Tag: Australian rules football

GB Swans Enjoy Training Session at University of Wolverhampton

On the 17th November, the Great Britain Swans spent the day training at the University of Wolverhampton. The side worked on match tactics and drills and also enjoyed a classroom session reviewing the team’s three-year plan (2017-2020) and looking ahead to the 2019 European Championships and beyond.

They also performed some baselines fitness assessments in order to measure key footballing stats including speed, stamina and vertical leap.

“It was a fantastic day,” says GB Swans Head Coach Ian Mitchell. “There were some new girls from the University of Birmingham as well as from South Wales who are featuring in the inaugural National University League (NUL) which was great to see, as well as plenty of familiar faces.

“That said, there were only four girls present who played at the 2017 AFL International Cup in Melbourne, perhaps highlighting a changing of the guard in British women’s football.”

Meanwhile, GB captain Laura Turner-Ramadan praised the quality of the facilities at the University of Wolverhampton.

“The facilities were really high quality and the stats that we measured replicate those used in the AFLW. The squad have set some good markers as a baseline.”

The squad will return to the University of Wolverhampton in the New Year for another training session on the 19th January.

“It’s going to be a tough couple of months of fitness training over the Christmas period!” said Turner-Ramadan.

Check out some photos from the day in the gallery below:

National University League Announces Tom Wills Medal

7th November 2018 – To mark the inaugural season of the National University League, which features teams from Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham University, as well as a combined team from the Universities of South Wales, AFL England is proud to unveil the Tom Wills Medal.

In Australian rules football, the best and fairest is the player adjudged to have had the best performance over a season for a given sporting club or competition.

The medal will be awarded to the player deemed “best and fairest” in the Men’s Division of the National University League during the home-and-away season.

There will also be a best and fairest medal for the Women’s Division.

Tom Wills

Tom Wills was born on the 19th August 1835 in New South Wales. At the age of 14, he went to England to attend Rugby School, where he excelled in sports, most notably in rugby and cricket.

In an 1851 letter to his father, Wills said: “I know that if I [study] too hard I will become quite ill. We hardly get any play during school time.” The letter was the size of a broadsheet newspaper, the majority of which was devoted to the school’s cricket scores.

Despite not matriculating at Cambridge – against his father’s wishes – he did play for the university’s cricket team, most notably in the 1856 Varsity match against Oxford. He later became a notable amateur cricketer in England.

Wills returned to Australia after his schooling, and on the 10th July 1858, in a letter to a magazine, he advocated for the winter game of football as a way of keeping cricketers fit during the off-season.

Less than a month later, on the 7th August 1858, the first football fixture was played between Melbourne Grammar School and Scotch College. Both the match and Wills himself are immortalised in a statue outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The inscription reads that Wills “did more than any other person – as a footballer and umpire, co-writer of the rules and promoter of the game – to develop Australian Football during its first decade.”

 

Vixens Fall Just Short in Euro Cup Grand Final

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”

Hocking Hopes Rookie Camp “Opens the Eyes of AFLW Teams” to International Talent

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”

Welsh Soccer and Netball International Jones Hopes for Aussie Rules Success

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.

Continue reading “Welsh Soccer and Netball International Jones Hopes for Aussie Rules Success”

British Players Named in AFL Women’s International Rookie Camp

18 Women Announced in CrossCoders AFLW International Rookie Camp

GB Swan Hocking and Former Welsh International Soccer Player Jones Included

17th September 2018 – After an extensive worldwide search, two British sportswomen have been selected for the first ever AFL Women’s International rookie camp in Melbourne, Australia. The camp takes place from September 22-30.

Great Britain Swan Frankie Hocking and former Welsh international soccer and netballer Nia Jones will join 16 other highly talented sportswomen from Ireland, the United States, France, Canada and Fiji as they seek a professional Australian Rules football contract. Continue reading “British Players Named in AFL Women’s International Rookie Camp”

“We’re Confident We Can Get a Result” – Head Coach Skelly as Vixens Prepare to Take on Demons

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”

‘Show Us What You’ve Got’ – GB Head Coach Thomas to Bulldogs Debutants

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”

AFL England Launches National University League

Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham Named as Inaugural Participants

League Runs November 2018 – March 2019

17th August 2018 – AFL England are committed to growing the game of Australian rules football up and down the country; from grass-roots and junior projects, to major regional London, CNE and Southern leagues.

That is why we’re delighted to announce the launch of the National University League (NUL) featuring teams from Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham University, with a view to expanding to include sides from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan and the University of South Wales.

The first season will start this autumn and run from November through until March. The league will use the same nine-a-side format used in major competitions such as the Euro Cup, AFL Europe Champions League and Fitzpatrick Cup, and will run on a home and away ‘carnival’ format, so as to give teams the chance to socialise and enjoy the game together. Continue reading “AFL England Launches National University League”

AFL England Partners With CrossCoders and Western Bulldogs to Find International Footy Talent

AFL England Unveiled as CrossCoders Partners

Program Aims to Find New Western Bulldogs AFLW Rookie

July 17, 2018 – AFL England have been unveiled as strategic partners of CrossCoders, a global program that will allow top female athletes a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a professional in Australia’s premier football league.

The program comes with the backing of the Western Bulldogs AFLW and the club’s hierarchy – from CEO Ameet Bains to Head Coach of the AFLW side Paul Groves. Continue reading “AFL England Partners With CrossCoders and Western Bulldogs to Find International Footy Talent”