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2005 Asian Championships come to Manila

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The Philippines will host the 2005 Asian Championships on September 10 in Manila. This will be the sixth annual Asian Championships and the first to feature the Philippine Eagles.

The report courtesy of Derek 'Dezza' Ackary.

The inaugural event was held in Jakarta in June 2000, with teams from Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong and Singapore competing. Indonesia took the cup in the grand final against Hong Kong.

The 2001 Asian Championships were held in Bangkok with Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia competing. Singapore took the cup from Indonesia in the final.

In 2002 the championships moved to Singapore and was contested between Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and a combined China/Malaysia side. The final was a repeat of 2002, but with Indonesia winning back their crown.

The 2003 the Asian Championships went north to Hong Kong, with 2 sides from Hong Kong competing along with Indonesia and China. Hong Kong beat Indonesia in a close final.

In 2004, the Asian Championships were held in Kuala Lumpur with the biggest turnout to date with seven teams participating - Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta, Bali, Thailand and China. Hong Kong went on to win the final by defeating Singapore making it back to back victories for the Hong Kong Dragons.

This year, it is anticipated that there will be about 10 teams participating which would, of course, include the Philippine Eagles making their much anticipated Asian Championships debut. This would make the event the biggest Asian Championships to date. Malaysia has set the bench mark with a fantastic event in 2004, so the Eagles have got to work hard to put on an event to rival the Warriors' effort.

The Philippine Australian Football League (PAFL) has only been going for one year and to date has had many successes at domestic level with a healthy competition being held weekly last year with adapted rules and smaller ground size so that we can play with teams of at least 6 and up to 9 or more (sure beats training!). The weekly comp ran from May 1 to August 28, and included a number of social events that culminated in the inaugural Annual Presentation Dinner held last November.

The Philippine Eagles have already had one international game against the reigning Asian Champions, the Hong Kong Dragons. The game was in Manila and was a nine a side match played in a very competitive spirit. We had a great turnout from all our supporters with a great day (and night) had by all.

PAFL has put together a hard working and dedicated committee who are all committed to the growth of PAFL and we feel that hosting the Asian Championships will help to further enhance PAFL's development. We are confident we can put on a great tournament that will be truly memorable for all who choose to visit us. We extend an invitation to all and hope to see you in Manila in September! More details will be progressively available at the Philippine Australian Football League website.

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2005 Asian Championships come to Manila
Authored by: Julian Clark on Wednesday, May 18 2005 @ 06:37 pm ACST

Correction:

The 2002 Asian Championships were attended by:
Singapore (Hosts)
Indonesia
Hong Kong
and the China Blues

The China Blues busted their arses getting a team together and getting the uniforms sorted out etc.

This was a major achievement for the China Blues since they had never played outside China before and hadn't played since November 1999.

The China Blues consisted of a contingent from China, ex-Chinese residents who flew in, a couple of stragglers from the other competing teams (all pre-arranged to ensure a full team) and the roping in of ex colleagues / family friends based in and around Singapore (in some cases underwritten by China Blues players) who had not played Asian footy previously... however - we did get a team together.

When the Malaysian Warriors withdrew from the competition, they were absorbed into the China Blues squad to provide more numbers for interchange (which is of course desirable in the Singapore heat).

We are extremely grateful to the Malaysian Warriors for bolstering our numbers, and indeed to everybody that pulled on a Navy Blue jumper that day.

However - for the record...
The China Blues competed in the 2002 Asian AFL Championships

2005 Asian Championships come to Manila
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 01:34 am ACST

Thanks Rooster - Dezza must have slipped up ;)

On the topic, what's the official title for the Asian championships? It'd be cool to get a decent history of it into the wiki.