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2009 EU Cup heads to Croatia

  • Tuesday, March 24 2009 @ 09:08 pm ACDT
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Aussie Rules Europe has announced that the 2009 EU Cup will be held on Saturday, October 3rd in the town of Samobor, just outside the Croatian capital Zagreb.

This will be the second edition of Europe's biggest 9-a-side representative tournament to be held in eastern Europe, after the 2008 cup was held in Prague.

The Croats were impressive on debut at the 2008 EU Cup and will be eager to take out the main prize in front of their home crowd this year. For their part, England's Dragonslayers will also be eager to defend their title.

Some new teams may be on the cards, with the Welsh and Andorran leagues hoping to make their debut after having a few seasons of domestic competition under their belts. Further east, players from Poland, Lithuania and Hungary helped fill out sides in last year's cup and organisers are hopeful of seeing one or more of those having a stand-alone side come October.