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Oslo Crows kick off 2011 season with wins over Göteborg and Karlstad

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The Oslo Crows, Norway's oldest Australian rules football club, opened their account for 2011 with wins against Western Sweden's Göteborg Beserkers and Karlstad Eagles in a three-way tournament held in Göteborg last weekend.

After arriving into Göteborg to see the tail end of the match between the two Swedish opponents, the Crows scraped a 3-point win over the Beserkers, then saw off the Eagles by 18 points.

The AFL Sweden West will this year see Oslo, Karlstad and Göteborg clash on three occasions during 2011, with each club hosting the other two for a triple-header.

The Crows' next fixture will be against the Ås Battlers on May 28th, the first Norwegian domestic match for the year. Oslo will also play a home-and-away fixture against the world's most northerly footy club Tromsø this year, marking the first time the northerners have played a match against outside opposition.

On an international level, the Norway Trolls national team will be heading to Reykjavík on September 10th for their first clash with the Iceland Ravens, and have been mentioned by the EAFA / AFL Europe on the list of possible debutants at the Euro Cup in Belfast on October 8th, along with Portugal and Poland.

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Oslo Crows kick off 2011 season with wins over Göteborg and Karlstad
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, May 20 2011 @ 10:03 am ACST

What is the likelyhood of this match between the Trolls and Ravens being eligible for entry into the World Rankings? eg.16-a-side and at least 3/4s of the players being nationals?

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Oslo Crows kick off 2011 season with wins over Göteborg and Karlstad
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Saturday, May 21 2011 @ 10:13 am ACST

There was a Norway vs Finland match last year which I think was 16-a-side, but as far as I know the Norwegian side had a big expat contingent. I'll ask what plans are this year. The Icelanders last I heard were also looking for a third national team to come and make a tournament of it.

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Oslo Crows kick off 2011 season with wins over Göteborg and Karlstad
Authored by: Cam Homes on Tuesday, May 24 2011 @ 12:03 pm ACST

When that Finland v Norway match was played last year and reported on WFN or  the Footy record there didn't seem to be enough Olaf's or Magnusson's and too many Smith's and Jone' s playing for Norway and I made the same assumption that the expat part of the team was too big for us too include the game in the ranks.

If not then we might have heard from either Finland or Norway asking us why it wasn't included.

Cam

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Oslo Crows kick off 2011 season with wins over Göteborg and Karlstad
Authored by: craig on Wednesday, May 25 2011 @ 03:23 pm ACST

Hi, I umpired the Finland-Norway match last year. The Finnish team was completely non-Australian, but Norway had about 8-10 Aussies, 4 Norwegians and Finland 'loaned' them a few players, so it doesn't qualify for the rankings.

Positive signs for the future though

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Oslo Crows kick off 2011 season with wins over Göteborg and Karlstad
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, May 25 2011 @ 10:29 pm ACST

Thanks Craig, for your information on the Finland v Norway game. Eases my conscious on not including the game in the ranks. We look forward to the match for Norway that we can include. Three quarters of the players being nationals is the criteria that we will accept, more if possible. Maybe the proposed Norway v Iceland will see Norway enter the ranks?????

Best of luck to both teams.

Cam

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Oslo Crows kick off 2011 season with wins over Göteborg and Karlstad
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Saturday, June 04 2011 @ 05:56 pm ACST

 Hi Cam, 

I emailed the guys at the Oslo Crows about the Iceland match, they said they're working on recruiting more locals, but currently only around about a quarter to a half of their players are Norwegians.  The game in Iceland is more or less an Oslo Crows club match.  The guys in Tromsø have a good number of local players apparently, but they haven't played any matches against outside opposition yet, simply because it's so far from any other cities with teams.  Oslo are heading up there for a match this year, plus they're hoping that Tromsø can come down for a game as well.

They're aiming to have enough local content by 2014 to look at attending the IC in that year, so it might not be too far off that they can play a test match with a full squad of Norwegians.

They're also keen to make their Euro Cup debut in Belfast this year, although again the Oslo guys undertake quite a bit of travelling in their regular season, with a couple of trips across to Sweden and the Iceland tour match, so they're not sure if they'll be able to get enough players willing to make another tour at the end of the year.

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