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The AFL Europe Championship 2019 Returns to London!

Europe’s Flagship AFL Competition Returns to England

Great Britain Bulldogs and Swans Looking to Retain Both Titles

June 7, 2018 – AFL Europe have announced that for the second time in a row, the AFL Europe Championship, Europe’s premier Australian rules football event, is to take place in London in October 2019. The event will be hosted by the Wimbledon Hawks Football Club, in conjunction with AFL Europe.

Wednesday 9th October 2019 – Carnival Round
Thursday 10th October 2019 – Semi Final Round
Saturday 12th October 2019 – Finals Round

AFL England president Jason Hill says that he was delighted that London was once again named as host of the Europe Championships in 2019.

“The Europe Championship in 2016 was a great success for our Great Britain Men’s and Women’s sides,” said Hill. “We are looking forward to welcoming our European counterparts to England in preparation for IC2020 down under.

“On the back of a very successful international period for England and Britain we look forward to building on that success by delivering a great tournament for Europe!”

Meanwhile, GB Bulldogs Head Coach Dean Thomas says the event will be a “fantastic advertisement” for the sport in Europe.

“As hosts, we are looking to putting on the most inclusive, entertaining and competitive AFL Europe Championship to date. If every eligible nation makes this competition their primary goal for 2019, it will be a fantastic advertisement for the sport in Europe and a keenly contested event.

“For us, it is a rare opportunity to play for their country in a high-level competition in front of family and friends. We expect to have a big number of players pushing for selection and making selection for this event their goal over the next 12 months.”

GB Swans Head Coach Ian Mitchell echoed Thomas’ sentiments.

“We are delighted to be in a position that we can host Europe’s premier AFL tournament again, and look forward to welcoming the European female footballing community to London again next year.

“The growth of women’s football in recent years has been fantastic to see and as such, we hope to see next year’s Europe Championships showcasing the best talent we have to offer as a continent.”

Past Great Britain AFL Europe Championship Performances

2016 – London, United Kingdom
Men’s Grand Final: Great Britain Bulldogs 7.9.51 def. Irish Warriors 4.5.29
Women’s Grand Final: Great Britain Swans 1.2.8 def. Irish Banshees 0.2.2

2013 – Dublin, Ireland
Men’s Grand Final: Great Britain Bulldogs 6.8.44 def. by Irish Warriors 7.3.45

2010 – Copenhagen, Denmark & Scania, Sweden
Men’s Third Place Play-off: Great Britain Bulldogs 3.11.29 def. by Sweden Elks 5.9.39

About the AFL Europe Championship
The AFL Europe Championship is an Australian rules football competition played between 18-a-side European national teams. It is organised by AFL Europe and held every three years. The inaugural competition was played in Sweden and Denmark in August 2010. Great Britain are the defending champions in both the men’s and women’s competition.

About AFL England
As the governing body for Australian rules football in England, AFL England aims to grow, develop and promote the sport of across the country.

Our Mission:

  • To lead the awareness, growth, development and promotion of the sport in England
  • To create a pathway between the English and Australian game
  • To work in partnership with AFL Europe in reaching mutual goals, maintaining similar values, while working to grow the game on a domestic level

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AFL England Unveils Official Supporter of Women’s Footy in England

Ida Sports Named Official Supporter of Women’s Footy in England

Growth of the women’s game in England “pioneering” says co-founder

June 6, 2018 – Today AFL England unveiled Ida Sports as the Official Supporter of Women’s Footy in England. Founded in June 2017 by Laura Youngson, this announcement comes just days after they launched an Indiegogo campaign aims to create the world’s best football boot for women.

Ida Sports believe that everyone deserves the best sports gear so they can be the best athlete they can be.

“The growth of women’s AFL in England is fantastic to see,” said Ida Sports co-founder Ben Sandhu. “It’s pioneering, and the sheer passion with which the girls play the game is what sport is all about. We hope at Ida sports we can provide the best footwear for women’s footy, so they can focus on their game, not their feet.”

AFL England president Jason Hill welcomed the partnership, saying that he looked forward to seeing what the future holds.

“We’ve seen some really encouraging signs from the women’s game in England recently. Our England and GB sides continue to go from strength to strength, and the enthusiasm from our club sides to establish new women’s teams is really encouraging.

“Going forward I want to see the women’s game continue to expand, both at a national and international level, and I’m excited to see what this partnership brings.”

For more information about Ida Sports, head to their Instagram page www.instagram.com/idasports or click the link to check out their Indiegogo campaign www.indiegogo.com/projects/ida-the-ultimate-female-football-boot-shoes-sports/

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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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