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    The 2016 finals are finally here and the first match of the week kicks off in Perth on Thursday night with the Eagles hosting the Western Bulldogs at Subiaco 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 NETWORK
    EF2 8/09/2016 Night West Coast Eagles vs. Western Bulldogs Domain Stadium WA 18:10 10:10 SEVEN
    QF2 9/09/2016 Night Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn MCG VIC 19:50 09:50 SEVEN
    QF1 10/09/2016 Day Sydney Swans vs. GWS GIANTS ANZ Stadium NSW 15:20 05:20 SEVEN
    EF1 10/09/2016 Night Adelaide Crows vs. North Melbourne Adelaide Oval SA 19:10 09:40 SEVEN

    NETWORK EF2 QF2 QF1 EF1 HIGHLIGHTS
    AUSTRALIA PLUS          
    Asia 8/9 @ 18:00 HKT (Live) 9/9 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 10/9 @ 13:00 HKT (Live) 10/9 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 14/9 @ 11:00 HKT
    Pacific 8/9 @ 22:00 Fiji (Live) 9/9 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 10/9 @ 17:00 Fiji (Live) 10/9 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 14/9 @ 15:00 Fiji
    India 8/9 @ 15:30 IND (Live) 9/9 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 10/9 @ 10:30 IND (Live) 10/9 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 14/9 @ 08:30 IND
    CCTV5          
    China - TBC - - -
    CLARO SPORTS          
    Latin America 11/9 @ 14:00 CTU (Delay) 11/9 @ 17:00 CTU (Delay) - - -
    ESPN - BT SPORT          
    UK & Ireland 8/9 @ 11:00 BST (Live) 9/9 @ 10:30 BST (Live) 10/9 @ 06:00 BST (Live) 10/9 @ 10:30 BST (Live) 13/9 @ 18:30 BST
    ESPN          
    Caribbean - 9/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) - 10/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) 13/9 @ 16:00 ET
    EUROSPORT2          
    Europe - 9/9 @ 11:45 CET (Live) - - -
    UK & Ireland - TBC - - -
    Asia - 11/9 @ 07:00 CET (Delay) - - -
    FOX SPORTS 1          
    USA - 9/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) - - -
    FOX SPORTS 2          
    USA 8/9 @ 06:00 ET (Live) - 10/9 @ 01:00 ET (Live) 10/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS          
    USA - - - - 12/9 @ 24:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK          
    Middle East 8/9 @ 14:00 GST (Live) 9/9 @ 13:30 GST (Live) 10/9 @ 09:00 GST (Live) 10/9 @ 13:30 GST (Live) 12/9 @ 18:00 GST
    GEE - Boats & Cruises          
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 8/9 @ 10:10 GMT (Live) 9/9 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 10/9 @ 05:20 GMT (Live) 10/9 @ 09:40 GMT (Live) -
    SKY SPORTS          
    New Zealand - - - 12/9 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) -
    TSN2          
    Canada - 9/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) 10/9 @ 01:00 ET (Live) - -
    TVNZ          
    New Zealand 8/9 @ 22:00 NZT (Live) 9/9 @ 21:30 NZT (Live) 10/9 @ 17:00 NZT (Live) 10/9 @ 21:30 NZT (Live) 14/9 @ 16:00 NZT
    WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU          
    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 8/9 @ 10:10 GMT (Live) 9/9 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 10/9 @ 05:20 GMT (Live) 10/9 @ 09:40 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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    The Prague Dragons from the Czech Republic will host this weekend’s final round of the Central European Australian Football league competition featuring teams from Croatia, Austria and of course the Dragons as the Czech representative.

    The initiative sees six Croatian teams lock horns with the Dragons and also the Styrian Downunderdogs from Austria. The Zaprude Giants, Zagreb Hawks, Ploce Eagles, Velika Gorika Bombers, Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers and Sesvete Blues are the Croatian teams involved.

    After the second round of the competition played in Graz, Austria, the teams remaining as a real chance to take out the event are the Giants (30 points), Downunderdogs (20 points) and Blues (20 points). After that, the Bombers (14), Dockers (12), Hawks (10), Dragons (8) and Eagles (6) will be fighting for their best possible finish and keen to unleash as many headaches and upsets as possible on the day.

    The event will be held at the Rugby Club, Petrovice, pitch in Prague. The teams are split into two groups for the round robin series. Group 1 sees the Dragons, Dockers, Downunderdogs and Hawks. Group 2 includes the Giants, Eagles, Bombers and Blues.

    This event is a massive boost to Australian Rules football in Prague, with a great chance to promote the game and potentially recruit new converts and hopefully bring past teams back to sustainability for more localised competition.

    For information about the competition to date, refer to our previous article detailing results after the second round at: Central European Australian Football League – Round 2 ...

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    The battle for Russian footy supremacy will be played out this weekend in Moscow when the local team, the Lazy Koalas, take on their now permanent nemesis, the St Petersburg Cats. The first challenge of the year saw the Koalas down the Cats, but the return bout in St Petersburg saw an historic first ever win for the Cats.

    Now the game returns to Moscow, giving the Koalas the home ground advantage, but they know full well that the Cats learned a great deal about winning last start and will be ravenous for another taste of victory, no matter where the venue.


    Whilst the last game in St Petersburg saw just a 17 point winning margin to the Cats, it was the confidence and belief that grew which will be the major difference. Couple that with the success of the recent combine held in St Petersburg which unearthed more local talent and the suggestion is a much closer game that some might think.

    The work done by Mikhail and his team in Moscow and Slava and his crew in St Petersburg has completely revolutionised the footy scene in Russia, providing both localised contests in each city as required but also the chance for a higher stakes rivalry which will continue to grow.

    For more information on the success of the Russian combines, go to our story at: Russian Combine Success.

    Information on the St Petersburg victory over the Lazy Koalas last start can be viewed at: Russian Cats down Koalas.
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    A new footy force is rumbling to life between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The new West Lothian Eagles are gathering the necessary interest and support to build a new Scottish powerhouse, and if enthusiasm counts for anything, Mikey Allan will make it happen.

    In a recent chat with Mikey he revealed, “I had moved to West Lothian last October and decided to try and start a training group. I was asked if there was a team and I said there wasn't which resulted in only 1 guy showing up to training. [But] the team is currently seven weeks old and we are attracting more every week - nine at our last session.”


    “AFLE and AFL Scotland have been brilliant in assisting me getting the club set up. I am currently in talks with AFL Europe about the donation of strips.”

    “The West Lothian Eagles are Scotland's newest Aussie rules team and are actively recruiting for players and staff. We train every Monday night at 19:15 at East Calder football pitches. All training is free and a great laugh. All ages, male or female, are welcome – experience not necessary. So if you want to see what the fuss is about come kick a ball with the West Lothian Eagles.”

    Mikey himself has fallen deeply in love with the Australian game and admits, “I first watched AFL in Perth, Western Australia in 2014. It was the West Coast Eagles V Sydney Swans at Paterson’s Stadium (formerly Subiaco Oval and now Domain Stadium). I instantly loved the game and started to find out more, I then found the Kingdom Kangaroos [back in Scotland] and played for them. From there I have represented Scotland and I am currently assisting the Scotland national coach and I will be attending the euro cup in Lisbon. I am both an accredited coach and umpire.”

    “I basically can't enough of Aussie Rules footy, and we are currently in the process of linking formally with the West Coast Eagles in the AFL.”

    Mikey is also quick to mention just how many people and organisations have helped get the club to where it is now. He mentions specifically the amazing promotion work of Recruitment Officer, Fraser Welsh who has only been playing with the club for seven weeks but doing an amazing job to recruit players. Local gym, TOD Combat Coaching is a key sponsor, and Mikey also acknowledges the great support of his former club, the Kingdom Kangaroos, for helping the club along.

    Longer term, the club is gearing to be a major team in the AFL Scotland lineup, but initially some friendly matches against other clubs and possible appearances at the Haggis Cup and other smaller tournaments present the more immediate future.

    But whatever happens, the West Lothian Eagles are up and running on the Scottish footy horizon and all things going well will aim to be another powerful part of Scottish footy for years to come. ...

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    Alexey Andryushin from the St Petersburg Cats is a keen student of history, and is very aware of how important this weekend’s clash between the Lazy Koalas and the Cats was. “The weather was perfect: no rain and no hot sun either, and the day of this game matched the Moscow City day - today was the 869th anniversary of Moscow (est. 1147).”

    The culmination of the first full season of competition between the two cities is certainly an historical event in European footy – maybe not on the same level of the history of the nation’s iconic capital city, but certainly of historical importance in the growth of the Australian national game across Europe.

    Alexey went on to say that “it was definitely a good game, and the Koalas got revenge on us after their May loss in St Petersburg. We scored a fast first goal, but right after that Koalas fought back, and during first two quarters there was a gap between the teams of about 15 points. Then the Koalas managed to develop their lead further, and the final score was 87 to 47 in favour of home team.”

    “Except for our own teams' fans, there were also a bunch of rugby players who had a training [session] on the field right before our game, and a big group of people having different physical activities such as running and gymnastics, so there was a good crowd there to witness the match. The match had a great, friendly atmosphere, everyone enjoyed it, and there was also a good ‘fifth quarter’ at the local pub.”

    Founder of the Lazy Koalas, Mikhail Artemyev also added, “the weather was perfect! The Cats started out with a 6-0 lead but then we scored 3 goals in a row and developed our advantage more and more. Stanislav Prosyanik was the Most valuable Player from our team.”

    The Lazy Koalas completed this year’s tournaments 2-1 winners with results going with the home teams. The results set the scene for further development over the winter months of recruitment and a chance to take the game to a higher level in 2017.

    “Now Cats and Koalas are making all necessary preparations and getting ready to play as Team Russia in Euro Cup on October 8th in Lisbon, Portugal ...

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  • 09/12/16--04:44: Tyne Tees Cup This Weekend

  • One of the last club based tournaments for 2016 will be held this coming weekend, Saturday 17th September, in Newcastle at the club’s new home in Gosforth. It is a chance for some clubs to have a last hitout before the start of the off-season and international representative competitions.

    According to Tyne Tees Tigers president, Phil Martin, “The Tyne Cup is a pretty recent one day tournament held up here in the North East. Competing this year are the hosts, Tyne Tees Tigers who currently hold the trophy. The Glasgow Sharks who are the current AFL Scotland champions and the Kingdom Kangaroos who we have a long relationship with which has been cemented by competing for the annual pre-season ‘Bawbag Cup’”.


    “We also have a ladies tournament on the day. Competing on the day will be the Wandworth Demons, The Glasgow Sharks Ladies and the England Vixens who are playing as a warm up for the Euro Cup.”

    “Both men and women will play a round robin format of 2 x 20 minute halves with the top two in each pool will play of for the cup.”

    “This will be the first year we will be hosting at our permanent venue of Gosforth Sports association in the North of Newcastle. Go to: www.http://g-s-a.co.uk/ for more information about the club and venue.”

    If interested in attending the event, contact the Tyne Tees Tigers for information on transport and accommodation and make a weekend of it in and around Newcastle. Go to the following club link at: http://www.tyneteestigers.co.uk/tyne-tees-cup-2016


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    The new season of French footy (CNFA) gets underway in a little over a month. It seems like yesterday that the Paris Cockatoos stunned the footy world by taking out the 2015/16 premiership in their debut season, and since then six other teams have been plotting how to pluck the Cockatoos.

    But one team that will just be happy to enter the fields of battle is the brand new Blagnac Aviators club from Toulouse. Having been on the rise in the shadows of last season, the leagues newest entity is ready to roll and will hit their home field first round when they tackle the Bordeaux Bombers on October 15th. It will be an historic day for Blagnac, for the city of Toulouse and for the CNFA and French footy in general.


    With the introduction of the Aviators, the new season will feature 9 teams in the same single division, another sign of the solid growth in French footy. There will be four complete rounds played prior to the winter break, then another four after the break from February.

    Highlights of the new season include a Round One Grand Final replay when the Paris Cockatoos meet the Cergy Pontoise Coyotes. The all-Paris showdown between the Cockatoos and the Cockerels will be played in the final round on April 1st.

    November 12th will be a huge day in Toulouse when the Hawks meet the Blagnac Aviators in the first ever local derby. Like the rivalry that has already grown in Paris with two clubs last season, a new history is about to dawn in Toulouse.

    The Strasbourg Kangourous need a little luck to change to build a big season, but a run of four out of five home matches between October and February will give them a chance to establish their best side for a consistent run and maybe snag a win or two. If the Perpignan Tigers can win a couple of their earlier games in a tough early draw, they finish with three very winnable games to launch an assault on the finals and go a step better than last season.

    The ALFA Lions also need things to go their way and three early home matches before the break give them a chance to snare some early victories and climb higher than last season. The Bordeaux Bombers play the Aviators in their first match and would be hoping for a first up win to kickstart their season.

    There is certainly plenty to look forward to for the new 2016/17 CNFA season with all teams seeking to better their positions from last season and all looking for ways to bring down the title holders, the Paris Cockatoo ...

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    Once again history has been made in Danish football with relative newcomers, the Odense Lions, reaching the DAFL finals for the first time. As expected, there is one very excited and emotional football club on the island of Funen. For a city already well known as the birth place of children’s story teller, Hans Christian Andersen, the Lions (and their Lionesses) are hoping to bring another type of fame to the city.

    “For the first time the Odense Lions have made it to the Danish Australian Football League’s finals. They will meet Copenhagen Barracudas in the semi-final, a hard opposition that has only lost one game all year. It is the Lions third season and the development has been slow but steady.”


    “The 2016 season was looking to be a big one when the Lions started pre-season in January. The many new players from when the club was founded all now had a few seasons under their belt. Additions to the team were made: both new talents and experienced players and the playing group were ready to work hard to improve.”

    “The club had secured a new field in the city centre, making it easier for people to attend training than in previous years and school field at the edge of town was used. A new and bigger field, change rooms and even clubrooms were all a part of the new setup. This secured facilities for social events and a feeling of “Our Home Ground” that had not been there before when we were sharing change rooms with pre-school kids.”

    “To make sure the Lions were ready for the DAFL season, a hard pre-season was planned with weekly running track sessions and intra club games. The Lions also got their first trophy when winning the Indoor Cup and it was the first time the club song was used singing ‘History Here In The Making’”

    “The pre-season also included an international Lions game when Rheinland Lions from Germany came to visit Odense and was defeated. Games in Paris and Amsterdam were also played meaning the team had a few games already when the season started here in Denmark.”

    “The start to the season was close to perfect with two wins in a row, giving us the hope we could make finals this year. Unfortunately we ran into some injuries and busy school schedules which all made it hard to get our best team together for a few games. This meant with four games left we were one win short to claim the last spot in the semi-finals.”

    “The Lions did not go on a summer break as most clubs in Denmark do. Instead we continued to train and came out after the summer break close to securing the finals spot. The Lions lost with eight points but played a great game and the intensity was at a new high for the club. In this period the Lions showed their character and kept believing it could be our year. The end result was two wins in the last three games and the Lions are now ready, for the first time in the clubs history, to play finals.”

    “No matter the result this Saturday, all Lions will keep their head high and look back at the 2016 season as the season where Odense took Australian Rules football to a new high level that before was unseen in our part of Denmark.”

    It is a wonderful story of development, perseverance and belief. The Lions start the game as rank outsiders with only the brave believing they can win. But then, even fewer believed that the Copenhagen Giants would surprise everyone to win their flag, so hope must still live in the hearts of Lion ...

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    The draws for the upcoming Euro Cup in Lisbon, Portugal on October 8th have been released by AFL Europe. The men’s draw features 15 national teams across four pools, whilst the women’s draw sees seven teams across two pools – 22 teams in all headed for Lisbon.

    The men’s draws have been broken down as follows:



    A: Croatia, Italy, Austria, Wales,
    B: France, Ireland, Russia, Peace Team Lions
    C: Germany, Norway, Scotland, Portugal
    D: Netherlands, Crusaders, England

    For full men’s draw details, go to the AFL Europe website at:
    http://www.afleurope.org/eurocup-mens...announced/

    The women’s draws have been allocated as follows:
    A: France, Scotland, England, Ireland
    B: Croatia, Sweden, Denmark

    For full details of the women’s draw, go to the AFL Europe website at:
    http://www.afleurope.org/womens-draw-...announced/

    More details of the event will be announced by AFL Europe as the event draws closer. To stay up to date, visit the AFL Europe website at: http://www.afleurope.org

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    AFL Canada have named the women's team for the 2017 AFL International Cup in Melbourne.  The squad of 30 to pull on the Northern Lights jumper and defend the title includes five members of the IC14 World Team and four players currently playing in Australia.

    The will be the team to beat and will be competing for the title against 2014 runners up Ireland as well as the USA, a number of Pacific teams (likely Fiji, Tonga, NZ and PNG) as well as a combined European Crusaders team.

    In 2014 a late decision was made to bring a second team to the International Cup but it appears that there will be no second Canadian team in 2017.

    The following details of how selection was carried out is from the AFL Canada website.

     

    Selection of the team followed a national team selection camp held from September 3-4, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. The camp brought together over 50 players from across Canada participate in team orientation, theory sessions on game plan strategy, skills and fitness testing and three hotly contested and entertaining selection matches.

    “Selection camp was a fantastic weekend. We challenged the group physically and mentally and they responded magnificently. Their commitment to raise the bar on our 2014 achievements is inspiring. The weekend also gave us the opportunity to gel as a group in preparation for the hard work that is needed over the upcoming months leading into IC17,” said Head Coach Jason Arnold. “The coaching staff faced many very difficult decisions in selecting this squad, which is a testament to the high calibre of football being played in competitions across Canada.”

    In addition to the players who attended camp, an additional 18 players were available for selection to the Northern Lights, including ten Canadian players currently residing in Australia and developing their skills in local women’s footy competitions.

    The camp was a major milestone in the development of women’s football in Canada, capping off a strong year of development that began with the Canadian National Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia in May 2016 and continued through league competitions in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec through summer 2016.

    “With the high calibre of Northern Lights players and the strength of our coaching staff, the Northern Lights are well-positioned to defend their International Cup championship. With the launch of the AFL women’s competition next year, 2017 will be a very exciting year for women’s football and the Lights will be a major part of that excitement,” said Arnold.

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    Player   Home Club
    Anna Brancati Vancouver Vixens
    Marlena Ginocchio Vancouver Vixens
    Erin Regan Vancouver Vixens
    Jaya Aulakh Westcoast Wildcats
    Danah Arnold Edmonton Emus
    Charnelle Willis Edmonton Emus / UTS Shamrocks
    Rachelle Chabot Calgary Kookaburras
    Leslie Gurba Calgary Kookaburras
    Caroline Ireland Calgary Kookaburras
    Patricia Jaworski Calgary Kookaburras
    Kirsti Oja Calgary Kookaburras
    Hilary Perry Calgary Kookaburras
    Alanna Robertson Calgary Kookaburras
    Tricia Rolfe Calgary Kookaburras
    Lyndsay Smith Calgary Kookaburras
    Renee Tong Central Blues
    Nicola Kirwan Etobicoke Kangaroos
    Sarah Ennor High Park Demons
    Jaclyn Halliday Hamilton Wildcats
    Kendra Heil Hamilton Wildcats / Eastern Devils
    Candace Kwan Hamilton Wildcats
    Lia Vansevenant Hamilton Wildcats
    Rebecca Gomez Ottawa Swans
    Vivian Nguyen Ottawa Swans
    Caroline Leduc Montreal Angels
    Aimee Legault Montreal Angels
    Margo Legault Montreal Angels
    Valerie Moreau Montreal Angels
    Chantal Beaudin University of Queensland
    Lara Hilmi UTS Shamrocks
    Alternates    
    Brandie Corrigan Edmonton Emus
    Ashley Gazley Edmonton Emus
    Jen Nicholls Edmonton Emus
    Britta Jorgenson Calgary Kookaburras
    Nicole Robertson Calgary Kookaburras
    Vera Santillana Central Blues
    Danielle Comolli Hamilton Wildcats
    Dora Bartulovic Ottawa Swans
    Holly Vachon Ottawa Swans
    Alisa Dafoe Morphettville Park

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    Canadian rugby convert Mike Pyke recently appeared on the Fox Footy TV show Open Mike with Mike Sheahan.  Sheahan took Pyke back through the details of his remarkable journey to success in AFL football.

     

     

    The audio of that interview is available below and is well worth a listen.

    If you are having trouble with the embedded player you can go to the podcast here. ...


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    Paul Daffey of PDFooty interviews Julien Kann from the AFLG club the Munich Kangaroos.  The Roos stalwart grew up in Balywn and moved to Bavaria, where he’s now a premiership coach after leading his team to victory in the AFL Germany grand final.

     

     

    The original story post appears here.

    For more great stories and interviews with great characters of Victorian country, metro and amateur footy check out www.pdfooty.com.au  ...


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    And then there were six.  The semi finals kick off in Melbourne Friday night with the Western Bulldogs on a roll and looking to knock off the reigning Premiers Hawthorn at the MCG.  In the other semi-final Sydney will host Adelaide at the SCG.

    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 GMT NETWORK
    Semi Final 2 16-Sep Night Hawthorn vs. Western Bulldogs MCG VIC 19:50 09:50 7
    Semi Final 1 17-Sep Night Sydney vs. Adelaide SCG NSW 19:25 09:25 7

     

     

    TERRITORY/NETWORK SF2                                   SF1                HIGHLIGHTS         
    AUSTRALIA PLUS      
    Asia 16/9 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 17/9 @ 17:00 HKT (Live) 21/9 @ 11:00 HKT
    Pacific 16/9 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 17/9 @ 21:00 Fiji (Live) 21/9 @ 15:00 Fiji
    India 16/9 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 17/9 @ 14:30 IND (Live) 21/9 @ 08:30 IND
    CCTV5      
    China 21/9 @ 15:00 CST (Delay) - -
    CLARO SPORTS      
    Latin America 20/9 @ 13:00 CTU (Delay) 21/9 @ 17:00 CTU (Delay) -
    ESPN – BT SPORT      
    UK & Ireland 16/9 @ 10:30 BST (Live) 17/9 @ 10:00 BST (Live) 20/9 @ 18:30 BST
    ESPN      
    Caribbean 16/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) 17/9 @ 05:00 ET (Live) 20/9 @ 18:00 ET
    EUROSPORT2      
    Europe - 17/9 @ 11:25 CET (Live) -
    UK & Ireland - TBC -
    Asia - TBC -
    FOX SPORTS 1      
    USA - 17/9 @ 05:00 ET (Live) -
    FOX SPORTS 2      
    USA 16/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS      
    USA - - 19/9 @ 24:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK      
    Middle East 16/9 @ 13:30 GST (Live) 17/9 @ 13:00 GST (Live) 19/9 @ 18:00 GST
    GEE - Boats & Cruises      
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 16/9 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 17/9 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) -
    SKY SPORTS      
    New Zealand - 19/9 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) -
    TSN2      
    Canada 16/9 @ 05:30 ET (Live) 17/9 @ 05:00 ET (Live) -
    TVNZ      
    New Zealand 16/9 @ 21:30 NZT (Live) 17/9 @ 21:00 NZT (Live) 21/9 @ 18:00 NZT
    WATCHAFL.AFL.COM.AU      
    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 16/9 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 17/9 @ 09:50 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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    The AFL today launched AFL Women’s as the official name of the new national women’s league. In a step closer to the inaugural 2017 season, the new name, AFL Women’s, was launched in a collaboration with Instagram.

     

    AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, said the new name AFL Women’s, was developed in consultation with past and present players and the Women’s Football Advisory Group.

    Since the landmark announcement of the licences in June there has been unprecedented media coverage and groundswell surrounding AFL Women’s with fans engaging at all levels, culminating in record TV ratings for the All Stars game earlier in September.

     

    The AFL today hosted the Global COO of Instagram, Marne Levine, who met with the marquee players of the league, and led the launch of the new name on the @AFLWomens / #aflwomens platform.

     

    Mr McLachlan said women playing the game have always used social media platforms to build, organise and communicate with their sporting communities, and the launch of the name on Instagram shows the importance of social media to the future success of the league.

     

    “We have been delighted with the public’s response to the establishment of AFL Women’s. Our women players have already become inspirations to a new generation of participants, and we know how important their stories are to the future success of the game,” Mr McLachlan said.

     

    “Instagram is a fantastic place to reach out to a broader audience and to build support, and I thank them today for their support of the women players, and their support of the new league,”

     

    Instagram will be providing ongoing support and education to the players on how to leverage and manage their own social media accounts. With less than five months until AFL Women’s kicks off, the AFL is committed to building fan support for the women players and the new league.

     

    Instagram COO Marne Levine said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Australia’s first ever AFL Women’s league on Instagram, home to a passionate global community of sports fans. The best sports moments have long been captured by enduring and powerful imagery. Now fans can easily access authentic, behind-the-scenes moments by AFL Women’s and support these trailblazers on their road to the inaugural 2017 season, and beyond.”
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    In the lead up to the new NTFL season due to kick off next month, the Tiwi Bombers have announced sweeping changes at coaching and board level to ensure that the Bombers can rise again. After a successful start in the NTFL competition from their inception for the 2006/7 season, and culminating in the 2009/10 premiership, the club has fallen away a little in recent seasons. The new 2016/17 season promises to deliver the club back into the higher echelons of the NTFL competition.

     

     

    The Tiwi Bombers Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of new board members and a Senior Coach ahead of the 2016/17 TIO NTFL season.

     

    Wayne Worden has today been appointed the Senior Coach of the Tiwi Bombers Football Club.

    An AFLNT Life Member, Worden returns to Tiwi after spending two seasons as the backline specialist coach from 2009 – 2011 when the Bombers won their first TIO NTFL premiership.

    Previously, Worden was a premiership coach at PINT Football Club and was named All Australian Coach at the Masters National Championship in 2013 and 2014.

    The newly appointed Tiwi Bombers Board welcomed his appointment.

    In a restructure of football on the Islands, the Board will continue to oversee the growth and development of the Tiwi Bombers Football Club with the vision of becoming the Tiwi Island Football Commission prior to the 2017/18 TIO NTFL Season.

    The following Board members have been appointed:

    Gawin Tipiloura

    Richard Tungutalum

    Mary Dunn

    Deanne Rioli

    Marion Scrymgour

    Danny Munkara

    Connell Tipiloura

     

    It is the first time women have been appointed to the Tiwi Bombers Board and the first time both Melville and Bathurst Island are represented.

    As part of the restructure of football on the Island, AFLNT’s Aaron Dunster has been appointed Remote Development Manager for the Tiwi Island and will work with the Tiwi Football Commission to oversee the TIFL, the Tiwi Bombers Football Club, and all game development activities on the Islands.

     

    For media enquiries, please contact:

    Gawin Tipiloura at:  gawin.tipiloura@tiwiislands.nt.gov.au

     

     

     

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    AFLNT [on Wednesday] released the TIO NTFL Premier League fixture and gate prices for the 2016/17 TIO NTFL Season, which will kick off on Saturday October 8.

    AFLNT Chief Executive Officer Michael Solomon and AFLNT Football Operations Manager Joel Bowden released the fixture today, confirming matches are likely to be played away from TIO Stadium for the first two rounds due to the ground undergoing surface work.

    The TIO NTFL Premier League will again be played across an 18-round format with all clubs to play five home matches throughout the season.

    The NTFL will observe Heritage Round during Round 15 with the Waratah Football Club and the Wanderers celebrating 100 years of football in their annual Australia Day match.

    The 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin will be commemorated in Round 18 of the TIO NTFL season.

    There will be six themed rounds including:

    Round 3 – Umpire’s Round
    Round 7 – TIO Get Ready Round
    Round 8 – Women’s Round
    Round 15 – Heritage Round
    Round 16 – Michael Long Cup
    Round 18 – Bombing of Darwin Day

    The Grand Final replay between the St Mary’s Football Club and the Wanderers Football Club will be played during Round Seven in a Saturday afternoon match at TIO Stadium.

    The 2016/17 TIO NTFL Grand Final will be played on Saturday March 18.

    Solomon said the fixture was constructed with the primary aim to enable those in the Top End to access the game in strong numbers, as well as to continue to build the NTFL as the number one code in the Territory.

    “We are pleased to release the fixture today after consulting with each club and look forward to the start of the 2016/17 TIO NTFL season.

    “Despite TIO Stadium’s likely unavailability at the beginning of the season, we have ensured the ground is in top condition so we can give clubs the best possible surface to compete,” Solomon said.

    Solomon said the fixture included a significant decision to include at least six feature matches between Premier League matches to place Women’s Premier League matches into key timeslots on Saturday afternoons.

    This season, there will be three matches played on Friday nights and one Thursday match on Australia Day.

    Solomon said Bowden, as the AFLNT executive responsible for the production of the fixture, had worked with varying timeslots and match placements to best reflect the differing needs of fans in various parts of the Top End.

    “We have sought to work extensively with the respective clubs in the NTFL for the best timeslots for clubs and fans in Darwin,” Bowden said.

    “A key consideration in the construction of this year’s fixture was accommodating centenary celebrations while allowing NTFL clubs multiple opportunities to have input into the final outcome."

    Bowden said AFLNT had consulted with NTFL clubs throughout every step of the process and had tried their best to be inclusive and fair.

    "The fixture has many constraints and equity around the fixture is a key priority," Bowden said.

    The Women’s Premier League and junior grades fixtures will be released in the coming weeks.

    For full NTFL draw details for the 2016/17 season, go to: http://www.aflnt.com.au/uploads/media...ixture.pdf

    Source – AFLNT website: http://www.aflnt.com.au/index.php?id=383


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    The 2016 AFL Grand Final is just over a two weeks 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

    Bangkok, Thailand
    Where
    : Join the Thailand Tigers for 2016 AFL Grand Final Family Day at Amari Watergate, Bangkok.
    When:Saturday 1st October 2016 from 9am to 3pm.
    For ticket bookings please go to:
    http://www.austchamthailand.com/event-2284266

    Hong Kong, SAR China
    Where: HKFC - Lvl Sports Hall, 3 Sports Road, Happy ValleyHong Kong SAR China
    When: Saturday, 1 October 2016 from 12:00 to 16:00 (HKT)
    Australian Association of Hong Kong Limited
    COST - Adults $750 (Food and 4 hour free flow drinks) $300 (Food and soft drink) Kids 5-12 $350 (food and drinks) Under 5 free.
    Tickets available at hk-dragons.com or here.

    Manila, Phillipines
    Philippine Eagles AFL Grand Final
    Where: Fairmont Hotel
    When: Saturday Oct 1st. Ticket Price includes an 3 course all inclusive luncheon package starting at 10am with on the Couch session with legends of the AFL. There will be give aways, raffles and much more make it a great day for you, friends and family’s. Tickets can be ordered via events@anzcham.com
    Tickets are P3,200.00. Tables of are available at P 30,000. Tickets are available on Game day  or email the prez@pafl.com.ph.

    For the most recent AFL-Asia listings go here.

    EUROPE

    London, UK (AFL Europe luncheon)

    When: Friday, 30th September 2015 1pm start

    Where:Australia House - Strand | London | WC2B 4LA | Map

    In association with the Adelaide Crows  Special Guest: David Zaharakis of the Essendon Football Club and former premiership players from the Adelaide Crows.The 2nd annual AFL Europe Grand Final Lunch will be taking place Friday 30th September 2016. In conjunction with the South Australia Club this fully ticketed corporate event provides a unique opportunity to connect the UK and Australian Business Communities.

    Tables are currently available to purchase for £1100 (+VAT) for a table of 10 or £899 (+VAT) for a table of 8. Tables are already selling fast so get in quick. All proceeds will be retained by AFL Europe to assist in the promotion and development of the game in Europe.

    For table bookings or enquiries please contact Alex Hay, Interim General Manager – AFL Europe, 07951 742 441 or Alex.Hay@afleurope.org for all table bookings.
     

    MIDDLE EAST

     

    NORTH AMERICA

    Austin, Texas USA– Austin Crows
    Start time: 10pm CDT
    Tap 24 – 1004 W 24th Street, Austin, TX 78705
    Event Site

     

    Join the Austin Crows as we host the AFL Grand Final Party in Austin. Come catch the game after an ACL show or plan for it all day! $20 at the door will get you entry, light appetizers/nibbles, drink specials, raffles and player sweeps. A full bar menu will available until half time and Boomerang's Pies will also be there! Over 10 TV's will be showing the game so the viewing will be great. Bring cash to join in on some fun - last year we raffled off thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Going to be a top night!

     

    Boston, Massachusetts USA – Boston Demons
    Start time: 8pm EDT
    Kings Boston – 50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115
    Event Site

    The Boston Demons Footy Club are again hosting a Grand Final party to finish off the AFL year in style! Like years in the past we are taking over Kings Boston (Back Bay) w/ all the Aussie fixins! The KO pies and sausage rolls will be hot and the Coopers will be ice cold! Come enjoy an evening of footy (with special license to be open the entire match!) and pass a bit of banter around for who's the best team! Starts at 8 and runs till late! Open to all! Cover is $10 and helps support the club with Finals and field costs.

     

    Chicago, Illinois USA– Chicago Swans
    Start time: 9pm CDT
    Highline Bar & Lounge – 169 W Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654
    Event Site

    Please note that this party is organized by the Chicago Swans AFL Club and always sells out! You need to buy a ticket at the link above.

     

    Columbus, Ohio USA – Columbus ARFC
    ​Start time: 9pm EDT
    Smokehouse Brewing Company – 1130 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215
    Event Site

    $20 per person includes the big game (Australian Football League) , pulled pork sliders, smoked and grilled wings, fruit, veggie and cheese trays, BBQ Saratoga chips and buffalo chicken dip. Craft beer special $3.50 a pint.

     

    Dallas, Texas USA  – Dallas Magpies
    Start time: 9:30pm CDT
    Bryan Street Tavern – 4315 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75204
    Event Site

    $25 cover charge gets you 3 free drinks. Discounted drinks and discounted food all night long. Several large areas reserved for the Grand Final.

     

    Denver, Colorado USA – Denver Bulldogs
    Start time: 8pm MDT
    3 Lions Pub – 2239 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
    Event Site

    Hosted by the Denver Bulldogs Australian Football Club

     

    Houston, Texas USA– Houston Lonestars
    Start Time: 8pm CDT
    The Phoenix on Westheimer – 1915 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098
    Event Site

    Proudly hosted for the 7th year by the Houston Lonestars Australian Football Club & the Phoenix on Westheimer. Free AFL Grand Final Party Koozie > FREE Karbach Beer Tokens (before 9 PM) > Indoor & Outdoor Projection Screens > Exclusive Aussie Menu > Sausage Rolls & Party Pies > Handball Comp > Aussie Raffles & Door Prizes & MORE!

    Come early to The Phoenix and enjoy the exclusive Aussie Menu and all the the pre-game build up fun including, Live Grand Final Pre-Game Entertainment, Handball Comp and the Houston Lonestars Nationals team jumper presentation.

     

    Los Angeles, CaliforniaUSA– Los Angeles Dragons
    Start Time: 7pm PDT
    Busby’s West – 3110 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    Event Site

    As with previous years the LA Dragons Football Club is hosting at Busby’s West with a heap of festivities on the night including a raffle (return flights to NYC major prize), silent auction for some classic NBL and NFL memorabilia as well as fantastic drink specials courtesy of Bud Light. Tickets are limited to 400 so be sure to purchase the discounted $8 ticket through this link before they sell out – in the unlikely event that tickets remain unsold they will be $10 on the door.

     

    Minneapolis, MinnesotaUSA– Minnesota Freeze
    Start Time: 7pm CDT
    The Pint House – 430 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
    Event Site

    Come out to watch the AFL Grand Final with your local Aussie Rules Football Club, the Minnesota Freeze! The event is free, but each $10 donated to the club gets you a tap beer and raffle ticket! Light snacks will be provided late evening for those who have donated.

     

    Nashville, Tennessee USA– Nashville Kangaroos
    Start Time: 11pm CDT
    Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace – 2720 Old Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN 37214
    Event Site

    Hosted by the Nashville Kangaroos

     

    New York, NY, USA
    Where: 5th and Mad 7 E. 36th Street, NYC
    When: Friday, September 30th 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
    Game kicks off just after midnight. Ticket price includes: Live game with sound on all TV’s in the venue, Drink specials (including Aussie wine and beer), Live music from Australia’s own Dave Young, Giveaways on the night, Donation to the NY Magpies which helps pay the cost of running the biggest Aussie Rules club in North America
    If you have any questions, email us at events@newyorkmagpies.com . Buy tickets here..

     

    Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaUSA– Philadelphia Hawks
    Start Time: 10pm EDT
    Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square – 421 S 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
    Event Site

    Come join the Philadelphia Hawks at Cavanaugh's Headhouse Square to watch the most anticipated match of the AFL season! $20 gets your admission and your first beer and meat pie! We’ll have Hawks merchandise, raffles, prizes and you’ll have a chance to win some cold hard cash in our world famous square game! Bring your friends and bring your appetites for Coopers, Meat Pies and the best footy the AFL has to offer! All proceeds benefit the club and will help us get to the USAFL Nationals in October!

     

    Portland, OregonUSA– Portland Australian Football Club
    Start Time: 7pm PDT
    River Pig Saloon – 529 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
    Event Site

    Hosted by the Portland Steelheads and Portland Sockeyes.

     

    Sacramento, CaliforniaUSA– Sacramento Suns
    Start Time: 8:30pm PDT
    ​Kupros Craft House – 1217 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
    Event Site

    The AFL Grand Final is the Super Bowl of Australia! Don't miss the most exciting game of the year alongside your Sacramento Suns! The game will be streaming LIVE from Melbourne, Australia in the upstairs bar at Kupros. $10 gets you: - admission to the event - a lucky door ticket - entry into 'pick a player' comp - entry into 'pick the margin'. We have a lot of great Gold Coast and Sacramento Suns merchandise and other prizes up for grabs!

     

    San Diego, CaliforniaUSA– San Diego Lions
    Start Time: 8pm PDT
    The Ould Sod – 3373 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
    Event Site | Tickets

    The biggest day on the Australian sporting calendar is being broadcast live in San Diego and hosted by the San Diego Lions! $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Space is limited so buy your tickets today. Ticket price includes: Live game with sound on all TVs in the outdoor portion of the venue Drink specials throughout the night. Giveaways and raffles including First Goal contest.

     

    San Francisco, CaliforniaUSA– Golden Gate AFL
    Start Time: 8pm PDT
    Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
    Event Site

    Oi mate! You're invited to the ultimate Aussie party... The 2016 AFL Grand Final! We'll be showing the game on every screen at the Danny Coyle's sports bar. Your ticket includes entry and 1x free drink. We're a local 501c3 non-profit. By attending this event, you're supporting our mission to grow footy in the Bay Area.

     

    Seattle, WashingtonUSA– Seattle Grizzlies

    Start Time: 6:30pm PDT
    Kangaroo and Kiwi – 2026 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA, 98107
    Event Site

    The Seattle Grizzlies Australian Football Club are hosting the biggest Australian celebration of the year! Hop on down to the Kangaroo and Kiwi for the biggest day of the Aussie calendar! There will be door prizes, raffles, games, a special football-themed menu and more Aussie culture than you can point a stick at! $10 cover charge will go towards the Seattle Grizzlies' USAFL Nationals campaign.

     

    Washington, DCUSA– Baltimore-Washington Eagles
    Start Time: 9pm EDT
    Ireland’s Four Courts – 2051 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
    Event Site

    Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. The ticket price includes: - 2 drink tickets - Aussie food and drink specials - Australian Music - Baltimore Washington Eagles games show pre-game - Giveaways - donation to the Baltimore Washington Eagles. There are a limited number of tickets available. No Walk Ups will be admitted. Virginia Law prohibits the consumption of alcohol after 2 AM.

    For up to date US listings go to http://www.usafl.com/news/20160915/2016-afl-grand-final-viewing-parties
     

    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 Zaprude Giants are the toast of Croatia after last weekend’s victory in the CEAFL (Central European Australian Football League) Championships held in Prague, Czech Republic. After having headed the table after victories in the first two rounds held in Croatia and Austria, something special was needed by their competitors to stop a Giants title – it didn’t happen.

     

     

    Headed into the Prague leg of the tournament, only the Giants, Sesvete Blues from Croatia and the Styrian Downunderdogs from Austria had enough accumulated points from the previous events to be overall winners, but the Giants did little wrong as they again won the day and the overall title.

     

    The teams were divided into two groups, playing nine per side. Teams with less than the required nine were penalised by having a three goal advantage handed to their opponents (see asterix in scores *).

     

    Group 1:

    Prague Dragons 3 2 38* d Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers 1 7 13

    Styrian Downunderdogs 6 6 60* d Zagreb Hawks 3 3 21

    Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers 9 10 64 d Zagreb Hawks 2 3 15

    Prague Dragons 3 7 43* d Styrian Downunderdogs 3 5 23

    Prague Dragons 7 9 51 d Zagreb Hawks 4 2 46

    Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers 9 9 63 d Styrian Downunderdogs 2 2 14

     

    Group 2:

    Zaprude Giants 4 11 53* d Sesvete Blues 2 4 16

    Zaprude Giants 4 7 31 s Velika Gorica Bombers 2 5 17

    Sesvete Blues 10 5 65 d Velika Gorica Bombers 4 9 33

     

    Semi-Finals:

    Sesvete Blues 5 7 37 d Prague Dragons 3 5 23

    Zaprude Giants 5 17 47 d Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers 4 5 29

     

    5th Place Playoff:

    Velika Gorica Bombers 11 2 68 d Styrian Downunderdogs 5 3 33

    3rd Place Playoff:

    Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers 6 5 41 d Prague Dragons 5 0 30

     

    1st Place Playoff (Grand Final):

    Zaprude Giants 5 4 34 d Sesvete Blues 3 3 21

     

    Congratulations go to the Zaprude Giants for their consistent and high calibre season. All teams should be congratulated for their efforts, but a special pat on the back to the host team, the Prague Dragons, which proved itself as a team on the rise to resurrect the game to higher levels in the Czech Republic.

     

    Attention now goes to the Euro Cup in Lisbon, Portugal, as national teams are assembled for both Croatia and Austrian, and we suspect that the Prague players will be very interested onlookers.

     

     

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    The Glasgow Sharks’ successful season went one step further last weekend when they visited Newcastle to take out the 2016 Tyne Tees Cup. Just last month the Glasgow Sharks took out the AFL Scotland premiership - Glasgow Sharks Crowned AFL Scotland Champions– and the trip south has netted them another trophy for the cabinet.

    The competing teams for this year saw the Glasgow Sharks, Tyne Tees Tigers and Scotland’s Kingdom Kangaroos in the men’s competition. In the women’s draw the England Vixens took on the Wandsworth Demons and the Glasgow Sharks.


    In the final of the men’s competition, the Sharks were too good for host team, Tyne Tees Tigers, running out winners 75 to 51.

    In the women’s final, the England Vixens downed the Wandsworth Demons from London in convincing fashion 52 to 1. The match was an ideal preparation for the Vixens as they get ready to travel to Portugal and represent their country at the Euro Cup in Lisbon.

    The tournament all but brings an end to the 2016 seasons for most clubs as they turn their attention towards preparations for the 2017 season. Some players from the teams present will be part of the Scottish and English national teams. For the Tyne Tees Tigers, the event was a great full stop to their first season at their new home at the Gosforth Sports Association and adding further to the growth of the club.

    Congratulations go to all teams for travelling and competing and also to the Tyne Tees Tigers for hosting and organising the event which brought together one national team as well as teams representing the AFLCNE, AFL Scotland and AFL Londo ...

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    The following is an article from the staff writers at www.afl.com.au introducing the new logo for the AFL Women’s national competition.

    THE Logo for the AFL Women's competition features a stylised 'W', with iconic goalposts and a goalsquare.

    The logo, developed in consultation with the AFL women's advisory group, was released in Melbourne on Monday morning.

     

    The AFL said the 'W' logo paid tribute to the heritage of the AFL logo, with the posts and goalsquare presented in a "contemporary, energetic, and youthful manner".

     

    AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the women's league marked a new era in Australian sport.

    "We have been thrilled by the public and media groundswell to the announcement of the AFL Women's competition," he said.

     

    The full article with additional video and pictures can be found at: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-09-19/logo-revealed-for-afl-womens-competition ...


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