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On Saturday 1st April 2017 we saw the Men from our regional championships West London, Manchester, Sussex and Cardiff plus our Ladies from Wimbledon travel to Amsterdam for AFL Europe’s Champions League.

Today we’re proud to announce that not only did West London complete their 3rd title win in a row but our Wimbledon Hawks won the ladies tournament at their first try. AFL England now boosts both the Men’s and Women’s champions of Europe!

Men’s Comp

The Wildcats met last years finalists, the Manchester Mosquitos in the semi-final where this year they again proved too strong with the

West London Wildcats- Three times Champions of Europe (Photo Credit: AFL Europe)

West London Wildcats- Three times Champions of Europe (Photo Credit: AFL Europe)

scoreboard reading 65 to 18. An honourable mention must go to the Mozzies for coming third overall, solidifying what has been an outstanding record for them in this competition’s history.

The Wildcats were through to yet another Champions League decider with the Amsterdam Devils. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead to going into half-time with a 15-point buffer, inaccuracy hurting them and keeping the Devils in the game. Trading goals early in the second half the Devils were still in with a chance but a third goal late put the icing on the cake for the Cats and they claimed their third straight Champions League title with the scoreboard reading 37 to 14.

We spoke with the Wildcats VP Nathan Costley and he had this to say “Extremely proud of everyone at the West London Wildcats who contributed to the club taking out the 2017 European Champions league title, a fantastic team effort. Special thanks goes to AFL Europe and the Amsterdam Devils for organising such a great tournament, with the Wildcats already looking forward to defending the title in 2018.”

Nathan Costley, Vice President, West London Wildcats

Womens Comp

In a tightly contested Women’s competition the Wimbledon Hawks were only able to manage one win in the group stages, qualifying for the

Wimbledon Hawks - Champions of Europe (Photo Credit: AFL Europe)

Wimbledon Hawks – Champions of Europe (Photo Credit: AFL Europe)

Semi’s in only third place. However the even-ness of the Women’s competition saw the third and fourth place qualifiers contesting the final! It was an incredible game with the Hawks controlling the game when it mattered to hold out for a 7-point win Vs Port Malmo Lynx and becoming the first women’s club champions of Europe!!

The Hawks President Nick Leach had this t0 say: “As president of the Wimbledon Hawks, I must say it is an absolute honour for our ladies team to bring home the flag at the AFL Europe Champions League last weekend. Throughout the last 2 seasons our ladies team has shown nothing but unity, pride and respect for the sport of Australian Rules Football. They must show themselves great gratification, that they have impacted the growth of Ladies AFL in Europe and the way they have conducted themselves over the last campaign until now has been nothing short of tremendous. Bravo Ladies, hopefully our men’s grades can take note of their fine example what it means to wear the Brown & Gold. Congratulations once more from one extremely proud club president.”

Nick Leach, President, Wimbledon Hawks

Congratulations must also go to those AFL England club players who were named in both the Men’s and Women’s team of the tournament:

  • Oli Hobin – Manchester Mosquitoes
  • Joe Durling – Sussex Swans Australian Rules Football Club
  • Jared Risol – West London Wildcats
  • Lisa Wilson – Mixed Team
  • Isabelle Currenti – Wimbledon Hawks

From all of us here at AFL England a huge congratulations and may our domination of Europe continue!