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Irish to launch Second Division

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The Australian Rules Football League of Ireland will this year introduce a second division to its league, comprising reserve teams from the established clubs and new teams from around the Emerald Isle.

The move is hoped to make the creation of new clubs easier, with the league finding it difficult to expand in recent years due to start-up clubs struggling on-field against the powerful Dublin and Cork-based sides.

The ARFLI’s Ciaran O’Hara tells WFN that, while the ARFLI Premiership will this year see the same five clubs from 2008, the league is hopeful the second division could see the debut of the Kingdom Kangaroos, Mayo Mariners and Galway’s Midwest Magpies, in addition to the rebirth of the Clare Crows and Belfast Redbacks.

O'Hara also tells us the league is launching Rec Footy this year, as an avenue to taking the game to the nation's schools and colleges.

In international news, the Green Machine will this year take on Wales and Scotland for the inaugural Celtic Cup, as well as the return of the tri-series against Great Britain and Denmark.

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Irish to launch Second Division
Authored by: Mudgee on Friday, January 30 2009 @ 08:52 pm ACDT

The AFL Germany (AFLG) will do a similar thing this year by introducing two divisions. Similar reasons too - the standard is such that new clubs would find it difficult to compete with the more seasoned ones. The Stuttgart Emus will debut this year so it seemed like a good time to try to two divisions thing.

The two clubs with the most players, Rheinland and Munich, will field a team in each division. The other clubs will field one team each. So the structure will be:
Div 1: Munich, Rheinland, Hamburg, Frankfurt
Div 2: Munich, Rheinland, Berlin, Stuttgart

Irish to launch Second Division
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, January 31 2009 @ 12:16 am ACDT


Yeah we noticed that was being set up on The Footy Record, I think it's on Aaron's list of things to do, after we update people on some of the AFL Europe negotiations. Good to see plenty happening in Europe.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Irish to launch Second Division
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Saturday, January 31 2009 @ 08:05 am ACDT

Yep, a story on the AFLG 2009 schedule is on my list, as is a preview of the Stuttgart Emus.

There are also a few other new clubs around Europe we'll hopefully read about here in coming weeks.

The divisional setup sounds like a good idea - it seems most leagues quickly get to a point where it's too hard for new clubs to enter (eg Strasbourg a few years back) and growth plateaus.