Footy Season Over…Or, Maybe Not.
Thursday, October 08 2015 @ 11:26 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
For many less enlightened footy followers the Australian Rules footy season “came to an end” last weekend when the mighty Hawthorn defeated West Coast for the 2015 AFL Premiership. Across the world other competitions at senior, junior, men’s and women’s level have completed their 2015 campaigns.
But where one competition ends, there are now plenty of other competitions ready to take over as Australian Rules football continues to grow stronger as an all year round sporting behemoth.
Kicking off this weekend is the Axios Euro Cup in Croatia where the best teams across Europe take to the fields to assert their dominance as the best in Europe. This year’s questions will look at whether Denmark, champions in 2014, can go back to back in Croatia or if the host nation can take out the title. With twelve men’s and six women’s teams on show, the event will be a cracker.
The following weekend the champions of both the USA and Asia will be decided. On October 17th the USAFL Nationals tournament will be held in Austin, Texas. Again, the best teams from across the USA and Canada will fight for the division titles in men’s and women’s footy. The New York Magpies took the title last year but will face stiff opposition in their Division One group from the best of the best against host team the Austin Crows, the Orange County Bombers from California, the Calgary Kangaroos from Canada, the Denver Bulldogs, Dallas Magpies, Golden Gate Roos from San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dragons.
To keep up with scores from this event, go to the USAFL website at: https://usafl.com/
The Thailand Tigers will host the Asian Champs on the same day. The best teams, both at club level and national squads, from across Asia will meet. Included in the draw are the China Reds, Vietnam Swans, Macau Lightning, Laos Elephants, Bali Geckos, Philippine Eagles, Myanmar Fighting Cocks, Singapore Wombats, Jakarta Bintangs, Cambodian eagles, Malaysian Warriors and the Hong Kong Dragons. Last year it was the Singapore Wombats team that took the title of Asian Champs, but they will have plenty of hungry teams happy to usurp them.
For more details on the event, visit AFL Asia at: http://www.afl-asia.com/
In Australia the new season of the NTFL (Northern Territory Football League gets under way on the 10th October. Round One action will see a grand final rematch with last year’s combatants, Wanderers and St Mary’s, taking on each other in the feature match of the round. The season extends right across the Australian summer (the “wet season” in the Top End) with the finals to be played in March. Competition stops for the Christmas/New Year period. Last year, Wanderers took the top honours, but this year is a new season with all clubs hoping to bring them down.
The NTFL website will have weekly scores and fixtures. Go to: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_p...assoc=2860
This week sees the start of the AFL Middle East season with the Pree-season Cup being held at Sevens Stadium in Dubai. The season proper commences on October 23rd and continues after a Christmas/New Year break with the Grand Final on March 11th in Dubai. The Dubai Dragons are the current title holders of both the Pre-Season Cup and the AFL Middle East Premiership, but the new season will see plenty of hungry teams itching to bring them down.
World Footy news will aim to update scores throughout the 2015/16 season.
Also on 17th October, the new CNFA (France) competition gets under way. The first round matches will see the all-Paris clash between the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes and Paris Cockerels, whilst the Bordeaux Bombers will host the Strasbourg Kangourous. The season will run with a winter break over the Christmas/New Year period through until June.
To keep up with scores and other information for the new CNFA season, go to: http://www.football-australien.fr/
The AFL Grand Final may have passed and attention turns to an off season of trades, drafts and pre-season training for 2016. The the wheels of footy certainly don’t stop and the addicted fan can still get their fix across Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East of even in Australia.
Enjoy the games.