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West London Wildcats Claim “Europe’s Best” Title

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The West London Wildcats have won the inaugural AFL Europe Champions League tournament played in Amsterdam, claiming their place as the best Australian Rules football club across all of Europe.

 

Whilst it could be argued that with a shortened game time and just 10 European clubs in attendance a completely accurate story of which team is best is difficult. But the simple fact is that the Wildcats took on the best of the premiership winning teams across Europe from 2014 and won out on the day. With ten of the best teams across Europe in attendance, the Wildcats reigned supreme.

 

 

With the success of the day, and now a tournament that recognises the best club by title, it is hoped that the event can continue and grow bigger as clubs fight for the title of being Europe’s best.

 

On a day that alternated between mainly cloudy and occasionally sunny, the day got under way with the host team, Amsterdam Devils, taking on the Edinburgh Bloods. Twenty preliminary matches later the semi –finalists were decided with the host team claiming a spot along with the Belfast Redbacks, West London Wildcats and the Rhineland Lions from Germany.

 

Rheinland then ended the Devil’s run with a goal in overtime, whilst the Wildcats took the other semi-final honours by narrowly defeating the Belfast Redbacks.

 

The grand-final then saw the West London Wildcats victorious over the Lions to become the inaugural AFL Europe Champions League title holders.

 

Results: Red Group

Edinburgh Bloods 5 1 31 d Amsterdam Devils 4 1 25

Solna Axemen 3  8 26 d Zagreb Hawks 1 1 7

West London Wildcats 4 4 28 d Amsterdam Devils 4 0 24

Solna Axemen 6  1 37 d Edinburgh Bloods 4 8 32

West London Wildcats 5 9 39 d Zagreb Hawks 1 0 6

Amsterdam Devils 4 3 27 d Solna Axemen 3  1 19

Edinburgh Bloods 9 4 58 v Zagreb Hawks 1 4 10

West London Wildcats 9 6 69 d Solna Axemen 3  2 20

Amsterdam Devils 4 2 26 d Zagreb Hawks 1 2 8

West London Wildcats 6 7 43 d Edinburgh Bloods 1 4 10

 

Results: Black Group

Toulouse Hawks 8 4 52 s Malmo Redeyes 1 2 8

Rheinland Lions 5 5 35 d Belfast Redbacks  1 4 10

Malmo Redeyes 3  1 19 d Manchester Mosquitoes 2  1 13

Rheinland Lions 4 1 25 d Toulouse Hawks 2 6 18

Belfast Redbacks 8 4 52 d Manchester Mosquitoes 3  2 20

Rheinland Lions 3 6 24 d Malmo Redeyes 2  2 14

Belfast Redbacks 8 6 54 d Toulouse Hawks 1 2 8

Rheinland Lions 4 3 27 d Manchester Mosquitoes 1 4 10

Belfast Redbacks 9 7 61 d Malmo Redeyes  1 3 9

Toulouse Hawks 4 5 29 d Manchester Mosquitoes 3  2 20

 

Semi-Finals:

West London Wildcats 3 4 22 d Belfast Redbacks 3 2 20

Rheinland Lions d Amsterdam Devils (Score TBA)

 

3rd v 4th Match:

Belfast Redbacks d Amsterdam Devils (Score TBA)

 

5th v 6th Match:

Toulouse Hawks d Edinburgh Bloods (Score TBA)

 

7th v 8th Match:

Malmo Redeyes  d Solna Axemen (Score TBA)

 

GRAND FINAL:

West London Wildcats d Rheinland Lions (Score TBA)

 

At the time of publishing this story, scores for all finals matches were not available. These will be updated and published as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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