
     
    Hosts Great Britain in the end took all the silverware though with the Bulldogs running out 22 point winners over Ireland and the Swans winning by just a goal over the Irish Banshees.
     
    Earlier in the day the German Eagles took out the third place match by just a point. Leading by 20 points heading into the final quarter they just held out the fast finishing Elks in a nailbiting finish.
     
    Sweden                1.3         1.3         1.4         4.5 (29)
    Germany              0.0         3.1         4.6         4.6 (30)
     
    The Swans vs Banhsees was one big arm wrestle. After four quarters of footy just one goal was scored and that goal was the decider. The Swans taking home the trophy, the bragging rights and plenty of confidence as they now look to IC17 in Melbourne next year.
     
    GB Swans            0.0         1.1         1.1         1.2 (8)
    Irish Banshees    0.1         0.1         0.2         0.2 (2)
     
    It was important for the Bulldogs to get out of the blocks early against the Irish Warriors if they were to pull off a victory today. And that is just what they did as they posted five goals to one in the first quarter.
     
    From here the Warriors were able to settle and the match was evenly poised throughout the last three quarters. But that initial first quarter flourish from the Bulldogs left them with a winning buffer. Running out 22 point winners in the end they are deserved Champions of Europe.
     
    GB Bulldogs        5.3         5.3         6.8         7.9 (51)
    Irish Warriors     1.0         1.2         3.2         4.5 (29) ...

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    Irish code crosser Colin O'Riordan was last night named in the NEAFL's team of the year.   O'Riordan in his first season at an AFL Club was signed by Sydney at the end of 2015.  He has yet to make his debut in the AFL but has clearly had a consistent season in the Swan's reserves team that plays in the NEAFL.

    O'Riordan did not play with the Swans this past weekend as he suffered a punctured lung in the match the week before in Darwin.  He was unable to return with the team following that match due to that injury.  His progress this season is very positive as he bides his time and builds his knowledge of the Australian code.

     

    Breaking into a successful Sydney Swans AFL team will be no easy feat for the former GAA footballer from Tipperary, as has been proved previously by his Irish compatriots in Chris McKaigue, Brendan Murphy and Tommy Walsh in past years.  O'Riordan will be hoping to emulate Tahdg Kennelly who became a regular Swans AFL player and champion.

    In the NEAFL article that named the team of the year O'Riordan's Bio was as follows

    Interchange - Colin O’Riordan (Sydney - defender): Irish recruit Colin O’Riordan was named Gaelic football's Young Player of the Year in 2014 and has twice earned junior All Ireland honours. His first full season as a key defender in the Australian football code warranted a place on the interchange in the NEAFL Team of the Year, after averaging 20 disposals at 72 per cent efficiency, four marks and three rebound 50s a game.

    Cameron Ilett was named captain of the NEAFL team of the year for the third year running. Illet is of NZ heritage and has played for the NZ Hawks team against the Australian AIS team in the past (he is not eligible for NZ under International Cup rules).

    2016 NEAFL Team of the Year

    B: Jackson Allen (Aspley) Matthew Sully (Southport) William Sierakowski (Sydney University)
    HB: Nic Newman (Sydney) Harrison Himmelberg (Giants) Raphael Clarke (NT Thunder)
    C: Brandon Jack (Sydney) Matthew Payne (Aspley) Jordan Foote (Sydney)
    HF: Cameron Ilett (NT Thunder) Jacob Derickx (Sydney University) Andrew Boston (Southport)
    F: James Nelis (Aspley) Darren Ewing (NT Thunder) Sam Reid (Giants)
    Foll: Fraser Thurlow (Southport) Jordan Harper (Canberra) Tom Young (Sydney University)
    Inter: Colin O’Riordan (Sydney) Matthew Rawlinson (Sydney University) Blake Grewar (Redland) James Ives (Aspley) Toby Nankervis (Sydney)

    Coach: Rhyce Shaw (Sydney)
    Captain: Cameron Ilett (NT Thunder) ...


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    St Kilda Sharks spearhead Moana Hope reached the 100 game milestone against Seaford in the Victorian Women's Football League on Sunday.  Hope, who has recently been announced as one of the marquee players for Collingwood in next year's AFL national womens league has New Zealand heritage. Her family and friends rewarded her milestone with a performance of the Haka in the post-match.

    See the video below.

     

    Hope kicked five goals for the match to take her season tally to 104.  The St Kilda Sharks finished the day 17.16 (118) to Seaford's 5.5 (35). ...


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    The 2016 European Championships have thrown up a number of surprise results and unexpected movement in the (unofficial) WFN World Rankings by taking exception to the rule that the higher rated/ranked nation will win more often than not.

    In the men’s competition the Ireland (rank #3) versus Sweden (15th) and Germany (18th) and Great Britain (9th) versus Sweden (15th ) and Germany (18th) matches went as predicted by the Ranking scheme but Ireland v Great Britain and Germany versus Sweden matches proved to be exceptions to the rule.

    Ireland’s loss to Great Britain in the Grand Final saw Ireland lose 3.00 Rating Points from 56.68 points to 53.68 points and slip from third to fourth in the Ranks whilst Great Britain gained a total of 3.99 Rating Points over the course of the Championships. Great Britain Bulldogs climbed above both Canada and USA from ninth to seventh.

    The Black Eagles gained 3.35 Rating Points over the course of the competition whereas Sweden lost a total of 4.17 rating Points in its losses to Germany and Great Britain, the two nations swapping ranks Fifteenth and Eighteenth. Germany ended the championships with 37.44 Rating Points and Sweden finished with 34.18 Rating points.

    History was made a plenty with the first Women’s European Championships, the Great Britain Swans not only won the competition on debut but played the first draw in International Footy also registering a win and a loss in the three matches played against the Irish Banshees.

    Although there was no movement in the ranks the debutantes, Swans and Crusaders remain as provisional nations as the Swans gained a very credible 6.30 Rating Points to finish with 46.30 Rating points.

    As the leading Provisional Nation, Great Britain Swans are in a great position to race into the Fully Ranked nations if they contest the 2017 International Cup in Melbourne next August.

    Below are the World Rankings for both the Men's and Women's Ranks at the conclusion of the 2016 European Championships In Australian Football. 

    Men's Australian Football World Ranking following EC16

      Rank Country Points Last Played
      1 Australia      
      2 Papua New Guinea 57.66 2 34
    + 3 New Zealand 55.09 3 38
    - 4 Ireland 53.68 4 49
      5 Nauru 53.3 5 27
      6 South Africa 49.63 6 27
    + 7 Great Britain 48.68 9 58
    - 8 United States 47.61 7 43
    - 9 Canada 46.69 8 43
      10 Denmark 43.67 10 48
      11 Tonga 41.93 11 14
      12 Croatia 40.35 12 8
      13 Fiji 40.18 13 14
      14 France 39.09 14 13
    + 15 Germany 37.44 18 20
      16 Japan 37.17 16 29
      17 Peace Team 36.46 17 11
    - 18 Sweden 34.18 15 39
      19 China 28.84 19 16
      20 Finland 27.45 20 18
      21 India 23.01 21 16
               
      Prov Indonesia 32.66   5
      Prov Pakistan 32.35   5
      Prov Timor Leste 27.4   6
               
      D Samoa 41.85   18
      D Iceland 35.64   4

     Women's Australian Football World Ranking following EC16

    Rank
    Country Points Last Played
    1 Australia   1  
    2 Canada 53.38 2 14
    3 United States 47.08 3 14
    4 Ireland 43.84 4 15
    P1 Great Britain 46.3 P1 5
    P2 Canada Midnight Suns 41 P2 6
    P3 Fiji 40.5 P3 5
    P4 European Crusaders 36.67 P4 4
    P5 Papua New Guinea 33.51 P5 5
    P6 AIM 33.29 P6 4
    P7 Tonga 32.5 P7 5
    P8  USA Liberty  31.93 P8 5
    ...

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    The footy oval at the rear of Freshwater State School in Cairns is a delight. Conservatively, the eastern goals are possibly four feet higher than the western goals. Wind advantage is irrelevant. Whichever team wins the toss and kicks “downhill” gets the biggest advantage. On a good day, a kick from full back could roll through for a goal at the other end simply through inertia.

    It also has a terrific “grandstand” with eager after-school care students lining their balcony to cheer on the home team. Parents mingle – some understanding the game at hand, others confused by the lack of calls for “knock-ons”, “offside”, “forward pass” or the whistle that signals a try. Such is life in a heavily Rugby League city. Though, that is changing.


    The primary school girls from Freshwater State School and Gordonvale State School used the venue to play their fifth instalment of the “Women In AFL Freshwater Challenge” – a girls footy match which began back in 2012 with girls from these two schools which had been the staple of girls primary footy for a number of years. In recent times, both girls’ teams had played the half time NAB Auskick match for the annual Gold Coast Suns v Western Bulldogs match. But those 12 minute frenzies under lights were more of an exhibition match. The Freshwater Challenge was something more – in fact the girls have played for a shield each year since 2012.

    The concept is simple enough – the girls play to say thank you to the women and girls involved at so many levels in Australian Rules football – players, coaches, mums, sisters, aunties, friends, umpires, water carriers, jumper washers, administrators – the list is endless.

    But this year there was just that little bit of extra incentive to perform. The fifth anniversary of the match coincided with the announcement in 2016 of the national women’s league next year. For the first time we had the genuine opportunity to offer these girls a genuine pathway from school level to club to representative and maybe one day to the national stage.

    Our Freshwater game is no more or less relevant that any other girls primary school footy match anywhere else in the nation. It might even be argued that the skills on display were raw – but the heart and courage wasn’t. The girls played for keeps. Their growing understanding of the game was there for all to watch – especially downhill.

    For the record, Gordonvale won back the shield they surrendered to Freshwater last year. This was due in no small part to the game being played in three thirds of 12 minutes each – Gordy won the toss and travelled downhill twice – game, set, match.

    But the crown and the game were the real winners. Young girls watching now saw something else to aspire to, and the older members of the crowd looked on in respectful tones at a courageous group of girls who took on something new and made it their own.

    This game might be a minnow on a national stage, but for 40 minutes up in far North Queensland these girls were the centre of the AFL universe, and deserved to b ...

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  • 08/23/16--18:09: Bogotá Bulldogs Set Off
  • The following story comes from The Bogotá Post newspaper in Colombia, South America. For years the Santiago Saints have waited for an opportunity to play against other clubs, especially since the falling away of the teams in Argentina. The article, written by Kieran Duffy (and photos by Travis Crockett) gives details to date of the upcoming event.

    The Bogotá Bulldogs, the capital’s first Australian Football club, are due to play their first ever competitive game. On September 3 they will face a team from Santiago de Chile which will come to Bogotá for the Bulldogs’ debut. 

     

    Having only begun practising in November 2015, the Bogotá Bulldogs have already attracted a large panel of players who will be keen to represent Colombia in the first Australian Rules football (also called AFL or ‘Aussie Rules’) game to be played in the country. While many are Australians, the panel also includes a large number of Colombians as well as Britons, Spaniards, Dutch and Irish, all new to the sport.

     

    A fast-paced, full contact sport, Aussie Rules revolves around kicking and catching an oval ball. Goals are scored by kicking the ball between tall posts at the end of the field. While it has many unique features, it also has some traits in common with other sports. Association football players are familiar with kicking, basketball players with high catching and rugby players to the shape of the ball. Historically unknown in Colombia, it has recently found a new audience on Claro Sports.

     

    The club’s rapid growth has been helped through support from the Australia-Colombia Chamber of Commerce, Universidad de Rosario and main sponsors La Villa. The Bulldogs hope to eventually form a Colombian national team which will compete in the world championships in Australia but focus is now on their international debut against the Chilean side.

     

    Training normally takes place at 3pm on Saturdays in Universidad del Rosario’s Calle 200 campus. The game against Chile will take place on Saturday, September 3rd at Calle 165 #7-42, starting at 1 pm.

     

    Original story at: http://thebogotapost.com/2016/08/22/bogota-bulldogs-set-off/  ...


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    The final home and away round, Round 23 kicks off in Adelaide on Friday night with the Crows hosting the West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval. 

    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 HOST
    1 26-Aug Night Adelaide Crows vs. West Coast Eagles Adelaide Oval SA 19:40 10:10 SEVEN
    2 27-Aug Day Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne Simonds Stadium VIC 13:45 03:45 SEVEN
    3 27-Aug Day Essendon vs. Carlton MCG VIC 14:10 04:10 FOX
    4 27-Aug Twilight Sydney Swans vs. Richmond SCG NSW 16:35 06:35 FOX
    5 27-Aug Night North Melbourne vs. GWS GIANTS Etihad Stadium VIC 19:25 09:25 SEVEN
    6 27-Aug Night Gold Coast SUNS vs. Port Adelaide Metricon Stadium QLD 19:25 09:25 FOX
    7 28-Aug Early St Kilda vs. Brisbane Lions Etihad Stadium VIC 13:10 03:10 FOX
    8 28-Aug Day Hawthorn vs. Collingwood MCG VIC 15:20 05:20 SEVEN
    9 28-Aug Twilight Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs Domain Stadium WA 14:40 06:40 FOX

     

    NETWORK GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3 GAME 4 GAME 5 GAME 6 GAME 7 GAME 8 GAME 9 HIGHLIGHTS
    AUSTRALIA PLUS                    
    Asia 26/8 @ 18:00 HKT (Live) 27/8 @ 11:30 HKT (Live) - 27/8 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) 27/8 @ 17:00 HKT (Live) - 28/8 @ 11:00 HKT (Live) - 28/8 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) 31/8 @ 11:00 HKT
    Pacific 26/8 @ 22:00 Fiji (Live) 27/8 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live) - 27/8 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) 27/8 @ 21:00 Fiji (Live) - 28/8 @ 15:00 Fiji (Live) - 28/8 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) 31/8 @ 15:00 Fiji
    India 26/8 @ 15:30 IND (Live) 27/8 @ 09:00 IND (Live) - 27/8 @ 12:00 IND (Live) 27/8 @ 14:30 IND (Live) - 28/8 @ 08:30 IND (Live) - 28/8 @ 12:00 IND (Live) 31/8 @ 08:30 IND
    CCTV5                    
    China - - - - TBC - - - - -
    CLARO SPORTS                    
    Latin America 27/8 @ 08:30 CTU (Delay) - - - - - - - - -
    ESPN - BT SPORT                    
    UK & Ireland 26/8 @ 11:00 BST (Live) 27/8 @ 04:30 BST (Live) - 27/8 @ 07:30 BST (Live) 27/8 @ 10:00 BST (Live) - - 28/8 @ 06:00 BST (Live) - 30/8 @ 19:00 BST
    ESPN                    
    Caribbean - - - - 27/8 @ 05:00 ET (Live) - - - - 2/9 @ 01:00 ET
    FOX SPORTS 1                    
    USA 26/8 @ 06:00 ET (Live) - - - - - - - - -
    FOX SPORTS 2                    
    USA - 26/8 @ 23:30 ET (Live) - - - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS                    
    USA - - - - 27/8 @ 05:00 ET (Live) - - - 28/8 @ 02:30 ET (Live) 29/8 @ 24:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK                    
    Middle East 26/8 @ 14:00 GST (Live) 27/8 @ 07:30 GST (Live) - - 27/8 @ 13:00 GST (Live) - - 28/8 @ 09:00 GST (Live) - 29/8 @ 18:00 GST
    GEE - Boats & Cruises                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 26/8 @ 10:00 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 03:30 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 04:00 GMT (Live) 27/8@ 06:30 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 28/8 @ 03:00 GMT (Live) 28/8 @ 05:00 GMT (Live) 28/8 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) -
    SKY SPORTS                    
    New Zealand - - - - - - - 29/8 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) - -
    TSN2                    
    Canada 26/8 @ 06:00 ET (Live) - - - 27/8 @ 15:00 ET (Delay) - - - - -
    TVNZ                    
    New Zealand 26/8 @ 22:00 NZT (Live) 27/8 @ 15:30 NZT (Live) - - 26/8 @ 21:50 NZT (Delay) - 28/8 @ 15:00 NZT (Live) 29/8 @ 15:30 NZT (Delay) - 31/8 @ 18:00 NZT
    WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 26/8 @ 10:10 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 03:45 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 04:10 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 06:35 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 27/8 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 28/8 @ 03:10 GMT (Live) 28/8 @ 05:20 GMT (Live) 28/8 @ 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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    AFL Japan has announced that a team made up from University students will be touring Australia to play matches and train with a local club and attend two AFL matches.
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    The AFL Japan University Warriors arrive in Melbourne Friday 26th August where they will undertake a visit to AFL House.

    On Saturday they will attend the Essendon v Carlton Clash at the MCG and then on Sunday 28th will play a match against Keysborough Thirds at Keysborough Reserve then rush to the MCG to watch the Hawthorn v Collingwood match.

     

    On Wednesday the team will train with the Box Hill North Club at Elgar Park to prepare to take on Sandown FC Thirds on Thursday 1st September at Edinburgh Reserve. On Friday 2nd September the team will be heard in an interview with SBS Radio (Japanese Radio).

    The team is planning to try to attend a VFL Finals match either on Saturday or Sunday of the weekend 3rd & 4th September. It is hoped that the team will spend a little time sight-seeing before flying home to Japan on Thursday 7th September.

    Hideki Miyasaka, President of AFL Japan has indicated that it is hoped that some of the players on this tour may return to Australia next year as members of the Samurai team for the International Cup 2017.

    The Japan Warriors is an National Squad with University based players only. ...


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    The Finland Australian Football League (FAFL) Grand Final will be played this weekend when last year's champions, the Helsinki Heatseekers, take on the Turku Dockers for the 2016 title. The match, to be played at Talin-Urheilupuisto in Helsinki, will see the two best performed Finnish teams battle it out in what could be a surprise result.

    The Heatseekers go into the match as short-priced favourites, largely on the back of their last meeting back in June when they downed the Dockers by 95 points in Paimio - final scores seeing the Heatseekers 134 to the Dockers 39. The game started evenly, but the Heatseekers kicked six unanswered goals in the second term and never looked back. It was a powerful performance, but doesn't tell the whole story.

    Earlier in the season, the Turku Dockers had a win against the Heatseekers by 29 points, suggesting that enough new talent had filtered into the Dockers lineup to topple last year's premiers. Things have changed across the season, and the Heatseekers have certainly gained the upper hand, though their most recent match against the Vaasa Wombats didn't go to script either as the Wombats put up a fight. This is the beauty of Grand Finals - it is the best team on the day that wins, not the team with the greater reputation.

    Certainly, though, the Heatseekers will be out to defend their title in style if they can, and the task will be tough for the Dockers - but not impossi ...

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    The next player of African descent will hit the turf this weekend in the final home and away round for 2016 when Richmond’s Mabior Chol debuts. A product of the Brisbane Lions Academy originally, Chol was snared by the Tigers with pick 30 in last year’s Rookie Draft. Along with Reuben William (Brisbane) and Gach Nyuon (Essendon), Chol was the third rookie from Sudan to be selected in that same draft.

    They joined Majak Daw (North Melbourne) and Aliir Aliir (Sydney) as players from Sudan to be on AFL team lists. With Chol’s selection, only Essendon’s Gach Nyuon is yet to make his senior debut.



    Chol caught the football world’s attention during this year’s NAB Challenge with encouraging performances against both Hawthorn and Fremantle. Whilst not gaining huge possession counts, his marking and goal kicking skills were shown and he pleased many at Richmond and the media with his potential. There was early talk of a possible debut back in Round One this year, though he has had to wait instead until the final round.

    Playing for Richmond’s VFL team this year, Chol has averaged just under 10 kicks per game, almost 3 marks per game and over 2 tackles across his 15 appearances.

    Like many of his fellow Sudanese players, Chol’s journey saw his family flee war-torn South Sudan when he was just two years old and resettled in Egypt before making the journey to Australia where he took up junior football in Brisbane. He has only been playing the game for eight years, yet his natural athleticism and determination have combined with his learned skills to make him a key part of Tiger plans into the future.

    Whilst Chol may not get enough time to secure the future, he certainly has the ability to impress as part of Richmond’s revamped forward line for 2017 as the club tries to address the shortfalls of the 2016 campaign.

    Picture: Richmond Football Cl ...

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    The 2016 AFL Norway season is close to wrapping up with the Oslo East team leading the pack as premiership favourites. East last won the title in 2014, with the Ås Battlers taking the honours in 2015. It marks a big turnaround for East after missing the final altogether in 2015, with Oslo West reaching their first ever Kenguru Cup Grand Final.

    Throughout the 2016 season, East have been the dominant side, both on the field with an impressive array of victories, and off the field with strong numbers which have been responsible for turning the club’s fortunes around.


    Both the Ås Battlers and the Oslo West team have had days where numbers impacted on performances, though for most of the season West have been the team most likely to mount a challenge to East. The final round, however, saw the Battlers turn an otherwise disappointing season around, recording strong wins against both East and West to show promise for next year.

    The Grand Final of the Kenguru Cup is scheduled for Saturday 10th September at Voldsløkka in Oslo with the all-Oslo final between East and West.

    From there the national team from Norway will be selected to participate in the Euro Cup, held this year in Lisbon, Portuga ...

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    The 2016 AFL Grand Final is just over a month away.  For over 10 years, World Footy News has collated an extensive list of Grand Final Parties around the world to help viewers find them.

    We are now calling for clubs around the world to send details of your party to us, so that fans of the game in your country/city can watch the big game with you. 

    You can either post details as a comment below (you must register before you are able to post a comment or login via Facebook) or email troy@worldfootynews.com - all these details will be collated as per previous years.

    Many of these events are major fundraisers for footy clubs around the world, so get along to watch a great game of footy and help them out.

    Events will be added here as they are sent to us.

    AFRICA 

    ASIA

    EUROPE

    MIDDLE EAST

    NORTH AMERICA

    OCEANIA

    SOUTH AMERICA

    World Footy News publishes these listings in good faith.  We take no responsibility for any changes or cancellations.  The game may be on Friday night in your part of the world or in some cases may be a delayed or replayed telecast.  Please try to contact the hosts prior to the event to confirm details.  Also many of these events sell out due to capacity ahead of time so again please try to check ahead. 

     

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    The Mt Isa football community is in shock and a state of grieving after a young footballer died last week after having collapsed in a match the previous weekend. The young man from the Lake Nash All Stars team (a community just 17 kilometres from the Northern Territory/Queensland border on the Territory side and roughly 375 kilometres by road from Mt Isa) collapsed after being taken from the ground.

    The All Stars team travels each match day from Alpurrurulam (the correct name of the community) on a round trip of around 750 kilometres for opportunity to play.

    According to the local North West Star newspaper, in an article by Samantha Walton:

    The AFL community has been hit with sad news after Lake Nash Young Guns player passed away yesterday (Thursday August 25).

    The man collapsed in the second half of the match against Tigers on Saturday and was taken from the field where he suffered a cardiac arrest on the sideline.
    Proceedings were brought to a halt while emergency services dealt with the situation and eventually the player was taken to Mount Isa Hospital, before transferred to Townsville.

    In the AFL Mount Isa League meeting held Wednesday evening, Tigers Football Club in a solid show of support for Lake Nash Young Guns, forfeited the game to the Young Guns.

    All AFL clubs thoughts and prayers have been posted on social media to the player’s family, friends and the Lake Nash community.

    (The article has been modified to remove the name of the player on request of community members).

    http://www.northweststar.com.au/story/4122736/young-guns-player-dies/ωcs=191 
     
     At the time of the incident, local Mt Isa team, Tigers, were leading by eight points in the second semi-final. The game did not resume after the incident, and the show of support and incredible sportsmanship saw the Lake Nash Young Guns move to the Grand-Final. In the subsequent Preliminary Final played this weekend, Tigers went on to defeat Rovers to reach the Grand Final against the Young Guns in a match that will be very high on emotion for all involved.
     
    Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man, as well as all of those affected by the tragedy.
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    The success this year of Essendon player Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has prompted media calls to scour the Northern Territory for more talent, almost as if it is an unmined vein of rich talent. But history has already proved that the Northern Territory has already produced outstanding talent on a regular basis for 100 years. Some of that talent has graced the lists of VFL/AFL clubs, whilst others have excelled in other state leagues or just remained local heroes in Darwin or Alice Springs.                                                                                                                           

    The following media release from the AFLNT announces the final “TEAM OF THE CENTURY” to help celebrate and honour 100 years of Northern Territory football.

     

    AFLNT has tonight unveiled the AFLNT Northern Territory Government Team of the Century at a gala dinner at SKYCITY Darwin.

    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.

    Adelaide Crows legend and dual-Norm Smith medallist Andrew McLeod has been named captain of the side while Tiwi-born ruckman David Kantilla Sr is vice captain.

    Ten players in the AFLNT Northern Territory Government Team of the Century made it on to AFL lists while 19 members of the team also feature in the AFLNT Hall of Fame. 

    Russell Jeffrey is the only Territorian on the list who has represented Victoria in a State of Origin match while many players have represented the NT at some stage in their career. 

    Named in the back pocket, Bill Dempsey is the only footballer to have represented Western Australia while both Michael Graham and David Kantilla represented South Australia after forging successful careers in the SANFL. 

    Featuring in the top 22 are three Central Australians who made it to the national stage; Joel Bowden (Richmond), Gilbert McAdam (St Kilda/Brisbane), and Darryl White (Brisbane). 

    Last year’s Norm Smith Medallist and four-time Hawthorn premiership player, Cyril Rioli Jr joins his father Cyril Rioli Sr as the only father-son combination to have made the list. His late uncle Maurice Rioli joins them.

    Another uncle of Rioli Jr, Michael Long, is a name synonymous with Territory football. A winner of two AFL Premierships, a Norm Smith medallist and an Australian Football Hall of Fame, Long has been named in the centreline alongside legends Andrew McLeod and John ‘Bubba’ Tye. 

    12 members of the AFLNT Northern Territory Government Team of the Century have been involved with the St Mary’s Football Club, either as a player or a coach.

    John ‘KJ’ Taylor has been named coach of the team after winning 11 premierships in 13 seasons with the St Mary’s Football Club.

    The AFLNT Northern Territory Government Team of the Century is as follows:

     

    B              Joel Bowden              Russell Jeffrey             Bill Dempsey

    HB           Nathan Buckley         Michael Athanasiou     Michael McLean

    C              Michael Long             Andrew McLeod (C)     John Tye

    HF            Michael Graham        Joe Bonson                  Maurice Rioli

    F              Darryl White                Dennis Dunn                Gympie LewFatt

    R&R        David Kantilla (VC)    Reuben Cooper           Cyril Rioli Jr

                                                                                                 

    INT          Walter LewFatt           Gilbert McAdam           

                    Cyril Rioli Snr             Jimmy Anderson         

                                                                                                  

    Coach    John Taylor                                                        

     

    In his address, AFLNT CEO and non-voting Team of the Century Committee Chair, Michael Solomon said:

    “We are fortunate to be part of history as we witness the naming of the AFLNT Northern Territory Government Team of the Century. 

    “Over 55,000 people have played the game here in the NT and our selection committee had the unenviable task of selecting the best 22 – it was never going to be a simple job but we are thrilled to have reached this point.

    “On behalf of the NT football family, I would like to congratulate every single player and coach on being named, it is an honour that is both hard earned and richly deserved.

    “The AFLNT Northern Territory Government Team of the Century is a fitting tribute to the great game of Australian Rules here in the Territory and this is a team we can all be proud of. Football means a lot to everyone in the NT, it is the sport that defines the Territory way of life and tonight is a culmination of 100 years of football excellence and achievement for those lucky enough to make this Team of the Century. 

    “I would like to thank the selection committee for their courage in carrying out a difficult and thankless task.

    “As we celebrate 100 years of football in the Territory, we would also like to thank our major sponsors; the NT Government and Cazalys Palmerston whose valuable support has allowed us to make tonight special for all in attendance.

    “On behalf of the AFL, AFLNT and all involved in Territory football since 1916, thank you and congratulations to every footballer recognised in the team.”

     

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    Just at the moment all I want is a set of footy cards. Not those big, burly blokes that usually grace the cards. I want a set of women’s league cards. They probably already exist, but I imagine that there will be more of them made featuring more players and available in more places when the national women’s league gets underway next year.

    In the past I have found that cards have been a great giveaway for kids. They help to generate excitement as kids are maybe lucky enough to stumble across a card of their hero.

    After last night’s match at the Whitten Oval, where the Western Bulldogs downed the Melbourne Demons in an historic first victory, the footy world was rewarded with a collection of “marquee” players, young guns of the future and old hands steadying the ships. That these players were our most elite women showed just how far the game of Australian Rules football had come in recent times and was a vision through a crystal ball of what will come.


    This year I have continued to coach a wonderful girl’s primary school footy team up here in Cairns. They have been fantastic and have accepted the baton from past girl’s teams I have coached with a steely resolve to be better. The same has occurred with my local club’s youth girls’ team. Both groups of girls have embraced the game to levels I have not previously witnessed. The school girls have been the most ferocious tackling team I have coached – girls or boys – and the youth girls have been the best listeners at training, improving each week because they took on the messages at training and displayed that learning on match day.

    Now what I want for all of them is a set of footy cards. I want them to have cards of their heroes – have them fighting over a Moana Hope card, or a Daisy Pearce card. I want them to treasure their copies of a Katie Brennan gold card or a Tayla Harris 3D card.

    I want them to have a small reminder of what could be sitting in their bag or laying on a desk at home. Little inspirations that trigger a desire for success, or at least to try for it.

    Moana Hope kicked six goals for the Bulldogs last night in a performance that was reminiscent of any good full forward you care to name. She led to the ball, marked, snapped, bustled and celebrated. Collingwood fans would be salivating right now thinking about their latest signing. Who cares if the men’s team is about to sign Peter Daicos’ son in the drafts in a few weeks…the Magpies already have Mo Hope and that is exciting.

    Daisy Pearce ran all night and kept the demons in the game with 25 touches. Tayla Harris’ long bomb for a goal from 55 metres out on the edge of the square brought the crown to their feet in excitement and certainly taught her male counterparts a thing or two about kicking. Ebony Antonio and Angela Foley also did some good things along the way, as did forward Sabrina Frederick-Traub who was a strong marking target up forward.

    But the Bulldogs on the night were superb, and their team on the night was full of highlights. With defenders Brianna Davey and Tahlia Randall rebounding all night, Ellie Blackburn and Katie Brennan dominating across the midfield, veteran Steph Chiocci marshalling her troops all over the field and Darcy Vescio proving the ideal partner to Moana Hope up forward, this team impressed all of those watching. The performance should have been bottled (or maybe videoing is easier) and handed to all aspiring girls at all levels – this is the level you could play at.

    For the record, the Western Bulldogs won the match 14 6 90 to the Melbourne Demons 7 9 51 to win the Hampson-Hardeman Cup (two wonderful pioneering women who blazed a train for other women to follow) for the first time after it had been all Demons in all previous encounters.

    Now these women will begin their time with their new clubs for 2017, or wait to be drafted by those clubs.

    My job is to try and get some footy cards and give them to my girls’ teams so they can be inspired and aspire themselves to be the next Harris, Hope, Pearce, Brennan and take women’s footy to heights yet to be seen.

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    The inaugural international match between the new Colombian team the Bogotá Bulldogs and the Santiago Saints from Chile has been played on the weekend with victory going to the Bulldogs. The final score saw the ‘Dogs down the Saints 94 to 48 to be the first winners of “The Andes Cup”.

    Teams were applauded for their effort playing in Bogotá, a city which sits at an altitude of over 8,000 feet above sea level – testing the aerobic capacity of all players. As the Bulldogs proudly state, their team plays and trains at an altitude of over 2600 metres above sea level, which is the equivalent of playing at the summit of Mt Kosciusko – Australia’s highest peak.

    In the end the Bulldogs adjusted better to their home conditions to take the match comfortably, but not without a huge fight from the team from Santiago which had been itching for some serious competition for many years – now they have it.

    The next instalment of “The Andes Cup” will be played in 2017 with the Santiago Saints to host the Bogotá Bulldogs and hoping to use their own home ground advantages to square the ledger and take bragging rights in what is now the largest Australian Rules football match or carnival in South America.





    Picture: Bogotá Bulldogs & Santiago Saints after the game (Courtesy: Bogotá Bulldogs Football C ...

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    Former Sydney Swans ruckman, Mike Pyke, will be the subject of this week’s episode of the Foxtel television show “Open Mike” hosted by veteran football journalist Mike Sheahan.

    The show will feature an in depth interview with the Canadian code-hopper who played 110 games for the Sydney Swans between 2009 and 2015, including being a member of the Sydney Swans 2012 premiership team. The 200cm former Swan also kicked 48 goals in his career with the club and stands as one of the best international recruits for any AFL club. His success has set the platform for others to come to Australia and try their luck.


    Prior to his decision to seek a career in Australian Rules football at the highest level, Pyke also represented Canada at Rugby Union. His career highlight included a length of the field try for Canada against the New Zealand All Blacks team in 2007. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native was injured which led to discussions about a code switch, and the rest is history.

    Pyke’s career stands as living proof that anyone can make it to the highest levels of Australian Rules football with the right attitude, dedication, sacrifice and ability.

    Sheahan will explore Pyke’s career prior to AFL, the decisions to risk everything and move to Australia and the journey he experienced with the Swans.

    The show will be aired at 8.30pm EST on Foxtel Channel 5 ...

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    As previously reported, a key initiative for Japanese football is underway with the touring Japan University Warriors visiting Australia.

    The Japan University Warriors team is touring Melbourne and played the first of two tour matches against the Keysborough FC Thirds on Sunday at Keysborough Reserve.

    The game turned out to be a thriller with the Warriors victorious by just one point.

    Japan Warriors 2.2 5.5 7.5 11.5(71)
    Keysborough Thirds 3.5 4.7 9.9. 10.10 (70)

    Goal Kickers for the Warriors: K.Nakagawa 3 , T.Karaki 2 , J.Fujita , Y.Yamaji , J.Ito , R.Tokutake , H.Otake , S.Mukodaka





    The second match in the Warriors tour is to be played on Thursday 1st September against Sandown FC thirds at Edinburgh Reserve.

    The Warriors tour is designed to give all the players some experience playing full field 18-a-side footy in preparation for International Cup 2017 next August.

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    AFL Canada today announced their 30 man squad that will represent their nation at the 2017 AFL International Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

    The team staff will be again be led by Head Coach Cody Royle who was at the helm for the 2015 Parallel Cup and assistant coach for the Northwind at IC14.

    Staff Club
    Head Coach - Cody Royle Broadview Hawks
    Asst Coach - Adam Kelly Burnaby Eagles
    Asst Coach - Dane Rolfe Calgary Kangaroos
    Team Manager - Brad Heidebrecht Edmonton AFC
    Runner - Philippe Jacques Zaor Ottawa Swans

     

    The 30 man squad has many familiar names from past Northwind teams including Nathan Strom who was selected in the World Team at IC14. Three players named are at clubs in Australia being Adam Nash at the Epping Blues, Jaden Rubenstein Old Geelong and Alex Maloney at the Wallan Magpies.

    Player Club
    Connor Adair Burnaby Eagles
    Michael Aspell Etobicoke Kangaroos
    Michael Berk Edmonton Wombats
    Chris Bourque Sydney Giants
    Giancarlo Brancati Burnaby Eagles
    CJ Brassington Burnaby Eagles
    Greg Bridges Ottawa Swans
    James Duggan Toronto Dingos
    Kyle Graham Montreal Demons
    Jordan Harcombe Ottawa Swans
    Quinn Hobbs Burnaby Eagles
    Mitch Home Edmonton Wombats
    Alex Huard Ottawa Swans
    Eric Klein Burnaby Eagles
    Trent Loosemore Calgary Kangaroos
    Clay Lund Delta Bayhawks
    Robin Macdonald Burnaby Eagles
    Alex Maloney Wallan Magpies
    Jacob Martin Grand River Gargoyles
    Adam Nash Epping Blues
    Jim Oertel Burnaby Eagles
    Garrett Reynolds Toronto Eagles
    Jaden Rubinstein Old Geelong
    Steve Rutledge Edmonton Wombats
    Justin Settle Hamilton Wildcats
    Ronan Shaughnessy Old Montreal Dockers
    Matthia Singh Calgary Kangaroos
    Nathan Strom Ottawa Swans
    Robert Tersigni Toronto Rebels
    Morgan Whyte Montreal Demons

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