Category: Good Week / Bad Week

Good Week / Bad Week – 13th June 2018

Slightly later than usual, it’s time for this week’s Good Week / Bad Week. As usual, if you think we’ve missed a story this week, then why not get in touch on info@aflengland.org!

Good Week

The Wandsworth Demons have some of the strongest sides in the AFL London leagues, with their sides top in three of the five leagues, and unbeaten in two. One of those sides, the Clapham Demons racked up an impressive 128 points this weekend in their 125-point win over the Swans in the Men’s Conference. This was all part of their ‘Big Freeze at the G’ which raised money for FightMND.

 

One of the ladders that the Demons don’t hold the top spot in is the Men’s Premiership, where it is the North London Lions who came off a bye week to rack up another win. Next weekend the Lions hold their Ladies Day for Breast Cancer Network Australia, and the Men’s Premiership side face off against the Demons for a battle to hold on to top spot.

 

 

Following on from their highly successful Selection Day at the weekend, the England Vixens are the first of the two England teams to name their squad for the 2018 Euro Cup. It features captain of the GB Swans at last year’s International Cup Laura Turner-Ramadan, and a bunch of other players who will all be looking to defend the Vixens’ title that they won last year.

 

Bad Week

The Wimbledon Hawks lost heavily to Lions in the Men’s and Women’s Premiership to leave them bottom and second from bottom in their respective ladders. Their Men’s Premiership side is yet to win a game and has shipped 351 points in their three games so far. The ‘Aubergine Machine’, their Men’s Social side, did record their second win of the season against the Giants.

 

There’s a gap of a fortnight before the South East London Giants play their next game in the Men’s Social division, but boy is it a big one. Having already defeated the Putney Magpies in Round 1, they will be looking for another good performance against the side bottom of the league.

Good Week/Bad Week – 4th June 2018

After a brief hiatus, ‘Good Week/Bad Week’ is back and ready to take a look at the latest round of fixtures across England. The leagues are really starting to hot up, so let’s see who’s in contention as we approach the halfway stage of the season.

Good Week

The Manchester Mosquitoes once again look like the team to beat in the Central & Northern England league. After racking up 130+ points against the Huddersfield Rams and the Nottingham Scorpions, the Mozzies were restricted to just over half that against the Wolverhampton Wolverines this weekend. However, they still extended their record to 3-0 as they won 11.18.84 to 6.10.46 in tricky conditions.

 

With the Ealing Emus having a bye this round, the Reading Kangaroos knew that a win would take them top of the Men’s Social league owing to their vastly superior percentage. After opening up their campaign this season with two crushing wins over the Giants and Hawks, the Roos defeated the Putney Magpies 8.6.54 to 4.6.30. The 2016 Grand Final runners-up don’t face the Emus until the 14th July in Reading’s designated ‘Family and Friends’ Fixture.

 

The Great Britain Swans held a training camp this weekend in Cardiff, with players all over the country convening in the Welsh capital. A group of players from teams including the Nottingham Scorpions, Cardiff Panthers and the University of Birmingham took part. Swans Head Coach Ian Mitchell took to Twitter to praise the “superb development from everyone in the squad.”

 

Bad Week

The West London Wildcats swept the London Swans in Round 4, dishing out defeats for all three Swans sides. They included a 174-point mauling in the Men’s Premiership and the Raiders winning by 160 points in the Men’s Conference.

One small crumb of comfort is that the Swans’ Women’s Conference side remain top of the table, despite losing 8.9.57 to 1.4.10.

 

Sometimes it happens, and for whatever reason you’re unable to field a team. That was the case for the Nottingham Scorpions who were due to take the field against the Merseyside Saints. However, for the Saints were awarded a walkover when it was clear the Scorpions weren’t going to be making the trip to Merseyside.

The result means the Scorpions sit four points behind the Manchester Mosquitoes, with the Mozzies having a game in hand. The Scorpions’ next game? Against the Mosquitoes.

 

After an opening round against sides from the Welsh Australian Rules Football League, the South of England AFL got their first chance to take on one another in Portsmouth this weekend.

When the dust had settled, the Sussex Swans found themselves bottom of the ladder after 42 and 23 point losses to the Portsmouth Pirates and the Southampton Titans respectively. There record moves to 1-4 and will have to refocus for the next round robin weekend in a fortnight.

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Good Week / Bad Week – 30th April 2018

In the first of a new series here on the AFL England website, ‘Good Week / Bad Week’  will aim to highlight some of the great footy performances of the weekend or round. So without further ado, here’s our thoughts on Round One in both the London and CNE leagues!

Good Week

The North London Lions opened their AFL London Men’s Premiership account with a 140-7 thrashing of the London Swans. The Lions finished as runner-ups in the 2017 Grand Final, losing out to the Wandsworth Demons 4.14.38 to 5.5.35. This strong performance on the opening weekend, coupled with a strong Demons performance against the Wildcats, shows that we may be in for a rematch come August.

 

Wandsworth Demons again look like being the team to beat after wins for all but one of their sides in Round One. The pick of the results has to be the reigning Women’s Premiership Premiers making a winning start to their 2018 campaign by seeing off the West London Wildcats 7.5.47 to 0.1.1. There were also wins for their Men’s Premiership, Men’s Conference, and Women’s Conference sides.

 

Putney Magpies were one of only two teams to put 100 points on the board this week as they defeated the South East London Giants 15.13.103 to 6.5.41. This result means they top the Men’s Conference table as they look to make their first Conference Grand Final since 2004 where they lost to the Shepherds Bush Raiders 18.19.127 to 9.4.58.

Bad Week

The Ealing Emus’ win over reigning Men’s Social Premiers the Wandsworth Demons was the only crumb of comfort for the West London Wildcats in a weekend where only one of their five teams managed to get a win. Reigning Men’s Conference winners Shepherds Bush Raiders ran out 41-point losers against a Clapham Demons side they defeated by a margin of 21 points in the Grand Final, while the reigning Women’s Conference Wildcats side failed to make an impression on the scoreboard, losing 30-0 to the Demons side they’d beaten by 31 points in their Grand Final last season.

The Merseyside Saints were the victims in a one-sided mauling at the hands of Central & Northern England rivals the Wolverhampton Wolverines. The Wolverines emerged winners 235 to 31, with Craig Jones kicked 12 goals and Lewis Gedney nine. The Saints will have to pick themselves up ahead of their next match against the Huddersfield Rams, who lost out to the Nottingham Scorpions in Round One.

 

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