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Weekend of Triumphs for English Australian Football Clubs

It was an outstanding weekend for several English Australian football clubs, as they made winning starts to 2019 in tournaments across Great Britain.

This was one of the first competitive opportunities for clubs to see how they are shaping up ahead of the 2019 season, and they grasped it with both hands as English clubs swept the boards in both men’s and women’s competitions.

In Edinburgh, English clubs travelled for the Haggis Cup, which has been taking place annually since 2004. In the women’s tournament, the Wandsworth Demons became the third different English women’s club in to win the title after the Nottingham Scorpions in 2017 and the University of Birmingham in 2019.

The ‘SheDees’ are looking like the team to beat in English women’s footy adding more silverware to their AFL London Women’s Premiership title, going undefeated during the regular season and then defeating the North London Lions 5.3 (33) to 1.5 (11) in the Grand Final.

Meanwhile, in the men’s tournament, the Manchester Mosquitoes won their first Haggis Cup, becoming the fourth different English winner in five years. The four times reigning champions of the Central & Northern England league showed their class to defeat the Glasgow Sharks 42-4 in the final

They join the Huddersfield Rams, who became the first ever English winner in 2015, the Wandsworth Demons (2016 & 2017) and the Nottingham Scorpions (2018) in being crowned Haggis Cup champions.

Further south in Bristol, the Sussex Swans secured emotional victories in both the men’s and women’s tournament hosted by the Bristol Dockers.

Following the death of former president Sam Dixon last week, who played for the Swans for over 25 seasons, the two sides emerged victorious.

There are still plenty more tournaments coming up before the start of the regular season, including the Gallia Cup in Paris (March 9th), the Leprechaun Cup in Belfast (23-24th March), and the AFL London Pre-Season Cup (April 13th).

Clubs Set for Women’s Champions League Qualifiers

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.”

Women's Champions League Qualifier


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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. Continue reading “Good Week/Bad Week – 4th June 2018”