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France makes 18-a-side debut, but Germans too strong


The German Black Eagles travelled to Paris last weekend to take on the French Coqs, in the first-ever 18-a-side international for the French national team. The home side battled hard, but struggled against their more experienced opponents, with the Eagles holding the French scoreless in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw the French rally and get their first goal on the board, but by half time the Germans were ahead by 35 points.

From the 3 minute mark of the third term the Eagles were reduced to 17 men on the field, after Daniel Karsch went to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, but in spite of this the Germans again held the French scoreless for the quarter, while they added 6 goals themselves, pulling away to a 74-point lead at the final break.

The last quarter effort from the French allowed them to regain some pride, dominating play and denying the Germans any further score, but inaccuracy in front of goal stopped them from making a bigger impression on the final result, Germany finishing 64-point winners, 13.5 (83) to France's 2.7 (19), in a performance described by Germany's coach Troy Pedder as "a solid effort from the whole squad, with no passengers."

For Team France, the match represented a warm-up to their International Cup campaign, which will be bolstered by the inclusion of six further players currently playing in Australia, and two more who are currently in Canada.

The Eagles' next hitout will be their annual 9-a-side against the Czech Republic, to be held in Mitteleschenbach on July 30th. On the domestic front, this weekend sees a top-of-the-table clash between the Berlin Crocs and Rheinland Lions in Berlin - the first time in the Crocs' history that they've led the AFLG ladder.

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Germany (83)
France0. (19)

Goals: Germany - Matthias Klusemann 4, Peter Neumann 3, Martin Lahr 2, Sebastian Bruns, Daniel Karsch, Uli Schmoll, Tim Horenburg
France - Albin Chavy

Best: Germany - Max Kolleck, Moritz Hartmann, Phil Dunkin, Daniel Karsch, Matthias Klusemann
France - TBC

Umpires: Field - David O'Hanlan and Andrew Senkans, Goal - Subajan Sivandran and Tom Farrant

Team France (Photo courtesy of the CNFA)

Team Germany (Photo courtesy of Fabian Lindner)

Both sides after the match (Photo courtesy of Fabian Lindner)

The new French national team jumpers for the IC11

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France makes 18-a-side debut, but Germans too strong
Authored by: sverik25 on Saturday, June 18 2011 @ 11:54 am ACST

Nice to hear that France was far from disgraced in their effort against Germany. What are people's expectations for France at IC2011?

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France makes 18-a-side debut, but Germans too strong
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Saturday, June 18 2011 @ 07:01 pm ACST

I reckon if they're up against the likes of India, China or East Timor they could get a win or two.  Maybe could beat Switzerland as well, if they make it down.  It'll be pretty tough against higher-ranked teams, as the competition at the top end would be expected to have continued to improve.

Might be interesting to see how often our rankings can predict the outcome of games ;)

Hopefully this week we'll have confirmation from the AFL on who's coming and whether they're going to go for the lightning tournament on the first day to seed teams.

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France makes 18-a-side debut, but Germans too strong
Authored by: Cam Homes on Saturday, June 18 2011 @ 10:32 pm ACST

I'd have to go along with Aaron's comments, if we consider who Germany have played and their record. Germany have beaten Sweden in 2007, but lost to them at Euros10. They have also beaten Finland in 09 & 10, Finland's only International victory was against India at IC08.

So France could well be up for a win against India or first timers like Timor Leste or Switzerland or provisionally ranked China. A win against any of the fully ranked teams would out of the question I believe.

France has several guys playing in Aussie at the moment, I believe, and could expect some improvement from their debut match with their inclusion.

I just hope the organisers have the nous to have two divisions, with the IC debutants and the provisionally ranked teams playing in one division, and all the teams that hold full ranking in the other division, so we don't see any 200 to nil thrashings at this IC.


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