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Asian footy kicks off for 2014


The Asian football year has kicked off with simultaneous games being played around the region in the East Asian Australian Football League (EAAFL) and the South China Australian Football League (SCAFL) for the Australia Day weekend.

The Vietnam Swans defeated the Cambodian Eagles in a dominant performance, winning 13.15.93 to 3.6.24 at RMIT in Ho Chi Minh City in the first game of the year after the festive break.

The match was preceded by an AFL 9s game between Reds and Whites, inviting everybody to get involved for the lower contact version, and included a high percentage of women.

Tony Morwood, former Sydney Swans player and Sydney ‘Team of the Century’ member, was the guest of honour for the match.

The Thailand Tigers travelled to Vientiane, Laos, to play the Lao National Elephants, a team composed entirely of nationals, and the Lao Falang Elephants, composed of non-Laotians.

Another triple-header took place in Jakarta, with the Jakarta Bintangs, the Indonesian Garudas and the Borneo Bears playing some promising football ahead of the debut of the Indonesian team at the International Cup later this year.

The Garudas defeated the Bears 7.10.52 to 4.1.25 in a match played entirely of locals, before going down to the more experienced, mostly expat, Bintangs 13.7.85 to 1.3.9. The Bintangs ended the day undefeated with a 9.8.62 to 3.3.21 win over the Bears, a big relief for new Bintangs coach, Adam Bray.

The future of Indonesian football looks bright, with about a third of Saturday’s 130 attendees attending their first Bintangs event, and the Bears and Garudas players fighting it out for a spot to play in the first International Cup side.

On Sunday six teams of the SCAFL - the Hong Kong Typhoons, Hong Kong Cobras, Lantau Lizards, Guangzhou Scorpions, Guangdong Seagulls and the Macau Lightning - met in Hong Kong for the first round of the season.

This is the first season for the Seagulls in the SCAFL, having just won the premiership in the inaugural season of the Guangdong Australian Football League, a league composed of local university players.

After two matches each, the debutants went home winless, as did Macau, whilst the Scorpions and Cobras finished the day with a win each and the Lizards and Typhoons finished undefeated.

The Australia Day weekend in Asia is no longer just about Australian expats, with four entirely local teams contributing to what promises to be an exciting year of Australian Rules football in Asia.

Below: A Borneo Bears player gets a kick away under pressure from a Jakarta Bintang.

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Asian footy kicks off for 2014
Authored by: Cam Homes on Monday, February 10 2014 @ 06:32 am ACDT

Great to see so many locals taking part in the matches played around the region. The Seagulls becoming part of SCAFL, the Lao Elephants being able to field an all Laotian team, the Garudas and Bears (all national) teams taking on the Bintangs and the inclusion of some women in the Vietnam v Cambodia warm up match are all very encouraging signs for the development of footy across the region.
Are we about to see an explosion in footy in SE Asia. Let's all hope so!
Is the SCAFL still being played at 12/14-a-side?
Shane, do we know how many a-side the Vientiane tournament was played at?

Asian footy kicks off for 2014
Authored by: Shane Hendrickson on Sunday, February 23 2014 @ 03:23 pm ACDT

Pretty exciting stuff. There's also a lot of juniors stuff going on too. I'm not too sure about the SCAFL, but I think 12-a-side is the norm. It was 12-a-side in Vientiane as well due to ground restrictions, but they actually have close to 20 Laotian nationals playing now. The scores came out a bit late, but Thailand beat the local Laos team 70-20, and the expats 50-39. The expats beat the locals in the Laotian derby 57-25.

Asian footy kicks off for 2014
Authored by: Cam Homes on Tuesday, February 25 2014 @ 06:55 pm ACDT

Thanks Shane.

The 'excitement' grows with the growth we hope :-)

Could Laos (one of the more recent footy nations) be the first in the SE Asia region to evolve from a club into a 'fully fledged' League, with as many Laotians playing there as expat Aussies? 20 locals along with the expats is almost enought to start at least a three team Metro style league I reckon.

Best of luck to all involved with "Elephant" Footy :-) and all the rest of the Asian footy community in their efforts to grow Aussie Rules.

Asian footy kicks off for 2014
Authored by: Cam Homes on Monday, March 24 2014 @ 10:36 pm ACDT

Not quite on topic, but concerns the new season of footy across the world.

Europe AFL website lists a number of pre-season inter-club matches eg. West London Wildcats v Madrid Bears (in Madrid) and London Swans v Bordeaux Bombers (in Bordeaux) to be played on 8th March 2014). Did these matches go ahead and if so has anybody heard reports/news ( eg. scores, player numbers, success etc.) about either of  these matches?

Another preseason match scheduled is one between Madrid Bears v Nth London Lions and later in May a friendly between Scotland and Spain in Madrid.

Are these matches a sign of a welcome resurgence in Spanish Footy.?