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Madrid hosts international clash between Spain and Scotland

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Last weekend a squad of talented Scottish footballers, selected in the national Scottish Clansmen team, boarded flights to Madrid to take on the Spanish Bulls at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Autonomous University of Madrid).

It is the first match of an agreed two year deal between AFL Scotland and AFL Espana which will see the Spanish team travel to Scotland for the rematch in 2015.

Whilst there is still some conjecture about the final score, it appears that the most accurate is a victory to the Scotland team over Spain 77 to 27.

Players in the Scottish team came from established clubs, the Glasgow Sharks, Edinburgh Bloods and Aberdeen Eagles (who are not competing in the SARFL this season) as well as newer or emerging clubs including the Kingdom Kangaroos and Falkirk Silverbacks (Martin Bell being a Glasgow Shark who is now putting together the fledgling Falkirk team). Also in the squad were players currently lining up with the Copenhagen X-Men in the DAFL and also the Wimbledon Hawks from the AFL London competition.

The squad selected to play for the Scottish Clansmen included Martin Bell, Alexander Clark, Daniel Connor, Daniel Collett, Michael Douglas, Cameron Goodall, Bryan Martin, Tom McAra, Mark McFarlane, Chris McGookin, John McIntyre, Robert McKinlay, Scott O'Hara, Gus Thomson, Michael Woodrow, Lisle Young.

The Spanish team was made primarily from players who represented the nation at last year’s Euro Cup in France, and marks the first major game since then for the national team. It is certainly a good sign that there is still interest in a Spanish team remaining active at an international level, albeit on a part time basis. But with further development of teams in France and Portugal there may be additional opportunities become available for the Bulls.

The Spanish team enjoyed wins at the 2013 Euro Cup over both Austria and Iceland, proving that the talent is already available but just needs more opportunities, such as this match, to develop further.

Similarly, the opportunity for more international matches for the Scottish Clansmen can only assist the continued growth and development of the game in Scotland, with the experience gained helping not only the national team but filtering down to the clubs across the country.

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Madrid hosts international clash between Spain and Scotland
Authored by: Cam Homes on Monday, May 12 2014 @ 07:52 pm ACST

I believe this match was played at 12-a-side, therefore not meeting the criteria for inclusion onto the WFN World Rankings. Are you able to confirm this Aaron?

Great to see Spain getting back into the international scene however!

Speaking of Portugal, are the Lisbon Dockers still active, not seen them on the radar for a while, and a new club in Averio received a Start-up Club Grant from AFL Europe last year, has the bush telegraph thrown up anything on how they are progressing?

Madrid hosts international clash between Spain and Scotland
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Monday, May 12 2014 @ 08:53 pm ACST

 Hi Cam...having researched this article and also the Algarve 9's last year and the lead-up to the Euro Cup, there is some movement across the Iberian Peninsula area. The deal between Scotland and Spain, whilst mutually beneficial, was a way of getting Spain back into some form of organised playing schedule to give a program to follow. They performed pretty well at the Euro and are keen to go further but the travel costs between Barcelona and Madrid make it too expensive to travel.

David at the Lisbon Dockers tells me that the Algarve tournement has been a shot in the arm for the game, generating interest and a new club. They also plan to try and play against Madrid at some stage, though dates not locked in. There is certainly movemeny, however, and the passion of those few driving the game remains...that's a good sign.

  

Madrid hosts international clash between Spain and Scotland
Authored by: Cam Homes on Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 07:40 am ACST

Thanks Wes.
A few years ago the Madrid Bears were playing the Mostoles Kangaroos (9-a-side) in the AFL Spain 'league'.

Any word on whether that competition is still going?

Catalonia (Barcelona) fielded a side in Euro Cup last year but seems 'domestic' league (numbered 4 teams a few years ago) is not active at present time.

In your research were you able to ascertain the state of play at/in AFL Catalunya. Their website is no longer accessible.

Madrid hosts international clash between Spain and Scotland
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 08:05 am ACST

 Even at the time of the Euro Cup it was difficult to make contact with anyone from the Catalonian crew. We didn't even manage a genuine preview article. All i got was that the guys were jumping in a couple of cars to drive to Bordeaux and have a good time (which is a great spirit, but doesn't suggest strong future development). In fact much of my information came from Douglas pate in Andorra and the crew in Madrid. I will keep investigating. They are well placed to link with the influx of clubs in the southern half of France, with Pau, Perpignon relatively close so the prospect of occasional friendly matches exists.