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Champions League 2019 Tournament Review

Champions League 2019 Tournament Review

The very best of AFL throughout Europe comes together once a year for the Champions League. This was the 5th annual outing of the event, held once again in Amsterdam, to contest for the AFL Europe Champions League Trophy.

15 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams battled it out to be crowned the best European club of this nine-a-side competition for 2019. With 29 different nationalities being represented across the globe the growth of this competition continues to exceed expectations, as word of mouth and love for the game continue to spread.

23 of Europe’s best teams competed at Amsterdam’s Sportpark de Eendracht and throughout the day added to be a total of 56 matches across the five pitches, making it a huge day of Aussie Rules. Working through their pool matches before progressing to finals and then some to the Grand Finals, teams had to work hard, aiming to be the men’s or women’s champions for 2019. This again is seen as such a stellar event and as one of the premier competitions for international Australian football.

Women’s Competition

Group stages

With two new women’s teams of the Zagreb Panthers and the Amsterdam Devils making their debut in the competition, it leaves the women’s side of the event to have some unknown and excitement to brew, while eager to see the improvements and changes of the more experienced sides.  Plenty of onlookers and teams were eager to see the future of the new teams and how the more experienced campaigners would react with plenty of great match-ups on the schedule.

Group A consisted of the Port Malmo Lynx, Nottingham Scorpions, Amsterdam Devils and the 2018 champions, seemingly the team to look out for in the women’s competition,  the West Clare Waves. The Scorpions and Waves left no time in asserting dominance into the competition with some convincing wins to start off the event.  The host side of Amsterdam gave it their all all day bringing a great amount of passion to the event but were outdone by a lot of class and experience from it’s pool competitors. All other three teams recorded some large wins throughout the day, where the Scorpions finished second in the group behind a convincing West Clare Waves who only allowed one point against them throughout their three pool matches.

Group B was considered one of the closest groups of the competition, including many tight games spread between the Wandsworth Demons, Hamburg Dockers, Paris Cockerelles and the Zagreb Panthers. With all three of Paris’ matches being decided by under eight points, for them to only come out with one win seems to not justify the competitive run they had. The Panthers in their inaugural turn in this event, showed a lot of heart with an extremely close game against Paris and proved that they can hit the scoreboard on offence. They unfortunately finished with zero wins, but showed plenty of positive signs for the future. Hamburg and Wandsworth seemed very forceful on the offensive end, having some big wins through the pool stages.  Wandsworth showed the competition they are not to be messed with, with an important win over Hamburg, later leading the group stage in pool B.

Finals

The finals promised for some close encounters, with the top four teams focused on making the big dance. The Hamburg Dockers who had such an amazing tournament were out shone by the speed and class shown by the West Clare Waves who won convincingly by 46, heading to a second consecutive Grand Final appearance. Semi Final 2 was a much closer encounter where the game between Nottingham and Wandsworth was a grind for the win. The grit and skill of Wandsworth ran it out towards the end defeating the Scorpions by 13 points, progressing to the Grand Final.

Like many Grand Finals of the Australian game it started with both Wandsworth and West Clare having a tough body on body battle with plenty of contested footy. This didn’t last long as West Clare kicked into gear and showed the amount of raw fitness they had, even after injuries and the amount of games they had played already. The Demon’s crowd really got behind the skill and everything their women’s team were doing which was great to see, however the class that the Waves showed the entire day, again was brought out in this match. Never letting down they put on an extremely dominating performance with sheer pace and skill winning by 39 points and taking out their second consecutive AFL Europe Champions League win.

West Clare Waves (39) defeated Wandsworth Demons (0)

Men’s Competition

Group Stages

Only one new side of the Prague Dragon’s made their debut in the men’s competition adding an aspect of the unexpected to the event as the rest of these men’s teams, pull out very experienced teams in this nine a side competition and look to flourish on their efforts from previous years.

With an uneven amount of teams, Group A became one of the most formidable, with the Wandsworth Demons, Manchester Mosquitoes and Bristol Dockers, all big clubs in their respective areas of England. The Demons showed their forward pressure and dominance in their first game against Bristol posting a whopping 94 points in the 26 minute match. Despite the power of their group, Bristol held their heads high, and finished the group stage third of the three teams. With both Wandsworth and Manchester posting enormous wins already in the group stage, this pairing of the two teams on Pitch One had a big audience in the crowd and great anticipation. The crowd were not disappointed with a fiery display between the two sides, showing how far they would go to win this competition. Leaving nothing out there on the field both teams gave it their all, however the Demons turned the jets on in the second half and with great disposal efficiency, were able to win this one by 27 points and lead to the top of Group A.

Group B had an abundance of exciting match-ups with the new and experienced coming together in this one. Four time Champions League winners and the current trophy holders, the West London Wildcats seemed to be the team to beat in this group with the Copenhagen Giants, Zagreb Dockers and Prague Dragons hungry to take that crown. With countless close games in this group, many decided by under 10 points, Zagreb came so close to beating the four time champions in the first game losing to the Wildcats by four points. Seeing these as part of the powerhouses of this pool, the Prague Dragons showed just how close this group B really was, creating a draw between the Dockers and Dragons. Showing exciting signs for a new team to the event and the grit and determination of both teams to hang on. The Copenhagen Giants showed their ability to get scores on the board, showing their determination, narrowly winning two matches. However they came across a fired up Wildcats team, where West London finished the group stage unbeaten and lead this Pool B at the very top, seemingly having a rocky start to their campaign unlike other years, but still within a close reach of the trophy yet again.

Group C made for some thrilling affairs between the sides. This pool included the Belfast Redbacks, Winterthur Lions, Hamburg Dockers and the Edinburgh Bloods. The Bloods and Lions in the group were outshone at times by the Redbacks and Dockers, however showed many passages of play that could excite the crowds. Winterthur had a tough competition and with their best game being against the Bloods in a competitive affair. They still finished with their heads held high, finishing with no wins for the day. The Bloods in this game found a bit of confidence and really gelled against the Lions making this their only win but with a real positive outlook on the rest of the event. These group stage games proved how dominant the Redbacks and Dockers can be on such smaller AFL pitches, who both had some big percentage boosting games with pace and accuracy towards goal. Coming up against each other promised for a close encounter, but Belfast won this highly skilled battle by 16 points as they narrowly edged their way to the top of Group C to finish the group stages.

Group D provided the competition with some of the most exhilarating teams on display, involving the host team of the Amsterdam Devils, drawing in plenty of big crowds and support to build the atmosphere. The group consisted of the Amsterdam Devils, Paris Cockerels, Oslo Crows and the Norrtalje Dockers. Paris showed real fight to get over the line with two wins, especially winning a one point thriller against the Norrtalje Dockers. The Cockerels fought till the end just hanging on against the Dockers, helping Paris to finishing second in the group stage. Norrtalje, being very unlucky not to get over the line in this match-up were able to have a solid win against Oslo helping them to get at least the one win on the board. Oslo had a tough day with some big losses involved, however showed real unity and passion as a team throughout the day, even without recording a win. The home side of the Amsterdam Devils showed some real class on many of their home grounds. With multiple wins being over 40 points and the memory of being a part of many Grand Final losses in past years, they wanted to assert themselves as a real chance to take out this years event finishing with three convincing wins and topping their group after the first stages.

Finals

The Division 1 semi finals were too hard for anyone at the event to pick and the chance of a new Champions League men’s winner was a real possibility. The match-up of West London and Belfast was seen as intriguing by talk around the onlookers, as people were eager to see if the Wildcats would reign again or for the Redbacks to change the guard. Such an even battle across the entire ground, created for a tough match and goals having to come from pure burst of power. The Redbacks knowing they were up against one of Europe’s best ever AFL teams, had to bring their A-game and certainly did, using their sheer skill around the ground and being able to hang on by 4 points to head to the much wanted Grand Final, knocking out the four time champs.

Two of Europe’s powerhouse clubs of Amsterdam and Wandsworth were apart of semi final one. Neck and neck this entire match and such a big crowd with many Demons fans cheering on and such a big turnout for the hometown team, the suspense built for a tight finish. Down five with a minute or so left it looked all over for the home side. However with a turnover and surge forward for the Devils they were able to get a mark down forward. Lining up as the siren went a nervous chatter surrounded the ground – this kick could send them into the Grand Final. From a decent way out from goal, the ball was roosted and sent through the big sticks, where a wave of Amsterdam fans rush the field as they have won the match with a goal after the siren and headed to the big dance. Arguably the best match of the tournament and best finish to a game in the events history.

The Grand Final now open to a new winner for the first time in this competitions existence created a real buzz in the air and also unknown as these matched seemed like it was going to make for a perfect battle. Both teams with a high marking forward line and eagerness when heading forward made for an exciting display of footy. A close encounter throughout, Amsterdam seemed to will their way to the finish line to get the victory by 10 points. A fitting way to finish the last year the event will be in Amsterdam and great for the home team and crowd.

Amsterdam Devils (30) defeated Belfast Redbacks (20)

 

With the amazing support and effort from so many people we were able to make a memorable day for all involved. A massive thank you and mention to the umpiring squad for 2019 – 14 umpires were able to cover 56 matches which is a fantastic effort and thanks to them for their outstanding contribution to this Australian game in Europe.

 

 

2019 Golden Whistle winner James Olle receives trophy from 2018’s Winner Katrina Stopinski

 

For the fifth consecutive year our thanks must be said to AFL Netherlands for their amazing management of this event in conjunction with the team at Spark United and Sportpark de Eendracht for hosting us.

Also thank you to Drovers Dog for providing the food and beverage for the day, helping everyone quench their thirst and hunger with a great setup throughout the entire day.

We applaud all the volunteers and pitch managers for keeping the day running on time and for their support of the game in Europe.

We would also like to acknowledge the Australian Ambassador, Matthew Newhaus and Tony Pubjie the First Consul of the Australian Embassy to the Netherlands for coming along and supporting this fantastic event by presenting the Team of the Tournament jumpers and the Champions trophies.

To the entirety of the teams, players and coaches, congratulations on an amazing tournament played in great spirit both on and off the field.

You all represented your leagues and nations with pride.

Good luck and well wishes for a great 2019 season ahead!

 

 

 

Many thanks to Kevin Scott for the fantastic photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/21131161@N07/albums/with/72157679765467588

Posted by AFL Europe on Friday, July 19, 2019

Thanks to Danny Radis for the fantastic photos.https://www.facebook.com/dannyradisphotography/

Posted by AFL Europe on Friday, February 1, 2019

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Champions League 2019 – Women’s

Champions League 2019 Tournament Review

The very best of AFL throughout Europe comes together once a year for the Champions League. This was the 5th annual outing of the event, held once again in Amsterdam, to contest for the AFL Europe Champions League Trophy.

15 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams battled it out to be crowned the best European club of this nine-a-side competition for 2019. With 29 different nationalities being represented across the globe the growth of this competition continues to exceed expectations, as word of mouth and love for the game continue to spread.

23 of Europe’s best teams competed at Amsterdam’s Sportpark de Eendracht and throughout the day added to be a total of 56 matches across the five pitches, making it a huge day of Aussie Rules. Working through their pool matches before progressing to finals and then some to the Grand Finals, teams had to work hard, aiming to be the men’s or women’s champions for 2019. This again is seen as such a stellar event and as one of the premier competitions for international Australian football.

Women’s Competition

Group stages

With two new women’s teams of the Zagreb Panthers and the Amsterdam Devils making their debut in the competition, it leaves the women’s side of the event to have some unknown and excitement to brew, while eager to see the improvements and changes of the more experienced sides.  Plenty of onlookers and teams were eager to see the future of the new teams and how the more experienced campaigners would react with plenty of great match-ups on the schedule.

Group A consisted of the Port Malmo Lynx, Nottingham Scorpions, Amsterdam Devils and the 2018 champions, seemingly the team to look out for in the women’s competition,  the West Clare Waves. The Scorpions and Waves left no time in asserting dominance into the competition with some convincing wins to start off the event.  The host side of Amsterdam gave it their all all day bringing a great amount of passion to the event but were outdone by a lot of class and experience from it’s pool competitors. All other three teams recorded some large wins throughout the day, where the Scorpions finished second in the group behind a convincing West Clare Waves who only allowed one point against them throughout their three pool matches.

Group B was considered one of the closest groups of the competition, including many tight games spread between the Wandsworth Demons, Hamburg Dockers, Paris Cockerelles and the Zagreb Panthers. With all three of Paris’ matches being decided by under eight points, for them to only come out with one win seems to not justify the competitive run they had. The Panthers in their inaugural turn in this event, showed a lot of heart with an extremely close game against Paris and proved that they can hit the scoreboard on offence. They unfortunately finished with zero wins, but showed plenty of positive signs for the future. Hamburg and Wandsworth seemed very forceful on the offensive end, having some big wins through the pool stages.  Wandsworth showed the competition they are not to be messed with, with an important win over Hamburg, later leading the group stage in pool B.

Finals

The finals promised for some close encounters, with the top four teams focused on making the big dance. The Hamburg Dockers who had such an amazing tournament were out shone by the speed and class shown by the West Clare Waves who won convincingly by 46, heading to a second consecutive Grand Final appearance. Semi Final 2 was a much closer encounter where the game between Nottingham and Wandsworth was a grind for the win. The grit and skill of Wandsworth ran it out towards the end defeating the Scorpions by 13 points, progressing to the Grand Final.

Like many Grand Finals of the Australian game it started with both Wandsworth and West Clare having a tough body on body battle with plenty of contested footy. This didn’t last long as West Clare kicked into gear and showed the amount of raw fitness they had, even after injuries and the amount of games they had played already. The Demon’s crowd really got behind the skill and everything their women’s team were doing which was great to see, however the class that the Waves showed the entire day, again was brought out in this match. Never letting down they put on an extremely dominating performance with sheer pace and skill winning by 39 points and taking out their second consecutive AFL Europe Champions League win.

West Clare Waves (39) defeated Wandsworth Demons (0)

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Champions League 2018 – Women’s

Champions League 2018 Tournament Review

Champions League 2018 Tournament Review

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.

Women’s Competition

Group Stages

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.

Finals

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

Posted by AFL Europe on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Posted by AFL Europe on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Champions League 2018

Champions League 2018 Tournament Review

Champions League 2018 Tournament Review

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.

Men’s Competition

Group Stages

The men’s competition at this year’s Champions League featured four groups with great contest and close matches featuring in every group. The West London Wildcats would go into the tournament as favourites, looking for a historic four-peat and Champions League immortality with victory in Amsterdam. They got off to the perfect start, easily accounting for the Bristol Dockers, Zagreb Dockers and ALFA Lions in Group C and conceding just three goals on their way to the semi-finals.

Their London rivals the Wandsworth Demons also got off to a terrific start in Amsterdam. Featuring in the pool of five in Group B including the Sesvete Double Blues, Stockholm Dynamite, Styrian DownUnder Dogs, Winterthur Lions, the Demons went through unbeaten and unscathed to top their respective group. Elsewhere in Group B, the Dynamite, Dogs and Double Blues all pinched wins and valuable experience moving forward in 2018.

The Leeside Lions entered the Sportpark de Eendracht as a serious contender for the Champions League title. Alongside the Copenhagen Barracudas, Oslo Crows and Manchester Mosquitoes in Group D, the Lions made their intentions clear very early with a 58 point win over the Oslo Crows. They then followed this performance up with an 18 point victory against the Barracudas. As their biggest competitor within the group, the Manchester Mosquitoes also won their first two matches. They just beat the Barracudas by a singular goal before finding some form against the Crows in their second match. As predicted, the winner of Manchester and Leeside would make it through to the semi-finals, and it was Leeside who got the job done. In a tight affair, the Lions won by 14 points and booked their place in the last four.

Runners-up from last year’s tournament and the competitions hosts the Amsterdam Devils, entered the 2018 Champions League with a point to prove. In a pool featuring the Greater Glasgow Giants, North West Eagles and Berlin Crocodiles, the Devils would need to overcome some fierce competition to make their way to the finals. It was clear from the early games in this pool that the Crocodiles and the Devils were the two teams vying for the top spot in Group A. The Berlin boys started off strongly with big wins against the Eagles and the Giants. Likewise the Devils easily accounted those opponents to set up a crucial match against the hosts. The Crocodiles vs Devils showdown was a match that had everything. Goals, great marks, fantastic tackles and fierce pressure, created a match that was decided by just one singular kick. In the end, it was Amsterdam who just got over the line against their German opponents by just one goal.

Finals

Two massive semi-finals headlined the close nature of the men’s competition at the Champions League in 2018.

On Pitch 1, cross-town rivals the West London Wildcats and the Wandsworth Demons would battle it out in a London derby not to be missed. The Demons tried their hearts out but the Wildcats were just too good. After a reasonably close first half, the Wildcats broke the game open in the second to win by 27 points and make their way to the Grand Final.

On Pitch 2, the Amsterdam Devils looked to make it back to back finals by taking care of the Leeside Lions. Playing in front of a large and loud crowd, the Devils took their fans on a roller-coaster ride. The Lions were brave and fought back on numerous occasions, but it was the Devils who yet again made their way through to the final by just two points. For the second straight game, the Devils had made their way through to the next stage of the tournament by a very bare margin.

For the second time in a row, it would be Amsterdam and West London in the men’s grand final. Although Amsterdam had only just scrapped wins in their previous two games, the Devils started the final in very promising fashion. In a very hotly contested first half, the sides went into the main break at eight points a piece in a low scoring affair. The start of the second half was always going to be vital for Amsterdam to stay in touch with the reigning champions and they tried their best to keep with the talented Wildcats outfit. But with too many stars and too much class, it was the Wildcats who broke away from the Devils in the second half to claim their fourth consecutive Champions League crown by 20 points. An achievement showcasing their superiority as a football club in Europe.

An event such as this is not possible without the support and fantastic efforts of many people throughout the day. A special mention and a big thank you to the umpiring squad who officiated the matches on the day for their outstanding contribution to the sport in Europe.

The umpire contingent at the Champions League in 2018.

Once again, our thanks must be said to AFL Netherlands for their superb management of this event in combination with the team at Spark United & Sportpark de Eendracht for hosting us and Drovers Dog for providing extra food and beverage options.

To all the volunteers and pitch managers who work so hard throughout the day and the team managers, we applaud you for your service to the sport and thank you once again for ensuring the day could run as smoothly as possible.

We would also like to acknowledge and the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands Brett Mason and Tony Pubjie the First Consul of the Australian Embassy to the Netherlands for coming along and supporting this fantastic event by presenting the Champions trophies and the Team of the Tournament jumpers.

To the players and coaches, congratulations on an outstanding tournament played in great spirit both on and off the field.

You all represented your leagues proudly.

Good luck with your 2018 seasons!

Will Taylor – AFL Europe

The 2018 edition of Champions League in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Massive thankyou to Danny Radis Photography for the incredible shots!

Posted by AFL Europe on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

Posted by AFL Europe on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Posted by AFL Europe on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Champions League 2017 – Women’s

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Champions League 2017 Review

Champion teams from throughout Europe converged on Amsterdam over the weekend to contest the 3rd annual AFL Europe Champions League.

With 24 teams (19 men’s, 5 women’s), 16 umpires, countless volunteers, 5 pitches and 60 matches across the day it was always going to be a massive tournament for all involved.

The Group Stages

The women’s group was a tight contest from start to finish. The Paris Cockerelles started their campaign with a hard-fought win over the Odense Lionesses while the Port Malmo Lynx knocked over pre-tournament favourites, the Wimbledon Hawks. The Mixed Team, led by a host of GB Swans, proved a difficult opponent winning their first three games.

The Cockerelles continued their strong form throughout the group to finish atop of the table before progressing in the semi-finals having only dropped a game to the Mixed Team. They were best served by Coline Duquet and Camille Portal who were dominating games in the midfield.

The Lionesses finished second with two wins, two losses next to their names while the Hawks and Lynx rounded out the table to with one win apiece.

Standings after the Group stages

  1. Paris Cockerelles
  2. Odense Lionesses
  3. Wimbledon Hawks
  4. Port Malmo Lynx

*Mixed Team unable to qualify for finals

The men’s competition was divided into four groups (3 groups of 5, 1 group of 4). Group A proved the closest of the three with the Leeside Lions and Farum Cats the standouts. The North West Eagles, Cardiff Panthers and Oslo Crows each took a game off one another showing just how close the three teams were. Two of the games of the tournament took place in this group with the Leeside Lions and Farum Cats finishing their encounter at 20 apiece while the North West Eagles and Cardiff Panthers fought out a nail-biter on the live stream with the Eagles holding on for an 8-point victory.

Group B consisted of 2 time defending champions, the West London Wildcats, Paris Cockatoos, Glasgow Sharks, Zaprude Giants and Sussex Swans. It was no surprise that the Wildcats were the early favourites but an in-form Cockatoos and Glasgow Sharks showed that they had what it took to give the defending champions a scare. The Giants and Swans struggled against the bigger sides but represented their clubs well and will only be better for the experience.

Last year’s losing finalists the Manchester Mozzies were met strongly by the boys from Munich in Group C. Their match went down to the wire with the Mozzies just edging past them 28-22. The Bordeaux Bombers continued with the form that saw them lift the French Cup in December last year finishing third in the group after knocking off the Port Malmo Maulers and wildcards, the Styrian Downunderdogs.

The final group, Group D, consisted of four teams, hosts, the Amsterdam Devils, the Norrtalje Dockers, the Zagreb Dockers and Russian United. This group played longer halves to ensure they played similar game time to the other three groups. The Devils were on a mission, after two years of just being off the pace, wanting to prove to their home crowd they were the real deal in 2017. The Norrtalje Dockers started strongly against Russian United before failing to trouble the Devils and Zagreb sides. Russian United again struggled but showed improvement on their 2016 campaign and gained valuable experience against some very polished sides.

Standings after the Group stages

Group A

  1. Leeside Lions
  2. Farum Cats
  3. Cardiff Panthers
  4. North West Eagles
  5. Oslo Crows

Group B

  1. West London Wildcats
  2. Paris Cockatoos
  3. Glasgow Sharks
  4. Zaprude Giants
  5. Sussex Swans

Group C

  1. Manchester Mozzies
  2. Munich Kangaroos
  3. Bordeaux Bombers
  4. Port Malmo Maulers
  5. Styrian Downunderdogs

Group D

  1. Amsterdam Devils
  2. Zagreb Dockers
  3. Norrtalje Dockers
  4. Russian United

The Finals

The women’s final pitted the 1st placed Paris Cockerelles against the 4th placed Port Malmo Lynx in the first semi-final. The Cockerelles were expected to go through after defeating the Lynx in the group stages. The Lynx had other plans with an 11-point win catapulting them through to the final.

The second semi-final had an in-form Odense Lionesses against an out-of-sorts Wimbledon, however, the Hawks showed their class and lifted when it counted to convincingly beat the Lionesses by 20-points.

The evenness of the women’s competition showed with the 3rd and 4th placed teams playing off for the Champions League title. It was an incredible game with the Hawks lifting a notch in the big game. They controlled the game and held out to win by 7-points claiming their first Champions League title and becoming the first women’s club champions of Europe.

The men’s finals were always going to be a great spectacle with Group A’s Leeside Lions taking on Group D’s Amsterdam Devils in the first semi-final. The Devils lifted in front of their home crowd and held on to a hard-fought 27-19 victory in a fiery encounter to progress to their first Champions League final in their third attempt.

The second semi-final saw a rematch of last year’s final with Group B’s West London Wildcats taking on Group C’s Manchester Mozzies. The Wildcats flexed their muscles and proved too strong for the Mozzies with the scoreboard reading 65 to 18.

The Wildcats were through to yet another Champions League decider with an underdog Amsterdam Devils hoping to pull off the unthinkable. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead to going into half-time with a 15-point buffer, inaccuracy hurting them and keeping the Devils in the game. A quick goal to start the second half got the Devils within range and when they kicked the 2nd goal of the half with 5 to go they were a real chance.

Two quick goals in response sealed the game for West London with a third goal late putting the icing on the cake to claim their third straight Champions League title with the scoreboard reading 37 to 14.

A special mention to the squad of 16 umpires who officiated throughout the day. Another stellar effort from the third team and congratulations on a great day of umpiring.

A massive thank you goes out to AFL Netherlands for their superb efforts in making this great event happen again in 2017, Spark United & Sportpark de Eendracht for hosting us, Drovers Dog for providing extra food and beverage options, all the volunteers and pitch managers who work so hard throughout the day, the umpiring squad led by John Enright who assembled the biggest group of umpires to any AFL Europe tournament, the team managers, Tony Pubjie the First Consul of the Australian Embassy Netherlands and everyone who attend the 2017 edition of the Champions League. You all represented your leagues proudly. Good luck with your 2017 seasons!

Awards

The Down Under Centre Golden Whistle

Cai Davies

Player’s & Team of the Tournament

Men’s
Michael Stewart – Amsterdam Devils
Benoit Treuillet – Bordeaux Bombers
Dan Aldous – Cardiff Panthers
Mathias Biron – Farum Cats Australsk Fodboldklub
Daniel Connor – Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Dominic Joyce – Leeside Lions AFL
Oli Hobin – Manchester Mosquitoes
Ruben Streicher – Munich Kangaroos
Ryan Tucker – Norrtälje Dockers
Niccollo De Giorgio – North West Eagles
Jarrod Casperz – Oslo Crows
Justin Kristensen – Port Malmö Football Club Maulers
Slava Belov – Russian United
Dan Shinners – Styrian DownUnderDogs
Joe Durling – Sussex Swans Australian Rules Football Club
Jared Risol – West London Wildcats
Ivan Ivos – Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers
Zvonimir Murkovic – Zapruđe Giants

Men’s Player of the Tournament
Jacob Raiwalui – Paris Cockatoos

Women’s
Lisa Wilson – Mixed Team
Sidsel Wraa Hansen – Odense Australsk Fodbold Lionesses
Georgia Verkuylen – Port Malmö Football Club Lynx
Isabelle Currenti – Wimbledon Hawks

Women’s Player of the Tournament
Coline Duquet – Paris Cockerelles

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Champions League 2017

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Champions League 2017 Review

Champion teams from throughout Europe converged on Amsterdam over the weekend to contest the 3rd annual AFL Europe Champions League.

With 24 teams (19 men’s, 5 women’s), 16 umpires, countless volunteers, 5 pitches and 60 matches across the day it was always going to be a massive tournament for all involved.

The Group Stages

The women’s group was a tight contest from start to finish. The Paris Cockerelles started their campaign with a hard-fought win over the Odense Lionesses while the Port Malmo Lynx knocked over pre-tournament favourites, the Wimbledon Hawks. The Mixed Team, led by a host of GB Swans, proved a difficult opponent winning their first three games.

The Cockerelles continued their strong form throughout the group to finish atop of the table before progressing in the semi-finals having only dropped a game to the Mixed Team. They were best served by Coline Duquet and Camille Portal who were dominating games in the midfield.

The Lionesses finished second with two wins, two losses next to their names while the Hawks and Lynx rounded out the table to with one win apiece.

Standings after the Group stages

  1. Paris Cockerelles
  2. Odense Lionesses
  3. Wimbledon Hawks
  4. Port Malmo Lynx

*Mixed Team unable to qualify for finals

The men’s competition was divided into four groups (3 groups of 5, 1 group of 4). Group A proved the closest of the three with the Leeside Lions and Farum Cats the standouts. The North West Eagles, Cardiff Panthers and Oslo Crows each took a game off one another showing just how close the three teams were. Two of the games of the tournament took place in this group with the Leeside Lions and Farum Cats finishing their encounter at 20 apiece while the North West Eagles and Cardiff Panthers fought out a nail-biter on the live stream with the Eagles holding on for an 8-point victory.

Group B consisted of 2 time defending champions, the West London Wildcats, Paris Cockatoos, Glasgow Sharks, Zaprude Giants and Sussex Swans. It was no surprise that the Wildcats were the early favourites but an in-form Cockatoos and Glasgow Sharks showed that they had what it took to give the defending champions a scare. The Giants and Swans struggled against the bigger sides but represented their clubs well and will only be better for the experience.

Last year’s losing finalists the Manchester Mozzies were met strongly by the boys from Munich in Group C. Their match went down to the wire with the Mozzies just edging past them 28-22. The Bordeaux Bombers continued with the form that saw them lift the French Cup in December last year finishing third in the group after knocking off the Port Malmo Maulers and wildcards, the Styrian Downunderdogs.

The final group, Group D, consisted of four teams, hosts, the Amsterdam Devils, the Norrtalje Dockers, the Zagreb Dockers and Russian United. This group played longer halves to ensure they played similar game time to the other three groups. The Devils were on a mission, after two years of just being off the pace, wanting to prove to their home crowd they were the real deal in 2017. The Norrtalje Dockers started strongly against Russian United before failing to trouble the Devils and Zagreb sides. Russian United again struggled but showed improvement on their 2016 campaign and gained valuable experience against some very polished sides.

Standings after the Group stages

Group A

  1. Leeside Lions
  2. Farum Cats
  3. Cardiff Panthers
  4. North West Eagles
  5. Oslo Crows

Group B

  1. West London Wildcats
  2. Paris Cockatoos
  3. Glasgow Sharks
  4. Zaprude Giants
  5. Sussex Swans

Group C

  1. Manchester Mozzies
  2. Munich Kangaroos
  3. Bordeaux Bombers
  4. Port Malmo Maulers
  5. Styrian Downunderdogs

Group D

  1. Amsterdam Devils
  2. Zagreb Dockers
  3. Norrtalje Dockers
  4. Russian United

The Finals

The women’s final pitted the 1st placed Paris Cockerelles against the 4th placed Port Malmo Lynx in the first semi-final. The Cockerelles were expected to go through after defeating the Lynx in the group stages. The Lynx had other plans with an 11-point win catapulting them through to the final.

The second semi-final had an in-form Odense Lionesses against an out-of-sorts Wimbledon, however, the Hawks showed their class and lifted when it counted to convincingly beat the Lionesses by 20-points.

The evenness of the women’s competition showed with the 3rd and 4th placed teams playing off for the Champions League title. It was an incredible game with the Hawks lifting a notch in the big game. They controlled the game and held out to win by 7-points claiming their first Champions League title and becoming the first women’s club champions of Europe.

The men’s finals were always going to be a great spectacle with Group A’s Leeside Lions taking on Group D’s Amsterdam Devils in the first semi-final. The Devils lifted in front of their home crowd and held on to a hard-fought 27-19 victory in a fiery encounter to progress to their first Champions League final in their third attempt.

The second semi-final saw a rematch of last year’s final with Group B’s West London Wildcats taking on Group C’s Manchester Mozzies. The Wildcats flexed their muscles and proved too strong for the Mozzies with the scoreboard reading 65 to 18.

The Wildcats were through to yet another Champions League decider with an underdog Amsterdam Devils hoping to pull off the unthinkable. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead to going into half-time with a 15-point buffer, inaccuracy hurting them and keeping the Devils in the game. A quick goal to start the second half got the Devils within range and when they kicked the 2nd goal of the half with 5 to go they were a real chance.

Two quick goals in response sealed the game for West London with a third goal late putting the icing on the cake to claim their third straight Champions League title with the scoreboard reading 37 to 14.

A special mention to the squad of 16 umpires who officiated throughout the day. Another stellar effort from the third team and congratulations on a great day of umpiring.

A massive thank you goes out to AFL Netherlands for their superb efforts in making this great event happen again in 2017, Spark United & Sportpark de Eendracht for hosting us, Drovers Dog for providing extra food and beverage options, all the volunteers and pitch managers who work so hard throughout the day, the umpiring squad led by John Enright who assembled the biggest group of umpires to any AFL Europe tournament, the team managers, Tony Pubjie the First Consul of the Australian Embassy Netherlands and everyone who attend the 2017 edition of the Champions League. You all represented your leagues proudly. Good luck with your 2017 seasons!

Awards

The Down Under Centre Golden Whistle

Cai Davies

Player’s & Team of the Tournament

Men’s
Michael Stewart – Amsterdam Devils
Benoit Treuillet – Bordeaux Bombers
Dan Aldous – Cardiff Panthers
Mathias Biron – Farum Cats Australsk Fodboldklub
Daniel Connor – Glasgow Sharks Australian Rules Football Club
Dominic Joyce – Leeside Lions AFL
Oli Hobin – Manchester Mosquitoes
Ruben Streicher – Munich Kangaroos
Ryan Tucker – Norrtälje Dockers
Niccollo De Giorgio – North West Eagles
Jarrod Casperz – Oslo Crows
Justin Kristensen – Port Malmö Football Club Maulers
Slava Belov – Russian United
Dan Shinners – Styrian DownUnderDogs
Joe Durling – Sussex Swans Australian Rules Football Club
Jared Risol – West London Wildcats
Ivan Ivos – Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers
Zvonimir Murkovic – Zapruđe Giants

Men’s Player of the Tournament
Jacob Raiwalui – Paris Cockatoos

Women’s
Lisa Wilson – Mixed Team
Sidsel Wraa Hansen – Odense Australsk Fodbold Lionesses
Georgia Verkuylen – Port Malmö Football Club Lynx
Isabelle Currenti – Wimbledon Hawks

Women’s Player of the Tournament
Coline Duquet – Paris Cockerelles

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Champions League 2016 – Women’s

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2016 Champions League

This weekend the 2nd annual AFL Europe Champions League took place in Amsterdam, co-hosted with the Amsterdam Devils.

Sportspark de Eendraact accommodated 5 women’s and 13 men’s teams as they all battled it out to be named the Champion of Europe. With around 38 matches being played over 4 pitches the atmosphere was buzzing from 10am.

WOMENS COMPETITION

The women’s competition started with a round robin, having all teams play each other. Both the Swedish Ravens and GB Swans ended up on three wins a piece each with the Odense Lionesses following on two wins, Les Gauloises on a win and a draw and the Wandsworth Demons ended with one draw. The Grand Final was then made up of the top two teams, the Ravens and Swans. After both teams having strong performances all day the Grand Final was highly anticipated. Unfortunately for the Swedish Ravens the GB Swans were too good and ran it out with a 13 point buffer. The final score was GB Swans 26 def. Swedish Ravens 13.

In 5th place in the Women’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague tournament we had the Women’s AFL London Premiers, the Wandsworth Demons. Winning the inaugural WAFL London Grand Final last year over the Wimbledon Hawks by 4 goals, the Demons were strong contenders but were unfortunately plagued with the typical player loss due to visa expiries! Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Alex Daley.

In 4th place in the Women’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague tournament we had French national team Les Gauloises. Our French women were coming off a 3rd place finish in our 2015 Euro Cup, and continually becoming stronger and more experienced. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Camille Portal.

In 3rd place in the Women’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague tournament we had the winners of the Women’s Nordic AFL League, the Odense Lionesses. With exceptional skill and a substantial amount of players being a part of the runners up, 2015 Euro Cup, Danish National team, the women gave it a strong effort. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Maria Falkesgaard.

In 2nd place in the Women’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague tournament we had the Sweden national team, the Swedish Ravens. Finishing on top of the ladder after the pool rounds the Ravens headed into the Grand Final with the newly formed GB Swans. Putting up a strong fight the Ravens went down 13-26 against GB. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey and Captain (best player of the tournament) went to Ida Rasmark.

In 1st place in the Women’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague tournament we had the newly formed, Great Britain Swans. Made up of women from England and Scotland for this tournament, the ladies ended up second on the ladder in the pool round to secure them a place in the Grand Final against the Swedes. Giving it their all, the Swans ended up taking the gold by 13 points. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Lynsey Torrance.

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Champions League 2016

AFL Europe – Champions League

19th March – Amsterdam

Squad:

P. Boscart (c), C. Bouchet, J. Dagois, M. Cowan, S. Trollope, S. Saare, T. Stanley, F. Daniel, W. Leysen, B. Germond, A. Unsworth, H. Ryan, D. Blechynden, C. Dony, Y. Barbaria, S. Ryan

Cloudy and chilly conditions greeted the Cocks at the 2nd AFL Europe Champions League.  The Cocks had been assigned to the orange pool (1 of 4 pools – 13 teams in total) along with reigning champions the West London Wildcats and the Odense Lions.  2 pool games would finalize the pool standings where 1st place clubs would continue to play for competition Champions whilst the 2nd and 3rd place sides would continue to play for 5th and 9th places respectively.

Un temps frais et nuageux accueillit les Cocks pour cette 2ème édition de l’AFL Europe Champions League, le tournoi regroupant les clubs vainqueurs des championnats nationaux européens. > > Cette année, 13 clubs répondirent à l’appel. Ils furent réparti en 4 poules. Les 1ers de chaque poule se rencontrant pour le titre tandis que les 2èmes et les 3èmes des poules purent rivaliser respectivement pour la 5ème et la 9ème place.

The cocks were able to catch the first half of the Wildcats vs Lions pool game at 11am before proceeding to warm up before the first 12am game vs Wildcats.  What was seen was an extremely competitive Odense side out to match it with clearly the best side in the competition.

Les Cocks se retrouvèrent dans la Poule Orange avec les West London Wildcats (Angleterre) et les Odense Lions (Danemark). >Avant de s’échauffer, les Cocks eurent l’opportunité de regarder la première partie du match entre les Wildcats et les Lions débutant à 11h00. > > Clairement, les Wildcats se positionnèrent comme la meilleure équipe de la compétition et les Lions étaient à la lutte.

12h00 vs West London Wildcats – Field 3

Boscart opened well in the ruck and combining with Bouchet and Trollope the cocks were able to get a major score on the board.  Wildcats were very quick to counter though.  Although the clearance out of the center was an even affair it was the pace of the transition play that had the Cocks reeling.  The wildcats were able to find lose options on the transition and then intelligently dispose unhindered into their attacking half.  Although defense managed to effect the lead out onto an angle the kicking skills of the Londoners meant that they capitalized on these opportunities.  The cockerels were not without their own though. Scallop managed to get on the end of a center clearance only to have his kick touched by a player in front on its way through the big sticks.  An agonising miss for the Cocks coach.  The defensive zone set by the Wildcats didn’t really concern Hugh (Fedex) Ryan, finding the Marking options from the kickouts, but still it was the transition that continued to break apart the Paris pressure game and provide open options in their forward line.  In the end, a class act by Nathan Costleys men who were an impressively well drilled and skilled group.  Meanwhile Paris will take home the fact that they were the lowest losing margin to the Wildcats for the tournament with just a 17 point deficit.

Boscart débuta bien au ruck et en combinant avec Bouchet et Trollope, les cocks réussirent à ouvrir le score au tableau d’affichage. Les WIldcats furent prompts à réagir cependant. > En dépit de récupérations de balle assez équilibrées au milieu, ce fut le rythme des phases de transition qui firent chanceler les cocks. > > Les Wildcats arrivèrent à trouver des joueurs libres lors des transitions pour ensuite distribuer le ballon sans gène vers l’attaque. > > La défense des cockerels arriva à orienter les appels londoniens vers les coins du terrains. Cependant, la réussite au tir des wildcats leur permit de capitaliser sur chaque action. > > Néanmoins, les cockerels ne furent pas moins efficaces dans leurs gestes. > > Scallop réussit à récupérer un ballon contesté au milieu et à tirer directement au but. Malheureusement, à son grand dam, son tir fut touché par l’un des défenseurs. > > Les Wildcats avaient mis en place en défense en zone mais cela ne concerna pas Hugh « Fedex » Ryan qui depuis l’en but trouva des options pour les arrêts de volée. > > A la fin ce fut les transitions londoniennes qui eurent raison de la pression parisienne en trouvant des joueurs délaissés en attaque. > > Ce match fut une partition bien orchestrée par les joueur de Nathan Costleys. Un groupe impressionnant, bien entraîné et compétent. > > Les Cockerels retiendront qu’ils réussirent à arracher la plus courte défaite face aux Wildcats parmi toutes les autres équipes du tournoi, avec seulement 17 points d’écarts.

West London Wildcats 39 vs Paris Cockerels 22

12h30 vs Odense Lions – Field 1

A date directly after the Wildcats game was to characterize the draw for the Cockerels all day with two runs of consecutive games played throughout the tournament.  The synthetic pitch was always going to promote lightening quick games and bring out the highest skill level.

Malheureux lors du tirage au sort, les cockerels durent enchaîner avec le match contre les Odenses Lions. > > Le match se joua sur un terrain synthétique, synonyme de jeu rapide et donc très exigeant techniquement.

The game seesawed early with the midfield once again putting in mountains of work. The clearances of Dagois in the middle were becoming a clear trait of the team.  Meanwhile Trolley was picking up Mikkel Kjoge from the Odense Lions, a key player for them and VFL recruit.  Combining with Magic Mike they were instrumental in keeping the damage done by this threat down to a minimum.

Le match commença en dents de scie avec encore une fois un énorme travail au milieu. Les dégagements de Dagois devinrent caractéristiques du jeu des cockerels. Pendant ce temps là Trolley était omniprésent avec son vis-à-vis Mikkel Kjoge, joueur clé des Lions et recrue dans la Victorian Footbal League (VFL) qui est la 2ème meilleure compétition en Australie après l’AFL. Avec l’aide de Magic Mike ils furent décisifs pour limiter au minimum la menace posée par ce joueur clé.

The back line was also getting a good work out and Huw Ryan was the cork in the bottle cleaning up beautifully in defense.  Just as Odense seemed to be getting some momentum a crunching tackle by Scallop in front of goal kept the Lions in check.  Saare came into the ruck which enabled Boscart to play down forward.  A change which bought immediate dividends on the scoreboard.  Odense were able to hit back late in the game and plug the ball down their attacking end. Trolley received a dubious deliberate out of bounds call in the pocket which set Odense up for a shot on goal.  There was not enough time for Odense though and the Paris Cocks got through by 7 points.

Un bon travail également du côté de la défense avec Huw Ryan effectuant de beaux dégagements. Odense était sur le point de reprendre l’avantage quand Scallop effectua un monstrueux plaquage devant les buts et permit aux cocks de garder la main. > > Saare rentra au ruck, ce qui permit à Boscart de jouer en full forward. Ce changement se solda immédiatement par de nombreux points au tableau d’affichage. > > Odense revint tard dans le match avec un ballon dans leur zone d’attaque. Trolley fut sanctionné de manière plus que douteuse pour un ballon mis délibérément en touche, ce qui offrit aux Lions un tir direct au but. > > Ce ne fut pas suffisant pour les Lions qui concédèrent la victoire aux cockerels 7 points devant.

Paris Cockerels 34 vs Odense Lions 27

15h30 vs Sodermalm – Field 1

The Cocks got off to an early break vs the Swedes but they were not letting the Parisians get away.  Once again the Paris midfield was doing a great job with Saare and Stanley changing in the ruck.  The defence were seeing their part of the action too with Hugh Ryan breaking tackles to clear the ball out and dispose with precision to Boscart in the forward line.  His work rate down in defence was a key part of the Paris transition.  Meanwhile Bouchet was racking up midfield clearances with Magic Mike also formidable.

Les Cocks revinrent frais de la pause mais les suédois n’allaient pas les laisser s’en tirer. Encore une fois, le milieu parisien fit un très bon travail avec Saare et Stanley se relayant au ruck. La défense faisait sa part du boulot également avec Huw Ryan repoussant les plaquages pour dégager le ballon avec précision vers Boscart en attaque. Son rythme de jeu en défense eut un rôle clé dans les phases de transition parisiennes. Mention également à Bouchet et à Magic Mike pour leurs formidables efforts pour récupérer les ballons contestés.

Paris were able to kick away from Sodermalm who were playing their 4th game of the day (3 pool matches for them).  In the end the scoreboard probably didn’t do the Swedes justice who were a very competitive team.

Paris finit par creuser l’écart face à Sodermalm qui jouait son 4ème match de la journée, le score final ne rendant pas honneur à la compétitivité des suédois.

Paris Cockerels 56 vs Sodermalm 33

16h00 vs Amsterdam Devils – Field 2

A date with destiny awaited for the cocks with a heated contest vs Amsterdam for the 5th place position. The midfield group was doing a great job early in the 4th game with no break once again between games.  Coach scallop was caught in a tackle and had to come off with a knee injury.  Meanwhile Cowan was seeing stars from some bone crunching football.  The cocks managed to kick out into the lead but an unfortunate altercation close to half time ended up in a Paris player being sent off on a yellow card.  A tough penalty to take, being one man down with this competition.  The half time siren sounded and the Cocks still had their noses in front.

Les cocks avaient rendez-vous avec leur destin lors de ce match pour la 5ème place face aux Amsterdam Devils. Bien que les matchs se soient encore une fois enchainés, les milieux rentrèrent directement dans le match. Coach Scallop dut sortir à cause d’une blessure au genou suite à un plaquage. Au même moment, Cowan fut sonné par un ballon en pleine tête. Les cocks menaient au score mais une malheureuse altercation juste avant la mi temps résulta en un carton jaune synonyme d’expulsion pour un joueur parisien. Une lourde sanction pour les cocks, réduits à 8 face à une équipe compétitive. L’arbitre siffla la mi temps aves les cocks toujours en tête.

The wheels were starting to fall off early in the second half.  Franky Daniels had to see the bench due to a leg injury and Blechy had sustained a leg corky which was limiting his effectiveness.  In the desperation we saw some critical mistakes in decision making and the Devils made us pay.  Trolley had to move back into defence and was pivotal when Fedex subbed off.  Unsworth moved into the midfield and was finding space whilst showing some signs of life in the side.  He was unfortunate not to get on the end of a pair of hands out in front of goal.  Dagois was also pushing to the last minutes of the game.  Paris had to capitilise on all opportunities and unfortunately this did not happen.  The Devils were able to finish strongly and take another victory from the Parisians.

Dès le début de la seconde période, les cocks commencèrent à partir en lambeaux. Francky Daniels retourna sur le banc suite à une blessure à la jambe tandis que Blechy souffrait à la jambe, limitant son efficacité. Désespérés, les cocks firent des erreurs critiques et les Devils leur firent payer. Trolley dut descendre en défense et prit le relais de Fedex à sa sortie. Unsworth passa au milieu. Trouvant des espaces de jeu, il insufla un peu d’espoir à l’équipe mais fut malheureux face aux buts suite à une succession de passe à la main. Dagois poussa également ses limites jusque dans les derniers instants de jeu. Dos au mur, Paris tentait de capitaliser sur chaque action mais malheureusement sans succès. Les Devils remportèrent la fin de match et une nouvelle victoire face aux parisiens.

Amsterdam Devils 43 vs Paris Cockerels 25

It was a really strong showing from the Cockerels side who I thought really took it to some of the best players in Europe.  The side will be disappointed in how things finished and should be keen to cause an upset next year should they be invited back to the tournament.  This will be a key question as the club divides back into the two teams playing in the National Competition.  A lot of work remains to be done.  Can one of the clubs teams go for victory in the National CNFA Competition this year?  Congratulations to all the players that represented their club and thanks again for the wonderful volunteers helping out on the sidelines.  The support of these volunteers was instrumental throughout the day.

Ce fut une très belle démonstration de la part des cockerels qui je pense on su se mesurer face à certains des meilleurs joueurs en Europe. L’équipe est déçue du dénouement du tournoi mais cela doit les pousser l’année prochaine si ils se qualifient de nouveau pour la compétition. Cela sera la grande question alors que le club se divise cette année en deux équipes jouant le championnat national. Il reste encore beaucoup de travail. L’une des deux équipes du club peut elle gagner le championnat de France cette année? Félicitations à l’ensemble des joueurs qui ont représenté leur club et merci encore à tous les merveilleux volontaires d’avoir contribué à l’effort de l’équipe. Leur soutien fut primordial tout au long de la journée.

Best: Bouchet, Boscart, Trollope, Dagois, H. Ryan, Cowan, Saare

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2016 Champions League

This weekend the 2nd annual AFL Europe Champions League took place in Amsterdam, co-hosted with the Amsterdam Devils.

Sportspark de Eendraact accommodated 5 women’s and 13 men’s teams as they all battled it out to be named the Champion of Europe. With around 38 matches being played over 4 pitches the atmosphere was buzzing from 10am.

MENS COMPETITION

With this year being the 2nd annual for the men’s competition the level of skill, play and overall dedication was immense compared to 2015. Growing from last years count of ten teams, 13 teams arrived into Amsterdam with the hope of heading home with the silverware. The 4 pools groups were made up of 3 and 4 teams respectively , with only the winners of each pool progressing into the semi finals. All other teams then went into place playoffs to finish with a definite rank.

In 13th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had AFL Russia’s Moscow Lazy Koalas. The Koalas unfortunately ended up 4th in their pool which took them into an exhibition match with the West London Wildcats reserve team. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Daniel Demaine.

In 12th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the Edinburgh Bloods. The Bloods fought hard in the Red Group however, came third to the Hamburg Dockers and Zagreb Hawks in the pool round which took them into the 11th place match against the Odense Lions. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Dylan Brooke.

In 11th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had Odense Lions. The Lions gave the Wildcats a good cat fight in the pool round and came close to the Paris Cockerels but unfortunately finished third in the Orange Group taking them into the 11th place match for them to beat the Edinburgh Bloods by 19 points. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Mikkel Kjøge.

In 10th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had AFL London Premiers, the North London Lions. Beating the West London Wildcats by a solitary point in the 2015 Grand Final the Lions were expected to be big contenders, unfortunately, the Lions were unable to move from third position in what was dubbed the Black Group of Death. They headed into the 9th place match against the Dockers. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Jay Orion.

In 9th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the Zagreb Dockers. Coming third in the White Group, the Zagreb Dockers headed into the 9th place match against the North London Lions where they were victorious by 7 points. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Tomislav Cvetko.

In 8th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the Stockolm Australian Football Federation (SAFF) winners, Södermalm Double Blues. Södermalm came second in their pool to the South Dublin Swans but unfortunately went down to the Zagreb Hawks in the 7th place match. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Oscar Löfgren.

In 7th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the Zagreb Hawks. The Hawks came second to the Hamburg Dockers in their pool to then go on and beat Sodermalm in the 7th place match by 23 points. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Jan Dolezal.

In 6th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the Paris Cockerels. Finishing in second in their pool below the West London Wildcats the Cockerels narrowly missed out on 5th place against the Devils. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Pierre Bouchet.

In 5th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the host team, the Amsterdam Devils. The Devils were unlucky in pooling in the “Black Group of Death” coming second to AFLCNE’s Manchester Mosquitoes. This took them into the 5th place match against the Paris Cockerels where the won by 18 points. Our Team of the Tournament Guernsey and Captain (best player of the tournament) went to Neil Cooke.

In 4th place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the South Dublin Swans. Finishing on the top of the White Group, the Swans went into the Semi Finals up against the West London Wildcats. Unfortunately they went down to the Wildcats by 69 points and went on to play the Hamburg Dockers in the 3rd place match where the lost by 15 points to take out 4th place. Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Kevin Brennan.

In 3rd place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the Hamburg Dockers. The Dockers were victorious in the Red Group beating out the Zagreb Hawks and Edinburgh Bloods to finish first in the pool stages. Moving into the semi finals the Dockers played the Manchester Mosquitoes but unfortunately missed out on a place in the final by a mere 4 points. They went onto the 3rd place final where they beat the South Dublin Swans by 15 points. Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Rick Hansome.

In 2nd place in the Men’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague we had the Manchester Mosquitoes. The Mozzies managed to get out of the “Black Group of Death” beating both the North London Lions and Amsterdam Devils to make it into the semi finals. Come Semis the Mozzies beat the Hamburg Dockers by 4 points to make it into the Grand Final where the went down fighting to the West London Wildcats by 30 points. Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Tom Crameri.

2016’s AFL Europe #ChampionsLeague went to the reigning winners, the West London Wildcats. The Wildcats showed up with a strong squad ready to defend their title. Ending up in first place in the Orange group by beating the Paris Cockerels and the Odense Lions, the Wildcats went into the semis to face off with the South Dublin Swans. The Wildcats gave a strong performance and went into the Grand Final with a 69 point win under their belts. Coming up against their northern competition, the AFLCNE victors, the Wildcats showed no mercy and took out the title by a comfortable 30 points. Team of the Tournament Guernsey went to Lloyd Williams.

We want to thank the Amsterdam Devils immensely for all their hard work, energy and time, without you guys this event wouldn’t have gone off as perfectly as it did! A big thank you to all the teams that came out, gave it their best and played hard. The level of football seen on the weekend was incredible and we couldn’t pick the top 8 let alone top 4. We’d also like to thank our volunteers, the umpires and the supporters that made the day wonderful!

Until next year!

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Champions League 2015

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AFL Europe Champions League Review – Amsterdam

The weekend saw AFL Europe and DAFA play host to the Inaugural Champions League tournament which brought ten teams to Amsterdam to face off for the title. Teams qualified for the event after finishing as premiers in their local leagues allowing for 17 of the top teams in Europe to receive an invite and 10 to make their way to the Netherlands.

The round robin style tournament, with the ten teams split into two groups, kicked off at 9am with some players really feeling the cold donning thermal gear under their kits. The red group was tightly contested with many games able to go either way. The exception was the West London Wildcats, who went through the group stage undefeated. It came down to the percentage, the Amsterdam Devils scraped through to the finals over the Edinburgh Bloods and Solna Axemen after they ended on the same amount of wins with a straight kick deciding who went through. The black group had the Rheinland Lions storm through to finals undefeated, with Belfast Red Backs only nursing their Lions loss to play the Wildcats.

The semi-finals kicked off with the West London Wildcats barely holding off a valiant Belfast Red Backs by 2 points with a late goal to make it into the all important final, whilst the Manchester Mosquitoes managed to avoid the wooden spoon by defeating the Zagreb Hawks. Shortly after, the Rheinland Lions and Amsterdam Devils kept the crowd on their feet by drawing at the final siren. In a nail biter, the game went into overtime (first score wins) and saw the Lions steal a quick goal to seal their place in the finals. Malmo Redeyes had a comfortable win over the Solna Axemen to take out 7th place in the all Sweden contest whilst the Toulouse Hawks finished in 5th overall ahead of the Edinburgh Bloods who had tired from the long day at that point.

The Belfast Red Backs overpowered the Amsterdam Devils, on their home turf, to take 3rd place by a healthy 10 goal margin before the inaugural final took place. After both the West London Wildcats and Rheinland Lions dominated their collective groups, they faced off for the title of the AFL Europe Champions League. With the crowd at its highest capacity all day, rugged up, with Coopers in hand, the West London Wildcats took out the crown finishing 8.6.54 to the Lions 1.1.7.

 

1st West London Wildcats
2nd Rheinland Lions
3rd Belfast Red Backs
4th Amsterdam Devils
5th Toulouse Hawks
6th Edinburgh Bloods
7th Malmo Redeyes
8th Solna Axemen
9th Manchester Mosquitoes
10th Zagreb Hawks

 

Post tournament festivities ran far into the night only pausing to allow AFL Europe CEO, Ben MacCormack, to announce the team of the tournament. The best player from each team, as voted by their own teams, was also revealed and presented with an AFL Europe Champions League guernsey making them part of the 10 man Champions League squad.

A big congratulations to the West London Wildcats for taking home the cup and well done to those players who made the team of the tournament:

 

Nicholas Moran Amsterdam Devils
Gerard Walls Belfast Red Backs
Ewen Pickles Edinburgh Bloods
Daniel Scotford Malmo Redeyes
Jake Norris Manchester Mosquitoes
Kristopher Marsh Rheinland Lions
Adam Cubbage Solna Axemen
Emilien Martinez Toulouse Hawks
Todd Pfeiffer West London Wildcats
Josip Habljak Zagreb Hawks

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