German students try their hand at 9s in Sydney
Tuesday, March 26 2013 @ 12:16 am ACDT
Contributed by: Aaron Richard
A group of German soccer students from Bamberg University recently took on the Tattersalls Football Club in Sydney in a match of AFL 9s - with the Germans' superior fitness allowing them to run out victors over the locals.
Bamberg is in the north of the German state of Bavaria, and while it's not particularly close to any existing AFLG clubs, the idea of some new enthusiastic footy fans in Germany might be of interest to the German footy community!
The following report originally appeared on the AFL NSW/ACT website.
GERMAN STUDENTS GIVE AFL 9S A GO
Touring German soccer players from Bamberg University have had a taste of Aussie Rules, playing in a friendly AFL 9s match against Tattersalls Football Club.
By Dalton Woods
Students from Bamberg University in Germany are in Australia to play a series of soccer matches against various universities around the country.
However, Prashanth Shanmugan, Chairman of the Young Members’ Committee at Tattersalls Club and a Sydney Swans ambassador, hoped to build stronger cross-cultural links between Germany and Australia.
He succeeded in doing this through an AFL 9s match, the nine a side, non-contact version of Australian Rules football.
Though an AFL 9s match is usually divided into two 20-minutes halves, this one was broken into four 15-minute quarters.
The players could not have asked for better weather as the two teams hit it out on a sunny Friday afternoon at Robertson Road fields in Moore Park.
The Germans were clearly excited to be playing this new sport, bolting out to an early lead after kicking four of the first five goals.
By half time the Aussies gained some composure and briefly held the lead, but in the end they were not able to match the enthusiasm or fitness of the Bamberg students.
Pulling ahead in the second half, the German delegation won the friendly encounter by 17 points.
After the match, the delegation attended a special cocktail reception in their honour at the Tattersalls Club.