FT: England Vixens 1.2 (8) def. by Irish Banshees 5.3 (33)
Second Half Irish Blitz Ends Vixens’ Hopes of Retaining Title
England Dragonslayers Fourth After Defeats to Eventual Winners Denmark, and Croatia
14th October 2018 – A repeat of their dual victories in 2017 was not to be as both England sides failed to retain their Euro Cup titles in Cork, Ireland, with the England Vixens losing out in the Grand Final against last year’s runner-up Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Dragonslayers finished fourth after losing in the third-place playoff to Croatia, after defeat in the semi-finals against eventual men’s division champions Denmark. Continue reading “Vixens Fall Just Short in Euro Cup Grand Final”
With the start of the 2018 AFL Euro Cup just one sleep away, the European footballing community’s eyes are on Cork. In total, 15 countries will compete for the title of European champions tomorrow at the Cork Institute of Technology, but in order to do so, they’ll have to take it from defending champions England…in both the men’s and women’s divisions!
With the combined England squads having made the trip across the Irish sea, they are preparing for a hard day’s competition tomorrow, starting with the pool stages and hopefully ending up in a repeat of their dual triumphs in Bordeaux twelve months ago.
Vixens open with matches against Denmark and Wales who are competing as independent nations after combining efforts in 2017. The England women’s team’s remaining pool matches area against Germany and Sweden.
Should the Vixens top their pool, they will face the runner-up of a pool including Ireland, France, Croatia and Scotland in the semi-final.
The Dragonslayers will come up against the relative unknown prospects of the Czech Republic, Russia and France in the group stages, and will also aim to top their pool. Depending on their position they will then face an opponent from Pool A (Ireland, Austria, Scotland and Sweden), knowing that should they avoid Ireland in the quarter-final, a Grand Final rematch may be on the cards.
Stay tuned to AFL England across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from updates live from Cork as the England teams aim to go back-to-back at the Euro Cup!
Both England teams have found out their opponents in the pool stages of next weekend’s Euro Cup in Cork. The Dragonslayers and Vixens are defending champions of their respective divisions and head to Ireland full of confidence.
The England Vixens were drawn alongside the Swedish Ravens, Danish Valkyries, Welsh Wyverns and German Eagles in Pool B of the women’s division, with the England Dragonslayers drawn with the Czech Republic Dragons, French Coqs and Russian Czars. Continue reading “Euro Cup Draw: Dragonslayers and Vixens Find Out Pool Opponents”
GB Swans player Frankie Hocking, who was named in the 2017 International Cup Team of the Tournament. says that she hopes the CrossCoders initiative and AFLW International Rookie Cup will open the eyes of AFLW teams to the wealth of international talent beyond its borders.
Hocking is no stranger to Australian rules football; playing every game for the Great Britain Swans in their inaugural International Cup campaign and currently plying her trade for the AFL Sydney side Newtown Breakaways, where she was named joint runner-up in their Best & Fairest competition. Continue reading “Hocking Hopes Rookie Camp “Opens the Eyes of AFLW Teams” to International Talent”
Nia Jones is no stranger to flying to Australia. Earlier this year she flew with her Welsh teammates to compete in the Netball competition at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. This time however, the ball will be a different shape, as she heads off to Melbourne to take part in the AFLW International Rookie Camp.
Alongside 17 other sportswomen from around the world, Jones was selected to take part in the Camp, which will be attended by several AFLW clubs.
Three Teams Will Battle for Champions League Qualification
Innovative Inter-League Format Takes Place This Autumn
10th September 2018 – With the women’s game continuing to grow in England and Wales, the Nottingham Scorpions, Sussex Swans and Cardiff Panthers will face each other to decide who will qualify for next year’s AFL Europe Champions League.
The three teams will play one another three times, with the best team after this round-robin format qualifying for the tournament, which will be held in Spring 2019.
AFL Europe Events & Communications Coordinator Lily Beck welcomed the news as the women’s game continues to develop further in Europe.
“We’ve seen some fantastic growth in the women’s division of the Champions League recently,” she said. “It’s great to see the UK clubs using the opportunity to compete at the Champions as an incentive to get more games played during the season, as well as becoming more and more competitive.”
This year’s Champions League had a record seven women’s teams competing, and Nottingham Scorpions; Laura Turner-Ramadan says that her side will be desperate to qualify again.
“The Champions League was an awesome experience last year,” she said. “The timing of the league means that our players can continue to practise their skills throughout the winter when ordinarily the season would go pretty quiet.
“We have lots of new players who are excited about playing the tournament style game days meaning they will get lots of experience and hopefully lots of goals!”
The competition will run over three rounds, in Cardiff (22nd September), Sussex (20th October) and Nottingham (10th November).
Mick Tierney says that the Sussex Swans are thrilled to be debuting their women’s team after just over 12 months of having women attending training.
“The whole club is excited at the prospect of Champions League qualification,” he said. “The players have been training hard all season, with many taking part in AFL London fixtures, and Niamh Polly, Becca Prevett, Bella Penny and Anita Butterley all playing for the AFL London All-Stars against the GB Swans last month.
“I know the whole club will be behind them. We’ll be heading to Cardiff with a strong and confident side.”
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This weekend both the England Vixens and the England Dragonslayers will take on Wandsworth Demons sides. The fixtures, which will take place on Clapham Common, serve as a warm-up for the 2018 Euro Cup which gets underway in Cork on 13th October. Both England sides are the defending champions.
The Demons are arguably one of the toughest sides outside of Australia; the Men’s Premiership side are nine-time premiers, with all but one of the Women’s Premiership titles have gone the way of the ‘SheDees’ since its inception in 2015. Continue reading ““We’re Confident We Can Get a Result” – Head Coach Skelly as Vixens Prepare to Take on Demons”
Bulldogs Prepare to Face the Netherlands for the First Time Since September 2016
Injuries Force Five Changes to Matchday Squad
20th August 2018 – Head Coach Dean Thomas has told his debutants to show established players exactly what they can offer the team as the Principal Great Britain Bulldogs begin their journey to the AFL Europe Championship next year, and the AFL International Cup in 2020.
Thomas has named 14 debutants in the squad to face the Netherlands on Saturday at Motspur Park and says that he hopes the Bulldogs will be able to close out 2018 on a positive note. Continue reading “‘Show Us What You’ve Got’ – GB Head Coach Thomas to Bulldogs Debutants”
First Meeting Between the Sides Since May 2017
Squad Shows “Huge Potential” – Head Coach Ian Mitchell
19th August 2018 – The Principal Great Britain Swans take on the AFL London All-Stars this Saturday at Motspur Park, in the first meeting between the sides since May 2017.
Goals from Caroline Sellar, Danni Saulter, Laura Park and Lucy Kilheeney saw the Swans run 4.7 (31) to 0.1 (1) winners. But after a “year of development,“ according to GB captain Laura Turner-Ramadan, who captained the side in that 30-point win, this time around she is expecting a more demanding game. Continue reading “Great Britain Swans Ready for AFL London All-Stars Test”