Champions League 2018 Tournament Review
The best of the best from throughout the continent made their way to Amsterdam over the weekend to contest the highly acclaimed 4th annual AFL Europe Champions League trophy.
With 24 teams from 14 nations competing in the tournament, this year’s edition of the Champions League featured more talent and more players than any other previous competitions.
Held at the Sportpark de Eendracht with 54 matches across the day to decide the champions across both men’s and women’s divisions, the tournament continued to press it’s claims as one of Australian Footballs premier international spectacles.
Coming into the tournament, the women’s competition seemed from the outside to be very competitive and very open. With three teams making their debut at the Champions League, including a German side competing for the first time as a squad in the Hamburg Dockers, it was a case of expecting the unexpected when it came to the girls side of things.
Group A featured a pool of just three teams including Port Malmo Lynx, Odense Lionesses and the Hamburg Dockers. From the outset, the quality of this pool was on show with Odense picking up their first victory in a tight affair against the Hamburg Dockers. Unfortunately for the German side, they would lose both their pool games to very strong opposition. Port Malmo Lynx showed their superiority and class putting six goals through the Dockers in their first match, before losing a tight affair to Odense by just two points in the final game of the group. As these teams were a part of a pool of three, both the Lynx and the Lionesses made it through to the semi-finals.
Pool B featured the reigning AFL London league champions the Wandsworth Demons, along with young guns the Nottingham Scorpions, Bordeaux Bombers and West Clare Waves. Despite the Demons strong form throughout the tournament, it would be the West Clare Waves that would finish on top of Pool B. Going through the group stages undefeated, the Waves made their intentions clear from the outset with a six goal to nothing victory over the Bordeaux Bombers. The Wandsworth Demons also kicked six goals against the Bombers after putting on a convincing performance against the Scorpions. This set up a showdown to decide who would top Pool B, with the Demons coming up short against a fast, slick and hungry Waves lineup. In the remaining fixture, the Scorpions were able to pick up their first win at a Champions League competition against Bordeaux.
Coming into the semi finals, both women’s matches looked on paper to be quite close affairs. This however would not be the case, with the Wandsworth Demons and West Clare Waves flexing their muscles come finals time. On Pitch 1, the Waves started strongly and didn’t look back with a comfortable 37 point victory over the Lynx. Likewise on Pitch 2, the Demons posted their highest score for the tournament against the Lionesses, on their way to a 39 point win. It was all set for a rematch between the Waves and the Demons in the final.
The final started like you would expect most finals to start. Very close and heavily contested, until the Waves took their game to another level. Punishing the Demons errors, the Waves were able to make the most of their opportunities and eventually ran out 29 point winners. A first win for the West Clare Waves at a Champions League competition, made even sweeter by defeating one of the powerhouses of football in Europe.
Will Taylor – AFL Europe
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|Bordeaux Bombers (F)|
|Hamburg Dockers (F)|
|Port Malmö Lynx (F)|
|Odense Lionesses (F)|
|Wandsworth Demons (F)|
|Nottingham Scorpions (F)|
|West Clare Waves (F)|
Bordeaux Bombers (F)
Hamburg Dockers (F)
Port Malmö Lynx (F)
Odense Lionesses (F)
Wandsworth Demons (F)
Nottingham Scorpions (F)
West Clare Waves (F)