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    In late 2015 AFL New Zealand broke new ground with their inaugural draft for the 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership. A four team super league is you will. This time around the draft was held again but with a 2nd year variation – each of the 4 sides was able to retain 13 of their list – a base roster – from the 2016 season to provide a level of continuity.

    The 2017 competition will again see matches played over 9 rounds at Auckland’s QBE Stadium at North Harbour. The first round of matches will start on February 12th culminating in the final round on April 9th.

    The timing of the Premiership season as distinct to the regular August-December regional leagues – allows for the inclusion of Australian based players. For AFL NZ this should provide the perfect launching pad for an assault on the 2017 AFL International Cup.

    The draft this year was held in late November – many of the players and coaches though still have club duties to fulfil as the local seasons wrap up.

    The teams also have confirmed their off-field line ups – with assistant coaches recently confirmed. James Monoghan takes on the role with the Southern Saints. He is a 10 year veteran of the game in NZ, being a junior graduate and a 2008 IC representative. He is currently engaged with Auckland’s University Blues who take on the Waitakere Magpies in todays Auckland AFL Grand Final.

    John Jackson will assist the Northern Suns, and he too is busy today – coaching his white hot Eastern Bulldogs in the Wellington AFL Grand Final. Jackson was the captain of the New Zealand (at the time Falcons) 2002 International Cup campaign (finished 3rd behind Ireland and PNG) and has been involved in coaching around Wellington. His other ‘hat’ is that of President of the Poneke Rugby Club – and is symbolic of the fact that many Rugby players play AFL in their off season.

    The Western Crows have picked up Kieran Houlker – who is heavily involved in junior talent programmes around Wellington and the AFL New Zealand Academy.

    The Central Giants have picked up Auckland based Michael Lentini who will be mentored by head coach Rob Malone. Lentini has recently commenced coaching within the junior development programme and will gain valuable experience in this role during Premiership season.

    The draft itself this year ran in late November. The #1 picks not quite as well known as last year – however in many cases give a good guide to the developing talent. The Western Crows picked up Waitakere Magpies defender Josh Copeland. The Southern Saints opted for Josh Morgan-Ranui, a 17 year old from Wellington. The Central Giants picked up Christchurch Bulldogs mid Wayne Sullivan while the Northern Suns picked up 32 year old Peter Halstead who today will ruck for his Eastern Suburb Bulldogs in the Wellington AFL Grand Final.

    2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership Season Schedule
    QBE Stadium, North Harbour

    Round Date
    Round 1 February 12th
    Round 2 February 19th
    Round 3 February 26th
    Round 4 March 5th
    Round 5 March 12th
    Round 6 March 19th
    Round 7 March 26th
    Round 8 April 2nd
    Round 9 April 9th

    The Western Crows were crowned 2016 champions, finishing top of the table ahead of the Southern Saints, Central Giants and the Northern Suns. ...


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    The 2016 AFL Youth Oceania Cup junior football carnival gets under way this morning in Suva, Fiji. Teams and players from 5 South Pacific nations will compete in the most significant tournament for a number of years.

    The Fiji Sports Commission has provided support for this years event – that sees an extended programme across the first 2 weeks of December.

    The traditional U/15 boys tournament plays out this week and the 5 competing nations are Fiji Jnr Tribe, Nauru Stars, Solomon Islands Sharks, Tonga Thunder, Vanuatu Volcano's.

    There will also be a girls component with Fiji junior Vonu girls academy matches played Dec 8 & 9.

    The following across the end of this week and early next week an Australian U/14 ‘Wanderers’ squad plays the Fiji U/14 Juniors in a 4 test series with matches Dec 8 & 9 and then again Dec 14 & 15.

    In the U/15 boys, the hosts Fiji are optimistic about their chances of taking it right up to the defending champions in Nauru. As reported Sunday in the Fiji Times with AFL Fiji Development officer Simon Highfield indicating that the side has prepared well.

    Solomon Sharks representatives:

    Fiji last won the title in 2014 and before that 2012. Earlier incarnations of the tournament included NZ and PNG however the structure now sees this competition as the primary selection trial for the South Pacific Nations team which after incorporation of PNG and NZ players sees the full squad to compete in Australia.

    The defending champions – the Nauru Stars – resplendent in their Digicel and Bendigo Bank sponsored uniforms were on the verge of frustration due to lack of Government support and high airfares – however families have dug deep to get the squad airborne. Nauru also won in 2013 and will continue a developing healthy rivalry with the Fiji Tribe. The Nauru Stars squad of 24 is based on merit and also discipline with some players clearly good enough having missed selection on disciplinary grounds.

    Tonga as well have faced financial troubles and have arrived with a reduced squad - but todays Fiji Times reports team manager Matani Nifofa that after beginning the preparations way back in January that they are happy to be here (in Fiji). There was extra effort to avoid any overage players (an issue last year).

    Day 1 schedule

    Time
    9am Nauru vs Tonga
    9.30am Fiji vs Vanuatu
    10am Solomon Islands vs Tonga
    10.30am Vanuatu vs Nauru
    11am Fiji vs Tonga
    11.30am Nauru vs Solomon Islands,
    1pm Solomon Islands vs Fiji
    1.30pm Vanuatu vs Tonga
    2pm Fiji vs Nauru
    2.30pm Vanuatu vs Solomon Islands
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    The Auckland AFL Grand Final was one for the ages - as the Waitakere Magpies held off the reigning premiers - University Blues - for a narrow 7 pt win

    Goals Behinds Total
    Waitakere Magpies 11 10 76
    University Blues 10 9 69

    AFL New Zealand report that in ideal conditions the Magpies got off to a flier with 3 quick goals, and were on top early largely via the efforts of mids Carlos Donnell-Brown, captain Shane Leat and the experience Dave Rattenbury.

    The Blues fought back into the contest, rallied by their coach Chris Mundell. The dangerous Blues focal point Thomas Taungakava was well held most the game but when Magpies defender Ben Pine was moved up field; Taungakva was able to work into the game with a couple of late goals - the Blues kept coming and whittled the deficit down to just 5 points with 5 minutes to play. That was as close as they got to perhaps pinching an unlikely win. The Magpies absorbed the pressure and held on by 7 points to be deserving winners over a worthy opponent.

    The Magpies last won the pennant in 2013, but after such a successful season and with a solid and talented squad - they are clearly the bookmakers favourite for next year - in early markets!! Leading goal kicker Bradn Johnson (an Australian) was again a key target up forward with 4 majors, ably assisted by Jamie Hunt with 2. The 'Wells Medal' for BOG went to Carlos Donnell-Brown who wrapped up a very successful finals campaign for the Pies. For the vanquished - full forward Nick Trask slotted 3 while better players included Steph Tabaillou and Conrad Doggett. ...


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    Day 1 of the 2016 Oceania Youth Cup tournament has again fired up with a round robin Lightning Carnival. The 4 nations able to attend this year have warmed up for the week ahead. The following report is courtesy of Ben Drew - AFL South Pacific Development Manager.

    It certainly was a fantastic day of footy with Nauru hanging on to again take the Lightning Carnival in 2016. All 4 teams were terrific in their matches and already you can see the improvement from 9am this morning to now.

    Teams played each other once in a round robin fixture playing 2 x halves.

    The Nauru Stars started well with a tough win over a physical Tonga Thunder side, Fiji Jnr Tribe were too strong for the Solomon Islands Sharks who are back for the first time since 2012! Round 2 saw a wonderful game between Tonga & Solomon Islands with the Tongan team just kicking 2 goals very late to take a win. The Solomon Islands boys had some lightening passages transitioning the ball from Defence to attack with speed, they just failed to take their chances. It was a great game!

    Fiji & Nauru played a nail biter which came down to Nauru being Smart with the ball and playing tempo footy against the breeze to hold on for a win. The next game saw a tired Fiji playing a fresh Tonga team! Tonga took it right up to Fiji and nearly took the points. Fiji had a shot after the siren to win, managed a point and scores finished level. A fitting end!

    The day was spectacular with an amazing facility at Albert Park, great Support from the Fiji Sports Commission and Coke came down with plenty of Powerade for the players!

    Tomorrow the Oceania Cup begins with teams playing 4 quarter footy at Albert Park. First Game at 10am with Fiji v Nauru then Solomon Islands v Tonga at 11 and Nauru v Tonga to finish the day at 1pm

    Great start to the carnival and we are looking forward to more great footy over the next 4 days!

    Match Results – Lightening Carnival

    Game 1: Goals Behinds Total
    Nauru Stars 4 6 30
    Tonga Thunder 0 1 1
    Goal Kickers: Nauru Stars: Robawoun Atsime 2, Maro Baguga, Hutch DagagioTonga Thunder: NilBest Players: Nauru Stars: Karl Hartman, Robawoun Atsime, Wise Temaki, Johnson Olsson, Zenus Hiram, Maro BagugaTonga Thunder: Inesi Ahomana, Fililangi Molipeli, Feofaaki Pulu, Pauliasi Tuifua, Samisoni Fetu’ani, Sione Havili
    Game 2: Goals Behinds Total
    Fiji Jnr Tribe 8 3 51
    Solomon Island Sharks 0 1 1
    Goal Kickers: Fiji Jnr Tribe: Rapoama Bola 2, Josefa Cameron, Alate Tuilevuka, Jone Radua, Rokua Kinivnai Solomon Islands: NilBest Players: Fiji: Rapoama Bola, Jone Radua, Edward Mel, Napolioni Batimala, Alate Tuilevuka, Naibuka SalusaluSolomon Islands: Allen Thomas, Malysha Lea, Carlick Karoa, Nigel Konia, Jason Keniapisia, Keane Nimepo
    Game 3: Goals Behinds Total
    Tonga Thunder 4 4 28
    Solomon Islands Sharks 2 1 13
    Goal Kickers: Tonga: Brenton Ikamanu 2, Nathan Mafi, Inesi Ahomana, Solomon Islands: Allen Tarioha, Nigel KoniaBest Players: Tonga: Brenton Ikamanu, Nathan Mafi, Inesi Ahomana, Pauliasi Tuifua, Uinisitoni Finau, Feofaaki PuluSolomon Islands: Amini Vuicolo, Allen Tarioha, Malysha Lea, Nigel Willie, Inoki Tavailagi, Wayne Mitchel
    Game 4: Goals Behinds Total
    Nauru Stars 3 1 19
    Fiji Jnr Tribe 1 3 9
    Goal Kickers: Nauru: Maro Baguga, Winzar Kakiouea, Speedy HubertFiji: Maloni MalumuiriBest Players: Nauru: Karl Hartman, Robawoun Atsime, Wise Temaki, Gaissa Jones, Richard Waqa, Johnson Olsson, Jesse KaieruaFiji: Rapoama Bola, Maloni Malumuiri, Edward Mel, Jone Radua, Jolame Vunisa, Naibuka Salusalu
    Game 5: Goals Behinds Total
    Fiji Jnr Tribe 1 2 8
    Tonga Thunder 1 2 8
    Goal Kickers: Fiji: Rapoama BolaTonga: Viliami Ma’asiBest Players: Fiji: Rapoama Bola, Edward Mel, Jone Radua, Alate Tuilevuka, Baibuka Salusalu, Jolame VulisaTonga: Brenton Ikamanu, Pauliasi Tuifua, Inesi Ahomana, Fililangi Molipeli, Uinisitoni Finau
    Game 6: Goals Behinds Total
    Nauru Stars 5 5 35
    Solomon Islands Sharks 0 1 1
    Goal Kickers: Nauru: Arlador Temaki, Karl Hartman, Hutch Dagagio, Geraca Hiram, Maro BagugaSolomon Islands: NilBest Players: Nauru: Karl Hartman, Hutch Dagagio, Robawoun Atsime, Johnson Olsson, Gaissa Jones, Richard WaqaSolomon Islands: Emosi Meo, Carlick Karoa, Rashan Maenu, Keane Nimepo, Allen Thomas, Malysha Lea

    The late Graeme Wilson would have been so proud to see the Solomon Sharks in attendance :

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  • 12/05/16--14:57: Kendra Heil ruptures ACL
  • Collingwood’s Kendra Heil will miss the inaugural AFLW season with scans confirming a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

    Heil was injured innocuously during a training session last Tuesday. It is her third ACL injury, having undergone a reconstruction to her left knee in early 2016 and another to her right knee in 2008.

    Ontario-born Heil relocated to Australia in 2013 to pursue Australian rules football after being a standout performer with the Hamilton Wildcats in the Australian Football League of Ontario.

    The 28-year-old was recruited to Collingwood as a free agent from the Eastern Devils in the VFL Women's state league.

    Collingwood AFLW Operations Manager Meg Hutchins said that Heil will remain an important part of the team in its inaugural season.

    “The injury news is disappointing for Kendra who was so excited to have the opportunity to play for Collingwood in the first national women’s AFL competition,” Hutchins said.

    “The club will support Kendra throughout her recovery, and knowing her hard-working attitude towards her training, I’m sure she’ll be extremely diligent with her rehab.

    “While we would have loved to see her on the ground, Kendra still has a lot to offer and will play an important part of Collingwood’s inaugural AFLW season off the ground.”

    Heil will undergo surgery in the coming weeks and the club will now work with the AFL to secure a replacement player
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    Again - the below match reports are courtesy of AFL Pacific Development officer Ben Drew.

    Today saw Day 1 of the Oceania Cup component of the festival. With teams transitioning to 4 x quarter football on a fantastic Suva day!

    Game 1 was a replay of the 2015 Grand final with Nauru Stars taking on Fiji Jnr Tribe. It was a close tough match all day with the ball moving up and down the ground quickly all game. In the end the Nauru Stars ability to have patience with the ball and hit their targets through the middle of the ground showed through for a hard fought win. The Fiji Jnr tribe worked hard and never gave up giving themselves every chance to run over the top of the Nauru team. In the end, The Nauru Stars used their bench very well rotating their players to keep fresh legs and kick 3 late goals in the 3rd to make it hard for the Fiji team. A fantastic game, close and tough! both team were terrific!

    Game 2 was an epic close battle between 2 teams still very much learning the game. It was close, tough, fast and both teams worked tirelessly with their tackling pressure. The Tongan thunder were brilliant in with their tackling and pressure around the ball, the bigger, taller Tongan team held onto their marks early and had the run of the game in the first half just not able to convert through the middle. In the end the Solomon Islands sharks kicked a goal in the second quarter and held on to their small lead defending with all their heart as the Tongan Thunder had the ball in their forward 50 for most of the last quarter. The Solomon island Sharks held on for a fantastic morale boosting with proving that they are super competitive against all opponents. Coach David Holo is already dreaming of the 2017 campaign!

    Game 3 and the Tongan Thunder took it right up to the defending champions the Nauru Stars. The stars didn't have it all their own way with the Tongan team tackling and moving the ball up the ground quickly to have every chance to kick goals. As the Nauru Stars steadied and rebounded the ball efficiently from half back they were able to capitalise on their chances and reward the effort with kicking goals. The Tongans never gave up and hit the post twice, but the Nauruan registered their second win of the day to sit on top of the ladder going into the break.

    Tomorrow will see all the teams complete a rehab session at the Damadoor Pool in Suva then head back over to Albert Park for some education session on - Social Media, Health & Wellbeing with the Fiji Ministry of Health & a Stop Violence against Women session with the Ministry of Women.

    Thursday will see the games back on at Albert Park, Check the AFL South Pacific Nations Facebook page for all updates

    Match Results – Oceania Cup Day 1

    Game 1: Goals Behinds Total
    Nauru Stars 4 9 33
    Fiji Jnr Tribe 2 2 14
    Goal Kickers: Nauru: Geraca Hiram 2, Maro Baguga, Winzar Kakiouea Fiji: Jone Radua, Rapoama BolaBest Players: Nauru: Richard Waqa, Gaissa Jones, Karl Hartman, Wise Temaki, Woewodin Thoma, Winzar Kakiouea, Harvey TimothyFiji: Rapoama Bola, Edward Mel, Jolame Vunisa, Napolioni Batamale, Saimoni Ravutu, Livai Tuilovoni
    Game 2: Goals Behinds Total
    Solomon Islands Sharks 1 3 9
    Tonga Thunder 0 4 4
    Goal Kickers: Solomon Islands: Christian BaleTonga: NilBest Players: Solomon Islands: Elici Waqalevu, Allen Thomas, Nigel Willy, Josh Ablett, Mcleod Temaki, Christian BaleTonga: Winston Finau, Pauliasi Tuifua, Feofaaki Pulu, Brenton Ikamanu, Isileli Angitau, Inesi Ahomana
    Game 3: Goals Behinds Total
    Nauru Stars 5 8 38
    Tonga Thunder 0 4 4
    Goal Kickers: Nauru: Maro Baguga 2, Elijah Agege, Marcincy Cook, Robawoun AtsimeTonga: NilBest Players: Nauru: Richard Waqa, Robawoun Atsime, Wise Temaki, Harvey Timothy, Gaissa Jones, Karl Hartman, Woewodin Thoma, Filiando Gaiyabu, Johnson OlssonTonga: Brenton Ikamanu, Isileli Angitau, Paulaisi Taufui, Feofaaki Pulu, Winston Finau, Inesi Ahomana, Moana Mohokoi, Macklean Veatupu ...

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    In slightly late news, the Tokyo Goannas wrapped up the 2016 AFL Japan season with a 40 point win over the Senshu Powers on Sunday November 27, held under lights at the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club.

    Across the weekend just gone the season was wrapped up with the 2016 AFL Japan Awards night including the highlight of the evening - the naming of the 2016 'Peter Wilson Medalist'.

    Looking ahead AFL Japan is setting sights on Melbourne 2017 and the International Cup in August next year. AFL Japan are taking registrations of interest and have set a December winter training schedule with more news to come with respect to January and February. The build up begins.

    2016 AFL Japan Awards - the winnersPremiership team: Tokyo Goannas Leading goalkicker: Shoki MUKODAKA (POW)Rsing star: Yudai YAMAJI (MAG)Best umpire: Ryosuke SATO (POS) Person of distinguished service: Brett QUALTROUGH (POS) Team of distinguished service: Senshu Powers Peter Wilson Medalist: Sam GIRARDELLO (GOA), Shoki MUKODAKA (POW) Dream Team: [FF] Yoshiharu SASAKI (POW) [HF] Dan LAST (GOA), Shoki MUKODAKA (POW) [R] Michito SAKAKI (LIO) [Ruck] Sam GHIRARDELLO (GOA) [RR] Yusei HASEGAWA (LIO) [HB] Tsuyoshi KASE (HAW), Hisayoshi OURA (SUN) [FB] Dean DOWEY (LIO) Interchange: [HF] Yudai YAMAJI (MAG) [R] Junpei ITO (POW) [HB] Kohei KAGEYAMA (SUN) Key: HAW: Eastern Hawks; MAG: Kmoazawa Magpies; POS: Shonan Poseidons; LIO: R246 Lions; POW: Senshu Powers; GOA: Tokyo Goannas; SUN: Tokyo Bay Suns

    2016 AFL Japan Grand Final result

    Qtr Goannas Powers
    1 4.2.(26) 1.2.(8)
    2 7.7.(49) 3.5.(23)
    3 10.14.(74) 4.7.(31)
    4 11.21.(87) 6.11.(47)
    The Goannas had won their way to the decider with a comfortable 50 pt semi final win 17.17.(119) over the R246 Lions 10.9.(69), while the Powers had to fight to the end for a 7 pt win 10.16.(76) over the Tokyo Bay Suns 10.9.(69).

    In their only previous meeting this year back in round 3 (Late June) - the Goannas had a tough time, getting home by 9 points, 9.15.(69) over the Powers 8.12.(60). Overall the Goannas hold sway comfortably head to head, however, on the basis of this close result and the Goannas finishing top, clear of the Powers only by percentage - the stage was set for a competitive decider.

    Victorious Goannas:

    Grand finals Senshu Powers

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    The Australian Football League (AFL) today announced it would partner with Australia-wide Insurance Broker JLT (Jardine Lloyd Thompson) for the pre-season competition for the next three years, with today’s launch of the JLT Community Series in Melbourne. 

    AFL General Manager Clubs and AFL Operations Travis Auld joined with JLT Chief Executive Leo Demer to announce the fixture for the 2017 JLT Community Series, which will see all 18 teams play three matches across a four-week stretch between Thursday February 16 and Sunday March 12, to lead into the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. 

    ‘JLT is the National Insurance Broker for the AFL, our 18 clubs and the State Associations across the country, with a relationship now of 13 years with football from the grassroots through to elite level of the game,” Mr Auld said

    . 

    ‘JLT is an incredibly important contributor to the game as they are the driving force behind our National Risk and Protection program for community football leagues around Australia, and we are delighted they have chosen to partner the AFL for our pre-season competition. 

    ‘JLT provide an exceptional service for all 18 AFL Clubs and our State Associations, and ensure that our players and volunteers are protected, and now they will have a key role as football returns in 2017,” he said.  

    Mr Demer said JLT was delighted to raise the level of its partnership with Australia’s only indigenous game, as the spread of matches across all parts of Australia reflected its role in supporting the game no matter where it was played. 

    “Every AFL player across one of the AFL clubs began his career in a small community, be it in a metropolitan, regional or country area, that has followed his every step through to reaching the elite level,” Mr Demer said. 

    “At JLT, we support football communities in every part of Australia who love the game, and the JLT Community Series will take matches to so many locations across the country where fans can see their favourite stars up close. 

    “I am delighted to be able to announce that in 2017, games will be played at Manuka Oval (ACT); Albury, Blacktown, Coffs Harbour and Narrandera (New South Wales); Broadbeach and Mackay (Queensland); Mt Gambier, Noarlunga and Richmond Oval (South Australia); Launceston (Tasmania); Arden Street, Bendigo, Casey Fields, Ikon Park, Moe and Whitten Oval (Victoria); Geraldton and Mandurah (Western Australia) as we play more matches than ever in community locations,” he said. 

    Six matches will be played across each of the first three weekends of games - giving all clubs one bye - with every club playing on the final weekend. 

    Mr Auld said the first match of the JLT Community Series will see Collingwood play Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Thursday February 16 while reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs would return to their spiritual home at the VU Whitten Oval later that weekend, when they host Melbourne on Saturday February 18. 

    Newly-appointed Brisbane Lions’ coach Chris Fagan will have an immediate introduction to senior ranks in the opening weekend of the competition with a cross-state match-up against the Gold Coast Suns at Kombumerri Oval, Broadbeach. 

    Mr Auld said the AFL was delighted that all 27 matches would again be exclusively broadcast on television live by Fox Footy and, in addition, every match will also be made available live to fans via the AFL Live App.

    For the third successive season, AFL club members with game access will be entitled to attend next year's matches free of charge, subject to availability. 

    “Many of those communities cannot regularly access AFL football during our premiership season, due to distance or other constraints, and it is incredibly important that we take matches in the JLT Community Series to venues that don’t usually host games when we have the opportunity to do so,” Mr Auld said. 

    “I wish to thank Foxtel and Telstra for continuing to support our game with the decision to support all 27 matches in the 2017 JLT Community Series with a live telecast. 

    “The broadcasts of these games is the first occasion the young players chosen in last month’s NAB AFL Draft will have the opportunity to showcase their wares for their new teams and begin the chase the ultimate prize in our game, the AFL premiership.” 

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    A reminder that Wednesday was a rest day, so after Tuesdays first day of four quarter championship matches - today saw the 2nd batch of four quarter games. The report below again provided by Ben Drew AFL South Pacific Development Manager.

    Wednesday was a rest day and at 8:30am teams were sent to the Damadoor Aquatic centre for recovery session with Michael Hyndman from AFLQLD, the teams were then dropped off to Albert Park and taken through Social Media & Respect & Responsibility workshops. From 1pm Andrew Hughes from the AFL gathered all the coaches and took them through a coaching masterclass session.

    A solid mark for Nauru.

    Match Results From Day 3 of the Oceania Cup in Suva, Fiji.

    This was the conclusion of the round robin matches with Grand Finals set for Friday afternoon at 1pm & 2pm.

    Game 4: Fiji Defeated Tonga in a tight contest. The Fijians were on top all day but the Tongans fought back late a terrific 50m goal from Inesi to send a scare through the Fijian team. In the end Fiji were able to hold on to a 3 goal victory. The match was fierce with tackling pressure up and no space available in the contest. Both teams were terrific and ran the game out well after the day off yesterday.

    Match Results: Oceania Cup – Day 2

    Game 4: Goals Behinds Total
    Fiji Jnr Tribe 5 4 34
    Tonga Thunder 2 5 17
    Goal Kickers: Fiji: Rapoama Bola 3, Minati Baleisala, Alate TuilevukaTonga: Inesi Ahomana, Mahonilai TongaBest Players: Fiji: Josese Radrovi, Alate Tuilevuka, Saimoni Ravutu, Sefanaia Kaivei, Naibuka Salusalu, Rapoama BolaTonga: Feofaaki Pulu, Brenton Ikamanu, Pauliasi Tuifua, Inesi Ahomana, Uinisitoni Finau, Ofa Tapueluelu

    Game 5: The scoreboard didn't show the true reflection of the match, the Solomon Islands had plenty of opportunities to score but were wayward in their kicking for goal and the Nauruans were excellent in getting back in defence. In the end Nauru registered a comfortable win to send them into tomorrow Grand Final. Their skills and ball movement stood out as they transferred the ball from Half back and finished their hard work with goals! The Solomon Islands boys played really well and never gave up.

    Game 5: Goals Behinds Total
    Nauru Stars 8 9 57
    Solomon Islands Sharks 0 1 1
    Goal Kickers: Nauru: Woewodin Thoma 3, Maro Baguga 2, Hutch Dagagio, Gaissa Jones, Winzar KakioueaSolomon Islands: NilBest Players: Nauru: Filiando Gaiyabu, Winzar Kakiouea, Woewodin Thoma, Richard Waqa, Robawoun Atsime, Hutch DagagioSolomon Islands: Chris Tikorine, Amini Asivuicolo, Malysha Mani, Jason Keniapisra, Temosi Meo, Carlick Karoa

    Game 6: This game was close all day but as the Solomon Islands boys got tired the Fijian fresher legs took over and they kicked 4 goals in the last quarter to seal their victory. The game was played at a frantic pace with the ball going up and down the ground with ease. Big tackles and fast legs took over the game! The final score doesn't show the true reflection of how well the Solomon Islands boys played.

    Game 6: Goals Behinds Total
    Fiji Jnr Tribe 8 5 53
    Solomon Island Sharks 0 1 1
    Goal Kickers: Fiji: Rapoama Bola 2, Josese Radrovi 2, Sefanaia Kaivei 2, Ilimo Wave, Solomon Islands: NilBest Players: Fiji: Minati Baleisala, Rapoama Bola, Jolame Vunisa, Sefanaia Kiavei, Josese Radrovi, Livai TuilovoniSolomon Islands: Eliki Narere, Malysha Mani, Rus Han, Emosi Meo, Allen Tarioha, Aminius Vuicolo

    We look forward to Grand Final day tomorrow with plenty of Action taking place

    11:30am - Fiji Vonu Girls Development Squad Match 1:00pm - 3 v 4 playoff between Solomon Islands & Tonga 2:00pm - 1 v 2 playoff between Nauru & Fiji (GRAND FINAL) 3:30pm - Australian Wanderers v Fiji Tribe U/14 Test Series match 1 ...


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    The end of a big week - once again, the following report provided by Ben Drew - AFL South Pacific Development manager.

    Today was GRAND FINAL Day for the AFL U/15 Youth Oceania Cup in Fiji.

    The weather was beautiful and the footy was terrific!!!

    Huge thank you to Fiji Sports Commission & Coke for their partnership for the event! AFL Fiji, Siteri, Simon, Maciu, Matalita, Saula, Isimeli, Yabaki, Jiuta, Mere, Roko, Semesa, Va, Litia & everyone who has volunteered to run boundaries, do the goals & other jobs during the tournament. Once again AFL Fiji has been great in organising this event on the ground!

    South Pacific Talent Camp Squad will be announce on the 16th December. Those lucky enough to be invited to the talent camp will be sent information on the requirements for the tour regarding training, travel dates and other important information to know.

    3rd v 4th Playoff Goals Behinds Total
    Tonga Thunder 3 5 23
    Solomon Islands Sharks 1 4 10

    The Tonga Thunder turned the table from the pool matches to record a win against the Solomon Islands sharks, the match was fantastic and close all day! The Tongan team were able to kick 2 goals in the last quarter to seal their victory on the last day of the tournament. Goal Kickers: Tonga: Winston Finau 2, Inesi AhomanaSolomon Islands: Carlick KaoraBest Players: Tonga: Inesi Ahomana, Winston Finau, Isileli Angitau, Feofaaki Pulu, Apuliasi Tuifua, Brandon Ikamanu Solomon Islands: Jason Keniaro, Carlick Karoa, Malysha Lea, Rashan Maenuiu, Nigel Willie, Keane Nimepo

    Both teams have had a terrific tournament and have done everyone back home proud! Well done the AFL Tonga & AFL Solomon Islands committee's & Volunteers for all the hard work you have put in to have these boys here for the week!

    GRAND FINAL Goals Behinds Total
    Nauru Stars 4 3 27
    Fiji Jnr Tribe 3 3 21

    What a fantastic, tough game of football both these teams played! the match was played at a fierce pace with the Fiji team taking it right up to the reigning champions. Nauru was able to settle and take their opportunities in front of goal to have a 2 goal buffer going into the last quarter. The Fijians hit the scoreboard early to get within a goal but the Nauruans hit back strait away. the ball flowed up and down the ground and the Fijians kicked another to be 1 goal down with 2 minutes to go! Fiji had the run of the last quarter but just could not manage to kick that last goal.Goal Kickers: Nauru: Maro Baguga 2, Elijah Agege 2Fiji: Josese Radrovi, Sefanaia Kaivei, Livai TuilovoniBest Players: Nauru: Zenus Hiram, Maro Baguga, Elizah Agege, Arlador Temaki, Harvey Timothy, Robawoun Atsime, Karl Hartman, Wise Temaki, Richard Waqa, Johnson Olsson, Woewodin ThomaFiji: Sefanaia Kaivei, Rapoama Bola, Livia Tuilovoni, Josese Radrovi, Alate Tuilevuka, Jolame Vunisa, Saimoni Ravutu, Savu Sausala, Maloni Malumuiri

    Again, both teams have competed ferociously and had some close, hard fought matches! The matches have all been played in good spirits and have been very close finishes. Fair to say this match is one of the best to be played at the Youth Oceania Cup in the last 5 years!

    Big thank you to both AFL Nauru & AFL Fiji for all the hard work in training, organising and fundraising their teams to be here for the event! The boys have certainly done you all very proud!!! ...


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    The Paris Cockerels have taken out the 2016 Coupe de France title, downing the ever-improving Bordeaux Bombers in the Grand Final. The event was hosted by the ASP Perpignan Tigers at the Stade Daniel Ambert in Pia, a suburb in metropolitan Perpignan.

    Of the Paris teams, the Paris Cockerels combined with the Cockatoos were present. Both Toulouse based teams, the Hawks and Aviators, were combined to represent the city. Bordeaux was there as well as the ALFA Lions representing Lyon, and the fifth team was the hosting Perpignan Tigers.

    The victory for Paris Cockerels sees them take the title from last year’s winners, the Toulouse Hawks. In the end they won comfortably against the Bordeaux Bombers, winning 40-16.


    Results:

    Hawks/Aviators 35 d ALFA Lions 27
    Bordeaux Bombers 33 d ASP Perpignan Tigers 22
    Hawks/Aviators 2 lost to Paris Cockerels 61
    ASP Perpignan Tigers 18 lost to ALFA Lions 35
    Bordeaux Bombers 25 lost to Paris Cockerels 29
    ASP Perpignan Tigers 48 d Hawks/Aviators 35
    ALFA Lions 21 lost to Bordeaux Bombers 33
    ASP Perpignan Tigers 26 lost to Paris Cockerels 66
    Bordeaux Bombers 43 d Hawks/Aviators 12
    ALFA Lions 7 lost to Paris Cockerels 44

    Final: Paris Cockerels 40 defeated Bordeaux Bombers 16.

    With the deciding of the Coupe de France for 2016, just one match remains before the winter/festive season break. Next weekend the re-scheduled local derby in Toulouse will be played between the Toulouse Hawks and the Blagnac Aviator ...

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    The battle for top spot in the AFL Middle east competition was decided when the Multiplex Bulls journeyed to Abu Dhabi to play the Falcons at Zayed Sports City. Going into the game, the Bulls, Falcons, Dingoes and Dragons were all locked on one win each. The Bulls won the Round Four match in windy conditions and after a titanic struggle.

    Final Score: Multiplex Bulls 9 15 69 d Abu Dhabi Falcons 9 7 61

    The Falcons put up enormous resistance, with the Bulls conceding they were a very strong outfit. They are a much improved side and still have two games to play to make a play for a grand final place.


    The Bulls, determined to finally grab an elusive premiership after twice being runners -up since their debut season, have an air of menace about them. Debuting four new players in Abu Dhabi due to a number of players being unavailable, the Bulls have great depth. It could be this depth that sees them better placed for their maiden premiership.

    The AFL Middle East season now goes into the winter break, with matches resuming on January 20th. That game will see the Bulls put that depth to another test as they meet the also improved Entertainer Dubai Dingoes in the Round Five match. A win for the Bulls will almost certainly lock in a third grand final appearance, however the Dingoes are determined to show how far they have come this season and will put up a huge fight.

    The following week will see the Abu Dhabi Falcons hosting the Dubai Dragons in a match which will have a big say on the run to the final. It shapes as one of the closest competitions for years, with even bottom side the Doha Kangaroos in the race with two home games to go.

    There is plenty of excitement still to come in this AFL Middle East season.
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  • 12/14/16--15:41: French Squad Named For IC17

  • France is already taking a positive approach to next year’s International Cup with the announcement of their initial squad for the showcase event in Melbourne next August. With a mix of players across CNFA teams, the group will now go through the stages of preparation and final selection over the coming months.

    A true representative team, all clubs have players selected. Of particular note is that two players from the newest team, the Blagnac Aviators, have been selected – Anthony Girard and Sylvain Maylie creating new Toulouse/Blagnac history.

    The squad (see below) features the initial 22 players selected as well as a supplementary list of other candidates of which six will be selected in the greater squad of 28.

    The French team finished the 2014 International Cup in 11th place after a gruelling two weeks of competition, and are already planning to improve on that result in Melbourne next August.

    The IC17 tournament will be played in Melbourne from August 5th to August 19th.

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    Round Three this year and the Southern Districts Crocs downed St Mary’s by three goals. It was the Saints’ second loss in three rounds, going down in the season opener to Nightcliff, and only a big last quarter saw a win against the Darwin Buffaloes. Last year’s premiers were looking shaky, and attention turned to the all-conquering Tigers as they dominated all teams.

    But Crocs had just poked the bear.

    Since that day, Saints have gone on a rampaging seven match winning streak. That in itself is nothing new – plenty of teams have achieved that. But what is actually frightening is the carnage they have created in doing so. Their seven wins have seen them play most teams in the league (so far only thee Buffaloes have been spared in this current streak), and along that journey their average winning margin is over 100 points – that is frightening in any football league.


    Nightcliff had been enjoying their own wonderful start to the season, winning their opening eight games. Then they met Saints. What ensued what an 83 point shellacking at the hands of the team they had beaten less than two months earlier.

    But Nightcliff shouldn’t really feel too bad – they have plenty of other casualties sharing the same ward. The Saints’ streak has seen wins against the Tiwi Bombers (103 points), Waratah (103), Palmerston (137), Wanderers (70), Tiwi Bombers (146), Nightcliff (83) and Southern Districts (75).

    In all likelihood, Nightcliff will go to the Christmas/New Year break on top of the ladder. Based on form they should squeak past Crocs this weekend. But if they do falter, and Crocs (fourth) are capable of causing that, then Saints could enter 2017 at the top, heavily favoured to beat Wanderers (third). Waratah sit fifth in their much-improved season and will get a chance to consolidate that spot by defeating the out-of-sorts Tiwi Bombers this weekend. They need to as Darwin Buffaloes (sixth) play the Palmerston Magpies (seventh) in a must-win match for their own finals aspirations.

    But as it stands, each team must play St Mary’s before the season ends – Wanderers, twice. It means that every team, including Nightcliff, has some serious homework to do to figure out how to stop, or at least slow down, the terrifying Saints juggernaut.

    Good luck with that!
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    An AFL Evolution is coming in 2017 when the AFL and the AFL Players’ Association release an exciting new video game featuring the best male players from the Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

     

    AFL Evolution is currently in production with AFL licensee Tru Blu Entertainment and in conjunction with Wicked Witch Software. It will be available on next generation consoles PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Steam.

      Due for release in the first half of 2017, AFL General Manager Commercial Operations Darren Birch acknowledged the importance of video games as a tool to enhance entertainment for fans. 

     

    “It’s no secret that the youth market is highly engaged with a variety of digital brands and properties. So for some time the AFL has identified a need to create a new video game as another entertainment property for footy fans,” Mr Birch said.

     

    AFL Evolution will deliver a unique experience for footy fans, taking them to the heart of the action in a virtual footy world. 

     

    “The AFL is dedicated to supporting Tru Blu Entertainment and Wicked Witch Software in creating a game that is fun to play for AFL fans and keen gamers alike,” he said. 

     

    AFL Players’ Association General Manager – Commercial, Marketing and Communications Rebecca Chitty said the players were thrilled to deliver this exciting product to the fans.

     

    “This generation of AFL footballers grew up playing video games and this is an opportunity to feature in one that’s sure to have footy fans highly engaged,” Ms Chitty said. 

     

    “Digital is an ever evolving space and the players see this as just another way to grow the game by reaching out to new audiences and showcasing it on different platforms,” she said.

     

    Tru Blu Entertainment’s Managing Director Sebastian Giompaolo said: “We are extremely proud to be releasing another AFL video game. We have produced a number of games across console, PC and mobile platforms and we’re determined to make AFL Evolution the most enjoyable AFL video game we have released.”

     

    In the development of AFL Evolution, AFL players participated in photo shoots taking place at all 18 AFL Clubs with no less than 24 cameras used to simultaneously photograph the players in order to create highly detailed likenesses within the game. 

     

    Fans excited to be involved in the game can take part in an online poll via AFL.com.au to decide on the players who will lead the next AFL Evolution and feature on the game’s cover from today until Thursday December 22.

     

    Players to choose from include:

    • Charlie Cameron (Adelaide Crows)

    • Josh Schache (Brisbane Lions)

    • Patrick Cripps (Carlton)

    • Adam Treloar (Collingwood)

    • Zach Merrett (Essendon)

    • Lachie Neale (Fremantle Dockers)

    • Nakia Cockatoo (Geelong Cats)

    • Tom Lynch (Gold Coast SUNS)

    • Jeremy Cameron (GWS GIANTS)

    • James Sicily (Hawthorn)

    • Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)

    • Ben Brown (North Melbourne)

    • Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)

    • Nick Vlastuin (Richmond) 

    • Tim Membrey (St Kilda)

    • Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans)

    • Jeremy McGovern (West Coast Eagles)

    • Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) 

    Ed. We are hoping that International Cup teams will again be featured as per the previous iteration of AFL video game from Wicked Witch.


    About Tru Blu Entertainment:

    Tru Blu Entertainment is the video game publishing arm, of Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) who specialise in the distribution of games, video game consoles, and accessories throughout the Australian market and throughout the world. Established in 1984, HES are the exclusive Australian distributors of Playseat™ and Tru Blu Games. Tru Blu Games include Rugby Union, Rugby League and AFL franchises on both Microsoft and Sony Gaming Platforms.

     

    About Wicked Witch Software:

    Wicked Witch is a provider of exceptional interactive games and applications of games technology and art.  The team at Wicked Witch Software are united by a love of games.  Wicked Witch Software is driven by creating engaging experiences that embrace and contribute to the science and art of digital games.


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  • 12/15/16--17:04: Irish Sun Shining
  • Michael Whiting from the www.afl.com.au website reports that Ireland’s most successful current AFL player, Pearce Hanley, has adjusted well to his new life with the Gold Coast Suns after being traded from the Brisbane Lions at the end of the 2016 season. The following report sheds light on Hanley’s decline at the Lions and his new lease of life down on the Gold Coast.

     

    'Rejuvenated' Hanley confident of finding best form at Suns

    EVEN before he's played a game, it's clear to see Pearce Hanley is a new man since moving to Gold Coast.

    In his final season at the Brisbane Lions, Hanley was frustrated on-field and up-tight off it.

    He'd been with the Lions for nine seasons after being recruited from Ireland – something he's eternally grateful for – but the club and player had fallen out of love. 

    During games he was arguing with umpires and teammates, and away from the field he was closed off.

    In 129 games, Hanley had been a part of just 38 wins.

    Only time will tell how the trade works out for the Queensland rivals, but for Hanley, it's already been a win.

    Six weeks into his pre-season, the 28-year-old is more relaxed and says it's physically the best his body has been since hip surgery almost two years ago.

    He is living on the beach at Burleigh Heads and has fitted in right away with his new teammates.

    "I wasn't happy last year, I think everyone could see that," Hanley told AFL.com.au.

    "The change-up has definitely rejuvenated me.

    "I played every game last year, but it's probably the worst my body's felt.

    "(High performance manager Justin Cordy) JC's been absolutely incredible. I think they're going to get the best out of me, whereas I didn't see that happening in Brissie."

    Hanley's best football is mouth-watering, with an ability to break lines with both his run and arrow-like kicking.

    He can execute kicks other players simply don't have the vision to attempt.

    The midfielder has already shown off his skills at Suns training and there's a quiet feeling around the club he is already in their best handful of players.

    Hanley said he was confident he could regain his best form.

    "I've got higher expectations of myself than anyone else," he said.

    "Last year at Brisbane wasn't good mentally.

    "Physically I didn't feel good either. I was plugging a few holes last year, and this year they see me as a vital part of their team and I look forward to them having faith in me and me repaying them.

    "No doubt about it. I'm looking to get back to my 2014 form before my hip surgery."

    Hanley will have an extended stint in Ireland over Christmas – three weeks – to spend time with his ill younger brother.

    "The club's been absolutely amazing."  

     

     

    The original story can be found at: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-12-16/rejuvenated-hanley-confident-of-finding-best-form-at-suns ...


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    Throughout November the AFL celebrated cultural diversity with a series of films focusing on the journey's of players from multicultural backgrounds. The following clip looks at the journey of Reuben William from the Brisbane Lions - a fascinating insight into how a kid born in Sudan has challenged himself to succeed at the highest level of Australian Rules football.



    The following article from the www.afl.com.au website looks at the celebration of cultural diversity within the AFL:

    Young Brisbane Lions footballer Reuben William and his family are the focus of the second of a series of three short films celebrating cultural diversity in Australian Football.

    Reuben’s story, produced by independent filmmaker Amie Batalibasi, explores the 18-year-old’s journey through footy, which started via junior football at the Zillmere Football Club.

    The William family is of South Sudanese heritage and migrated to Australia from Kenya as refugees in 2003. Reuben’s mother, Veronica, said her son became curious about AFL immediately after seeing the game played on television. Soon after, at age five, Reuben and his younger brother Isaac joined the Zillmere Football Club in Brisbane’s north.

    Veronica said it was the Zillmere Football Club that made the William family feel a sense of community in Australia.

    “When we came to Australia in 2003 they saw footy on TV and that is where the game began for them. So I took them to Under-8s at Zillmere Football Club. It’s a very good club and a very good community,” Veronica said.

    Reuben quickly impressed at Zillmere but he was a late bloomer on the national scene. It wasn’t until 2014 that he pulled on the maroon jumper, representing Queensland at the AFL National Diversity Championships in Coffs Harbour.

    In that same year, Reuben was picked as a bottom age player in the Queensland State Academy and his journey with the Brisbane Lions Academy began.

    His rapid progression saw him gain attention on the national stage before being drafted to the Brisbane Lions as a rookie in the 2015 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

    Amie Batalibasi said the central theme to this film is dreams.

    “The thing that struck me about Reuben is how dedicated he is to the sport of AFL and that he started playing at such a young age. It was a pleasure to meet him and his family for this film as they so generously shared their stories, Ms Batalibasi said.

    “It is clear that ambition and drive is something that runs in the family with Reuben's brothers also having aspirations to play footy too,” she said.

    AFL general manager inclusion and social policy Tanya Hosch said Rueben’s story is powerful and inspiring.

    “Reuben is an example of someone who, in the process of embracing his new country, has embraced our game. He has chosen AFL as the vehicle to demonstrate his dedication and aspirations for excellence,” Ms Hosch said.

    “What we see in this film is a young man who has a love for the game, who is excelling at the game and is doing this with the full support of his family and his local football community. In return, Reuben is an inspiration to us all.

    “Like many young Australians, as a teenager, Reuben’s hopes and dreams centered around playing AFL. His hard work and determination has led him on a path to success and he is now seen as a role model for others.

    “As we lead into this week’s NAB AFL Draft, Reuben’s story stands as a reminder to celebrate the many journeys the newly drafted players have been on to reach the elite level of Australian Football,” she said.

    The three part series has been produced as a joint project between the AFL and Australia Post, the AFL’s official community inclusion partner, to highlight the cultural diversity within Australian Football from grassroots to the elite game.

    The first film in the series was released during the 2016 Toyota AFL Multicultural Round and focused on young Melbourne footballer Asma Kassem and her Yemeni family. The 11-year old Asma’s connection to Australian Football started through North Melbourne’s The Huddle program and has continued through to junior football.

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    Matthew Agius has reported on the Port Adelaide Power website, www.portadelaidefc.com.au , that a recent visit to China has the club better prepared and well placed ahead of the historic match against the Gold Coast Suns in Round 8 next season.    

    Successful China trip has Power well-placed for historic game

     

    WHETHER it was Ken Hinkley taking on former world No. 1 table tennis champion Wang Liquin, presenting Australia’s game to a congregation of China’s leading media or educating Shanghai schools about Australian Football, Port Adelaide’s promotional tour last week was warmly received according to club CEO Keith Thomas.

    Six players, Hinkley and head of high performance Darren Burgess travelled with a dozen club officials to Shanghai in a joint reconnaissance-promotional exercise.

    While Thomas and the Power’s head of China strategy Andrew Hunter met with media and government officials in the city, Hinkley and his team were busy training and meeting locals on the ground in Shanghai.

    It gave Port a chance to present the public face of what will be a significant moment on May 14 when it hosts Gold Coast in a historic premiership season game in China’s second largest city. 

    “It was a success – there’s plenty more to do, though,” Thomas said. 

    “What we come away with is positivity that we’re welcome in Shanghai, and that we can look forward to showcasing Australia to the world through Port Adelaide and the AFL in May. 

    “We presented to China’s local and national media agencies, and government officials from Shanghai and the Yangpu district where the game will be held, and they are all very excited about May’s event. 

    “It won’t just be about football - although that’s obviously our main concern – we’ll be bringing the best of Australian industry to the game to give China a taste of Australia, and what Australian business can offer the world.” 

    For more than 40,000 already-signed-up members – football is the chief concern of Port Adelaide and its supporter base. 

    It’s why Hinkley, Burgess and the six players led by skipper Travis Boak used the trip to learn more about the Jiangwan Stadium. 

     “We needed to get our footy guys familiar with what life in Shanghai will be like. It’s a 14-hour trip to get there from Adelaide, we put them in the hotel they’ll stay in during game-week, they familiarised themselves with local transport, they toured the stadium, saw the rooms, trained throughout the week,” Thomas said. 

    “It’s an unprecedented logistical exercise, but we’ve come away with significant local knowledge, which will help us in Round 8.”

    The original story can be found at: http://www.portadelaidefc.com.au/news/2016-12-12/china-trip-a-success-but-plenty-more-to-go  ...


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    It took until their second match in the CNFA competition, but the league’s newest team, the Blagnac Aviators have tasted their first victory in the national league downing their Toulouse neighbours, the Toulouse Hawks, in the inaugural Toulouse Derby.

    Whilst it is fair to say that the former CNFA powerhouse, Toulouse, have done much to ensure that their fellow city team succeeded quickly, nothing can take away the fact that Blagnac have already proved themselves capable of big things quickly in their own right. In their first game this season against the improved Bordeaux Bombers, the Aviators were competitive going down by 40 points.

    With this victory, the Aviators now know that they belong at this level of competition and can build for this season and into the future with confidence. Their victory was also brave given a high injury toll, suggesting depth on their playing list.

    Final Score: Blagnac Aviators 93 d Toulouse Hawks 68
    The victory sees the Aviators arrive at the winter break safely off the bottom of the ladder, which might be a surprise to some. But to those on the inside, at both the Aviators and the Hawks, thee victory vindicates the decision to split resources to achieve quick success, in the same mould as the Paris Cocks’ decision to develop the two successful entities, the Cockerels and Cockatoos, from the first year – the Cockatoos winning the flag in their first season.

    The defeat for the Hawks, whilst not shattering for a club in transition, places them in the unenviable position of the bottom rung on the ladder. Their run after the break sees tough clashes against both Paris teams.

    Statistics mean little, but the win for the Aviators sees them “statistically” in the race for fourth place come finals time – though their run after the break also includes the powerhouse Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes, both Paris teams as well as the Perpignan Tigers.

    Realistically, we are unlikely to see a Toulouse team in this season’s finals series, but the signs are there that the city might soon provide two strong teams for the competition to negotiate: like in the game of Monopoly, the first property on the board, Old Kent Road, is a much scarier place to land when it has two houses on i ...

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    After debuts by India at IC08 and then Pakistan at IC14 their Sri Lankan neighbours could be next to make their International Cup debut.  A talent search and fundraising effort to bring a team from Sri Lanka to compete in the 2017 AFL International Cup is underway.

    The organisers were recently interviewed on Channel 31 in Melbourne on the Sri Lankan Morning Show.  They have conducted clinics in Sri Lanka to find the talent to fill out their team and have been assisted by players from Essendon (Courtenay Dempsey) and Carlton (Ed Curnow, Harry McKay and Jesse Glass-McCasker).

    The interview can be seen below and tells the story so far.  If you would like to help their fundraising efforts you can contact them at info@afsl.org.au and you can follow their journey on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SLAFLEngagement/ 

     

     

     

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