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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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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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2018 Season Gets Underway This Weekend

AFL England Ready for Start of 2018 Season

London and Central & Northern England Leagues Kick Off This Weekend

April 26, 2018 – AFL England are looking forward to the start of the 2018 season ahead of the opening weekend of fixtures. Both the AFL London and Central & Northern England leagues have their first round of fixtures this weekend, ahead of an exciting ten rounds of competition.

Here are the defending premiers in each division, and their 2017 Grand Final results:

AFL London

  • Men’s Premiership – Wandsworth Demons 4.14.38 def. North London Lions 5.5.35

  • Men’s Conference – Shepherds Bush Raiders 7.8.50 def. Clapham Demons 4.5.29

  • Men’s Social – Wandsworth Demons 6.5.41 def. North London Lions 1.3.9

  • Women’s Premiership – Wandsworth Demons 6.2.38 def. South East London Giants 0.1.1

  • Women’s Conference – West London Wildcats 4.8.32 def. Wandsworth Demons 0.1.1

Central & Northern England

  • Men’s Premiership – Manchester Mosquitoes 16.13.109 def. Nottingham Scorpions 9.12.66

Southern England

  • Men’s Premiership – Southampton Titans def. Sussex Swans

In the opening weekend of fixtures, the defending Men’s Premiership winners the Wandsworth Demons take on the West London Wildcats, with the Wildcats fresh from their fourth consecutive Champions League title earlier this month.

Other notable Round One fixtures include a rematch of the 2017 Men’s Conference Grand Final, where the Raiders face the Demons, and a rematch of the inaugural Women’s Conference Grand Final where the Wildcats face the Demons.

Moving slightly north and the defending Premiers the Manchester Mosquitoes have a bye in Round One, meaning that the other four teams will battle it out. Last year’s losing Grand Finalists the Nottingham Scorpions face up to the Huddersfield Rams.

The Southern England league kicks off on the 19th May. This year the Southern England league and the Welsh league will be linking up with an inter-connected league structure. This will involve the leagues running separately for league games, and combining for tournaments. Points from both the league games and tournaments will decide the placings in each league, with these deciding who will play against each other in the SEWARFL Grand Final.

Grand Final Dates

AFL London (Women’s Conference) & Central & Northern England – 4th August

AFL London (all other divisions) – 11th August

SEWARFL – 11th August

For more information and for full fixtures, head to aflengland.org or email info@aflengland.org