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    Round 7 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks off at Ethihad Stadium on Friday night with St Kilda hosting the GWS Giants. The 125th Anniversary match between Collingwood and Carlton will be shown on the main Fox Sports 1 station in the USA.  Hopefully they will get to see Collingwood big man Mason Cox on their screens in the US.  The full international broadcast schedule can be seen below.

    In addition to the TV networks you can also subscribe to the Watch AFL service that will give you live access to all the matches and more (outside Australia only).  You can access that service by clicking on the link here or the  Watch AFL banner below and paying the subscription fee.



    AUSTRALIA PLUS                    
    Asia 5/5 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 6/5 @ 11:30 HKT (Live) - 6/5 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) - 6/5 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 7/5 @ 11:00 HKT (Live) - 7/5 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) 11/5 @ 10:30 HKT
    Pacific 5/5 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 6/5 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live) - 6/5 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) - 6/5 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 7/5 @ 15:00 Fiji (Live) - 7/5 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) 11/5 @ 14:30 Fiji
    India 5/5 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 6/5 @ 09:00 IND (Live) - 6/5 @ 12:00 IND (Live) - 6/5 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 7/5 @ 08:30 IND (Live) - 7/5 @ 12:00 IND (Live) 11/5 @ 08:00 IND
    Africa 5/5 @ 12:50 CAT (Live) - 6/5 @ 07:10 CAT (Live) - - 6/5 @ 12:25 CAT (Live) - - 7/5 @ 09:45 CAT (Live) 9/5 @ 18:40 CAT
    ESPN - BT SPORT                    
    UK & Ireland 5/5 @ 10:30 BST (Live) - 6/5 @ 05:00 BST (Live) - - 6/5 @ 10:00 BST (Live) 7/5 @ 04:00 BST (Live) - 7/5 @ 07:30 BST (Live) 8/5 @ 19:00 BST
    FOX SPORTS 1                    
    USA - - 5/5 @ 24:00 ET (Live) - - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS                    
    USA - - - - - 6/5 @ 05:00 ET (Live) 6/5 @ 23:00 ET (Live) - 7/5 @ 02:30 ET (Live) 8/5 @ 23:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK                    
    Middle East 5/5 @ 09:30 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 03:30 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 04:00 GMT (Live) - - - - 7/5 @ 05:00 GMT (Live) - Yes
    GEE - BOATS & CRUISES                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 5/5 @ 9:30 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 03:30 GMT (Live) 6/5@ 04:00 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 7/5 @ 03:00 GMT (Live) - 7/5 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) Yes
    SKY SPORTS                    
    New Zealand - - - - - - 8/5 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) - - -
    Canada 5/5 @ 05:30 ET (Live) - - - - 6/5 @ 12:30 ET (Delay) - - - Yes
    New Zealand 5/5 @ 23:50 NZT (Delay) - - 6/5 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) - 6/5 @ 21:00 NZT (Live) 7/5 @ 15:00 NZT (Live) 8/5 @ 00:30 NZT (Delay) 8/5 @ 12:15 NZT (Delay) 10/5 @ 16:05 NZT
    Russia 5/5 @ 12:30 MSK (Live) - 6/5 @ 07:00 MSK (Live) - - 6/5 @ 12:00 MSK (Live) 7/5 @ 06:00 MSK (Live) - 7/5 @ 09:30 MSK (Live) 8/5 @ 16:00 MSK


    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 5/5 @ 09:50 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 03:45 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 04:10 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 06:35 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 6/5 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 7/5 @ 03:10 GMT (Live) 7/5 @ 05:20 GMT (Live) 7/5 @ 06:40 GMT (Live)


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    With one of the longest selection processes amongst the IC nations, the USA has named their national team to represent them in Australian football at the 2017 International Cup in Melbourne this August.  Following a final camp last weekend in Texas where 50 players pushed their case for the trip to Australia in three months time the final 30 have been announced.

    There are plenty of names that will be familiar to IC watchers and plenty of new talent too.

    The final squad is as follows


    First Surname USAFL Club
    Ben Carpenter-Nwaynyawu Austin Crows
    Max DePina Seattle Grizzlies
    Caleb Dougherty Des Moines Rooster
    Bryan Dragus Golden Gate Roos
    Brent Fisher Minnesota Freeze
    David Franco Golden Gate Roos
    John Freeman Nashville Kangaroos
    Ryan Garthright Denver Bulldogs
    William Gleason Minnesota Freeze
    David Grzesiak Dallas Magpies
    Erik Hanson North Carolina Tigers
    Kyle Johnson Golden Gate Roos
    Dustin Jones St. Peterburg Swans
    Ben Judge Des Moines Roosters
    Jeff Kraemer Chicago Swans
    Donald Lee Los Angeles Dragons
    Jay Levesque Baltimore Washington Eagles
    Tim Lindfelt Golden Gate Roos
    Michael Linehan Austin Crows
    Daniel Livy Golden Gate Roos
    Hamilton May Des Moines Roosters
    Mark McClure Columbus Jackaroos
    Ryan McGettigan Philadelphia Hawks
    Michael Murphy New York Magpies
    David Restrepo Houston Lonestars/Melbourne Uni Blacks
    Bobby Sears Houston Lonestars
    Clyde Simpson Columbus Jackaroos
    Buddy Spohn Los Angeles Dragons/Black Rock
    Saleh Tyebjee Sacramento Suns
    Jason Wilhelm Arizona Hawks

    At this stage the glaring omission from the orginal squad would be Alex Aurrichio.  At this stage we are unsure whether that is due to availability given he is playing in the NEAFL in Sydney, whether there was an eligibility issue or just a matter of team selection policy.  With Dragus, Wilhelm, McClure, Grzesiak and Spohn in the side there is no shortage of tall timber. 

    The coaching panel for the tour also is full of US Representative talent

    Coach Tom Ellis
    Assistant  Dan Sarbacker
    Assistant  Jason Becker
    Assisant  Kyle Strenski
    Scout  Martin Coventry
    Runner  Jon Loring
    Manager  Benjamin Gambaro
    Assistant Manager  Brad Anderson



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    In one of the more remarkable performances in recent years the ALFA Lions from Lyon in France have taken out this season’s CNFA premiership in fine style, downing last year’s premiers – the Paris Cockatoos – by 62 points. The final score (Lions 103 d Cockatoos 41) was comprehensive and the ideal exclamation point on an undefeated season for a fiercely proud pride of Lions.

    The result was notable for the fact that the club won all matches this season across the home and away season and the finals series. But what makes their season a truly “out of the ordinary” performance was that this premiership came after winning last season’s wooden spoon.

    Finishing last in both the 2013/14 and 2015/16 seasons, and a sixth place in 2014/15, there was little to indicate the season they have just had. To highlight this further – prior to this season, the Lions had won just five games across their previous three seasons.

    The fact that they now sit at the top – a premiership forever in the history books – speaks volumes for the belief of those at the club as well as the work on and off the field. A combination of astute recruiting, coaching, training and performance was enhanced remarkably by an incredible belief at individual and team levels.

    With the Lions and Cockatoos winning the past two flags, French football is undergoing a massive makeover. It is good news for the competition, but extra good news for the Blagnac Aviators – the leagues newest team – as they realise that success can happen quickly if all ingredients fall into place, as they have done for the ALFA Lions this season.

    Congratulations to the ALFA Lions on an extraordinary season as they become the pride of Lyon and, of course, the pride of Australian Rules football across all of France.


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    One of the greatest icons of Australia football Lou Richards, Collingwood 1953 Premiership Captain and arguably the first truly transcendent superstar of Australia’s game, has passed away aged 94.

    An amazing career as a player on the field and Melbourne football media superstar made him one of the most recognised names in the game. In his later years on top of the accolades in the Collingwood Football club's statement below Richards was named captain of The Greek Team of the Century.

    This was a representative team chosen in 2004 made up of Australian Football players of Greek Heritage (his maternal grandfather Charlie Pannam shortened the family surname from Pannamopoulos after migrating to Australia from Greece). Our condolences to Lou's family and friends. He will be missed.

    Collingwood Football Club Statement.
    Vale Lou Richards

    Pioneer. Legend. Icon.

    Lou Richards, Collingwood 1953 Premiership Captain and arguably the first truly transcendent superstar of Australia’s game, has passed away aged 94.

     Collingwood President Eddie McGuire sent his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Richards.

    “No man has done more for our game than Lou Richards. He was a quintessential Collingwood man who spoke to the entire football world,” McGuire said.

    “Born in the shadows of Victoria Park, with three generations of family tradition behind him that involved 930 games and eight premierships in the black and white.

    “But Lou, and everyone knew him as Lou, transcended football. He was a pioneer for footballers who entertained. From his nicknames, to his outrageous tips and dares, to his accurate and exciting calling, and of course the hosting of League Teams, World of Sport, Wide World of Sport, The Sunday Footy Show and his radio career, which included top rating shows on 3DB and even Triple M with the D-Generation.

    “A prolific author, Lou Richards had it all with a wisecrack, a wink and pure class.

    “My thoughts, and all of Collingwood’s, are with the Richards clan.”

    Collingwood Coach Nathan Buckley said it is a sad day for the football world.

    “Lou’s contribution to Collingwood, to football, to the football media and to the life of this city was monumental,” Buckley said.

    “In his inimitable way, he was incomparable. With a larrikin charm and a great sense of humour, and not a little talent as a player, Lou became one of the giants of his century.

    “Today is a sad day for so many people, Collingwood or not, and our thoughts are with his family.”

    While Richards’ pedigree as grandson of former Collingwood captain Charlie H. Pannam made him a likely contender to complete the leap to league football, his on-field precociousness at Collingwood Technical College saw him earmarked as a future elite footballer.

    Emerging from the wartime milieu to make his senior debut against traditional foe Carlton in 1941, Richards was a local hero in the truest sense, leading the club through one of the most storied eras in its history.

    A ferocious on-baller, Richards was an integral member of the Collingwood engine room under both Jock McHale and Phonse Kyne, with his grit and determination immediately endearing him to the Victoria Park faithful.

    Though Richards was a leading competitor in his own right, establishing himself among the VFL elite as he donned the Big V in 1947 and 1948, it was in the role of captain where he truly excelled and made his most enduring contribution to the Club.

    Dual Collingwood premiership legend Murray Weideman recalls Richards as a ferocious skipper, leading by example with his tenacity and will to win.

    “As a footballer, Lou was quite good, he’d score two or three goals every week, but as a leader, he was one of the greatest in my lifetime,” Weideman said.

    “I learned a lot from Lou. I was a bit of larrikin as a kid, I was 17 years of age, playing league, and he took me into the medical room one day and I got a dressing down for getting ahead of myself. That was the best thing about Lou, he was honest.

    “I remember the 1953 Grand Final when I came on just after half time. I had just got my first kick, and I said ‘what do you want me to do?’, and he said ‘just kick the ball as far as you can kid’.”

    Elevated to the captaincy in 1952, Richards’ arrival in the role sparked an immediate ascendency, his seemingly innate ability to inspire on and off the park driving the club to a new plane, with a Grand Final appearance that year confirming a revival in fortunes.

    Redemption was secured 12 months later when, in captaining the black and white to a drought breaking VFL Premiership in 1953, Richards helped restore Collingwood’s place at the game’s summit in a 12-point triumph over Geelong.

    Making his final appearance against Essendon in 1955, Richards’ 250 senior games saw him stationed ninth on the all-time list upon retirement, emphasising his longevity and consistency throughout a career spanning two decades, during which he was thrice the club’s leading goal kicker.

    While two-time Coleman Medallist and Magpie legend Peter McKenna described Richards as one of the “first real media stars”, he believes his prowess as a presenter and media performer led some to overlook his many on-field achievements.

    “I think that people forget what a terrific player he was for the Collingwood Football Club,” McKenna said.

    “I’ve spoken to a lot of players who lined up with Lou and they all said he was a terrific captain. People think of Lou more as the cheeky media star, and they tend to forget he played more than 250 games for Collingwood and captained them.”

    “Lou was a character. He brought funny to football.”

    While the term pioneer is sometimes bandied about too liberally, in the case of Richards, the description was more than apt.

    Richards embarked on a post-playing career which established him at the vanguard of the fast converging fields of sport and media as a ground breaking crossover figure.

    Through his exploits at the Sun News Pictorial, and television networks Seven and Nine, Richards forged new ground in entrenching the genre of ‘sports entertainment’, with his League Teams and World of Sport programs the precursor for modern incarnations such as The Footy Show.

    His verve, showmanship and ability to convey the timbre of the game’s place on the cultural landscape enabled Richards to blaze a trail across media of all forms.

    Richards’ contribution to Australian football was acknowledged in 1982 with an MBE, while he was inducted into the Australian Football League’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

    His status as a Collingwood icon was formally recognised when he was named in the inaugural class of inductees to the Club’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

     Collingwood Football Club sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Lou Richards.


    •           Played 250 games, kicked 423 goals

    •           1953 Premiership Captain

    •           Inaugural class of inductees to Collingwood FC Hall of Fame

    •           Collingwood FC and AFL Life Member

    •           Victorian State Representative – 1947, 1948

    •           MBE for services to sport

    •           Inducted into AFL Hall of Fame 1996

    •           Leading goal kicker 1944, 1948, 1950

    •           Made his debut against Carlton in 1941 at 18 (Round 6)

    •           Played final match against Essendon in 1955 (Round 17)

    •           Sun News Pictorial (26 years)

    •           Channel 7 (two decades)

    •           Channel 9 (15 years)


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  • 05/08/17--22:26: AFLW expansion set for 2019
  •  The AFL Commission today announced it would maintain the NAB AFL Women’s competition as an eight-team league for the 2018 season, with expansion to occur for the 2019 season.

    AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan said the Commission, after seeking further information from its meeting in Sydney last month, had accepted a recommendation from the AFL Executive that consolidation was required for the second year of the competition in 2018. Further talent identification and development, along with continued work to build the fan base of all clubs, was needed as a key priority to enable extra teams to enter the league in 2019.

    Mr McLachlan said that all 10 Clubs that are currently not licensed to compete in the NAB AFL Women’s Competition would be invited to submit an application (date to be confirmed) for inclusion in the 2019 competition, with a final decision to be made by the Commission that will be subject to a number of strategic considerations. Those Clubs that were granted provisional licenses (Geelong Cats, North Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda and West Coast) will receive priority weighting when consideration is given to the submissions for inclusion in the competition in 2019.

    A decision on expanding the competition in 2019, with the announcement of a number of new licences, will be made by the Commission mid-year at a date to be determined following the receipt of all submissions.

    Mr McLachlan said a decision would be made this year on the additional teams, to provide the competition and those clubs granted the right to join the competition sufficient time to prepare for their entry in 2019.

    “The AFL Commission accepted a recommendation that we need to consolidate the strong work that was achieved in year one of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition, with the addition of new teams to come into the competition to be set for 2019,” Mr McLachlan said.

    “Our primary objective is to provide women and girls with an equal opportunity to play elite Australian Football and to increase the female participation and interest in our game.

    “We need to further invest in both building our audience for the NAB AFL Women’s Competition and ensuring the talent pool can expand to be ready for the addition of new teams in 2019.

    “Announcing the expansion teams later this year for the 2019 season will allow the competition to finalise its list-build rules for the new clubs before this year’s draft. It will also provide the time to focus strongly on talent identification and player development whilst enabling us to have discussions with both the AFLPA and our sponsors and broadcast partners before the 2019 season,” he said.

    As part of the work examined by the Commission before making today’s decision, it considered:

    · The financial implications of expansion

    · The existing and future talent base, including the pathways in place to fast track players

    · The two-year agreement with the AFLPA and broadcasters

    · The time requirements for existing AFLW clubs to manage their lists for 2018, and for any new Clubs to set-up their operations

    · The movement of players in order to maintain competitive balance

    The Commission considered the arguments that introducing new teams immediately next year would create new support bases and acknowledged the strong support from Clubs for expansion.

    Ultimately, it was determined that there needed to be consolidation in year two, Mr McLachlan said.

    Mr McLachlan said the Commission had again formally thanked the players, Clubs, AFL, supporters, broadcasters and sponsors for the success of the first season.

    The key metrics for the NAB AFL Women’s Competition in year one were:

    · Total crowds of 198,366, averaging 6,840 per match. Seven matches drew more than 9000 fans, including a lockout for the opening game between Carlton v Collingwood and five matches outside Victoria.

    · Total free to air and subscription television audience of 5.64 million for the 29 matches played, including 594,000 viewers for the Crows/Lions Grand Final.

    · Total AFLW specific club memberships of 7,038.

    · More than 12,000,000 minutes delivered across digital delivery devices of live match streaming.

    · More than 170,000 total fans/followers across social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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    Round three of the Port Moresby footy season got underway on the weekend. Concept Koboni secured top spot on the ladder with a 61 point win despite kicking twice as many behinds as goals.  The other team on three wins out of three is the Cats.  They had a narrow 2 point win over West Eagles.  

    The Oilmin Kokofas were the other winners on the weekend with a 44 point win over the Central Bombers. The round will be completed this coming weekend with the Lamana Dockers a chance to also go 3-0 when they come up against the Defence Hawks. 

    University Tigers were unable to field a team in Round 1 due to lack of players and have subsequently withdrawn from the 2017 season.  Hopes are that they will return in 2018.  Taurama Suns will also take no further part in this season after playing just the first round of the season, so the competiion is back to an even eight teams for the rest of 2017.

    Below is a full wrap of the season so far.


    Round 1 I Saturday April 22 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby  
    Concept Koboni 10.13.73 def West Eagles 5.7.37  
    Umpires:Rex Leka/Jeff Namete  
    Lamana Dockers 15.7.97 def Taurama Suns 3.1.19  
    Umpires:David Topeni/Alphonse Jambarufo  
    Round 1 I Sunday April 23 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby  
    Gerehu Magpies F/F Uni Tigers  
    Umpires:Rex Leka  
    Central Bombers 9.8.62 def Defence Hawks 4.7.31  
    Umpires:Rex Leka/Mesea Dorogori  
    Bomana Cats 8.4.52 def Oilmin Kokofas 6.0.36  
    Umpires:Rex Leka/Amua Pirika  
    Round 2 I Saturday April 29 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby  
    Cats 8.4.52 def Gerehu Magpies 4.8.32  
    Umpires:Max Lavai/David Topeni  
    Defence Hawks 3.3.21 def Oilmin Kokofas 1.12.18  
    Umpires:Peter Lavong/Mesea Dorogori  
    Round 2 I Sunday April 30 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby  
    Taurama Suns Vs Uni Tigers - DOUBLE FORFEIT  
    Umpires:Rex Leka  
    Concept Koboni 13.4.82 def Central Bombers 2.7.19  
    Umpires:Rex Leka/Kelly Kaugla  
    Lamana Dockers 6.12.48 def West Eagles 1.3.9  
    Umpires:Rex Leka/Amua Pirika  
    Round 3 I Saturday May 06 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby  
    Lamana Dockers Vs Defence Hawks to be played next Saturday  
    Concept Koboni 10.20.80.def Gerehu Magpies 3.1.19  
    Umpires:Richard Aupae/Mesea Dorogori  
    Round 3 I Sunday May 07 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby  
    Cats 4.8.32 def West Eagles 4.6.30  
    Umpires:Rex Leka/John James  
    Oilmin Kokofas 9.10.64 def Central Bombers 3.2.20  
    Umpires:Rex Leka/Mesea Dorogori  
     BYE: Taurama Suns*  

    *Taurama Suns will take no further part in the 2017 season.


    Placing Teams P W L D F A % Points
    1 CONCEPT KOBONI 3 3 0   235 75 313 12
    2 CATS 3 3 0   136 98 139 12
    3 LAMANA DOCKERS * 2 2 0   145 28 518 8
    4 OILMIN KOKOFAS 3 1 2   118 93 127 4
    5 DEFENCE HAWKS * 2 1 1   52 80 65 4
    6 CENTRAL BOMBERS 3 1 2   101 177 57 4
    7 GEREHU MAGPIES 3 1 2   51 132 39 4
    8 WEST EAGLES 3 0 3   76 153 50 0
    9 TAURAMA SUNS 3 0 3   19 97 20 0
    10 UNIVERSITY TIGERS 0 0 0   0 0 - 0


    Round 1 I Saturday April 22 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    West Eagles 74.46 def Concept Koboni 4.2.26
    Lamana Dockers F/F Taurama Suns
    Round 1 I Sunday April 23 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Gerehu Magpies & Uni Tigers DOUBLE F/F
    Defence Hawks F/F Central Bombers
    Bomana Cats 6.5.41 def Oilmin Kokofas 6.1.37
    Round 2 I Saturday April 29 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Gerehu Magpies 3.1.19 def Cats 0.1.1
    Oilmin Kokofas F/F Defence Hawks
    Round 2 I Sunday April 30 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Taurama Suns & Uni Tigers Double F/F
    Concept Koboni 5.4.34 def Central Bombers 0.4.4
    Lamana Dockers 6.3.39 def West Eagles 2.4.16
    Round 3 I Saturday May 06 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Lamana Dockers Vs Defence Hawks to be played next Saturday
    Concept Koboni 6.3.39 def Gerehu Magpies 1.4.10
    Round 3 I Sunday May 07 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    West Eagles 2.11.23 def Cata 3.4.22
    Oilmin Kokofas 5.5.35 def Central Bombers 2.1.13
    BYE: Taurama Suns


    Placing Teams P W L D F A %
    1 LAMANA DOCKERS * 2 2     39 16 244
    2 CONCEPT KOBONI 3 2 1   99 60 165
    3 OILMIN KOKOFAS 3 2 1   72 54 133
    4 WEST EAGLES 3 2 1   85 87 98
    5 CATS 3 1 2   64 79 81
    6 GEREHU MAGPIES 3 1 2   29 40 73
    7 DEFENCE HAWKS * 2 1 1   0 1 -
    8 CENTRAL BOMBERS 3   3   17 69 25
    9 TAURAMA SUNS 3   3   0 1 -

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    Round Two of the AFLCNE competition in England was completed last weekend. The following article from the AFLCNE website gives the rundown of the round.

    With round 2 drawing to a close, there have been some shifts in the AFLCNE ladder this week. The Mozzies have taken the top spot from Wolves, who sit this week out, with a big win over the Saints, with the Scorps also seeing Wolves’ bye week lifting them into 2nd. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Sheffield switched with Tyne Tees to go into 5th and the Saints are 7th.

    The first game of the round saw the Mozzies take on Merseyside Saints, who were kicking off their second season. This produced a thumping 243-7 win for Manchester Mosquitoes, giving them an enviable percentage of 2400. However, as always, the scoreline isn’t a fair reflection of the game, and with it being an improvement on the 273-7 score for the corresponding game last year, the Saints will be hoping that their development will bear fruit later in the season.

    Sunday saw a double header played at Huddersfield. In the first game, Nottingham Scorpions took on a Tyne Tees Tigers team hoping to give their percentage a much needed boost, and claim a prize scalp in the process. With both sides fielding strong teams, the Tigers competed well for the first half, however the Scorp’s experience saw them pull away over the past couple of quarters to record a 150-44 win.

    The final game saw the Huddersfield Rams take on Sheffield Thunder, another team desperate to improve their percentage after a difficult opening game. With the Thunder having received a fresh influx of players, the competitive game saw both teams push hard until the final buzzer, with the Rams eventually recording a 134-90 win. While the Rams are delighted with their first win of the season, the Thunder can take solace in the marked improvement in form since last week.

    Manchester Mosquitoes 36.27.243 d. Merseyside Saints 0.7.7
    Nottingham Scorpions 22.18.150 d. Tyne Tees Tigers 6.8.44
    Huddersfield Rams 19.20.134 d. Sheffield Thunder 13.12.90
    Wolverhampton Wolverines - ...

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    Women's footy in Port Moresby is up and running for 2017 and The Gerehu Magpies are leading the way being unbeaten after three rounds.  All five teams in the competition have had at least four points (Oilmin Kokofas four points thanks to the bye).

    On the weekend the Magpies had a 41 point win over Concept Koboni.  The Cats had their first win of the season with a 29 point win over the Oilmin Kokofas.  The Lamana Dockers had the bye in the five team competition.

    The full results for the season so far and the current ladder are below.


    Round 1 I Saturday April 22 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Concept Koboni 10.15.75 def Lamana Dockers 0.1.1
    Round 1 I Sunday April 23 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Gerehu Magpies 7.5.47 def Cats 0.0.0
    BYE: Oilmin KOKOFAS
    Round 2 I Saturday April 29 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Lamana Dockers 2.2.14 def CATS 1.2.8
    Round 2 I Sunday April 30 I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Gerehu Magpies 6.6.42 def Oilmin Kokofas 0.0.0
    BYE: Concept KOBONI
    Round 3 I Saturday 6th May I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Gerehu Magpies 7.5.47 def Concept Koboni 1.0.6
    Round 3 I Saturday 7th May I COLTS Oval I Port Moresby
    Cats 4.7.31 def Oilmin Kokofas 0.2.2
    BYE: Lamana Dockers

    Ladder after Round 3

    Placing Teams P W L D F A % Points
    1 GEREHU MAGPIES 3 3 0 0 136 7 1,943 12
    2 CONCEPT KOBONI 3 2 1 0 81 48 169 8
    3 LAMANA DOCKERS 3 2 1 0 15 83 18 8
    4 OILMIN KOKOFAS 3 1 2 0 2 2 100 4
    5 CATS 3 1 2 0 40 63 63 4

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  • 05/09/17--18:22: London Season Gets Under Way

  • Footy got back into top gear last weekend in London with Round One of the AFL London competition. In the Premiership Division a changing of the guard took place in the off season. The Putney Magpies moved themselves back to the Conference Division. Their place was taken by the South East London Giants.

    In their inaugural game at the highest level, the Giants took on the Wimbledon Hawks and took it up to their more experienced opposition. The final margin of 44 points was commanding without being a hiding – a good sign first up for the Giants. It also marked a positive start to the season for the Hawks and something to build on for an assault on the finals.

    League heavyweights, the Wandsworth Demons and West London Wildcats, got the new season off to a flying start at the Wildcats home at Chiswick. After a tough match it was the Demons that prevailed, downing the Wildcats by 39 points.

    The North London Lions also got away to a solid start to the season when they took on the London Swans and ran out victors by 57 points. It was a comprehensive result which sets up the Lions for a crack at finals again with one win already in the bank. The Swans get a chance next weekend to bounce back against the Giants.

    Wimbledon Hawks 12 15 87 South East London Giants 4 9 33
    Wandsworth Demons 17 11 113 d West London Wildcats 12 2 74
    North London Lions 16 14 110 d London Swans 8 3 53

    Next Round:
    North London Lions v Wandsworth Demons
    London Swans v South East London Giants
    Wimbledon Hawks v West London Wildcats


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    The following story originally appeared on Frederick's Blog and the original article can be found here.  This is very timely given the first match for Premiership points will be played in Shanghai this Sunday.

    As one of the biggest media markets in Asia, China has long been a target for Aussie rules as authorities look to spread the sport abroad to new nations. Given the large Chinese population and their well-established enthusiasm for many different sports, they would seem to have a fertile ground for a grassroots footy following.

    China has embraced footy at a breakneck pace, as the first recorded game of Aussie rules was played only 13 years ago. The Beijing Bombers – a team made up of Aussie ex-pats in the Chinese capital – were established in 2004. They eventually grew a big-enough audience to help kickstart a local competition with three other teams in the Beijing area.

    In more recent times, the cities of Shanghai, Dongguan, and Guangzhou have also started up local footy clubs. Some other smaller cities , such as Xinjiang and Suzhou, currently lack any senior level footy competitions, but have a history of supporting teams at the junior level in local schools.


    It’s clear that mainland China has taken a liking to Aussie rules, but both Macau and Hong Kong have also embraced the sport. Footy was first played in Hong Kong back in 1990, while Macau footballers first competed in 2009. The Hong Kong Dragons are one of Asia’s most successful teams, regularly participating in major city tournaments and also boasting a strong Auskick program for kids.

    In 2005, Tianjin (a sister city of Melbourne) began to organize a competition through the Tianjin Normal University. This was largely due to the efforts of the AFL (via the Melbourne Football Club) and the former Lord Mayor of Melbourne, John So, a Chinese Australian who was born in Hong Kong.

    China’s national team is known as the Red Demons and consists entirely of Chinese nationals. They have played at the 2008, 2011, and 2014 International Cups and made their way up to the Division II level in 2011, where they beat India, but lost to Fiji and the joint Israeli-Palestinian team. In 2014, the Red Demons returned to Australian shores and finished in fourth place with a nice win over Finland and losses to Canada and New Zealand.


    Back on the the mainland, there has been growth in promoting Aussie rules as both a spectator sport and a participation sport. In 2010, an exhibition AFL match was held at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai, drawing an impressive crowd; the following year, a Chinese AFL academy was founded, too. While other areas of Asia have seen more immediate success in terms of establishing footy as a major enterprise, there is still much potential with China, primarily due to the Aussie expat influence, as well as increased TV exposure.

    And coming up very soon – on Sunday, May 14th, 2017 – the AFL will return to Shanghai when the city will host the first ever AFL premiership match outside of Oceania. The Port Adelaide Power will take on the Gold Coast Suns at Jiangwan Stadium; AFL officials have already stated that the game has been sold out, and are optimistic that a game in China could become an annual occurrence.

    • Beijing Bombers
    • Dongguan Blues
    • Guanzhou Scorpions
    • Hong Kong Dragons
    • Macau Lightning
    • Shanghai Tigers
    • Les Fong (played 1973-1987) – Fong was an athletic playmaker for the West Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League. Kicking over 330 career goals, Fong was also a long-time team captain, earning the well-deserved nickname “Captain Courageous” for his passionate style of play. He later became a coach in Perth.
    • Dannie Seow (played 1986-1990) – Originally from the suburbs of Melbourne, Seow is of Chinese descent on his father’s side and played two seasons with both Melbourne and Collingwood. In between his stints with those two clubs, Seow also briefly entertained a career in American football as a wide receiver before returning to Australia in 1989.
    • Wally Koochew (played 1908) – Koochew was born to a Norwegian mother and a Chinese father in Melbourne, becoming the first ever VFL/AFL player with Chinese roots. Despite battling discrimination, Koochew played the 1908 season for Carlton and was known for his strong, accurate kick. He passed away in 1932 at the age of 44.
    • George Tansing (played 1908) – Another early example of Chinese Australians playing the game, Tansing played one season with the Geelong Cats.
    • Lin Jong (played 2012-present) – Jong, a Melbourne native, is the son of an East Timorese-Chinese father and a Taiwanese mother. A speedy, versatile footballer, Jong first played footy while attending Brentwood Secondary College. and also played for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup. He made his AFL debut in 2012 for the Western Bulldogs and was elevated to the senior list in 2014.
    • Chen Shaoliang (played 2016-present) – Shaoliang originally played basketball as a youngster before moving to Aussie rules in 2012. After a promising test at the AFL combine and a successful run as the Red Dragons’ team captain, Shaoliang was selected as an international scholarship player by Port Adelaide in 2016. This makes him the first Chinese national to ever be signed to an AFL list.
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    The new 2017 ARFLI Premiership season got underway recently with players just itching to get back amongst the action after an all too long off season. Of those teams impatiently waiting, reigning champions, the Leeside Lions, were keen to get off on the right foot as they seek to go back to back.

    Hosted by the Lions at their home turf at The Farm, UCC playing fields in Curraheen, Cork, teams were under immediate pressure playing the current premiers on their own home. Results somewhat reflected that as the Lions won both of their matches and sprinted from the blocks in fine style.

    The South Dublin Swans and Galway Magpies both nabbed victories along the way to register solid starts to the season while the Belfast Redbacks lost both of their outings.

    In the opening game the Leeside Lions were too strong for the Galway Magpies, eventually striding away to a hard-earned 23 point win. Final scores saw the Lions 42 defeat the Magpies 19.

    In the second game, the South Dublin Swans took on the Belfast Redbacks. In another well fought game it was the Swans proving too good for the Redbacks, holding out for 15 point win. Final scores saw the Swans 38 defeat the Redbacks 23.

    The Galway Magpies and South London Swans played an absolute corker of a game with the result capable of going either way right up until the final siren. In the end it was the Magpies holding on for a tight two point victory. Final Scores saw the Magpies 36 down the Swans 34.

    The final match saw the Leeside Lions take the field against the Belfast Redbacks. The Lions pressed home their advantage further as the game went on, eventually running out commanding winners by 36 points. Final scores saw the Leeside Lions 53 defeat the Belfast Redbacks 17.

    The results of the combined Round 1/Round 2 carnival saw the ladder:
    Lions 2 wins, Swans 1 win, Magpies 1 win, Redbacks 0 wins.

    Rounds 3 and 4 will be played in Galway on May 13t ...

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    AFL Scotland clubs, the Edinburgh Bloods and Glasgow Giants, fought out a brilliant match last weekend at the Leith Academy fields in Edinburgh. In a match described by both clubs as one of the closest in recent memory, the Bloods pinched the game with just seconds to spare to outlast the Sharks.

    Edinburgh Bloods 75
    Glasgow Sharks 73

    The two clubs have a long history, being the oldest in the competition as it now stands, and their rivalry goes back to the early days of the code in Scotland. But it is also built on mutual respect and both clubs applauded the efforts of the other after a thrilling match. The result sees Edinburgh join the Greater Glasgow Giants with a win apiece after two matches (rounds) of the AFL Scotland competition.

    The Giants won against the Kingdom Kangaroos in the opening round. The following extract from the Greater Glasgow Giants website details the game.

    “The Greater Glasgow Giants started off their 2017 SARFL season with a bang on Saturday, 29 April, defeating the Kingdom Kangaroos by a score of 20.12 132 to 8.9 57. The match was played at the Nethercraigs Sports Centre in good conditions.”

    “Despite the somewhat lopsided final score, the match was a good contest throughout, the Giants only pulling away in the final quarter. The Roos’ physicality, especially in the first half, was a challenge for the smaller and more inexperienced Giants, whose line-up included 6 players making their Australian Rules debut.”

    “The first quarter was hotly contested, with the Giants entering quarter time with a slim eight point lead. From that point on, however, the Giants defence corps exerted its influence and limited the Roos to only four more goals for the rest of the game. On attack the Giants ticked the scoreboard over at a consistent rate, with the team tallying more major scores than behinds in every quarter. “

    “The most memorable moment of the game came in the final quarter when Campbell Hamilton, the bellwether of the Giants defence, capped the victory by launching a mammoth kick from inside his own half of the field and finding the big sticks.”

    Greater Glasgow Giants 5.3 10.5 14.7 20.12
    Kingdom Kangaroos 4.1 6.2 7.8 8.9 ...

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    You can find this article and more at Joe's Blog here.

    This week over a year’s worth of groundwork and preparation come together as Port Adelaide and Gold Coast take the field for a Round 8 match at Jiangwan Stadium (capacity 10,964) in China on Sunday, May 13.

    This game is the first ever to be played for premiership points in China, and it became official in April 2016. Last October we learned the Gold Coast Suns would be the opposition.

    This is the crown jewel in a new agreement between Port and China, but it’s far from the only element. The Power’s Round 3 match with Essendon and Round 5 match against Geelong were both televised nationwide as part of the TV agreement with Chinese Central Television. CCTV is also televising the 25-week series The AFL Show.

    In addition to AFL scores and highlights, the Power’s Chinese international recruit Chen Shaoliang is featured regularly on the 30-minute program to share his experiences into Port Adelaide, the AFL, and living in South Australia.

    There’s more.


    In addition to sponsoring Team China at the International Cup 2017, Port is also sponsoring the South China Football League and has formed the Power Footy program in 14 schools across three provinces.

    The Power’s China engagement team expanded to seven full-time staff, and they also have game development officers on the ground working in southern China as well as in Shanghai. Port is also running its pre-season camps in Shanghai. So Port has made a tremendous investment in China.

    Port Adelaide has also signed a multi-million-dollar partnership with Shanghai Cred, a property developer and agribusiness leader based in Shanghai. The deal has the club develop Australian Football in China for the next three years. Shanghai Cred founder Gui Guo Jie is a footy fan, having seen a game at the Adelaide Oval in 2015.

    Port Adelaide executive Andrew Hunter has played a key role in the Power’s push into China. He seems to be the right man for the job since he has experience in international engagement from his time with the South Australian government. He believes Port can make the game an annual event for the short-term future.

    The Power has generated $4 million in corporate backing for this match, so financially the match can do no worse than break even.  It also took commitment from the very top, with Por Adelaide’s chief executive Keith Thomas onboard. Thomas has said the China strategy has brought in over $6 million, with there being the chance of pushing that number even higher.

    In order to make the China trip work, Port had to ‘buy’ the rights to another club’s home game, as they (and the Adelaide Crows) are required to play all 11 home games at the Adelaide Oval. Gold Coast emerged as the willing partner last fall. Port Adelaide president David Koch said the Power paid $500,000 to get the Suns to come onboard. This may give us a peek into the thought process, as Gold Coast’s financial report shows they lost $300,000 in 2015 and lost $2.9 million last year.

    The Gold Coast Suns averaged about 11,500 per home game and membership is down eight percent. The club is expected to get about $20 million in central AFL funding this season, according to Australian Financial Review.

    In addition to Chen Shaoliang, China and the AFL have a bit of a common history. In 1908 Wally Koochew, whose father was Chinese, played in four games for Carlton. Lin Jong, of Chinese/Timorese descent plays significant minutes for the Western Bulldogs. And in October 2010, Melbourne and Brisbane played the AFL Kaspersky Cup Shanghai Showdown, as both sides missed the postseason. The Demons rallied from a 31-point deficit and got a goal from Liam Jurrah on the siren to win 84-79.

    As for off-the-oval gamesmanship, given that this match is Port Adelaide’s effort they expected to wear home guernseys. It makes some sense because they feel they bought all the home rights with that half million payout.

    Unbeknownst, Gold Coast wanted to wear their home red kits since this was one of their ‘home’ games though it would not be played in Metricon Stadium. The teams couldn’t reconcile their differences, and eventually the AFL stepped in and sided with the Suns.

    Apparently this set Koch over the edge and he’s on record saying this is the last time the Suns are asked to play in China. This threat may be a tad empty, as Port has wanted to take the AFL to China for a while but has had trouble lining up an opponent. Plus, Port still plans to bring their traditions along, such as playing their anthem ‘Never Giving In’ from Rudimental, as well as INXS’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ theme in the 60-second countdown to first bounce. So it seems both sides are getting something positive.

    Obviously preparation changes dramatically for both squads. Gold Coast won’t have much time to build on their big win over Geelong, as total travel time with buses, layovers, and planes is about 20 hours. Port Adelaide will also be challenged by travel as they try to bounce back following their loss to the West Coast Eagles.

    Gold Coast moved to 11th on the ladder with their win last weekend, while Port dropped to 7th. The Power won last year’s head to head by 33 points at Metricon Stadium. Smog and warm temperatures near 29 degrees should both be factors for both sides to deal with.

    Regardless of the final score both Port Adelaide and the AFL get exposure into a very lucrative Chinese market, Chinese sports fans get to follow the exploits of one of their own, and business relationships between the two nations are strengthened. Additionally, the Suns are set to be winners too with China being a favorite travel destination for Gold Coast residents and vice versa.

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    Best local talent in Asia to play Shanghai “curtain closer”

    There has been much hype surrounding the historic and monumental first ever AFL game to be played for Premiership Points within Asia, between Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast Suns in Shanghai, China on Sunday May 14th  2017.

    However, the anticipation and excitement within Asian Footy circles about the Team China versus the AFL Asia Lions game is being held in a similar regard, as the game will for the first time showcase the best Asian-born footballing talent on the big stage at Jiangwan Stadium, directly after the Port Adelaide Power and Gold Coast Suns game.

    Following is a brief wrap and team lists for this equally historic match, read the full story at AFL Asia website.

    The big question for followers of Asian footy is will Port Adelaide’s China recruit Chen Shaoliang (pictured above back in his Guangzhou Sports University Seagulls days with China footy legend Zhang Haobe) making his return to the China team in Shanghai. The former Guangzhou Scorpion and China Red representative’s much publicized move to Adelaide got off to a horror start last year when he damaged his ACL after being tackled in just his second training session with Port Magpies.

    With or without Chen, Team China will be stacked with young local talent, the majority from their successful Guangzhou Sports University program. Keep an eye out for determined Captain Chen Shu Kai, super-fit and committed Deng Xiao Yu, possession accumulator and gun midfielder Qiu Xiao Shan and highly efficient forward Zheng Jian Xing.

    The AFL Asia Lions team will be no push over, comprising of the best local players from the Indonesia Garudas, Japan Samurais, Vietnam Swans, Cambodia Eagles and Lao Elephants.  One may envisage that having players from multiple countries may hinder the AFL Asia Lions chances against the locals, however, they’ll be primed to make an immediate impact from the outset and will be looking to play a fast-running and impact on the scoreboard style of footy.

    Keep an eye out for the hard at the ball Indonesian players, led by Boy Pasaribu, Captain of the Garudas 2016 All-Asian Cup victory, explosive Japanese midfielder Michito Sakaki, strong-bodied Vietnamese half forward with a keen eye for goal Vinh Quang Nyugen, the fearless wiley veterans from Lao and the Cambodian “mosquito fleet” led by the silky smooth diminutive Khmer midfielder Nas Nan.

    Regardless of the result, this will game will speak volumes of the natural playing talent pool that is being nurtured and developed within AFL Asia.  Just as the Port Adelaide Power vs. Gold Coast Suns game is a momentous occasion for all those associated within Asian Footy, one thing that can’t be dismissed is that this is an opportunity of a lifetime for the best Asian-born footballers.

    Team China

    Coach: Daniel Sulzberger

    Manager: Zhanghao

    1.     Qiu xiao Shan

    2.     Chen Shu Kai (Capt)                                                             

    3.     Huang Jian Long

    4.     Chen Jiang Tian

    5.     Chen Zi Wei

    6.     Zheng Jian Xing

    7.     Qiu Jian Xiang

    8.     Chen Zi Bang

    9.     Xie Wei Yan

    10.  Deng Xiao Yu

    11.  Lin Wen Liang

    12.  Wang Rong Feng

    13.  Wu Ze Jia

    14.  Ma Nan Mao

    15.  Nie Sen Hua

    16.  Zhuang Huan Gang

    17.  Lin Dian Yu

    18.  Wu Xing Zhen

    19.  Chen Zhu Shen

    20.  Liu Sheng

    AFL Asia Lions

    Co-Coaches: Barry Anderson & Brett Qualtrough

    Manager: Matt Gale

    1.     Kyo Nakagawa – Japan Saumurai

    2.     Michael Latuperissa – Indonesia Garudas

    3.     Boy Pasaribu – Indonesia Garudas

    4.     Antoni Yakobus – Indonesia Garudas

    5.     Timbul Kukah Santoso – Indonesia Garudas

    6.     Mahendra Gilang Suputra – Indonesia Garudas

    7.     Randi Budianto – Indonesia Garudas

    8.     Yosuke Kuno – Japan Samurai

    9.     Yudai Yamaji – Japan Samurai

    10.  Shota Horiguchi – Japan Samurai

    11.  Michito Sakaki – Japan Samurai

    12.  Vinh Quang Nguyen – Vietnam Seans

    13.  Anh Dinh Nguyen – Vietnam Swans

    14.  Yuji Yamamoto – Japan Samurai

    15.  Doan Hai Dang – Vietnam Swans

    16.  Nas Nan – Cambodia Eagles

    17.  Oun Nhom Kuy – Cambodia Eagles

    18.  Kun Kuy – Cambodia Eagles

    19.  Sak Sisombath – Lao Elephants

    20.  Vilaylack Omphanmany – Lao Elephants

    21.  Thonglien Thammovong – Lao Elephants

    22.  Bounthanorm Keokhosy – Lao Elephants

    23.  Handa Yattivong – Lao Elephants













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    Round 8 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks off at Domain Stadium in Perth on Friday night with the West Coast Eagles hosting the Western Bulldogs.

    The historic match played in Shanghai between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide will be broadcast live in China on GZTV and SMG (with Mandarin commentary).

    In addition to the TV networks you can also subscribe to the Watch AFL service that will give you live access to all the matches and more (outside Australia only).  You can access that service by clicking on the link here or the  Watch AFL banner below and paying the subscription fee.


    1 12-May Night West Coast Eagles vs. Western Bulldogs Domain Stadium WA 18:10 10:10
    2 13-May Day Hawthorn vs. Brisbane Lions UTAS Stadium TAS 13:45 03:45
    3 13-May Day St Kilda vs. Carlton Etihad Stadium VIC 14:10 04:10
    4 13-May Twilight GWS GIANTS vs. Collingwood Spotless Stadium NSW 16:35 06:35
    5 13-May Night Essendon vs. Geelong Cats MCG VIC 19:25 09:25
    6 13-May Night Adelaide Crows vs. Melbourne Adelaide Oval SA 19:10 09:40
    7 14-May Early Richmond vs. Fremantle MCG VIC 13:10 03:10
    8 14-May Day Gold Coast SUNS vs. Port Adelaide Jiangwan Sports Centre CHINA 13:15 05:15
    9 14-May Twilight North Melbourne vs. Sydney Swans Etihad Stadium VIC 16:40 06:40



    AUSTRALIA PLUS                    
    Asia 12/5 @ 18:00 HKT (Live) 13/5 @ 11:30 HKT (Live) - 13/5 @ 14:30 HKT (Live) - 13/5 @ 17:30 HKT (Live) 14/5 @ 16:00 HKT (Delay) 14/5 @ 13:00 HKT (Live) - 18/5 @ 10:30 HKT
    Pacific 12/5 @ 22:00 Fiji (Live) 13/5 @ 15:30 Fiji (Live) - 13/5 @ 18:30 Fiji (Live) - 13/5 @ 21:30 Fiji (Live) 14/5 @ 20:00 Fiji (Delay) 14/5 @ 17:00 Fiji (Live) - 18/5 @ 14:30 Fiji
    India 12/5 @ 15:30 IND (Live) 13/5 @ 09:00 IND (Live) - 13/5 @ 12:00 IND (Live) - 13/5 @ 15:00 IND (Live) 14/5 @ 13:30 IND (Delay) 14/5 @ 10:30 IND (Live) - 18/5 @ 08:00 IND
    Africa 12/5 @ 01:10 CAT (Live) - - 13/5 @ 09:35 CAT (Live) - 13/5 @ 12:40 CAT (Live) - - 14/5 @ 9:45 CAT (Live) 17/5 @ 08:15 CAT
    ESPN - BT SPORT                    
    UK & Ireland 12/5 @ 11:00 BST (Live) - - 13/5 @ 07:30 BST (Live) - 13/5 @ 10:30 BST (Live) 14/5 @ 04:00 BST (Live) - 14/5 @ 07:30 BST (Live) 16/5 @ 18:30 BST
    GZTV (Mandarin commentary)                    
    China - - - - - - - 14/5 @ 13:00 CST (Live) - 17/5 @ 20:00 CST
    SMG (Mandarin commentary)                    
    China - - - - - - - 14/5 @ 13:00 CST (Live) - -
    FOX SPORTS 2                    
    USA - 12/5 @ 23:30 ET (Live) - - - - - - - -
    FOX SOCCER PLUS                    
    USA 12/5 @ 06:00 ET (Live) - - 13/5 @ 02:30 ET (Live) - - - - 14/5 @ 02:30 ET (Live) 15/5 @ 24:00 ET
    ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK                    
    Middle East 12/5 @ 10:00 GMT (Live) - 13/5 @ 04:00 GMT (Live) - - - - 14/5 @ 05:00 GMT (Live) 14/5 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) 15/5 @ 16:00 GMT
    GEE - BOATS & CRUISES                    
    Worldwide (excl. Aust.) 12/5 @ 10:00 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 03:30 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 04:00 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 09:00 GMT (Live) 14/5 @ 03:00 GMT (Live) 14/5 @ 05:00 GMT (Live) 14/5 @ 06:30 GMT (Live) Yes
    SKY SPORTS                    
    New Zealand - - - - - - - 15/5 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) - -
    Canada - - - 13/5 @ 02:30 ET (Live) - - - - 14/5 @ 15:30 ET (Delay) Yes
    New Zealand 12/5 @ 24:00 NZT (Delay) - - - 14/5 @ 07:30 NZT (Delay) 13/5 @ 21:30 NZT (Live) 14/5 @ 15:00 NZT (Live) 15/5 @ 00:10 NZT (Delay) 15/5 @ 12:15 NZT (Delay) 17/5 @ 16:05 NZT
    Russia 12/5 @ 13:00 MSK (Live) - - 13/5 @ 09:30 MSK (Live) - 13/5 @ 12:30 MSK (Live) 14/5 @ 06:00 MSK (Live) - 14/5 @ 09:30 MSK (Live) 15/5 @ 16:00 MSK
    Worldwide (excl. Aust) 12/5 @ 10:00 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 03:45 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 04:10 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 06:35 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 13/5 @ 09:25 GMT (Live) 14/5 @ 03:10 GMT (Live) 14/5 @ 05:15 GMT (Live) 14/5 @ 06:40 GMT (Live) -

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    After just six games of Australian football, Irishman Mark O'Connor will make his AFL debut for Geelong at the MCG on Saturday. 

    After being a very promising GAA football talent in Ireland and playing for County Kerry, O'Connor was invited to the AFL Europe combine in Dublin.  Impressive in the testing there he was invited to Melbourne where he was hot property at the AFL Combine in Melbourne last October.  

    Being an international rookie prospect he was in the position of fielding a number of offers before he finally chose Geelong.  He joined fellow Irish recruit Zac Tuohy who had just been traded from Carlton. An impressive pre-season and good early from in the VFL have seen the Geelong selectors back the raw Irish talent for his accelerated AFL debut. 

    On Saturday there is some chance he will run out on the MCG and be matched against another Irishman in Conor McKenna who had a similar journey via the AFL Europe combine before ending up at Essendon.

     O'Connor's press conference today can be seen here.

    Geelong Cats
    AFL Round 8 - Essendon v Geelong Cats
    Game Date:
    Saturday May 13 at MCG
    Half Backs
    Half Forwards

    In: Z.Smith , T.Stewart , J.Kolodjashnij , M.O'Connor
    Out: A.Black (Omitted) , J.Thurlow (Omitted) , J.Murdoch (Omitted) , D.Lang (Omitted)

    New: M.O'Connor ()
    AFL Round 8 - Essendon v Geelong Cats
    Game Date:
    Saturday May 13 at MCG
    Half Backs
    Half Forwards

    In: J.Watson , J.Stewart , A.McGrath
    Out: B.Stanton (Omitted) , M.Gleeson (Omitted) , A.Francis (Omitted)

    Milestone: J.Kelly - 300 games

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    The squads for Sunday's historic clash between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide in Shanghai has been named tonight.  See below.

    Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide JS , 1:15pm Sunday, May 14, 2017


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    Tom Wills, the man credited with founding Australian rules football, will be recognised during Saturday’s Powercor Country Festival match between Essendon and Geelong, with the player adjudged best on ground receiving the Tom Wills Award. 

    Wills was born in 1835 and grew up various regional areas on family owned properties. A great cricketer in his day, Wills is credited with co-writing the original rules of Australian rules football. Wills pushed for the establishment of a football code, and famously on 10 July 1858 his letter to Bells’ Life sports paper was the catalyst for the formation of the game we now know as Australian rules. 


    Wills was a co-founder of both the Geelong and Melbourne Football Clubs and was involved in the formation of the VFA in 1877. Wills played around 170 games with the Cats and captained the club.  

    “Tom Wills was an immense figure during his time and his legacy lives on through the great game of football,” Geelong president Colin Carter said. 

    “Without Tom’s influence and drive, it is unlikely that the game would exist today. Tom was a visionary and from humble beginnings, we now boast one of the great sporting competitions in the world. Wills grew up in regional areas through his family’s ownership of property. As such it is fitting that the award for best on ground at the Powercor Country Festival bears his name." 

    Essendon great Kevin Sheedy, who came up with the concept of the Powercor County Festival, echoed Carter’s comments. 

    “Tom Wills to me is basically the father of our game, in many ways,” Sheedy said. 

    “Somebody had to sit down with a group of friends and start writing the rules. The young man had some entrepreneurial skills, he saw the potential for a new game to help cricketers stay fit in the winter – pretty similar to how basketball started in America and I think in the end no one has really given Tom Wills enough credit. 

    “To have the award be agreed upon by both clubs is going to be a wonderful thank you to him and his family.” 

    The voting panel for the Tom Wills Award is as follows;

     Matthew Richardson – Channel 7

    Kane Cornes – 3AW

    Sam Edmund – Herald Sun

    The panel will vote on a 3,2,1 basis.  


    Kevin Sheedy will present the player judged best afield with the Tom Wills Award post-match on Saturday night. ...

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    24-hour free pass which runs from 00:01AM - 11:59PM AEST Sunday 14th May

    • Free pass period covers three matches being played that day - Richmond vs Fremantle, Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast and North Melbourne vs Sydney - plus users can access all previous 2017 matches and FOX FOOTY content 

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    The AFL is pleased to confirm Chinese television networks, CCTV, Shanghai TV and Guangzhou TV, will broadcast Sunday’s Round 8 Toyota AFL Premiership Season match at Jiangwan Stadium into mainland China, in addition to the Australia Plus Channel being available for pick up across China via satellite.

     AFL General Manager of Clubs Travis Auld announced today the three free-to-air Chinese television networks will broadcast Sunday’s historic match between the Gold Coast SUNS and Port Adelaide Football Clubs.

     “I’m pleased to confirm that CCTV, Shanghai TV and Guangzhou TV, all free-to-air networks in China, will broadcast Sunday’s Round 8 match from Shanghai,” Mr Auld said.


    “The combined potential audience across all Chinese television networks, along with our existing Australian and international broadcasters, means that Sunday’s match in Shanghai is expected to be the most watched AFL game in history.

    “We know that Sunday’s match will be historic for a multitude of reasons, and with the match having the potential to be viewed more than any other in history is of particular significance to the AFL, the Port Adelaide Football Club and the Gold Coast SUNS.

    “It’s a privilege to host a premiership season match in China, where we know a lot of local fans will enjoy the spectacle of our exciting game live and showcased in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

    “I’d like to thank Australia Plus, CCTV, Shanghai TV and Guangzhou TV for their support in showcasing our exciting game to so many in mainland China,” he said.

    With the match to be broadcast on CCTV5+, the CCTV network provides a national broadcast into China, whilst Shanghai TV provides a host city broadcast and Guangzhou TV provides a broadcast into the local province.

    CCTV, Shanghai TV and Guangzhou TV will all broadcast the match in local language.

    The Round 8 Toyota AFL Premiership Match in Shanghai will also be available through Australian television broadcast partners the Seven Network and Fox Footy, Australian radio partners and on the AFL Live App thanks to Telstra.

    AFL fans internationally can keep up to date with weekly matches on the Australia Plus network which is available for pick up across China on satellite or by subscribing to the Watch AFL app, only available to those outside of Australia. For more details on the Watch AFL app see our previous story. ...

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