Great Britain Swans Ready for AFL London All-Stars Test

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.

“The London All Stars team is a tough team,” she said. “They’ve been chosen as some of the best players in the AFL London league.”

The Swans finished third on their first-ever appearance the International Cup last year, and Turner-Ramadan believes that by facing tough teams such as the All Stars, her side can go one step further and match the high standard of football played by the likes of the USA, Canada and Ireland.

Great Britain Captain Laura Turner-Ramadan

“It’s an exciting time for the Swans because we’ve retained a number of experienced players from the 2016 AFL Europe Championship and the 2017 International Cup,” said Turner-Ramadan, “But we’ve also had a new influx of women especially from Wales and the University of Birmingham.

“We’ve recruited a number of first-year players to our training squad, and this game is a great opportunity for them. It’s all about gaining more 18-a-side game time, getting to know the style of play we want going forward, and having that important guidance from the GB coaching team.”

Meanwhile, Head Coach Ian Mitchell is hoping that a full season for his players will have a positive impact on the Swans’ first competitive outing since the AFL London Pre-Season Cup in April.

“I’m hoping to see some of the things we’ve been talking about all season come to fruition,” said Mitchell. “I’m sure it will be a stern test against some experienced players in the All-Stars team, but we have a good mix of girls.”

Great Britain Swans Head Coach Ian Mitchell pictured twelve months ago at the 2017 AFL International Cup

“Some played in the 2017 International Cup, some are returning from injury, and on top of this, we have a lot who have shown huge potential in the squad sessions. Although they’re relatively new to the game, we’re looking forward to the future and I know that a lot of them will be aiming to secure spots in our AFL Europe Championships squad next year, and beyond.”

If you want to see the Great Britain Swans in action, then the match is at 12:00 on the 25th August at the Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields.

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