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Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title

The 2014 Axios Euro Cup is over for another year after the event was completed under cloudy skies at the London Irish Rugby Club. With a record 21 teams competing this year (16 men’s teams and 5 women’s), it was teams from Denmark, Ireland, France and Norway that took home silverware from a great day’s football.
In what some may regard as a surprise, the supercharged Denmark Vikings have won their first ever Axios Euro Cup in London defeating a gallant Croatian Knights. Denmark went through the event undefeated, but surged through the finals stages with big wins over Ireland in the semi-final before a commanding four goal triumph.
Men’s Grand Final scores: Denmark Vikings 6 4 40 d Croatian Knights 2 4 16


The powerhouse of women’s football, the Irish Banshees took out the Women’s Championship, ultimately downing the England Vixens. Undefeated across the pool matches, staying two goals clear of both the Vixens and the Scottish Sirens, the Irish girls were white hot favourites to win the final and did so, but not without a massive fight from the English girls who knew they were a chance after a hard fought 16 point loss to them in the pool match.


Women’s Grand Final scores: Irish Banshees 5 1 31 d England Vixens 4 2 26


The France Les Coqs have won the silverware in the final for the Euro Bowl. Following on from last year’s Euro Cup grand final performance, the French team outlasted a brave Austrian Avalanche team in the final by just seven points due to a powerhouse second half after the Austrians held a solid 16 point lead at the half time break.


Euro Bowl scores: France Les Coqs 4 8 32 d Austrian Avalanche 4 1 25


The Norwegian Trolls also carved their slice of Euro Cup history when they downed the Spanish Bulls in the final for the Euro Plate. The lads from Norway fought hard to reach the Plate final, but were never headed by the Spanish team, powering to a huge 62 point win.


Euro Plate scores: Norwegian Trolls 8 14 62 d Spanish Bulls 0 0 00


The partying has already been underway for some time now, but certainly the players from the Denmark Vikings, Irish Banshees, France Les Coqs and Norwegian Trolls have that incentive to party just a little harder.



Congratulations to the winning teams at the event, and to all clubs for their performances at this year’s Axios Euro Cup.


Left: The victorious Irish Banshees women's team


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Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: smusic on Sunday, October 05 2014 @ 02:58 pm ACDT

HHMM!! raises the question - why were they not helped to get to the IC14? its a shame that a number of countries, especially the now euro winning Danes were not able to get to Melbourne because of the costs involved. and how much does the afl ceo and his cronies get paid?? Watched the Vikings in Sydney in IC11 and to meet some of these guys who come from the other side of the world to play our great aussie indigenous game gets one excited about our game. But what REALLY is the AFL doing to encourage them? I remember a player saying to me " we come from the other side of the planet and they cannot even provide decent change rooms for us" - one HAD to agree!! "SUMFIN wus missin'!!!" congratulations Denmark!!!

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: Ian Hill on Sunday, October 05 2014 @ 05:21 pm ACDT

Three points regarding the IC:
1. No more than once every four years - possibly even less frequently.
2. They should look at holding regional tournaments the year before and allow the top eight across the board to go to the IC. With a set and small number, the AFL might see a way to help with the travel costs and it would be easier to plan it.
3. Take it on the road. Imagine an IC in New York, Paris or London? I know part of the attraction is for players to go to Australia to see AFL games, but these days we can see them all on the internet.

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: Harley Vague on Sunday, October 05 2014 @ 05:57 pm ACDT

Congrats to the Danes and the other teams we don't see out here. Germany and Croatia are also strong but there are 10 teams equal to France or above. That's around $500k in airfares just there. Include North America and you're looking at $600k for the men alone. Then there is all the Southern hemisphere countries.
It's a vexing question. Too complex to be answered in short but I suspect a mixture of funding and sponsorship in line with increased public recognition will improve the situation. In the mean time Europe has the opportunity to build something special.

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: Jas on Monday, October 06 2014 @ 11:36 am ACDT

What was the crowd like... was it well supported? I remember seeing the footage from the EU cup in Bordeaux, it looked quite well supported spectator wise. Did the EU cup get any media throughout Europe or England seeing they were hosting?

What happened to the Irish Mens Team? Why didn't they perform?

I watched the Irish Women's team win the IC here in Melbourne. I thought their form would win in Europe also.

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Monday, October 06 2014 @ 12:24 pm ACDT

The answer to the question about what happened to the Irish men's team is fairly simple - Denmark.

Ireland only lost one match, to the Danes, and that was enough to have them miss the final. Denmark wasn't at the Euro Cup in 2013, but when you go back to 2012 in Edinburgh, Ireland beat Denmark in the final - BY ONE POINT - in a come from behind win. That shows that Denmark certainly has the fire power to hit the Irish...and they did this year.

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: Rod Shaw on Monday, October 06 2014 @ 04:18 pm ACDT

I think an aspect that has been overlooked in the comments so far is the number of Australian based players who went back to participate in the Euro Cup. That would make a significant difference. Another contributing factor would be player burn out- how much leave does everyone get in a year?- If you have already shelled out time and money to go to Melbourne for 2+ weeks do you reckon you will front up again.
I think this is an interesting tournament with interesting results but I think comparisons to squads achievements at the IC and making rating statements on potential ability miss some key issues thus far in terms of personnel.

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: John Enright on Monday, October 06 2014 @ 08:36 pm ACDT

The selection policy of the men's team means that anybody who was selected to play of Ireland in IC14 was NOT eligible to play in the EuroCup. So these players were selected from the players who did not travel to Oz!

John Enright

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: dantez on Tuesday, October 07 2014 @ 11:21 am ACDT

First & foremost, congrats to the Denmark Vikings, the organisers, and all the teams and volunteers. Although i'm now back in Australia, i've been through a couple of EU Cups so know how hard it is to get one team organised, let alone the whole tournament.

In relation to IC, perhaps a 16 team 4 x 4 every four years - 4 best teams from Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa\Middle East and Americas. Best teams determined by either 18 a side rankings at a given date, or top 4 teams as a result of a regional tournament held within 12 months of IC. The regional AFL affiliate (eg. AFL Europe etc.) should campaign the AFL for funding or organise sponsors, rather than leave teams to miss out because they can't self-fund. Other than branding, the AFL affiliates contribute very little in the way of support (not bagging the concept, but I feel they should do a lot more, but of course this requires the AFL to back the concept). Considering how much they put into the likes of Israel Folau or Karmichael Hunt, the pool of talent in Europe and Americas would be worth the investment.

That means players and countries only need to contribute a % of funding, not the whole lot. Players are all amateur, consider they have to use 3 weeks of their own annual leave just to attend, which is a significant personal contribution.

Denmark Vikings take out men’s Euro Cup – Irish Banshees win the women’s title
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, October 10 2014 @ 11:34 am ACDT

Hi Guys.
AFL and funding for Nations coming to IC and international development at grass roots level debate!!!!!!!

Read the link in Troy Thomson's post "Tim Harcourt's new book 'Trading Places' out today" from 1st October 14.

Explains the AFL's priorities down pat.

If the money spent isn't linked to big business dealings in some way where the AFL is pretty well assured of an almost immediate return, then sorry everybody, fund it yourself, it looks like to me.

It is my understanding that Ben MacCormack's salary is paid by the AFL as membership fees to AFL Europe wouldn't come close to covering it. So the AFL is spending some money indirectly on development in Europe, but the fact that one of the first things that happened when Ben started working in Europe was the Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs match in London, tends to confirm things a bit doesn't it.

I reckon Ben is doing a terrific job (from my perspective back in Os anyway) eg. secured a sponsor for the Euro Cup(Axios) for a number years, 2013 European Championships and Euro Cups very successful events showcasing European Footy in Europe, getting 2 AIS/AFL v Europe matches on mainland Europe (tho they were held mid week so attendances were poor-did Ben have a choice?), grant schemes etc. but I suspect he is also hamstrung to some extent by AFL priorities and mindset.

That's my take on the subject anyway :-)

Maybe we all should be taking a look at what is happening in Vanuatu with the connection with Ferny Creek ?? mob in Melbourne and the South African Lions and Jamestown FC in Sth. Australia. Player exchanges etc. try get more Aussie clubs to go to places like Vanuatu, Samoa, Croatia, Spain or Laos etc. to coach/train/teach footy, play an exhibition match etc. instead of booze-up end season trips to Bali and the like.