SANZA Brit Cup features increased numbers
Saturday, August 07 2004 @ 01:02 pm ACST
Contributed by: Brett Northey
Every year the British Australian Rules Football League (BARFL) holds the SANZA Brit Cup. It is a week off from the usual league matches and is a tournament open only to EU citizens, i.e. no Australians. It is a chance for the locals to shine, and gives the British Bulldogs coaching staff a chance to evaluate who might make the cut for Britain's national side, in particular with the 2nd International Cup next year.
The British coach, Michael Bolt, was particularly pleased with the increased number of players this year, giving him the kind of selection headache that all coaches want. Around 120 players took part, including players from the Regional League and the new Scottish League. Significantly, only 7 of the 30 players from Britain's 2002 squad made it into the Team of the Tournament.
A wrap of the tournament and the British coach's thoughts can be found at the BARFL website.