Front page Tom a hit in Copenhagen
Wednesday, November 27 2013 @ 01:20 am ACDT
Contributed by: Michael Christiansen
The Danish AFL has a proud history of Australian football now dating back over 20 years. The DAFL has played host to the likes of Jimmy Bartel and Brett Kirk either on or off the field. However – rarely does the DAFL or Australian Football grab the attention of the Danish public – a shame given the obvious Australian links via Princess Mary.
It was somewhat surprising then that the AFL’s number draft pick Tom Boyd made the news in Denmark.
With a Danish born mother Tom Boyd would qualify to line up for the DAFL in the International Cup were the eligibility criteria more in line with the World Cups events of most other codes.
The GWS Giants under Kevin Sheedy has touched the DAFL directly previously by signing the DAFL’s Aksel Bang on an international scholarship in February this year. See Aksel from earlier in the year on GWS website during his time in Australia while on break from national service.
For Boyd – the day after being drafted he was featured on the front page of Denmarks’ highest circulation newspaper mx (reported on the GWS report as having approx 500,000 daily readers and 250,000 online views).